New High Resolution InfiniteSMS Application Icon

Following the trend of creating high resolution application icons, I finished creating a new, high resolution application icon for InfiniteSMS. Personally, I don’t like this one as much as some of my other icons, but I didn’t want to spend too much time working on a new icon for InfiniteSMS when it’s more important to make sure that the application works well, and supports as many Android devices as possible. For this one, I was going for a cold, icy look, to match the light blue coloration of the existing InfiniteSMS icon. Anyways, here is the new high resolution icon for InfiniteSMS:

InfiniteSMS Android 2.2 (Froyo) SMS Limit Removal Fixed

In the newly released version 0.8 of InfiniteSMS, SMS limit removal in Android 2.2 (Froyo) has been fixed by porting over the working limit removal code from EliteBomb.  The update is available on the Android market right now, so if you don’t use EliteBomb and want to remove your SMS sending limitation on your rooted device, download the new version of InfiniteSMS now.

What I Think About the New YouTube Widget

Don’t get me wrong… I absolutely love the new YouTube application (well, new to me, considering I’ve been stuck with the archaic version in Android 2.1), and the application itself is a huge step forward from how the application used to be, and, I must say that it has one of, if not the best touch screen video player controls on any mobile device. However, there is one major flaw that only recently caught my attention: the style of the new YouTube widget. At first, it doesn’t look that bad. It tries to stand out by using the YouTube logo as part of the outline of the widget, and it has a very unusual gradient and outline (for the Android platform). Unfortunately, being creative and having a non-native feel are probably the worst traits of this widget. The left and right margins of this icon are very slim, causing the widget to feel cramped, and not fit in with most of the other Android widgets. In addition to that, the borders of this widget are really ‘sharp’ looking, in comparison to other widgets. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Take a look at the Google Search widget, the news and weather widget, the Google Buzz widget, the “Power Control” widget, or almost every other widget that comes preloaded with Android. Also, I don’t think I like the partial transparency of this widget, as it just doesn’t ‘feel’ right to me, since most other widgets are fully opaque with subtle transparent drop shadows and anti-aliased rounded corners. Functionality wise, the widget is great, since it’s mostly just a redesign of the previous YouTube widget.  While the widget looks great alone, when it’s on a mobile device, next to icons and other widgets, it feels cramped, the borders are too noticeable, and it doesn’t feel very native. Really, YouTube did an excellent job functionality wise with both the YouTube application and the widget, but I think there is always room for improvement, in particular, they could allocate more room for the title of the video by moving the record button under the search icon, and having them on top of each other, and moving the separator for the video information over to the right. Then they could go back to the old styling of the widget’s background, which looked similar to what was seen in the ‘power control’ widget. However that’s just my opinion on the new widget, and I’m sure that there are plenty of people out there who love the new look. My biggest complaint, however, is the slim margins on the sides of the widget.

Automatic SMS Limit Removal WORKING on Android 2.2 (Froyo)!

I’ve been messing around with the SMS limit removal code in EliteBomb Plus on my rooted Android 2.2 device (Samsung Epic 4G, running the leaked ROM), and I just managed to get the SMS limit removed 100% automatically! This is very exciting, as this feature is the #1 request I get. In fact, this feature is so major, that I will be bumping the version number to 3.0 when I get it released to the Android market. I have not tested the code for backwards compatibility with devices with Android versions less than 2.2, but I don’t see any reason why it shouldn’t work. This feature will be released first in EliteBomb Plus, and it will be ported over into the free version of EliteBomb shortly afterwards (I like to reward my paying customers). Before I release this, I plan on doing some further testing to ensure that everything does in fact work properly, and it’s repeatable. Unfortunately this process involves removing the limit and resetting it to default several times to make sure that it works. There isn’t much I can do about that unfortunately. However, I’m really excited to finally have this working, and it’s great to be able to release this to make removing the SMS sending limit much easier. Once again, the version with the fixed limit removal will have a version number of 3.0. Look for it in the market very soon. I will also be updating InfiniteSMS, since it’s mostly the same code. Anyways, I should stop working on writing this, and get back to work. I’m just really excited to have this working! ;)

UPDATE: Version 3.0 of EliteBomb Plus is on the market right now! Check it out in the Android market! :) The free version of EliteBomb should have the fix available very soon. Keep an eye out for it…

UPDATE 2: The fix is now available for the free version of EliteBomb as well! If you don’t have it already, I highly recommend downloading it now.

