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Posted on September 22, 2008 at 17:26

The heat from my HD 4870 is 75 - 80 degrees on idle. Fine for the card, bad for the rest of the computer. Even on Windows the fan is retardedly slow to react, only jumping from the default 12% to 40% at 85 degrees. Seriously WTF.

On Windows it's not such a bitch because with a little profile editing you can ramp up the fan speed manually. I currently have it at a balmy 25 degrees idle with my fan on 30% (not as loud as you might think).

However, I don't like Windows. I just got off the thing and back to good old Ubuntu as soon as the 4870 drivers were released. But they suck and there is no way to manually force the fan speed higher. I don't know why. I don't know why there's no easy interface for it in the Windows CCC.

It's just a bunch of retardism. The biggest retardism is that I can't even file a correct Linux driver feedback form because hardware field's drop-down hasn't been updated to include the 4k series yet.

So yeah, they've forced me onto Windows, and I don't care for resetting my customisations AGAIN because Windows grows so chronically slow so chronically fast I have to re-install it constantly, and because every time I'm too stupid to save my settings.

I'ma send an angry e-mail. I've given them several hundreds of pounds worth of custom in the past and I am pissed. Some heads need to roll =.=

Is dat sum ray tracer? - New pitchas
Posted on June 25, 2008 at 14:11

Started work on a recursive ray tracer for Windows. So far it doesn't do much. For one, it doens't recurse yet, and it only calculates the diffuse term so far. It can calculate shadows and runs with multiple threads simultaneously. So far the only primitives are spheres. And it's called Lumen! ^O^

Optimisations are yet to come, so gimme a break about the speed. It also has 16x oversampling :3

School is finished and my prom is on Friday. Got me a black suit with satin lapels and a red bowtie, gonna pick up some red/white checked Vans to go with it tomorrow. Not putting a picture up >.<

Plan for the night is good. Gotsa get mah hair cut, go to mah friend's house where we all gonna smoke a lotta weed and get high. Then we get taken by limo to the prom. Few hours later we go out and get drunk and mo' hi.

Pictures = content. <_<

Long time, no blog.
Posted on May 02, 2008 at 06:58

Long time, no blog, and since I took a day off school I may as well take the opportunity.

I'ma start with posting some things I've been doing in programming lately that I'm proud of ^_^

Cel shading with reflection:
Volume rendering:
Obj loader:

Weird thing about the last one is it should have multisampling but doesn't v.v

Music taste is changing slightly, starting to listen to more funky lo-fi stuff like Beck and Rage Against the Machine.

Too hungry and lazy to write more. See how many k's we can get before it's unfrontpaged.


Today was a hot day.
Posted on February 21, 2008 at 15:12

It was hot.

Posted on January 27, 2008 at 11:54

8800 Ultra
Hopefully I'll be getting one for £40 some time soon. However, the stock cooler better be awesome, 'cause I'm a bit skint and prolly won't be able to afford a better one. Also, I'm going to have power problems because my 450W PSU is on the blink and a 300W just won't be adequate. However, to just have it will be nice. If I can get two I'll be over the moon, 'cause I'm lucky enough to have an SLI motherboard.

HoverTank3D clone
My shader doesn't work, even though I know it bloody well should, which is rather getting on my wicket. According to it, the lambert term is never more than 0, so I'm using fixed func shading for now, which looks fucking fugly. Vertex shading is a thing of the past. My other interfaces are coming along well though. I have a class for models, textures, lighting, and materials so far. Now I need to fortify the relationships between them and create some singleton containers. On top of that I have a few other interfaces to complete. I'm still just happy about how good 16x anisotropic filtering looks with my textures.

DLL is going slow, low motivation etc. If there's a particular demand I may step up production. I'll prolly make it a GL 2.0 interface using an underlying 1.1 interface with GL extensions (fucking Winblows)

Guild Wars
Got back into it with my three-year-old Prophecies account. I hate how they made PvP all differenty. I was going to make a PvP W/Mo but I couldn't be arsed after all the changes. Was supposed to test out my tactic too, which was to use lots of knockdown moves with zealot's fire. I'll have to use my PvE character to try it out when I get far ahead enough. For now, I'm up to Piken Square, quest grinding my way to the top. If you care, my char's name is Private Iron.

Is surely not as big a deal as people seem to think it is, right?


Card and Coursework
Posted on October 18, 2007 at 13:58

After I poked around Everest for a while, I found out that my motherboard indeed did have a PCIe x16 card slot, contrary to what I had previously been told, meaning that I can run all my games at full graphics, at perfect FPS. I tried both Portal and Team Fortress 2 on full graphics and they ran full throttle, despite the significant bottleneck the rest of my mediocre hardware must be producing. Also, I got Half Life 2: Deathmatch for free because of an ATi offer =D

However, all my new hardware will be coming at Half Term (end of this month-ish) and I'll be lolling. But, I did tell my friend about the 1GB, dual-core, quad-DVI output behemoth of a graphics card that is available for ~£170 on, so he'll be laughing at me in times to come. The immense thing about that card I described is that it is crossfire enabled (=3) and is pretty much two of my new card as it stands.

