My Grandma uses the internet better than you. This means that I have to be careful what I write here, because Bubby, as we call her, undoubtedly will read this. (I’ll bet almost anything that my Mom or Dad sees this tonight on Facebook and emails her a link.)
A few weeks ago, my grandparents were over for the weekend. At lunch, Bubby told us the story of her printer, how it stopped printing, and what she did about it. This story is about how my grandma schooled Dell Technical Support.
In December 2012, I did a five week stint at a great startup in New York City called CityMaps. I worked with the lead iOS developer and a couple of others to implement their visual designs in code. I recall that one of the developers, for some reason, was really into using CoocaPods.
I’d like to introduce Fasten for OS X. Fasten generates AppStore.com links from your app’s iTunes URL or name. Enter the name of your app, and it’ll give you the short link for your app. It’s that simple.
But wait, it gets better! You can also enter the traditional iTunes link, and Fasten will look up your app’s name for you! How’s that for convenience?
Upon generating the link, Fasten will automatically copy it to your clipboard. Easy. Take the guesswork out of formatting those easy-to-read links and grab Fasten now!
I seem to have missed it by a week, but last Tuesday was the three year anniversary since I signed up for the iPhone Developer Program. It’s been a fantastic three years, including 17 apps, famous clients, and cool internships. It’s been an amazing ride. B”h.
I write from the heart, as any human being with compassion for the oppressed. I recognize that I am fortunate enough to live in times of great prosperity, despite an occasional encounter with relative difficulty.
See, this is a little crazy now. A group of students decides to bring a pair of speakers down to campus. Said speakers have a track record of public anti-Israel temper tantrums. A Jewish student notices, and starts an online a petition. She tells her friends about it too. Her friends sign. Their friends sign. In about a week, there are close to 2,000 signatures. What exactly are all of these people complaining about? Isn’t free speech, which should protect whiney bigots, a core tenet of the Constitution of the United States of America? Let’s work backwards here, first I’ll deal with free speech (and academic integrity), then the actual topic of the debate.
Debates are like onions. They start at a juicy focal point. They’re bitter, smelly, and nobody likes them. They hurt your head and your eyes too. Like onions, debates are round and they go in circles and layers. They seem to make sense from afar, but dissecting them up close is asking for injury. They look kinda cool and shiny, until you peel them open. Sometimes they even look like something cool might be sprouting from them, but that sprout, in turn, just breeds more of the same.
The only way to properly enjoy an onion is to cook it, burn it until it’s died down. A debate cannot produce meaningful results until it has ended, both parties with some semblance of agreement. It takes fire and a frying pan to accomplish, and it takes patience. Watching an onion fry is torture, as is watching a fruitless debate. At the end, when peace is made, and the onions are fried, everything becomes sweet. The caramel flavor is savored, and the evidence consumed.
All that remains is the rubble beneath the pan. A pan waiting for the next onion.
I seem to have a thing for last minute travel. Although – it doesn’t always work out. Last night I attempted to put in a bid with Priceline.com, to get to Palo Alto for a weekend getaway. (The Jewish Study Network out there is hosting an event this week.) I woke up too late, though. In any case, I did get my traveling in over intersession, and it was pretty nice, too. I also managed to do it without proper planning, which made it even more interesting.
I’m pleased to announce the immediate availability of The Shmuz for iPhone.
The Shmuz is a 45 minute Torah lecture that focuses on major issues of life. Issues ranging from “working on anger” to “learning to be a better spouse” — from “understanding the reason behind davening” to “what my purpose is in this world”. So many of concepts that we take as given – yet somehow we may not have focused on of late.
The Shmuz for iPhone allows you to access The Shmuz on the Weekly Parasha, listen to episodes of The Shmuz on your phone, and read articles written by Rabbi Shafier. You can save episodes of The Shmuz for later playback. You can download The Shmuz from the App Store.
It seems that the major Hurricane in November had no effect on the rat population of the New York City subway system. This morning, while waiting for the D train at the Grand Street station, I observed no less than four distinct rats, frolicking on the railway.
After hearing about a class I wanted to attend, I looked up the professor’s name and course section on the Fall 2012 registration guide. As it turns out, I got lucky, because he’s the only lecturer for this subject on Wednesdays. In fact, he’s the only lecturer for the subject. He has the same lecture hall all the time, and it was in a great location. Time to crash a class.
Today, I’m officially retiring the KosherCocoa repository that’s on GitHub for two reasons.
It’s somewhat incomplete, has a couple of notable bugs, and isn’t ARC ready.
A while ago, the demo project had been put up for sale on the App Store, against the license terms.
When I can, I intend to publish the source for a static library, which will offer all of the functionality of KosherCocoa, with some changes. The new KosherCocoa will include unit tests, for my own sake, if nothing else. Also, I intend to include the features that were missing in the legacy repository. They’ve already been coded in a project of mine. Of course, the new repo will also support ARC. In the meantime, I’ve removed the demo UI and upgraded the project to ARC.
I don’t have a timetable on this project, and the legacy repository still exists (sans the demo UI), but be aware that when the new library is ready, I might just let it fade away.