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You are currently on SiZiOUS personal website, homebrew developer for the 6th generation of video-games consoles (but only on Sundays!). Thank you very much for visiting my website! I hope you found what you were looking for (if not, sorry for that!)…

Who am I exactly?

I’m SiZiOUS, formerly known with my full pseudonym form [big_fury]SiZiOUS (which I no longer use, btw big_fury was my first public nickname), or simply SiZ! (yeah, I’m using a short version for my nickname and I love it!).

In the thirties, I’m part of the Franco-Portuguese community living near Paris. After 5 years of studies and obtained my Master MIAGE with honors, I became a computer professional, in 2 domains:

  • Business intelligence (BI)
  • Customer relationship management (CRM)

I’m part of the “IT world” since I have approx 9 or 10 years old, I used so many kind of computers, starting from one of the first portable computers ever made, powered with MS-DOS 2.11 in U.S. language (for a french little boy, it was so funny!). Then I followed the computer evolution: 286SX, 386, 486 DX2, the very first Pentium and finally I got a real machine for Christmas 2001, powered by an Athlon XP 1800+. I also owned a few exotic things like the Thomson TO8D (an evolution of TO7, a french computer from the Thomson company), a Macintosh SE 1/40 and probably other stuffs that I can’t remember.

Why this website?

Reasons are many various, but they’re very closely linked to the downfall of Sega and especially the (big) failure of their latest console, the famous Dreamcast…

The beginning

I discovered the Dreamcast scene around ’02, with a now defunct website called “DCEMULATION.FR.ST”. It was specialized in the distribution of emulators written specifically for the Dreamcast (i.e. allowing you to play Genesis games on Dreamcast). This great website was created by KReVeTTe and was the same concept as DCEmulation.org but in French language.

Unfortunately DCEMULATION.FR.ST disappeared in late 2002. Then I discovered another great website on the Dreamcast “second life”, created by oggy: DC-Reload. I learned many things with it:

  • There was much more emulators for that console than I thought;
  • There was huge range of various applications (MP3 and/or Video players, homebrew games, …);
  • And it was possible to easily develop its own programs!

However, this oversupply has one major drawback: it was necessary to burn every programs to a dedicaced CD-R. This was very annonying because many space on disk was wasted (i.e. using only 20MB on the disk with we know that we have 700MB space available!)… Fortunately, solutions to make CD-R with “multi-programs” were already born and one was better to my point of view: DreamInducer.

DreamInducer is a Dreamcast program created by DCGrendel for making compilations with various programs. It was really hard to make such discs directly by hand. Then burnerO, a Windows developer, developed a program for creating DreamInducer discs: Selfboot Inducer. This new proggy introduced a new distribution package format: SBI packages. Unfortunately, creating .SBI packages by hand is more easier than making DreamInducer disks from scratch but remains difficult…

First program

So in the end, the .SBI package format introduced by burnerO is really great, but it’s too difficult to create such packages by hand…

I decided to develop my first program in 2003 to fill this gap: SBI Builder. It was written in Delphi 6, my favorite development language.

I developed other tools for the Dreamcast and I opened my first website: SiZiOUS Download Website, hosted by the DC-France, a major french Dreamcast scene website.

Cool! And now ?

As you can see, I’m still on the web, for over 10 years now, still with an original name I was already using in version 5: SiZiOUS :: Serial Koder — by the way this amazing name was found by hieronymous.

My passion for old stuffs (the Sega Dreamcast in first) is still there, although obviously I have other priorities today.

Wayback Machine

I have the habit to provide a list of my old achievements just to remind me how I’m getting older… Judge for yourself:

Version In Out Comments
V1 15/07/2003 10/03/2004 Here’s my very first website, written in pure HTML using Macromedia Dreamweaver. The host was on the Personal Pages of my old ISP: Orange (formely Wanadoo).
V2 09/04/2004 22/12/2004 My second website was powered by one of the first CMSPwsPHP, which has disappeared. The host becomes DC-France through erwan. I lost everything in this version, I only recovered the website logo.
V3 22/12/2004 26/08/2005 This was the version 2 but with a new theme. I tried to make a fairly similar theme based on the version 1 but without success. In fact it was very ugly…
V4 26/08/2005 06/11/2006 This was the version 3 of the same website, but with a more appropriate (“clear”) theme. This was the latest version powered with PwsPHP before his disappearance.
V5 06/11/2006 08/03/2014 This version was the first and the last 100% homemade, including the back-end (database, PHP classes …) and the front-end (strict XHTML, CSS…). It was the rise of Mozilla Firefox that why I made a big effort to make the site compliant with standards. Since it was a pure custom development, this site was extremely robust and reliable and served me about 6 years. It’s “based” on the Hitmen design. The hosting was initially made by DC-France until its death then later EmuNova.
V6 08/03/2014 This is the age of Web 2.0 or the 3.0, so gone are the days for the specific development. So I went in WordPress, with a clean and more “clear” before theme. Hosting is now done by DC-Emulation, although my hosting EmuNova is still active (I’m trying to convert it to another use).

Greetings

During these many years I have met virtually and physically a lot of great people with whom I shared a lot of things around the Dreamcast but not only for that. I dedicate this section to those people who have a certain impact on my (geek) life!

French people first!

JMDL@ Cible, dcprogfr, erwan, Manu “mixman” a.k.a. Le Panda, omer93110, oggy, patbier & poche from the AliceDreams team, speudsemicolo, Man-Jimaru, kurdy, edd, hieronymus, Djizeuss, Hachiman, Venom, Rom1 (from the Drill Team), zouzzz

… and …

Codex, evilcyril, yoann007, shikigami, lekteur, sakuragi, escargot, SevLila & Jatadhara, Alba Giotto, leo03, sneak78, Boudin Rouge, yngwie, redrum, sekk, cabou, Link83, Manic, cTz, Ti Dragon, Kékidi, Elgaern, The Jedi, Sigfrodi, Yahiko012000… and everyone that I forgot.

Spanish/Portuguese after…

Ron, Kupra, KorteX, LTK, Belavi, josemci, Juan, chui, fox68k, Mekanaizer; then later IllDucci, PacoChan and of course all the staff of Dreamcast.es.

And finally, the worldwide scene!

|darc|, BlackAura, quzar, wraggster, kRYPT_, Fackue/LyingWake, curt_grymala, Max Scharl, KingBuzzo, Marcus, Darksaviour69, Christuserloeser, scherzo, rmedtx, warmtoe, burnerO, DCGrendel, DCDayDreamer, BlueCrab, Phantom, GPF, OneThirty8, Ender … and of course, you!

Special thanks

Thank you very much to:

  • hieronymus for the SiZiOUS logo and the website subtitle (the famous “Serial Koder“!) ;
  • edd and venom for my staff member position in the DreamAgain team;
  • wraggster for my staff member position of the DCEmu.co.uk website;
  • erwan for the DC-France adventure and for the hosting;
  • The Jedi for the hosting on EmuNova after the DC-France death;
  • |darc| for his kindness and for the current hosting.

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