Some Eye Candy, For The Geek In You

The other day I mentioned the Apple iPhone Developer program and the fact that I am developing my first Apple iPhone application. It shouldn’t come as any surprise that the first app I am working on is an iPhone version of Stuffr.

Here are a couple screenshots, after just a few hours of development.

The default graphic:


The text formatting screen:


The screens might change before the actual release, but it’s a start. Thanks to several online tutorials and some iTunes U videos from Stanford, I am getting the hang of Objective C.

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

Day # 70: The Flow Of Oil Continues

Take one busy day, add several errands to the mix, and stir it all with a small dose of spotty DSL service and you get one very quick post this evening.

The never ending flow of oil coming from the DeepWater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico coupled with the never ending flow of incompetence coming from the Obama administration in Washington, D.C. is producing the single worst catastrophe the United States has ever seen.


While I take the night off, read the following links. You may find them quite interesting.

The Well From Hell – An interesting read which touches on each of the scenarios that people have been speculating about.

Panic Brews – Sometimes silence is not golden. In fact, right now silence is fueling speculation that there is much, much, more to the story.

It All Starts With A

For months now I have been planning to write my first iPhone application. I have a few ideas that would make great mobile apps, so I did my research, I downloaded the development software, and that’s about as far as I got.

I finally decided to take the plunge this week, and, after applying for the Apple iPhone Developer Program, I read horror story after horror story about the wait times. Some people waited a week, others waited months. As I sat there reading all of the negative accounts, I began to question whether or not I was doing the right thing.

Then the phone rang. Within two hours of applying for the program I received a phone call from an Apple employee who was calling to confirm my business details. I was informed that I would receive an email with the developer agreement and then after paying my yearly fee, I would receive my developer information. After all of those horror stories, I wondered if this is where the wait began.

I received the email less than an hour later. I read through and then agreed to the developer agreement, paid my yearly developer fee, and prepared to wait. I didn’t wait long. Within two hours, I received my developer license and I was ready to go.

Five hours. From application, through verification, past the agreement and payment, all the way to final approval. It only took five hours. Was I the exception to the rule or are those horror stories just that, stories?

I’ve been programming two-thirds of my life, learning new systems and protocols every step of the way. Over the past 10 years, while working for The Big Fat Liar™, I stagnated. Because of the work load I was not able to keep up with the latest and greatest in new programming languages and techniques.

I tried to convince The Big Fat Liar™ that we needed to move forward, expand our product base, and offer a new approach to the technology we specialized in, and each time I was shot down. Looking back on the decade that I spent working 16 hour days, taking just two vacations in those ten years, and focusing solely on the success of the company, I realize now what a detriment it was working for that company. I gave them all that I had, but in the end, they screwed me over.

At the time I was angry, and I hoped they would pay a price for the decision they made. But today, I am happy. Don’t get me wrong, things have been tough, but being laid off was probably the best thing that ever happened to me.

It’s been a rough year, and things are still rocky, but I’m regaining my focus. I have a drive to learn every day, and soon, very soon, I’ll be submitting my first app to the iTunes store.

Yes, that’s right. Because as of today, I am a bona-fide Apple iPhone Developer. Watch out world, here I come.

Saturday Summary

I have several thoughts I want to write about that cannot wait until my next Thursday Thoughts post. Maybe I’ll start doing a “Saturday Summary” each week to summarize some more thoughts since they don’t always come to me by Thursday each week.

Thought #1

Are people really surprised when allegations of wrongdoing are brought against John Oxendine? Really?

11Alive News has learned the University of Georgia Office of Legal Affairs is weighing its options on the Oxendine campaign’s use of school trademarks.

Republican candidate for Governor John Oxendine has been featuring the Georgia “G” and use of the word, “Dawgs” on stickers, banners and campaign signs.

The article states that many campaigns are using the logo, but 11alive chose only to post an example of Oxendine’s use. Interesting. Are they trying to make it sound like it’s excusable because “everyone is doing it” or were they trying to make an example of Ox?

Either way, it’s wrong, and he should stop using the logo.

Thought #2

The last person we need in any elected position is a lobbyist, no matter whether they are ethical or not.

Conservative Republican candidate Darwin Carter of Alma, Georgia on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 has filed an ethics complaint against CEO/Lobbyist Gary Black for failure to disclose the use of his office as CEO/Lobbyist for the Georgia Agribusiness Council (not-for-profit) to run for Commissioner of Agriculture. Additionally, Carter charges that Black’s lobbying firm, Georgia Agribusiness Council (GAC) is a nonprofit 501c6 corporation and according to the IRS, should pay taxes on their extensive partisan political work.

These are some serious allegations. It doesn’t matter to me if he is guilty or not, I don’t trust lobbyists anyway.

