The ozobots are here

ozobots are small battery-powered robots that can drive around. They are about 3cm tall with a diameter of also 3cm. The housing is transparent, so one can see the logic board and wheels. In the middle of the board there are two small LEDs used for status displaying. Furthermore, each bot has an USB port which, however, can not transport data - it only serves to recharge the built-in battery.

ozobots
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Pro Pinball: Timeshock

A few years ago, in 1997, Empire Interactive released a pinball simulation called "Pro Pinball: Timeshock" to the market – in my opinion probably the best pinball simulation ever. The game was available for MS-DOS, Mac OS and the Playstation. Unfortunately, it stopped working on my Mac when Apple dropped Classic support in OS X.

In 2013, Barnstorm Games launched a Kickstarter campaign with the aim of providing a new edition for PC, Mac, iOS and Android. Of course, I had to immediately pledge it. The campaign was a success, and with minimal delay (planned was a release in 2013) the first official version of the remake made it to the App Store this year. And it was definitely worth the wait!

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Vorwerk VR100 vs VR200

Half a year ago Vorwerk presented the Kobold VR200 vacuum cleaning robot as a successor to the VR100. Since I was fully satisfied with the VR100 so far I have been struggling for a long time with myself - but finally the urge to buy a new toy won. The robot was also improved in some areas, from which we benefit clearly in our apartment. Time for a little comparison of the two household servants.

VR100 and VR200
VR100 (left) und VR200 (right)
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Open Arena rcon via shell

If you have a dedicated server set up for Open Arena, you can control it either using the command console and rcon on the client side – or by typing in the commands directly into the server process (oa_ded).
But how is it possible to access the server from within a different script or application, or if the server process is not bound to a shell?

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OS X Yosemite

The newest major release of OS X has been out now for three months. Although it contains many new features and general improvements one needs a high frustration tolerance…

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Task Till Dawn 1.83

Task Till Dawn 1.83 supports the upcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite, and also now includes the Oracle Java Runtime 1.8. So an additional installation is no longer required.

For Windows there will be no version 1.83 because this release mainly contains stuff regarding OS X.

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PADEdit 1.52

PADEdit 1.52 contains a bugfix for a critical bug, which sometimes prevented file dialogs (for example when opening or closing files) from showing up.

The new version also adds support for the upcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite, and contains the Oracle Java Runtime 1.8 in the Mac version. So an additional installation is no longer required.

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