First, if you already have a Google account (like a GMail address), you will want to log out of by clicking on your name or icon up in the upper right corner of any Google app, and then click the “Sign Out” button:
I’ve been living out of a suitcase in an extended stay hotel for the past couple of weeks, until we get into a permanent place to live in Salt Lake City. It’s really a cheap place with no frills, but it does have a stove, microwave and refrigerator in addition to the bed and bath.
So I ran out to a local store and picked up a porcelain skillet for a few bucks, then bought some bacon and eggs so I could cook myself breakfast. I’d already bough some paper plates, bowls and utensils at Whole Foods so I was set to go.
Woke up in the morning, threw on the bacon, only to realize I had no spatula or cooking utensils. Being a former Boy Scout, I was not “prepared”, but I did know that you can cook with a plastic fork if you’re very careful and don’t let it get too close to the flame. Continue reading
I have a theory that as human beings, we create a lot of unnecessary drama because of misunderstood communication. And in most cases the intent of the message is something good, but what’s received, well, not so much.
Political leaders have this worst, since every sentence they utter goes under a microscope and is often compared to every other thing that they ever said. A leader can, for instance, think that they are rallying the troops to liberate a country’s people from oppression, and be understood as a crusader trying to impose his views on the rest of the world.
When I was in third grade, we lived in Fairbanks Alaska, and I wanted to be a grown up. Because Alaska is frontier wilderness, a lot of the activities I remember were around doing things in the outdoors with the family.
I wanted to be grown up, so I got a paper route (at eight years old I was the youngest one they’d ever had). I remember that I had to borrow my Dad’s typewriter to write the circulation department telling them why I wanted to be a paper boy.
I also remember my parents making me take my little brother with me so I wouldn’t get into trouble and getting into trouble anyway (but that’s a whole bunch of different stories).
I decided I’d walk through creating a new app to replace one I’ve used for years on my iPhone that no longer appears to be maintained. The app in question is called GasBag which as near as I can tell stopped being updated in 2009 (see: http://blog.jam-code.com/).
At a high level, what I want is an app that easily captures my mileage, and allows me to save that information somewhere that won’t get destroyed. There are a number of features that GasBag had that I liked (for instance being able to send an email with my mileage information), and a number that it doesn’t have that would be nice (like allowing me to use it for multiple cars, or to do some data capture from a gas station receipt).