Making an RSS reader app

So I’ve been busy building my own RSS reader for the last few weeks. My motivation to make this app is because I got angry at gReader for displaying fullscreen-ads. The source is available on GitHub. I started with an idea of targeting Android-L, but because it’s only in preview any app targeting L will be completely incompatible with earler versions. Hence I was forced to refrain from using the new RecyclerView which I really liked.

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Building Python wheels for Windows

One group in particular suffers from lack of package management in Windows (as I griped about here): developers. This post will largely be a big howto on how to build Python packages with Fortran/C-extensions (especially Fortran extensions seem problematic on Windows). You’d think that something like that would be clearly explained somewhere. So did I, and I was wrong. So here is my guide to building Python packages with native extensions (both C and Fortran) on Windows.

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People have been trained to install malware

disclaimer: I get angry when I have to fix Windows. Expect explicit content. You have been warned. Being computer literate can be something of a curse. Anyone with even the most rudimentary skill set has probably sometime gotten asked if they could help someone with their computer. The other day I got asked if I could help, let’s call him Roger, as he was having some problems with Windows Update.

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Are iPads actually a step back?

Think what you will of the iPad, but it has been a huge success for Apple and people love it. It’s one of the few products that appealed (past-tense) to both the geeks and hoi polloi. I remember watching the keynote where the iPhone was introduced and immediately I thought that’s the pad from Star-Trek TNG! I had to have it. Apple’s initial carrier exclusivity deals meant I had to wait for the iPhone 3g.

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Advertising, that's not intrusive. Orly?

When you have apps in Google Play (and I imagine, other App stores as well), the amount of spam you receive instantly goes up by a factor of 10. Google’s spam filters are pretty well trained but every now and again something gets through. Advertising opportunity Today’s piece of bullshyt (I really meant to spell it like that) reads as follows (my emphasis): Our premium advertisers are currently looking to buy android traffic at a very high price in apps like Nononsense Notes.

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