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Howler 1.0 Released

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

I haven’t posted on this blog in, oh,  I don’t even know howl ong.  It’s time to succor those who’ve been howling about the lack of puns (oh, don’t scowl).  Ever since I switched to programming in C++ friends have asked me, “How’ll you satisfy your Cocoa cravings?”  Everyone knows that C++ will always leave your bowels on the prowl for square brackets.  So, I became a night owl, satisfying my cravings in the privacy of my apartment.

Seriously, what’s up with this new app called Howler?

Though I do sometimes have cravings for Cocoa, the true Howler story is a bit different.  My girlfriend Brianna and I often had need of a timer for cooking, laundry, coffee, etc, and I caught her using a Flash-based internet timer.  The Flash timer was ugly, couldn’t be used with the keyboard, and lost the time if the laptop lid was closed.  Finding these limitations unacceptable, and having a personal love of clocks and timers, I set out to make a sleeker and faster-to-start timer.  After many feature additions (Fahrenheit/Celsius conversion, alarm mode, named Howlers, etc.) and “in-apartment” testing, Howler is the result.  Happy howling!

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Apple rejects magic fingers

Monday, April 6th, 2009
How fast can you… tap?

How fast can you… tap?

On Thursday, April 2, Apple rejected magic fingers — my first attempt to provide a highly rewarding outlet for quick finger skills.

Have no fear, though. Reading between the lines of this rejection letter, I’m confident the reviewer enjoyed himself.

Dear *******,

Thank you for submitting magic fingers to the App Store. We’ve reviewed magic fingers and determined that we cannot post this version of your iPhone application to the App Store at this time because it contains objectionable content, which is in violation of Section 3.3.12 from the iPhone SDK Agreement that states:

“Applications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, etc.), or other content or materials that in Apple’s reasonable judgement may be found objectionable by iPhone or iPod touch users.”

Parental Controls have been announced for iPhone OS 3.0. It would be appropriate to resubmit your application for review once this feature is available. However, if you believe that you can make the necessary changes sooner so your application does not violate the iPhone SDK Agreement, we encourage you to do so and resubmit it for review.

iPhone Developer Program

While I am patient, and will explore the new possibilities opened up by Apple’s suggestion here, I can’t help but be annoyed that someone else’s similar idea made it to the app store.