George McKinney Adventures in Software Development

December 28, 2012

Snake Eyes Dice

Filed under: BB10,BlackBerry — georgemck @ 2:04 pm

For the first BlackBerry BB10 smartphone, aka London, I packaged a little dice game using WebWorks. Total time was 4 hours because I was able to use open source code and images.
Special thanks to:
Dado and
Michael Eidson for them.

The marketing blurb about it: “When you play a game of chance and skill, no other game compares to dice…
Whether young or old, this fast-moving game will be sure to entertain and amaze when “snake eyes” appears!

The game is completely free, no ads or embedded tracking software! You can grab a copy of it here:

August 25, 2012

Create a Mobile App in 30 Minutes!

Getting Started with PhoneGap and PhoneGap Build

This is a brief overview of how to build mobile applications using the PhoneGap framework.

Using a text editor and a web browser and a few images, a Hello LA PhoneGap application will be built

You can download the project at

August 8, 2012

Microsoft Kin

Filed under: Windows Phone 7 — Tags: , , — georgemck @ 12:36 pm

Just got my hands on a Kin. This is a Microsoft Kin Model 120, the long lost cousin of Windows Phone.

It sold 10,000 units before Verizon pulled the plug on Microsoft’s $1 Billion phone project.








Read more about it at

An article with video recently came out about the Kin over on Wired:

July 27, 2012

BB10 App for BlackBerry DevAlpha running SVG Animation created with Flash

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — georgemck @ 11:28 am

BlackBerry10 DevAlpha running HTML5 SVG animation. Original artwork came from Flash Professional. Using Google’s Swiffy (, the .swf became svg which is embedded in the browser.


Speech to Text Platforms

Filed under: Uncategorized — georgemck @ 11:14 am

Speech to Text Platforms

An example of this in use:




June 18, 2012

Rapid App Development for PhoneGap using OrionHub

Filed under: Eclipse,OrionHub,PhoneGap,PhoneGap Build — Tags: , , , — georgemck @ 4:17 pm

I later discovered that OrionHub has an installable version you can run from the desktop. This would have helped me presentation go more smoothly.

Windows Phone 7 Apps with Metro UI

Filed under: PhoneGap,PhoneGap Build,Windows Phone 7 — Tags: , , , , , — georgemck @ 3:54 pm

May 22, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Nexus S NFC

Filed under: Uncategorized — georgemck @ 11:55 am

Here is an NFC reader app using Cordova/PhoneGap based on ChariotNFC. I am using it to read tags from TouchATag.

I made it for the Samsung Nexus S. I updated it to Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 via an Over The Air update through Sprint.

To see more how you can use NFC, check out this Adobe MAX Video.

Here are some pics:
Samsung Nexus S and TouchATag
Samsung Nexus S and TouchATag

ChariotNFCActivity has started
ChariotNFCActivity has started

Samsung Nexus S and TouchATag
Samsung Nexus S and TouchATag

Reading the First Tag
Reading the First Tag

Reading the Second Tag
Reading the Second Tag

Lots of TouchATagsTouchATag
Lots of TouchATagsTouchATag

April 24, 2012

Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 on Samsung Nexus S

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , — georgemck @ 11:56 am

Last fall, I attended the Sprint Open Solutions Conference for Developers It was a great experience for me since I first became a customer in 1997. My first cellphone was a Samsung way back then which was a huge step up from my Motorola beeper!

Anyways, they gave all conference attendees the Samsung-manufactured Google Nexus S, which is running the unmodified Gingerbread Android operating system with NFC and a beautiful screen. Lots of fun.

Unfortunately, the phone only came with 1 month of service and then it became a wifi only device for me. Fast forward a few months and Google released Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich. I wanted the new OS for my phone but I didn’t want to root it so I have been waiting for the Over-the-Air (OTA) update from Sprint.

That day has come. In order to get the update, I went to a Sprint Service Center Store in Los Angeles. There, the staffperson swapped out my old phone and did a hard reset on the Nexus S wiping out all the data . After entering a few codes on her computer and into the phone, the phone came back to life. Within an hour the OTA update was ready. I installed without issue transforming it from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Since I am a developer I figured it was high time for me to start programming this phone. This required installing the right Samsung device driver.

The basic instructions are 1) get the device driver. I used this one for Windows: . You could also find it from the Samsung website thought it’s a little more difficult to navigate. Next, 2) you have to connect the phone via USB and get to the Device Manager. It will show that the driver is not installed properly. 3) You open it up and select update driver. Browse and then select from the List of installed drivers for Samsung’s and then find the one for ADB Interface. I followed the instructions from this Youtube video.

First thing I did was put a Cordova (HTML5 PhoneGap) game I wrote onto the Nexus S. More on that later…

July 26, 2011

Google+ is Great

Filed under: Google — georgemck @ 1:07 pm

Hi Everyone,

I am liking the Google+ app and website.

Unfortunately, I inadvertently created two accounts; one did not have my real name. So, I just deleted it.

Enjoy the ride.

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