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Planning Alerts Android App - Version 0.4

Okay, here's version 0.4 of planningalertsau, the android app I'm building based on the Planning Alerts API.

In this version I've fixed the following:

Map crashes when there are 0 alerts

Planning Alerts Android App - Version 0.3

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I finally had enough time to sit down and have another crack at the Android App I'm building based on the very cool planning alerts api.

This new release has added basic google maps integration. Once you have successfully returned a list of alerts you can hit the menu button and select Map to view the various alerts.

How to use it:

The Bidding Continues

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 Two months ago I wrote a post entitled "The Bidding has begun" At the time it was about the fact that the Government had suspended the processing of Sri Lankan/Tamil and Afghani asylum seekers, due to "improvements in the home countries" and Tony Abbotts predictable response.

Well today our new Prime Minister, Julia Gillard decided that she was going step into the bidding war.

Today Gillard announced the following proposal:

Julia Gillard - Woman, Atheist, Single, Labor Politician

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People keep forgetting to add that last bit on when describing Julia Gillard. I've seen the first three mentioned on the twitters any number of time since she got the job, and this sense of "wow, it's all going to change" has been building amongst certain parts of the community. Except it's not, not one bit.

Gillard may represent a number of firsts for Australia, but what she isn't is Australias's first Labor Prime Minister, and she sure as hell doesn't want to be the last.

Dear Google: Why the hell can't I sell in the marketplace?

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Hey Google,

Look, I have to say, I love the Android. It represents all that Apple is not, a truly open platform that lowers the barrier of entry for new developers across multiple industrial segments (you know, phones, tablets, tv's and so on).

Really Stupid Dangerous Games

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 A long time ago, not so far away I used to participate in Venturers (that's the next level up after Scouts for the uninitiated). As you would expect for such a youth organisation, there was a good deal of focus on out doors activities, including camping, caving, abseiling and so on.

It was on my first (and as it turns out last*) caving trip that I discovered an excellent way to satisfy that urge to set fire to something and be completely and utterly physical (and stupid) at the same time.


Australias First Woman PM

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 So Australia has its first woman Prime Minister, it's very historical and all that but I'm just not feeling the "I was there when it happened" type vibe.

Perhaps it's because with two female Premiers currently serving, and any number of female politicians (Wollongong and its surrounds are almost exclusively represented by women), a woman PM seems to have been just a matter of time rather than some giant hurdle that we had to be fighting to overcome.

Whatever the reason I'm more concerned with seeing where PM Gillard takes the party and the country.

OpenAustralia Search Droid - 0.2 Available

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Just a quick note to let everyone know that version 0.2 is now out.

This version has definitely fixed the 1.5/1.6 version installation problems as well as the JSONArray issues I was having before.

I've also been asked to consider building an iphone version of the app. I'm looking at what's required, but the first step seems to be download 2.3GB of code (including iPhone Emulator and IDE), which makes Androids development environment seem positively anorexic by comparison. 

OpenAustralia Search Droid - Progress

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It's been a while since I last did anything with the OpenAustralia Search Droid so I thought I would give it another crack. Over the weekend I've brought it up to what I think is worthy of a 0.1 release and in fact have taken it a little further.

It is a very basic project, something more along the lines of a teaching project, but it has the following features:

And the bidding has begun

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Well the election campaign is starting to heat up, you can tell, because the opposition is actually starting to release policies instead of just doing the usual "We oppose it cos we can!".

You can also tell the election campaign is starting to get real when the parties start to get into the "I'm tougher than the other guy is" competitions.