'Coon Cave

A blog about software development, Google Play and Android in general. May contain traces of rambling. Feedback and subscriptions welcome!
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Friday, September 25, 2020

Huh, the Windows XP source code allegedly leaks and all security experts are concerned. Imagine if the same happened to the Linux source code… oh, wait!

Seriously, we had a consensus for years, that security by obscurity is a bad idea. So if accidentally going open source is a concern now, then maybe that’s a reminder that Microsoft products have always been dangerous, shouldn’t have been used to begin with and it’s high time to migrate away from the Windows platform (yes, that’s costly and annoying, but don’t tell that having your business shut down because you rely on an unreliable system isn’t).

Thursday, September 24, 2020

What are trustworthy APK sites?

So, there's this Android app, you really must have, but its developer only distributes via Google Play and, for some reason, Play is off limits to you. How do you get it anyway? Sure, there are tons of APK mirror websites out there, but how do you know which ones you can trust?

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Is there even one component in Android that wasn’t ugly, broken or ill designed from the beginning, hasn’t been buried under at least half a dozen layers of compatibility code since and is still ugly, broken or ill designed today?

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Bored, browsing mobile app developer jobs. Surprised that you can pull $100k/year from mobile app development.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Wow, some asshat just spammed me about integrating his SDK in a compiler tool I wrote (and abandoned) years ago. He heard great things about it, felt like telling me that on four different email addresses (none of them related to that tool or each other) and wants to set up a call.

K, buddy, if you insist on working with a scraper database, then you can have the name and phone number of another asshat from my spamfolder who contacted me with a similar proposal the other day.

So, do you do software development or digital plumbing?

Sure, laugh at Trump for calling TikTok a threat to national security (it’s kid posting karaoke vids of themselves after all!), but accidentally, he’s actually right…

  • In 2019, TikTok made 20% of its revenue ($36 million) in the US. That’s the US economy hemorrhaging money towards China.
  • TikTok is specifically targeting teenagers and young adults - upcoming first time voters. It’s the “Russia uses Facebook to influence democratic elections” argument all over again. Only this time, China controls the network.
  • TikTok captures the audience Facebook is loosing with a twitterized version of Youtube and it’s really good at it. One could see this as an attack on the US economy.
  • TikTok is dark patterns wherever you look. It rewards self exposure with 5 minutes of fame and uses peer pressure to conquer the school yard. Now think of a high ranking government official (military general, business leader,…) having a teenage daughter publicly documenting her life. Sooner or later, something sensitive is going to spill (granted, this is a side effect and can happen on any social network, but TikTok is the Chinese one, damnit!).
  • The sins of one’s youth make for great leverage in one’s future.
Saturday, September 19, 2020

Trump vs. China. Can TikTok and WeChat really be banned from US based Android devices?

Legal questions aside, let's explore the technical possibilities.