June 2005 Archives
I let this one slip under the radar last month but I would be remiss without mentioning the recent (May 16th) release of Ayam 1.8.2, a free 3D modeling application which includes a IRIX 6.5 MIPS3 build amongst other various platform binaries.
For those who haven't heard of Ayam, it's an open source (BSD-license) 3D modeler featuring CSG (Constructive Solid Geometry), NURBS (Non Uniform Rational B-Splines), Bilinear and Bicubic Patch Meshes, Poly Meshes, Subdivision Surfaces, Metaballs and many import/export formats. A more comprehensive list of features can be found on the Ayam website. From the news page it appears that development is still at full steam with the CVS version now handling Wavefront OBJ files amongst other features.
Avi Bercovich ('jimmer' in the Nekochan forums) wrote that he's completed a new CD-R applet which wraps mkisofs and cdrecord in a SGI Motif panel. The software is distributed as a MIPS4 binary and can be either downloaded from the official project page or from Nekochan.
Discussion can be found in this forum thread.
Over the years I've found SETI@Home to be a fun way to chew some extra CPU cycles when a system is not otherwise occupied. Now that the "classic" SETI@Home project has pretty much fallen off the radar I finally got around to setting up the newer BOINC client on one of my O2s.
This first step is to of course obtain IRIX builds of both the BOINC client as well as the new SETI@Home client, neither of which are actually offered by the SETI@Home project at this point. There are some serviceable and fairly recent IRIX versions available in this (offsite) thread; as of this writing BOINC V4.58 and SETI V4.30 are offered along with a short checklist to get things set up and running. There's also a local Nekochan SETI@Home discussion in this thread.
If the links to these files disappear at some point let me know and I'll make certain to mirror them here on Nekochan. Also, if anyone's interested I've set up a "Nekochan" SETI team as well.