So I saw a GIF of a bunch of clocks working together to make a larger clock, where each clock makes up part of the digit.

I decided I wanted to see if I could write a program that does that, to see how hard it would be.

Here’s the GIF:

Here’s what I created (click the photo to see a live version)

 

Clock of clocks

I originally had smooth hour hand movement, however when it came to creating the digits, it wasn’t able to produce right angles.

This project took about 1.5 hours.

So I just wanted to share some graphics I made throughout my career in IT.

Here are a few from when I was working with ‘The Scoop’, a small ice cream cafe:

The Scoop Logo

The Scoop Logo

The Scoop Banner

The Scoop Banner

ChocDipBanner twister

Here are some from my latest Android app Friendex:

HighRez feature

And Here is one from Voice Jammer:

Feature

 

Ok, so last time I bought a new car, and got a job in Perth. I had my last shift in my old store in Mossman Woolworths, just a month before they were to open a brand new store, and flew across to live with my sister Kea. I was trying hard to organize my transfer to Ellenbrook, so I didn’t have to work in Morely, but I wasn’t getting a solid ‘Yes, you have the job’ answer, so I was a bit stressed. Finally they let me know I got the job, and I ended up telling Morley that I wasn’t even moving to Perth. 😛
I started work at the new store in the Longlife department (some stores call it grocery, it’s pretty much night fill during the day), which at first I found very hard and confusing. Eventually I got some shifts in deli, but by then my longlife manager didn’t want to let me go, so I ended up alternating between deli and longlife. After a short while, I found longlife to be very easy and relaxing. Time went by really fast, and I didn’t have to deal with as many arsehole customers :D, in comparison to deli, where we had lots of annoying customers, but plenty of staff so there were a lot of times when you got really bored. I had a crazy lesbian boss in deli who would lose her shit at number 69 on the queue thing, and a bunch of pretty cool coworkers. That’s probably enough about work.

I bought a new desk, and chair and finally the rest of my stuff arrived after a couple weeks in Perth. In June I got a job interview with Australian Finance Group in the city, so I had to buy a suit for the occasion. In the interview when they asked about what my plans were for the next five years, I said that eventually I want to be able to move back home, and work from there. Probably not the best thing to say to the interviewers, but I hadn’t thought of a five year plan, I mean honestly who does that? So I just said what I truly wanted, and it was at that point that I realized, I didn’t really want to live in Perth anymore. I wanted to move back home to the tropics. I was still gonna give it a go for a few more months.

For Kea’s birthday party, Mum came up to surprise her, and I organized a ‘make your own sundae’ bar, by hiring a soft serve machine for the day. June in Perth was the coldest time I’ve ever experienced in Australia. It is nice to be abler to wear warm clothes, but on one morning, my car was covered in ice. This was something I had never seen before, and I had no idea what to do. It was so cold, that I wore thermals under my clothes at work and usually wore a singlet when it wasn’t as cold. We visited Bell’s Rapids, which was a really nice little stream nearby where we lived, check out the pictures.

In July we went home for a holiday, for grandma’s 80th I think. All the family came up to our house in Wonga and we had a nice family get-together. We visited my Auntie Laurie’s farm, where I got the best profile picture which is a selfie with a goat 😛 . We also went to the circus that happened to be in town, and the Mako Track, GoKart place in mareeba, which is really fun. After all that we flew back to Perth, and resumed city life.

I did a bit of skating around Ellenbrook on my rollerblades while I was there. The nice thing about that place, is all the parks and footpaths, so there’s plenty of room to ride. Sometimes I would skate all the way to work, which is usually a 7 minute drive, and one time I came soaring down a hill at a ridiculous speed and with no breaks to stop me, or trees or poles to grab onto, I ended up riding right onto the road before crashing into a bush on the other side. Thank god there were no cars on the road at the time, The plates on my wrist guard were very scratched up from scraping along a wall trying to slow myself down. It’s at that point I realized there was a way to go under the hill through a short tunnel.

