Posts Categorized: Tech Geek

My iPhone 5 . . . Its Here!!! Its Here!!!

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There will be plenty of sites doing the whole unboxing thing, so I’m not going to waste your time (or mine, I want to get to the phone too bad to take photos……  UPS arrived punctuational on time this morning around 9:12 or so, well before their 10:30 deadline.  I heard the truck pull up… Read more »

Programming 101 Part 1 – What is programming?

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What is a programmer? The lure of creating a great mobile app or building your own website can captivate people to dig into the world of programming, only to be met with frustration because programming is different than most anything people have tried before. Unlike your auto mechanic, who has something physical to work with… Read more »

Why I hate my new (retina) iPad

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I know that’s probably not what anyone would expect to hear about this incredibly amazing device. I mean the screen is freakin’ mind-blowing sharp.  The battery life is impressive.  It’s a great form factor to carry around and actually use. That’s the problem. You see, I’ve been in a two year, very hot relationship with… Read more »

Using Corona SDK with REST API Services

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People frequently ask on the Corona SDK forums about how to make their mobile apps connect with some Internet web service or if it’s even possible.  Corona SDK has various ways of interacting with Internet based services and depending on the service, you might want to use one over the other. The three main ways… Read more »

Kindle Fire — A hands on review

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I have been building mobile apps for over a year now and I’ve recently started building for Android as well as for Apple iOS. Android provides some interesting challenges since there are three major markets to sell your app: Google Play, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color/Tablet app store. In addition to three markets… Read more »

Collision detection without physics.

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A frequent question that comes up in the Corona SDK forums is how to detect when two images on a screen hit each other. This is known as a “Collision”. The ability to determine when two things have bumped into each other is called “Collision Detection”. Within Corona SDK, being that its an event driven… Read more »

Understanding “SCOPE” for beginning programmers.

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Scope is a term used to describe where a particular asset, be it a variable, object, array or function is available to be accessed. It’s an important concept that needs to be grasped to avoid bugs and reduce the amount of time you spend developing code. Since the primary audience for this will be posting… Read more »

Why my SEO sucks.

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Search Engine Optimization or SEO is the tricks that webmasters and content producers do to get their websites and articles to rank as high as possible in sites like Google, Bing and Yahoo when people put in words and phrases to find content.   Some people consider it an art form, others voodoo, but its magical,… Read more »

Implementing a Health Status Bar in Corona SDK

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Implementing a Health Status Bar in Corona SDK Many games need a way to show the players how well they are doing. It could be a simple counter to show the number of lives left or a bar that decreases and increases as a players energy goes up and down. There are as many different… Read more »

Review of the RIM BlackBerry Twitter App

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My life as a BlackBerry owner has seen me through three handsets. I started with a Verizon 8703e, a reasonably functional handset. The browser was terrible and there were not a lot of apps for it. TwitterBerry was my app of choice early in its infancy. But as the developer’s added features (including fetching 200… Read more »

Cool New Plugin — Freebie Images

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  Today I learned about a new WordPress Plugin called “Freebie Images” from http://www.freebieimages.com/. The plugin is provided by Crestock.com, an online photo stock agency that normally sells its stock photos for use. But they make some good high quality images available for free to bloggers.The plugin shows up when you write a new post… Read more »

6 Reasons to upgrade to TweetDeck 0.30

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and 4 reasons you should be using TweetDeck anyway. The newest release of TweetDeck came out yesterday, September 9th and it included a lot of new features. For those that do not know what TweetDeck is, it is a Twitter “client” that runs as an application on your computer rather than using Twitter through their… Read more »

WordPress Plugins: A Love – Hate Relationship

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Everyone who’s worked with WordPress falls in love with this free, open source blogging / content management system. The engineers who created WordPress gave it the ability to be skinned with themes and you can now find a million themes for your blog. Or with a little effort you can write your own theme as… Read more »

Why do you still run Internet Explorer 6?

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There is a growing movement on the Internet. That movement is to bring to an end an era. That era is known as Internet Explorer 6. For those who don’t know what Internet Explorer 6 is, its called a Web Browser or a program that you use to visit web pages like this. Surprisingly many people don’t know what a web browser is, they just know you click on the Blue E to get on the Internet. This program is more commonly known as IE6