I’ve been writing online for 10 years. Well, strictly speaking it’s longer than that because my Geocities site was last modified in 1997 and it’s still alive. I might yet import that site into this blog at some stage. Thankfully I had enough of HTML frames after that. I created a simple site on indigo.ie in late 1997 but then moved everything to http://members.xoom.com/xeer/ which later became members.nbci.com and is now long gone. xoom.com is now quite a different site!
I called the site DemoNix. It never had permalinks, but I did update it with a Perl script that built static html pages with a basic theme and then FTPed them to xoom.com. That script and the build files are long gone but thanks to the Wayback Machine I recovered a fair portion of it. All the original content I could scrape together is now in the Demonix category on this blog. I generally wrote about Linux demoscene news, code tutorials, gossip and my first 2 GPLed projects: “Time Sheets for Networks” and “Install Sendmail”. TSN as I fondly called it doesn’t exist any more but it was my 4th year college project. It was terrible. Buy me a pint some day and I’ll reveal just how bad it was. I wrote Install Sendmail because Sendmail was such a bitch to configure in those days. It was wildly popular, even being linked from the Fetchmail homepage. It still exists although the download link is now broken. It’s a sign of the times that nobody has complained about that.
Dave Polaschek recently reminded me that the web was a much smaller place back then. It was much easier to be noticed and get to the top of the pile if you posted consistently and well. My DemoNix site was read by many and even linked from a Slashdot story about Bladeenc in 1998. I’m sure it’s a simple coincidence that members.xoom.com went offline around the same time for a day or so ..
I could write more, but it’s all contained in the archives of this site. Everything from enthusiastic exclamations about the latest demos or code snippets to the short announcement of my mother’s death in December 1998. I still remember the email Mark sent me after I made that post. There were no comments in those days.
As this is a self indulgent look into the past, grab a Commodore 64 emulator and download donnchac64.zip. It’s a collection of demos and bits and bobs I wrote (or co-wrote) on that machine from early 1992 to late 1993.
Emulating a Commodore 64 is not without it’s problems. “Awareness of Reality” doesn’t seem to load properly in Vice. The speed loader I used doesn’t like the emulator and I have yet to figure out what the “left arrow key” is on a PC keyboard. That key is used in AOR and “Ionsai on Gealach”, my award winning Galaxians mod! It’s great to hear those old tunes again though.
10 years down, many more to come I hope. I’m now a dad, married to my beautiful Jacinta and work at the cutting edge of blogging with the WordPress folks. Great times.
You can now view almost all the content from my old site, DemoNix here. There’s a few months missing from 1999 I think, but thanks to backups on CD and the Wayback Machine I have most of it resurrected!
It’s been a while since I updated. I’ve been busy with other things.
Take a look at http://cork.linux.ie for more info.
There’s a new version of Install-Sendmail out. This one has support for Sendmail 8.10 now. Get install-sendmail 5.3 at the projects page on the CorkLUG website.
Lots of things have been happening lately. Along with Owen Kelly, and CorkLUG I’m organising “Linux Awareness in Ireland Day” which will take place on November 6th. More info on the CorkLUG site or LAID site.
There’s also a new release of Install-Sendmail. This release fixes a small bug in detecting Slackware systems. If you run anything else don’t bother downloading this one.
Well, I’m off to France on Thursday morning. We’re heading to Paris but not sure exactly where after that. If you’d like to get in touch email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
There’s quite a bit of demoscene news on linux.scene.org but they don’t have the news that the only Linux demo to appear at Assembly ’99 is available for download! Get it at ftp://kameli.yok.utu.fi/pub/fit/anataus6/ana6.tgz
It works on my RedHat 6 system, and ldd reports the binary isn’t a dynamic executable so it’ll probably run on most modern Linux distributions.
New version of Install-Sendmail! This one asks you how long to wait to send waiting mail (only if not queuing!), as well as a few bug fixes.
More languages are supported now, 8 in total!
I had a go at Kingpin tonight in Linux. Sort of slow really, even though I have a TNT card it didn’t seem to make much of an impact. Looked like 2 fps!
3 new languages for Install-sendmail. French, Germand and Spanish.
This version is almost exactly the same as the previous one except for the new languages.
New version of Install-Sendmail. This version fixes the previously mentioned
bug – it’s not even my bug, but a feature of RedHat based systems. See the
CHANGES file for details. I’ve also improved support for different languages so
if you want to create a version for your country please feel free to
There’s a bug in the server setup of Install-Sendmail that doesn’t let remote
machines connect to your machine as a mail server. I have a fix for it and I’ll
post a new version of the script next weekend.
There is now a German translation of Install-Sendmail, created by Juergen Ginkel.
I haven’t tried it yet, but I think a new way of seperating out languages is called for. Expect a new release of the script soon to meet this requirement and fix some minor bugs.
My apologies to anyone who hasn’t got a reply back to emails they’ve sent. My machine broke down last Thursday, and I’ve also been very busy helping to get a local LUG off the ground. Check out the CorkLUG homepage for more details.