I've just been notified by Google that PCDB S*D*K* Solver has been removed from the Google Play store in Japan.  Searching the web, there seems to be a concerted campaign by a Japanese company to remove any app with that word in its title, other than those they own, from the Japanese market.  Surprisingly, the Lite version (free) wasn't mentioned, but just to be on the safe side I've removed that from the Japanese market too.

There doesn't seem to be any such pressure elsewhere in the world.
 
 
Recent work on PCDB Waypoints has concentrated on getting it to generate KML ("Keyhole Markup Language") files that can be read by Google Earth.  This is now reasonably successful, at least in the PC version.  I've used it to generate files of the various voyages I've been on over the last 60-odd years, some in my own boat, some on troop ships when my father was in the army after the Second World War, and others in cruises that Elaine and I have enjoyed over the last few years.  Getting it to work wasn't particulary easy, as the documentation is a bit difficult to follow, but I can now follow the routes of each of the voyages I've recorded.  I still need to complete the sework on the Icons used to show the type of waypoint; that's easy but tedious.

The Android version of PCDB Waypoints is coming on apace, but doesn't support this feature yet.  However, I can copy KML files generated on the PC onto my tablet, and with the help of a useful app called "KML to Earth", show a voyage on the tablet's version of Google Earth (I'm running version 7.0).  I won't be taking my PC to Northern Ireland, but the Irish routes are now fully planned out and I can display them all on Google Earth.

Now if I could overlay this data on my Android Navionics app...
 
 
This Sunday, the Beaumaris Singers are joining many forces veterans at Cosford Air Force Base to entertain them as they celebrate Veterans' Day.  We'll be singing works from our repertoire, including Walton's "Jubilate Deo", and more modern numbers such as "Somewhere over the rainbow" in a lovely shmaltzy arrangement for SATB.  Plus leading a sing-along of old favourites.
 
 
A bit of a hiatus recently, while Elaine and I spent ten days in France, staying with some friends in Alsace and then a few days in Ornans, near to Besancon.  Not brilliant weather, and somewhat spoilt by Elaine developing a nasty cold and cough which kept her in bed for two days.  But we had some great meals, brought back the odd bottle of Cremant d'Alsace, and saw some wonderful scenery.

I noticed on my return that fully 30 people have now downloaded PCDB SuDoku Lite, and 15 have it still installed.  But no-one, to date, has gone the whole hog and bought the much more sophisticated full version.  Stlll, the tablet market is expanding by the day, and more and more people are discovering the benefits of applications designed to run on tablets rathern than mobile phones.

Work on PCDB Waypoints has focused on tidying up the Import Database feature, so that it isn't possible to invoke it by mistake.  And I've started to look at ways of using data from the app to overlay Google Earth.  It would be even more useful it I could overlay my Navionics charts of the UK and Holland, but Navionics don't seem to be very willing to allow this yet.

A slightly related activity is updating all my charts, and reading up on the pilot books, for our trip to Northern Ireland later in the Summer.  Planning for that is now pretty complete and a full crew arranged, including Chief Seadog Monty.