Misc

Top 3 Fav. Minecraft Apps

There are many Minecraft apps in the app store and Google Play, so I decided to list my top 5 favourites. I will do what I did with my last post

Minecraft Pocket Edition: This is a version of Minecraft except it's only for IOS and Android, and it costs $7.00 USD. You don't have as near as much blocks as you do in the original Minecraft, but it still has multi-player support. So far, Mojang has not added global multi-player support, and you can only play or host (Only for full version of app) games on your LAN. Also, the worlds aren't unlimited, and the world has an end to it.

Minecraft Skin Creator: This app is only for IOS on the app store, and it costs $2.00 USD. It creates skins that you can upload to your Minecraft account. You can edit skins from a template, create a blank skin, edit one that someone else made, load one from your saves, or load one from URL. When you load a skin, you can choose to edit the head, body, arms, or legs. On the side of the screen there is a colour palette where you can choose your colour to use, and you can only draw in pixels. When your done, you can upload it to the their Minecraft skin site, share it Via email, or upload to your Minecraft account.

Minecraft Advent Calendar: This app is very fun, and made by the same person who made the Minecraft Skin Creator (SeeJayKay). Every day in advent, you get a new skin that you can apply to your account, or share it. Also, underneath the picture of the skin, it will show a tip about Minecraft. Like the first day the skin you could get was a Creeper with a Santa suit on. All the skins have something to do with Christmas. It costs $1.00 USD. You can only get it on IOS devices.

Laptops and Desktops

I have decided to add a comparison of Laptops and Desktop computers. Like the last three posts, I will not have the positives and negatives.

--Desktops: The one reason there are even any desktop computers is because they are really easy to configure. You can open the side panel of the computer and add PCI cards and stuff, and remove anything (dust, etc.) that might slow it down. Also you can add hard drives and stuff such as memory cards, which you can't do in the laptops. Also, that means you have more slots for USB and other things including an Ethernet cord. The main negative about it is that it is not very portable, because of two reasons. The first reason is that as soon as you unplug the computer, it shuts down. It isn't really much of a reason, but then you can't play it in car trips (Don't even try!). The second reason is that it is very heavy, and you need a bunch of cords such as the power cord, the keyboard cord, the mouse cord, etc. and it wouldn't fit in the van, and it's not worth the trouble of dragging it into Starbucks (Besides, the staff wouldn't allow it, and I think there should be a law against it).  

-- Laptops: Laptops are very portable, and in some ways faster. Now that's something you can play a game on in the car to wear away the hours! Of course, some of the older computers aren't wireless, and you might have to get one of those wireless USB sticks that when you plug it in to the computer it enables wireless mode, but they aren't very reliable, and the internet might be slow. Also, - unlike the desktop - when you unplug the power it doesn't shut down, because it stores the power from the power cord.

Android VS. IOS, Part One

I was excited when I did my earlier post comparing Mac, Windows, and Linux, so I decided to do another post similar to that. I have an Android, and we have two iPads, an iPhone 4S, and an iPod. So, why not compare them to the Android? The layout will be the same, except much longer.

--Android positives: The Android has many positives, but the one thing that no other Phone has, is that it is really good for file browsing. As in the Windows software, there is no such thing as hidden files. There is an app for that, an you can browse your files at ease, and it even has a built-in MicroSD card. You can “accidentally” delete the system files, if your not careful. All your files will be there, too. Another thing I like about Android, is the vibrations. If you touch a link in an internet explorer, then it will buzz slightly. Even the keyboard vibrates every time you touch a key! That way, it is like a notifier if you accidentally click a link, or something. Also, the Android has GREAT keyboard support. It has three types of keyboard, the Samsung original keyboard, another keyboard (I forgot the name of it), and the best one, the Swype keyboard. You can just “Swype” your finger across the keyboard, and pause a little on the key you are trying to press. Then, it auto-corrects it and puts on the text field you are typing on. The last thing I want to talk about is the application support. It is really great. They have more apps then the IOS app store! Also, let's say you wanted to install Dropbox. You click the app after you search for it (or any other way of finding it), then it has the screen-shots at the top, the description on the bottom, then apps like it and other apps by the “Dropbox” (or is it Dropbox Inc.?). Below that are the reviews. Well, I have explained the positives of Android - phew – let's move on to the negatives.

