[orrery] new version (2.6) available

Yorick Moko yorickmoko at gmail.com
Mon Apr 27 18:39:54 CEST 2009

nice work Ken!

On Sun, Apr 26, 2009 at 6:28 PM, Ken Young <rtm at cfa.harvard.edu> wrote:
> If Sean is ever to begin receiving daily orders for pallets of 50,000
> 3G-enabled Freerunners, certain core applications must be attractive,
> quickly responsive, and absolutely bullet proof.   We all know what these
> applications are: Dialer, Contacts, Meteor Shower Information, SMS
> Messaging and Calendar.    Let's be frank - Meteor Shower Information has
> long been the weak link in the Freerunner's PIM (Planet Information
> Management) software suite.  This has been, I believe, one of the biggest
> barriers to mainstream consumer acceptance of the phone.
> Well no more.   A new version of the orrery program (version 2.6) is
> available which provides several essential pieces of information about meteor
> showers.   It puts YOU, the Freerunner owner, in charge of your nightly
> meteor watching activities.
> Version 2.6:
>    New user features:
>       Added meteor shower information.   There
>       is now a page under the "opts" menu which
>       gives information about all meteor showers
>       for the year (the year can be changed with
>       the "time" menu, of course).   Things
>       such as the dates of the showers, the
>       maximum rate of meteors per hour, the
>       phase of the moon for each shower's peak
>       and the number of dark hours, are shown.
>       Also shown is the number of dark hours
>       for the next or current night.   The "items"
>       menu allows you to specify that meteor
>       radiants for currently active showers
>       should be plotted on the sky display.
>       The radiant position moves against the
>       background stars as the shower progresses.
>       Added a way to change the sky display's
>       center azimuth quickly.   Now, if you
>       tap the center of the pan area or press
>       (long tap) anywhere in the pan area, a
>       compass will appear which will allow you
>       to select a new center azimuth with your
>       finger or stylus.   When you release
>       pressure on the screen, the display will
>       be redrawn with the selected azimuth
>       at the center.    You can still pan in
>       the old way by tapping in the panning area
>       (bottom 1/5 of the screen).
>    Bug Fixes:
>       Fixed a bug which prevented fullscreen
>       mode and flashlights from working under
>       SHR.
>       Fixed nonstandard date display
> The new version is available here:
> http://projects.openmoko.org/frs/download.php/778/orrery_2.6_arm_2008.8.ipk
> I thank the International Meteor Organization
> (http://www.imo.net/imo/intro)
> for permission to use their data to produce the meteor shower
> related displays.
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