I have three English essays to write (admittedly, two should have been completed by now), IT coursework coming out of my ears (mainly because it's complete bollocks) and a History essay to write. Frankly, I'd rather play TF2 and Portal for hours on end. I should actually be doing coursework right now, but I realised I hadn't blogged in a while, so, meh...

Zero Punctuation
This guy's awesome. He's witty, satirical, and a bit of a prick, and I love him. There's no point in talking about him, so I'll just show you.

Okay, I tried embedding and it didn't work, so I'll just link you:

Apart from that I had to re-install Windows because I completely ballsed up the installation of my graphics card and went into driver hell. However, now I'm in driver purgatory, because I can't get the sound driver to work. Realtek always was a cock. I think it may have something to do with my graphics card's HDMI thingy that apparently makes it a sound card too, that I didn't actually know about until I got it. I won't know until I've been through all of the Realtek drivers I can find.

Another side effect of re-installing Windows is the months of configuration that ensue. It's all a bit of a waste of time because I'll be downgrading to Vista for the sake of DX10 when the frickin' torrent is done.


Awesome Google of Coincidence
Posted on September 10, 2007 at 13:25

I wasn't planning on making a blog right now, but this came up, and I just had to say something about it.

Awesome Google of Coincidence
Recently, I decided to start learning how to use GLUI for my OpenGL applications, and, as one does, I used Google to look for a tutorial. Simply searching for "GLUI tutorial" didn't come up with anything useful. In my idle frustration I wrote searched "GLUI tutorial fucking come on", and, lo and behold, top of the list, is my previous blog. Of all the pages in all the web, Google found mine first out of "GLUI tutorial fucking come on". =D

Here's some proof: 221 kb

Now I just need to flesh out the rest of the blog...

The Pit and the Pendulum
Part of the English language course this year is to study a short story called The Pit and the Pendulum, by Edgar Allen Poe. It's a horror story about a guy who gets captured by the Spanish Inquisition, found guilty of heresy, and sentenced to death by torture. It's pretty awesome, except some parts are a bit boring, and the ending is utter shit (he's on the brink of a pit, about to be pushed in by closing walls, until a French General saves him at the last second during a raid).

And we have to write a friggin' essay for it. Four days into school and we're already writing friggin' essays. I still have to finish my History coursework essay from last school year by the end of the week :/

C'est la vie. I'll get it all done, eventually.

Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip
An interesting rap group. Check them out on Youtube or something if you get the chance. No albums out yet, but you can find their singles on and the like.

Feed The Head
I came along this a while ago. It's an awesome game. If you haven't tried it yet, try it now. The aim of the game is to get rid of the head. Once you know how to do it, the game gets pretty easy. Also, check out some of Vector Park's other stuff, like Acrobots.

I think I may as well leave it there for now.


New 64D, new blog
Posted on August 22, 2007 at 18:13


Hopefully this'll be my first proper blog (for the love of God, don't look at the others). I'll basically be entering random stuff that's happened in the last few months and hopefully it'll end up in a blog of non-taggable length.

I'm getting some awesome new PC shiz soon.

* A Sapphire Radeon X1950Pro (would be GT, but I can't find any in stock) with an Arctic Cooling fan.
*A new motherboard to support the damn card, 'cause the one I got now is balls =D
* A new case to support the new motherboard (yes, I know it's ridiculous, but I could do with a new PC anyway :))
* 2GB of RAM for the new motherboard, 'cause it's incompatible with the type I have now, but it's the only motherboard I can find that's compatible with my processor.

Life isn't fair :(

Overall, it tops up to about £250. Hopefully, some of the things that I couldn't get because they were out of stock, I will be able to get when I get around to buying these things.

My new PC will contain most of the components from my current PC

My laptop sucks
I hate my laptop now. It was a waste of money. The keyboard's broke, and I never use it anyway. I thought having two computers would be awesome, but it's too much trouble to update both if you're using both. The main reason I was using both was... Well, I'm not sure actually, but it happened. I'll be using my desktop much more anyway because of the added powa soon to come. Therefore, I would've been better off not buying it. Things always seem better until you spend hundreds of pounds on them :'(

I ended off deleting most of my HDD, so, clever me, I put everything I need to keep into a partition that was previously for Ubuntu. Then, retarded me, when it comes to deleting the old partitions, I delete it, forgetting that it's not Ubuntu any more. Phail.

I've finally gotten past the mental wall of learning OpenGL. Whenever I try to learn something, I come across a mental wall. That is, I'll be learning everything okay, but something comes along and dumbfounds me somehow. The same thing happened with C++. I had my C++ book for about three months before everything clicked. I've had my OpenGL book for about that time, and just a few days ago, everything clicked, and it's been nothing but smooth sailing from thereon out.

I managed to get basic rendering done, 3D and depth-testing, evaluators, the GLUT library, Win32 OpenGL programming, etc.

