Thursday, February 28, 2013

Try the ABC Vegie Guide iPhone app - just out

I'm excited to announce that an app I've been working on in recent months is now in the Australian Apple App store.

Vegie Guide includes great wisdom from the popular ABC Gardening Australia team.

Getting an app to this point is a team effort, combining the skills of content authors, artists, user experience designers and a touch of engineering (my bit).

The app looks at your location and the time of year and recommends the best plants to plant. Once planted you can record progress in the form of notes and photos. As well as a plant encyclopaedia there are useful fact sheets to read.

I hope you'll try the app (it's free) and tell your friends about it. Please let us know what you think.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Wyong field day 2013 - quiet but entertaining

It was a pleasure as always to make the drive from Sydney to Wyong for the annual ham radio field day. As always, the NSW home brew group had a great display of home built equipment.

Modern equipment was on show.

I caught up with old friends, that's John and John, the one on the left is the station announcement voice on the ARNSW WIA Sunday broadcasts.

Software defined radio continues to be actively used and developed.

It was great to catch up with everyone.

Unfortunately, the dire weather predictions the day before frightened off the majority of car boot sales and attendees. My thanks to the organisers and the tea and cubes of cheese were fantastic as always.

Install Ask toolbar - are you kidding Oracle?

Every time my Windows computer upgrades Java - which is getting rather frequent and reducing my faith in that virtual machine as being safe - they try to push the Ask toolbar on me.

Now that we know that Twitter, Facebook and Apple have all been hacked through the vector of Java I think it's time to let this thing go. Having the updater attempt to install malware each time (and often tricking even me into it) just diminishes the Oracle brand. Stop it.