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Name: Timothy Chung
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Homepage: http://phpRPG.org

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I graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Optometry at the University of Melbourne in 2001. Computers and information technology has always been one of my passions. If you are interested, here is a small part of my personal story:

My first point of contact in computers was when I was about the age of 10. There was this battery-operated machine by a toy company (which I don't quite remember what it was called). Despite with only one line of dot matrix LCD display, it had a module which allowed me to do some programming similar to BASIC syntax. I can still recall the excitements and satisfactions from creating something (my first software!) that could interact with my input. Spent numerous nights programming on my bed and my parents' with this bulky toy. :D

My first PC was a 80286 machine with CGA display. I was lucky enough that my parents was willing to upgrade the display from the orange monochromes. But was unlucky because I didn't know that the evil merchants have given us a defect CGA card (with actually crosses on the printed circuit board!) and a hard disk with lots of bad sectors. : (

I acquired most of my knowledge via numerous trials and mistakes. (I guess most people do.) I was sent to a short course school for computer classes on BASIC (Beginner's All- purpose Symbolic Instruction Codes) programming by my mother. (Something she probably would regret now. Hehe, in a good way! :P) I was ahead of the class and because of that, was very encouraged and motivated.

Along the years, I wrote snippets of codes in QBASIC, QuickBASIC and TurboBASIC. I enjoyed mostly the code manipulation of colours and palettes. I have also successfully completed a combat- oriented 3D maze game.

Thanks to the internet, I have learnt how to write HTML for my own websites. Through some very helpful tutorials and articles available on the net, I eventually learnt how to program in JavaScript and PHP / MySQL.

I now work full time as an optometrist and studying (non- IT related). I use most of my spare time working on phpRPG, a multiplayer web based roleplaying game (RPG). Through this my knowledge of PHP grows. As a return to the open source community, this software is released under the GNU GPL. In future when the product has stabilised, users will be able to install a fun, interactive and purely web based game on their web server.

Due to limited knowledge and background, I do not contribute much to the development of open source software. I am however always very supportive and feel very proud of the open source concept.

I thank my dad for buying my first PC (plus the others, including my current 1GHz :P). I thank my mum for sending me off for my first programming lessons.

And thanks to the almighty open source community, and you, who has patiently read my rant! ;)

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Spider Man?

I was looking away from my computer screen for a moment. My hands were off the keyboard. Then suddenly I heard a sound of a key, as if something has dropped onto it.

I could catch a glimpse of a red-orange like thing. With a closer look, I noticed there is spider web between my '<' and '>' keys. But there was no spider in sight.

Has anyone had spiders stuck inside the keys before? Should I keep on using it? :)

Correct me if I'm wrong. Looking at the current open source projects, especially after visiting kernel.org made me realised there can be two types of development:

One which is like my project, phpRPG, a project that is slowly but continuously developed with very open goals. Due to the fact that it is completely open sourced and the benefit of not have any commercial / marketing constraints, the software evolves as it goes... sometimes I don't even know where we're heading. I believe this is partly why the development is slow too. This type of development is more suitable for those with strong initiative and creativity.

One which is similar to Linux: "Linux is a

    clone
of the operating system
    Unix
, written from scratch by Linus Torvalds with assistance from a loosely-knit team of hackers across the Net."
This type of projects arises when the developer feels either dissatisfied with the product or the need to bring more functionality and features to the software.

I feel the need to push my PHP skills to another level. So I've taken up the second idea. A popular web-based game called Droid Arena - where you construct facilities, research technology and control a robot to explore lands and bring it to arenas to battle for experience and prizes - although only allows two weeks of trial period (before you pay), was quite addictive. Now I plan to develop another game based on this existing commercial game, available free to the public and developers.

Is this the right thing to do? Is this what open source is all about? To what extent will I be infringing copyrights?

If you care to give me a bit of guidance while I seek for the answers, let me know.

I actually got certified! Thank you certifying me as an apprentice. Exploring the open source community made me realise I still have a lot to learn.

31 May 2002 (updated 31 May 2002 at 05:52 UTC) »

First day to the discovery of Advogato. Interesting concept. Still fooling around... I do not understand how one can certify themselves?

I use my spare time to develop on an open source game called phpRPG. It is a web-based multiplayer roleplaying game, released under GPL.

I typed a whole lot until the browser crashed. :( So I will tell you more if I come back again.

 

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