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Welcome. You have reached Bill Kendrick's personal web page.

Here you'll find links to the many award-winning websites I run, as well as the obligatory biographical information, photographs, and resume among other things...

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HIGHLIGHTS:
  • William Rhys Kendrick
    News about our son William, born in December 2006.

  • Tux Paint
    Hundreds of thousands of children can't be wrong!

  • New Breed Software
    My games and stuff for Linux, Windows, Mac, Dreamcast, Zaurus and more

  • Bill's Games
    An award-winning collection of classic games that work with any browser

  • Linux Users Group of Davis
    Over 450 members, meeting twice a month since 1999. I'm a cofounder, and was president or VP for the first 5.5 years.

  • WebFX
    My old, award-winning web-based image manipulator

NEWS: Updated: 2012 Nov 03 00:47

Latest General News:

November 3, 2012 - Well, between Facebook and Twitter, I obviously find no need to share stuff here any more. Oh, also, we had another baby. See you on the flip side!

February 17, 2010 - 30+ game systems and computers, 500+ video games, two movie screenings (Once Upon Atari and Tron), and a ton of give-aways (USB joysticks, $100 gift certificates, books, and classic Atari computers)... Atari Party 2010, next month here in Davis!

December 1, 2009 - New pet project: Tux's Turtle.

November 5, 2009 - Being able to share my life with friends I know on Facebook obviously makes me less inclined to post random stuff here. But, some fun news: I was interviewed by a blogger.

April 5, 2009 - I've started creating a rainbow-drawing tool for Tux Paint that draws real-looking rainbows. See a screenshot. Thanks to Jeff Newmiller from LUGOD for help with the math to draw the arc.

February 27, 2009 - In a few hours, over the last two evenings, I created a 1-player (so far), cellular-automata-based game engine based on "Dandy" (the inspiration of Atari Games' "Gauntlet"). Screenshot.

December 2, 2008 - Recently at work, I finished implementing a 'tag' system, whereby authors can assign one or more keywords to their books. As multiple authors use the same keywords, readers can find related books by clicking on a keyword. As time passes, a tag cloud forms, showing the more oft-used tags. It's insight into the kind of work that's getting published on our site. I've seen some interesting tag-clouds-across-time (for example, words used during presidential speeches over the last 200+ years). Perhaps, in time, I'll create a similar animation of Smashwords tag clouds. In the meantime, go enjoy some fiction about love and action.

November 7, 2008 - When William sees me running Akregator (a newsfeed reader), seen here, he makes his cat meowing noise (his 'word' for cats): "Emm!". This is no doubt because he often gets to see LOLcats and Cute Overload pictures in it. He also says "Goo-gool!" whenever he sees the Google logo, thanks to a recent visit to the Googleplex. Smart kid.

October 21, 2008 - I used code_swarm to create a video of the last ~6 years' worth of code changes made to Tux Paint by the various contributors who work directly on it. You can watch it on YouTube.

October 12, 2008 - A week into my experiment, and I've reviewed about 5% of my games. See the big list.

September 30, 2008 - I've started a (ugh) blog, where I will attempt to review Every Game I Own. (Some dating back 30+ years.)

August 14, 2008 - As Google Summer of Code 2008 comes to a close, I'm finally able to get the handwriting recognition Magic tool working on my system. The code will need to be cleaned up a bit, but on the surface, it's very cool! Draw some text on the canvas, click a button, and your scribbles magically transform into a letter. (In the same color and same approximate size as what you drew.) Check out a screenshot.

August 5, 2008 - In my copious free time I'm creating a little graphics library: libcrtxy.

June 28, 2008 - The nice folks at Google gave me an OLPC XO-1 laptop. In my 'copious' free time, I'll try to help get Tux Paint running nicely on it. (So far, so good, as far as I can tell!)

June 26, 2008 - Tux Paint was mentioned in today's mobile edition of USA Today newspaper, in a 'Tech' article by Kim Komando (who's a columnist for USA Today, among other things; she's mentioned Tux Paint and my BillsGames.com site in the past). Here's a link to the article: "10 free alternatives to popular, pricey programs. Thanks, Kim! Update: It looks like it was a regular USA Today article, not exclusive to their mobile site.

June 26, 2008 - My OpenStreetMap contributions for Davis have appeared. I took a few snapshots and tried to highlight at least a few of the bits of trail and road that I'm pretty sure I added. (I should find out whether I can compare chunks of map with older versions.) See them here: 1, 2 and 3. (Also, uTrack reports that my total ride was something like 17 miles and took just under 2hrs.)

June 24, 2008 - I'm putting together a very small mailing list just for the folks responsible for building Tux Paint for the various platforms it runs on (Mac OS X, Windows, etc.). While I was at it, I decided to take a peek at how many subscribers each of the current lists have:

  • Developers - 97
  • People watching code changes - 16
  • Translators - 65
  • Stamp artwork contributors - 71
  • Users (parents/teachers) - 130
  • Announcement list (new releases) - 14,759
Obviously some overlap, especially in the first bunch, but that's still a lot of people reading the junk I post. I should proofread.

June 22, 2008 - Yesterday there was a 'Mapping Party' in Davis, and a bunch of us wandered around with GPS receivers making tracks. Here's an image of a 2+ hour long bike ride William and I went on, covering a ton of the greenbelt in South Davis. (Photos copyright Yahoo!, as you can see.) I'll be adding this data to the OpenStreetMap project, once I figure this software out.

June 9, 2008 - It came to my attention that Tux Paint got a nice review over at Linux.com!

June 6, 2008 - I was interviewed again, this time by the Italian tech. magazine Punto Informatico.

