Archive for January, 2011

Android for satellites

Monday, January 24th, 2011

So, apparently they’re going to control a satellite with a mobile phone, Android driven of course since they want to be able to modify it without getting Apple’s permission (or having to offer the Satellite control App through the iTune App Store, presumably).  I don’t know that it’s actually an HTC Wildfire like mine but they do suggest it’s a sub £300 model so it may well be.  Not sure the camera in mine is really good enough for space photos however, it wasn’t Strictly brilliant for the stars at the O2 on Saturday.

How many beans make five?

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Today was well past time to shell the dried up husks of the runner beans we’d put aside for growing next year’s crop.  We’ll only use the largest and it’ll save us….well a few quid anyway.  We often get more than one type of bean due to cross fertilisation but this year we’ve got four (maybe five) distinctive colourations.  Cool, eh?

Oh, and the correct answer is “A bean, a bean, a half-a-bean, a bean, a bean and a half” as I’m sure you knew.


Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Is the catchy name for days like today (though this is the first for a while so you probably don’t remember the last).

Back to usual

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Ah, the comfort of my usual settee again (it get’s moved to the other side of the room to accommodate the tree). Whilst moving the furniture around I found a Meercat and a chainsaw. Nephews’ I expect. Am liking being able to post from the phone…..though I suspect this may result in more Tweet like nothing posts. Ah, well.

Mobile View

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

So, I’ve been playing around with the mobile templates, trying to get them to be at least vaguely readable…..some of the least intuitive (and well hidden) code I’ve ever come across (this is not a good thing!).

Why does anything so small require fifteen different style sheets, FFS?  Answer… doesn’t!  I’ve deleted most of them already and there will be more rationalisation as I work out how it all works.  Most of the functions seem to be draped across several files too.  It almost looks as messy as something I’d write!  I’m guessing that the variations are due to appearances on different handsets (just when we hoped web browsers were all starting to look the same!)

So do let me know how it looks (though I’ve not finished tinkering), it seems OK on the Wildfire and iPhone but I don’t know about anything else.  I’d be be particularly interested in how it looks on Nokia handsets since there were more style sheets to accommodate this than anything else (though my HTC thought it was a Nokia!).

Testing, testing, H.T.C.

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

To see if my Xmas presented HTC Wildfire will allow me to blog here….

Apparently it will!