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Harvesting fruit is a great way to make some quick money in Animal Crossing New Horizons. Just visit another island, fill your pockets with fruit that is non-native to your island, and plant as many trees as possible when you get back home. Once you grow enough trees to form an orchard, you can easily make half a million bells or more every three days.

However, picking hundreds of trees can get pretty boring and you might find yourself thinking “there’s gotta be a better way…” Well I’m here to tell you, there is, with ACNH Automator!

ACNH Automator utilizes…


Having worked for several years on a Cyber Security YouTube show, and working at companies that have required security awareness training, I’ve picked up some useful information on keeping yourself safe on the internet. These are my own opinions and are by no means a full comprehensive security plan, but they will certainly help you understand where to start.

Don’t Reuse Passwords

It’s important to never use the same password for multiple accounts. There have been many high-profile data breaches that have made the news in the last few years, and when this happens the affected company will make users reset their passwords…


The Issue

After recently upgrading Android Studio to 4.1.3, I ran into an issue when trying to launch an Android Virtual Device. The error message read: AVD Manager — The emulator process for AVD Pixel_2_API_29 was killed.

The AVD had worked perfectly fine while testing a React Native project a day earlier, so I knew that the upgrade was most likely the reason for the error. In this post I’ll go through the steps I took to troubleshoot the problem, and provide the solution that I found which involves downgrading Android Emulator back to a previous version.

Troubleshooting

The first thing I tried…


While working on my React based portfolio website recently, I ran into an issue regarding buttons and links. I had designed a section of the website that had several buttons, each needing to link to a different url like “/about” or “/work”, and so I tried to come up with what I thought was the simplest solution.

I installed React Router, set up some basic routing in my App.js component, and used the following code to setup my buttons as React Router Links. (Note that I’m simplifying the Bootstrap options I used for demo purposes)

import { Link } from…

Expressions in Adobe After Effects are an invaluable tool that can save hours during the motion design process, and can help create animations that are almost impossible to do with just keyframes. They are however a bit intimidating to learn at first, mainly because they involve working with code.

If you are a beginner it’s important to just start with basic expressions that are just a few lines long, that way you can really understand what is happening under the hood and start to build up to more complicated use cases.

The first expression that I personally learned was the…


FFmpeg is an open-source, cross-platform tool used to record, convert and stream audio and video files. It can do almost anything that the expensive professional encoding software packages can do, and is an invaluable tool for anyone in post-production.

It comes with a bit of a learning curve especially if you’ve never used command line tools before, however it has great documentation and a very active user base so it’s very likely that you can find examples and answers to your FFmpeg questions on places like Stack Overflow.

Admittedly though, the syntax can be a bit tricky and hard to…


Apple Compressor is a great tool for transcoding video and audio files, and includes options for automatically posting to sites like YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook. However, if you want to upload to a video hosting platform that doesn’t have a Compressor “Action” you’ll need to create your own Automator workflow and upload via an API.

In this example I’ll be posting to Wistia.com, a video hosting platform that I highly recommend. I’ve been using it for a few years, the free plan allows for creating an API token for uploading, and it has very helpful documentation.

Here’s an overview of…


If you’re a macOS power user, or have done any kind of software development on a Mac, chances are you’ve heard of Homebrew. It’s “the missing package manager for macOS” that lets you run a simple command like

brew install youtube-dl

and within seconds you have access to a new application that you can use in your Terminal.

To new users this might seem like some form of computer-magic, but it’s pretty simple to understand once the steps are broken down.

Arthur Wilton

Software Developer and Video/Post Production Professional. Recent graduate of Flatiron School.

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