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Bullet Sunday 131

Posted on Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Dave!Happy Mother's Day to all the mommies out there! It's yet another Bullet Sunday, this time from beautiful Savannah, Georgia!

• Blogiversary. Okay, okay... I realize that April 18th, Blogography's six year anniversary, blew by and people are wondering what happened to my annual Kick-Ass Blogiversary Celebration (especially since last year was such a huge success). Well, I had big plans for the event, but everything kind of fell apart when the economy tanked. One company doubled their price in-between the time I asked for a price quote and the time I submitted the project. Another company that was working on one of my most favorite Blogography products ever has (literally) disappeared off the face of the earth (and took my deposit with them). Other companies I deal with have gone out of business or been sold. Add in TequilaCon, Davedon, Davenburgh, kidney stones, work, and non-stop travel... and, well, you get the picture. So instead of concentrating all my Blogiversary projects into one week, I'll be sprinkling them throughout the year as I manage to complete them. Starting with today...

• Ask Dave! Some of you may remember my "Ask Dave" Dashboard Widget for MacOS X. It's a tiny app that allows you to ask Lil' Dave a question, and he'll shake his magic screen to have an answer appear. It's thoroughly useless, but ever since Apple allowed apps to be built for the iPhone, I've wanted to convert it over... so I could have something SIX TIMES MORE USELESS! Introducing Ask Dave! for iPhone and iPod Touch!

Ask Dave! App Ad

It's pretty sweet and has some cool features... but, best of all, it's FREE! If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, head on over to the Official Ask Dave! Page and get it! And if you don't have an iPhone or iPod Touch, now you have an excuse to go buy one!

Ask Dave Screenshot
Ask Dave Screenshot

• Bindle Binaries. And the reason that the Ask Dave! app is free isn't because of me. It's because of David Syzdek of Bindle Binaries. When I realized that I wasn't smart enough to create the app on my own, I started looking for a company that I could hire to build it for me. As the price quotes began to roll in, my heart sank when they ended up being way outside my budget. I would have to either abandon the project or charge for it. But then I got the idea that maybe it would be cheaper to find somebody who already had a "Magic 8-Ball" app and have them put my graphics on top of their existing code. I downloaded every free "Magic 8-Ball" app I could find, picked my favorite one, then wrote to the author with my idea. The rest is history. David liked the project, agreed to release it for free if the code could be open-source, and started work on the app immediately. So, if you enjoy Ask Dave! don't thank me. All I did was draw some cartoons. David is the one who figured out a way to put it together... came up with a way to animate the backgrounds... added all the little touches that makes it feel like an iPhone app... put in untold hours squashing bugs and getting it to work... it's all him. Thank you, David!

   

Sadly, this is my last day in Savannah. I'd be upset about that, but tomorrow I'm off to new adventures...


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Comments

  1. AAAAH! Love your App! I already had the BadMonkey Background on my iPhone. Now, I have Ask Dave! Really nice idea! GREAT! COOL! BRILLANT! Thx to David Syzdek and you!

  2. karla says:

    Downloading now.

    And now I can say, “Is that a little Dave in my pocket or am I just glad to see you?”

  3. Hilly says:

    You, my friend, are about fifty flavors of awesome right now!

  4. Avitable says:

    That is fucking awesome. Nice job, Dave and David!

  5. Darci says:

    So damn cool…Look forward to checking this out

  6. martymankins says:

    Thank goodness for the iPod touch so that those of us that don’t have iPhones can enjoy in the goodness that is Daverific.

  7. Robin says:

    OMG. Can I just tell you that I love you and your app? You’re officially the coolest mothereffer on the planet right now…..well, besides my mother….it IS mother’s day, after all.

  8. Robin says:

    OMG. Can I just tell you that I love you and your app? You’re officially the coolest mothereffer on the planet right now…..well, besides my mother….it IS mother’s day, after all.

  9. Jeff says:

    This.

    This is brilliant.

    You know what else would be brilliant? Lil’ Dave wallpapers for iPhone/touch.

  10. Dave2 says:

    Done! Here’s some wallpapers right here! Just scroll down to get the full-size versions. :-)

  11. Karl says:

    Love the app, Dave. Happy blogiversary, by the way. For some reason, I thought it was this month, but oh well.

    PS: I hate the economy.

  12. Yun-Huei says:

    I just bought my iPhone 3G two days ago, am and very chuffed that I now have a Blogography app on it to go with the Blogography wallpaper!

  13. That is so cool I just can’t even stand it. It’s like, wicked cool.

  14. DutchBitch says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the app!!!

  15. G says:

    Very cool! Put it right on my itouch :) Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  16. Becky says:

    Crap! All I have is a Blackberry, with a year left on my contract. I’m going to go hide in a corner and pout.

  17. Sweet! Off to download it now. :)

  18. Dave! This is so cool. I just downloaded it and I can’t wait to sync and try it out. And rate it! Thanks!

  19. NYCWD says:

    For this alone… I must now get an iPhone.

    Lovin’ it!!!

  20. Sybil Law says:

    Awesome!
    And Happy Blogiversary!

  21. Happy Blogiversary, and thanks for the iPhone app, Dave and Dave! The Ninja and I are loving it.

  22. Göran says:

    Dude, you teamed up with another David. Bound for success!

    Happy belated anniversary!

  23. kapgar says:

    And here I was about to ask if David Szydek was an alias of yours. Cool app, though. It’s on Katie’s phone.

  24. beth says:

    I love this, however having me rub my fingers all over Dave on a daily basis is bound to make my husband feel a little weird….

  25. Robin says:

    Awesome! Your Ask Dave widget for MacOS X is how I found your blog years ago! I use it daily—when someone asks for a rush project, I say “Let’s ask Dave,” and then they have to click the screen to see if their project can be completed on time. Can’t wait to download this!

  26. whitenoise says:

    hey, cool! Will have to check to see if there’s any room left on my iPhone (they need to make a 32G version…)

  27. This application has totally made my iPhone the sexiest in town! Thanks for sharing more of your fabulous Davetoons.
    Love
    Robyn

  28. Rick says:

    How cool is that? I know longer have to do MRIs before deciding whether to operate!

  29. whall says:

    Since you’re a fan of Obama’s socialist and communist policies, should you either release an app for the Blackberry or at the very least, provide free iPhones to everyone who doesn’t have one? Why are you so exclusionary, catering only to the iHave’s and not the iHaveNot’s?

    Blackberry does, after all, own 50% of the smartphone market as of Q1 2009. All by itself! The iPhone and *all* other smartphones make up the other 50%, or as it’s more commonly know, “the lesser half.”

    Shouldn’t you be serving your fellow comrades?

    (Note: I may or may not be hiding my jealousy behind politically charged context)

  30. Dave2 says:

    Hey, I did my socialist duty by releasing the app for free under open source. And I did my communist duty by by going through Apple to distribute it. Now I’m electing to do my capitalistic duty by telling people to get their own damn iPhone or iPod Touch!

    Just you wait until I start doing my dictatorship duty! You’re going to LOVE that!

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