Monday, March 28, 2016

Variety Show: Small Updates #1

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Greetings Readers!

It has been a while since I posted anything so I feel I should do a quick write-up with a few small things.

Virtual Reality

I have been very excited about Virtual Reality (VR) since I worked with the Oculus Dev Kit 1 and consumer VR is just around the bend! The consumer Oculus Rift ships March 28th, with pre-orders backed up until the summer. (June/July last I checked). The Vive, created by an HTC/Valve partnership, ships starting in May. And finally, Playstation VR (PSVR) ships in October.

I had pre-orders for both the Rift and the Vive for a while, while I waited for more news, and to decide which one I would buy at launch (as I can't afford both, nor would I gain much from owning both). PSVR also looks promising and I will decide if I want to purchase a bundle closer to launch, as right now it's too far off to make an informed decision.

I have finally decided to purchase the Vive. It was a very difficult decision, but I think it was the smart choice for a pre-order. 

Both the Vive and Rift seem like fantastic experiences, but without more knowledge on Oculus' Touch controllers, I couldn't justify purchasing a Rift until later in the year.

I'll be sure to post a VR update either in May (when my Vive arrives) or sometime in the summer.

Managing Linux SSH Keys

As a software developer, I use Github and SSH on a daily basis. When dealing with remote machines there are some niceties and security benefits you can get by setting up SSH properly.

To aid others (and myself) with this problem I have written a small script to help manage ssh keys and configs.

I'll be posting a full blog post about ssh and my tool soon.

UPDATE April 8, 2017: My new post about my ssh tool, the keymaker

Expect more updates in the future as I build a new PC for VR in the next month!