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Moped Error

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Yet another of my ‘obscure error message’ posts:

After upgrading an old Rails app from 3.2.x to 4.0.x I started getting a really weird error. Made all the more confusing by the fact that I couldn’t work out why it was trying to load Moped (given Mongoid 5.0.0 no longer uses Moped).

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RepRap Prusa i3

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In the leadup to our last hack day at REA I acquired a RepRap Prusa i3 kit from Aliexpress because one of the teams indicated a desire to build one from scratch. Unfortunately as the hack day approached a more important project (involving security and fraud detection) lured them away from the fun of building a 3D printer.

So it fell to me to reason through the instructions and get it working.

RepRap Prusa i3

It doesn’t compare to the Ultimaker 2, but I feel like I now know a LOT more about 3D printing than I did before.

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Future Assembly

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I visited the inaugural Future Assembly this weekend. There were some really interesting startups and companies doing emerging technology work (and some crazy bitcoin people wearing suits and looking slightly shady).

By far my favourite though, was the CSIRO Hexapod and Quadcopter. I recorded a short video for your enjoyment:

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HTC Vive Dev Kit

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I visited Valve in Seattle after Oculus Connect 2. They were great hosts, and agreed to send me a dev kit to work with and show off. Today it arrived.

My Colleagues are apparently all old hands now at looking good while wearing a VR headset.

Joh wearing the new Vive Dev Kit Mei wearing the new Vive Dev Kit Nigel wearing the new Vive Dev Kit

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Ready Player One - Thoughts on OC2

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Ready Player One

So many thoughts about Oculus Connect 2.

The theme for the event is definitely revealed by the inclusion of Ready Player One in all the conference bags. I’ve long since read it (as I suspect have most here). Facebook definitely foresees a world where everyone interacts in an environment similar to Oasis.

OC2 - Keynote

It’s sooo much bigger than last year, and so much more serious. There are a lot of attendees that come from bigger companies now (particularly game studios), and it didn’t feel that way last year.