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File Joiner for .001 files

Earlier this week I was in need of a file joiner for .001-files (and .002, .003 etc.). I always though I could do this with WinRAR but that didn’t do the trick. I know Quickpar can do it as well but it requires the .svf-file. I’ve also done it using the command line (I think it was with cat) but only using Linux, not sure how to do it using the Windows command line. Thankfully there’s also File Joiner! A simple application where you select the files or a folder containing the .001-files and then simply let the application join the files.

Ordered a Nexus 7 tablet

Nexus-7-2013I just ordered a Nexus 7 (2013) tablet for a really nice price. I plan on using it for Android development and website testing. Together with my iPad 3 and Android phone this should cover a wide range of test cases. Now to decide if I should go with Xamarin C# or stick with Java…

Since I’m note a big fan of Java I’m leaning towards Xamarin but the yearly subscription costs are a bit steep if you’re not actually generating money out of mobile stuff. Still, with Xamarin it’s easier and maybe cheaper in the sense of time to develop for both Android and iOS since you can write the core of your application in C# and use that on both target platforms.

Why You Should Buy a Wii U in 2014

Earlier today I found a link to a Gamespot video about why you should buy a Wii U in 2014 and I couldn’t agree with it more.

So why should you get a Wii U in 2014 (if you haven’t already bought one). For starters, Nintendo games are great. The current Wii U line up is much better than the PS4 and Xbox One line up and that will stay that way for at least a year to come, which isn’t surprising as those have just been released. But in all honesty the upcoming PS4 and Xbox One games aren’t really that interesting yet (aside from The Order 1886 for PS4, but it doesn’t have a release date yet).

Secondly, it’s a LOT OF FUN to play games on the Wii U. The Gamepad with touchscreen works really nice and if you really want to most game support the Pro Controller as well, which resembles the Xbox 360 controller. And if you own a Wii you can also use your WiiMote controllers.

Thirdly, all Wii games can be played on the Wii U. All you need is a Wii game, WiiMote and the sensor bar (not included in the Basic pack). If like me you’ve skipped the Wii then there’s lots of great Wii games you can now play as well. Up scaled to 1080p on your HD TV.

Fourthly, there are plenty of games that support off-tv gaming. Someone wants to use the television to watch something? No problem, just switch to the Gamepad display.

Fifthly, Miiverse is a lot of fun as well and is supported for every game, even Virtual Console titles.

I always hear the argument that the Wii U has no games? Really? Have you actually looked into it? Let me list some great games that are exclusive to the Wii U (most of these I own):

  • Pikmin 3
  • The Wonderful 101 (my Game of the Year 2013!)
  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • New Super Luigi U
  • LEGO City Undercover
  • Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
  • Super Mario 3D World
  • Sonic Lost World
  • ZombiU
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

And then there are the cross platform games that are better on Wii U such as Rayman Legends and Splinter Cell: Blacklist. There’s even Call of Duty: Ghosts. Granted, 3rd party support could be better and hopefully 3rd party game coverage will increase. Luckily there are also numerous cross platform games in the eShop available such as The Cave and Castlestorm. The upcoming Wii U games are very promising as well such as Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Brothers, Bayonetta 2, Donkey Kony Country Tropical Freeze, X, Project CARS and Hyrule Warriors.

Now watch the video, then order a Wii U. Nintendo can use some love.

cmder – Portable console emulator for Windows

Looks like there’s finally a decent replacement for the Windows command line tool! It’s called cmder and comes with Git (optionally) and a bunch of other great command line utilities such as curl, cat, ls, less and even ssh!

I did run into a couple of issues with the console not responding and also couldn’t use tmux during an ssh session. But that’s fine for now, I’m willing to give it a chance. You can get it at http://bliker.github.io/cmder/.

cmder

Private Wiki – DokuWiki on Lighttpd

I had planned on setting up a private Wiki to use as a personal clipboard collection of useful snippets for some time now but never got around to it. This week I decided it was time to get it done and so I started searching for Wiki software. I ended up trying MediaWiki but ran into installation issues due to PHP’s session.save_handler not being set. After changing it I ran into more issues and with MediaWiki unable to store session data I couldn’t proceed. I’m not sure why MediaWiki requires this setting though as I run several WordPress websites and some other PHP code as well and they’re not having this issue.

Moving on I found out about DokuWiki which is really easy to install! Simply download the package, extract it and you’re done! It doesn’t require special database software such as MySQL – it stores pages on disk. Zero hassle and easy to use as well!

Since I’m not using Apache I can’t use .htaccess files. DokuWiki has a couple of folders which should not be exposed to the outside world. For Lighttpd my configuration looks like this:

$HTTP["host"] =~ "^wiki.example.com$" {
    server.document-root = "/home/example/wiki.example.com/httpdocs"
    # deny access completely to these
    $HTTP["url"] =~ "/(\.|_)ht" { url.access-deny = ( "" ) }
    $HTTP["url"] =~ "^" + "/(bin|data|inc|conf)/"  { url.access-deny = ( "" ) }
}

And you’re all set!