Month: October 2013

Side Note Version 1.3 Released!

Side Note Version 1.3 Released!

Side Note has been updated to be a much more friendly and appealing user interface. With this new update users can add a little color to their notes, which makes the experience of saving and viewing your notes a little more fun. With 165 downloads over the last 5 days, there is a demand for this kind of capability on phones. People want to keep track of random notes, and they want a simple and efficient way to do so. If you have a Windows 8 Phone, try it out. It’s free!

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Go Native or go HTML5?

Go Native or go HTML5?

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I’ve got a new idea for an App, and I’m really good at Windows Phone development, so my first instinct is so start writing the app specifically for that platform. I’m currently trying to decide if that’s a good idea or not. Ideally I’d want my app to work across all 3 major platforms (iPhone, Android & Windows Phone).

To develop specifically for each platform would take a significant amount of time. Each platform uses a different programming language.

  • iOS: Objective-C
  • Android: Java
  • Windows Phone: Silverlight/C#

Being a C# guy, Xamarin looks like a good choice for my app. I’m somewhat dreading developing the app with html and javascript. Not that I don’t know how to develop with that technology, it’s just a little more painful than writing C# and XAML. Once you’ve experienced data-binding with XAML, it’s such a wonderful experience you never want to develop any other way.

As I write this post, I’m still not sure what way I will go. I think I’ll give Xamarin a shot and if that proves to be too painful I’ll probably go the HTML5 route. There’s no way I’m writing a native app for each platform. Maybe I would if I didn’t have a full time job bu the time constraints are too high.

I look forward to your comments on the topic!

Side Note V1.0 Released!

Side Note V1.0 Released!

Side Note is a new Windows Phone App that allows users to save notes onto their phone. Groundbreaking I know! It’s a very simple app that will soon have an update to it where you will be able to email your notes from any email address, or one of your contacts. There isn’t much to the app, and that’s for a reason. It’s meant to be simple so I hope you enjoy it!

Here’s a link to Side Note: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/side-note/bc630a7f-e787-424e-8654-29c6f1da3dde

Social Networking Personalities

Social Networking Personalities

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Most of us are cautious about things we post on Facebook, Twitter and G+. We should be cautious, because it is forever etched in digital history. When somebody accidentally presses send, there are no take backs. It’s done. It’s over. Even if you accidentally posted something, and then deleted it, it could have gotten emailed to somebody, or texted, or even a screenshot picture of the post.

From personal experience I have taken screen shots of posts that I knew were a mistake and would be deleted. It’s a fantastic way to preserve the information and then later unexpectedly spring the information on them.

So what if an employer goes trolling around the Internet to find information about you? Are you worried about what they find on Facebook? Facebook allows you to lock down your profile so it’s not publicly available, but those options aren’t turned on by default. The same privacy settings go for Twitter and LinkedIn. But what about Pandora? Pandora is an extremely popular service, but most people do not think of it as a social network. If you go to a person’s profile you can see likes, stations and comments.

If I were an employer, I would try and find the person’s profile on Pandora. I would look at Facebook and Twitter, but most likely you won’t find anything that will tell much about the person. Social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn promote likes but do not support dislikes. It’s a positive and friendly environment that usually will only show the most positive pieces of a person’s life. If you find a person’s Pandora profile I believe you can get the best insight into the person’s personality. If somebody looked at my Facebook profile they would think I’m a very interesting person who has a perfect life. If you’d look at my Pandora profile you would think that I’m a dark and disturbed person who likes to go clubbing.

Here’s a list of my Pandora stations: Today’s Christmas, Frank Sinatra, Smashing Pumpkins, Ke$ha, Bran Van 300, 311. Each station serves a purpose in my life. Each station comes in handy base on what mood I’m in. I think if a person saw this profile, it would give them much better insight into my personality than any of my other social networking profiles.

What are your experiences with social networking profiles? In this day and age, we have to be careful what we post. It’s not always about what we post on Facebook though. The next time you get turned down for a job it may not be based on what your last Tweet was, but maybe it’s from that like on the Marilyn Manson album.