04/23/14

Update: RetroArch and OSBB – RetroArch to Survive, Changes Going Forward

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Update:  RetroArch and OSBB – RetroArch to Survive, Changes Going Forward

After some back and forth discussion, it looks like OSBB team will be resuming development on RetroArch after all, making me edit my posts for the third time today…

With that said, it looks like there are some new rules laid down by OSBB as recommended by RetroArch going forward.  Which is good, I think a middle ground was all that was required.

The positive side – is it looks like things have reached a calming (relax in the breeze) type atmosphere.  And my next Raspberry Pi build (includes that LCD touch arcade table) is still planning to run RetroArch.  So that name may be familiar with you in the future.

04/23/14

Libretro (aka: RetroArch) Has Meltdown, Causes BB10 Port to Die

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A developers confusion over his own licensing caused updates to a ported version of RetroArch to be cancelled on BlackBerry 10

… A fist fight to the death, a little bit of blood loss, but back to business as usual.

Edit #2:  Status has resumed on the port. 

Update here:  http://www.filearchivehaven.com/2014/04/23/update-retroarch-and-osbb-retroarch-to-survive-changes-going-forward/ it looks like the issues have been resolved.  And both parties are moving forward together.  (Yay team… build_an_emulator).

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04/19/14

BlackBerry to kill 99% of my Apps

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BlackBerry announced planned 10.3.1 changes last week, and downplayed an important detail…  they are planning to remove our applications from your device

In what appears to be a money saving initiative, BlackBerry announced they are planning to end support for Adobe AIR as soon as 10.3.1 is available.

Most BlackBerry developers seem to agree that the SDK is dated and needs an exit strategy.  BlackBerry however, wants to take this to the next step, and plans to block any applications created in Adobe AIR from running on 10.3.1 devices.  Applications users have installed that use AIR will be removed and AIR applications will not be available through BlackBerry World or side-loading.  The recommendations from BlackBerry for developers is even more grim, requiring rewriting the application using other programming languages or even (uh) Android.  Yes, they are recommending we rebuild our applications for Android.

“What can we do (to stop BlackBerry from making this change)?  …Absolutely nothing.  In fact, I am one of the developers they are considering collateral damage.”

What does this mean to you?  BlackBerry will remove 99% of FileArchiveHaven’s applications (228 total – where approximately 80 have active users) from your system the moment you upgrade to 10.3.1.  And there isn’t a thing we can do about it… because they waited so darn long to tell us.

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03/26/14

Planets³ by Cubical Drift

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Being a little bit of a techy nerd myself, one of my friends sent me a message about an interesting kick starter called Planets3 that he thought I might find interesting.  They pronounce it planets-cube (but being the trouble maker I am, I call it planets-three as I reject any reality that uses the ³ as anything other than a 3).

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Interesting kickstarter to hop on.

What makes it different from another Minecraft clone

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The big difference that stood out to me, beyond all else, is the fact it is no longer cube based.  This game is triangle based on some kind of vector system, which allows for much more complex objects.  Including for angles, rounding effects, and really a truly unique environment.

World systems

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Each planet is a unique, defined planet space.  And if that isn’t interesting enough on its own…

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You can see, reach and potentially even interact with other planets as if it were a digital galaxy.

Other features

There are many other features that I know people will find interesting.  Including an RPG-esque style approach, weapon systems.  Armour systems.  Vehicles and vehicle building.  And an overarching game-plan including missions that could lead to going to other planets.

What do you recommend

These guys can use some help getting to the end.  Its a big lump of cash they need to get the game completed so if you have some spare change, want more details.  Or if you want to jump on board and get an early set of passes for the game you can visit the kickstarter below.

You can jump on the kickstarter here

03/18/14

How To Find A Spammer (GMI-Solutions.com as an example)

Do you ever get too much spam from someone and wish you could take a deeper look?  And have you ever wondered how long it takes to get to the bottom of a spam email?  On average, about 30 minutes.

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Sometimes, you just want to find out where they got your contact details.  Sometimes you just want the spam to stop.  And at the same time it is sometimes fun just having the challenge.  So, today, I wanted to put up a small blog post for people newer to IT, to help them understand basic tracking techniques for finding a spammer..

Today, I happened to receive an email from ASmith@GMI-Solutions.com.  So, lets use this as an example and see what we can find.  Googling around, this is a ‘company’ that makes it money several ways.  Typically their goal is to scam people from money by taking cash for products that don’t exist.  Like many money making schemes, these guys based around scamming people.

For the purpose of this post I will show you how to dig a little bit deeper.  If you are ready for more information beyond this article:

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03/14/14

Must Have Apps for BlackBerry 10 – March 2014

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Recently I’ve been very fortunate to have met many developers from around the globe.  And I’ve been invited to be part of some great applications, games and software under development.  Well, in honour of CrackBerry’s App Roundup, I wanted to do up a small post on great games and applications specifically created by CrackBerry Developers! 

All of these developers are open, responsive and active on CrackBerry.  Which means, they will help make BlackBerry 10 a better platform while listening to customers.

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03/7/14

Dings and Dents from SparkFun

So,

A little while ago I bought 11 boards from SparkFun from Dings and Dents for 25 cents a pop. Why? Well I was curious and printed PCB’s usually run at least a dollar or so. At the same time I got a bunch of Dings and Dents sensors or something therein.

Dings and Dents: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/8477#comment-531a7b55757b7f6a268b4567

What did I receive?

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Those super cool large proto boards worth about 4-5 for bucks a pop and something called a wheel encoder I haven’t had time to look up.

So, I wanted to take this up a level. Last week I bought 200 more! What did I get this time?
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