Skype for Android 4 - Better but Useless

Updated on Friday, May 22, 2020

Skype just released a completely rewritten version of their Android client.

It's a nice streamlined UI and for the first time on Android it actually loads the 15,422 chats I'm required to participate in work and is usable and responsive. I've used it for a few days and really want to like it.

But.

Even though it's faster and prettier it still destroys battery life. Imo.im ad Plus.im manage to handle multiple networks all day without putting a noticeable dent int the battery. With Skype up and running my phone is dead by the early evening. It's useless.

They also haven't fixed syncing the read state of messages which is the worst deficiency of Skype on both mobile and the desktop. Imo.im did this wonderfully until Skype cut them off at the kneecaps.

Back to Plus.im for now...

Leafhopper Nymph

Updated on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Leafhopper Nymph

I spotted this odd looking bug in my porch a few weeks ago. It looks like a wingless fly with a hairy tail that wouldn't look out of place on a fly sized horse.

My Google-fu failed me so I turned to Pearl.com. Random insect identification isn't your typical veterinary question but Rebeccavet came through for me via a taxonomist in Kenya and told me it's a Leafhopper (Cicadellidae) nymph. Given this information Google Images confirmed that this seems like the most likely possibility.

(Full disclosure - I work at Pearl.com.)

Catfood Earth for Android 1.20

Updated on Thursday, November 12, 2015

Catfood Earth for Android 1.20

I recently upgraded to the HTC One which has a transparent notification bar. This makes it hard to see notification icons when using Catfood Earth as your wallpaper, at least in the summer when it's always light at high latitudes and your white icons are displayed on top of polar ice and clouds.

Catfood Earth for Android 1.20 fixes this with an option to paint black under the notification bar. That's the only update other than the latest Xamarin runtime.

Pride

Updated on Sunday, May 3, 2020

Pride

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Pride

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Pride

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Pride

Updated 2013-07-01 08:37:

Pride

Commute

Updated on Sunday, May 3, 2020

Commute

Updated 2016-04-26 21:42:

Commute

Free

Updated on Thursday, November 12, 2015

Free

Summer Solstice 2013

Updated on Thursday, November 12, 2015

Summer Solstice 2013

Summer Solstice 2013 in Catfood Earth.

Signs

Updated on Sunday, May 3, 2020

Signs

Updated 2013-06-30 20:01:

Signs

Updated 2013-07-06 19:00:

Be the person your dog thinks you are

Updated 2013-11-05 14:38:

remember remember

Updated 2013-11-06 12:56:

Mission Love

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Open Hole

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Updated on Thursday, November 12, 2015

Butterfly

Updated on Thursday, November 12, 2015

Butterfly