These tutorials focus mainly on OpenGL, Win32 programming and the ODE physics engine. OpenGL has moved on to great heights and I don't cover the newest features but cover all of the basic concepts you will need with working example programs.
Working with the Win32 API is a great way to get to the heart of Windows and is just as relevant today as ever before. Whereas ODE has been marginalized as hardware accelerated physics becomes more common.
Games and graphics utilities can be made quickly and easily using game engines like Unity so this and Linux development in general will be the focus of my next tutorials.
To the Children of the Modern Age and Beyond
By Alan Baylis
Perhaps you think it is odd that mankind spent thousands of years wanting to go to the moon and now, after reportedly going there only twice, we have not been back in over 34 years. In all this time no permanent base or instrumentation has ever been established there; no satellite or remote explorer has ever been sent there in the name of scientific research. Perhaps you think it was strange that the communications link to a mars satellite was turned off just before the satellite reached mars, despite the fact that the primary directive of the mission was to never turn off or lose that communications link. Perhaps you think it downright bizarre that on yet another mission to mars, after a two year wait, the pictures transmitted back were released to the pubic eight hours late because they had arrived at night and NASA personnel claimed they were all asleep. What you may not have thought about is that since the time of the moon missions many of the countries of the world have had no new free to air television stations. It may sound trivial in comparison but as the worlds primary source of information this anomaly is far more sinister. Without competition in the broadcasting industry the 'players' are free to ignore important public interest stories such as those above and manipulate public opinion. If memory serves, an fm radio station license was recently tendered (auctioned off) by the Australian government which went for 70 million dollars. I could only guess how much a new free to air television license would cost, but it would be substantially more and would be far more than the actual cost of the equipment necessary to run the station. Only a very small select group of people in the country could afford such a price and those that could are probably already media owners. This means that the same people who control the industry continue to grow and real competition becomes practically non-existent. If the cost of the license was reduced to a reasonable amount and if licenses were issued liberally then there would be a lot more people in a position to start their own television station, though it still wouldn't be cheap. It is no surprise that a limited number of television stations is actually preferable by a reigning political party as it enables them to easily control, by collaborating with the few media owners, the actual content of the station and enforce media blackouts in which all information is withheld from the public. This may be convenient for a country at war but in practice it denies the people the right to free speech and allows governments to engage in shady practices without the people knowing about it.
Of course, as the internet grows and the speed of transmission increases we can get a broader picture of the world from many sources. But only if we exercise our right to choose non-mainstream sites rather than going to the same old sources used by the television stations themselves. Also bear in mind that everything you do while surfing the internet can be seen by third parties and possibly recorded so be careful what you choose to do. It may not seem important to you at the moment as you may be a law abiding citizen, but times change and so does mans law, so one day it may be illegal to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol or do something that is very common now such as writing or publishing books for example. It is interesting to note that when the Australian government recently had a large promotion to sell licenses to broadcast unrestricted media such as full length movies on the internet that absolutely nobody brought one. I guess this means that the business community feels that it will never be necessary to have one due to the unrestricted nature of the internet.
If there were a more balanced media presentation on free to air television we would be told about some of the scientifically provable facts found in the Bible and other ancient books. We would be told that while evolution is a well recognized fact in nature it cannot account for the unbelievably fast development of mankind which is currently explained away as a special case called step evolution which has not occurred with any other species on the planet. Darwin himself mentions repeatedly in his theory that there should be a lot of evidence of transitional stages between the now differentiated species we have today. The only other sound reason that we have for the fully differentiated species, lack of fossil evidence and the quick emergence of mankind is that a being existed before mankind and created us using increasingly believable technology. The Bible supports this but gets almost no coverage on the mainstream television stations, except during the small hours of Sunday morning when it is interpreted by misguided evangelists, so in all seriousness I recommend that you read it for yourself. You will find it a refreshing change from the clearly pagan entertainment presented by the few television stations.