Thought #3

Jan Brewer is an awesome governor. She never hesitates to tell it like it is.


Thought #4

There are 2000 oil skimmers in the United States. 20 of them are in use right now in the Gulf of Mexico. The fact that we are not utilizing every resource to contain this spill shows just how negligent the Obama administration has been since this disaster began.


17 countries have offered help 21 times since the DeepWater Horizon rig exploded in April. Every offer of assistance has been turned down. In addition to being the most negligent administration in the history of the United States, it is also the most destructive. Had these offers of help been accepted from day one, we wouldn’t have oil seeping 6-inches into the beaches along the Gulf shore, hundreds if not thousands of birds wouldn’t be dying, and the economy of the southern gulf states wouldn’t be in shambles.

The Obama administration truly is an abomination.

A Roller Coaster Day

Have you ever had one of those days that was a roller coaster from the moment it started? Today was one of those days.

It started with the high also known as ‘Friday’. Friday’s are good days. Most of the people I know look forward to Friday all week long. Some people thank God for Friday’s. Like most Friday’s before it, today started out great!

I had an appointment at 10 with someone who could help solve a lot of the monetary issues around here. Being un-employed/under-employed for 18 months really takes a toll on a person and his family. Hopefully this meeting will be the beginning of the end where the money crunch is concerned.

After my appointment, and several phone calls to and from bill collectors and other “interested parties”, I had to run to Carrollton for a couple of errands. Although I think that first meeting today went well, the rest of my morning and afternoon just tanked. It all sucked.

I found out that one source of income is being held up due to the economic idiocy of our current administration, and another source is “under review” because of the client’s financial situation. If the economy doesn’t pick up soon, things could get real ugly, real quick, for a lot of people.

Before I continue, I need to point out something that is otherwise unrelated to the items mentioned thus far. The case I use on my iPhone cracked the other day. I was bummed because I don’t want to spend the extra money on a new case right now, but the crack made it impossible to use the case at all. Now back to today…

In one of my calls this morning, I found out that my phone case is still under warranty. It turns out that I had a one-year warranty on manufacturing defects, and well, the crack was definitely caused by a defect because it otherwise wouldn’t have (and couldn’t have) cracked otherwise. The warranty expires sometime next month.

Since I was having an otherwise “off” day, I decided to stop by the AT&T store to get the case replaced. I figured I could drool over the new iPhone 4 and look at other iPhone accessories, while I was waiting. I walked in, told them my problem, and they asked to see my phone. As they were taking the phone out of the case, they dropped it. Well… They didn’t just drop it, they propelled it across the counter, into the wall, back onto the counter and then eventually (after a rather slow slide on the counter) onto the floor.

The guy picked up my phone and checked it. There was a nice long crack on the back of my phone. Truth be told, there was a crack on the back before they threw it across the room. I told them so. Of course, the crack was nowhere as long as it is now, but it was cracked previous to it’s flight through the store.

They checked the front of the phone and there were three definite scratches on the front too, which sucked, but I figured I could live with them… (If you know me and my OCD about everything computer related you know that wasn’t going to be possible). But before I could even say “It will be alright”, they told me they were replacing my phone.

They insisted on replacing it right there and then. They insisted because the flight through the air onto the counter which resulted in the fall and caused the crack on the back to expand as well as the scratches on the front, was their fault. They also said there was no way to know if they damaged something inside the phone, so they would not take no for an answer. They didn’t want me walking out the door only to find out my phone was more damaged than I thought it was.

My old phone was an iPhone 3G and I was happy with it. My new phone is an iPhone 3Gs and I am in heaven. My day was going to hell in a hand basket, but tonight I have a brand new phone that makes me wonder how I survived with the old one. The old one wasn’t bad at all until I used the new one. Holy cow!

I told them, again, that they didn’t have to do that, but they wanted to make sure they did right by me, and I appreciated it. After a day filled with people who could care less about me or the situation I could soon be in, it was nice to see complete strangers step up and do something like this.

Hebrews 13:2 states, “Don’t forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it.” I memorized that verse while attending college in Hilo, Hawaii back in the fall of 1982. I think of it often, usually after I have had to deal with someone who wasn’t pleasant, or was a bit too rude for no reason. It was refreshing to think of that verse as I walked out of the store.

I was still in shock as I walked across the parking lot to my truck, but I was quickly brought back to reality as lightning flashed, thunder clapped, and it began to pour rain. If there’s one thing I have learned in life, it’s to always expect the unexpected.

As I climbed into the truck, soaking wet, I paused for a moment and closed my eyes. No matter how much rain falls, no matter how many storms we face ahead, the roller coaster day was almost over and it didn’t turn out as bad as it could have.

Thank God it’s Friday!