--Android negatives: There are not too many negatives, but the worst is when you are playing a game. When you turn the Android sideways, the touch-buttons are on the left. When you try and play a game by touching a part on the screen, your palm might accidentally brush the home button. Also, if you own an IOS device and you have Fruit Ninja on it, and you have Fruit Ninja on your Android, the one on the IOS device will be updated first. That is because IOS is more popular than Android (though it is getting more and more popular). More people own an iPod than an Android, so it would only make sense to update the more popular one first. Of course, they don't do it on purpose, it's just that you have to code the Android app to, and that can take long. Of course, some of the more popular apps like Angry Birds wait until both versions have been coded, then they release the update. Also, for some reason there are no cases for Android. I guess that might be because the Android has a really nice plastic cover on the back of it, so if you drop it, as long as it lands on the back, it probably won't break. Just as long as you don't chuck it over the Empire State Building or anything, you should be fine. Another little negative is that every time you flip the Android on its side when you are on the home screen, it freezes, and every now and then, all the application buttons will disappear for a short time on the home screen. Also, every time you install an application, it pauses. The last thing is that it takes about five minutes to restart, so you don't want it to die on you. Let's move on to the IOS!

--Okay, to read on, go to part two of this post!

Android VS. IOS, Part Two

I decided to chop the post in two of them, one of them will be about Android, the first one, and the other will be about IOS, part two.

--IOS positives: The best thing about this is the feel. In the recent update to IOS 6.0, they re-designed the app store, and now it looks, - How do is say it – well, smooth! Everything is pretty smooth, which also means that it doesn't vibrate :( . Every time I play an app on the iPad, I miss that familiar buzz. Also, it has some application support, and you can get more apps you like on the IOS devices then on Android. Like there is a game called Spider HD that I love playing, but they don't have it for Android. Also, when you buy an IOS device, you can choose how much Gigabytes you want on your device (Except the iPod 5th gen, it only comes in 32 Gbs). Also, for those who own an iPhone 4S, Siri is popular! Siri is like a person, and can be funny. If you say “Tell me a joke”, it will tell you one. And it can be a cheat on math sometimes: “What is five times three?”, and it will say the answer. Also, the IOS has a feature so that when you flip the device it will turn the screen with it, and when you are watching a movie, and the iPad is on your lap, it could accidentally flip upside-down. Thankfully, there is a lock switch on the side of the iPad or iPhone that will lock the screen in the current position. Also, you can get an assortment of cases, covers, screen covers, and many other things that will be able to keep it from breaking, since all IOS devices has a delicate screen, unlike the Android, which can be good or bad, the way you see it. Well, let's move on the the IOS negatives.

--IOS negatives: Okay, the one thing I don't like is the file browsing. You can't see any of your files unless it is through an app, which you can buy through the app store. So you can't do any manual application work. Also, unlike the Android, it does not have a nice cover on the back, and will break if

you drop it. If you are carrying around an iPad, do it in a case of some kind. Also, I think that the IOS devices, besides the iPad, all have to small screens. The Android has a bigger screen than the iPod. Well, that is for an exception of the iPhone 5. Also, this isn't really a bad thing, but I think that Apple is getting a little “jealous” of the Androids. For example, Android has a moving background, called live backgrounds, and the new iPod has it now, and the iPhone 5 has a screen as big as the Android, so it looks as if Apple is trying to copy it.

Mac, Windows, and Linux

My oldest brother recently got a MacBook, and we also ordered a Windows computer. I have a Linux computer, so we basically have all the types of software. Now, I've decided to compare them. First, I will talk about the positives, then the negatives of it. Okay, here we go!

Mac positives: First, the nicest thing about it is that it is FAST. It is really good for games. Also, the design is good. I would prefer this to any of the other types. 

