The great iPhone experiment

On September 8th, Android 11 was released to Pixel devices and unfortunately, I installed it on my trusty Pixel 3.  Pretty quickly, it started bootlooping and never recovered (despite a trip to UBreakIFix and a plea to Google).  Even though I have a Google-made phone running a Google-made OS on a Google-made cellular network, they …

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An unofficial Security Now episode explorer

Well, I finished another PhoneGap Build app.  This is another “Joe scratches his own itch” app.  It’s an app that shows the entire Security Now back catalog and lets you browse through the various topics. This is the final app in my 30 day challenge, so my pace of new development is going to slow …

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How do you sign a PhoneGap app?

This is a quick thing.  When you build an app in PhoneGap Build, it asks for a keystore file.  So, how do you get one?  Here is the command for on the mac. keytool -genkey -v -keystore [Name for the file].keystore -alias [Name for the app] -keyalg RSA -keysize 2048 -validity 10000 Remember to replace [Name …

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Killing two birds with one stone: The Network+ Vocabulary App

This week’s phone app is the Network+ Vocabulary App.  I have been taking a Network+ class at the Milwaukee Area Technical College and I figured that writing a study guide for the test, would both net me another app and help me study. For note, this covers the vocabulary for exam N10-005.   Try it in …

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The Milwaukee Soup App: An experiment in PhoneGap and Kimono

I have had an idea for a while.  I am a huge fan of a good bowl of soup and when lunch rolls around, I check a half dozen websites for daily soup specials.  I have always wanted a singular place to see what soup is available today.  I have written an app to be …

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Pocket Joe Revisited: Joe evolves his PhoneGap skills

Last week, we built a basic RSS reader, based upon an earlier experiment.  This week, I thought we would evolve the UI a little.  The UI uses jQuery Mobile now. PhoneGap Build Page Download it from the Google Play Store Try the app in your browser   So, you might be wondering where I’m going …

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Building a basic RSS App With PhoneGap Build

You may or may not remember our earlier experiments with building an RSS Reader in JavaScript.  I was curious how well it would work to reuse that experiment, to create a basic RSS reader.  I found a decent jQuery accordion to use for it.  It would not be a native UI for any device but …

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First attempt at a mobile app, using PhoneGap Build

For years, I have wanted to develop for Android but I haven’t gotten off my butt and done it.  I recently decided to force myself to explore development, using PhoneGap.  Today, I wrote a very basic proof of concept.  I have to admit that it was pretty easy.  I wrote the app using HTML, JS, and …

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Moto X on Republic Wireless: One Week Later

For the past few years, I have been using an unlocked Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Straight Talk.  Straight Talk is a MVNO that offers service on your choice of AT&T‘s network or T-mobile‘s network for much less than either provider charges.  When I switched to them, I was able to reduce my monthly cellphone bill from …

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