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January 2013

POV-Ray animation, transparent web graphics tutorial

 

Here you will find a complete, worked, end-to-end tutorial for building your own transparent (with alpha channel) animated ray-traced graphics on your web site. The intention is to use a process without any manual steps so that the animation build is completely automated.

For the impatient, download and unpack the supplied TGZ file and run make then view torus-150x120.html in your web browser.

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POV-Ray transparent graphics

I have been looking at creating and improving this site's POV-Ray generated graphics.

I have already added an alpha channel. Next, in order to display the favicon better in higher definition displays, I will need to store multiple resolutions in the icon file. Also, use of jitter and radiosity may improve the result.

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Web animation with alpha channel

This is probably old now, but I have started (once again) to look at embedding an animation with an alpha channel (transparency) into a web page. I really need to use the PNG format, but need something that is cross-platform, mobile, and friendly in the absence of JavaScript.

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Build your own car software

According to Slashdot you may soon be able to develop software for your Ford or Vauxhall/Opel car. This could be exciting news but as yet it is not known what constraints will be in place or whether you are permitted to independently develop software for your own vehicle.

Chelmsford winter beer festival 2013

The dates have been set for the Chelmsford winter beer festival 2013. It starts at 5pm on Wednesday 20th of February and finishes at 11pm on Saturday 23rd February. This year the event will be held at King Edward VI Grammar School, Broomfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 3SX.

Please read on or see the official CAMRA site for further information.

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Ubuntu phone

Canonical's Ubuntu is widely reported to be releasing a new mobile cell phone.
Ubuntu now fits your phone
Introducing the superphone that’s also a full PC

And why not run standard PC software on a phone? The hardware is becoming fast enough. In fact my existing phone's processor and memory have a significantly greater specification than my core router which runs Debian GNU/Linux.

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