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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

How to Install Oracle VM Virtual Box In Ubuntu Linux

Well as I am finding the Ubuntu Software center seems like such a great idea, it is rarely updated and well, still needs some work.

GO here:

https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads

I have a 64-bit installation and machine with VM enabled in the bios so I choose this installation:

http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/5.0.18/virtualbox-5.0_5.0.18-106667~Ubuntu~trusty_amd64.deb

After the download, open it with the software center.

If the Ubuntu Software center says you need to update the package for any reason do this first then do the installation.

Once the installation is complete, you should be able to confirm by simply clicking the Windows Key or if you are running Unity , you should see the "Oracle VM Virtualbox" . Once you click on that icon it should open the Oracle VM Virtualbox Manager without any issue and allow you to play with your Virtual box VMs/ Here are a couple of websites that have some prebuilt Virtual Boxes for you to play with, the first one brags of having over 240,000 prebuilt Virtual Box Images. Enjoy...

https://virtualboximages.com/
http://www.osboxes.org/virtualbox-images/

If you have any issues please let me know and I wkll gladly see if I can give oyu a hand...





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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

How to get the newest Flash version working in your Linux based Web Browser

Have you been trying to play your good ol' browser based Flash game? Are you tired of seeing To view this page ensure that Adobe Flash Player version 11.7 or greater is installed.?  Well it turns out the people at Adobe have decided that they no longer should be spending any time on Flash for Linux based machines. Do not fret though, you are in luck thanks to some very nice people who have created the Fresh Player plugin you can still run your good ol' Flash based browser games that require a version of Flash greater then 11.7, and here is how to get it:


First I installed Chrome:

https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/

Open up a terminal and type the following:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install freshplayerplugin

You should now be able to play your favorite Flash based games that run Flash Flash greater than 11.7. Enjoy and let me know if you have any issues.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Windows Phone Emulator hanging at Windows Phone OS is Starting ... using Visual Studio , Windows 8.1, and Hyper-V

I recently setup a Windows Phone 8.1 Project in Visual Studio. I started the debugger and the Windows phone emulator came up. After it said loading it then changed to Windows Phone OS is Starting... It then seemed to sit there for a while.


Before you do anything, please note that if this is the first time running the Windows Phone Emulator, and it has never fully loaded, it can take some time, You might have to wait for it to finish loading , which took me 5 Minutes and 35 Seconds the first load. The next time you debug it, it will only take about 16 seconds. As you can see the first time it runs it takes a long long time, this must be due to creating and configuring Hyper-V and the Image for the Windows Phone Emulater. Please note I do have a very fast newer machine, even then it still took over 5 minutes. So I would run it for at least 10 -15 minutes, if your emulater still does not get past the OS loading, then I would try the following steps:

Here is how I finally got the Windows Phone emulator running in Windows 8.1 using Visual Studio 2013:

I ran XdeCleanup.exe as Administrator. This was located at C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft XDE\8.1 and C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft XDE\8.0 on my machine. I did run both.

I then went into the Hyper-V Manager and deleted the virtual machine for the Windows Phone, if it is still showing:

I then opened up Visual Studio and noticed that I still had the same issue. I then went into Program and Features and clicked on Windows Phone 8.1 Emulators, then clicked Change. Once I clicked change, I  got the following error: Windows Phone 8.1 Emulators - ENU has stopped working.



Now I decided to try and reinstall the Windows Phone 8.1 Emulators, which I found at the location https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=44574 , yet when I downloaded the installer and then cliecked INSTALL, nothing happened. I rebooted and the same issue.

I then decided to try and install the update, which I had not had installed, but came across it on the site, the Windows Phone 8.1 Update and Emulators installer is located here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=43719

Now that I had this installed I rebooted again and ran my project in Visual Studio 2013, running Visual Studio as Administrator. It got to Windows Phone OS is Starting and I walked away from the PC for a few minutes. When I came back I noticed that it had loaded, it took over 5 minutes to load for the first time:



To sum it up, even though I went through all these steps, it turns out, if you have never run the Windows Phone Emulator before and you create a Windows Phone project in Visual Studio and run the debugger, it will create the Virtual Machine and whatever goes along with it. So the first load can take a long time, over 5 minutes. Please let me know how it works out for you.



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Friday, December 4, 2015

Creating a Google Application for use in Visual Studio Part 1 - Registering your application with Google

Welcome to part one of my Creating a Google Application for Windows Phone. The first post in my series will be how to setup your application , first by registering your application with Google.

You will want to start by first registering your application here at the Google Developer Console. https://console.developers.google.com


Click on create project

 Now you have the ability to create your project name and to show advanced options. The advance options would be used to choose your application data center. I would leave default if you plan on having the majority of your users USA based, if you plan on having more users in Europe or that side of the world you would use the advanced options to change the application data center to that side of the Earth,

Now you will notice most names have been taken, the internal google name will be different, for instance I choose MYAPP, the google application name will be something like MYAPP-0001. In this case I am creating my application named GooGPhone.

Once the application is created you will be brought to the dashboard, here you can add the APIs and try many aspects of the Google Cloud services. In this case we are only interested in the API.



Now before we can access the APIs from an application, we will need to create our credentials. This will be covered in the next part of this series. Till then happy coding and take care...


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