That moment when you press the power button… and nothing happens. Dead battery? Unlikely, the tablet had been hooked up to the charger all day. Crashed? Maybe, but if so, the software locked up completely. I can’t even connect via ADB any more (the tablet won’t even list as an USB device when plugged into my PC). Fried? Hopefully not! I won’t get spare parts for it and even if, it wouldn’t be worth it. Read more ›
Largely ignored fact #1: making an app drives every developer into debt. Time is money and anything more substantial than a fart generator requires an up front investment of several months of (full time) work. Offering the end result (literally) for free is like giving away a car.
Largely ignored fact #2: for various reasons, even primary school pupils already call a mobile phone their own these days. They use apps, but have (usually) no means of paying for them.
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Sometimes, I really wonder what app developers are thinking (if at all), when offering to remove ads through in-app-purchases. Read more ›
Just came across Raccoon’s update mechanism failing with a cryptic error message. Not quite sure what caused this. However, there was talk the other day about Google invalidating a tremendous amount of auth cookies (effectively logging everyone out). Read more ›
I know, I promised a v3 to v4 convert feature, but I just can’t seem to get it done this month, since my new years resolution was to abstain from dirty hacks and doing it right requires a surprisingly large amount of work. I’m also not really keen on writing temporary code. So, yeah, let’s fall back to a how-to for now. Read more ›
If there’s something specific you need from me, just send me an email. If you can figure out my emailaddress, you can probably figure out how to use an email client as well. I have absolutely no interest in accepting social network invitations for the sole purpose of being an item in your contacts list. In fact, I do not even give you permission to add my details to your address book, if you carelessly sync it with a social network. You may accept their ridiculous privacy policies, I don’t, and my details are not yours to share!
I get this feature request once in a while: adding TOR support to Raccoon. I totally understand the motivation. Privacy, after all, is one of Raccoon’s main goals. However, when it comes to supporting TOR, I think, I would not only be wasting my time, but actually doing more harm than good. Read more ›
What can I say? Today’s the day, I’m finally flipping the switch and declare Raccoon v3 to be obsolete! Say hello to the all new Raccoon v4! Read more ›
My website statistics are off. If I were to believe Piwik, only about half of the visitors to the Raccoon page will actually download the application. Doing a quick grep over the webserver logs and counting unique IP addresses comes up with a much more realistic ratio, but also uncovers something extremely annoying: a considerable number of the download requests are for outdated versions that no longer function!
A big thanks to everyone who gave Raccoon a review on their website, but please, please, do not link directly to the executable. In fact, never, ever deep link to any program package! Software gets updated once in a while and you are not doing your readers a favour by sending them to outdated versions.
Seems like developers are either loosing interest in the Android platform, or someone thinks they are too expensive and need a bit more competition. I’m not going to speculate further on why Google sees a need to provide 10k scholarships, but for those interested in applying, I’d like to loose a few words on what you are going to sign up for. Read more ›