The Airsource Blog

Articles by Nick Clarey

Awww, shucks...

It's always nice when you read a lovely review of one of your products, and this month's iCreate magazine in the UK has given Cellar a test drive and decided they love it. Read more…

iTunes Connect - failed codesign verification

Your iPhone application is finished. The testers are happy. The graphics designers are sure that everything is pixel perfect. Your microsite is done. Your marketing material is ready. Your metadata is in order. All you need to do is to submit your application to the App Store and start raking in the dough. Your heart sinks, though, because when you submit your application you receive a terrible error message - "failed codesign verification". That's all. No further details. No explanation as to what went wrong. Has all of your stress come to naught? Read more…

Airsource One

On Wednesday Airsource reached our first major milestone towards our corporate jet. We have our very own in-house pilot in John!

John (with wings)

So after 12 months of hard graft and weekly lessons and flights John passed his PPL. Congratulations from the team - next step is type certification on Airsource One! Read more…

Yahoo! BluePrint announced

Yesterday at CTIA Wireless IT and Entertaiment Yahoo! announced their contribution to the mobile platform wars in the form of an XML-based language named BluePrint. BluePrint allows the generation of mobile applications for Windows Mobile and S60, as well as widgets that run inside the Yahoo! Go environment. Yahoo! has provided us an overview here. The quest for "write once, run anywhere" continues. Read more…

Wordpress for iPod/iPhone

I've recently been playing with Wordpress for the iPod Touch and iPhone. It's a very simple application which allows you to write posts while you're on the go, and post them to your blog over whichever network connection is most convenient.

My impressions so far are that ... Read more…

Cambridge CAMRA Beer Festival

The Cambridge CAMRA Beer Festival has arrived in town again. An annual event in Cambridge, the Beer Festival features hundreds of brews from all over the UK and Europe. The key message is that the best beer is "Real Ale"; not stuffed with preservatives and artificially carbonated but the genuine, hand-crafted article. Read more…

En route to the Mobile World Congress

It's 5:30am and the annual wireless industry hoe-down (now in it's second day) is taking place in Barcelona. In order to avoid the rush, crowds and expensive Easyjet flights, I'm flying out a day late and looking forward to see what's in store for the industry during this coming year. Read more…

"Who's your boss?"

Approaching recruitment for the first time is always a bit of a tricky one. You dread the thought of getting someone onboard only to throw them overboard again after a few weeks because you totally misjudged their capacity to work, think or be part of the team. You advertise your position and after a few weeks of interviews you start to wonder if you aren't just doing it all wrong. It's in these moments of sheer desperation that that the Recruitment Agency beckons. Read more…

MOTODEV Summit, London

Last Friday I had the opportunity to head down to London to see the Motorola MOTODEV Summit world tour come to town. MOTODEV is Motorola's attempt to woo the developers of the world to their platforms and devices - attempt to capture some mind-share and give us some insight into what is around the corner for their technology. Read more…

In pursuit of space

After a few months of intensive effort from myself and Ben (not to mention the efforts of many potential candidates), we managed to find two engineers who fit the bill. Taking on two people at once is a bit risky when you're as little as we are, but when you find great people you just need to grab them. There's more equipment to buy and there are more salaries to pay, but once you've got the people on board you only have to go through things once with both of them, so overall it seems to save time. We're feeling pretty chuffed. Read more…

RVCT 3.0 Released

If you've been paying close attention to the grapevine, you will have noticed that today ARM has announced the release of an upgrade to the RVCT toolchain for BREW. For those who aren't aware, RVCT gives BREW developers access to a version of their ARM compiler, linker and ... Read more…

Airsource @ BREW 2007

Winging our way across the Atlantic, en route to San Diego, I realise that it's been a year since Airsource started trading. It's not been easy, giving up great jobs and great people in order to go it alone, but we've made it to a year and are managing to stretch the company marketing budget far enough to get to BREW 2007. Read more…

Windows Mobile Insanity

It's been a few years since I got stuck into Windows Mobile programming - back in the days of the Orange SPV when Windows Mobile was known as Smartphone 2002 - and the time has arrived to get back into it again. It used to be that Microsoft helpfully supplied you with a cut-down version of the Visual Studio toolkit called "Embedded Visual Studio" which you could download for free, but now you're handcuffed to Visual Studio .NET 2005 if you want to do anything with Windows Mobile 5.0 or later. No worries, it was time for an upgrade anyway. Read more…

3GSM for £100

Well if that hasn't caught your attention I don't know what will! Having worked in the wireless industry since University (almost 10 years now), I'm no stranger to attending conferences. They're a great way to meet potential customers, to gasbag with old acquaintances and to take the pulse of the entire industry. Read more…

On PPTP and T-Mobile Hotspots

Being a small company just starting to get our feet off the ground, we (or rather, I) have to do all of our own IT management. Amusingly, after I completed my degree at University I had to think long and hard about whether to go into Software or into IT. It was quite a hard decision - fortunately a wise gentleman who I was working with suggested that Software was definitely the place to be. I took his advice but I keep coming back to IT. But anyway, I digress. Being a bit of a boffin, I like our IT system to be polished. So much so that even though we are small I have been working to set up a PPTP based VPN system to serve us when we are out and about. It's pretty straightforward; a Debian Linux box running pptpd (PoPToP) behind an ADSL firewall. Read more…

A searching look

A fascinating Mobile Monday on Feb 5th was hosted by the BBC at their White City headquarters in London. It's a huge glass and steel testament to the effectiveness of one of the UK's best known and best loved exports - part fancy office block and part uber-new media mecca. Read more…