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Solved: Build failure of Xylophone project in The Complete 2020 Flutter Developer Bootcamp

I’m really enjoying The Complete 2020 Flutter Development Bootcamp with Dart on Udemy by Angela Yu and London App Brewery. I like how Angela has organized the progression of concepts and challenges. It’s also easy to skip lectures if you’re already an experienced programmer and don’t need to learn concepts like data types and function syntax.

My first big snag came when I added the audioplayers package to the Xylophone project. The run tab fills up with errors, ending with:

Could not build the application for the simulator.
Error launching application on iPhone 12 Pro Max.
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Installing boto3 for python3 in Cloud9

I’m developing python code in a Cloud9 environment. Tried setting the default python version to 3, but “python” still runs python 2. It’s not a big deal to type “python3” each time, but “pip install boto3” only installed the module for python 2.

Finally, this adaptation of a command I found on stackoverflow worked:

python3 -m pip install --user boto3

Switch your Mac’s online call handler from Skype to Lync

I had been using Skype for Business as the online call handler for my Mac, but had various problems in online meetings – sometimes not seeing screen shares, sometimes not seeing chat, sometimes others not seeing my screen share.

But when I tried to switch to Lync, it took a while to figure out how to make “Join online meeting” links work – they kept launching Skype. Turns out that it’s simple – go to Lync Preferences > General tab and change the drop-down settings in the Services section (you can click on the image to expand it).

Anja’s First Model Rocket Launch

Anja's rocket gone My friend Tom invited us to a Rocketry of Orlando’s Community Kids launch event on Saturday at the Little Big Econ State Forest (non-members pay a small fee to launch). We picked up a rocket at Walmart on Friday and got it ready. It was a little windy, but we had a great time!

At left you’ll see that we had a successful launch!

Check more of my photos on Flickr.

PC vs. Mac vs. Linux ads

Scroll down to the “PC Mac Linux” ads at Funny!


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