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Site Background
by Jin-Wei Tioh


BlueSmoke actually came to life sometime back in April 2000, but was only formally launched on 31st August 2000. However, it was not pretty, similar to a real life Frankenstein. It was still in a semi-design stage, with quite a fair bit of redundant and erroneous HTML code. Work on the BlueSmoke Forums began early in May 2000, employing an extremely modified version of BoardMaster. As this was my maiden experience programming in the Perl language, it naturally took quite some time for it to be completed. The completed product looked good and worked reasonably well, but since it was so heavily modified (whole sections were reworked), there were bound to be small problems here and there. Moreover, BlueSmoke was still based on a non-database design. This didn't really complicate the posting of new content, but definitely got in the way when any changes to the site design were made.

Thus, the decision was made that some form of database system was needed. This was when my experienced gained in creating the Forums came in handy. The result? The CGI scripts that currently drive the site, eg. viewArticle.cgi and viewGallery.cgi. The overall control of the site has become more centralized, making site updates, news posting, etc. an order of a magnitude faster. The Sitenews, Web News and Case Gallery sections were added and modernized around December 2000 to January 2001, with most features being overhauled to PHP in October 2001.

That's the technical background of the site anyway. Why the name? Frankly, I don't know, but since the original design of the site was blue-ish in overall appearance, BlueSmoke would be kind of a cool name, especially seeing how it relates to electronics Other aspects? BlueSmoke started out as a joint effort between myself and Jin-Ning, with him handling games and I everything else. This worked initially, but doing everything was getting somewhat out of hand. We have yet to bring in a News Editor, so if you'd like to come aboard drop us a line! That's about the jist of it so far...


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Jin-Wei Tioh

Nick  :  WhoBeDaPlaya
E-Mail  :  jinwei@bluesmoke.net
ICQ  :  1596838
AIM  :  WhoBeDaPlaya
Position  :  Editor-In-Chief / Webmaster
Biography  :  Click for details
Main System  : 
  • AMD Athlon64 3000+ Venice @ 2.6GHz
  • Zalman CNPS7000 Cu
  • ABIT NV8
  • 1.5GB OCZ DDR400 Value
  • 250GB Western Digital Caviar SE16
  • NEC 3540A (Liggy/Dee)
  • Connect3D X800GTO @ 595/550, 12-pipes
  • Creative Labs SB Audigy 2 ZS
  • ATI TV Wonder Pro
  • CoolerMaster Praetorian PAC-T01-EK
  • 2x Klipsch ProMedia 2.1
  • 2x BenQ FP91G+ 19" LCD
 


Jin-Ning Tioh

Nick  :  Chaos
E-Mail  :  jinning@bluesmoke.net
ICQ  :  117758122
Position  :  Senior Games Editor
Biography  :  Click for details
Main System  : 

  • AMD Athlon64 3700+ ClawHammer @ 2.58GHz
  • Thermalright XP-90
  • ABIT NV8
  • 1.5GB OCZ DDR400 Value
  • 250GB Western Digital Caviar SE16
  • NEC 3540A (Liggy/Dee)
  • Connect3D X800GTO @ 585/540, 12-pipes
  • Creative Labs SB Audigy 2 ZS
  • ATI TV Wonder Pro
  • SkyHawk MSR-4610
  • 2x Klipsch ProMedia 2.1
  • 2x CMV CT-934D 19" LCDr


David Gillespie

Nick  :  Jaxon
E-Mail  :  jaxon@bluesmoke.net
ICQ  :  6628612
Position  :  Site Developer / Software Engineer
Biography  :  Click for details
Main System  :  N/A


Ryan Wagstaff

Nick  :  Wagz
E-Mail  :  wagz@bluesmoke.net
ICQ  :  N/A
Position  :  News Editor
Biography  :  Click for details
Main System  : 
  • AMD Thunderbird 850MHz
  • MSI KT7 Pro Motherboard
  • 128MB
  • Maxtor 15GB Hard Drive
  • Hercules 3D Prophet DDR-DVI 32MB
  • Amptron AV8S 17" Monitor


Tom Smith

Nick  :  SaberDyne
E-Mail  :  saberdyne@bluesmoke.net
ICQ  :  13977710
Position  :  Senior Hardware Editor
Biography  :  Click for details
Main System  : 
  • AMD AthlonXP 1800+ @ 2100+
  • Soyo SY-K7v Dragon P+
  • 512MB DDR-266
  • 3.5" Floppy Drive
  • 160GB RAID Array
  • Creative Labs 6X DVD-ROM Drive
  • MSI GeForce3 Ti200
  • Samsung 24x12x40 CDR/W
  • CoolerMaster ATC-210


 

 
     


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