But OpenAL didn't like that. It didn't want that to happen. When I heard of OpenAL, I thought it was a godsend. "If it sounds like it has anything to do with OpenGL, it must be good", I thought to myself. How wrong I was. I eagerly got the devpak, installed it, and went off to find some tutorials. A few minutes later, I've learned that OpenAL is quite young, but that's okay, it sounds like it has something to do with OpenGL (in fact, it seems that it is geared specifically to work with OpenGL (duh, those names aren't a coincidence)). Anywho, first of all, I couldn't get OpenAL to work, even with the default source code, or the online tutorial, and then it somehow seemed to break GLUT.

For some reason, GLUT refuses to link with anything, and it only happened when I tried to use OpenAL. I compiled some OpenAL code for Windows, but it complained about several linker errors. Some of them, I managed to resolve. Some of them persisted, especially a peculiar one about GLUT. I check the list - everything is linked. So, I decide to take out everything to do with AL, even the libraries, and GLUT plain doesn't work. I make a new GLUT project, compile the default source, and it doesn't work. So, there, AL b0rked GLUT, and I have absolutely no idea how :( Oh, well, I'll figure it out eventually. Maybe I'll stay away from AL until it's matured a bit. Maybe I'll use FMOD or something for now.

Any suggestions, peeps? Anyone else had a problem like this? Anyone know a good C/C++ sound library (preferably cross-platform)?

Once I learn OpenGL and OpenAL (or some other cross-platform sound library of which I know not yet) I'll have 2 out of 4 on my quest to writing games in C++. After that, it's physics (for which I'll probably use the Newton Physics library) and GLSL (I'm counting GLSL as seperate from OpenGL). And then, hopefully, I'll be at least able to write halfway decent games in C++, and they'll rawk harder than anything in GM XD

Speaking of GM, I've heard that GM will be rewritten to be cross-platform. Well, I've heard that they'll be re-writing it to use OpenGL, and I assume they would only be doing that if they were to make it entirely cross-platform. This'll be a good step. A complete GM re-write would be nice, and, as long as they don't senselessly remove functionality (where were the quad primitives and specular lighting - just to mention a few - in GM? Where!?) I may turn back to using it. Using OpenGL will present YoYo with many opportunities to add GL libraries, such as GLUI for creating user interfaces, and GLUT for simplicity and cross-platform OS communication, etc.

End of Blog
I did it! =D
I hope... The width of these edit boxes makes the height deceptive...

Vista is an idiot. Bill Gates is an idiot. PCWorld is an idiot.
Posted on May 31, 2007 at 10:37

Vista is an idiot
Stupid registration. Why the hell should I have to register an operating system? It's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard of. Vista is, hands down, the worst operating system I've ever used. It's almost the worst anything I've ever used. 500MB memory consumed on standing? How the hell is that acceptable?

Bill Gates is an idiot
He started the whole Windows ball rolling. It's been nothing but crap from there onward. Someone needs to kill him.

PCWorld is an idiot
My Vista activation code won't work. I've tried using the automated phone service as well, and it still won't verify. PCWorld has screwed up big time. That's another set of heads that deserve to roll. Of course, I wouldn't need a correct activation code if Vista didn't.

It just boggles the mind how people so retarded can become so powerful.

In other news...
My work experience form went through. I'm working in some automotives company. Five days IT, five days clerical. It's gonna suck hard, but we all have to do it. Gotta arrange some stupid interview before-hand for some stupid reason.

Five! Five bats! Bluh, bluh, bluh!
Also, I'm gonna cry 'cause I hate the world, for now.

My new laptop!
Posted on May 21, 2007 at 16:45

New laptop
My new laptop came from PC World! Just don't use PC World's website, just don't. It's horrible. It's like a MicroSoft website, really. Anyway, back to the laptop.

It's actually quite good for the price, which was £360. It's an Acer 1.6 Ghz Intel Dual-Core T2060, 1014 MB DDR2 RAM. It has ~251 MB intergrated Intel GMA 950 chipset. It has a 1280 x 800 monitor.

It's quite cool. I managed to get my internet connection working on it, which is something special because I rarely get anything internet-related working. The only bad thing is that my router is quite poor so I have to be quite close to get a decent connection speed. I definitely wouldn't want to do much gaming on it because I'd probably get a lot of lag.

Also, I just noticed I almost got 1000 hits! ^_^

I'm still struggling to get used to laptop keyboards and mice. I'm also struggling to get used to Vista. I've noticed some decent UI features, like the progressive search in the explorer windows. I think I prefered the Start menu the way it was before, though.

The thing that strikes me the most about it is some of the very, very ridiculous features. There's the fact that about half of my 1GB memory is consumed on standing. Also, the fact that when I got it there were around 50 processes running. Also, when I downloaded the MSN Live Messenger installer and tried to run it, Windows refused and told me it was an invalid Windows program! Of course, turning off the ridiculous UAC fixed many problems.

Vista has its good points also. It certainly made Networking very easy for me.

I'm working on it. It won't take a huge amount of time but school is getting intense as we work up to end-of-year exams, and I'll be mainly playing with my new toy :D. The hardest part is reading JoshDreamland's code! He says it was "written for him". I think it's an excuse <_<

Anywho, expect a faster, more concise GM7zip soon. Hopefully I'll be able to add some cool features if I can think of any.

Goodbye for now, y'all.

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