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Competition 2003 / Real Rankings
« on: June 16, 2003, 09:29:39 AM »
You all know in this season the 2 worst months dont count for every pipsqueak. Since we finished 6 races, it's time to reveal a chart where this rule is used. I'll program it possibly today, but definitely this week.
This chart will show more accurate rankings compared to 2003's finals.
Hope it'll help you.

Competition 2003 / Z27 - Signed up
« on: June 15, 2003, 12:27:44 PM »
awaiting comments and stuff

Competition and Website / ZakStunts v5.0
« on: April 30, 2003, 10:01:06 PM »
Work will start with the beginning of june, this will be mainly a design job, because I re-organized the system with v.4.5, but still some code related things to do too.
Write here things that`d like to see, and awaiting your comments as well.

things gathered until now:

news display will be completely rewritten, possibly with the usage of somery, a blog system. It also supports commenting the news, I dont see why to allow that because we have the forum, but if you want it, maybe.

complete redesigning the menu system, cleaner, simpler, and finally a complete and usable archive page is planned.

new design of course, I`m planning 3 colour schemes with a bit varied design you could choose from. One of these will be optimized for 1024x768 possibly, others for 800x600.
new design will contain more design elements than this one.

want to leave frames, but I have to read through some technical stuff before this, looks like I can manage it. Not sure about this yet.

auto notification system recoded by myself, so it`ll work finally

at seasons results you`ll see that a pipsqueak raced on the given track, or just got 0 points.

support in code for 11 best results count/year rule. yeah, I was lazy and didnt code it yet, but I still have time :)

all tables will be redesigned so that they`ll fit both the 800x600 and 1024x768 resolutions.

game section will be a bit more highlighted with the upload of more games. still help wanted here.

new online chat client

reorganizing lots of secondary stuffs, polls, guestbook, etc.

article section redesign too, with possibly an article upload script.

pipsqueak/team profiles better organized.

more FAQs for running stunts. Like sound setup, cheat car installing, and stuffs. So things that those will like, who are not pipsqueaks, but like stunts, and visit the page because o that reason.

chatroom bots reinstalled :)

cool calendar with email reminders before quiet days and deadlines.
but still no useless flash design shit I hope. functionality over design as always :)

and lots of more...
hope I`ll be able to code this all.

Competition 2003 / ZCT25 - Mudness
« on: April 18, 2003, 11:32:40 PM »
25th anniversary track...
maybe 25th anniversary car? :)
but its the first ZCT with a name
and not a city name :)

you'll know everything tomorrow, at the closing ceremony.
If I'm late I got a puncture or broken leg somewhere in the northern mountains of Hungary, come and find me then. :)


Competition and Website / 10 or 11 best results?
« on: April 02, 2003, 07:44:34 AM »
You asked for it.
Poll vote time: 14 days

Racing Games & Other Competitions / AMIGA games
« on: April 01, 2003, 06:16:59 PM »
well, my Amiga 500 is just being posted to me from the corner of the country, it'll arrive i a week. I could have bought one cheaper I guess, but I dont care its still worth the price. I've downloaded around 800 disk images full of games, so I'll play all the old racing games at their best soon (Test Drive, Street Rod, Lotus 3, etc), as well with some only-amiga games, like Skidmarks.
I only need LOTS of working disks. :)

I'll inform you about the games later :)

Chat - Misc / Game section
« on: March 31, 2003, 12:35:25 PM »
well, how do you like it?
I'm quite satisfied, wasnt too hard to code, and is a big quailty jump.
If you want to write reviews on games, contact me :)

Competition 2003 / ZCT24
« on: March 22, 2003, 09:54:02 PM »
I like it.
No big shortcuts I think  :lol:
I hope you like it too

Stunts Chat / STUNTS SHIRT
« on: March 20, 2003, 08:31:25 PM »
Well, as you may heard it was so that winners of last year will get a Stunts T-Shirt.

I was looking after some prices and ways to do this, and there were two ways:

1. You can print the picture you want on a special paper, and that can be heat copied to the shirt. Its about 10$+shirt price, but coloured prints can be copied only on white T-Shirts. You can change the picture for each shirt. On black/coloured ones you can put only white stuff, and its not so reliable.

