Monthly Archives: July 2012

Why stay in a hotel for the London 2012 Olympics

…when you can park your yacht a few miles away from the action. Here are a couple of pictures of some of the Yachts parked at Canary Wharf, here in London. One of the big ones belongs to ex-Microsoft’s Paul Allen, and one is rumoured to belong to Google’s ex-CEO Eric Schmidt.

What these guys do is get their crews to sail the yacht over to London, then they fly over here. These chaps do not have time to sit on their yachts for the 4 or 5 days travel over from the US.

In App Purchasing

Here is a great guide for setting up In-App Purchasing for developers.

These are the two steps that always get me:

If you don’t have a unique App ID, create one as follows:

  1. On the App IDs tab in the developer portal, select “New App ID”
  2. Fill in the following information:
    • Display name: Pick a different App ID name than you were using before. You can’t edit or delete old App IDs, so just give your App ID a new name to avoid confusion.
    • Prefix: Generate a new one, or choose an existing one if your app is one of a suite of apps that can share data via the Keychain Services API
    • Suffix: com.companyname.appname (this is the usual format – note lack of wildcard)
  3. Click “Save”
  4. Click the “Configure” link next to your App ID
  5. Check box next to “Enable In App Purchase”
  6. Click “Done”


  1. In the iPhone Developer Portal, select the Provisioning tab on the left
  2. Make sure you’re on the Development tab, and click “New Profile” in the top-right corner
  3. Fill in the requested information, and point to the unique App ID you just created
  4. If see “Pending” in the Actions column, just click the Development tab title to refresh
  5. Click “Download” to pull down the new profile
  6. Drag the profile onto the Xcode icon in the Dock to install
  7. Alternatively, if you want to preserve the name of the provisioning profile on disk, you can install the profile manually as follows:
    1. In Xcode, select Window > Organizer
    2. Select “Provisioning Profiles” category on the left
    3. Ctrl-click an existing profile > Reveal in Finder
    4. Drag and drop the new profile into the profile Finder window

Olympic Stadium before the games start

Went for a ride to the Olympic stadium, it was such a beautiful day, and I was having trouble finding tickets to actually get into the grounds. It was not easy, it is not a very bike friendly area, and lots of access is blocked off by the overeager security. Security which seemed to consist of 15 year olds standing around with walkie-talkies. But I am sure they are going to stop anything untoward happening.

This is as close as I could get, and it certainly looks like an impressive stadium. Just wish I could make it onto the grounds, I vividly remember the amazing atmosphere of being on the grounds for the Sydney Olympics.


Inside the Olympic Stadium

Some people luckier than me actually got to go to the Olympic Stadium, and see the rehearsal for the Opening Ceremony, which will be shown on Friday, 24th, 2012. Here is a picture from one of those lucky people.