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Writing with Tools

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

I have always wanted to write more. Every time I get the itch to write something substantial, there is a pattern that plays out. The first thing I do is think “I need to find a great app to write in” and get totally sidelined by downloading and trying out writing apps. This makes no […]

Darkness under Navigation Controller

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Translucent navigation bars are cool. The content that scrolls up off the visible area alters the look of the navigation bar. But they do introduce some complexity, and sometimes you just don’t need it, because your content doesn’t scroll. So let’s say you’ve got an app that has some content that does scroll, like a […]

Apple Ads on the Web

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Listening to a recent episode of The Talk Show, John Gruber and Jason Snell were talking about advertising.  John’s talked about this before, about the mess that is web advertising these days, and Jason gave some great insider perspective, as a long-time MacWorld editor. Setting aside whether ads are good or bad, the web today […]

App Store Curation

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Now that Apple Music is out, and people are seeing how well the curation works, I’ve seen people ask about curation in the App Store. Seems to me Apple is already doing this, and has been for a long time Go look at the App Store.  What do you see?  Almost all of the iTunes […]

Getting Comfortable with Apple Music

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Apple Music is a big change. No matter what you used for music previously, Apple Music is different. It’s an exciting service, and it’s doing a great job of getting me back into music. But it’s also confusing. I’ve spent a lot of time with Apple Music lately, and I wanted to share some things […]

Dual Stage Furnace and Nest

Friday, January 9th, 2015

It’s important to do your homework, and pay attention to what your furnace installer is doing. That’s the takeaway from my recent furnace replacement and Nest installation. Here are some details that you may find helpful. My furnace died on a very cold day, so I called my local furnace repair company. They’re great; they’ve […]

Living in a DSL world

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

I don’t live way out in the boonies somewhere; I’m 5 minutes from a Starbucks.  I have LTE at home.  But the best level of Internet services available where I live is DSL, 6mbps down, 800kbps up.  This means I can upload at about 80k/second. For all you kids with your DOCSIS or VDSL or […]

Apple’s UI API Trend

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Since iOS and UIKit, Apple has produced three products with three new UI toolkits:  Apple TV, CarPlay, and WatchKit. In all three instances, the architecture they’ve chosen is one where the UI is essentially a runtime. There’s a reason that all Apple TV apps look the same, and that’s because the “app” just provides data […]

Apple Pay vs CurrentC

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Apple timed the introduction of Apple Pay exactly right for the US market.  Retailers are just in the midst of a switch to NFC payments, and are making changes to their payment terminals. It’s hard to convince retailers it’s worth making a change, but they’ve been convinced that they need to change something by the […]

Swift Inexperience

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

My two cents on David Owens’ take on Swift Experiences. In the section on Modern Syntax, David makes some points that could be valid in some contexts. The example that’s showing the modern syntax for sorting an array of strings *is* fraught with ambiguities and complexities.  But this is a shortcut syntax, intended to be […]