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Pokémon Sword and Pokemon Shield announced for the Nintendo Switch

Pokémon Sword and Pokemon Shield announced for the Nintendo Switch

Hi everyone,

Today morning was very exciting! Since yesterday, when I heard of today’s Pokémon Direct, I said myself that we would get either a core Pokémon game for the Nintendo Switch or the next iteration of the new Pokémon Let’s Go series. Today, we got a whole new generation of Pokémon.

Source: The Official Pokémon YouTube channel

What I saw in the trailer is really good. The starter Pokémon looks really nice! It will be a difficult decision to choose one of them. Also, the Galar region looks nice but I have my questions. It may have been just me, but I feel like there’s not enough cities. Maybe we just got a teaser map and they are still working on arranging the cities and other routes.

What’s most interesting to me is the game names. Why is it called Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield? Will we see some medieval-themed rival in this game? Fighting with swords? We’ll just have to see.

We should be hearing more about these games during the year until it is released (Maybe at E3?). In the meantime, you can preorder the games on Amazon at the following links:

I have already preordered both games! Oh, and I hope they work with the Pokeball Plus that I love to use with Pokémon Let’s Go: Pikachu 😁.

What are your thoughts on these games? Let me know in the comments.

Open Sourcing my Android app: Collatz Conjecture Calculator

Open Sourcing my Android app: Collatz Conjecture Calculator

Collatz Conjecture Android App - 1

Hi everyone,

In this post, i’d like everyone to know that I’ve open sourced the code of my app Collatz Conjecture Calculator, which is an app I developed for the Android operating system:

Collatz Conjecture Android App - 2

This app is a Collatz Conjecture calculator, which follows the 3x+1 rule.

It is very simple in nature. The actual code that performs the math is the following:

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It stores each step in a list and then it gets displayed to the user.

v1.3

In v1.3, I changed the “/” to the “÷” division symbol, and in the previous version, I changed the “x” with the proper multiplication symbol “×”

Screenshot:

The app just has the main screen, which looks like this after doing a math calculation:

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User reviews:

What people has said of this very simple app:

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The app was updated using Android Studio 3.0:

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You can take a look at the source code here.

And you can download the app here.

Enjoy!

New Mario & Luigi game announced! Who’s exited?

New Mario & Luigi game announced! Who’s exited?

So, it turned out that the rumors where true!

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minion is coming!

Personally, I’ve played the original Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga in the Gameboy Advance and I also have it in the Wii U since it was launched as a Virtual Console title. This is a game that I like a lot, especially the music which is awesome!

Anyway, for those of you who have not yet seen the trailer, here it is from the Nintendo YouTube channel:

The game comes out on October 6, 2017

BOINCToWeb v1.2 released! Show your BOINC Tasks in your Website

BOINCToWeb v1.2 released! Show your BOINC Tasks in your Website

Hi everyone,

Today I’ve released v1.2 of BOINCToWeb, which is a tool that allows you to show your BOINC tasks in your website.

v1.2 now fetches the project list that you are participating in. This removes the need to manually check the Workunit Project URL and manually comparing it to display the Project Name. This resulted in some workunits displaying the URL instead of the Project Name because it wasn’t programmed in the software. Now, since v1.2 is fetching the project list from the BOINC client, it compares the Workunit Project Url against the Project URL of the projects you are participating in. This also results in cleaner software code.

BOINC To Web v1.2

You can check out the Source Code at the GitHub repo here.

V1.2 can be download here.

You can find the introductory post and installation guide here.

Check out my BOINC Tasks here.

Enjoy it!

Introducing ArduBOINC – Show your BOINC Tasks using an Arduino and LCD Display!

Introducing ArduBOINC – Show your BOINC Tasks using an Arduino and LCD Display!

Hi everyone,

Today was another creative day. This time, I present to you ArduBOINC.

ArduBOINC

ArduBOINC is composed of Arduino + BOINC. It is a project I decided to do also some time ago with my LattePanda, which died a few days ago and I’m in the process of sending it for replacement. However, the UDOO x86 came here shortly after the LattePanda died and since it also features an integrated Arduino co-procesor (Arduino 101 / Intel Curie), I decided to build this software using it.

Again, this software is written in Visual Basic .NET, my favorite language to write Windows software, and the Arduino sketch is made with the official Arduino IDE.

