How to automatically clear your downloads (or any folder) on Linux

馃Ч Cleaning your folders up One of the greatest things about Linux is how easily you can automate it. It gives you a huge amount of flexibility and control over your system, and it allows you to offload all the mundane or repetitive tasks to the system. In this guide, I鈥檒l briefly show you how you can periodically clear old files and folders from a directory. I use this to clear down my downloads folder, but you could use it anywhere....

July 14, 2021 路 3 min 路 Seth

4 things you should do to get started with programming

Lots of people want to be a developer but don鈥檛 know quite where to start. And fair enough, getting started is arguably the most difficult part of becoming a developer. Luckily, learning to code doesn鈥檛 have to be hard. You鈥檙e about to learn everything you need to know to start your development journey. But first, you need to be prepared to keep trying. Things don鈥檛 work straight away, you aren鈥檛 going to be writing any really complex programs for quite a while....

June 26, 2021 路 6 min 路 Seth

Cloud Gaming: What are your options?

Currently, cloud gaming is gaining a huge amount of popularity. This is partly due to the ongoing silicone shortage, and partly because it just makes a lot of sense. When you play a game on a cloud platform, you don鈥檛 have to run, fix or upgrade the hardware - that鈥檚 someone else鈥檚 problem. As a general rule, this table sums up cloud gaming. Pros Cons You don鈥檛 have to buy expensive hardware You don鈥檛 own your gaming machine You don鈥檛 have to fix or upgrade your hardware, that鈥檚 covered by the service provider If something goes wrong in the datacenter, you can鈥檛 play your games You don鈥檛 have to deal with updates You are more limited than you would be if you had bought the hardware It is more economic to run in the cloud You need a good internet connection to play There is a support team to deal with your problems If you cancel your subscription, you lose your machine Recently, I have investigated and tried out several services, to find out what works best for people who want to get the highest quality gaming experience for the lowest monthly cost....

June 24, 2021 路 7 min 路 Seth

Making a game: Avoiding burnout

One of the most common reasons that a game will not get finished is burnout. It鈥檚 probably the number 1 project killer out there in fact, and it doesn鈥檛 just stop projects from getting finished, it also discourages people from making games. This is why it is very important to acknowledge that burnout is a thing, and for you to be proactive in preventing it from shutting down your game (or any other long-term project for that matter)....

June 20, 2021 路 5 min 路 Seth

4 Tools all developers should use

Developers are always looking for simpler ways to do more advanced things in less time, and one of the many ways that they can achieve this is by using a selection of tools to supplement their workflow. The aim of this article is to cover some of the major tools that people use, and to give you an insight into what they can do to make your life easier. And to seal the deal, all the tools I鈥檒l be mentioning are completely free to use, which is an incredible price for what you鈥檙e getting from them....

June 18, 2021 路 5 min 路 Seth

Making a game with open-source tools

When you are making a game, you quite quickly discover that there are a large range of different tools that you ned to use. Usually, you鈥檒l need a game engine, an art tool, a modelling tool (for 3D games), a music/sound tool and a planning tool. The exact requirements will vary between different projects, but as a general rule they鈥檒l include these. Now all of these tools are fairly sophisticated, and they can take years to develop....

June 16, 2021 路 6 min 路 Seth

Picking the right hosting provider

Most modern technology projects need to be running 24/7/365 to maximise their avaliability and to become a reliable service for their clients. And even if this is not the case for your project, chances are that you鈥檒l still need some form of hosting to make your service avaliable when it鈥檚 being used. In this article, I will be covering a small range of the hosting options that are avaliable to you, and I will try to accomodate all budgets and a wide range of technical requirements and skill levels....

June 15, 2021 路 6 min 路 Seth

Making a game: Engine considerations (Unreal vs Godot)

When you want to make a game, one of the first things that you鈥檒l need to consider is whether or not you want to use a game engine for it, and then if you do, which game engine you actually want to use. It鈥檚 quite easy to spend an excessive amount of time worrying about which engine you鈥檙e going to use, and comparing them all down to the last little detail....

June 14, 2021 路 6 min 路 Seth