KODI Tip - Television shows with periods in the name

  • 23 July 2017
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When I'm hunting for new movies and television shows to add to my DVD/Bluray collection I often look for shows that are a bit more difficult to find at big box stores. Sometimes these shows turn out to be difficult for KODI to scrape information for. This was the case with one television show I picked up called "The Irish R.M." Rather than title their show "The Irish Resident Magistrate," producers decided to simplify it as The Irish R.M. This is a problem for KODI since KODI scrapes television shows by folder name and folders cannot have a period in their name.

Built a server (rebuild)

  • 21 July 2017
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Front of Opteron 250 server

Servers come in various shapes and forms. Some servers contain consumer grade hardware while others contain specialized server hardware. This is the story of how I built one using a combination of both consumer and specialized hardware. I like to name my hardware, so let's call this server boxy. Boxy originally came into The Working Centre's Computer Recycling Project a little over a year ago. Normally we (the IT staff at The Working Centre) put servers in a separate area from the usual Computer Recycling systems.

Fasteroids (log): July 17, 2017

  • 17 July 2017
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Improved Lives display and bug fixes

This evening I spent time squashing the Asteroid no-wrap bug where asteroids sometimes disappear and don't wrap around the screen. I've tested a little, but more testing will be needed in order to determine if I've fixed the problem.

I've also made a change to how "Lives" are displayed. Rather than displaying a number, Fasteroids now shows a ship for each life. I tested up to a free life and it seems to work.

Fasteroids (log): July 13, 2017

  • 13 July 2017
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No work to report for the past couple of days, life happened and I needed to take care of a few things. I'm happy to report that a few more people play-tested Fasteroids. The first person to test was 10 years old. I figured they'd probably get bored easily, but when they finally quit (about 40 minutes later) it was because their arm got tired. 40 minutes is a long time to play a game like Asteroids IMHO (In My Humble Opinion). On top of this the person was also presented with a side scroller (that had more graphical elements), tried it briefly, then came back to Fasteroids.

Fasteroids (log): July 10, 2017

  • 10 July 2017
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This morning I worked a little on Game controller support using my XBox 360 wireless controller to test. On my Windows 10 development machine the controller didn't work at all. It seemed a bit strange since the driver appears to be installed correctly in Windows 10 - I get an icon in device manager that looks like an XBox 360 controller and it's not deactivated or missing, movement just didn't work. (It was paired with the receiver the same way as the 7 machine I tried next)