Sunday, August 29, 2010

Android Book Mobile Version 1.8

I've finally released my first cut at Amazon integration. This will hopefully be THE revenue stream. As always Book Mobile is free and ad-free. The search result screen now includes a button to open a web browser with the Amazon page for the current book. As part of this integration I now, for the first time, have some metrics about how much the application is being used. All of this is completely anonymous! The last thing I want is the responsibility keeping personal data safe from attack.

In the first 24 hours there have been 664 books successfully looked up. The sad part is that only 7 of them where clicked through to Amazon and non of those users bought anything. So far the only revenue is from last week when my wife used a beta version to buy me another Elmore Leonard paperback -- thanks honey!

This release included a large refactoring of the result screen where most of the error reports are occurring. Please update so I can fix any remaining issues! Better yet, if you are running Froyo you can look for that auto update checkbox on the market application update screen.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Microsoft Office Has one Cool Feature

I know that Microsoft Outlook has many pundits. I'm one of them. But that mail client has one thing going for it. When I type "doe snot" when I really meant "does not" -- Outlook would catch the typo and put the "s" where it belonged. Mind you, I don't think this is a redeeming feature.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Eclipse Search in Debug View

Well, I was debugging Glassfish via a remote connection and needed to find a particular thread to pause. Of course I was looking for the http worker threads. Scanning that long list of threads is just to painful. So I thought, "Can I search this?" I hit F5, and low-n-behold a search window comes up listing the threads. I type "*HttpWorkerThread", select one, and am returned to the Debug view with the same thread selected.

Thank you Eclipse. Thank you for just working -- the way software should.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Downside of Touch Screen Devices

The downside of touch devices is that my autonomic response is evolving to interact with every gadgets screen. I just tried swiping my finger across the screen of my 5G iPod.

I'll be glad when the family budget allows me to upgrade all of the iPods and my wife's phone to a touch screen. Maybe by then Citizen watch will have a touchscreen to replace those buttons on the side of my current model. I'm sure you can think of something that needs a touch screen. It might be interesting to play with one of those new iPads. Every time I've used a touch screen computer in the past I found it lacking the precision I desire. The precision that I'm used to from a mouse.