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Calling someone with more time than me: AccuWeather Android widget? [Apr. 30th, 2009|11:13 pm]

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[Mood | too busy]
[Music |Levellers - The Riverflow]

Jeff Sharkey has made a nice weather widget for Android 1.5 (source here), but unfortunately it uses the US National Weather Service, who don't have forecast data for the UK, so the widget won't do anything with a UK location (although they do have current conditions). If there are any bored Android hackers out there, this would be a nice project, for someone who has more copious free time than me… here's the widget's XML parser, and here's some UK forecast XML from AccuWeather.com who cover .uk, .us, .ca (they publish this data for ForecastFox, and here's what their location search looks like). Doesn't look too hard. You'd need to get permission from AccuWeather, but they said yes to ForecastFox and this would be much the same thing (a free weather forecast, and clicking on it takes you to their site).

Edit: Someone had a better idea: use Google's weather feed (the one they use for iGoogle and Calendar).
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Android Calendar [Feb. 12th, 2009|11:48 am]

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[Mood | frustrated]
[Music |Ayria - Beta Complex]

I have some patches for the Calendar app; I've finally made a usable build with them for 1.1 (US RC33, UK not out yet). One of these patches I've mentioned before, but the list is growing: If only someone would fork Calendar (like someone did very successfully for Email) so it can be built using just the SDK, rather than having to finagle the semi-private bits of the platform source to a state compatible with 1.1, which, from the point of view of the public git respositories, seems to be between two commits. WTF. Given sufficiently copious free time, I might eventually make such a fork myself.
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How to get Voice Dialer on your UK G1; how to fix a Google app on your G1 [Nov. 15th, 2008|12:27 pm]

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[Mood | confused]
[Music |Wir sind Helden – Guten Tag (Die Reklamation)]

By way of a couple of mini-howtos to save the next person some time: you're probably all bored of this by now... )
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Quick G1 review, after 36 hours [Nov. 2nd, 2008|01:38 am]

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[Mood | impressed]
[Music |The Amateur Transplants - Paracetamoxyfrusybendroneomycin]

I have a shiny new T-Mobile G1, at long last, and people keep asking me whether it's any good. So, in the interest of reducing duplication of information laziness, here is a brief review )
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It LIVES! [Oct. 21st, 2008|02:28 am]

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[Mood | giddy]
[Music |XP8 - Waiting]


Simon Tatham's puzzles on Android. I has released it. Before any Android devices were released (sort of). Happy now. :-)
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Coming soon: Simon Tatham's puzzles for Android/G1 [Oct. 4th, 2008|10:06 pm]

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[Mood | pleased]
[Music |Assemblage 23 - King of Insects]

Once upon a time, [info]simont wrote some very nice portable puzzles. Then I bought a Palm, and noticed someone had done a Palm port, and distraction ensued for many a happy hour. I'll soon be buying a T-Mobile G1, and want it to run these puzzles, so I'm porting them.

Android applications are Java-based, so I'm very grateful to Michael Schierl and the NestedVM project for previous work to make the puzzles run as Java applets, meaning all I have to do is change J2SE applet bits to their Android equivalents. Still to do: erm, rather a lot actually. I currently only have the bare minimum required to produce what you see to your left (drawing callbacks and not much else; no interaction yet).
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