Archiving my old CDs

Posted by pulkomandy on Thu Nov 30 18:52:17 2023  •  Comments (0)  • 

I have a shelf of old CDs, both audio and games. Some are very common stuff and not so interesting. Others are quite a bit more obscure, for a variety of reasons:

  • Audio CDs I bought at shows or from websites, that are not currently re-edited
  • Various shareware compilations and tie-in discs
  • Even for big well-known games, sometimes the French edition is not well archived even if the English one is

Anyway, it was one small worry in my life that if these discs would be damaged, lost, or stolen, I don't really have a backup plan. Actually, while archiving, I found some cases where the disc is missing (nothing impossible to replace, fortunately).

The other part of this problem is I had no remote backup. I used to do a "backup exchange" system with a few friends, where we would send our homeservers backups to each other. But people move on, servers go offline, and this is not available anymore. Related to that (and less so to the CDs archiving), I'd like to do more with my homeserver, but as long as there is no backup plan, and the server is a machine in my living room, the risk of data loss is just too high. So, I finally registered an account on iDrive so I can upload the stuff there. The server is now backed up, and I'm dumping the software and music there as well.

Due to copyright laws, this is a private archive for my own use. However, I will publicly list what I have. If it turns out some of this is not readily available, contact me and we'll figure out something.

I tried to do things "right", dumping ISO images where appropriate, all sound tracks as flac (both for the games and music CDs), as well as the extra content for Audio CDs. I also scanned the booklets and the disks themselves.


  • 123 Free Solitaire 2003
  • 8 jeux de casse-tête (Pointsoft collection of Tetris-like and other braintwister games)
  • 3D Ultra Pinball - Le continent perdu
  • 3D Maze
  • Alien Detector Pro
  • Astrobeer
  • Blobby Volley
  • Blueprint menu editor (for editing The Sims objects)
  • Bousille écran
  • Boston Bomb Club (edited by Pointsoft)
  • CD Force 1 - Octobre 1999
  • CD Fun 1 and 2 - Février 2000
  • Car Tycoon (French version, I remember this being unplayable due to too many bugs)
  • Command And Conquer (with "Opérations Survie" extra disk)
  • Crop Circles
  • Dune II
  • Dungeon Keeper Gold (multilingual)
  • EcoQuest
  • EcoQuest 2
  • Freelog Hors Série 11 - Démos et Merveilles
  • Inca II Wiracocha
  • Get Medieval (Microïds CD with Shogun, Rage of Mages, and Corsairs
  • Grim Fandango
  • Gruntz
  • GT Racing 97
  • Heroes of Might and Magic III ( edition)
  • Hi-Octane
  • Hugo
  • Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
  • Lego Creator
  • Lemmings for Window 95
  • Lemmings 2
  • Lemmings 3
  • Lemmings 3D
  • Lemmings Revolution (a different print than the one available at WebArchive)
  • Les fourmis - Les Guerres de l'Ouest
  • Les Mondes Engloutis 2.0 (scenario for Age of Mythology)
  • Little Big Adventure
  • Lord of the Rings II
  • Lost in Time
  • Lost in Time 2
  • Ludorace
  • Mais où se cache Carmen San Diego edition Junior (Pointsoft and TLC edusoft)
  • MaxiMax Septembre 1999
  • Micro Machines v3
  • Monthy Python Sacré Grall
  • New World 3 - Trip to Australia demo
  • Oddworld l'Exode d'Abe
  • Pandora's Box
  • Pandemonium
  • Pandemonium 2
  • PC Mag hors série 21 (Shareware compilation)
  • Plane Crazy (PC Jeux 26 - Nov 99 - CD1)
  • Pointsoft Jeux pour Windows (several games edited by Pointsoft: Jungle colors, Snowmanland, Lost In Time, Wizards). The games are clones of well known things (Puzzle Bobble, Dr Mario, ...), but they have decent pixel graphics and great music by then demoscene musician Traven
  • Powerslide
  • Prince of Persia 2
  • RAMA
  • Rayman Forever
  • Red Baron (PC Fun Hors Série)
  • Q*Bert (version from 1999. My CD looks different from the ones already dumped at the web archive, I guess the French version got a different artwork?)
  • Rising Lands (Microïds)
  • RollerCoaster Tycoon
  • RollerCoaster Tyconn: Loopings en Folie scenario disc
  • Sim Tower (Maxis)
  • Sim City 2000 édition spéciale Media Pocket (a low-cost re-release, including the DOS, WIN16 and WIN32 versions with SCURK and other extras. The CD includes PDF user manuals in french)
  • Sim City 3000 OEM edition
  • Sim Life
  • Sim Town
  • Street Wars (Constructor 2) (Acclaim)
  • Les Super Maths (PC Junior CD #16) - A MAcromedia made game where You play X-Men characters in 4 minigames involving mathematical operations, graphs, triangles, and so on.
  • The Dig
  • The Incredible Machine 2
  • The Sims Transmogrifier 1.4
  • A random asortment of custom objects to add to The Sims
  • Theme Hospital
  • Theme Park
  • Traffic Giant ( edition)
  • Tux Racer 1.1
  • Tomb Raider II
  • Warcraft II edition (in English)
  • Warcraft II Beyond The Dark Portal
  • Wild Tangent Front 9 minigolf
  • Worms 2


