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Aspiring software developer fascinated with creative technology.

A list for those in search of free tools to add to the toolkit.

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As a typical broke college student, I am a huge fan of free things which is probably why I have always found software so fascinating. You can literally make anything for the cost of nothing when it comes to software thanks to open source. One of the reasons I became a programmer was because there was no entry fee. The only things I needed were time, dedication, and a whole lot of patience. …


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So you’ve started using Linux. At a glance, depending on which distribution you’ve chosen, Linux might be somewhat overwhelming. Anyone jumping into new versions of Ubuntu knows how sleek Gnome can be to work in. Someone choosing the XFCE flavor would be instantly reminded of an older Windows machine.

Regardless of which distro you’re using, Linux is extremely powerful. The best parts of this miraculous OS aren’t instantly recognizable for anyone unfamiliar with diving into a command prompt in windows. However, diving into Linux’s terminal shows how amazing working out of a terminal can be. …

They should be a diving board, not the pool

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It’s easy to get swept away in the wonderful internet with information peeking its head out from every corner. It’s impossible to open up any website and not learn anything, but opening up ourselves to tutorials can be detrimental. Take it from me, someone who has a very hard time starting any project because I never feel like I know enough.

When I’m sitting down to watch a YouTube video to learn how to write better CSS, or I’m reading through Mozilla’s wonderful Express tutorial, I find that I’m learning a lot of information at breakneck pace. …

Overcoming the inability to make a decision, no matter how minute

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I’ve always struggled to make decisions. I spend far too long in grocery stores. I’ll pick up an item, put it back, pick up another, walk away, come back and grab the first one, rinse and repeat. Rather than just picking something, I linger on thoughts of “what if I made the wrong choice?”

Clearly, the consequences of choosing a flavor of snack at the grocery store is inconsequential. So why is it such an ordeal? …

Allowing third-party app stores could mean trouble for iPhone security

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It’s no secret that Apple likes to keep a tightly-knit ecosystem. Apple’s need for highly polished products that work so well together is the reason that iPhones, Apple Watches, and AirPods can exist. Any other brand of smartwatch or true wireless product can exist and be good, sure, but only Apple’s are tightly integrated to offer a seamless experience where the lines between devices can start to blur.

That’s why North Dakota’s new bill (Senate Bill № 2333) poses a risk to Apple’s ecosystem in a very particular area: the app store. Anyone who has ever downloaded an app has…

How Stadia’s future of gaming became yesterday’s news

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The Good

Google Stadia had so much potential. With arguably the largest tech company in the world behind it, Stadia could have been the next big thing in gaming. It was pitched as a sort of Netflix-but-for-gaming service. With Stadia, anyone could join with just a Google account and start playing. The platform became even more accessible once Google launched their free tier of Stadia.

The barrier of entry almost could not have been lower. There was no cost of purchasing a console. Stadia was free after April 8th, 2020 which meant that some games could be played completely free. Stadia Pro…

Because free does not mean inferior.

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If you’ve read my article from a couple years ago where I talked about great tools you should be using, you know that I love a good free tool that helps me get things done. You’ll also probably recognize that most of these tools are outdated or not as relevant in 2020. With the rise of the ‘rona, working is something on everyone’s mind, especially working from home in the software industry. Thankfully, since time passes at an alarming rate in tech years, new tools are showing up all of the time. …

Official Logo for Google Stadia
Official Logo for Google Stadia

The Google Stadia looks amazing. Its controllers look simple but sturdy, the launching lineup is packed full of phenomenal games, and last but not least, it has the weight of Google behind it. Stadia is not made by some low-key company loosely tied to gaming, it’s made by one of the largest tech companies loosely tied to gaming.

Since the Stadia hasn’t launched yet, it’s hard to know what to expect, but Google has recently started advertising “Negative Latency” which is really a buzzword for “feels like you’re playing locally.” That’s not a bad thing by any means. …

A journey from tutorial limbo to accomplishment.

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It’s easy to get trapped in tutorial limbo. Anyone who had spent any amount of time learning to do anything surely knows that feeling. The feeling of watching/reading countless tutorials and how-to’s only to realize that you don’t feel ready to take on a project alone.

My first project finally broke me out of tutorial limbo and it’s the most liberated I’ve ever felt. Not only that, but it’s taught me that I don’t actually need to know how to do everything before diving in.

It’s been a learning process, for sure, so here’s a few things I learned along…

Programmers have a long history of being huge advocates of video games, and it’s not simply a coincidence that these two things overlap.

Looking at the way games came to be and the crowd behind them, it comes as no shock that these two fields are so intertwined. Video games are essentially the realization of programmer’s passions for tabletop games.

To really grasp just how influential video games have been to programmers, it’s almost impossible to not mention the history of role-playing games (RPGs).

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Dungeons and Dragons

Dungeons and Dragons is one of those things that has reached its influence everywhere. From popular…

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