I am pleased to say that two very awesome and exciting life-changing things have happened in the past month:
So, moving and prepping for a new job has eaten up my free time as of late. I'll be back to my usual shenanigans soon enough!
Time to spice things up a bit with the camera frame on my Twitch channel. In my drive to learn Adobe After Effects, I created a subtle 'line snake' effect that traces itself along the inner border of the video frame.
I have been watching for the Elgato Stream Deck 15 to go on sale for ages. At $150, it's an expensive piece of hardware, but the utility it provides helps out a lot when you're streaming. Say you don't want to either assign keybinds to your keyboard or remember them between games. And what if those keybinds are in use by the game itself? A stream deck gives you a centralized location to execute scene transitions, special stingers and audio/video actions with the touch of a button.
Alternatives on a budget? Sure! Enter UP Deck.
Scene transitions, otherwise known as stingers, are something that has existed in video media for longer than most of us have been alive. Appropriately, streamers use stingers to transition between streams. It's something that adds professional branding appeal without being obtrusive and further sets a stream away from being a canned experience.
I tried my hand at creating one for my stream using a tutorial and the results were great!
Since beginning this blog, I've seen my focus on the web change. I've seen less interest in sharing my focus with web development and more toward what makes me happy lately, which is streaming PC gameplay on Twitch. That said, it seems most appropriate to rebrand my tag line to be more all-encompassing representation of my activity right now.
Without further ado, 'Web Development by Kevin Earl Gardner' will become 'All Things Web with Kevin Earl Gardner'.
This change seems to make the most sense. I plan on repurposing this blog in the future to serve as a sounding board for my target activities.
Thanks for reading!
I have been hard at work on a way to effectively work on Magento within Windows 10. Microsoft has come a long way in their quest to be more linux/unix-friendly, however nothing beats the ease of installing linux/unix-native applications in a native environment. My quest brought me to Hyper-V, a Windows 10 Professional Virtual machine application I have used with all manner of Windows virtual machines. This article covers how you can have Magento up and running on Ubuntu within your Windows 10 desktop in roughly an hour.