May 2, 2008 - I was interviewed by Computerworld Australia: "An open palette: Tux Paint's Bill Kendrick."

April 25, 2008 - Tux Paint was mentioned by name (and link) on the front page of Slashdot today, yikes! Also, it just received another glowing review from Softpedia!

April 21, 2008 - In the end, Tux4Kids (which includes Tux Paint received 133 student applications (from 90 students) in this year's Google Summer of Code program. The accepted student proposals have been announced, and you can now see the 10 applications we ended up choosing. It was a very difficult and emotional process. (Think about it: we had to disappoint 80 people today!) I wish we had at least twice as many mentors available, since there were so many excellent proposals that we ended up having to decline.

March 30, 2008 - Tux4Kids has received nearly 55 applications from almost 40 students. And Google is considering extending the application deadline, due to many students being away on Spring break. It's going to be tough deciding among all these, espcially since many of them are very thorough (full proposals with timelines, for example).

March 17, 2008 - Tux4Kids has been accepted as a mentoring organization in this year's Google Summer of Code program!

March 15, 2008 - The Linux Users' Group of Davis (which I co-founded and continue to help run) will be exhibiting at a county-wide child development conference in Davis next month. I'll be there plugging Tux Paint, of course. There's a ton more open source software for education out there, so it'll be a ton of fun helping people learn about it. Wish us luck!

March 11, 2008 - I've just submitted the Tux4Kids project (includes Tux Paint, TuxMath and TuxTyping) to be a "Mentoring Organization" in the Google Summer of Code 2008 program. Wish us luck!

February 16, 2008 - Back in November, I did an e-mail interview with Community Kids magazine in Vacaville, Calif. The article's sadly no longer available on their website, but I found it on Google's cache, and posted a copy on the Tux Paint website.

January 28, 2008 - I was interviewed on This Week in Tech's "Jumping Monkeys" netcast. You can hear me starting at around 17 minutes of episode 31.

December 31, 2007 - The "Top Chef" mobile game that I worked on is discussed by the Baltimore Sun.

December 29, 2007 - Tux Paint's available on the One Laptop per Child "XO-1" (aka "$100 Laptop").

December 5, 2007 - Tux Paint was mentioned (sadly, only as an alternative to the commercial "Kid Pix") in The Unoffical Apple Weblog's Buyers Guide: Parents' picks for Apple-loving kids. Maybe one year Tux Paint will be their pick. :^)

December 5, 2007 - Top Chef is now available for download on AT&T and T-Mobile! Also, LimeLife has been listed in the 2007 Red Herring Global 100 (that is, they've chosen us as one of the top 100 startup companies in the world)! Update: And Top Chef is listed on Bravo TV's website.

November 28, 2007 - So long, and thanks for all the bickering. After 5 and a half years, and too many political-infighting threads to count, I've decided to take myself off of SVLUG's mailing list. I wish them luck in figuring themselves out.

November 28, 2007 - Chicago Tribune blog mentions the game I've been working on at LimeLife: Top Chef: The Mobile Game (not yet mentioned on Bravo's site, but soon!)

November 26, 2007 - Tux Paint is currently ranked #118 (out of 163,000+ projects) at SourceForge.net, in terms of all-time downloads. Update: And it's #55 in this week's top 100 downloads!

November 22, 2007 - Bit by flu, but wrangled volunteers in Canada and the UK to bring the world Tux Paint version 0.9.18.

November 12, 2007 - Facebook is noisy.

November 1, 2007 - I'll be speaking at PenLUG in December.

October 29, 2007 - Tux Paint was recently mentioned on a cool site I found called Parent Hacks.

October 25, 2007 - The Tux Paint announcement mailing list just broke 10,000 subscribers!

October 24, 2007 - I've uploaded another big lot of baby photos from the last two months or so...

October 22, 2007 - I'm preparing to release the next Tux Paint, once the Windows & Mac OS X guys are ready. In the meantime, I've posted a pre-release, as source-code: 0.9.18rc1.

October 17, 2007 - LUGOD was mentioned on the front page of UC Davis's California Aggie newspaper today.

September 30, 2007 - After not really doing anything with it for a very long time, I decided to release an alpha of Pop Star, a little puzzle game. Source code only, right now. No scoring, options or end-of-game, yet. Interested in updating the art for me? Contact me!

September 29, 2007 - A girl on YouTube is making Sailor Moon fan animations using Tux Paint — check it out.

September 28, 2007 - Melissa and William flew up to visit Melissa's parents in Washington. Apparently, William was, to quote a text message, a "v. good boy" on the flight, and giggled during takeoff! Sweet.


(Older General news)

Latest Baby Kendrick News:


Latest New Breed Software News:

Feb. 14, 2014 - "Games for NOMAM 2014 competition"
A competition is taking place for the NOMAM 2014 conference in Germany in April: write a game in TurboBASIC XL in 10 lines of code or less. I've created two, so far! Learn more...
Sep. 01, 2013 - "Bill Kendrick's Atari Relics"
Various bits of archeological relics found on 5.25" floppy disks from my Atari 8-bit past (1986-1997) are being posted online for archival and entertainment purposes. Enjoy! Learn more...
Jun. 16, 2011 - "Tux Paint Day 2011"
Today is Tux Paint's 9th birthday. Help us celebrate by spreading the word to your friends and family! Learn more...
Apr. 08, 2011 - "TTT updated"
Our simple tic-tac-toe game, "TTT", now uses Autoconf and supports portrait screen orientation. Thanks to Chris Verges for the update to this little old game! Learn more...
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