I’ve been working with PhoneGap/Cordova and Meteor JS lately to develop an e-commerce site/app hybrid. Here are some tips I’ve discovered about testing on Android
You need as many variation of Android devices as possible. Right now looking at the current market, I would recommend at least one of each for Android 4, 5 and 6 (Ice Cream sandwich, Jelly Bean and Kit Kat) Tablets are fine, but best to use actual phones to check out for screen size issues (specially when it comes to scrolling)
Check if the phone is plugged in on both side by checking if it is charging
Command for loading Meteor JS + Cordova app on Android devices is:
$ Meteor run android-device
Don’t forget to connect to database before running Meteor (MONGO_URL=mongodb://yourdb.com:2222) or include settings (–settings settings.json)
Even if you have no use for it, you should still install Android File Transfer on your computer, it will instantly tell you if your device is plugged in and if the cable is still functioning correctly!
Bear in mind, there is no chrome device inspector for devices running Android 4 “Ice Cream sandwich” or lower. For CSS issues, making a lot of colourful borders to help you see what’s going on.
Have you ever wanted to focus but couldn’t? or tried to rest but your mind was just too busy? Well it turns out sound wave at particular frequencies can help in just this way. Well worth trying out the free trial.
Hello boys and girls,
How are we this week? Hong Kong is FINALLY getting cooler, which of course makes me just that little bit less grumpy. Rather hard to believe Christmas isn’t actually that far away
A rather hilarious and cleverly thought out “menu”. The premises of this list is that free range lean meat are much tastier (think kobe beef), therefore intelligent brains should taste much better (for a zombies).
The idea of gymnastics might seem intimidating for a lot of people, but at the end of the day, it’s all about moving your body and being strong and flexible. We should all be moving a lot more, plus it can be so much fun
Public speaking is not easy for most of us, luckily some rather smarter folks had put together some rather simple tricks to help us get through our stage fright. Hint, like many things in life it requires planning and the ability to observe yourself.
I used to love to draw, I used to love art classes and dream of being a comic book artist (I still love reading comics now). This article explores some of the most common myths on why most of us think we can’t draw. It really isn’t as hard or as complicated as we think.
A fascinating video explaining what REALLY causes addictions? Hint, it’s not the drug itself, its more to do with our surroundings and the connections we share with others. To me, it also shows how bad we are at looking out for one and another. Wonderfully made video.
[Good] Some exciting plans are slowly coming together 🙂 [Bad] Getting fat, more so than I have ever been despite training in Muay Thai lately. Rather disappointed with myself
This wasn’t the original article I was hoping to post, the original article was by Michael Allen on Medium, which for what I can only assume to be legal reason has since been removed. I’ve actually been to the SMULE office last year, the founder seem like a rather nice guy, giving us a very warm welcome. I can’t speculate who is right/wrong here, but it does warn us to be very careful how you hand new startups
I’ve been using PlusCreativity.com as my portfolio site for about 4 years now, although I was happy with the .com I was never truly happy with the name. After months of contemplation, I’ve finally made the switch to the new domain SHAPES.IO. It was my first time back-ordering an expire-and-soon-to-be-public domain (nic.io) It wasn’t cheap, I had to put down a no-promised £60 GBP first and pay another £60 GBP for the domain for 2 years. But I figured it was a safer bet then user park.io‘s auction which potentially could be even higher.
[Good] New site / New Brand finally live www.shapes.io [Work in Progress] [Bad] Working from 9am to 3am on Monday got the job done, but I was mentally useless by 3pm the next day after only 4 hours of sleep – MUST NOT DO THIS AGAIN
I absolutely love this idea. A phone case with an e-ink display, so you can check your phone without switching it on. Brilliant idea. One down side is that it’s iPhone only 🙁
Progress this week
[Good]Had great fun dancing at a good friends wedding party, it’s good to move again [Good]Getting really comfortable with MongoDB and Terminal, something I thought was impossible [Bad]Heart palpitations, general tiredness and gaining bad weight (makes me very grumpy)
How’s it going mate? I’m getting better, the last 2 week has been emotionally intense for me, I was beginning to wake up at 5am in the morning out of stress, my mind would be buzzing with worries and I would not be able to sleep. As a result, I’m trying to get back into meditation.
There’s something about this article that fascinates me, a man decided to isolate himself from society for 20+ years, living in the woods and stealing what he needs from camps and cabins, never speaking one word to anyone… what would that feel like?
We are, without a doubt, creatures of habit. So it’s not really surprising once we get into a regular habit of complaining, we tend to complain. even more! so try to keep a positive mind (Something I’m trying very hard at recetnyl)
If you zone out of boring meetings as much as me, you will appreciate this simple and innovative approach to meetings
Busy Vs. Productive
Can you tell the difference between someone who is productive vs busy? Are you sure you are being productive? It’s some darn easy to mix up the two, have a quick look at this list to find out which are you.
I really like Zappos’ founder Tony Hsieh, I love his book delivering happiness and the way he rans Zappos where he treated his staff REALLY well, so it was such a shame to read this article on how both Zappos and his Down Town project is going. I hope he can make it
[Good] It’s sad that I can’t think of much to write here… all I can think of is skating really fast downhill after work last Friday and survived. #IWillNeverActMyAge [Bad] Must sleep, tired of being sick
Been going a little crazy with tracking my productivity lately, this little tools help me track how much time I’m spending with each file/program. It’s good to know how I’m spending my time (Far too often in email and basecamp)
Apparently I have the vision like a dog (I think that’s a good thing), at least that’s what this little game tells me. How sensitive are your eyes when it comes to colour differences between little squares?
Who do other see?
Have you ever wondered how others perceive you? How your actions shapes your image to others? Unfortunately, I’ve been rather angry lately, but I really don’t want to be seen or thought of as “the angry guy”, so I’ve been working on smiling more and paying attention to my emotions. Are you ok with how other people see you? How your closest friends, colleagues and complete strangers see you?
How good are you at taking time off? I mean the type that you are not worried about work? Not checking your email, not thinking about how much work you have got to catch up with? I’m pretty darn awful at it, and this list is a great reminder on what should i really be doing.
So how much time have you wasted on facebook, just endlessly scrolling avoiding work? This little Chrome Extension solves the problem by hiding your newsfeed. That’s right, no facebook! It works really well.
Sometimes as a designer we are trying so hard to be creative and innovative we forget what makes a great design. This quick article challenge the innovative with the usability “Most product design should be so obvious it elicits no response.”
I’ve been using Sublime editor for sometime now, but as I switched computer the other day I decided to give Atom a go instead. I ended up rather liking it, it looks nice and works rather smoothly. There are also many packages to extend it with, so much so I’ve decided to make the switch for good. Sorry Sublime Editor – Click here for more reasons