Monday, 3 November 2014

Let's Ride!

I've officially begun app development for "Let's Ride", my newest project for connecting motorcycle riders.

Simply put -- you launch the app, enter the type of ride you're interested, and when you want to go. Hit "Search" and you'll see all the riders looking to do the same.

Simple, right? Been done before? You bet!
I'm just trying to make the whole process sexier. Wish me luck! Will be launching before the snow comes to Toronto.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

One the BEST error messages I've seen in a while...



I think the next line will be ...

"That's it!! No dessert for the debugger!"



Friday, 4 April 2014

60 Days in Paradise

Darren's Entry Video http://youtu.be/QAXvSbbFnmg

So, the island of Tobago, the smaller, kinder, more serene, tantalizing, laid-back half of the land of my birth, is looking for their first ever Island Connoisseur.

As so many of my friends have suggested to me since the contest was announced, this role was made for me! Here’s how I rate on some key Island Connoisseur traits:

A Traveller
To date I have visited 33 countries on 6 continents.

Adventurous 
In the winter of 2010 I began a 4-1/2 month solo motorcycle ride, from Toronto to T&T. The ride was called Goin’ Toco, and took me through 12 countries. I have bungee-jumped in New Zealand, white water rafted the Zambezi river, rode a camel to the Great Pyramid of Giza, hiked the Grand Canyon, climbed Mount Fuji and the CN Tower, walked the Great Wall of China, been scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, and more!

Culturally on-point
I’ve played 6-bass for AfroPan, Canada’s most celebrated pan side.

I am a founding member of the Blue Devils, a Caribana staple. http://BlueDevilMas.com

I make the best punch-à-creme north of Fyzabad!

Can communicate well
I have published a book - “Goin’ Toco” - available in the Amazon Kindle store, and on the Apple iBookstore. I often teach workshops on computer skills, and was once a college instructor.

Internet savvy 
I built my first commercial web site for a Fortune 500 company all the way back in 1996. Back in the days of the pixel GIF and HTML 1.0. Today, my day job is building apps for mobile phones and tablets.

Social Media savvy
I maintain current, live accounts on G+, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Flickr.

Media Know-how
For the February 2014 launch of my latest app, Cop Watch (Toronto), I was a featured story for 2 major TV news broadcast, plus had  multi-story coverage in 2 major mainstream daily newspapers, 5 weekly publications, 10 radio stations, and mentions on at least 2 dozen blogs.

Personable and camera-friendly Come on, everyone loves this smile!

Tourism Business-minded
In 2011 I launched my company, DeeTours Travel Company, to lead walking tours around Toronto, and continent-wide tours rides for motorcyclists.

Plus, my navel string is buried right in T&T!!



Monday, 10 February 2014

Phew!

Yesterday I discovered my app monitoring service was shutting down for good. I panicked.

Today I fired up NewRelic, as recommended by John Gruber at DaringFireball.net. 

And NewRelic kicks the snot out of FlightPath. I can see why Burstly gave up that fight, and decided to focus on their excellent TestFlight product instead. Wise move. 

I can't wait to see how much cooler TestFlight can become.
And to learn ALL of the features inside NewRelic.

A proper review of the service will come in a few months.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

FlightPath is gone

Oh dear. Today I got the news the FlightPath app tracking product has been shut down by Burstly.


They say they want to focus on other products -- I suppose that means TestFlight, and others.
What I want to know is, what happens to products that have calls to their SDK buried within them?
How long will they keep their API up and active?

I know I'm starting to remove all their code first thing in the morning.

It's so sad, as I got great value out of FlightPath, and was looking forward to them releasing a paid version.

Even more that ever now, I wish Apple has bought TestFlight before Burstly got to them... sigh



Friday, 31 January 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlUJVhHiwRQ

We're trying something new this year! A podcast.

In this, the very first episode;

Travel Tips – Exploding toothpaste

Gear Review – Tourmaster Heated Motorcycle Gear

Interview with Ricardo McRae – J’Ouvert, the Louvre and RyanAir

--//--

Wow! What a year of learning this will be! I'm not even finished uploading Episode 1 to the Internet, and I already have at least 5 major ways to improve for Episode 2.

I can't wait!

Travel Talk Podcast Episode 1

We're trying something new this year! A podcast.

In this, the very first episode;


Travel Tips – Exploding toothpaste


Gear Review – Tourmaster Heated Motorcycle Gear

Interview with Ricardo McRae – J’Ouvert, the Louvre and RyanAir




--//--

Wow! What a year of learning this will be! I'm not even finished uploading Episode 1 to the Internet, and I already have at least 5 major ways to improve for Episode 2.

I can't wait!