Thursday, October 15, 2009

Andoids Galore

I recently designed some Android Apps for the Google Phone. I wasn't sure what to make, exactly, since it seems like there is an application for every conceivable concept ever thunk. These are just a sampling of what I've done, since these are the ones I actually published. I have others that are just experimental, or require hardware that isn't always available.

The first one shown is actually not done yet, the Robot Evolver. It will be a good one, I think. But it is very difficult to design and write for all the variations of device, and to make all the body parts of the evolving robots harmonize correctly.

One I made is something called the "BibleCodeX" A-Z Bible Code Sequencer. It takes the entire King James Bible as a linear row of letters from the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation.

It was actually a lot harder than I thought it would be, mostly due to translating my usual C++ kind of thinking into Android's Java language. My other Java coding was less troublesome because it ran on larger Linux machines without the processing limits that a hand held device would have.

Another (for FREE of course) is just the Android Logo with a beating heart. I shouldn't charge for things that are just trademarks belonging to others.

The Deer Hunting Clock is much harder than you'd think. Mainly it is because of the great detail in the clock photo, which causes great memory and time to process in the Android phone. There is another version for 480x854 sized screens, but it consumes so much memory it is unsuitable for sale.

Anyway, I'll keep on trucking, and put some more apps out there, whatever I can think of and have some utilitarian purpose, I guess.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Unlucky California

When I first came out here about 43 years ago, it was a happening place. I was just joined the Navy at age 17. A few years later I got out of the Navy and was then wandering around in a daze, wondering what I would do with my life.

After having traveled and lived in other states, especially in the Midwest, I again wandered back to California. It was the only place that I seemed to fit in. I was a kind of half-hippie, half-beatnik, half-science-geek. Whatever I was, it fit in here better than Texas or Nebraska, that’s for sure.

In time, after a rocky start with hard labor jobs, I was able to get into computer shops and eventually became a systems programmer, and then a computer scientist. I designed operating systems, control systems for robots, and myriad other contraptions used in automated manufacturing.

Whatever, those days were “the good old days” in my life at least. And those days are gone. No longer are there any golden opportunities in California. Until this economic collapse is repaired, and some kind of jobs return to this state – I am screwed.

At age 60, I am too old to work as a hard laborer now. I can’t just wander around in jeans and a tee-shirt looking for day labor or mural painting jobs like I did at age 20. Having worked in the computer field so long, it would seem that I’d have an ironclad secure job. WPF program But that is not the case.

Anyway, I will not give up. I will keep trying. I keep up with the younger crowd, and try all the new tools, just to keep “hip”. Although .NET, Android, Java and other modern programming environments help to standardize around the “Web 2.0” phenomena, I can’t help but think they are just as temporary as C and C++ were as my tools of the trade for over 20 years.

Still, I will keep going until my brain falls out or my hands crumble, even if I have to push a cart down the street looking for beer and soda cans in between.