'Coon Cave

Stuff that goes on about Raccoon, Google Play and Android in general. May contain traces of rambling. Feedback and subscriptions welcome!
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Huh, Visa, Mastercard and Stripe just left Libra as well. Now it almost feels as if it was their plan to backstab Facebook before Facebook could backstab them.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Isn’t it strange? Even on Android, we still use the floppy disk icon to convey “save”. No device ever had a disk drive and by now, most users probably never handled a floppy to begin with.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Now, that was a waste of time! Tried to rewrite Raccoon’s protocol buffer definitions from proto2 to proto3. Turns out that in their infinite wisdom, Google retired the optional and required keywords. As a result, hazzer functions are no longer supported. In other words, it is impossible to tell the difference between a field that has not been set and a field that has been set to its default value. Needless to say that the DFE API (“Google Play”) makes heavy use messages with unset fields.

Why Google? Why?!

Adobe deactivates all Venezuelan accounts

Cloud - always sounds like a real money saver in the brochure: 'We host your data, so you don't have to', until it costs you your business!

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Look up on Google Play! It's a Rip off! It's a Scam! It's a Super Shenanigan!

The Android ecosystem never fails to present new and fascinating get-rich-schemes.

Just wasted an hour looking at Android vs. IOS memes. Good thing, fanpeople never bother looking under the hood of their phones. Otherwise those memes would look like the love child of Franz Kafka and H.P. Lovecraft.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Paypal Leaving Libra is a Relief

I'm not a big fan of Paypal. Unfortunately, I'm pretty much forced to do business with them. Having to deal with Libra as well, would be even worse.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Play Store Apps for Free

'Can I use Raccoon to download paid apps for free?' - Ok, it's a question that pops up now and then, so we probably have to talk about it.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Google Play Store App Download

Some of you (=Huawei customers) might be wondering how to get the Google Play Store APK itself. It must be on Play, right? After all, it does update itself from there…

Are you thrilled for Microsoft’s Surface Duo? I’m not. But then again, I still remember Microsoft from the Gates/Balmer era and the Duo looks suspiciously like the good old Embrace, Extend and Extinguish tactic and hype marketing.