We’ve enjoyed using our Amazon Echo for the past few months. Its built-in features provide some useful and fun capabilities, but the availability of the Alexa Skills Kit promises to really help the device maximize its potential. ASK allows third-party developers to build “skills” to add all-new features to Echo. Naturally, I couldn’t help but take a stab at building an Alexa Skill myself.Continue reading Ruuvu: building an Alexa Skill for IMDb ratings with alexa-app
Recently, some changes at work have me doing more WordPress work than I’ve ever done before. I am mainly helping a group within our division deploy the sites they are building for clients. After doing a few of these, I’m just stunned by how difficult it is to move a site from one domain to another.
Given how common it must be for WordPress developers to develop a site on one hostname, e.g. “dev.MYCLIENT.com” or “MYCLIENT.ourdevenvironment.com”, before moving it to its final destination, it’s really hard to believe how hard WordPress makes this.Continue reading Why is changing the hostname for a WordPress site so hard?
I recently needed to compile Titanium Mobile SDK from scratch. I was a little intimidated by the process. And as I feared, I ran into some nasty issues.Continue reading Compiling titanium mobile SDK from scratch
Here is another compilation of weird Titanium gotchas that we encountered while building a fairly large-scale (100+ JS modules, 40K lines of JS) app with Titanium Mobile SDK 3.4.x.Continue reading Titanium Mobile Gotchas (volume 2)
A couple of times, I’ve found it necessary to know what version of google play services I’m dealing with. For example, when I was using a number of Titanium modules that were dependent on google play services, I had version conflicts. But Google Play Services versioning is a nightmare. This article tries to make sense of it all.Continue reading Google Play Services SDK Version History
Note: this series of articles applies to CentOS 7; for CentOS 6, see this series.
CentOS (and of course, it’s upstream distro, Red Hat Enterprise Linux) has an extremely powerful, but somewhat poorly documented, tool for rapidly deploying machines and managing their configuration: kickstart. Kickstart lets you build a custom installation that can run hands-free. So not only is the installation quick and easy for you, you can be confident that your machines are configured exactly the way you want them to be.Continue reading Building a custom CentOS 7 kickstart disc, part 1
I was very excited to see that the OpenELEC team had released version 4.0, based on XBMC Gotham. I read a lot before attempting an upgrade, and I still had huge problems with the upgrade from OpenELEC 3.2.Continue reading OpenELEC 4 upgrade woes
qooxtunes, the webinterface addon for XBMC, is now in version 1.1. Read on to learn more about the new features.Continue reading qooxtunes 1.1
I recently had a need to display a “site tour” to point out important features to our users. I was happy to discover that there are some very easy-to-use libraries out there for this purpose. However, I found that each library was ultimately lacking at least one vital feature. I wish these authors would put their heads together and build the ultimate site tour.
I recently put together an XBMC system to replace an aging Apple TV (first gen). It was my interest in the Raspberry Pi that brought me to the idea of using XBMC, although ultimately, I did not end up going with a Raspberry Pi based system (I use one for other things around the house, but not the home theater).
I thought I’d share some of the decisions I made so others could benefit.Continue reading XBMC: hardware selection