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updated: make your own 2048?

Saturday, 3 May 2014

udacity now has a 2048 mini course where you’ll learn:

  • How a computer program works (specifically small web applications like the 2048 game).
  • What HTML, CSS, and Javascript are and how they interact to make a functioning web application.
  • How to make small changes to HTML and CSS files that have very large changes in a program (large enough to turn the original 2048 game into a drastically different Udacity version).
  • How to use Github to make a copy of an open-source program, make changes to that copy, create your own version, and then host that version so you can share it with your friends.
  • Why open-source is such an amazing idea 🙂

“To participate in Udacity courses, please make sure your computer meets the following minimum requirements.


  • An up-to-date version of Chrome or Firefox is strongly recommended.
  • We also support Internet Explorer 9 and the desktop versions of Internet Explorer 10 and above (not the metro versions).
  • At this time, mobile browsers are not supported.

Internet Connectivity

  • Download: 2+ Mbps recommended; minimum 1 Mbps.
  • Upload (for full courses & proctoring): 0.5 Mbps upload speed.

Operating System

  • PC: Windows XP or higher with latest updates installed (note: Internet Explorer 8 is not supported).
  • Mac: OS X 10.6 or higher with latest updates installed.
  • Linux: Any recent distribution that has the supported browsers installed.


  • Ability to watch YouTube videos is required. If YouTube is blocked on your network, please contact your IT support or internet provider.
  • If you do not use the html5 player, or are using Internet Explorer, you will need Adobe Flash Player v11 or above.


Adobe Flash Player v11 or above.

  • Recommended for watching YouTube videos, especially on Internet Explorer.
  • Required for online proctoring with ProctorU (some Georgia Tech courses only).

Webcam & Microphone

Required for course graduation exit interviews (Full Course) and online proctoring (Georgia Tech).

  • Webcam: 640×480 or higher resolution.
  • Microphone: built in to most webcams and laptops, or freestanding. Not a headset for proctored exams.
  • Proctored exams only: You can check your system satisfies requirements at You will connect to a live person who will test your equipment for you for free!

Google Hangouts

Required for onboarding sessions and exit interviews with Coaches in the Full Course Experience.

check out the course overview here.


this course is, unfortunately, in its present form, a facade. after going through Lesson 1, there was no Lesson 2 to take on. there are also no course materials, scanty instructor comments (it took a student to explain that a “div” means a division), and a zipped package of video downloads that does not unzip. overall, it feels more like a hackers’ invite than an MOOC.

what’s the best thing about it? the hosts — or rather, the instructors as UD248 designates them. they’re wholesome, friendly, and much like your neighbor’s kids. they’re so unlike your idea of coders. they call a block of HTML/CSS code “these guys.”


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