Friday, November 25, 2011

TweepsMap featured on Mashable

Having worked hard to build the TweepsMap project, launching it was a little tricky. It was like starting up a new fire, it catches on then it dies on very quickly. There is a certain formula on how to attract others to check out your service, without being too intrusive.
Anyway, throughout the process, few blogs featured TweepsMap on their sites, including Google Maps Mania coverage TweepsMap, few other spanish blogs, but I did not expect how large the effect of Mashable on the number of visitors, as soon as the TweepsMap article was published our servers were overwhelmed, that we had to beef them up, and the wave continued for days. It also had a ripple effect that many other major blogs would write about the service.

Thanks Mashable!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Shake event not always cool :)

Some users complained that if they were driving in a bumpy car ride, the shake event would trigger and the app does something it wasn't supposed to do.Well, I did not think of bumpy rides:) so I am now creating a specific checkbox to disable shake event in bumpy rides.
Enjoy the new fixes, and don't shake your phone too much!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Updating the Finder framework

Just released a new version of the TimHortons Finder Android app that is based on the new Finder framework. This time the framework introduces new concepts like:
* Shaking the phone to bring you to the nearest location
* Share with friends a location that can work on Android, iPhone or even desktop browsers.
* Opening a share link send you directly to the details page within the app
* Accuracy range for current location

The framework has also been enhanced to include fixes.
Enjoy these updates everyone, and find your the nearest TimHortons Locations right on your Android

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Google Analytics opt out firefox 4

For some reason, Google is not releasing an Analytics opt out plug in for firefox 4. Unfortunately I was not able to make the xpi file work on firefox, it is probably signed.

So until Google releases an updated version, here is my simple version of opt out on Windows. No coding experience required:
Go to \Windows\System32\drivers\etc
open the hosts file hosts in any text editor
Add this line to the end:

viola! You have blocked Google Analytics.
Use this method at your own risk though, some websites might have integrated with Analytics and if they are not coded properly the javascript on these sites will crash.

In any case, I hope this helps people out there.