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Having different dependencies in Android app variants, I posted a version of this on works Slack and they asked me to expand on it for inclusion on their tech blog, so I wrote it up on my own site, basic stuff really but I'd not done it before:

gemini://oppen.digital/other/t

oppen.digital/other/tech/apk_f

Right, another new project, but one that'll impact the rest: a sane uri parser/builder. Ariane's constantly suffered from path handling issues due to my hacked together crap using Android APIs. I've just found an Apache library that's better but it's an old Java dependency and is fairly bloated.

Covid, work stress, usual moaning 

Debbie Harry chaser.

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Covid, work stress, usual moaning 

Covid test was negative so just a cold on top of being exhausted. I have asked work for a permanent 4 day week today though so will see what they say. I also went on a massive rant about the state of the project I'm on. It's no wonder I get a reputation as a miserable curmudgeon, but life is hard enough at the moment without suffering badly managed projects on top of it all.

Returning to geometry for icons, I always get sick of cutesy graphics. In other news we just watched the Blondie Heart of Glass video and I'm now in love with Debbie Harry

I've not had any negative feedback but I think I'll write a post in defense of the burger menu. It's as old as time (Xerox days) but it got a load of negative press a few year back in UX circles around bad discoverability. What people were really commenting on was the Android Navigation Drawer... now that was/is a painful bit of ui.

Phaedra is up on the Play Store now: play.google.com/store/apps/det it's still alpha, lots to do but I'm liking the simplicity compared to Ariane (both have their place though I think). Next job is to concentrate on refactoring and bug fixes in Ariane, the codebase is far more complex than it needs to be.

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Should've been asleep hours ago but I've been adding features to Phaedra. Now has bookmarks, and you can set a home capsule, and you can override the background colour. Will upload tomorrow.

Portrait, nearly eye contact 

Sure A, why not.

I worked on the UK PNC years ago in another life, what most people don't know is it's still an old school mainframe system from the 1970s or something: theguardian.com/politics/2021/

All modern tooling the police use to access the PNC is just a very bad service wrapped around a screen scraper...

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Covid, tired, ill 

Covid test booked for the morning. Just feels like a common cold, but unfortunately that's what Covid feels like too. Got a cough and running hot and cold so...

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Covid, tired, ill 

Took a sick day today. Hard to tell if I'm just run down from the kids and a cold has knocked me out, or if it's Covid. Absolutely exhausted. A colleague, new dad, has dropped to a 4 day week so they're open to the idea. Might have to have that chat with them next week.

Loving the amount of links on my timeline. It may still be a small bubble/community but we've reached a point where a capsule is as convenient and natural as posting a website. When I hop back here after following a capsule link, then click a link to a website it's jarring how noisy and cluttered they all are.

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I agree that HTML, CSS and JS are more of a problem than HTTP as this author suggests gemini://ebc.li/rambling/alter

The vision for gmi-web is to abstract those things into something as simple as #gemini in a standardish way and then idc if you use Gemini or HTTP really, I happen to prefer Gemini clients.

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