Saturday, December 18, 2010

1001 Gifts for all of you

This year my family and I decided to give gifts of hope and inspiration for the holidays.  We  donated $1001 towards educating, feeding and helping entire villages become self sustaining via  This donation is made in the names of you, our friends and family and those who have inspired us over the years to think beyond what we need ourselves.

The gifts include a variety of items including mango trees, education materials, lifestock and home birthing kits.

Our only ask is that if you were planning on sending us a card, please use the money and effort, no matter how minute, to help those less fortunate instead.  We have everything we need and are truly blessed!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays everyone and thank you!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Mobile Slashdot RSS Reader Tutorial - Free Source Code

NOTE:  This is Part 1 of a two part series.  Part two is now posted here:

This post will sum up a new AIR for Android tutorial I have been working on.  The video will explain everything (will be posted shortly).    The project is an RSS reader for Android mobile devices.  I chose Slashdot (News for Nerds. Stuff that Matters!) and used their RSS feed from this URL.  The end result was a functioning mobile application that installed and worked on both the Google Nexus One phone and the Samsung Galaxy Tab.  There are some lessons to be learned though as you will see from the video.

Building an Android Mobile RSS Reader in 30 Minutes from Technoracle on Vimeo.

The source code for the project is available here: SlashdotRSS.fxp
The Slashdot.apk (Android installer package) is here: SlashdotRSS.apk

Here are some screenshots.  I plan to upload a complete tutorial soon!


Here are some of the source code views: