don’t erase what I’ve entered just ’cause there’s a mistake

When I signed up for WordPress (where this site is hosted) I neglected to enter the security numbers for my credit card.

As expected, the site returned an error.  But it erased the credit-card number I’d entered – I had to type it all over again.

Don’t do that!

Worse, the second time, I didn’t notice it had reset the card’s expiration date – so I got another error – and it erased the credit-card and security numbers again – I had to type it all a third time.  How incredibly aggravating!

Don’t do that!

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why not zip/postal code first?

I’ve been griping about this for a long time.

Whenever you have to enter your address in a web site, why don’t they ask for the postal code (Zip code in the US) first, and then fill in the city and state information automatically?

Computers are supposed to make our lives easier – let them do the work.

getting AdMob ads in the Android emulator

The emulator uses the first NIC it finds, whether that one actually has access to the Internet or not.
(NIC = Network Interface Controller – aka network adapter)

If it doesn’t, the emulator won’t be able to access the Internet.  This made testing AdMob adverting in my app rather difficult.

My develoment machine (actually, virtual machine, but that’s beside the point) has two NICs; the emulator locks onto the wrong one.

My workaround is to disable all the NICs except for the one the emulator should use, then start the emulator.  The emulator will use the only enabled NIC, and will be able to access the Internet, and be able to show AdMob advertising.

It’s safe to re-enable any other NICs until the emulator is closed.  When you restart the emulator you’ll have to disable the other NICs again.

If anyone knows of settings to force the emulator to use a specific NIC, please let me know.  (I don’t use a proxy, btw.)

All the best,
Alan

excursions into Android development

I’ve started doing some Android development on my own apps.  It’s been interesting – some genuinely and some in the “oh, God! oh, God! We’re all gonna die!” interesting.

I’ll post more about it soon – especially some of the tips I’ve discovered  (or, more accurately, stumbled across…   :)

reason for being here…

here will be posted:

bits of (useful) information

occastional useless (but otherwise interesting) information  (at least I find it interesting)

rants and raves

and whatever else about which I feel like writing

etc, etc, etc…

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