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Cómo pedir cita previa en la DGT y desesperarse en el intento

El uso de la tecnología para la agilización de la administración española es simplemente bochornoso (y me quedo corto). Además todo el mundo lo sabe, sin ir más lejos, la última gran chapuza informática en el Ministerio de Justicia va a costar al menos 60 millones extra. 
Pero como el dinero sale del bolsillo de los ciudadanos, pues aquí no pasa absolutamente nada y nadie asumirá ninguna responsabilidad. Esta es la triste realidad de la España actual.

Pero es que hasta un trámite tan sencillo como pedir cita previa en una de las Jefaturas Provinciales de Tráfico desespera hasta al más templado.
Y como quiero ser muy específico y una imagen vale más que mil palabras, a continuación voy a documentar todo el proceso que es de todo menos intuitivo.

Todo empieza abriendo este enlace


Y como podéis ver en la imagen previa, con la primera pantalla (vamos a obviar que la interfaz parece que ya haya cumplido la mayoría de edad, tiene pinta de ser de finales de los 90) llega la primera duda... ¿Qué t…

Everybody makes mistakes, even Google doc writers

Yesterday I was exploring the new Android SMS Retriever API, since it seemed to promise to make the user's phone verification a much more straight-forward and also permission-less process. 

Soon I got disappointed since it requires to use a paid third-party service such as Twilio...

But at least I got to see something unusual, not everydayone comes across a code syntax error in an official Google documentation.
Can you spot it? (at the end of the second code snippet).



According to the footnote, the last update of that page was on July 7th, so two months and a week ago.

Sohave I been the first one to notice this? Or maybe just the first one to raise the voice about it? I have also been nice enough to report itto Google.


I came across the above tweet which announces this API to the world, it includes a link to the docs and as you can see, 118 people re-tweeted it and 190 liked it...
Did any of this people bother to open the link and have a look to the docs? 
And I guess fire up Android Stu…

Complete (working) code to verify an Android app user phone number through SMS

Update from Thursday September 14th 2017: 
The very same day I posted this (the day before yesterday), I realized that it looked like Google had just made it effectively obsolete


I thought that at least I could claim that I chose a very demanded functionality to blog about, since Google decided to add a new API to provide this very same service.
Even the names are quite similar, I called it "SMS Verifier" and they call it "SMS Retriever".
But after looking into this new Google Services API, I found out that it requires to use a paid third-party service such as Twilio... very disappointing!
So my original post (which follows below) is still relevant after all, since it allows you to verify the user's phone number for free.

Original post: Tuesday September 12th 2017
It was about time for me to give back to the open source community, so I have just pushed the complete (working) code to verify the user's phone number from within an Android app to Github.

When I goo…