Important News on Alarmed V5 Update (Please Read!)

Alarmed V5 (5.0.2) is now live on the App Store and includes the following:

User Requests, Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements

• Countdown timers now show the time they will finish on the edit screen.
• Darker section header text.
• Bug fixes and performance improvements.

NOTE: My website is a mess! Any mention of Alarmed outside of this post is outdated. I will get to it soon :)

Thanks for your support!

Best Regards,
David

Major Updates Coming Soon for iOS 8 and iPhone 6

After a needed break from software development, I am back at it and more excited than ever for the future of Yoctoville's iOS apps. There are some really great new features and enhancements in the works.

I've been working hard on major updates to Errands and Alarmed. They will take full advantage of the new features in iOS 8 as well as the larger screen sizes and capabilities of the iPhone 6 & 6 Plus. To do this properly, laying a solid foundation for upcoming features, has been a tremendous amount of work and I will not be releasing updates immediately on the launch of iOS 8 and the new iPhones. As a solo developer, I can't say when the updates will be ready, though hopefully quite soon!

In the meantime, I haven't found any major issues with the current versions of my apps running under iOS 8, so you should be good to go until the updates to my apps are available. For details on any problems I have found, please visit the iOS 8 FAQ.

Thanks to all of you for the fantastic support and encouragement over the years. It really means a lot to me.

(A note on my progress. I wrote the above in mid September and it is now late December and I am still working on these updates. It is taking longer than I wished, but I am very pleased with the results so far. I think you'll find it worth the wait...)

Back to work :)

A Summer in Middle Earth

To me, Oregon is symbolic of Middle Earth, at least how my mind likes to envision it. Not the cities, of course, but the forests. With green everywhere, mossy stuff dripping from trees and lots of above-ground roots. The forests here seem very much alive.

I spent the summer in the mountains of the coast range. It was remote and quiet and I was surrounded by acres and acres of tree farms that had extensive trail systems. The only downside of all this was the trails were so remote and so unused that I got nervous about walking by myself. My cell phone got no signal and there are bears and mountain lions and many ways to twist ankles or break bones. If something happened to me, I would be a desiccated corpse before anybody even bothered to start looking. I still hiked the trails, but often just walked down country roads with almost no traffic and still in the middle of forest.

I'll miss this area, but it is time to leave as the rains are on their way. Actually the rains have already been here (we just had a multi-day storm which set record rainfall for the month of September in many areas). I like rain, especially in the Pacific Northwest, but my spaceship is not really suited for a winter in the rain. When it gets cold and rainy, my windows stay wet on the inside, my dog stays wet, I stay wet, my shoes stay wet, nothing ever dries, black mold starts to grow in corners. Not healthy or fun. So, I'm gonna go somewhere a bit further south. No idea where yet. That will unfold with the coming days.

A few photos of my summer adventures... 

I lived just off this road. When I arrived, it was raining. And it is rainy as I leave. But the summer was gorgeous :) 

I lived just off this road. When I arrived, it was raining. And it is rainy as I leave. But the summer was gorgeous :) 

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Sleeping Dog, Happy Dog

Sleeping Dog, Happy Dog

I was surrounded by tree farms. Most of them were unharvested with large trees, but this section had been recently harvested (clearcut). If you look close, you'll see baby Douglas Fir that have been planted and covered with protective sleeves. Another 50 years or so and they'll be cut again. The cycle continues.

I was surrounded by tree farms. Most of them were unharvested with large trees, but this section had been recently harvested (clearcut). If you look close, you'll see baby Douglas Fir that have been planted and covered with protective sleeves. Another 50 years or so and they'll be cut again. The cycle continues.

The view from the top of a clearcut area.

The view from the top of a clearcut area.

Tall trees :)

Tall trees :)

A maturing stand of trees on the left, a young stand on the right.

A maturing stand of trees on the left, a young stand on the right.

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Oregon has many shades of green.

Oregon has many shades of green.

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Buddha spends a lot of time in the driver's seat. 

Buddha spends a lot of time in the driver's seat. 

Some morel mushrooms. Yum!

Some morel mushrooms. Yum!

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An Oregon red-spotted garter snake. We saw LOTS of these on our walks. Very pretty and totally fearless (if I got close, they would take a defensive posture rather than slither away).

An Oregon red-spotted garter snake. We saw LOTS of these on our walks. Very pretty and totally fearless (if I got close, they would take a defensive posture rather than slither away).

My spot for the summer under some towering Douglas Fir trees.

My spot for the summer under some towering Douglas Fir trees.

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Molly Molly Molly

I spent three weeks at McKinney Falls State Park in Austin, Texas and was able to enjoy two wonderful weekends with my beautiful and awesome and amazing daughter who is going to school at the University of Texas in Austin.

I can't put into words how much I love Molly. Or how much I miss not being able to see her more often. We had the absolute best time together. I can't wait to do it again.

Since words can't do justice, here are some photos...

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Molly baked some sweet potato treats for Buddha!

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This is blurry, but I like it anyway. Molly took me out for dinner at a sushi restaurant called Uchiko. Some of the most creative and tasty sushi I've ever had. A very magical evening :)

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A Tiny Town, A River, Lots of Birds & Dwarf Palmettos

I spent five weeks at Palmetto State Park, about 12 miles north of Gonzales, Texas. It was an interesting park. The San Marcos River runs through it, twisting and turning. It was quite low while I was there, but can flood on short notice and occasionally they have to evacuate the entire park. The park itself was right next to a tiny town (less than 100 people) called Ottine and the now abandoned Warm Springs Foundation for Crippled Children. The whole area had a bit of a creepy feel. The park has many swampy areas (and lots of signs to watch for snakes!) and is full of dwarf palmetto palms, creating a unique landscape. While walking out of the park boundaries I kept running into packs of barking dogs that didn't seem overly friendly, but I finally found a safe road that went past a farm with cows & horses. There were a ton of birds in the area, including groups of turkey vultures (perhaps, I'm not very adept at bird identification) that hung around in trees and got all excited when I walked by.

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Dwarf Palmetto Palms in the background

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An old abandoned house in Ottine

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Swamp!

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Bug!

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The cows followed us as we walked down the road :)

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We ran into 3 horses on the trail. The one with the white stripe was very curious, but I had to shoo them away as I didn't want to get too close in-case they got spooked.

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To me, this looks like a deep-sea fish.