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I keep these old messages here mostly because people keep finding them in Web searches, and I hate broken links. Most of those searches are about the FunLove virus, or the "Elf Bowl" game. These old postings should not be considered authoritative on those subjects!
For information on FunLove, I suggest anti-virus Web sites, like this and this. If you're wondering if the Elf Bowl game is a virus, try here or here. For Elf Bowl and related games, try a Google search, or perhaps some possibly related website like this or this.
In Reply to: Simple network for circling posted by Aykut Firat on February 13, 2000 at 18:52:54:
Whoa, a blast from the past! The date on the relevant file is 7 April 1989. To find it, I had to look on the ZIP cartridge where I archived stuff from my old OS/2 machine, and within that find the ZIP file where I archived the stuff from the computer before that (a PC/AT named "buster").
Anyway! The "orbiter" is pretty simple: it has one eye that looks directly forward, an excitatory connection from that eye to the left wheel, and a right wheel that always spins. It's rather limited, of course! It can only orbit in onw direction, and if it starts out pointing directly at a light, it smashes into it.
Normally, though, it will go straight ahead until the light is slightly behind it, and then turn until it can "see" the light ahead of it again. The resulting motion is (in the limit) a circle.