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23 April 2012

All packed and ready to go

by Alex

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For the next few weeks I probably will blog a bit more, but not about technology, apps, Apple or iOS development. Instead, I’ll switch to personal/travel blogging mode, trying to narrate as much and as well as possible my vacation.
Because in a couple of hours from now, me and my dear wife are starting yet another backpacking adventure in South East Asia(long term readers might remember our one month in Thailand from two years ago).
This time we’re trying an experiment even more difficult. We’re planning on spending a comparable amount of time(26 days, give or take) in Singapore and Indonesia – actually a couple of days in Singapore, followed by a few weeks in Indonesia, in the Bali and Lombok islands, to be exact.
Why the more difficult experiment?

I said I won’t talk about iPhone app development, but I’m lying again: there’s one extra reason this trip frightens me: for the past month I’ve worked hard to develop the most awesome update yet to my flagship app, Self Help Classics. It has a great new UI(inspired slightly by Instapaper and iBooks), a great reading experience due to new fonts and cleaner Interface, awesome new features, extra content (some free, some available as in-app-purchases) and is designed for retina devices. You can read more about it on selfhelpapp.com.
What it doesn’t have yet is an approval from the AppStore review team. I really tried to submit it earlier than my leaving on the trip, but it was way too big a project. So, here I am, waiting for this update to be approved and praying it won’t get rejected because of a stupid bug or Apple policy change. Like I said above, I won’t be carrying a laptop with me – so I won’t be able to fix any bug for a long, long time.

That was it. A too long post for any human to bear reading. So, sorry.
PS. This post was written from my iPad – as a trial run.
PPS. Future posts might have some Romanian fragments inside – to make it easier for my parents to follow.

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