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There were a few things I found invaluable while attending.  My Snooz white noise generator to replace a fan for sweet slumber at Hyatt Place. It kept me from needing to pack an actual and unwieldy proper fan.  Anker 20000 …

WWDC 17 tips Read More »

So I am traveling from Chicago to San Jose on United Airlines, and I was struck by the lack of small display on the back of any seats. Surely something would drop from near the light controls? No. Touted on …

Travel to WWDC17 Read More »

I recently played around recording audio on my Apple Watch. Doing that was easy enough, and I wanted to send the recorded file from the watch extension to the iOS application – and play it. I started messing around and …

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It seems that before holidays my list of features coding and bug solutions in mind always grow before holidays. I ruminate on things I want to do and think of solutions to particular bugs. And I have to shelve them …

Code shelving before a holiday… Read More »

It sucks. Hard. My wife purchased one to use for work and she abandoned it not long afterward. About a day. So it’s been laying around and I have given it a go a few times. Every single time it …

Microsoft Surface… Read More »

I have this on my iPhone 6 Plus and it looks pretty nice for both home and lock screen.  Enjoy. 

I declare this day a fine day having discovered non-Objective-C protocols! No more @objc protocol usage. Now it’s as simple as something like this: protocol myDelegate { func report(info:String) } class MyClass: NSObject { var delegate:myDelegate? var serviceType = “hephaestus” …

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For years I have tried various shaving creams, expensive and cheap – except for XPEC since that’s around $80 a tub. I’ve narrowed it down to 1805 as my favorite go to shaving cream. Taylor of Old Bond Street easily …

Truefitt & Hill 1805 vs St. James Sandalwood & Bergamot shaving cream Read More »

Incredible. What an awesome beater. The only thing I don not like about this watch is the concentric rings on the sub dials, because they reflect a lot of light which sometimes makes it look like there is a scratch …

Gerlach Enigma update Read More »

I’ve waited a day to try one of the Coffiest that arrived this week. I waited for it to chill in the garage refrigerator.  First thing. Opening is now a joy. You only need to remove the outer wrapper around …

Soylent Coffiest taste review Read More »

The number of times I frequent a CVS a year can probably be counted on one hand. CVS has been anti-Apple Pay for some time. But a barcode based payment system requiring a CVS application? I’m sorry but that’s pretty …

CVS Pay? Come on… Read More »

Holy shit. We learned the hard way not to buy faucets online. We’re now paying for it in both times and money.  We bought some vintage looking stuff with the labeled porcelin handles online because we couldn’t find them at …

Do not buy boutique faucets online.  Read More »

Recently I have been developing an iOS app that comes with a companion Apple Watch extension. I wanted to play with the communication between iOS and WatchOS using func session(session:WCSession, didReceiveMessage message:[String:AnyObject]) via WatchConnectivity It was working well and I thought …

Swift: When you have an Optional String you need to remove Read More »

A review to follow but spot on delivery by G. Gerlach. Gorgeous.  I took delivery while on vacation so I had to wait as the timepiece waited on my desk at work. I picked it up this evening.  The wooden …

Enigma has landed. Read More »

  Quick impressions.  Winding lasts about 12 hours or so.  Setting time and winding easy.  Put it under running faucet and no leaks so far.  Strap is a little too wide for the buckle, needs to be twisted a bit …

A few days after Getat Read More »

I’m surrounded by expensive equipment that I don’t know how to properly engage. So I bucked up and got a sound spectrum analyzer for my iPhone. I need to detect specific bands and thus needed to search hard.  I’m wondering …

Sound spectrum analyzers on iDevices Read More »

I received $30.73. Not too shabby. 

If you’re interested in a singleton pattern for Swift, consider this solution. Personally I find singleton classes something that can easily be avoided and their intent should be obvious. Just implement it once on your own. If someone decides to …

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Yesterday came a slew of updates from the mothership. One of them was Xcode 7.3 with Swift 2.2 onboard. Some capabilities have been included in Swift 2.2 that will produce some deprecation warnings. Let’s dig into some of it.

While I have heard many arguments around why git is so much better in many circumstances than Subversion – I have a perfectly functioning Subversion server running at my disposal and for the kind of work that I do, it’s …

Mac OS X SVN GUI client? Read More »