Tag: bitplane.net

Website update

Posted by – 2009/12/30

I’ve finally got around to editing the Simplish template and adding pages for some of my old software projects. There’s some links at the top up there, hover over them and you get a nice drop-down menu with a list of projects.

The meat of this is JavaScript stolen from another theme and some PHP code gratuitously pasted into my header, this isn’t IP theft, and not just because it’s the season of sharing! This is what’s great about free software licenses.

PHP file list using mod_rewrite

Posted by – 2009/09/14

I’ve noticed that most of the traffic to this site is actually people visiting my permanent and temporary file dumps, which until today were literally a bunch of files dumped in a folder. DreamHost don’t keep my logs for over 30 days and I’d like to incorporate my file dumps into my Piwik stats, so I made a nice fancy file list in PHP. It has nice looking icons courtesy of famfamfam, though may move to stdicon in the future.

Some caveats:

  • The file list currently tracks directory views (via the template) but not yet file downloads, as that requires a Piwik plugin that isn’t final so I haven’t installed it, adding it should be trivial though.
  • As requests are passed through PHP using mod_rewrite it will result in long running scripts on your server, which may upset your shared web hosting provider.
  • Scripts are not yet excluded by rewrite rules! You won’t want to keep other scripts containing sensitive information in dirs under the path.
  • Access to files and folders beginning with “.” will be blocked.
  • It only works on Unices, not Windows servers as they don’t have the “file” command to get the MIME type.
  • You’ll obviously need an Apache installation with mod_rewrite.

To install it, just copy index.php, .htaccess and .filelist/ to the directory where you store your files. You can get the script (without icons) from SVN.

This [e107] page has moved permanently [to gallery2]

Posted by – 2009/09/06

If you do a Google search for some of my really old code, like my Python T9 Dictionary or XBMC IRC MP3 downloader, you’ll notice that my pagerank has been carried over to SVN and the gallery. This is because Google and other search engines take note of HTTP 301 response codes and update their links accordingly.

When I migrated from e107 to WordPress and Gallery2, I replaced download.php with a redirect script which redirects to the gallery, svn or file dumps. The script looks like this:

// lots excluded
$address = 'http://bitplane.net/';
foreach ($_GET as $i => $value)
  $index = explode('_', $i);
  if ( isset($index[1]) && isset( $table[ $index[1] ]) )
    $address = $table[ $index[1] ];
// send 301 (permanent redirect)
header("HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently");
header("Location: " . $address );
This file has permanently moved <a href="<? echo $address; ?>">here</a>

So when you try to view PY9, you’re redirected to the new location. There’s no excuse for 404 errors when you move your site around, if you care about keeping the web up-to-date then please use a redirect script!

Piwik in, Google Analytics out

Posted by – 2009/08/27

I’ve stopped using Google Analytics and have now moved over to Piwik. I don’t have that many visitors, but there are still lots of good reasons to use Piwik. It’s better for everyone if I keep hold of my own stats instead of giving it all to Google and I may even do some Piwik hacking in the future.

Getting it working in Gallery2 was a bit of a pain, so I updated their wiki for them, but other than that it’s about the same as installing Google Analytics.

Subscribers are welcome to see my laughable stats :)

Irrlicht nightly builds 2.0

Posted by – 2009/07/20

Irrlicht nightly builds by ConvexTech are back again, not only with D3D9 compiled in to the Win32-gcc builds but we even get VisualStudio AMD64 builds too! A big thanks to Marc Burns for providing this service :-)

I’m hosting a mirror, it’s not much compared the the overhead of compiling the builds, but every little helps, right?

New website layout

Posted by – 2009/07/17

So I’ve finally decided to bite the bullet and install WordPress. I’ve never been much of a fan of the blog format, but over the past couple of weeks I’ve made a few interesting toys without binary demos and the e107 CMS I was using as a file store couldn’t index them. The old gallery isn’t ideal for random screenshots either. So I decided this site needed a makeover; a new layout which has permanent locations for files, a gallery and links to my SVN repositories.

So the HTTP 301 script is up and redirecting, and the new format for bitplane.net goes like this-

So, what new stuff? Well over the past couple of weeks I’ve made some loaders for Irrlicht. A TAR loader (and fixed gzip loading in Irrlicht), a Windows Icon loader and a Windows PE binary resource loader and just for fun a FIGlet font driver. Also, over the past couple of months I’ve spent a bit of time learning to sketch, and have scanned a couple of them so I can see my progress. Finally, I made a Photosynth of Glastonbury Festival, which actually captures some idea of the scale of the place.

That’s my first post out of the way. I promise not to blog unless I have something interesting to show, or less often, say.