  • Alternine: both the original EP and the 2.0 from the rebooted band
  • André Minvielle et Lionel Suarez - Tandem
  • Antoine Reneaut - En Plénitude
  • Les aventures de Bibounet et Patacloum (companion CD to a DVD that I don't have)
  • Chorale Iroise - Couleurs Celtiques
  • Daft Punk - Ton Legacy soundtrack
  • Datarock - Datarock Datarock (EU version with extra tracks), also including the videoclips from the CD
  • Datarock - RED
  • Dr Wong - Heavy Metal Banania Unplugged, Tipiak, and covers of Zelda and Tetris
  • Eiffel 65 and Bloom 06 - All albums, nothing very exciting here I think
  • Eurovision Song Contest 2009 (CD1 only)
  • Fabulous Trobadors - Ma ville est le plus beau park
  • Flash (some Atari XL music)
  • Flavien Berger - Léviathan and Contre-Temps
  • François Hadji-Lazaro - Un recueil frais et disco (including DVD with videoclips)
  • Les Frères Brothers - First 2 albums
  • Guilhem Desq - Visions
  • Harajuku - Just One Look (incomplete)
  • La Tordue - All 6 albums
  • La Patate - L'alboom (if you know French you may remember their flash animation "La chanson de la patate" but you probably didn't there is a full album)
  • Les Escrocs - All 3 albums
  • Les Wriggles - Justice avec des saucisses
  • Malaussene - 2 albums and bonus tracks. They had these for free on their website
  • Mélusine - Chansons à écouter au coin du feu (a tie-in music CD sold with a comic book. Not bad music at all from people whose main job is comic book scenario and drawing!)
  • Mickey 3D - All 3 albums from a boxed set
  • Paula Powered - Level Up
  • Poison - The last legend
  • Pomplamoose - Invisible People
  • Hurricane on the Bayou (soundtrack from the movie/documentary of the same name
  • Tribute to Arno (Putain, putain, une tribu pour Arno)

Playstation games

  • SLES-00278-2107629 - Bust A Move - Arcade 2 Edition
  • SLES-00838 - Oddworld - L'odyssée d'Abe
  • SLES-01502 - Oddworld - L'exode d'Abe
  • SLES-01893 - Bomberman
  • SLES-04166 - FIFA Football 2005

