Intermittent DNS issues

I realise the futility of posting an outage message on the site that’s likely to be suffering outages, but my DNS provider seems a little shaky at the moment. The Amazon-related apps I’ve got may be refusing to update for prolonged periods, though rest assured that they’ll keep retrying and succeed eventually. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Amazon MP3 Deal Widgets 1.0

Having created a bunch of Kindle Widgets, I was browsing around Amazon (UK) and discovered the MP3 album of the week, which I’d never previously found… A short modification of the Kindle Widget code later, and I had an β€œAmazon MP3 Album Of The Week” widget for the UK.

Of course, Amazon US go one better and have an MP3 Album Daily Deal. Just to trans-atlantically friendly, I did a widget for them too πŸ™‚

As with the Kindle Widgets, if you need another territory, I should be able to help you out… Drop me a mail πŸ™‚

Details over here…

Kindle Daily Deal Widgets 1.1

Version 1.1 now available – Should be much more resilient to server and connection failures now (makes my life easier as my mobile network had a data outage last night πŸ˜‰ )

Also massively improved the server side, as Amazon’s US daily deal for 12/02 broke it. Should be much happier now though.

Kindle Daily Deal Widgets 1.0

The recent arrival of a Kindle in our house has prompted daily checks of the Kindle Daily Deal page, and it occurred to me that there must be an Android widget to display it on your home screen. Only I couldn’t find one.

So here it is πŸ™‚

There are seperate versions for the UK and US – if you need another territory, I should be able to help you out… Drop me a mail πŸ™‚

Details over here…

FlashNotify 1.6.1

Another new update – I think I’ve finally found the reason that some SMS messages don’t seem to start the flashing, and it should now be fixed. I’ll keep an eye on it all the same, but this should make things more reliable.

The hairy technical details for anyone who cares – It seems that the SMS_RECEIVED broadcast is sent before the message is added to the SMS content provider database. Thus, my code was getting the SMS_RECEIVED notification, only to discover that there weren’t any unread SMS messages (yet), and it shut down again. Big old delay before the first flash attempt should fix that πŸ™‚

FlashNotify 1.6.0

Update now available – The main bugfix is that it no longer plays any notification tone you have set up if you’re actually on the phone. Should have fixed that one a while ago, really. Apologies…

Also, the donate versions now have the option to vibrate the phone too… Yours for an entire pound.

FlashNotify 1.5.1

Minor update now available – It fixes a crash related to the Audio Notification option I added recently. If you didn’t have a default notification sound, the whole thing would collapse. Oops.

Apologies for that one – The fix is now available from the Market.

FlashNotify 1.5

FlashNotify 1.5 is now available, and is largely a convenience for me, if I’m completely honest πŸ™‚

It reorganises some of the internal structure of the app (now using Android Library projects, in case anyone cares). Those using the donation versions of the app will notice that the “Please donate” links have also been removed.

Onwards to see if I can make other notifications work properly πŸ™‚

FlashNotify 1.4

Lots of real life getting in the way there, I’m afraid. As noted – Updates are infrequent πŸ™‚

Changes in this version:

  • Audio Notification – You can now have the default notification sound played when the screen flashes, as requested by a number of people. This is off by default, as I can see it getting pretty annoying πŸ™‚
  • Shorter intervals added to the “Stop Flashing After…” option – Requested via email.
  • New logging added – This will hopefully let me track down the persistent problem where the phone is flashing and people can’t work out why

I’m working on adding new notification types too, but I have to rely on the application that generates the events telling the system in a specific way, which depends on their developers. I’m trying… honest πŸ™‚

FlashNotify 1.3.1 and 1.3.2

It seems that the notification wasn’t a popular addition, according to the marketplace comments, so I rush-released 1.3.1 to remove it – I’m enjoying the 4 star average at the moment.

All that said, I actually quite liked the notification, and so 1.3.2 re-adds the notification, but as an option that defaults to off. Hopefully, this will annoy fewer people πŸ™‚