Memory Lane: Episode 1 - Hill Climb Racing Oct 29, 2020 Kicking off the series, the first game we’ll be looking at is Hill Climb Racing. Our strategy for today will be simple memory editing. The first thing I’ll need to do is reset my progress in the game. This is easily accomplished by opening up the game, signing out of Google Play Games, then going into settings and clearing data for the app. Here we are - a completely clean slate. ...
Memory Lane: Introduction Oct 28, 2020 Memory Lane is a new series of blog posts about having fun tinkering with various games in ways the developers didn’t intend, primarily through the use of memory editors but also through exploiting other interesting mechanics. In simple terms, memory editing follows a loop of examining the state of something in memory, changing something, then examining that state again. The aim is usually to pinpoint a particular value stored in memory – so that you can change it. ...
The Elastic NAS: Part 4 - The second node Oct 24, 2020 Arrival I was very excited to receive a box from HardKernel… or, more accurately, a box full of boxes. I was so excited that this is the only picture I took. 3 units had arrived, giving me a total of 4 units. As alluded to in Part 1, the decision to get 4 units was driven by finding a 3D-printable “fan shroud” that allowed you to mount a standard 120mm PC case fan. ...
The Elastic NAS: Part 3 - MooseFS and the first node Sep 20, 2020 There are a few different ways to get MooseFS installed on the HC2. You can either use their “Raspbian” repository to install a version of the software compiled for Raspbian on the Raspberry Pi, or you can compile and install it yourself. I chose to compile it. Prerequisites First things first, I installed the prerequisites needed to build and use MooseFS. wings@blinky:~$ sudo apt install build-essential libpcap-dev zlib1g-dev libfuse3-dev pkg-config fuse3 World Go Boom Then something weird happened. ...
The Elastic NAS: Part 2 - Setting up the ODROID HC2 Sep 19, 2020 After ordering the HC2 along with a power supply and case from JiffyShop, I went to PLE Computers and bought a cheap microSD card, an Ethernet cable and a WD RED 4TB hard drive. Once everything arrived, it was time to get started. Physically, setting up the HC2 couldn’t be simpler. I carefully slotted the hard drive into place, screwed it in, then installed the case around the unit. Once that was done, I needed to prepare and install the microSD card after loading it with an appropriate image. ...
The Elastic NAS: Part 1 - Introduction Sep 12, 2020 My first NAS was a QNAP TS-412, a 4-bay NAS which served for years as a place to store photos, videos and backups with relative ease. It cost around $650 when brand new. When I moved out after getting my first apartment, the QNAP stayed behind to continue dutifully serving those roles for my family. After moving, I knew I wanted a NAS of my own. I had loved the QNAP, but it had a few issues: ...
Scripting Pokémon Uranium Feb 24, 2019 Today I tried out Pokémon Uranium, an unofficial Pokémon fan game. Nintendo wasn’t thrilled when it came out, and tried to shut it down. Anyways. I wanted to play it with my Xbox 360 controller, and eventually found out the best/easiest way to do so was to use Xpadder. Unfortunately, xpadder now costs money. I think for roughly $11 AUD it was worth it, saving me from having to figure out a solution for myself. ...
Life on Soylent: Part 3 - Life After Soylent Feb 22, 2019 My experiences with Soylent stopped in early 2015 as I moved back to Australia. (Click the “soylent” tag if you want to read my previous posts on Soylent). I thought I’d give a quick writeup on my troubles getting Soylent in Australia. I tried the Aussielent vanilla powder, which I didn’t like. Not sure why. I tried Primalkind for a while, and liked it, but couldn’t keep it up and didn’t like the texture. ...
Hacking My Life: A New Chapter Feb 22, 2019 It’s been a long time since I started my journey into improving my productivity and trying to improve aspects of my life. It didn’t last long, but I enjoyed it. Not to worry - I will be starting again soon, with many of the same goals and ideas. Coming soon - “Hacking My Life 2”. This post is part of a series. If you’re interested in reading the rest of it, click here. ...
Under construction... Feb 22, 2019 Hi there! Thanks for checking out my blog. I’m currently in the process of rebuilding my blog on Hugo, moving away from Octopress. Most of my posts have been removed while I get the hang of Hugo. In the meantime, check out my GitHub or talk to me on Twitter. I’d love to hear from you.