Software and drivers

  • 3D Prophet Kyro II driver CD
  • Akai LPD8 CD (Mac and Windows software and user manual)
  • Altera Complete Design Suite 7.2 for Windows and UNIX/Linux, with Cyclone II starter kit CD
  • ASUS Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade
  • BeOS "developer edition" distribution (versions 1.1 and 2.2)
  • Borland Delphi pour Windows (Presqu'Offert hors série juillet 1998)
  • CD from my high school music teacher with multimedia presentations about the music we had to study for exams
  • ClarisWorks 3.0 (Presqu'Offert 9)
  • DirectX 9.0 redistributable
  • DIV Games Studio
  • E-Icons 4.15
  • Genius Genitab III driver for Windows 98 and NT4, version 1.2
  • Global American Inc drivers - for a VIA embedded PC motherboard, a GPS received and a PCI serial card
  • GP2X F100 userguide (English and Korean)
  • HP PSC1310 / OfficeJet4200 / OfficeJet 5500 printer drivers (Windows 98-XP, possibly also Mac)
  • Iomega Zip driver
  • Klik and Play (French, Mac)
  • La Bible PC - Programmation système - 5ème édition (sold with the book of the same name, including all examples from the book, and also a Micro Application software and book catalog with weird background music, and a low resolution version of the "Don't copy that floppy" rap clip that takes more space than everything else on the CD)
  • Liquid Desktop screensaver
  • Matrox Millenium G450 driver CD
  • Micrografx picture publisher 6.0 (also including ABC Media Manager, older 16bit versions of Picture Publisher, and demos of other Micrografx software)
  • MP3 player driver (don't remember for which cheap MP3, either an S1mp3 compatible one or some later ipod Nano like thing)
  • Mustek ScanExpress 1200 SP (includes TextBridge and IPhoto Plus for Windows and Color It! for Macintosh)
  • NetBurner support CD (this is a Motorola Coldfire development board with an Ethernet port)
  • OfficeOne 7 - An office suite built from existing components (OpenOffice,, Avast, ...) also including some games. Sold with an Asus computer back in 2008 or so
  • Partition Logic 0.66
  • PC100 Video Inside motherboard drivers
  • Shino Disquette v3.7
  • SNes9x 1.39a FR
  • Sound Blaster Live
  • ToUCam fun Philips webcam drivers, PCVC 730K version 1.01
  • Ultimate Boot CD 5.1.1
  • USB to IDE driver CD (I don't remember what piece of hardware it goes with, includes drivers for various chips)
  • USB to serial adapter driver (a Prolific based adapter)
  • USB 2.0 Digital HDTV Tuner
  • Various Palm software
  • Visual C++ Express 2005
  • Windows XP (first release)
  • Windows XP Pro SP3
  • Windows 7 Pro 64bit with Service Pack 1, French (ok you probably don't need this one...)

DVD and movies

  • Blanche Neige et les sept nains (Zylo / Goodtimes platinum series)
  • Heidi (Zylo / Goodtimes platinum series)
  • Le Bossu de Notre Dame (Zylo / Goodtimes platinum series)
  • Pocahontas

Wanted / Missing

Some things I couldn't archive in time... Some of this is probably easy to find, and just notes to myself to get it. Other things are more complicated.

  • The Daft punk soundtrack is supposed to have some bonus on the disk. Unfortunateely, what's actually on the disk is an EXE file that will just send you to a now offline website. The web archive only has a backup of the landing page, because the actual content was behind a login wall. There were apparently 3 trailers for the movie, the videoclip for Derezzed, and a picture gallery. Did anyone doznload the pictures from the gallery or other stuff from that website?
  • Complete "Just One Look" album by Harajuku
  • My copy of Tomb Raider ("version longue"/extended edition) has only CD2. CD1 has been accidentally replaced by a CD of Tomb Raider II. Anyone has the matching Tomb Raider II case with CD1 of Tomb Raider 1 in it?
  • Bénabar - Infréquentable, I have the case but the CD is not in it
  • Petite Oreille by Boucherie Prod - A compilation CD released in 1996 with children songs by artists who don't usually do children songs. My CD is lost and this is long out of print, I'll have to locate a copy at acceptable price.
  • Megarace 2 - CD2 (French version), mine is too damaged to rip properly
  • Command and Conquer Soleil de Tibérium - GDI disc


Posted by pulkomandy on Wed Jul 30 10:43:02 2014  •  Comments (0)  • 

Today I discovered Rome2Rio, which is a multi-modal travel search engine. I've been looking for such a tool for some time. Instead of searching only flights, it provides train and bus routes, and allows to mix and match all of these (and even ridesharing) to find the best way to go where you want. It also features door-to-door pricing, which means not just the cost of the flight, but also any shuttle you may need to use from the airport to city center.

They have their own dataset and don't do API queries to other operators. There is a risk of out of date data, but on the other hand, this makes the search super-fast. The trip is visualized on a map and you can easily see what's the best solution.

I can finally plan mixed train/bus/plane trips easily!

Rainloop webmail

Posted by pulkomandy on Thu Jan 30 16:14:57 2014  •  Comments (0)  • 

Pendant des années j'ai utilisé Roundcube comme webmail. Mais je n'en ai jamais été vraiement satisfait..

Et aujourd'hui, j'ai installé Rainloop sur mon serveur. C'est propre, c'est beau, c'est facile à installer, ça marche tout seul, et on a même pas besoin d'avoir les mails sur le même serveur car tout passe par de l'IMAP et du SMTP. Adopté!