My friend just showed me a pretty awesome component which keeps track of you mobile app crashes. It looks way better than ACRA and was recently acquired by Twitter.
Give it a shot!
After years of using BlogEngine.net, I decided I’m tired of hosting my own content and dealing with the lack of themes.
There were many contenders for replacement, but ultimately I settled on Tumblr. It’s easy, let’s me use custom domain name for free and, ever since it got acquired by Yahoo, it seems fast enough.
The only downside was importing content. I was very surprised it does not support BlogML! That’s just crazy. I had to hand code a simple importer in Python. Not a big deal, but still… Unfortunately all my permalinks are gone 🙁
Not the end of the world, since I don’t have that much content.
I guess we will see how it goes. I can always switch to something that gives me more flexibility.
Edit: And so it happened. I didn’t really like the way editing of posts happens on Tumblr, especially that it’s difficult to insert images into text posts. So I decided to switch to WordPress. Still didn’t bother with the permalinks (someday I will remap them), but I’m quite happy for now.
Unfortunately, both MonoTouch and Mono for Android still don’t support the async keyword. Raw TPL is rather inconvenient to use. You have to remember to catch exceptions, return faulted tasks, etc. ContinueWith can also be inefficient due to thread switching.
Today while browsing the interwebs I came across Brad Wilson’s blog post which led me to these two files. TaskHelpers are (no pun intended) very very helpful! The extension methods emulate the await goodness pretty well.
I modified them a little bit. Here is a gist.
My wife came across this mysterious “Netflix Error Code N8156-6013” today and let me tell you – she was not happy. Netflix player keep complaining about DRM and date (which was correct). It took me a good 20 minutes to find a solution. Credit goes to Chad (read his post here). I’m reposting to give the solution more exposure.
The fix after much research is to delete a Playready config file mspr.hds (leftover from the Silverlight 3 version) and allow the Netflix player to re-create the file using Silverlight 4.
The file to delete or rename (probably safer; in case something goes wrong just rename it back correctly)
On Windows XP:
C:Documents and SettingsAll UsersApplication DataMicrosoftPlayReadymspr.hds
On Windows 7:
C:UsersAll UsersApplication DataMicrosoftPlayReadymspr.hds
C:ProgramDataMicrosoftPlayReady (Thanks Jarin)
HD > Library > Application Support > Microsoft > PlayReady > mspr.hds
Don’t forget to restart your browsers!
I was checking up on Mo Calc over at Windows Phone 7 marketplace today and I came across an interesting finance app.
It’s called Loanster. Check out these screenshots below:
Despite drawing inspiration from Mo Calc, I am assured that Loanster is a completly legit and independently written app. Its author Tony was nice enough and agreed to tweak the UI in the next version in order to differentiate Loanster from Mo Calc a bit more.
The weather was lousy today, so I couldn’t mow the grass. A shame, since I wanted to do something useful. I decided to get artsy while staying inside, so I entered the MonoGame logo contest.
Mono + Game = MonoGame
For the MonoGame logo I wanted to use good visual associations so that the picture adequately describes the nature of the framework. Of course everyone knows the white monkey, which is synonymous with the Mono project. But when I think of the word “game”, a single image comes to me immediately. A single image which brings back a lot of memories from the good ol’ days. The long nights spent playing… Pac-Man! (oh, yeah baby!) This is where I drew my inspiration from.
All versions of the logo feature a slightly rotated Mono monkey with its mouth wide open in the tribute to the well-known arcade character. In front of the monkey are four circles, each one containing a letter from the word “game” (Monospace typeface). The circles are meant to represent the food balls from Pac-Man. Not the small, normal ones. Oh no. These are the “power pellets” which give Pac-Man super powers!
Version 1 – Black and White
I am a fan of minimalism, so the first logo is black and white. It should nicely match the original Mono project logo.
Version 2 – Yellow Pac-Man Monkey
This version of the logo features the yellow color, which brings it closer to the popular arcade games character.
Version 3 – White Monkey, Color Pellets (my favorite)
This version of the logo is meant to express the affiliation of the MonoGame project as well as to underline the cross-platform characteristics of its framework. The Monkey is white to make strong association with the Mono project, while the pellets feature colors which are prominent in logos of popular operating systems:
- Green – Android
- Blue – Mac/iOS
- Red – FreeBSD
- Gold – Linux (Tux’s beak)
- All colors – Windows
There are lots of other really awesome contest entries, so please keep your fingers crossed and wish me luck 🙂
Version 1.4 of Mo Calc is now available in the Marketplace. It’s just a minor release which improves the scrolling of amortization table. Get it while it’s hot.
Microsoft finally approved version 1.3 of my mortgage calculator for Windows Phone 7.
This version fixes the pie chart bug. Enjoy!
I finally had some time to release a much-needed update to my free mortgage calculator for Window Phone 7. Mo Calc 1.2 sports a new payment summary page with pie charts to better visualize payments structure.
I also revamped the comparison page. I decided to hide the detailed numbers and only display the monthly and total payments, in order to fit more items on the screen. The details are still available – just click “show details” to expand them.
I felt that the amortization table was pretty useless in the previous version. Who wants to scroll through 360 months of rows to see just a bunch of numbers? My plan is to gradually start improving it and making it more user-friendly. Version 1.2 has a “quick jump” capability (alike the people hub in Windows Phone 7) allowing quick hop to a designated year. Click on the year header to activate it.
There were also other miscellaneous improvements that made it to this version. Here is the list:
- Improved payment summary page
- Added pie charts
- Improved amortization table
- Using large numeric keyboard for number input
- Added collapsible details for mortgage comparisons
- Performance improvements and bug fixes
- New icon and splash screen
- New About page
Update: Looks like I made a simple “copy and paste” error and both charts are the same. Thank you TheManOfSteel27 for pointing that out. I already submitted an update to the Marketplace. Now just waiting for Microsoft to approve it.
Another weekend, another project. My parents asked me for help getting their website up and running. They finally decided to share our tradition of making paper snowflake cut-outs with the world. It was a neat little project.
My sister digitized all snowflake patterns in SVG format using Inkscape. I wrote a simple script that “stitches” pages together and outputs PDFs. Pretty soon we created several awesome-looking eBooks. Then it was just a matter of putting together a website with a simple store. I used ASP.NET MVC along with a cloud-based eCommerce basket called Cashie. It was super easy – basically a copy-and-paste of a few HTML lines. Cashie still needs to add some features (for example, there is still no way to know that the purchase has been completed), but overall it was a good experience.
But enough about technology. Let’s talk about snowflakes. Making cut-outs is really a great passtime, especially for those cold winter evenings. It’s also easy to get the kids involved. Snowflakes make neat holiday decorations and gifts.
Try it yourself – Visit http://FunSnowflakes.com and download a free sample.