Yes, believe it or not, I have a hopper. I never empty the hopper, but the hopper exists, and there are items in it. Usually the hopper is overridden with work concerns, be it actual, day-job work, or the consulting stuff I do on the side. Or it may be overriden by more immediate, viceral concerns: sleeping, eating, and so forth. But given it’s the Christmas season and things are slowing down a bit, it’s possible… just possible… I might be able to work on some items from the hopper.

First on the list? Earn myself a Blackberry PlayBook. They currently have a very simple developer contest: Get an application approved and published in their app store by February first, and you get a free PlayBook. A free $500 tablet? Sounds good to me! I’ve already got the SDK installed (the first SDK released is based on Adobe’s AIR platform), and the simulator up and running, so now I just need to start coding. The current plan is a recipe manager application… ‘course, I just need to decide how to present such an application on a tablet device. Fun!

And the second item? Update savsender to build against the latest devkitarm. And while I’m at it, get the code up on github. This was triggered by an email I received back at the end of October asking for an update, and given how simple the codebase is, it’s a request I should be able to fulfill during my spare time.

So, here’s hoping this is a productive Christmas! Assuming I don’t just sleep my way through it…