The Bowling Buddy 2.0

August 22nd, 2012

I submitted version 2.0 of The Bowling Buddy to the App Store today.  Added multiple bowler support and multiple league support.

Screen Shot from version 2.0.0

It usually takes Apple about a week to accept my submissions so hopefully in a week the new version will start landing on people’s iDevices. ūüôā ¬†Since the first version came out June 1st, there have been a little over 100 sales. ¬†Been averaging about 40 per month. ¬†It’s not huge but I didn’t really expect huge.

Anyway, I made a Facebook page for “The Bowling Buddy” ¬† https://www.facebook.com/TheBowlingBuddy¬†go give it a visit or even a like. Thanks.

Introducing … The Bowling Buddy!

June 8th, 2012

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So after months of 4 hours a week I finally have completed my first iPhone App!

Its been up in the App Store since June 1st. ¬†ūüôā ¬†Click on the picture above to go to my webpage.

Another long Gap

June 8th, 2012

As is my habit, I’ve gone a long time without posting. ¬†Since I last posted, ¬†I’ve changed companies again, we had our baby girl, Meredith, and sent our oldest to High School.

I’m now working for Harmonic, on digital video servers, using Linux. ¬†So now I’m really becoming operating system agnostic. ¬†I started working for them in March 2011.

Meredith was born May 15th 2011 and we love her tons.  Its been tough having a toddler and a teenager at the same time.

It took about 6-8 months after Meredith was born before I got back to working on an app. ¬†I carved out 4 hours a week were I could work on it. ¬†I had hoped to complete my first app before I turned 40 in mid-March but didn’t quite make that deadline. ¬†but more about that in my next post.

January 21st, 2011

I finally have a basic app working. ¬†Yeah me. ¬†Every time you click the button it increments the number after the Hello in the text box. ¬†You know… Hello 1, Hello 2, Hello 3…screen-shot-2011-01-21-at-82148-am.png

And waiting…

January 20th, 2011

It is almost 9:00pm and it looks like I will be waiting a while more before I can do any coding.screen-shot-2011-01-20-at-84536-pm.png

Waiting…..

January 20th, 2011

Tonight I¬†attempted¬†to install the¬†massive 3.5 GB iOS SDK. ¬†It turns out my brand new Mac Mini doesn’t have the correct version of OSX to run it. ¬† I quickly started the Software Update tool, and after about 40 minutes this is where I’m at.WaitingHow’s that for Joy and Happiness? ¬†So… I’m just playing around on the Mac to learn how to use it a little better. ¬†In fact I’m doing this post from then Mini.

Hi, I’m a PC… and a Mac

January 20th, 2011

Yesterday I did the un-thinkable. 

I bought a Mac.¬† For a while, I’ve toyed with the idea of writing mobile phone applications but I’ve never done more than think about it.¬† So now I’m about to embark on a second un-thinkable thing.¬† I’m going to attempt to write an iPhone app.¬† On my own. In my “spare” time.¬†

This is CRAZY. 

Anyway back to my new Mac.¬† I’ve looked repeatedly into developing iPhone apps on Windows, because Windows is what I know.¬† But, the more I look into it the more it seems that trying to circumvent Apple’s way of doing things is just going to cause me no end of problems.¬† I could have tried to turn one of my spare computers into a Hackintosh.¬† However, that could consume weeks and is probably illegal.¬† I decided that if I’m going to be serious about building and selling an iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch app I needed to invest in the tools to do it.¬† I scanned EBay and CraigsList looking for a decent used Intel based Mac.¬† To get a decent machine I’m looking at $400-$600.¬† A brand new Mac Mini is $699.¬† The more I thought about it the more it seemed that going the used route was likely to have some unexpected hick-ups as well.¬† So, I bit the bullet!¬† On my lunch break yesterday, I dropped by BestBuy and bought the Mac Mini.¬† When I got home last night, I scrounged up a USB keyboard and mouse, and grabbed an unused HDMI cable and hooked up the Mac.¬† Now I have a lovely Mac Mini attached to a 21 inch Dell monitor using a Dell keyboard and mouse.¬† Hopefully, the fabric of time and space will not be torn by my blasphemy.¬† I fired up Safari to start looking through online tutorials about writing iPhone Apps.¬† Immediately, I was getting very frustrated with the Safari browser.¬† I had found the tutorial I wanted, and I wanted to open another Tab to look up something else (that¬ís how I use a browser).¬† Try as I might but I could not figure out how to bring up a new “blank” tab.¬† I got incredibly frustrated with the annoyance of not being able to do such a simple thing.¬† I gave up and downloaded Google’s Chrome browser.¬† Once I had it downloaded, the Mac popped up some window with a Chrome icon and a folder icon.¬† Since I know “nothing” about using a Mac this was meaningless to me.¬† I just wanted to install what I had downloaded.¬† Eventually I figured out that if I drag the Chrome Icon to the Folder icon then that installs Chrome.¬† With Chrome finally installed, I was able to browse in a more comfortable environment.¬† I pointed a tab at the tutorial and in another tab I loaded Apple’s developer website.¬† I registered as an Apple developer and found the SDK (Software Developement Kit) I needed to start writing code.¬† I started the download; it told me it would take 12 hours.¬† Sigh!¬† So much for getting anything else done on my project!¬† I left the Mini to its own devices and headed to bed.¬† ¬†

I’ll post an update later detailing how far I make it thru the tutorial tonight, presuming I get a chance to work on it.

The roof comes off

May 22nd, 2008

This morning they started tearing the roof off of our house.

Here are some pictures Christy sent me.

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What happened!

March 26th, 2008

I haven’t bothered posting much.¬† We here is what has happened since a long time ago…

Seth was born April 2, 2007 so next week he’ll be a year old.

July 2007 РWe put our house on the market.  Elizabeth had her first sinus surgery to remove polyps.

Oct 2007 –Tektronix was bought out by Danaher.¬† We yanked the house off the market¬†till we could figure out what was happening with Danaher.¬†

Dec 2007 – Elizabeth had her second sinus surgery.

Jan 2008 – Had our usual yurt trip.

Feb 2008 РDecided we should build on to our house.  We decided to use Hoffard Home Improvement for our second story addition.

March 2008 – Applied for and got a new job at Cognex, working on machine vision systems.

House for sale during a housing slump.

September 10th, 2007

We’ve had our house for sale for nearly 2 months and nothing is happening.¬† Nobody comes to look at the house.¬† Just nothing.¬† It is extremely frustrating.¬†¬† Probably just having expectations that are too high.¬† I don’t know where all the buyers went.¬†¬† Hope that¬†people start coming around soon.¬†