8 December - Video capture
is becoming more and more common for me now. It reminds me of the time
I had bought my first cdrw drive. I had to get used to everything that
was necessary to write a cdr without problems and get to know all the
quirks of the bundled software. It's exactly the same now. For example,
Adobe Premiere always finds some reason not to want to capture more than
half an hour of video.
5 December - It's getting colder again, after a few
days of relatively warm weather. It rained a bit so no-one probably noticed
the higher temperature. It's "Sinterklaas" in the Netherlands, here in
Belgium we have to wait until tomorrow. Sinterklaas is sort of like Santa
Claus (the names are similar), the kids love him cause they get a lot
of candy and presents. He's being squeezed between Santa Claus on one
side and (new in Belgium this year) Halloween on the other. I saw the
first Christmas decorations around half November already. And just now
I've heard about a store that has started with Easter decorations already.
It's a crazy world out there. Maybe I should start my own holiday.
3 December - I've discovered why I didn't get any sound
when recording video: Windows was configured to record through the microfone
input. Of course I blame Windows (I couldn't possibly come to the conclusion
that it was my mistake, could I). And as is usually the case, now there's
another problem capturing video: I've hit the 4GB filesize limit. Guess
I'll have to get a 64-bit cpu as soon as possible.
2 December - Last month of the year. I now own my own
place. Not too big, but I've lived in places that were a lot smaller.
I think I'm going to like it there. Of course now I'll have to paint the
walls and buy furniture and move all my stuff there and ... Why did I
actually buy that thing again ? In the meantime I'm trying out my new
video capture card. I need to get some sound into the .avi files I capture,
but other than that it's working out great.
29 November - One day before I'll (officially) buy an
apartment and get the keys. After about 3 months of waiting it's finally
going to happen. The downside of course is that I'll have no money left,
but I'll get my own place to live in return. I guess it's a fair deal.
I am getting a bit nervous though. Also the end of the year is coming
closer. I'll have to think about doing something special with the website.
Hmm ... an idea has sprung to life.
28 November - I think I didn't mention it before, but
I bought a Playstation 2 last month. The main reason was that I wanted
a DVD player and it seemed nice to get one that could play games as well.
Overall I'm quite happy with it. It loads games rather fast and I'm sure
that they won't crash. Movies are of course crystal clear because of DVD.
A downside is that games are more difficult to play. I am after all used
to a PC keyboard and not to a Dual Shock controller (probably should put
(TM) somewhere in that sentence). Another problem is that it can make
quite a lot of noise. But then again, so do my computers.
27 November - I've been working a lot on the website
recently, but you won't notice all that many changes. Reason is that I've
installed a new version (beta) of E-Officedirect and it had some problems
getting my site working as I expected it. So I've once again changed the
site's template (lots of new ones to choose from). I hope you like the
one I picked. I've also managed to get a stable Kylix on my Linux dev
machine. Turns out starting from a new user was a nice idea, which enforces
the idea that I screwed up my XFree or KDE configuration a bit as the
other user. Live and learn I guess.
20 November - I'm quite active updating the website these
days, although most changes are cosmetical. Most (all ?) new content is
Linux-related as it seems this time I'm more serious about Linux than
ever before. I've got it installed on 3 computers now, but I only use
it on 2(the third one is a test system). The end of the year is coming
closer again. I remember a year ago I was packed up in a small room all
week. Now the room isn't that much bigger, but at least it's part of a
bigger house. Which makes a difference.
19 November - I've finally done the first Linux vs Windows
test. You can find it in the new Linux section. I've compared installing
Mandrake Linux 8.0 (I heard it has a very good installer) to my experiences
of installing Windows. It was an almost complete success. Read the report
to find out what happened...
18 November - Working ... working ... working. And not
working too, in between. 9 November I've translated the OSS (www.opensound.com)
headers to Kylix, so now I can make sound in Linux! More even, my unit
will probably be included in the official OSS release. Talk about cool.
I intend to get some example programs in the Kylix section, but I still
need to learn how OSS works myself. I'll probably also translate the Alsa
headers at some point, but not for a while. And Kylix 2 is out (www.borland.com).
I guess that means Borland hasn't given up on Linux yet, which is a good
thing. Now all I need is Delphi 6 and maybe I can really start on cross-platform
development. 24 October I've been working on VST plugins the past weeks.
It seems a bit like returning to my origin (as a developer). VST plugins
are what started my "career" as a programmer. But ... games are what started
my intrest in programming. Still, it's fun doing plugins again. I'm also
working a bit more with Linux again. Only problem : Kylix doesn't want
to install on my (new) main Linux system. And of course the SB Audigy
I got isn't supported yet (and I can't put the SBLive in with it because
of the stupid Audigy drivers in Windows). I'll figure it all out ... sometime.
14 October - Not much going on right now. I've just decided
to update the website a bit, add little things here and there. And of
course I finally uploaded the game I programmed in Linux.
