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Steve Daniels
A Scout Leader, Web Services Project Officer at Edge Hill University, tinkerer, skier, adventurer, home owner, HAer and lover or my wife!
A Scout Leader, Web Services Project Officer at Edge Hill University, tinkerer, skier, adventurer, home owner, HAer and lover or my wife!

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Google Cardboard and Virtual Reality
I took delivery of my Google Cardboard last week. It cost me £20 for the ready to assemble kit and took about 10 minutes to put together. If you've not heard of Google Cardboard it is just a cheep case that you can put a compatible Android phone into. It al...

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All the results day university homepages you say? Why, of course!
Results Day 2014
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Need to try and get this running on Arch!
Got Chrome Remote Desktop running on Gentoo Linux

I'm using google-chrome-beta on Gentoo.  But it looks like any Chrome package will work.

download the right chrome remote desktop host package for your platform:



deb2targz <what you downloaded.deb>

.... probably better to make whole ebuild here (or rpm .. that's what I do with alien -r)

extract the resulting tar.gz file and move all the files in to position (you'll get etc, opt, usr).  Everything owned as root is ok.  There's nothing setuid or anything to worry about.

make a new group called "chrome-remote-desktop", and put whoever runs X/Chrome in that group

install the chrome remote desktop plugin from the chrome store

reload Chrome (to pick up native messaging, the extension that you copied in to place from the chrome remote desktop host package above) 

edit /opt/google/chrome-remote-desktop/chrome-remote-desktop
first line: #!/usr/bin/python2.7

.. ya I have to drop down to python 2.7

# mkdir ~/.config/chrome-remote-desktop/

.. just has to be there for me

now when you go to the chrome remote desktop plugin inside chrome you'll see "Enable Remote Connections"... do that.  You'll make a PIN for your computer.

the resulting file gets saved in ~/.config/chrome-remote-desktop/host######.json ... make note of that filename

in your desktop manager, or after your X desktop loads or whatever (I use xfce4 so I put it in Session and Startup, Application Autostart) set it to run:

/opt/google/chrome-remote-desktop/chrome-remote-desktop-host --host-config=/home/<yourusername>/.config/chrome-remote-desktop/host######.json

or run that in a window for testing.. whatever...

boom magic... it works!  Now your linux box is visible to other Chrome browsers via the chrome remote desktop plugin.

There's some other stuff in there for running Xvfb.. I thought it needed that, but it doesn't.. that's only for running headless.. but I don't roll like that.

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Soon to be powering my whole smart home! 
How to get started with +The Thing System in just fifteen minutes. The video walks you through getting started with the Thing System on the +Raspberry Pi using our pre-built disk images, and covers  deploying the software onto the Pi and basic interactions with the demonstration d3 client.

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Really pleased to announce the February release of +The Thing System, which for logistical reasons actually went live yesterday—the 1st of March—and is tagged in +GitHub  as release 1.5 and code-named "Ground Hog."

This is another big update, and this month we're concentrating on thing support. Notable additions include support for the Lockitron (smart lock), Notify My Android ("Res ipsa loquitur"), Chipolo and (which is ridiculously simple data sharing for the Internet of Things). However there are also numerous other enhancements and bug fixes, a lot of them based on feedback from all of you (thanks for that!).

Implementation of support for Automatic (smart vehicle) and LIFX (smart bulb) didn’t make it into this release. We’re expect that to be finished up in next couple of weeks, so keep an eye on our GitHub repository if that’s to important for you to wait until the next release (which has tentatively been code-named “Pecan Waffle”).

There are actually no known problems to report with this release, but if you find any please open a ticket on the issue tracker. Because we want to know about them! 

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Our Google Indoor Street View project is progressing well. The next location is now complete - visit the Street and Mezzanine on de Havilland! We will be bringing you more locations very soon, so keep a look out...

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I'm so glad I'm not at work right now. Chrome with Lego!!!

Chrome + LEGO: You can build whatever you like.

Trillions of coloured bricks. An entire world of LEGO® building plots. Where will you build? What will you build? 

Build with Chrome is a Chrome Experiment that brings the endless possibilities of +LEGO bricks to the web:

Tag your creations with #chromebuilt  and we’ll feature some of them here over the next few weeks. 

Watch this new video for inspiration:


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If dual booting yes.
Can two distros share the same swap partition? 

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Just throwing this out there: "Haier, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Sharp, Silicon Image, TP-LINK and more unite to enable interoperability across multiple devices, systems and services and support broadest cross-industry effort to accelerate Internet of Everything"
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