10-25-15: Initial release.
So its been awhile since my last blog post, but here is a project I’d like to briefly touch upon that I think most of you guys will get a kick out of it, unless you saw the youtube video already. 🙂
For the longest time, I wanted to build my own computer desk that was minimalist, while at the same time, had enough functionality to it so I could do a 2 workstation setup, which would work great for LAN play, or having another machine near by so I could do video tutorials easier.
A few weeks back, I did exactly that and had a lot of fun making my own computer desk. The total cost was less than $40 USD, using two file cabinets I had handy to make it as my stand, and then the rest of the desk was wood and hardware that I got at Menards.
See the video below to see my before and after, it is quite shocking!
8-29-15: Initial release.
Recently I got an Acer 11.6″ Chromebook (CB3-111-C8UB) model, and one of the things that I wanted to do from the beginning is protect my investment.
An easy way to do this is protect the keyboard from your daily interaction whether that is grime, dirt, germs, etc from your hands. If you care about your machine and want the keyboard to last as long as possible (and look good), then consider a Gmyle keyboard protector. You can get this from Amazon or Ebay for about $10USD, and I think its a stellar deal.
For more info, see the youtube video I did. Enjoy!
8-23-15: Initial release.
With the third game coming out this Winter, I thought it be fun to get back into Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm and investigate the Starfriend method for the game. If you are not familiar with Starfriend, it is an emulator that originally came out for Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty that will allow you to play the game online via dedicated servers outside of Blizzard, or even let you play on your own hosted server online or through LAN!
For those that don’t know, the game does not support LAN so of course this is a major breakthrough!
I recently did a video tutorial on this topic, and I will summarize high level what is involved to get Starfriend to work with your copy of Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm. The main forum tutorial link will be at the bottom of this post as well.
High Level Tutorial Summary:
- Obtain the game and install. You can login to the Battle.net service, and download a free copy of the Starcraft 2 Starter Edition. If you do this method, make sure you login to the game once, and then log out back to the Desktop.
- Get Starfriend 1.x.
- Get map cache.
- Extract Starfriend anywhere on your computer.
- Extract the map cache contents into the root of your Starfriend folder.
- Run the Leatrix Latency Fix 1.23.
- Start the Starfriend emulator. From the GUI, you can host a server, or join a game that is either your friends/own server or an existing lobby on a dedicated server.
- When you login, the username is “firstname.lastname@example.org” without quotes, and the password is “gg” without quotes.
- The person who logins first will have a set of stars around the Username which resembles this is the host.
- Any person who logins afterwards will be just clients, and they will need for the host to invite them to play.
For more details and to get the files, see the video tutorial and the forum link below. Enjoy!
Forum Tutorial with files: Link
7-6-15: Initial release.
If you are a PS3 user and you are one of the lucky few with a CFW or modded (jailbroken) PS3 console, you will find out that it cannot play every single movie file format from a usb device. For example, it cannot play .mkv natively, or it doesn’t support .srt subtitle files that are in the same directory as your movie.
The old school method involved converting your videos to .mp4, and hard code your subtitles into the movie (if you want subtitles) so it can play on the PS3 properly. Well, I found a new app called Movian (formerly known as Showtime) that turns your PS3 into the ultimate home theater machine. Think XBMC, but changed for PS3.
There are so many features I could rant about, but there are my favorites:
- Plays variety of movie and audio formats
- Stream online television, audio, and movies using plugins
- Can automatically download subtitles for your movies
- Easy to use interface
Installation is a piece of cake. Basically you download the latest .pkg file, put it on your usb fat32 device, plug it into the PS3 front usb port, run the pkg file installer, and then run Movian under the TV Services section on the main XMB screen.
It is a great program that does a lot. I highly recommend it. Don’t take my word for it, see my video tutorial below as well. Enjoy!
7-4-15: Initial release.
For those who are celebrating this holiday today in USA, I want to say Happy 4th of July, keep safe, and enjoy the holiday!
5-11-15: Initial release.
On my youtube channel in the past, I had two videos that discussed how to get your Sony DS3 controller to connect to the PC. The first video focused solely on Motioninjoy, which is a program/driver package that installed the proper PS3 drivers so your controller can emulate the xbox 360 game controller on the PC.
Since then, I made a second video tutorial that used a combination of Motioninjoy and Better DS3 Tool. The idea behind that video is we use the drivers from Motioninjoy, but then we use the offline Better DS3 Tool so we can use our controller without having to be connected to the Internet.
For whatever reason, I still have viewers telling me they can’t get their DS3 controller to work properly on the PC.
Henceforth, I created what should now be the final PS3 controller tutorial using the SCP DS3 Drivers. The reason this method is awesome is because once all is said and done, the SCP Server runs as a service in Windows, which means that once you turn on your computer, this is always running in the background. No need to have a program running in the background. Just plug in your DS3 to the PC, or enable bluetooth on your controller, and you are ready to have a lot of good times.
See my video tutorial for more details, and check out the youtube page for all necessary links. Thanks!
3-20-15: Initial release.
Do you have an xbox 360 game controller (wired or wireless) and had issues connecting it to the PC? Well, worry no further because it is really easy to do.
I’ll break it down in a nutshell. Basically you install the drivers for the usb dongle. Then plug in the dongle into your computer. Press the button on the dongle so the light flashes. Now click the “guide” button on the middle of your controller so it turns on. Now press the little “connect” button on the top of the controller and your controller will be linked to the wireless dongle adapter!
Now go play your favorite Windows PC game that has native Xbox 360 game controller support and have a lot of good times. See video tutorial below for more information:
1-23-15: Initial release.
In today’s video tutorial, I will show you how to easily update your fat PS3 that is currently on 3.55 official firmware to a custom firmware, such darknet cobra 4.66 CEX version.
To find PS3 CFW files, you can look that up on the psx-scene.com or at tortuga-cove.com.
It is a pretty painless process, and just make sure you are downloading official CFW files, and not shady ones!
1-20-15: Initial release.
During my PS3 modding journey, I had to attach the E3 flasher clip to my NOR clip. The first time I installed the clip, I heard a “click” so I assumed all was good, right?
Well, it turns out that after I connected my TF cover board and when I try to read a dump from the NOR chip, I got the LEDs flashing the error code “10001100” which means the NOR clip doesn’t have a good seat to the chip itself.
So I took apart the PS3, put more pressure onto the clip, reassemble the PS3, and I still got the issues? What the hell! After 6+ hours of troubleshooting, and taking many breaks, I figured out how to fix it!
See the video tutorial below and hopefully you don’t get into the same issue as I did. 🙂