Over the bank holiday weekend I found time for some maintenance on the Android port of Simon Tatham's Puzzles. For users, this mostly means a few interesting new grid types in Loopy now that I've caught up with upstream. As always, you can update on Android Market, or manually on the project website.
I recently bought a Bluetooth keyboard to use on Android; unfortunately some keys weren't recognised at all and others weren't quite mapped as I'd like. This is fairly easy to fix as an end user, as long as you have a rooted device (
adb remount must succeed). Here's a quick howto, since I couldn't find one.
Now that my various projects seem to be mostly behaving themselves, it's time to decide what to write next. I've had a few requests and a few ideas, so here's a rundown of possibilities.
Here's a hack for Gnome (vaguely relevant to Android too) that I've been using for a little while. When I get up from a computer, I generally want to lock the screensaver. I also pick up my phone from a USB dock (not the Nexus One Desktop Dock; that doesn't connect to a computer). So why not have the screensaver lock automatically when the phone disappears from USB? This is helpful when you're hurriedly picking up the phone to answer a call, and might otherwise forget to lock the screen. Of course, if you get a lot of calls that you want to answer while looking at your computer, this is not for you. :-)
A couple of recent Google offerings gave me an idea. First there was the demo of cloud-to-device messaging at Google I/O, with which I look forward to seeing the Android development community do great things, and to demonstrate it they used a Chrome extension, Chrome to Phone. Then yesterday, GoogleCL appeared, providing access to several Google services from the command-line.