Winpython: Using Python and IDLE in a USB

Wait, is it already a month!? More like I kind of forgot about this website. I guess I will write something quick about programing: Python on USB flash drive. One thing I want from my school is that computers has the Python IDLE installed. Sadly, that is too much for the system admins to do. Lucky form me I found a website that helps me to use python 3 on a USB drive. Winpython.github.io has created a portable version for the Python programing language for Windows computers. As of today, they are using version 3.7.4. If you are a student, then I recommend you use the official one at Python.org, but you need one that needs to be portable, then download Continue reading

Be an Amazon Developer for $0

Be an Amazon Developer for $0
I believe that as of today, I have uploaded the “Check the Cheque” app to Amazon’s app store in November 12, 2018. Now that six months have passed by, I want to report what I have learned and my experience with Amazon’s digital distribution service. First, you don’t need to pay a yearly or one-time fee. Its $0! Anyone can just upload their newly created app to the Appstore and you will make your quick money. Well, in reality, you need to have patience and you need to lower your expectations. If you can create an Android app with Android Studio 3.0, then you can quickly upload the same APK file to Amazon’s developers site. You can test your app Continue reading

Translate Your App for Cheap

Translate Your App for Cheap
Almost a year later, I wanted my app to appeal to non-English speaking people to download the application. Sadly, I only know two languages and that means that I have a limit to localize the app. Translating the app to Spanish was easy, but I wanted at least 5 other languages. However, translation could be expensive if the programmer chooses to add many words in the app. Thank fully Google does provide a service for Android developers to go global: translation. My budget I set aside for translation was like $65. I wanted five languages or more. There were two options that fit my criteria. Google Play console does have a place for developers to translate the Continue reading

Check The Cheque for the Fire Os

This is a quick post: if you have an Amazon devices that have the Fire Os, you can download Check the Cheque app to your tablet and phone. One thing I have to say that this app could have some bugs as I don't really know the Fire Os and how compatible is with the amazon devices. In fact, I have own zero Amazon products! You can download the app at these links: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KNJZSFD/ Or use this link http://www.amazon.com/gp/mas/dl/android?p=com.jesuerocha.checkthecheque I promise that I will do my best that this app contain very few errors or crashes, but I hope you have the patience with my experiment with Fire Os ecosystem. I will post Continue reading

Android 8.0 (Oreo) on Samsung Galaxy S4 i9505

Android 8.0 (Oreo) on Samsung Galaxy S4 i9505
Oh yes, I love my Galaxy S4 i9505! The Samsung phone was introduce in 2013 and I was looking for a good phone to replace the S2 (which I purchase back in 2011, or was it 2012?) that was slow and a bit too hot to touch some times. But then S4 came around the corner in 2013. I was amazed by the screen size, 5 inches! The 2GB of ram, the 13MP camera, and the latest Android. As long it had micro SD card reader, the S4 phone was going to be my next phone. However, the model that I purchase was SGH-M919 and not the GT-I9500 (the international and unlocked version). Anyway, as it was a S4 it's good to go! Then later, I broke the phone, purchase a new phone from Continue reading

Google Translate Plugin and CSS Manipulation

Google Translate Plugin and CSS Manipulation
I am amazed how easy is translating a web page. I just type a website into a translating tool and it a few seconds I can read a web page in my native tongue. Good example is when I wanted to read some news about Neon Genesis Evangelion 4.0 release date, which I was looking for primary sources in Japanese websites. Sadly, all the results were speculations, old news, and sad news. Never the less, I was amazed that Google translated some websites that was readable for humans. Some of you will argue that some results are not readable, but sloppy translations. I agree with you guys , but I am just amazed that some results are very good. That is why I added a Continue reading

Shrink Your Code with ProGuard

Shrink Your Code with ProGuard
When I was creating the app "Check the Cheque" and uploading it to Google Play, I was wondering if its possible to shrink the app size. The app I was working on was like 2 MB and I knew that it was too big for an app that only had like one picture and only a few 100 lines of code. I searched on the Android User guide and it I came across the "Shrink Your Code and Resources" and I never knew that Android Studio had this feature. Also this is free because it's distributed under the GPL (General Public License). So I will compare how much smaller my app went from 2 MB, to 0.9 MB. First thing first, I had one PNG image that was like around 500 KB file size and Continue reading

Be An Android Developer for $25

Be An Android Developer for $25
I was wondering how easy is to be an android developer and to my surprise it took like less than 10 minutes*. lets break it down how i did it: go to Google Play sign up Accept the agreement. Pay the $25. Fill out some more information such as email and phone number. See it was that easy and it took like less than *10 minutes! *OK, to tell you the truth I think I spent more like an hour in creating a new professional email and waited for 3 days for a new phone number. I was afraid I will get weird phone calls and getting bombarded with spam email . My solution for the email was creating a new professional gmail account and get a free phone number from Continue reading

Android: Need JDK in a USB Drive

One thing I need is JDK in a portable format. Here at college, the school's admin made it impossible to install Java JDK. The solution is to install it in a usb be drive and I could use the JDK and any program that needs its. However, some programs needs the the path and the user needs to go to System Properties -->Environment Variables and change the Java JDK Path. To make it worse, admin (wisely, I may add) locks the path and the user can't chose or add regular JDK or 64 bit version. HERE Is my solution to bypass this problem: Download jdk portable and intall it in usb drive: However, the trick is to change the path of the JAVA_HOME @ environment Continue reading