2. The company can create a special sieve, which costs about 20$/color, but can be used multiple times. Then making a shirt is only about 1$+shirt price. This is only worth if you make several shirts, because the sieve(s) must be made. It can be printed onto coloured shirts too, but only the same on all shirts.

So I thought that instead of making the shirt for winners only with the first method (with the second it costs a lot) I'd rather do a shirt accessible for everyone. I'd pay the cost of the sieve, and everyone could buy it for shirt price(varies from2$-10$ here) + copy cost (1$) + post&pack (around 2-3$). So i'd be somewhere between 5$ and 15$, depending on shirt quality you want Of course free for the winners of last year, and they deserve something with the shirt of course, like a small diploma in 2001 or anything.

Shirt could be any color preferably black, with 1 color print on the front side, preferably yellow, like:

So who would be intrested in this?
Write it here, with your desired size.
lets say if 5 people beside the top3 last year then lets go. :)


Competition and Website / Problems solved
« on: March 09, 2003, 01:30:53 AM »
today my home server was set up, so please welcome him:

Intel P100, 1GB HD, 32MB RAM, 12kb/sec uplink, running freebsd.

Not so much, but enough for a home router

for an SQL server.
From today the site's database has been moved to this computer. It's almost 24h online, but because my provider drops my connection every 24th hour, the DNS forwarding must re-initialize, and it can take 1 minute up to 1 hour. During this time databases (scores, forum) are unavailable.

This machine is not only hosting the SQL database, but I directly edit the files and the DB here, so you pipsqueaks, and please ONLY pipsqueaks can access the latest stuff always (when not reiniting) at:

Site is directly mirrored of course to which is open to the public.
12kb/sec is not much, but should be enough for us, pipsqueaks, who want to check out latest scores, and use the forum. Please note that it's the connection and server I use at home, so if you overload and/or abuse it I'll be really pissed off and shut it down.

web based IRC client is only available from webdream for security reasons.

so, feel free to use as a backup, or instead of

hope you'll be more satisfied with the site


p.s.: th following two week is testing phase. If my connection will be overloaded I'll apply some restrictions.

Competition and Website / competition on a 4-week period?
« on: March 04, 2003, 10:04:42 PM »
things for it:

-quiet days always on friday-saturday, so everyone can race
-live update always on saturday, so no need to stay up long before tomorrow's work.
-everone can test the track on sunday
-leading time counts from monday, because of sunday everyone could send a good time as start
-this stupid track would be 1 week shorter (main reason)
-two special tracks a year
-4 day long winter holiday :)))
against it:

-messed up timetable
-sometimes deadlines match with other competitions
-not sure I want to change during season, but if I want I must now.

your choice, as usual. Vote open for 10 days
one thing is sure:

timetable would be:

ZCT21 dec31 - jan31 (finished)
ZCT22 feb 01 - feb27(finished)
ZCT23 feb28 - mar22 (shortened)
ZCT24 mar23 - apr19
ZCT25 apr20 - may17
ZCT26 may18- jun14
ZCT27 jun15 - jul12 (special)
ZCT28 jul13 - aug9 (special)
ZCT29 aug10 - sep6
ZCT30 sep7- oct4
ZCT31 oct5 - nov1
ZCT32 nov2 - nov29
ZCT33 nov30-dec27
dec28-jan01 : winter holiday :)

Chat - Misc / Anime / Manga
« on: February 23, 2003, 10:41:10 AM »
any maniacs out there except me? :)

Competition and Website / VOTE about February closure
« on: February 21, 2003, 07:42:01 PM »
Well since I'm organizing a demoparty on friday-saturday 0.-24h, and I work on friday and sunday, I'll have totally no time next weekend. ot even for sleeping.
So please choose which closure times are the best for you.
Poll available until next tuesday (25th)

Stunts Questions / SENSATION! Interview with Kevin Pickell!!!
« on: February 17, 2003, 09:07:42 AM »

I've found Kevin Pickell's webpage.
He was the lead programmer of Stunts back in 1990

I wrote him a mail, about asking an interview, ad he answered:

>Sure send me some questions, I might not be able to answer them
>all but
>I'll try.

so lets write together some questions (tonight at IRC mainly), and I'll post them for him.

I think this is a great surprise for you all :)


Competition 2003 / ZCT22
« on: February 01, 2003, 12:10:15 AM »
There you go...

I'll tell my opinion when I have time and hardware to drive it for more than testing purposes.

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