Sunday, 29 June 2008


I always wondered why the ReDim command existed in certain versions of BASIC. Now I've finally found out why in the final post in this thread on the old QBASIC Forum. I originally found that thread in this one.
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Echo Basic

I found this site a few years ago when I was looking for a password program & found this.

It features a lot of BBS postings from the early nineties regarding QBASIC.
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Friday, 27 June 2008

Comic Book Format

If you need a Comic Book Viewer or you need to store some images in the .CBR Format. Then I recommend that you take a look at some of the links on this Wikipedia page.
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Thursday, 26 June 2008

WorldWide Telescope

Microsoft WorldWide Telescope is a bit like Google Earth but for the Universe.

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NASA World Wind

NASA World Wind is a lot like Google Earth & can be downloaded from here.

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Make an Electric Motor

Computing is just one of the things that I'm interested in. I'm also going to deal with Science & Technology in this Blog. Here is a Video that I found on the Science Forum, it shows you how to make an 'Electric' motor from a magnet, battery & a piece of wire.

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Here is a link to the C++ FAQ Pages where you'll find a lot of C++ questions answered & here is a link to the C++ FQA where you'll find a critique of the C++ programming language.

Both sites are very interesting & should help any new programmers out.
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Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Basic4GL v2.5.5

You can download & read more about the new version of Basic4GL here.
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Tuesday, 24 June 2008


Out of all the notepad replacements I've tried, Notepad++ has to be the best.
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Buzzcocks: Preston walks out

Slightly off-topic for a Computer related Blog but here are some highlights of the Edition of 'Never mind the Buzzcocks' where Preston walks out.

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Win32 API Helpfile

The Win32 API Helpfile is a must for any serious Windows programmer. It can be downloaded from here.

There's also a direct link to the file here. (12.8 MB (13,471,059 bytes)
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Deciding on a Forum

Recently I decided to start a Forum, not because I'm interested in persuading lots of people to join but because I want a place to store links to useful information.

I remembered that exodus on the Basic4GL Forum had created a forum sometime ago & he used Forums Vibe, so I created a Forum here. I was soon disappointed however when I found that I couldn't embed YouTube videos. So I typed 'Free Forums' into Google & I came across a link to these people, their Forums are a lot like the ones at 'Forums Vibe' but you can embed videos in your posts but I had a problem creating new forum categories & found it unnecessarily complicated, I also discovered that I couldn't embed more than one video in a post, you can see the forum I created here. I finally created a ProBoards Forum, which I should be able to do a lot more with & you can see that here.
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K-Meleon Browser

After using Firefox 3 for some time I've gone back to using the K-Meleon Browser, I've also removed a lot of programming software that I felt was cluttering-up my computer.
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Saturday, 21 June 2008

Ubuntu Google Bookmarks

Anyone who has ever used the 'Google Toolbar' for Firefox 2 in Ubuntu Linux may have had this problem where when you click the Bookmarks button & it just shows the words 'Downloading bookmarks...'.

Solving it is pretty simple & the solution is found here.

However now I've just installed Firefox 3 for Ubuntu Linux & I've run into the same problem.

I eventually looked here & I found the solution.

Just install the excellent add-on 'Deng Google Bookmarks' & it will solve your problems.
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Linux FLTK Program

The following commands will allow you to compile an FLTK program in Linux.

Imagine you had a program called mywindow.cpp & a header file called mywindow.h

g++ -g -Wall mywindow.h mywindow.cpp -lfltk -lXft -lXext -lX11 -o mywindow
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Eric Schwartz Amiga Video

Nice Amiga related Video by legendary Amiga Animator Eric Schwartz. The featured music is taken from Portal.

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Thursday, 19 June 2008

FLTK Devpak

You can get the Devpak for FLTK version 2 from here. Just rename it from .devpak to .tar.gz then you'll be able to extract the include and lib files.
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Geany is a Code Editor (IDE) for Windows & Linux. It can be downloaded from here & there is a guide to compiling programs in various languages such as Java, Python, C, C++ here on my Wikispace.
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FLTK - Finally Working!!!

I first heard about the Fast Light Toolkit in this post on the Ubuntu Forum.

I'd never heard about it before but it's a toolkit for designing GUI's & it's really good.

It's pretty simple to install in Linux but quite tedious in Windows.

After spending several hours trying, I finally figured out how to use it & I compiled & ran my first program.
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Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Dark GDK Download

You can get Visual C++ Express Edition, DirectX SDK & the Dark GDK, to start creating your own games.

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Tuesday, 17 June 2008

PCopy Issue 70

The new issue of PCopy is out & can be seen here. PCopy for those of you who don't know is a publication dedicated to the BASIC programming language.
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Firefox 3 Download

Firefox 3 is available for download from here & here.

All the add-ons I've tried are compatible with it so far, even Google Toolbar.
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Opengl Redbook & Bluebook

PDF copies of the OpenGL Redbook & Bluebook can be downloaded from the bottom of this webpage.
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OpenGL Collision Detection

Interesting thread here on the Ubuntu Forum about how to achieve Collision Detection using the OpenGL 3D Graphics library.
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Downloading Ruby

If you want to download the Ruby Programming Language for Windows, I recommend you visit the following site & download the 'One-Click Installer'.
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Regina REXX & THE Editor

There's an installation guide for Ubuntu here.
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Installing RPM Files

If you need to convert an RPM file into a Deb file then read this guide.
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Final Fantasy XII Walkthrough

Final Fantasy XII Walkthrough available here.
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Linux BASH Commands

A list of useful Linux BASH Commands can be found here.
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Monday, 16 June 2008

Lego Digital Designer

Some months ago I came across this News post on about the Lego Digital Designer which can be downloaded for free from here.

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SpeQ Mathematics

I found out about SpeQ Mathematics on the Coding Monkeys Forum. It's a very useful Scientific Calculator program which is completely free.
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Sunday, 15 June 2008

Mathematica Demonstrations

An awful lot of Free Mathematica Demonstration Projects are available for download here.
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Free CSS Web Templates

Download them here.
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Managed Code Performance

Interesting article on the performance of managed code here.
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Ionic Wind Software

Check out the Ionic Wind Software site for a lot of free programming software.
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Mathematica Player

I've had a total nightmare trying to download the Mathematica Player from the official site. Neither the Windows version nor the Linux version worked. Whenever I tried to install them they complained about a corrupt installer or the md5 checksum failed.

I managed to find this site where I downloaded a working copy of the player.
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Windows Shell Scripting

Here is a link to a page on Wikipedia that lists a lot of the Environment Variables for the various Windows Operating Systems.

You might also find this page useful as it contains information on the difference between .bat files & .cmd files.
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Microsoft Express Edition Videos

The Free Learning videos for the 2005 range of Microsoft Express Edition programming languages can still be seen & downloaded from here.
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Linux Google Earth Installation

The following link on the Ubuntu Forum will show you how to correctly install Google Earth on Ubuntu Linux.

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