Monthly Archives: March 2015

Announcing the LogVine Version 1.4 iOS Application Update

Application Version 1.4 Apple Store Update

Announcing the LogVine application version 1.4 Apple Store update!  We’ve been busy chasing bugs among other things this release.  Anyway, the application version 1.4 Apple store update is live now!  Let’s break it down for you here.

Bug Fixes …

Chris - Bummed About LogVine Bug

Chris – Bummed about LogVine Bugs

The default main view started to no longer render things in the correct order with the latest iOS 8.2 update.  We were as baffled as you might have been, but targeting some wholesome energy brought this puppy back home.  The latest version should no longer have this issue.   I was trying to log data about my fish when all of sudden it stopped appearing!  The data was rest-assured stored in our cloud and on the iOS device, but it wasn’t rendering in the correct spot.  *sigh*  We fixed it.

There are numerous other bug fixes, but I won’t dig into them here as the biggest issue was the wall view not sorting properly.

One other thing we did do this round was patch the web servers.  We’re using some pretty powerful software called “Django” and Python.  There was a security patch released from the Django team and we reacted within about 6 hours of their announcement.  We value the security of your data!

Yeah yeah, but iWatch …

Yes, yoiWatch from Appleu read that right,  there is a lot of excitement drumming around iWatch.   We coded out a light-weight iWatch implementation in this release.  Sadly, we didn’t read the fine print on the Apple Web Site until right after we attempted to upload the iWatch software embedded into the LogVine app.  Apple has some pretty darn good filters and immediately denied the LogVine binary.  We’ve since conditionally turned off the iWatch application from being included into the binary release.  I can personally vouch that we’ll be releasing it when Apple gives its blessing that we can start pushing applications into the store.

Happy micro-logging folks!

LogVine iOS Application Version 1.4 has been released!

Chris is Happy! Things are stable again.

Are You My Garden Micro-Log Entry?

Your Garden is a Historical Journey of Learning

With Spring quickly upon us you’re probably beginning the process of garden and yard preparation. You might be faced with issues around irrigation which happens to rhyme with irritation for some odd reason. Among other things you might be more focused on the happier side of the gardening business. For instance, deciding what you’re going to plant in your garden space this year.

The point of this post is not to try and identify what you are planting in your garden.  The point is to offer you a helping hand in starting your journey into maintaining a historical record of your garden this year.  Using LogVine the micro-log service of course!

Track Your Surroundings

So how do you identify if something is worthy of tracking or observing in LogVine? The This time of the year, weeds are prevalent, logging that.straight and narrow is this. Do you want to know when you did something historically the following year? If so, then you’ll want to track it. In its simplest form, would you like to know the first time you started spotting those Spring weeds that popped up in the yard?  This year, I took a note that they came in around February 1, 2015. Here is the log entry.  I even uploaded a photo of a particular location on my grounds.  I can’t tell you in 2014 when they first appeared because I didn’t have a logging system like LogVine at the time and I didn’t think to log this particular event.

Log When Things Are Planted

Mt. Hood Hops Bulb Planted and Logged using LogVine Micro-Log service.

Mt. Hood Hops Bulb Planted and Logged using LogVine Micro-Log service.

If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you’ll know that I’ve used LogVine for beer making.  Well, when it comes down to making beer, a key ingredient is a plant that we call hops or Humulus lupus.  My garden this year was just upgraded by adding a perennial Mt. Hood hops (link to Burpee, if you want to get one!).  I wanted to track the inaugural planting event in LogVine so I could dig back in coming years to see when I started this plant.  I now have the date and time tracked of the little bulb beginning to sprout some green leaves.  The only thing I am missing is a trellis.  I’ll give this little plant some time before I move to that step.

Fertilizing?  Applying Compost?  Log It!

Adding fertilizer and documenting citrus blooms

iOS Example of a flowering citrus and fertilizer LogVine entries

How amazing would it be in 2016 or 2017 for you to look back and see that in 2015 you applied fertilizer 1 month earlier than usual due to an earlier Spring?  I didn’t log last year, but I know that I didn’t apply natural organic fertilizer to my citrus trees until mid March.  This year, the flowers were blooming and the trees were ready for fertilizer in early February.  I also documented that the citrus blooms came in around February 20th on nearly all of my citrus trees.  I can safely say the local Honey Bees were happy and so was I because I now have a record of this behavior.

Log Anything and Everything You Grow

Peach Tree Logged Showing Flowers From Blooms (Home Garden)Today I just noticed something joyous.  My peach tree finally showed some signs of life by beginning to open its blooms.  Please ignore the weed that is growing next to it.  Rest-assured I pulled the weed and tossed it into the compost bin.  This tree is the last one to bloom in my yard this year and as small as it is, seeing blooms is a beautiful experience that I not only wanted to share with you here, but track in LogVine.  The reason is that next year, I’ll have a pretty good idea on how the tree has been performing year in and out.

Use LogVine micro-logs to log your life and gain insight into your gardening journey!  Happy growing folks and get ready, Spring is only a few days away!


P.S. Yes, I did a little play in the title on the famous “Are You My Mother?” Book by P.D. Eastman.

Current iOS Bug Fixes

110-bug@2xBUGS!!! Yes, we found some bugs. When attempting to select an image from your photo library on the iOS platform bad things happen. Due to embarrassment, my face looks like a red delicious apple right now. LogVine Image Upload Failed1, you can’t even select anything from your photo library without the application locking up. 2, you have to shutdown the application and remove it from memory (double click the iOS home button) and start again! If this happened to you, we have a fix! Oh and most importantly, we owe you an apology. So here it is. Sorry about that! The fix is now in the application review queue at Apple.

Also, we had another big issue with GoDaddy SSL certificates not working out for us. I documented this in the permies forum as well. The solution was simply for us to purchase a “real” GeoTrust wild-carded SSL certificate. The GoDaddy SSL certificate we purchased turned out to be untrusted in the iOS Safari browser. When a user signs up for a LogVine account they are asked to verify their email address. This process was breaking down for everyone, including me on my iOS 8.1.3 devices! The fix was simply to setup a new server and route people to for handling authentication. I dislike going to www2, but I have no choice until I can get all the 1.1 versions of the LogVine application upgraded to 1.3.

We just submitted yesterday (March 3rd, 2015) the iOS version 1.3 update to Apple for their routine review process. Version 1.3 will fix the following issues.
1. Image screen was locking up if you selected to load an image from the current library.
2. The original SSL certificate used was inferior and we’ve since selectively mapped our DNS to our new GeoTrust SSL certificate hosts.