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Author: Oli Norwell

9 Months with Arch Linux + i3wm

[Following on from: https://www.olinorwell.com/will-linux-ever-replace-windows/] I’ve now been using Arch Linux instead of Windows 10 for 9 months straight on my computer. Here are some of my thoughts. I will never go back to using Windows as my main operating system. I am now 100% converted to this platform and the idea of switching back genuinely never enters my head. I…

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How To Build A Live WiFi Web Connected Digital Scoreboard

Arduino Live Wifi Web Scoreboard In this tutorial I am going to explain how I created a digital scoreboard with LEDs, a large dot-matrix display and numerical 8-digit totals. The device uses a WiFi chip to connect to the Internet to get status values such as totals and live counts, plus statuses such as on/off for the LEDs. The device…

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What Happens When You’re Too Busy To Market Your App or Game

tl;dr – The faint rustling of leaves… In summer 2015 I released an app, in summer 2015 I didn’t bother to market my app. This is the story of what happened next… Super Soccer Sim is a simulation of football leagues, presented in the style of the popular ‘Soccer Saturday’ sports show on British TV. If that sounds interesting to you,…

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How To Play A Local Multiplayer 3D VR Deathmatch With Google Cardboard

What you will need Two Android smartphones (connected to the same WiFi network) Hardcode game downloaded onto both smartphones (it’s free from Google Play) Two Google Cardboard headsets (or similar VR headsets) Two pairs of earphones Two USB OTG cables + USB controllers (or Bluetooth gamepads) Instructions Since the Google Cardboard 3D virtual reality glasses were first released in June…

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Developer Blog #1 – What Happened to Cricket Coach?

Pretty much every day I get emails and messages from people asking why there isn’t a new Cricket Coach game out. This blog post will explain why. Since 2006 I have been releasing versions of Cricket Coach on the Internet and sales have increased with each new edition. The game has improved immensely since CC2006 and I have many ideas…

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How to Visit China Without A Visa (Shenzhen 5 Day Visa – from Hong Kong)

This information was correct as of February 3rd 2014 Update: 05/07/2015: A British traveller has confirmed that the visa described in this article is still available, and the process described below is still relevant. He successfully followed the guide in recent days. Update 06/06/2014: Despite ‘America’ being on the list of countries with a listed price. Several reports have now…

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15 Unbreakable Rules For Successful Hosting With Couchsurfing

Looking back at this post 8 years later in 2021 makes me smile. It ‘went viral’ and has had hundreds of thousands of views. People seemed to either really like it, or obsessively hate it. I think the people who liked it understood the logic of what I was trying to do, which was to give a ‘template’ to new…

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