WEEK 3 2015
Mon- Tue- Wed-
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- A nice day, probably in the low 60's and fairly clear. But there were
some high clouds and haze, and in the evening when I went to look for
the comet I had no luck. Indeed, I could only just make out the
brighter stars of Orion and nothing faint, not even the belt stars.
This was both in early evening and later at nearly midnight. Ah well.
was the day for chores - washing dishes, washing cloths, washing bed
linens and towels, vacuuming, and so on. I even put up a couple of
little shelfs in the garage over the workbench and took down and put
away the Christmas lights. There's lots more to do though - a lot of
stuff didn't get done at New Years.
Lunch was at the Korean BBQ with friends, then dinner over with friends
for pizza and movies. The movies were "Win Win"
(which was pretty good) and "Monsters
University", which was also good.
- Warmer again, but a bit hazy still. I saw a nice picture of Comet
Lovejoy, in the same frame as the Pleiades, so I'd like to get out and
see what I can, but even light haze is a view killer in a city.
did various things, little chores and cleanups, but didn't get much
else done. Feeling a bit slow I guess. Maybe winding down a bit from
the bit software writing push and all the bills and taxes and stuff
This Week in 2006
I mentioned that the New
probe to Pluto had been launched. It's now getting close, and NASA has
woken it from hibernation and it's starting taking pictures with it's
long range camera.
It should pass by on my Dad's birthday, which is pretty cool,
I wish he was around to watch.
Thursday 15 January
- Reasonably clear and warm, for winter...
ground away at the localization issue, and finally solved it. Enough
time and enough swearing can resolve most issues... As usual, it was
Apple stupidities. Several of them. But now I can switch languages
(globally, via System Settings) and have text prompt, screen labels,
and audible prompts all switch properly.
are a couple of people who have published code that kind of "fakes out"
the app's checking of the system bundle, so that it can
it's in another language even though the system is in English, but I'm
not sure that it would not be considered an illegal hack to Apple.
(neglecting the specs for a new version that aren't done yet) all I
have left as new work is the switches & scanning stuff. There
also several bug hunt things that need doing, but that's just standard
I also sent in
my taxes, state and federal, and my car insurance and the Christmas
credit card payments. Yikes. Kind of an unpleasantly expensive day....
Wednesday 14 January 2015
Clear and warm. A good day for a walk but I spent the entire day doing
a ten hour day at the terminal, but mostly done with localization. I
translated the target image text prompt UILabel strings (and did you
know that butterfly
in Spanish?) and the storyboard labels, then added the alternate spoken
prompts - all 48 of them - in Spanish (ok, my version of
audible prompt integration gave me fits, and everything was exacerbated
by the fact that the Xcode simulator crashed every time I tried to
switch to use the Spanish version, and I ended up having to always
testing it after transferring to the iPad itself and toggling between
English and Spanish via System Settings there.
I guess I need to upgrade the MacBook to 'Yosemite',
so that I can write for iOS8 - Apple has blocked upgrades of the
versions of Xcode that do so for the version of OSX I'm
OSX 10.8.5 'Mountain Lion'.
The new OS 'Yosemite'
is free, but I will also have to re-install Win7 in Bootcamp (also free
since I have the disks) and a new version of Parallels ($50), and
probably spend days backing up and reconfiguring things.
- Almost clear, some haze and clouds but really clearing up. I want to
see Comet Lovejoy, now high in the evening sky I think, so that's all
to the good.
on the app for about a half day, chasing bugs and memory leaks,and
reading up a bit more on localizing, but my hands were
I didn't do a lot. I pulled out the wrist braces and will start using
them again, at least for a while.
Book #4 was
another Flavia de Luce mystery, As
Chimney Sweepers Come To Dust, by Alan Bradley. Good, but not
as good as the first few - I think Bradley is rushing them out a bit,
it felt kind of thin
in atmosphere and characterization.
- The storm is passing, there are patches of blue mixed in with the
Went grocery shopping in the morning, picked up a few things.
it was app work. As I mentioned, we have a big change in the interface,
but I want to finish this version - it may be usable later as a
"follow-on" for more advanced students. And, since I have to practice
Localization and Assistive Device stuff it makes a good place to
experiment. Also S
needs a few days, she says, to come up with specifications for the
I finalized the focus prompt screen logic, images, text, labels,
audible interface and such. That took a surprisingly long time - there
are difference between "alpha=0"
also spent some time looking into localization, which is Apple's term
for 'use a different language'. It appears to be overly complex, but
not hard, just kind of tedious.
would prefer for the option to do this to be in the app's local
Settings page, not the System Settings page, but Apple wants you to use
the System Settings and has thrown various roadblocks in the different
ways of doing it locally. Fortunately in iOS 8 and above
once can access the System Settings page from the app, so I'll probably
do that. Looking around iOS
8 has about 70% share of the Apple OS market, with about
25% being iOS 7,
and the rest earlier versions. It also seems like iOS 8 is gaining
about 1% a week, so I think we're safe in using the System Setting
Maybe I'll put in a popover to notify users of earlier versions of how
to set things.
- Not a lot to say.
I didn't do anything on the app, my hands were hurting Friday and
Saturday, time for a break.
I didn't walk - too wet and muddy.
Generally it was a sit-around and read and do minor household chores
It was cold enough to need a
fire in the late afternoon, so I had one going from about 3pm until
almost 11pm. I went through a surprising amount of wood - it's mostly
just old bits of softwood from fruit tree's and some pine. Maybe I
should look into getting some hardwood.