Sorry for not posting on Friday. I’ve been in Washington, D.C. for the week presenting at the New Media Consortium 2015 Summer Conference. I was demonstrating UCF’s LTI applications to other schools and representatives. It was a great experience. I also got to explore DC, which is an amazing place. It’s our Capitol, and me having worked / interned for a state representative before, it was very cool to see the bigger version. Also tons of fun were had at the Smithsonian, the Archives, the Library of Congress, National Zoo, etc. etc. etc. 😀
I’m exhausted, but refreshed. Pumped to do some awesome things 😀
I do not know how the Splatoon box art got into the title. That’s crazy. Anyways, I tested out Ubuntu Mate for the Raspberry Pi2, and it’s impressive. Everything feels really responsive, Firefox on it is super smooth. It looks like a good build. The only problem is that it’s only for the Pi2. A few years ago I switched all my installs from Ubuntu to vanilla Debian, and I’ve been enjoying that. Ubuntu Unity didn’t sit well with me, but on Mate, it feels very much XFCE, so I like it.
The next version of PiPlay is coming along, going to be updating to the next version of Raspian, and some various little fixes. Can’t wait!
Splatoon has been so much fun. If you have a Wii U it is so worth it.
Today Nintendo released a whole bunch of new Amiibos that were highly sought after. I was in line at WalMart at midnight and had a lot of fun. Met a bunch of cool people in line. We were laughing and comparing game collections, and then the electronics guy comes out and tell us there are 6 Amiibo. Not 6 of the 9 characters. Just 6 Amiibo total. 3 Pac-Man and 3 Charizard. I was 7th in line. We could only laugh at the ridiculousness. On the plus side, I picked up Splatoon! It is just as amazing as the demo! If you have a Wii U and like FPS / 3PS this is a must.
The only Amiibo I was after was the Silver Mario. I mean, come on, Silverman, Silver Mario. It was a must buy. There was no line at my GameStop so I was able to get one without a problem, it was just that was all they had. This whole product line is crazy. People going crazy over little figures. Gotta catch em all!
In other news, I picked up a Beagle Bone Black and I am working on testing PiPlay on that. Initial tests look good. It runs Ubuntu, and has some quirks, but I was able to get Mednafen, CaveStory, and DGen working without issue.
So, I used to collect arcade games, but when I moved, I had to sell my collection. Now that I own a house with a garage, I’m able to start rebuilding my mini arcade (and using PiPlay in the mean time 🙂 ).
One of my favorites and prized machines was an F-Zero AX. This is the companion to the GameCube’s F-Zero GX. It has a magnetic card reader, which allows you to save your pilot data between racers, and has a gamecube memory card slot which can access your save data.
I got very lucky that my original machine went up for sale, so I was able to repurchase it!!
The board it uses is called the TriForce, which is a regular GameCube with more memory. The game is on optical media, but rather than using gamecube optical discs, it uses GD-ROMs. Yep, the same media used in the Dreamcast. In fact, the platform is a collaboration between Sega, Namco, and Nintendo (hence, TriForce). The racing cabinet is a standard Namco / Sega model.
It’s really awesome, and I’m so glad to have it back.
Hopefully I didn’t worry you all too much. I’m kinda embarrassed to admit this, but for the past few weeks, I’ve been effectively locked out of a lot of my web apps due to my old host’s server not being able to handle the load. I’ve been with them for 3 years, and in that time these applications have grown exponentially. I have sadly outgrown them, and for a while was worried about where I could go.
Good hosting isn’t cheap and it’s worth every penny. I looked at AWS, but that would have cost me a small fortune for the amount of bandwidth I use. Some VPS providers would have been good, but I don’t have the time to manage every part of my server.
I’m very lucky to have a good friend who owns the hosting company vNucelus, and has graciously offered me space on his servers. Everything was migrated today and it all seems to be running super smoothly!
I’m glad to be able to post again, and I hope you are excited to read again.
So next week I will be in Montreal for the annual Python Software Foundation conference: PyCon. My coworker and I will be presenting a project we developed at UCF that uses Django, AWS, and a bunch of other tools that allow us to help 60,000 students learn in a better environment.
Next Friday’s post will probably be late, depending on what the internet connection is like up there.
I am proud to present the very latest version of PiPlay! PiPlay 0.8 Beta 9! I feel like this is the best release yet!
While this was mostly a bug fix and compatibility update, we do have one awesome new features implemented. When you upload, drag and drop, ftp, or somehow copy a game file to the roms folder, our file watcher will pick that up, and automatically update the PiPlay Menu. No more running the Rom Scraper, or getting popups about unscraped files.
Sorry for the very late post this week. Trying to figure out why I’m having such connectivity issues to my web host. Replaced the router. Still happens. Modem is fine. It’s not my host. But my ISP can’t see it as being down since it comes up 5 minutes later. I can VPN into work and access my host from there. So weird.
Tomorrow marks my 2nd Wedding Anniversary. It feels like it’s been a day and a half 🙂 K, I love you. Thank you for putting up with me.
0.8 Beta 9 is coming along. It should be released in a day or so. This is the best version yet, and I’m so sorry for the Beta 8 release. Trying to get everything working on both the Pi and Pi2 has been a challenge. But I think this version will be great. We have upgraded to the latest Raspbian image, moved more emulators into GitHub / Git and now can update most of PiPlay with a Git Update. Mark has created an awesome file watching script which automatically updates the frontend when a new file has been uploaded. No more running the scraper, it all happens in the background.
Mario Party 10
Mario Party 10 came out this week. I had a chance to play it with a group, and, well, it feels like Mario Party Lite. The game is gorgeous, the levels are beautiful, but there are only three game modes. Amiibo Party, Bowser Party, and “Mario Party” which isn’t like previous games. Everyone works together to get to the end in a vehicle, basically pooling dice rolls. The classic game has been shortened and moved to Amiibo Party. It feels like a lot of content is missing. The load times are also really long. I really wanted to love this game, but I feel like its a demo. I’m hoping patches and some free DLC fix that.
I backed the SmartiPi kickstarter a short while ago, and received my case the other day. I think this is one of the best designed cases out there. It easily wraps around the whole Pi, and has LEGO compatible pegs on the case.