WEEK 2 2015
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- Still raining, off and on. Well, we certainly need it! It's a warm
rain, and there isn't any wind, so I guess it's not a Gulf of Alaska
Worked on the app a bit in the morning.
to lunch at the Indian place down in Palmdale. My friends wanted to
drop off some goodies for the pet adoption people at PetSmart, and pick
up some groceries at Trader Joe's, and Mahli's was nearby.
In the evening I went over for pizza and movies at S&R's place.
Th movies were "Safety
Not Guaranteed" and "The
Incredible's", booth good. I'd never seen the Incredible's
Jack-Jack short, which was pretty funny.
showed her the app on my iPad, and she liked it, but was a bit
concerned at the complexity of use being too much for her target
audience. I asked her how she did it in her office and she explained it
to me, and we realized simultaneously
that we could almost imitate that, and it'd be a much better
and natural way to do it! Gahhhhh.
So, back to the drawing board. All is not lost, most of what I've done
is recyclable to the new way.
to do on the old app was "localization" (different languages) and
assistive device stuff, which I've been saving until last.
also discovered that there is now a 6MB memory leak, every time you
leave the play window and re-enter. I'm almost sure it's the audio
again - ARC doesn't seem to clean that stuff up properly.
- Rain - much to my surprise the ground was wet when I went outside in
the morning. It rained a sprinkled for most of the day.
fiddled with the segmented switch issue for several hours. I was, by
dint of various methods, able to make it do when I wanted...about 90%
of the time. Which isn't good enough. And since it might well have
turned out to be an issue at the time of app submittal I finally
decided not to do it that way.
"Why", you might ask, "does Apple
not have a vertical segment switch, or an image map object?" I'd guess:
they just don't care. This is simple stuff, that's been around
literally for decades in other products, so it's not the tech.
after lunch I started on a home rolled method, using a standard
"locationInView" touch recognition method, and had it going in a couple
of hours. And fixed a couple of other things.
Suzy, just hanging out
with me. Jimmy does the same with Riley...
Thursday 8 January
- High haze and clouds, but warm. I went for a walk in the early
afternoon and it was about 70F.
upped my walk to just over 4 miles, from just over three. I want to go
to 5, but it's best not to rush these things. The current boots are
nice, not pressing on the ingrown toenail on my big toe, which is an
improvement. They feel loose, comparatively, but maybe the old channel
inspection boots were too
tight, given that they deformed the previously fine nail.
was a generally a productive day on the app, I worked through a lot of
the update/punchlist items in about 10 hours. One of the last items was
to make a "signal strength bar control" out of a segmented button bar.
The idea was that rather than just show
the game level on the settings page the image would allow you to change
it by touching it, which is kind of an Apple-ish idea, right?
figured I'd just stretch the bar in the vertical direction and overlay
the image while allowing touches to pass through. Only...you can't
stretch the button bar in that way. The height is grayed out in the
interface builder, and a quick look says that's what Apple wants. WTH?
I'll look into it tomorrow, there might be some easy workarounds.
Re: Book #3,
I looked at Amazon's author page for L.E. Modesitt, and there are
books in the 'Recluce Saga'. Holy cow.
Wednesday 7 January 2015
It's cooling down a bit,
with high haze and clouds now and then during the day. There is even a
faint chance of rain by the weekend predicted. However I've observed
before that the Weather Channel is ignoring and abusing their purchase
of Weather Underground: it is not nearly as accurate as it was a couple
of years ago.
I mentioned to my brother that I hadn't had a chance to see Comet
Lovejoy yet, and he emailed back to say "No worries, it'll be around
again in 14,000 years". Hmmm. Somehow I'm not as comforted
as I might be.
fixed the bug I'd introduced yesterday, the old fashioned way, by
carefully going through the code. A fairly simple assignment error when
cutting and pasting code to create "superprompt" objects from the
existing "prompt" objects (as I suspected).
I never got the
Xcode snapshot to work, indeed, I discovered that not only did the
exported snapshot not work, but it was entirely deleted from the
snapshot archive as well! It's hard to imagine how much
more effed up Apple's CVS system could be.
putting the working version on the iPad I took it over to S for lunch,
and showed her the state of things. She had some input on that, and
she's been working on the Settings page, and had some good ideas there.
It'll look professional and spiffy soon.
a discover: t I already had the Year 2002 first 11 weeks created,
though 'content' for weeks 1-6 only. I only have a faint memory of
that, but so it goes, it makes things easier. None of my extant email
accounts go that far back it turns out. I used work email for a long
time, then used a local dial-up internet provider and email for years,
and have a vague memory of archiving them when I left, but I've no idea
of where the archive disks are.
- Even warmer than Monday.
worked on the app in the morning, trying to get the last punch list
item for V2 done. About 1:00pm I realized that I'd broken some earlier
problem!" sez I, "I'm
a professional who religiously uses Xcode's Snapshot, and I'll
that functionality to make a copy of the earlier version to see when I
Oh Apple, Apple, Apple...
the basics are screwed up. The snapshot doesn't see the Game Model
object, the most important code block, with quite literally over a hundred references.
It's there, I can see it, edit it, print it ... but the compiler
doesn't see it and gives a linker error.
Looking at StackOverflow I can see I'm not the only person with this
kind of issue.
for "Problems with Xcode Snapshot"
Interestingly, Slashdot had an article about Apple this Monday: "Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's
Software is in a Nosedive".
struggling with it for a bit I just decided to go for a walk and think
about it. It was warm, and by the time I'd reached the end of the block
I'd ditched the wool shirt and was down to just a t-shirt.
Dave had called in the morning, and said that we have passes to walk across
the Grand Canyon in May!
He's been battling some minor injuries, and I thought he'd given up on
obtaining permits, but he's determined to give it a try.
walked about four miles, without any issues, so that was a nice start
to training. But of course the flat valley floor without gear is a lot
easier than the Grand Canyon. But I want to build up a bit, and not
I was going to
work on the app in the evening, but I had company over and (later) a
nasty headache, so bagged it until tomorrow. I have a couple of ideas.
by L.E. Modesitt. I can't really keep up with M lately. Originally
there was a land called Recluce, with an enemy, Cyador, that he wrote
books about. Then he switched to writing about Cyador. Then he
destroyed Cyador (and Recluce maybe, I can't remember) and is writing
stories about people in the third country. I guess it pays for him,
though I personally gave up buying these years ago, and just get them
from the local library.
- Clear and reasonably warm out - in the high 50's, maybe
even low 60's.
ran the sprinklers for a few minutes, just to keep stuff from getting
too dry. I guess I need to get out and trim roses and fruit trees soon.
Usually it's around February, but these early warm spells can really
confuse the plant life.
Working away on the app, got most of the punch list done, except for
one major item. Things are coming together....
was delighted to find a little package of oatmeal-raisin cookies in
Tim's care package. Probably my favorite cookie, perfect for nibbling
while seated in a sunny spot reading documentation about some bizarre
- Not a lot to say. Got up late, did some minor errands.