Saturday, November 19, 2011

All the News that's Fit to Utter, like. #1

as subscribers know, the boxes and books have been constructed for the new edition, VENJULEGA, a project that finally finds its expression through the august processes referred to. elbow grease has indeed been expended, and the written, sound and other materials are being slowly, carefully, and, dare we say it, beautifully assembled. it does the heart good. this project has quite a history, and some remnants are here. in addition, this is the last DJARTKLOM which will be in this form: a completely different format is being designed and worked on. those interested in trying to influence the next project to be undertaken are directed to look at the list here, and vote/cajol/scream and shout here on this blog for all to see. breath will not be held. those concerned as to the fate of the last TROGOAUTOEGOCRAT offerings to have the format are advised that the matter(s) are well in hand. we anticipate, quite a degree more than tentatively, that all this matter of items will be shipped before the Yuletide delights materialise.

although not strictly a Simply Superior product, The DREAMACHINE - a re-release of the material previously on KK Records, Staalplaat etc, together with massively expanded book, 5.1 surround soundtracks and versions of the original pieces as well as documentary footage is ready. well, that’s not true, actually. it was ready. you see, even after all these years, the PAL/NTSC ‘situation’ is still unresolved, and well, yes, the footage is...yes, PAL. and it seems that market forces still indicate that the visually inferior NTSC is to be produced. however, the footage is on a hard disk that has given up the ghost. what stands in the way, then, we hear you ask, as if in a chorus invisible? well, the wherewithal to revive and coerce these lovely pieces of data and make it go right, as the Scientologists say. we do hope, pray, and touch pieces of wood in the fervent hope that this situation will be resolved ‘afore long.

Simply Superior
has plans to visit Russia early in the new year, to give workshops, conduct private consultation sessions, and generally spread Light & Joy to (some of) those in Moscow and Smolensk. more news of this as it makes itself available to one or more of the senses. those wishing to get involved or otherwise take advantage of the opportunities for interaction in those cities should contact Aleksas.

we previously were hopeful that a resolution to the practicalities regarding a proposed ‘tour’ of 10 cities in the USA via a specially constructed piece. this is now no longer the case, and we regret this projects’ passing. we would still like to arrange something in the USA, so if anyone has serious suggestions for such an undertaking and would like to help facilitate same, you know where to get in touch.

Simply Superior is seeking an Agent for the booking, internationally, of events of all kinds. a generous commission is offered for successfully executed events. many outsourcing options have been investigated, but all have been found lacking. serious applications, please, for this unique, timely, and exciting possibility of real, engaged and committed action.

the Simply Superior teleconferences will shortly, inevitably, and delightfully be made available via podcast ‘soon’. this is true. they continue to be as varied as they are in number, and as such, there for the next one!

so what has been left out here? feel free to post a question!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

the joy of development

...and here we are, in the throes of attempting to produce the delights which the mobile application can supply. well, at least in theory. here are some of the tools currently under review and/or active investigation :

Adobe Dreamweaver: their own website gives an error message when trying to access a trial version of the software. no resolution for this found. gave the impression it might be a streamlined way to construct applications, otherwise wouldn't have touched it with even your barge pole.
Adobe Flash/Flex: this will simply not even install. can find no reference at all to the returned error message other than on Windows, which talks of being unable to create an ARP entry for the EN_US locale. Flash is apparently being phased out / not supported on mobile devices, so perhaps this is barking up the wrong cat.
XCode finally works, but the signing process is akin to chewing aluminium foil while shaving the head with a cheese-grater. essential to use if application is to be signed and put in app store.
Eclipse IDE: this has been possible to install and operate, however feels like trying to ride a dead Tyrannosaurus Rex. integration with Flex etc impossible as yet due to installation errors which are as yet unresolved. to be used, as it is the most common way to develop Android applications
Phonegap: promising. signing process still hinders progress.
Appcelerator: insane reinventing-the-wheel Eclipse clone IDE, and massive memory issues when moving beyond demo app construction - it seems that it simply does not wish to clean up after itself.
Rhodes: another language to learn. ah. well.
Mosync: not as yet investigated.
Whoop: ditto.
WidgetPad: next for the chopping block.

 a rough schema has now been completed as to the rough internal structure of three possible apps to begin with. we proceed, head held high, with a jaunty smile on the face and a half-spring in the step. anyone wishing to contribute, get involved, yadda, and indeed, yadda, please get in touch. you know it makes sense.

here is a (partial) list of publications being consulted at the present time:

Becoming Productive in Xcode
Beginning iPhone SDK Programming with Objective-C
Core Animation for Mac OS X and the iPhone
Designing for the iPad
Head First Iphone Development
Learn Objective-C on the Mac
More iPhone 3 Development - Tackling iPhone SDK 3
iPhone Application Development for iOS 4 Visual QuickStart Guide
The iPhone Developer's Cookbook~Building Applications with the iPhone 3.0 SDK, 2e
Writing Your First iPhone Application
Wrox - Professional iPhone and iPad Application Development
Building and Monetizing Game Apps for iOS
Developing Enterprise iOS Applications
iOS 4 in Action
Programming - iOS Course
The Web Designers Guide to iOS Apps

The Busy Coder's Guide to Advanced Android Development
Beginning Android Application Development
Android Programming Tutorials, 3rd Edition
Android in Practice
Developing Android Applications with Java
Amazing Android Apps For Dummies
Android Application Development For Dummies
Android Apps for Absolute Beginners
Android Recipes
Beginning Android 3
Beginning Android Games
Multimobile Development- Building Applications for the iPhone and Android Platforms
Pro Android 2
Pro Android Media Developing Graphics, Music, Video, and Rich Media Apps for Smartphones and Tablets
Practical Android Projects
Pro Android Web Apps
Android Essentials
Android - A Programmers Guide
OReilly - Learning Android
Professional Android 2 Application Development
Programming - Android Course
The Android Developer's Cookbook
The Complete Guide to Google Android

plus many other online resources. as you can see, quite a mixed bunch, and a real conflict of information in there, let it be recognised....

we are considering three first Simply Superior applications, further details of which, when the planets are in the correct alignment. these will be both for multiple versions of the Android OS, as well as iOS 4 and 5. we currently have no plans for anything Blackberry.

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Inaugural Post

*meep*. that is to say, the first post of Your Humble Narrator on this outlet, mainly intended for informative and technical discussions/matters. my compliments to the Chef.

if you missed the last teleconference, there was much chat about informational and forthcoming projects, mish-mashed together into a delightful potpourri of benevolent and perhaps slightly despotic self-promotion. all the more reason to tune into the next exciting installment.