Welcome to HeteroCraft! HeteroCraft is a new Minecraft/Bukkit server with support for locked chests, protected regions, an economy, automatic texture packs, and more.
The name HeteroCraft comes from the fact that the domain was available (ha) and the Hetero prefix’s definition of “different” or “other”. You can access the server by direct connecting to heterocraft.com in Minecraft, using the latest version of the standard Minecraft client.
I have big plans for this server; I’m hoping to add many additional features and grow quite the extensive community. The server is already up and running and accepting users, but as of yet, permissions are very limited, as we’re still setting a few things up. We plan to open the server up for all of the features sometime tomorrow. :)
I have to admit it’s taken a good amount of research and experimentation, but I finally have an XBMC media center solution on the Raspberry Pi that rivals what I used to have on my old power-sucking full-size PC.
I’m writing this guide to help others get up and running with a stable solution as quickly as possible. I’ll be covering everything from the hardware pieces to the software and configuration. I’m also hoping this guide will be accessible to those who aren’t overly tech-inclined, and I’ll provide some support in the comments.
Continue on after the break for the complete guide.
You know what’s amazing? How blessed me and my family are. You know why? Because of mercy. How? Death. Who? The Lord…of all of creation. The Lord of all creation blesses me daily. Despite my ignorance and disobedience. Daily. Blessed. By the creator of the universe. Yeah.
The Lord placed it on my heart recently to start sharing some of the youth lessons I’ve been writing for youth group. It should hopefully encourage me to more consistently write solid lessons, and hopefully will come in helpful for other youth leaders (as so many other bloggers’ lessons have proven useful for me).
The lessons are available here. Leave a comment if you use them. :)
This is probably a fairly unique situation, but I thought I’d post it here just to see how many people might have the same need. I use TrueCrypt almost exclusively as my encryption solution due to the fact that it’s both cross platform and open source, and because it’s highly secure and “just works”. Really, I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t use it; it really is the ideal encryption solution.
That said, I often find myself having to create new volumes, and I find that process to be relatively cumbersome. I prefer to have many smaller volumes than one or two large volumes, primarily because they sync up via Dropbox (actually just recently I switched to Google Drive), and online sync services do much better with smaller files than, say, a 50GB file.
The non-automated way to create and mount a volume seems to take ages; you run through the wizard, wait for the volume to be created, go hunt for the file, mount it, and then you’re finally good to go. It requires entering your password not once but three times, and just gets irritating after having to do it even once a day. To solve this, I looked into TrueCrypt’s command line options, and created a couple of shell scripts to make things much easier. Read on after the break to dive into the scripts.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted about an update, so we’ll backtrack a little here to get up to speed. Since the last post about version 1.4, I’ve added full support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablets and phones, made the app entirely accessible for blind and visually impaired users, and fully tested (and fixed the rough edges) on a shiny new Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
I had the pleasure of working with J.J. Meddaugh of AndroidAccess.net to identify which parts of the app would need modified to make it fully accessible to blind users, and I’m happy to say that we were successful in making the app completely accessible for use with a screen reader. J.J. was kind enough to post an accessibility review that documents everything here:
I’m also excited to say that Android Tapp has also reviewed the app! Toni McQuilken reviewed the app as a “no frills” app that “works perfectly.” You can read the review here:
Finally, I’ve trimmed all rough edges for the app’s experience on the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus (running Android 4.0). The majority of things worked as expected due to my testing on the Android emulator, but there were a few surprise bugs that needed squashed. Regardless, the experience is better than ever on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Thanks everyone! Enjoy the app and let me know if you have any suggestions. :)
This is a quick bugfix release that resolves a force close issue on Android Honeycomb 3.0 and 3.1 devices. My Honeycomb testing was performed on version 3.2, hence this particular issue wasn’t caught.
New features are on the way! Feel free to comment on the new features you want most…
The big new feature in version 1.3 is the ability to record in the background, both while other apps are open and while the screen is locked. Several other important bugfixes are also included, as documented in the Changelog in the app and in the “What’s New” section in the Android Market:
Once again, thanks everyone for your support. Please let me know if you run into any issues. This latest round of changes was a beast but I plan on putting out a new release with many more features very soon. :)