It consists of two parts. First, you need to upload the Arduino Sketch to your Arduino Board, and then you can use the Windows software to fetch the BOINC workunits and interact with the Arduino. This is done by sending the data via the Serial Communication feature of the Arduino. We select the COM port of the Arduino and the Windows software will talk with it.

As with yesterday’s announcement of my tool to show your BOINC tasks on your website, this tool works basically in the same way, using the BoincRpc .NET library to fetch the running workunits and send them to the Arduino.

The awesome thing of this project is that all you just need is an Arduino, be it an Arduino Uno, a Mega, etc. and an LCD display that’s compatible with the Arduino Liquid Crystal Display library. Also, it is compatible with the UDOO x86 and LattePanda, both of which have an Arduino co-processor. It should also work with any other product that features an Arduino-compatible processor, like the SparkFun RedBoard.

This tool is also Open Source. Check it out here! The Arduino Sketch and the Windows software source code is available there.

Below, you’ll find a video detailing the software, the sketch, and how it works:

Here are some images of a development version of ArduBOINC running on an Arduino Mega ADK:

Below, you can see a short video of this software running in the Arduino Mega ADK:

Hope you all find this software useful! This is perfect for adding a display to your PCs without having to turn on the monitor to check your tasks!

Now you can see my BOINC Tasks on my website!

Now you can see my BOINC Tasks on my website!

Hi everyone,

Today, I’ve been writing a software, database and script to show the BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing) tasks that my computers are running to my website!

I’ve been thinking on making this since a long time ago, and I’ve finally accomplished that task.

Those are just a few of the machines. To see the rest, visit https://moisescardona.me/BOINCStatistics.

The software I wrote is the following:

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You simply enter a name for the host, IP Address, BOINC Port Number and the RPC Password, and then, you press the “Add to List” button. You have to do this for the hosts you have and would like to show on your website.

Then, you enter your MySQL Server details, set a time to refresh the database with updated task details and press the “Fetch Tasks!” button.

On the MySQL Side, you need to execute the “boincweb-database.sql” file located at the GitHub repo here and you’re ready to use the software.

On the web site, I uploaded a file called “boincweb.php” to the repo that you can freely customize to fit your likes. The file looks like this when you edit it with your MySQL Server details:

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The PHP file uses Tablesorter so you can sort the table, customize the table by modifying the CSS files, and show the data in a nice way. The tablesorter jQuery is not included, but you can download it here.

Also, to use the Desktop software, You must download and compile the BoincRpc .NET API that can be found here. Please note that the API targets the .NET Standard 1.3, which for some reason, gives some issues when running the software. You must open the project and compile it to target the latest .NET Framework. Then, you must add the DLL reference to the project. Also needed is the MySQL Connector for .NET

I had a lot of fun building this to show my contribution toward BOINC projects.


Project Repo: https://github.com/moisespr123/BOINCToWeb/

Requisites for the PHP file:
Tablesorter: https://mottie.github.io/tablesorter/docs/

Requisites for the .NET software:

Check out my BOINC Tasks here: https://moisescardona.me/BOINCStatistics

PHP Demo: https://moisescardona.me/boincweb.php

The ZCash Mining GUI Overview Video

The ZCash Mining GUI Overview Video

Note: This software is no longer maintained.

Hi everyone,

I made a video to showcase the ZCash Mining GUI, explaining its functions and how to use it. You can watch it here below:

You can download the ZCash Mining GUI here: https://github.com/moisespr123/ZCashMiningGui/releases
You can browse the ZCash Mining GUI Source Code here: https://github.com/moisespr123/ZCashMiningGui/

Happy Mining!

Introducing nheqminer ZCash Mining GUI for Windows

Introducing nheqminer ZCash Mining GUI for Windows

Hi everyone!

Today, I have released a ZCash Mining GUI for nheqminer:

ZCash Mining GUI
ZCash Mining GUI

This software is written in Visual Basic .NET and is Open Sourced, available here: https://github.com/moisespr123/ZCashMiningGui

Windows Binaries available over here: https://github.com/moisespr123/ZCashMiningGui/releases

To use it, you must download the nheqminer binary and place it inside a folder called “nheqminer” in the same folder where you download this software, then fill out the details and press on “Start Mining!”.

You can minimize the window and it will go straight to the System Tray.

You can download the Nicehash nheqminer over here: https://github.com/nicehash/nheqminer/releases

That’s it. Enjoy mining ZCash on your Windows machine!