When I first started writing iPhone software, I decided I needed a web site to host my progress on. I was all full of enthusiasm, and was sure I’d have people downloading my applications very soon. That site was called crimsoncactus.net. The design was ugly, but I was still proud of it.
As it turned out, development of my first iPhone application, Bleep, stalled before it was ready. Beleive it or not, this wasn’t because I lost momentum for writing the software. Instead, it was because I lost enthusiasm for fitness training. This is a shame, but its the way things go.
Bleep was going to be an iPhone application for reading fitness logs from the cheaper Polar watches, which used a sound based protocol to transmit their data to a PC. There was no Mac program to do the job, and I always forgot to transmit my logs. I thought that by using an iPhone, it would be easier to remember and would be a better experience. I had the application working, but found out that the different watches used different data (e.g. the CS200 cycling watch sent data that was different to my simple F5 Watch). I also struggled with getting the google docs synchronisation working correctly. The Google Docs apis are notoriously difficult to use.
I would like to apologise to those I led on with my bold claims of fitness watch reading for Bleep. I won’t release the product now. On the plus side, there are a number of better heart rate monitoring applications for the iPhone, although you might need a new watch :)
I’m now redirecting crimsoncactus.net to this holding page, where I have chosen to consolidate all my online activities. I am still doing mobile app development, although it is now focused on Android instead of iPhone. Please feel free to browse the site to see my other projects.