TDroid: Whats in a Name?

A few years back when Android was on the horizon, I spent a little time writing a GPS tracking App for the Android OS. I used tdroid.com behind the project and even got around to submitting the app to the Android Developers Challenge. WIthout any prize money I grew weary of rewriting it with each Android platform update and instead grew more interested in other things especially the onslaught of Android devices peering over the horizon. Unlike the IPhone and IPad which limited hardware choices to a few variations of a few models, the number of distinct Android Devices are as numerous as your choice of sneaker at your local Foot Locker.

So I thought “Im done with my android tracking app, what to do with my tdroid domain..”. So this idea begins with the domain which I thought would be interesting to use in an SEO experiment. The idea being to build out a Android device and tablet compendium website, which would reference all the current Android Phones and Tablets. This should drive good traffic given the domain and if quality review content was organized behind thoughtful slug URLs. There is no way I could possible review all of these devices and compare them, there are just too many and life is too short to spend that much time unpacking and un-boxing. These reviews also are already being written. But here is something I could do that would be different. I could compile all of the reviews, linking back to the full review, and then add up the various scores and show which devices were , overall, the top rated etc.

The amount of time I put into this will be directly proportional to the amount of traffic it gets, we will see!
Check out the current Android Phone and Tablet Reviews on TDroid!

Web Portfolio: 2010

2012 2011 [2010] 2009 2008

 

 

PublicEarth Description

Embeddable Widgets
UI/UX Components

Designed and deployed embeddable widget templates. Designed for third party integration provided map/widget views and with supporting ajax controller methods.
Rails, JavaScript, JQuery, Google Maps API, HTML, CSS, Photoshop..

 

ArticleOnePartners Description

Complete Refactor and Redesign
MVC and UI/UX

Refactored and designed new interfaces from a suite of procedural php files into structured Zend MVC Architecture with Smarty templates and JQuery. Refactored and redesigned document / upload / highlighter UX Interface. Designed multiple Views, Layouts, and UX Components. Integrate with 3rd Party APIs; Google, Hubspot, ZenDesk.
PHP, Zend, HTLM, CSS, JQuery.

 

ArticleOnePartners Description

Article One Portal Design

Portal Platform
MVC and UI/UX

Refactored and designed new interfaces within a Zend MVC Architecture to provide site-feature sets by user-types and user features by specific user. Third Party Clients, Internal expert Admins, and Registered anonymous Users now had custom UI and UX components.
PHP, Zend, HTLM, CSS, JQuery.

 

Web Portfolio: 2009

2012 20011 2010 [2009] 2008

 

 

PublicEarth Description

Map UI/UX for Location Based Search
Crowd-Sourced Maps

Designed and deployed models, views, and controllers to support the alpha release of publicearth.com. Wrote Javascript library to integrate with third party APIs (Google Maps and Microsoft Virtual Earth).Ruby on Rails, PHP, Zend, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, PostGres, Photoshop.

 

PublicEarth
IOS Mobile View Components
Crowd-Sourced Maps Data

Designed and deployed models, views, html, and css working with third party and internal resources. Wrote Javascript library to integrate with third party APIs (Google Maps and Microsoft Virtual Earth).Ruby on Rails, PHP, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, PostGres, Photoshop.

 

PublicEarth Description

Place Page UI/UX.

Designed, developed and deployed multiple layouts and views for PublicEarth. Extended map classes to provide an additional “mini map” and “widget” implementations. Ajax integration to minimize page loads and improve user experience.

Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, PostGres.

 

 

PublicEarth Description

Mobile IOS
Search/Browse Results

Designed, developed and deployed multiple layouts and views for PublicEarth including mobile specific components. Working with third party and internal resources.

Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, PostGres.

 

PublicEarth goes live


Happy to say that the startup that I’ve been working at for the last year has launched the website and I am proud of the results. Check out this map widget that displays a collection of places on a map. In this case I created the places and then saved them to make this widget. It is ready to share on various social nets, email, etc…

Come on snow!

A Street with a View

Streetview Art - Sampsonia Way

Streetview Art - Sampsonia Way

What the heck is going on in this streetview image from Pittsburgh’s Northside? Google Streetview Art. Artists Robin Hewlett and Ben Kinsley invited the Google Inc. Street View team and residents of Pittsburgh’s Northside to collaborate on a series of tableaux along Sampsonia Way. Somehow reminds me of the intricate, absurd, and dark humor of Hieronymus Bosch. Check it out at http://www.streetwithaview.com/

Web Portfolio: 2008

2012 20011 2010 2009 [2008]

 

PublicEarth Description

Alpha Beta and Initial Launch
Crowd-Sourced Map UI/UX

Designed and deployed models, views, and controllers to support the initial alpha, beta, and first public release of publicearth.com. Wrote Javascript library to integrate with third party APIs (Google Maps and Microsoft Virtual Earth).Ruby on Rails, PHP, Dojo, Symphony, Zend, Flex, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, PostGres, Photoshop.

 

TDroid Description

Android Application

Designed and deployed GPS tracking and location sharing software for the Android platform. Participated in the Android developers challenge and released software with accompanying website / web services.
Created the software that I needed to share my current location with family and friends.

Java, Android, HTML, PHP, Photoshop, Eclipse

 

Webroot Software Description

Webroot Software
UI/UX Components

Designed, developed and deployed a comprehensive spyware audit interface, integrated with CMS and third party Cart interfaces including Digital River, Cybersource, and Verisign.

PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS, Javascript.

Location, Location, Location!

Location, Location, Location!
Its awesome when your interests syncs perfectly with opportunity. My previous work had moved to a slower more maintenance mode, complete with a fine commercial success. The real challenges, learning, and rewards had past. I was looking for something new without being rushed.

I am a GPS geek and worked up my own Google Android project. That effort and my professional associations lead to meeting with and ultimately taking a new position at a brand new GeoWeb startup that I am absolutely thrilled to join: PublicEarth. I would write more about what we are doing there, but you will just have to wait and see! Last day at Webroot, Friday April 25th. First Day at Public Earth, Monday April 28th.
Follow your passion and see where it leads you.