'Coon Cave

A blog about software development, Google Play and Android in general. May contain traces of rambling. Feedback and subscriptions welcome!
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Ok, FaceApp is the latest shit now. I really wonder how many of the FaceApp fans also use face unlock to access their phone. Feels a bit like a giant phishing attack.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Hey, is anyone still remembering the One Laptop Per Child Project? Back then, we we were totally convinced that access to a computer would boost the performance of students. Now that every child has a smartphone (and with it access to sites such as wikipedia), we worry about them dumbing down - times change.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Cookie consent banners are a joke. The real thread lies elsewhere

Cookie consent banners aren't just annoying and (according to the GDPR) unnecessary as long as no external trackers are used. They also distract from the the fact that the underlying issue, user tracking, has long since moved beyond the web and festered.

Friday, July 12, 2019

New uses for old smartphones: Function/Clock generator in Maker projects

An old smartphone can sometimes be a cheap alternative to expensive laboratory equipment.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Free membership? Where's the catch?

Sign up! it's free and easy...

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

How to implement a single class Java parser for semantic versioning with correct precedence ordering

I have this love/hate relationship with semantic versioning. It’s great for libraries, but not so great for apps as it tends to confuse users. The really annoying thing, though, is the rattail of pre release and meta tags that may be append and the insanely complex rules that must be followed when you do.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Tales from the spam filter of an Android app developer

Publishing on Google Play requires you to publish a contact email address as well. Publishing a contact address means you get spam mail. The spam you get via the Play contact address is scary.

Friday, July 5, 2019

64 bit mobile device are actually a pretty stupid idea

Double the bits, twice the speed? Sounds logical, doesn't it?

Raccoon 4.8.0

  • Updated the default Android hardware profile to claim that it also supports Bluetooth Low Energy.
  • Updated all the URLs pointing to this website.
  • Reworked the shoutbox to show the Blog’s RSS feed.