In October I got a new 55″ 3d TV and a Pebble smartwatch. The TV screen is pretty good, but the interface is just rubbish. I bought a 10m hdmi cable to hook it up to my pc so I could play games in 3d on it. I made an app for my watch (which I posted about on this site previously) to keep track of my sopio score, which was a fun card game I bought. We hosted an awesome halloween party for Phil’s birthday, and we decorated the house with loads of halloween decorations. In the main entry hallway we had a smoke machine setup with my subwoofer playing spooky sound effects that I was controlling with my watch.

The "Wing-wong from goose's brine to wind down the sun!"

The “Wing-wong from goose’s brine to wind down the sun!”

Sometime after halloween I scored another interview with Bankwest to be part of their graduate program. It was a very promising interview, and their offices were amazing, but obviously I didn’t get the job, so that was another point that made me think I wanted to move back home. My family came up to Perth for Christmas, and we had a pretty good time. There’s this thing that Mum used to tell as kids if we ever asked what our presents were. She would say “A wing-wong from goose’s brine to wind down the sun!”, at least that’s how I heard it. There’s this building we used to drive past a with this picture on it. That’s what I thought she meant when she said that as a kid. Just look at that logo, it does look like a net around a sun. Maybe she made it up on the spot when she saw that, I dunno.

After Christmas I decided I wanted to have a holiday back in queensland for my 25th birthday. I’ll tell you about that in a future blog post.

 

 

So I figured I wanted to write a few blog posts to go over what I’ve been doing since the start of 2014, which is when my life started changing in some fairly big ways.

To start off, in late January to early February I went on holiday for my 24th birthday. I visited my friends Jemal & Sara in Port Hedland for mine and their daughter’s birthday. Port Hedland was quite a nice place but outside it was like a furnace, so most of the time was spent indoors with air-conditioning. Port Hedland was my first experience in a mining town, and I thought it was really small and isolated (how wrong I was, I’ll talk about another mining town in a future post).
There’s a shopping center with Kmart and a supermarket so it’s pretty decent. Me and Jemal (mostly Jemal) made an awesome Winnie the Pooh cake for his daughter’s first birthday. Sometime before my holiday I decided I my next move should be to move to Perth to find IT work. I had been wanting to move to a capital city for ages, and I had my eye on Brisbane for a while, but it all sounded too difficult, however I have family in Perth, so it works out to be easier. While I was on holiday in Port Hedland I applied for a transfer to Perth through woolies, so I could be sure I had a job to go to if I moved, and I got a call for an interview with the Morely Galleria Woolworths  while I was still there.

Sorry about the photo layout, I’ve been trying for over an hour to find a simple thumbnail carousel that works, to no avail.

After visiting Port Hedland I flew down to Perth for my niece’s 21st birthday. The rest of my family was there as well and we had a pretty good night. One of the days we went to Rottnest Island, which is one of my favorite places in the world, as I have awesome memories of it from childhood. We rented bikes and rode all over the island, up steep hills and across shallow salty causeways and down the hills again (at tremendous speed 😀 ). I always associate the smell of rosemary with rottnest island for some reason, which is why it’s my favorite herb.

I had my interview with the Morley woolworths and got the job, so I was officially moving to Perth. I also had an interview with the closer Ellenbrook woolworths, where my niece works. We went to Adventure world for the day and had an awesome time riding waterslides and rollercoasters. It seems strange to have a waterpark with rollercoasters, as you end up going on rollercoasters while soaking wet, which just seems odd.

I had to get a new car if I was going to move to perth, as it was not gonna be worth sending my old car over from Cairns. If I was moving to Brisbane, the plan was to just drive it down, as it’s not too far. I looked around a lot trying to decide on what car I wanted. I really wanted a small white car, with at least 4 doors, and I ended up with a new shiny blue Suzuki Alto 2013 with less than 20kms on it for $11,500. I left my car in Perth while I returned home to organize all my stuff to be sent across.

I left Queensland in march to start my new life in Perth, which I will tell you about in a future blog post.

 

So I got a Pebble Steel smartwatch. It’s pretty cool, and it does some basic stuff with the help of your phone, such as track your speed via gps,  send pre-configured messages, show weather, or play simple games.

I decided to develop an app for mine to keep track of my Sopio score (A simple card game that’s really fun). There were a few score trackers out there, but not many that allowed you to change increments or go into negatives.

