The Job Flux, and Helping Others

Posted by banane on September 1st, 2016 — in jobhunting, technology

Sadly, I was laid off last week. The job flux causes so much stress and anxiety. It’s hard getting back into job hunting- selling yourself, brushing up on skills, the sheer work of it. And, as an introvert I’m just not up to interacting all day long with people. On top of that, it’s the […]

Inspiring Makers- and Getting Inspired, Our GHC Hardware Hackathon Workshop

Posted by banane on October 17th, 2015 — in hackathons, technology

Stacie & I making sure we’re on the room’s agenda… and we are! At the 12,000 participant Grace Hopper Convention in Houston, TX last week, we conducted a hackathon-with-a-workshop. Stacie Hibino (@staciehibino) and I helped 250+ participants manipulate a simple LED circuit kit into a prototype or actual product. Our competition was stiff for that […]

Apple Watch- A Mother’s Perspective

Posted by banane on May 11th, 2015 — in iphone dev, technology

The Apple Watch has arrived. With a bit more fanfare than the Google Watch. Three identical white boxes housing the watch. Seriously, Apple?

Basic Android App

Posted by banane on June 15th, 2014 — in android dev, technology

Just wrote up instructions on how to make the most barebones Android app. Enjoy! Code here. Instructions here.

Simple example of scheduled, self-clearing Android notifications

Posted by banane on May 7th, 2014 — in android dev

I couldn’t find a relevant example of doing a schedule notification that launches the app, then clears it. Various bugs and design flaws in Google’s Android O/S make this needlessly complicated, in my opinion. In this, iPhone made it easy. The basic functionality: schedule daily ordinal time (say, 10am daily) notifications. Upon click, display main […]

ThinkNote: Make Music With Your Mind

Posted by banane on February 11th, 2014 — in technology

Went to the best hackathon ever last weekend. Why? A combination of invention, skill, participation and sheer nerd energy. And a buffet (well, I am pregnant…). And, well, I really love the app we made. “ThinkNote: Make Music With Your Mind.” Yes, that’s right. Depending on how you control your thoughts you can compose music. […]

Pregnant & Entrepreneur = Pregpreneur

Posted by banane on January 15th, 2014 — in feminism, technology

First trimester in Vegas… a bit hard. Standing at a conference all day, during first trimester, isn’t fun. Your business partner doesn’t know because you and your boyfriend have decided not to tell anyone. You’re not showing, but beyond exhausted and nauseous. I power-napped in the hotel hallway. I started with caffeinated tea, and then […]

Starting a Business

Posted by banane on December 3rd, 2013 — in technology

I decided a month ago to start a business. The funny bit is that my business partner and I had been collaborating for a while- we both worked closely at two different jobs, and many projects together, before deciding to “go legit.” We already had clients, even. We just hadn’t done the paperwork. Between jobs […]

The Perils of Lack of Diversity (TitStare, Circle Snake)

Posted by banane on September 9th, 2013 — in feminism, technology

Last night I learned of the opening demo at TechCrunch’s Disrupt, “TitStare”. An app that takes a photo of you (and you are of course a heterosexual male) staring at a woman’s breasts with or without her consent, doesn’t really matter. Also, an app Circle Snake that ranks your (male) masturbation technique. Got a voicemail […]

How To Interview For Mobile (When Nobody Knows Mobile)

Posted by banane on August 23rd, 2013 — in android dev, iphone dev, technology

This Christmas, close to 90% of shopping will occur on a mobile device. Companies are scrambling to get in-house developers. Imagine you’re hiring an in-house team. You’re tired of outsourcing with contractors. You want to be able to walk to someone’s desk and ask them, “Can we do that on Android?” And, in this fantasy, […]