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FDA Recalls and Photos App


I was watching a local TV news broadcast (OK, I was multi-tasking) and saw a quick mention of Häagen-Dazs® ice cream which I love. I wasn’t paying full attention, but it struck me that of late I’ve seen/read/heard more and more FDA recalls. Had to go to the website to see what was up with my favorite ice cream.

Later, I looked around in the Windows Store and didn’t find what I wanted so I built an app. FDA Recalls and Photos –

fda app

The app has 4 galleries and has a live tile. Does what I need it to do. Give it a try (it’s free of course) if you’re interested in this kind of thing.

Hurricane and Tropical Storm Report App


The first named tropical storm of the 2014 season, which grew into Hurricane Arthur, prompted me to look around for a simple free app that provided the basic status of these disturbances. I found a few apps in the Windows Store but nothing that provided exactly what I wanted to see. So I fired up Microsoft Project Siena and quickly created an app. Amazingly, it went through certification in 26 minutes. It’s now available at 

The app includes large on demand overlay versions of graphics and a live tile.

Below are a couple of screenshots from the two graphical galleries. The third gallery is the text from the NHC RSS feed.

breaking news overlay


tropical cyclone activity

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