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I’ve seen something happen many times during my longish tenure as a software developer being amidst to some others who are new to it. They seem to have a complete lack of wanting to understand something before tearing into it. …

Learn slowly to develop quickly. Read More »

It used to be that the main screen in homes sat in a corner of a living or room in wooden appliance. The television. After time passed and technology grew at a larger scale, some homes would have perhaps two …

The dumbing down of screen content? Read More »

My AirPods Series 2 arrived today. Engraved on the front of the case… “Five Ohhh…” I got them as part of my turning fifty years-old. I already have a pair of the series 1, but the upgrades seemed quite interesting. …

AirPods 2. Even better. Read More »

Before we departed for our Atlantis vacation, I spent far too much time watching YouTube reviews and reading packing lists. I wanted to know what to expect. The most prevalent thing I noticed people talked about was the price of …

My Atlantis Bahamas Review: The Reef Read More »

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Your mileage may vary with this post, but in my case, I was chasing my tail for some time while finally coming to a solution. At work, I generally author all kinds of prototypes. Sometimes I use Xcode and author …

Verifying assets with the iTunes Store… solved Read More »

I purchased the iPhone X when it first came out and I’ve been loving it. I had a screen protector applied at the store as well as a silicone case. I’ve since dropped the phone many times – even on …

A funny trip to the Apple Store Read More »

In my wristwatch rotation is a newly acquired 1949 Doxa (Swiss Made of course) with a sub seconds complication. Think about that. The watch is a mechanical wind that is 69 years old. It keeps incredible time for such an …

1949 Doxa in rotation Read More »

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Have you ever been working on a project, and then one day your syntax highlighting is gone? Your autocomplete is generating almost nothing useful? This trick saved me from bouts of madness.

I’ve been developing an application that produces a JSON string for use online. Pretty simple, but I want to make sure the JSON is valid (since a user can edit the JSON by hand if they want to before using …

Swift: checking if a String is valid JSON Read More »

This Christmas I was gifted a nice pair of Apple Airpods. They were extremely easy to set up and use because of that Apple W1 chip they house. iOS is tailored for their integration, and they do not disappoint in …

Apple AirPods vs Bose QuietControl 30 Read More »

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My go-to phone has been the iPhone 6 Plus. With the onset of iOS 11, I’ve had some issues. Wi-Fi misbehaving. Stuttering performance. Notification rendering issues. Battery consumption at an elevated rate. So I started looking at phones. I was …

Incoming: iPhone X Read More »

The White Spider: The Classic Account of the Ascent of the Eiger Amazon Link At 13,025 feet, the Swiss Eiger doesn’t approach the height of Everest or Denali, but the sheer rise and difficulty of its 5900-foot north face keep …

Current Reading List Read More »

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I have long admired the grit and determination of Joe Simpson. From Wikipedia: Joe Simpson (born 1960) is an English mountaineer, author and motivational speaker. He is best known for his book Touching the Void and the 2003 film adaptation …

My brush with greatness Read More »

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When we moved, I already had a Bose Lifestyle 5.1 system including bass box. However, our new living room has a vaulted ceiling (not too much unlike the image above). We have even more angles, however. And a taller ceiling. …

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Background J├Âttnar was born in Arctic Norway and is the creation of two former Royal Marine commandos and lifelong mountaineers, climbers and skiers. As commandos, Tommy and Steve specialised in mountain and extreme cold weather warfare, often training in the …

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I will be honored to meet members of the US Ski and Snowboard Teams as they are preparing for the 2018 Winter Olympics. They will be stopping by for a Q&A and probably discuss training regimens and how stuff I …

U.S. Ski and Snowboard Event Read More »

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Last night I was able to check off a bucket list item… meeting and chatting with one Martin Lancelot Barre. And in quaint Natick, Massachusettes of all places (TCAN). I’ve never been to TCAN, but the location was lovely. Very …

Martin Lancelot Barre. Read More »

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I am ready to submit Analog III (the successor to Simple Analog 2) to the Apple App Store. However, I am being told that I need to review the updated Paid Applications Schedule. The address Apple has is an old …

Analog III: iTunesConnect Problems Read More »

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My cousin Kelly Spanik) has a nice travel blog that she’s had for some time now. However, she is about to embark on a dream of hers. Reading her post about taking action instead of merely keeping a dream in …

Travel Aspirations Read More »

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As developers, it’s part of our job to code and design aspects of an ask. A prototype, a full application, a module for another developer, and more. While doing this, it’s easy to forget what transpired last week that caused …

Development Documentation Read More »

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