15 Nov 2012

How rich are you?

How rich are you? Did you ever wonder that? I did, so I built this little tool to tell me exactly how rich I am! The tool uses data from the South Africa 2011 Census1 and nothing is sent or stored when you use this tool.

The tool

Enter your current MONTHLY income:

My thoughts

What really hit home to me is just how much better off I am than many people in South Africa. It is very sobering.

Footnotes

The numbers may seem off from the 51 million people that StatsSA reported, that is because I have removed people who answered "not applicable" or "not specified" which lowered the amount of the population to 46 867 063 - still enough of a data set to play with.

If you want to understand how this works, you can see the code (in a very messy state) at BitBucket.

15 Nov 2012

English to Afrikaans to English

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South Africa, the amazing country I live in, has 11 official languages including the language of Afrikaans which I can muddle my way through speaking. However often I struggle and that inspired me to create an app to help with a phrase book that helps you translate English to Afrikaans & back again!

I see some real value in this on a tablet, when people come to South Africa on holiday as they will be able to quickly find out what “jou ma se…” means and take the required action (ducking is generally the required action at that point).

While I did some planning for this app before hand (finding content, prototyping UI’s etc…) the app was mostly built at the recent WowzApp event, which is an event aimed at students (although we had professionals & even a 13 year old).

This app is also in the Apptivate competition so please go there and vote for it by clicking the image below:

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26 Oct 2012

Image Grabber

svg2raster - pink-190x190This is really a simple app, find images on a website and pull them down to your machine so you can browse them, save them or share them. There is some special logic for some websites – such as Tumblr blogs where it will pull down using the API rather than raw scraping of the pages.

This was the very first app I built and tried to publish – it took numerous attempts to get through certification and in the process I learnt a lot.

You can get the app from the store using the download link below!

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This app is also in the Apptivate competition so please go there and vote for it by clicking the image below:

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29 Sep 2012

South African Postal Codes

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South Africa, as with many countries in the world, uses a numerical postal code system to help work out where to delivery mail – however besides some high level consistency there really is very little rhyme or reason in the numbers.

This little tool allows you to search, share, browse & pin the postal codes you need – when you need it!

This tool was inspired by my Postal Code apps for Windows Phone 7 – and really allowed me to experiment with the concept of how you can take & share development resources (including code) between two platforms.

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This app is also in the Apptivate competition so please go there and vote for it by clicking the image below:

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South African Postal Codes makes use of icons created by the awesome (& free) Metro Studio 2.

29 Sep 2012

Portal 2: Lab Rat for Windows 8

aperture-190I love Portal, both the first & second games were amazing but what happened between them is never clearly explained in the games. Valve released an amazing comic book called Lab Rat a while ago that explained it! I enjoyed it so much I created a Windows Phone app for it. One of the things I had to do in that app was use very LOW resolution images and I was never happy with that.

Now I am proud to announce not only have I solved that but I also get to share my second Windows Store app – Lab Rat!

This is a GREAT Microsoft Style experience – high resolution images, full screen, touch – it all just works amazingly well together (see images below).

Having a new platform let me bring in ridiculously high resolve images too (which is why this download is over 250Mb worth of content), but not only the original English images but also the images without text (as in the Windows Phone app) and, for the first time, the Russian version too!

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As with my previous Windows 8 apps, this app is in the Apptivate competition so please go there and vote for it by clicking the image below:

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Updates

Release 2 - 9 October 2012

  • Added the ability to zoom & pan images
  • Minor tweaks
27 Sep 2012

Amazing Lock Screen

Having issues with the app? Need support? Want to just say thanks? Please use the feedback page!

This app was previously named Bing my lockscreen but has now been renamed to Amazing Lock Screen

Lock TimeI am very proud to announce my very first Windows 8 application: Amazing Lock Screen – which does pretty much what the title says it does. In short: Bing has the greatest images & now you can get use them for your lock screen!

Bing My Lockscreen allows you to select from the eight most recent Clipboard01Bing images and quickly select which of them to set your lock screen to use.

In addition Amazing Lock Screen allows you to automatically have your lockscreen updated daily with the latest image from Bing - thus ensuring a constant supply of inspiring and interesting new content for you!

 

You can get the app from the store using the download link below!

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Bing my lockscreen makes use of icons created by the awesome (& free) Metro Studio 2.


26 Sep 2012

The power of Lightswitch - eyeQuu

HiringI was recently contacted by Thabo Letsoalo of eyeQuu, a South African software start-up, who has produced a SaaS (software as a service) offering built on top of Windows Azure & LightSwitch! The solution is a full work management tool, including task management & project management features! I am not going into too much detail here because the website does it far better than I can.

I often talk about LightSwitch and why it is perfect for many situations and this is a great example of a number of those situations:

  • It shows what is possible with LS, besides all the form stuff there is plenty of interesting systems like charts!
  • It shows off using LS as the basis for building a business. I think this is a really great LS feature because rather than being stuck into thousand of hours of development and ignoring growing the business, LS enables you to have more time to grow the business since it handles a lot of the development for you!
  • I love the fact it uses Azure, showing the power of the cloud, which allows it to offer a true multi-tenant service, scale massively and maintain the costs of a start-up all at the same time!

I really urge you to go and have a look at Thabo’s fantastic site!

13 Sep 2012

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