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Indie Dev Weekly #7


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It's the end of March and the beginning of April. We're a quarter of the way through 2023.

I checked my income for March and it's down across all markets. Apple hasn't paid yet, but based on estimated payment information, I made about $6,000 less in March than I did in February.

Changes in routine

Starting this week, I have to pick up my child from school for lunch every day. This has completely disrupted my previous routine for work and life. The extra two trips for pickup and drop-off have divided my workday into two segments: 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm, which are my only free hours of the day. With some extra chores to do, my actual free time is even less. Luckily, I don't have to cook for my child this week, otherwise I'd have no free time in the morning.

Zen Flip Clock(App Store

When I was compiling the data for March, I discovered that the download count for Zen Flip Clock had unexpectedly exceeded 3 million, marking another million milestone.

The download count surpassed 2 million back in August of 2021, which was about a year and a half ago. However, starting in 2022, the download count for Zen Flip Clock has gradually declined, so it may take another two years to reach 4 million downloads.

This week, I started working on version 4.3.0 of Zen Flip Clock and used CoreMotion for a new feature. Last week, I completed the demo using Cursor, who once again proved to be incredibly helpful. I needed to calculate the angle of the phone's left-right swing when held in the hand, and all the results I found online relied on CoreMotion's gravity, but after numerous failed attempts, Cursor gave me a very simple and correct answer: use attitude.

I didn't have much time to write code this week, and I was feeling a bit down, which slowed down the progress of the new version. 😔

Stable Diffusion

On Saturday morning, I tried out three Stable Diffusion clients optimized for Core ML developed by Apple.

Diffusers (App Store)

The SD client developed by HuggingFace has very limited features and seems to be designed for beginners.

Mochi Diffusion (Github)

The second client is an open-source SD client that offers more features than the previous one, including scale and img2img.

Draw Things (App Store)

The third app is the most feature-rich of the three, and I was surprised to find out that it's completely free. It even has some features that I didn't find in the webui.

New Gears

The designer noticed that I haven't been doing well both mentally and physically lately, so he suggested that I take some time to exercise every day. He even gave me a set of home fitness equipment: a cordless jump rope, a jump rope mat, and a resistance band.

I haven't had time to play badminton recently, and the weather isn't suitable for cycling outside, so it's a good idea to exercise at home.

I saw a person on Douyin who exercised with a cordless jump rope every day and lost weight from over 190 pounds to 140 pounds. I hope I can achieve the same result.