4 October - Well well, it's only been a month since I
updated the site. It seems so much longer. But then again, so many things
have happened. I won't do more than mention the horrible events in NYC
and Washington DC, everyone knows about them. I started to learn playing
bass guitar. It's great to notice the progress I'm making, and learning
in a sort of organized manner is something I have missed since graduating.
Other than that, I'm doing much the same things I always do : programming,
reading, updating this website, ... I should find a sport to do, of course,
but that's also always the same. And I had 2 weeks of vacation in September.
Really nice. It's fun not to have to do anything at all.
3 September - Nothing much happening right now ... oh
wait, I finished the Wasp VSTi. Now to find a little project to finish
this week and I can start my vacation without troubles.
16 August - This diary thing doesn't appear to be working
very well. Apparently it's been two months since I added anything. I'll
have to rethink this concept I guess. 14 June Not really that much to
tell today. I've moved to a different appartment 3 weeks ago and I'm really
starting to feel at home here. So much more room than I used to have!
I also translated an FFT function to Pascal, but it's quite a bit slower
than the C++ version (1.5 times as slow).
5 June - So I've got Linux working on the laptop. Actually
I've had it running for a couple of weeks now, and I love it. Of course
things don't work exactly like in Windows and that can be frustrating
at times. And while the applications I use are quite advanced, they do
lack the occasional nice feature. On the other hand, They've also got
some great features that Windows apps lack completely. And I've created
my first Linux app using Kylix. It's a little game called Can't Stop,
derived from the boardgame by Sid Sackson. Quite an addictive little game.
I'll post it here as soon as I figure out what it needs exactly to run
on any system. And I'll probably port it to Windows as soon as I get my
hands on Delphi 6 (should be a simple recompile I think).
21 May - I've bought a 20GB harddisk for my laptop last
week. There were three reasons for this : get more space, be able to put
Linux on the laptop together with Windows 98 and finally, to get more
speed. There's definitely more space, and I certainly have the impression
that it's quite a bit faster. The only benchmark I ran with both the old
and the new harddisk says it's doubled in speed. That's worth it, especially
considering the fact that it was relatively cheap (about the cost of a
40GB normal harddisk). And I've also put Linux on it. The only trouble
is I haven't been able to get my network card to work yet. So still trying...
15 May - Has it been that long already ? I must have
really been busy these last few months. To be honest, quite a lot has
happened. First of all, we went to the Frankfurter Musikmesse with Image-Line.
Just visiting, we didn't have a stand. But we finally met some of the
people we usually only email/icq/irc. We only really visited one hall
though. That Musikmesse is huge ! After that, I finished another custom
version of FruityTracks 2. This one is called X-Session Music St@tion
and is distributed with the new cd of a fairly popular band here in Belgium.
The idea is that people who buy the cd can also make a remix of the songs
of this band. And then in April I spent just about all my time on the
installer for the boxed version of Fruityloops 3.1. Not that it was so
difficult, but there were always a few days between me finishing the installer
and Cakewalk testing it. So I had to do a new version about once a week.
28 February - Not that much to tell today. There are
some very tenacious bugs in the DXi host, so I'm working on solving them.
Fruitytracks 2 should be released soon (already ???).
21 February - Well, the DXi host is finally done. And
what do you know, there are the problems with VST plugins. Nothing too
serious, although one is rather hard to find. Anyway, this has caused
me to find a little bug in the VstXSynth example as well (go see the Delphi
page for more info).
14 February - Just when I thought the DXi host was done,
up pops the DreamStation DXi with crackles. Ah well, back to the debugger.
5 February - www.indubio.net is going to disappear soon,
because the people at namezero have decided it's not profitable to provide
a free service (duh!). So for the moment this site is only available through
www.frederic.vanmol.com. Sorry for the inconvenience.
30 January - And another week of DX host programming.
At least now I've got the new host up to the standard of last year's.
Bummer though : it's starting to look as if the DXi support is going to
have to be implemented inside FL, as the wrapper won't be able to support
everything a DXi plugin asks for. On a brighter note, I'm really starting
to work with Linux (not in Linux exactly, but still). I'm installing a
Linux box as firewall and it seems to be going alright. At least the DHCP
server works now (it didn't last time). And of course I can run the FreeCiv
server on it :-)
23 January - Translating DX files ... translating DX
files ... :-) It's easier than last time round (probably because I recognize
a lot of things), but still quite tricky.
18 January - I've got a wonderful new plan. I was already
planning to use Kylix to develop for both Windows and Linux. Now I've
(re)discovered FreePascal. It should compile most Delphi code, so it might
be feasible to use it for development on platforms that Kylix doesn't
support. Of course this still has to be tested, but it might work. And
if it does, that might mean I could develop apps for MacOS X as well.
Which would be cool (not to mention a good reason to buy a mac). Anyway,
time will tell.
15 January - Well, I'm working on a couple of different
projects now, including FruityDJ and a new DirectX host for Fruityloops
(incorporation of DX instrument support). I just fixed a bug in a pre-test
version of FruityDJ that had me going crazy. I had "simplified" a formula,
which of course was all wrong afterwards. The crazy thing was that the
new formula was giving the results I thought it was supposed to give.
Well, it works now.
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