Monday, 17 November 2014

Online courses

I've signed up to Code School to try it out. So far, have done three different courses:

* Try Ruby
* Javscript Roadtrip 1
* Try Git

All three seem really basic, geared towards people that don't know how to program. Site doesn't appear to have very many free courses and costs $29USD per month to get full access.

Apparently the two other sites which offer courses of a similar nature are Treehouse and Codecademy.

I've also had recommended the Crypto 101 course and will probably be trying that one out next.

Whatever course site (MOOC?) I sign up for, it would be really great if they integrated Open Badges.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Getting Firefox Sync server running

Have been setting up Firefox Sync, following the instructions found at:

The instructions were pretty straight-forward, got it up and running in no time (even ran the tests to ensure everything was passing).

However, after reconfiguring the browser to point to the new Sync URL, nothing happened. (In the end it turned out I forgot the "/token/" part of the URL:

Debugging Tips:

* By default if you run the server using "local/bin/pserve syncserver.ini" the server logs to console.

* The database the server saves to (by default) is "syncserver/syncserver.db", which you can view using SQLite Browser.

* To manually start a Sync, you can go to "Tools" -> "Sync Now"

* To view the browser (client) sync logs, enter "about:sync-log" in the URL bar. You can turn on logging on successful sync by toggling the "services.sync.log.appender.file.logOnSuccess" configuration variable.

* At time of writing there's a bug where the URL can be set back to the default in some instances:

* You can modify the "services.sync.syncInterval" variable to make the browser attempt to sync more frequently (value is in milliseconds).

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Getting Risk of Rain working

I bought the Humble Indie Bundle 13 and downloaded Risk of Rain (non-Steam version). Tried firing it up, when it wouldn't run, giving error:

"error while loading shared libraries:"

Found that it required a bunch of 32-bit packages, namely:

* libopenal1:i386
* libxrandr2:i386
* libglu1-mesa:i386

 which you had to install with "sudo apt-get install [package name]"

NOTE: To get "Shadowrun Returns" working, also had to install the "libxcursor1:i386" package.

NOTE2: Am running Ubuntu 14.04LTS 64-bit