Some of the more observant amongst you may have noticed larger gaps than usual in my blog posts.
I work for a digital outdoor company and have been extremely busy porting the company’s touchscreen platform to HTML5. In the process I’ve been making changes to the system that I’ve been planning on making for years, the main one being a move towards Linux.
The platform is used to provide an interactive store finder in shopping centres. It’s currently written in Adobe Flash and for the most part the functionality is hard-coded. The code is live in many shopping centres worldwide. A notable example is The Trafford Centre in the UK.
An interesting side effect of the new platform is that it works on more hardware. Adobe Flash is not very well supported on non-Intel and mobile platforms. The new code works fine on the Raspberry Pi, iOS and Android devices without any modifications.
Whilst I’ve been busy working on this the company has had to undergo “restructuring” to cut costs. Sadly as a result of these cuts I had to say goodbye to a handful of colleagues yesterday and, along with other staff, take a significant pay cut for a few months until the company gets back on it’s feet.
I trust now that you understand the reasons for the lack of posts.