An Ubuntu MAME cabinet part 1: high scores and shaders on Xenial

This post is intended to replace one I made years ago. It is a summary of simple terminal commands that can be run to compile the most recent stable version of MAME, modified for saved high score support and no nag screens, in the brand new 2016 LTS release of Ubuntu, Xenial Xerus (16.04). It also installs GLSL shaders that give MAME an old-school CRT look, when running on modern LCD screens thanks to OpenGL.

Google Analytics real-time, and profiles

The Google Analytics real-time feature was rolled out progressively through the latter half of 2011, instantly sending shivers down the spine of outfits such as ChartBeat and Woopra. Since I've had my head down at work on other things for the past few months, I hadn't had a chance to play with it until recently. The first thing I noticed is that it doesn't take any notice of profiles you might have set up within a single account - it's simply a view of the firehose for your particular UA- number.

Running a Linux dev environment on a Mac

I use a Macbook Air as my main Drupal development machine these days. Although this laptop is perfectly capable of running MySQL, Apache and PHP on OSX, I keep all that inside an Ubuntu Linux virtual machine, and use some tricks to maintain the dev server's filesystem directly with OSX applications like Text Wrangler and Finder. It can be surprisingly time-consuming to set up, if you have no idea what you are doing.

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