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Chippy the Squirrel

Posted 2013.11.29 9.55 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Chippy

He’s had his fill of the leftover pasta, and now he’s nibbling on… some blue plastic? I have no idea what that is.

All the stale bread and uneaten pasta and limp vegetables tend to go out into the backyard. It’s got to the point now where just opening the backdoor frequently attracts 3 or 4 squirrels into the yard.

This one is chilling out on a shelving unit that’s temporarily stored on the back porch – here, he can enjoy his pasta (or plastic) in the shade, out of the elements.

I just can’t tell…

Is he cute?

Or is he plotting?

Plotting

Overlord! Updated

Posted 2013.11.27 21.47 in iPhone by Stephanie

Overlord! is a calendar replacement app designed for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

It exists to fill a gap that I felt was left when Apple updated their own Calendar app a couple months ago, when they released iOS 7.

Specifically, they removed their calendar’s List View, and they crippled their Month View somewhat. Those were the two views I used exclusively. I was unhappy (and figured others might feel the same way.)

Consequently, I dug up Overlord! – originally an app for the Newton Messagepad 2000. I took the basic concept from that old Newton app, and built and expanded on it.

This update corrects a bug that affected multi-day events, and improves how multi-day events are handled and displayed.

For more information, please have a look at the Overlord! Calendar Replacement app page.

Overlord! is available in the App Store.

An Uneasy Truce

Posted 2013.11.27 21.37 in Cats by Stephanie
The New Chair

The New Chair

At The Vet

Posted 2013.11.10 3.06 in Cats by Stephanie

At The Vet

Sixes and Nines

Posted 2013.11.09 10.01 in iPhone, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

So last Sunday, I sent up a new iPhone app for Apple’s approval. Still waiting to hear back from them on it. It’s a calendar replacement.

After iOS7 came out in September, I found they’d crippled their built-in calendar app by eliminating or neutering the two features I used most. List view, they eliminated completely, and Month view, they left in but totally borked.

After a week of frustration, it dawned on me to just go ahead and create the calendar app I wanted. And maybe other people would like it too.

It was a bit slow in coming out, as I first had to finish up Wicca Plus, then I had to learn the whole Event Kit framework as I’d never done any calendar stuff before. Anyhow, to learn more about it, you can see its product page here. I’m still waiting to hear back from Apple re. approval. Hopefully in the next few days it’ll hit the app store.

So with that out of the way, I’m now kind of unsure about where to go next. I have ideas for two more new apps, but I need to do more learning before tackling either of them. Or I could go back and start working on upgrades to existing apps.

I have almost a dozen new features to add to Wicca Plus… probably two months’ worth of work in there, actually.

But… I’ve sort of been working on iOS stuff non-stop since May, and I’m kind of starting to feel a bit of burn-out. Maybe I need a little break.

Then there’s my regular day-jobs, they still need attention too.

So, I’m not really sure what to do right now. Feels like a bit of a crossroads with no definite pull in any particular direction. Or equal amounts of pull in every direction.

As my mum would say, I’m at “sixes and nines.

One Month In

Posted 2013.11.03 12.35 in Work by Stephanie

So, it’s been just over a full month since I started working from home full-time.

I haven’t completely gone paranoid anti-social nutters. Not yet, at least. I did clean my desk, though:

Working

The image depicts a typical session of work. XCode and iOS Simulator are running on the big 27″ screen. Terminal and Finder are running on the secondary screen. The iPad and iPhone are there too for testing or debugging. And a notepad. Yeah I still use pen and paper for most of my quick or short notes and reminders.

One thing I was a little worried about when working from home, was that I might be tempted to work less, or slack off or the sort. After the first month, I don’t think that’s happened. What has happened though, is my ‘productive hours’ have moved around.

Rather than plugging in from 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, I find that I’m working the same amount of time, but doing it whenever. Like maybe I don’t get much done on a Monday or a Tuesday, but I put in 18 straight hours on a Sunday. Or work from 2pm to midnight through the week. That sort of thing.

That’s not to say that I’m not available or doing nothing when I’m not being ‘productive’. I think I’m more available than I was before, since rather than a 9-to-5 window, I’m pretty much ‘at work’ 24-7 now. Eg. I can respond to customers’ emails at 7am over morning coffee, or 9pm after dinner.

Anyhow, most of the aprehension I was feeling last month about this move has faded. Now I’m just back to the normal level of stress. And I’m looking forward to see how month number two shapes up.

Watching Fall

Posted 2013.11.02 17.08 in Cats by Stephanie

Watching Fall

On a cold, dull, wet November day, what is there to do but sit at the window and watch the leaves fall?