I’ve never really done much programming in C before (I mostly use Java and C#), so it took a little getting used to, but I managed to create the app in less than a day, so I figure that’s a pretty awesome accomplishment.

If you have a pebble and want to download this app, open the pebble appstore app and search ‘Watch Score’.

here is a link to the app store listing: https://apps.getpebble.com/applications/544d0b82a88ad34fc800006c

Watch Score

 

First off some back story for this post. My niece bought a Samsung galaxy S4. She used it for about a month, then decided to go back to her iPhone and give the Samsung to her brother. This meant that as a programmer, I had to find some way to transfer her android messages to her iPhone.

My basic plan is:

  1. backup iPhone via iTunes
  2. backup android SMSs via SMS Backup and Restore
  3. transfer android SMSs into the iPhone backup using sqlite.
  4. restore iPhone from altered backup

So first off I have to take a look at the sms database. It can be found in your iTunes backup folder (for me it was %APPDATA%/Apple Computer/mobile sync/backup/). there’s one more folder with all the backups, the one you are looking for is named “3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28”.

Here are the tables inside:

[Show Tables]

First lets look at how they all relate:

Just from making up this chart of how the tables relate, I have already seen areas where I made mistakes when I first tried to inject messages into the database. If you don’t understand the lines joining each table, here is a quick refernce sheet: http://www.vivekmchawla.com/2013/04/erd-crows-foot-relationship-symbols-quick-reference.html

So a message is made up of: the body of the message (message), an address (handle), a conversation (chat), and sometimes an attachment (attachment).

Lets look at the tables:

[Show Message Table]

[Show Handle Table]

[Show Chat Table]

That’s it for now. I’ll continue this blog post another time, though I hope you have found this helpful so far.

Edit. I spent about 2 hours creating custom shortcodes for wordpress to implement those [Show/Hide] tags. I’ll finish this another day.

I have moved to Perth! I decided I needed to advance my career, and there was no chance of that happening back home in Cairns, where there are almost no jobs in IT available, so I decided moving to the city would be my best option. I first considered Brisbane, because it was much closer to home, but after a while I realized I would pretty much have to start from scratch and find a place to live straight away. Because of this, I decided Perth was the best option as I have my sister and her family that I can stay with while I find my feet. I came over for a holiday in May and bought a brand new car, (my own car would most likely not make the trip across Australia) and got a transfer with Woolworths to the local store, so I had a job to come to. Then 3 weeks after my holiday, I flew over with 50kgs of my possessions and started life in the big city.

So voice jammer was trending the other day after that video got popular and everyone was interesting in jamming their voice, and it made it into #10 trending apps on Google  Play 😀

Want proof? here’s a screenshot I took of the event:10

At the time of posting it is in #19 Top Free Music & Audio apps on google play, which makes me pretty happy.

I’ve uploaded a fix for low end phones that don’t support 44100Hz audio, and a fix for newer phones unable to reach the settings due to the removal of the menu button.

Hopefully someone will hire me  now so I can properly launch my career in IT.

Downloads for my app Voice Jammer have shot up over the last few days, most likely due to the use of a similar app in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oU9EGeMP5n4, So I’ve decided to resurrect the project.

Unfortunately I didn’t have the source code up to date and only had an old, not working version of it, because when I updated to windows 8, the skydrive app refused to upload changes, then my computer died, losing all the new stuff. I managed to extract the source code from the published apk and get the app back to where it used to be, which is a big step.  Now I plan to fix the problem with accessing the menu on newer devices without a menu button (which I honestly think is a stupid change, I preferred the [back] [home] [search] [menu] buttons to the [back] [home] [recent apps] buttons, which are mostly all for navigation and not for utility)

Once my dev phone is charged up I’ll be able to release the updated version and hopefully escape the wrath of angry users unable to access the menu.

Stay tuned.

I thought I’d give an update on my project, DreigonPOS, a point of sale program for cafes. I’ve been working on this alot lately, I’ve implemented excel import and exporting, automatic Deals, and more.

First off I’ll explain the features of DreigonPOS.

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