Gaming Keypads and Retro Gaming

Video Games - AtariNote: This is not sponsored by any company nor is this a review of any specific product. While I do mention my specific device, this should apply any and all programmable gaming keypads.

As a programmer and a PC gamer, I have an affinity towards programmable gaming keyboards. The ability to create macros on the fly is invaluable both in a game and in an IDE. While I always liked the idea of a gaming keypad, I never really could justify the high price since I already use a programmable gaming keyboard. However, when I found one on sale I bought it without hesitation. I figured, even if I don’t like it for gaming, I could always take it to work and use it with my laptop for programming.

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Fix – Dual Shock 4 No Longer Connects To PS4

Ren And Stimpy Angry DadI like my PS4, but damn does it cause me headaches. Here is a problem I came just across, My DS4 controller that I use exclusively with my PS4 decided it didn’t want to connect to the PS4. I plugged it in via USB, pressed the reset button, but it still wouldn’t connect. I even got my spare that I use for multiplayer and streaming to my Mac and even that wouldn’t connect. I searched for an answer and found bits and pieces of what to do but nothing that worked in whole.

Here is how I eventually solved the problem.

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Apple iPad Retina Wallpaper Guide

I am posting a simple guide for creating custom wallpaper for Retina iPads. This contains references for the Portrait and Landscape dimension as well as locations of various home screen landmarks (page indicator, dock, and status bar). Just download and make your image right on top of the template.

Retina Guide

Retina Template (Click to view full image)

Farewell Google Reader

RSS Feeds

Google Reader is officially dead. So what are you going to do now? Here are a list of some good free RSS readers.

If you want a full drop-in replacement, you can’t go wrong with Feedly. It’s a browser-based application that exists as an plugin or as an app for Apple iOS and Android. As a Webapp, it is synced across your devices, just like Google Reader.

If you only have one device or would rather just have a strait up RSS client here are a few of my personal favorites. For Windows, there is RSSOwl (PC). It is a basic RSS reader in written in Java. Vienna is probably the best reader for MacOS X. It features a “river of news” style feed that is customizable with various themes. On the linux front, there is Akregator on KDE and Liferea for GTK based Desktops such as Gnome and XFCE. These are both pretty capable readers and, if they aren’t already installed by default, are probably just an apt-get or yum command away.

If you want some more alternatives, here is a nice comprehensive list courtesy of GigaOM.

Don’t forget to subscribe to this feed in your new reader!

Fix – Chrome Audio Bug.

I recently went to play a video on Youtube and I noticed there was no sound. I doubt it was the video as I have played it a few times before. After some searching, I found that other people were having the same problem. It turns out that Chrome was recently updated and with it was a bug that affects Windows users who do not use stereo sound (My computer was set to Quadrophonic).

Until this bug is resolved users can go into their audio manager and set their speaker setup to Stereo.

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Whiteboards, Lube, and Me (Or How to Restore A Dry-Erase Board with WD-40)

I love whiteboards. When my whiteboard stopped erasing, I figured I would have to pitch it and buy a new one. Because I like large writing surfaces, that isn’t exactly cheap. What I found was that WD-40 will not only clean the un-erasable markings on the board but will help to restore the surface. Assuming the board isn’t physically damaged, it works wonders.

All you really need is a can of WD-40 and a roll of Paper towels.

  1. Clean the board as best as you can with your erasers
  2. To clean the board, spray some WD-40 on the dirty parts of the board. You don’t need to soak it, just coat it.
  3. Scrub with the paper towels. Depending on how big and dirty the board is, it could take a while and a lot of paper towels.
  4. Once the board is clean, spray the entire board with WD-40 and spread it evenly with the paper towels.
  5. Not exactly required but I recommend you take this time to clean your erasers. Dirty erasers aren’t going to clean the board, just smudge it.