Great news for all Raspberry Pi owners, especially those hoping to keep their children interesting in the device. The hit game Minecraft has been ported over the Pi and is available to download now at no cost from the Minecraft Pi Edition website. We gave it a quick go and were quite impressed.
I've been rather pleased with the enthusiasm shown by my eldest for doing more than simply playing Club Penguin or Moshi Monsters on the computer. We had a very productive time with the visual programming tool Scratch, culminating in the brilliant win of her coming up with a way of using it that I hadn't thought of.
This weekend, she turned to me as we were playing Skylanders and said that she wanted to have a go at programming. Sounds good, I said, what do you have in mind. Oh just something like Skylanders she replied. The wonderful thing is, that this might not be so far out of reach as I first thought.
With a certain amount of fanfare, Canonical announced Ubuntu for smartphones. There was even a shade of Steve Jobs and the iPod in the way that Mark Shuttleworth produced a Google Nexus with Ubuntu from his pocket.
As excited as I am about the possibility of having a phone with Ubuntu, this was no iPhone launch. The iPhone was the first in its class and Canonical is hoping to compete in a very busy market. Sufficiently crowded that even Microsoft is finding it a challenge to make progress.
While we're in that calm patch in between the big announcements and real products arriving, I've been thinking about why running Steam on Linux is a good idea. The biggest advantage for me is the it offers the opportunity to have an operating system dedicated to playing games.
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Caps Lock is an infuriating key. We know that because it annoys us here at Computeractive Towers and because you tell us so. Solutions have ranged from physically removing the key from the keyboard to turning on the Windows alert.
The problem with the alert is that it only sounds once when the key is pressed the first time. That doesn't help if you miss the sound. Now we can offer a solution. A small utility that plays a sound every second while Caps Lock is on. It is still possible to use Caps Lock when you need it (such as entering software product keys) but you won't forget to turn it off.
It's still very early days so it would be great if you could give us feedback and help.
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