News & Events

August 30, 2010

Thumb Typing Contest/Survey with Prizes

Ever wonder how fast you type on your pre/pixi keyboard? You can quickly find out for free with the Two Thumbs Up Typing Test now available in the Palm application catalog. Just download the app, press the Begin Test button at the bottom of the instructions, take the one-minute test, and then view your typing speed.

To make things more interesting, Sierra Blanco Systems has teamed up with preCentral.net and webOSroundup.com to sponsor what is probably the first ever thumb-typing competition and survey. After seeing your score, please press the continue button and take a brief (seven question) survey, and then submit your typing speed and survey. It only takes an additional minute or two. After Labor Day, September 6, a random drawing of survey participants will be held. Prizes include gift certificates and webOS T-shirts. On the sponsor page there is also a discount code good for 10% off PreCentral Store purchases. In addition, the fastest typists will be invited to compete in a live (hopefully) “type-off” to see who is fastest. Prizes will be awarded to the top typists.

The date and other details of the type-off will be announced after Labor Day. SBS will also start posting survey results. You'll be able to see how your speed ranks with others. Labor Day is coming up soon, so download and take the test and survey as soon as possible.

July 16, 2010

Learn to Type for Just Fifty Cents

It was a lot of hard work, but version 1.0 of the Two Thumbs Up Typing Tutor (TTUTT) is now available for purchase in the Palm Application Catalog. Our deep appreciation to the many beta testers who reviewed TTUTT and made sure it was ready for release. In order to celebrate, we want to make the introductory price as low as possible. So taking advantage of Palm's half-off sale, the price is just 50¢ until the sale ends on July 23. (TTUTT is available as an English language program in other countries, but our understanding is that half-off pricing is not valid outside the USA.) Since the sale ends in less than a week, watch the video (links are in the previous post) and buy TTUTT now.

July 08, 2010

Typing Tutor Video Available

We are almost ready to release the Two Thumbs Up Typing Tutor (TTUTT). We are waiting on Palm to release webOS 1.4.5 so we can test TTUTT on devices actually running 1.4.5 before final submission to Palm. Hopefully, TTUTT will be in Application Catalog by the 16th. Introductory pricing will be just 99 cents through the end of the month. With the half-off special, this means you should be able to get the Typing Tutor for just 50 cents. We also have a short promotional video. One version is for viewing on PCs and one version is for viewing on your smart phone.

July 01, 2010

Palm Is Dead, Long Live Palm!

It's official! Palm is now part of HP. Most anyone visiting our site probably already knows this, but in case you don't, here is HP's press release. You can read more about it on preCentral.net or webOSroundup.com as well as several other sites on the internet. As webOS developers, we at Sierra Blanco Systems are really excited about this acquisition and HP's public commitment to "double down" on webOS development. Many of us are also glad that they are planning to keep the Palm brand. To paraphrase ending one dynasty and beginning another, "Palm is dead, long live Palm!"

July 01, 2010

Follow us on twitter

We've created a separate Twitter account just for Sierra Blanco Systems. SBSCentral was created so that you can find out when we have new releases, etc. In addition to posting a Twitter message with @SBSCentral (with a 140-character limit), you can send us a direct message through our Contact Us page or send email to support@sierrablanco.com. We'd love to hear questions, requests for new features, praise, and even bug reports and complaints. -- Greg

We don't make software
to make money,
we make money
to make more software.

Giving Back

Southern California Quality Assurance Association

scqaa.com

SBS is proud to provide web design and hosting services for the Orange County chapter of the Southern California Quality Assurance Association. Our founder, Greg Stevenson, is a charter member of the group which was started over 10 years ago. The mission of SCQAA-OC is to promote the sharing of information relating to software quality practices, principles, concepts, and methods for the betterment of its members and their companies. In addition to enabling sharing through meetings, seminars, and workshops, SCQAA-OC also reinforces software quality and testing practices through educational meetings, and sponsors software quality events throughout Southern California.

preDevCamp

preDevCamp.com

preDevCamp is a not-for-profit software development gathering being held on August 8, 2009. Its purpose is to help local developers share their knowledge in developing Palm pre applications using both traditional web standards and the Mojo SDK. The event is currently being planned in over 60 cities around the world. Sierra Blanco Systems team members are the organizers for preDevCamps in Orange County, California and in Sumy, Ukraine. SBS founder, Greg Stevenson, is one of three preDevCamp global organizers. We encourage you to click the preDevCamp.com link above to register for the camp nearest you.