WEEK 24 2015
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Saturday - Very
hot - some in-town weather stations were reporting 106+, though the
airport station KWJF officially only hit 100F. Lot's of afternoon
cloudiness, though no thunder this time.
I did yard sales with friends, picked up a couple of things, books, a safety
vest, a pair of wire strippers.
Then we did lunch in Palmdale, at Mahli's, hit PetSmart and Trader Joe's.
Then home, and I crashed for the afternoon. Still not 100%...
My peaches are already ripening - I need to net the tree soon.
Friday - Hot. I had to spot
water the lawn in places, front and back. Another dry thunderstorm in the
Well, I finally got the step-select thing working the way we want for the
app. I had to write some logic to manually control the focus - for some
reason, after a selection, iOS resets it to the very first accessible item
by default. Which is goofy. Think of any online keyboard you use, say for
Hulu or Netflix. Does the search screen cursor reset to "Q" every time you
select another letter? And there were some other app-specific behaviors to
Good to get it done, if just in a sample testcase.
11 June 2015
Thursday - Hot
Still fiddling with the switch controller, and interfacing it to our app, or
at least a very stripped down version. Lot's of fooling about, reading
documentation, trying things out. Apple's examples are pretty much useless.
Made some progress.
Kind of wiped out in the evening. The cold kind of came back, so I'm running
low on handkerchiefs at this point. Also went through a box of tissues.
Wednesday 10 June
Wednesday - Hot. I did a quick run in the
morning to pick up a few groceries at the 99 cent store and Walmart. I also
picked up a pepper plant, since I have a space open where the sow bugs ate
one of my tomatoes, root, stalk and leaf.
I was also going to pick up another scale filter, but HD wanted $16, and
Lowe's wanted $20. Huh? What? I don't think so...
We had a thunderstorm roll through in the afternoon. Jimmy hid under the
bed. No rain, alas.
I worked with the external Bluetooth switch controller in the morning. Even
getting it to sync was a chore at first, but I figured out, mostly by trial
and error, the correct ports and "Y" connector placements. Once I had it
working as a single switch I went on to making it a two switch setup, one
switch to "step" through items, then another to "select" an item. Gahhh. A
job that should have taken five minutes took hours.
S has clients with disability issues that are really looking forward to
trying it out, she says.
Tuesday - It's getting warmer, but still a bit
App-wise, just wrestling with things. I got the RJ Cooper bluetooth
switch controller we bought last year out of storage, and plugged it in to
charge. And read the directions, several times. As obscure as I remembered.
Well, tomorrow I'll try it out...
I then did some more single switch programming. At first it wasn't working,
no 'focus' would show up in the new test app I'd just written. This was
weird, because it worked in the case I'd written a couple of weeks ago. I
played around with compiler switches, and put it on both devices, getting
more and more frustrated. Finally I realized that I was using a UIImageView
for a subview, rather than a UIView. Changed that and things worked fine...
That stupid scale filter fitting is still leaking. I just put a bucket under
it and will use it to water the tomatoes.
Book #31 was Oregairu,
Vol. 2, by Watari Watari. Amusing.
Monday - Hot. About 100F. The old swamp cooler
is doing just fine cooling wise. That darn filter is still leaking though. I
changed out the ferrule and hose, we'll see if that drys it out. Otherwise
I'll have to get a new one, the seat might be bad. Annoying. They're about
Sheryl's handyman was off on another more important job, so I called up G
for help and we picked up all the wood from her house, and also took all the
overflow bags of yard trimmings and such that would fit into the Explorer.
Trash day is tomorrow, so it'll all go away then.
G mentioned that his dad was able to get the old lawn tractor running, and
into a single forward gear. Well, good. That mowing deck is messed up, but
the little trailer is probably nice for moving things around a 2 acre
I tried out the new iPad Mini.
When I went to put the app on it all sorts of things objected. I messed with
it for a good 45 minutes, carefully following the written procedures for
adding another device (you can have up to 100 per year) without any luck.
Finally, desperately, I logged onto the Developer Member Center, to
use my developers ID and chat to someone - and after a bit of fiddling
(they don't make it easy to use the MC) - upon logging in I was greeted with
the message that my
membership had expired in April! Huh.
I was able to pay up, and then could put test apps onto the new iPad without
It would have been nice if they had originally given that reason in Xcode
rather than the terse and uninformative 'Ineligible
Device' message, but hey, that's Apple.
They had sent me an email about my
membership, but to my TM account. Which should have been fine, since
I'd set up and tested
forwarding to my personal Gmail account. At some point that just
... stopped. So I was blindsided. It's
what you know that ain't so that gets you.
The good news is that the answers to
yesterday's questions 1&2 are good ones. They fixed the stupid screen
coordinates thing, so now the accessibility focus frame rotates with its
view. And everything appears where it should, location coordinates are
indeed understood as 'points' and not 'pixels'. Yay!
The bad news is that the WWDC 2015
conference is going on this week, so in a few weeks iOS 9 will be out....
Sunday - Another nice day. A bit warm.
I needed some dry cat food, so I made a morning run to Walmart for that and
a couple of other small items. S
needed a piece of plywood for her Small Free Library so I picked her up and
we stopped by Home Depot and picked up that as well. We found a nice piece
in the scrap pile, but it wasn't marked so the pleasant lady as the register
gave it to us for free.
Probably a good quarter sheet of 1/2 ply, so $15 or $20 bucks. S
schmoozed with the lady - she likes to do that, telling her all about the
project, so I'm sure that helped.
We then stopped by my place and used the radial arm saw to cut it to size.
I also picked up the iPad Mini from S, along with it's (different) charger
and cable. It's...small. Mini, even. I'll have to add it to the list of
approved devices tomorrow, so I can try out my code on it.
My two big questions are:
1. iOS8 had major changes from iOS7, what happens with the stupid VoiceOver
2. It's Retina, so do my layouts designed for 1024x768 pixels automatically
transfer over to 2048x1536 'points'? They should, but this is Apple...
In the afternoon I put a water deposit thing into the swamp cooler, and
tightened up the leaking inline filter. I'd been expecting the small seep to
dry up, but there was still a steady leak. And I hand watered various dry
spots on the lawns - things were pretty bad here and there, because I hadn't
been paying attention while sick. I'm back to 80% now though...
S has a pile of wood from a cut down willow tree (borer's got to it) right
where she wants to put the Small Free Library. She has a handyman coming
over, so he and I will load up the Explorer and toss it over my fence at the
house tomorrow morning. A few pieces are pretty big, so it's a two man job.