Mac negatives: Well, there aren't many negatives, but the ONE think that I really don't like is the way that they have for file browsing. It is really annoying when you search for files, and you can't find any hidden files (at least I haven't found any way yet). This is not so good for manual application managing, because all of the program files are hidden. Also, it is really hard to search for items. If you were searching for a file named myruby.rb, then (if you were using Outlook) it would also search all of you emails to, and that can be quite a lot. One last thing is that you can't get very many applications for it.

Windows positives: Since Windows is really old (one of the oldest type systems!), almost all of the programs (and games) will run on it. Oh, and the unlike the Mac, the file browsing is AMAZING! There is no such thing as “hidden files” in Windows. The problem with that is, you could easily wreck your entire system by wiping out a few “harmless” files in the Program Files folder. 

Windows negatives: I am sorry to say for you Windows users, but the main bad thing about Windows is that it get REALLY slow! I think the reason for that is that it is very easy to get viruses on your computer. To install applications, you just download them, double click them, and poof! It's installed. If there was a virus on it, it got installed to. So my advice is, DON'T download any “free” games you might find in ads, especially if you see the ad a lot. So unless you know the application you are downloading, don't download it. I once helped one of my friends on installing a game, but he was really fast and if he saw a “download” button, he just clicked it. If there is anything you DON'T want to do, never click an ad that has a “download now” button. I know because there are sites that make you wait for your download, and while you are waiting, there are ads. If anyone saw an ad like that, most people would click, thinking it is the download that you need. Then, when you run it, BOOM! It destroys your system with a virus.

Linux positives: Linux is great for programming, because it supports the command line (Now called Terminal) a lot! It has many commands, and you can even download software from the Terminal with a  single command! It supports Ruby, Python, Java, and many more! Also, the file browsing is GREAT! You can view hidden files by do Ctrl-H. Also, unlike Windows and Mac, you cannot delete your system files, but you can still edit your program files, which is located in the Home folder. 

Linux negatives: There aren't many bad things about Linux, but the one problem I have ran into a lot is the application support. I have not seen a single game disc that works for Linux. A lot of popular downloadable games online will work for Linux, such as Minecraft or even small games like Minesweeper. But even that has a way around it, because there is an application for running Windows applications on Linux called “Wine”. It isn't so good though, and many applications don't work with it.

So I have just talked about the positives and negatives of the different systems, so I will say which is best for different purposes.

For programming: Linux is always (and always will be) the best for this.

For gaming: Mac is good for this. No one likes their computer to freeze up in the heat of the battle!

For work or office: Windows is never out of applications!

My Newest Program

I made a program that makes other program, and it does not require and knowledge of the Ruby programming language! Here is what it can do:

Put text: You just put in the text you want your program to put!

Run program: That's right! You can run the program from inside the program maker!

Exit: This just exits the program

Erase: This will erase the file content

Delete: This will delete the program you are making and exit

Input: This will make the program use "gets"!

var: This will create a variable in the program

Ifelse: This will make an "if" code!

cmd: This one is special. This will make commands run in the program you are making!

newfile: This will make the program make a new file!

putvar: This will put varaibles!

Open: This is the best command of all! This will open up the program file you are working on!!

That's all!

Codecademy

I have been using a site called Codecademy for learning HTML, and it is totally free. You don't even have to sign up! It teaches JavaScript, HTML, Python, Ruby and JQuery. Let's sort this out:

I wouldn't use JavaScript until you have completed the Web Fundamental (HTML) because it can get very confusing. JavaScript is pretty powerful, as it can make web popups and other things. HTML Is probably the first thing you want to start on. Python isn't to hard, but maybe a little confusing. You may need to know some math! Ruby I would NOT DO! It is very confusing and adds a lot of extra stuff then you really need. Example:

To put a variable in Codecademy:

puts "Variable: #{mystring}."

and normal:

puts "Variable: " + mystring + "."

Now I don't really know what JQuery is, but I think its some version of javascript. I tried it out and it is VERY CONFUSING!