Incorrect FiOS WEP Calculator Mobile Browser Detection Fixed

Today I fixed a bug in the FiOS WEP Calculator mobile browser detection code. iOS devices and BlackBerry phones are no longer detected as Android devices. This fix will make the site more usable for users by displaying more relevant information under the download section. To check out the changes, visit the FiOS WEP Key Calculator website on your mobile device.

Introducing FiOS WEP Calculator Mobile!

For all of you who don’t have an Android device, it’s been difficult to calculate a default FiOS WEP key using your mobile phone. Well not any more! Now if you visit the FiOS WEP Calculator website on any mobile device, as long as your device supports JavaScript, you can calculate a default WEP key (I’m also planning on porting the script to PHP, and using server-side calculations for devices that don’t support JavaScript in the future). The mobile optimized version is incredibly lightweight, with no CSS files (all styles are embedded in the main page) or images, what-so-ever, and all unnecessary formatting in the source code removed. On a 3G connection, the page should easily load in under 1 second almost every time (the entire page is less than 3kb). I believe that this new website will make it significantly easier for users of every mobile platform to use FiOS WEP calculator on the go. To check it out, visit goo.gl/D6P5x on your mobile phone, or scan the following QR code:

FiOS WEP Calculator Site is Now Valid XHTML Strict!

I’ve been working on optimizing the FiOS WEP Calculator website for a while now, reducing the sizes of the image files, and reducing the amount of code, in order to get the page to load faster on slower connections. After messing around with the source code for a while, I can finally say that I managed to get the page to be 100% valid XHTML Strict! Having a page that’s valid XHTML is important, since it ensures that the page will work properly in as many browsers as possible. I also took the liberty of adding meta tags for description and keywords, so that the site will look better in search engine result pages.

UPDATE: The site is now extremely optimized in order to reduce page loading time, especially on slower Internet connections, such as dial-up for those of you who still have it.

FiOS WEP Calculator Site Moved to New Domain

You may remember that, a very long time ago,  I created a Java application that calculates the default WEP keys of most Verizon FiOS routers (I have a blog post about it on this blog). I had the application and the site for it hosted on Webs. Needless to say, Webs is terrible for hosting anything serious, and the old website I had was very basic, and only  a single page. Despite the ridiculously simple layout of the site, the complete lack of any kind of manual search engine optimization, what-so-ever, and any content other than a download for the FiOS WEP Calculator application, my FiOS WEP Calculator site has maintained the number one spot in the Google search results for “FiOS WEP Calculator” for over a year, and has received a very large number of hits and downloads. Today, I’m proud to announce that I have finished the process of moving the site over to my new domain, with it’s own subdomain on this website. All of the old content is still on Webs, but the main page that contains the link now contains JavaScript code that redirects all visitors to the new website. In addition to that, I added a note on the page, after the previous description of the applicaiton for all users of browsers without JavaScript support, stating:

Update: I now have my own dedicated domain name! Click here to visit the new site!

This will ensure that if anybody linked to the old website, all visitors will know that I migrated to a new domain name, and likely bring more traffic to this website. As of today, I am proud to announce that my new FiOS WEP Calculator website is now the number one result for a Google search of “FiOS WEP Calculator”.

Linking to New Site Complete

I just finished adding links at the top of all of my posts on my old blog that point to the this site. Hopefully people and search engines will see these and realize that the site has moved to a new domain. Adding those links was very tedious, but overall, I think it was worth it, as it gives this site a lot more visibility.

Clippy High Resolution Application Icon Done

Because of the professional nature of Clippy, my clipboard management application, in comparison to some of my other applications, I decided to go with a really simple, yet elegant and polished look on this one. Because I recreated the original Clippy icon as a scalable vector image, creating this new icon was a piece of cake, and there’s literally no loss of quality at all. Most of the work was playing with the drop shadow behind the clipboard until it looked just right. This new icon is already up on the Android Market as I’m writing this post.

As always, I’m interested in knowing your opinion on my icons and other artwork, and I will take them into consideration when working on future projects.