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In June 2016, I shut down Powered by Redstone, a Minecraft blog I had been running since 2011. I tried to reboot it as Redstone Central a month later, but for a variety of reasons (that you can read about here), I decided to end that a few months later.

I have moved the Redstone Central site, which contains all the posts from it and Powered by Redstone, to redstonecentral.blogspot.com.

I plan to keep the archived site on Blogger as long as possible, but I'm not sure how long I will keep the old Powered by Redstone and Redstone Central domains.

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Hacking Android Wear: Part One

A few weeks ago, I finally got my hands on the Samsung Gear Live. It's a smartwatch powered by Google's new Android Wear operating system. And like pretty much everything I buy with a screen, I started messing around with it.

It turns out that Android Wear isn't as far off from normal Android as I thought - with some caveats, it's possible to install plain Android apps manually. So I published a video of Minecraft Pocket Edition on my watch, which became somewhat popular. I've made a few more videos since then, my most popular one (currently) being a demo of Windows 95.

Many people have asked me for a tutorial, so I'm splitting this into a few sections for better organization. This part introduces you to ADB and manually installing applications. This will not void your warranty on your watch, and this works with any Android Wear watch. This may seem long, but that's just because I've explained everything in great detail for beginner users.
Installing ADBAD…

QuickChrome is now NoPlugin

Back in January, I released a new Chrome extension called QuickChrome. With Chrome 45 completely dropping support for plugins, and other browsers trying to do the same thing, I thought it would be a fun project to try and restore some functionality.

QuickChrome detected any QuickTime player objects on websites, and if Chrome supported the video format, replaced it with Chrome's built-in video player. If not, it gave you a link to download the file and play it on your machine. I figured being able to play some content with Chrome's video player, and a download link for others, was much more useful than a useless 'Missing Plugin' error.

Well, for some reason it blew up in popularity. So I gave it a much-needed upgrade - say hello to NoPlugin!

NoPlugin is basically QuickChrome, but better. It now supports detecting Windows Media and RealPlayer plugins. For anything that it can't play inside the browser, it now provides a one-click download and this new notification to…

How to make a flash drive sync with OneDrive

I’ve wanted cloud storage services like OneDrive or Dropbox to make flash drives that sync with their services for a while, and there doesn’t seem to be anything like it on the market. This would be immensely useful on shared/public computers, for when you need to access files without using the often less-useful web app or installing the normal sync app.

My goal was to make a flash drive that fully synced with OneDrive, that could be used on public (specifically school computers). This should work for any Windows XP SP2+ computer, as long as whatever restrictions are in place allow running programs from a flash drive (some organizations only allow pre-installed software to be run, for instance). So here’s how I did it.
Setting it up First, create folders on your flash drive called ‘OneDrive’ and ‘Sync’. The first will serve as the folder where your OneDrive files are kept, and the second where the program that syncs your files will be installed to. It should look something like this: