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Alex Masters
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Game Changers launches today! Check out the web site for details on the programme. Check out mission 1 for your first quest!
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Welcome to the Game Changers community!

It's early days here, and we're still setting everything up ahead of the programme start on Monday February 8th, but that doesn't mean you can't hang out and join in!

We've set up some discussion boards, but we're eager to know what extra ones you think we should add.

Feel free to ping us a message or two, we're always hanging around in here!


P.s. If you post outside of the community, be sure to include the #gchangers hashtag! ;)
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So glad I bought a couple of these for the house, they've been awesome in place of an old bluetooth headset plugged into the amp. Casting Google Music is awesome, although I still don't seem to have the multi-room option available, which they said was now active... Anyone else been able to test that out?
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A Return to Writing
It’s that time of year when a majority of people talk about making new year’s resolutions, and then there’s the few who actually decide to follow through and give them a go.

I decided that starting mine ahead of the new year might work better as the morning after new year’s eve doesn’t really set us all off on the right foot. So I started a few days before, setting up a new personal homepage, blog, and tapping out my first new blog post, setting the scene for the year ahead...

#Writing #Blogging #NewYearsResolutions
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Hmm, not sure if it's a lift or a kill room...

I'll take the stairs.
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Lol, Midlands massive!
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Still can't fathom how Shawn W +Shawn Wasabi is capable of such a skill
Amazing dude! Looking forward to more soon! ;D
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Hi, Alex here, I'm the Learning Technologist based in the Disruptive Media Learning Lab at Coventry University, and one of the creators of Game Changers!

I develop the Game Changers site ( ) making sure everything runs smoothly.

You'll find me here in the community providing support, advice, feedback, extra resources; pretty much anything and everything GC related, plus cat pictures.

If you have any questions feel free to ping me or one of the rest of the GC team, and we'll get in touch!

See you around!

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Exciting words from Creative Commons today, looking forward to their future plans!
Over the next few days, I’m going to share a series of posts about Creative Commons’ 2016-2020 strategy. Let me skip to the end: CC is going to refocus our work to build a vibrant, usable commons, powered by collaboration and gratitude. Over the course of these next few posts, I’ll explain what that means, …
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Fun in the lab today, testing out some new VR headsets for a new project
Here's Luca giving me his best alternate reality pose XD
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OnePlus creates beautifully designed products with premium build quality & brings the best technology to users around the world. No tradeoffs, we #NeverSettle.
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Any uber knowledgable GitHubbers out there that might be able to help me figure something out?

Quick description of issue: I have a remote repo (on GoDaddy server, not my choice :S ) with a post-receive hook that pushes chages to live site files. This all works great, but how do I get the repo to detect changes to the live site code if someone FTPs in and changes something?

At the moment Git doesn't detect any changes so I don't know if I'm writing over someones else on our team's changes... :(

Any help would be awesome.
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+Franc Schiphorst Thanks for this info Franc. I don't want to create any additional steps for me due to the other devs not using git, so I think my best bet going forward is to set up the extra private repository I mentioned above and trying to persuade the dev to join in on the git fun.

Until then I'll just download any files off the server before I work on them, that way at least I'll have the latest versions downloaded to my local repo. We are not likely to modify the same files at the same time in the future.

Thanks guys, your help is greatly appreciated.
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Hi, as a big G+ user, and a web tinkerer new to Git, I thought this might be a great place to ask for advice on something that is twisting my melon a bit...

I have successfully managed to create a repository on a GoDaddy shared hosting plan, I have added a post-receive hook so that when I publish from my local repository it goes to the remote repo and then gets copied onto the live server for all to see.

This is great and I'm amazed I got it to work, but one thing that's not working is the ability to pull changes to the live site files into my repository. I have changed a file via FTP so that I could see if the changes would be detected within my remote repo, and subsequently show up in my local repo when I sync the two up. Unfortunately no changes are detected.

So my question is this: how to I get my remote repo to detect any changes that are made to the remote files?

Any help would be awesome, I've no idea how to accomplish this.

Any ideas guys?
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Cheers +Weston Price​​​​

I'm not commiting anything on the remote repository.

The reason I explained making changes via ftp was not because I want to do so, but because the person who initially built the site in question uses ftp to upload changes and doesn't use git, so if he changes files in the server I won't know, unless I download whichever files I wish to modify via ftp and then compare them to my local repository.

This process doesn't seem ideal, I just wasn't sure if git had any clever features that could scan the live files and flag up those that have changed, obviously not based on my findings and what you have mentioned.

I'm commiting changes to my local repository. Then using GitHub for Mac to sync with the remote repository. The remote is then updating the live files on the server via a post receive hook.

I followed this tutorial to make it work:

I am not familiar with staging. 
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Disruptive Media Learning Technologist @ Coventry University.
Hmmm, I'm a Sempai in Aikido... what else.... I have web dev skills in PHP, MySQL, Javascript, jQuery, AJAX, XHTML, CSS.... oooh!.. I can eat my weight in Cadbury's Dairy Milk!
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Learning Technologist in Disruptive Media at Coventry University.
Lover of tea, chocolate, Japan, Google, and Howl's Moving Castle.

Chatty British tech/design nut who loves talking about the Internet. I'm interested in pretty much anything that exists in the cloud that makes communicating with people all around the world fun, exciting, and most of all, as effortless as possible.

You'll likely see me here and there engaging in all sorts of stuff on G+. If you're new to Google+ and need any help or tips, then feel free to ping me :)

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Travelled around the world on my own and survived. Still can't fathom how I managed this exactly!
  • De Montfort University
    Multimedia Design BA - First Class with Honours, 2000 - 2003
  • North Warwickshire and Hinckley College
    GNVQ in Advanced Computing & IT - Distinction, 1998 - 2000
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