Browsing articles from "March, 2012"

Check out my site later–I’ll remind you!

By Rob Warner  //  iOS, Software  //  No Comments

The creator of Faraday, the new calendar app for iPhone, posted about lessons learned from developing and publishing the app. It’s a good read, worthy of your time.

I’m not in the market for another calendar app for my iPhone–I have the built-in Calendar synced to my Google Calendar, but that goes largely unused because my most used calendar is in Outlook/Exchange/Good. I also have the Cozi app to coordinate calendars among my wife and five children. I wish it were all integrated. Why would I need another calendar?

The quality of the writeup merited that I at least go to the Faraday site, though, so I pulled it up . . . and I saw something pretty cool. It looks like this:


He’s anticipated that someone might check the site, have desires to follow up on the app, but not have time at the moment to do so. It’s like Instapaper for this one site! Pretty clever.


I’m calling it: Ubuntu is finally ready for the world.

By Rob Warner  //  Software  //  No Comments

I’m calling it: Ubuntu is finally ready for the world.:

Following instructions from Linux geeks feels like trying to read Charles Dickens while having a stroke

(Via Hacker News)

Perhaps a bit hyperbolic, but great line!


Here is why vim uses the hjkl keys as arrow keys

By Rob Warner  //  Development, Mac, Software  //  No Comments

Here is why vim uses the hjkl keys as arrow keys:

When Bill Joycreated the vi text editor he used the ADM-3A terminal, which had the arrows on hjkl keys, so naturally he reused the same keys. And that’s the whole story!

(Via Hacker News)

Even cooler is where the ESC key was positioned. I wish my MacBook Pro had a bigger ESC key (and no, Ctrl+[ is NOT easier, at least for me)


Dropbox rival Space Monkey puts ‘cloud’ in your house

By Rob Warner  //  SaaS, Software  //  1 Comment

Dropbox rival Space Monkey puts ‘cloud’ in your house:

Space Monkey uses storage devices located at its users’ premises, not in data centers paid for by the company. When you sign up for Space Monkey, you get a physical networked hard disk with 1TB of storage free for you to use. It’s actually a 2TB drive; the rest gets used by other people on the system.

(Via Hacker News)

Novel approach–if you’re a Space Monkey user, you’re part of the cloud. They give you a hard drive, and half of it has your stuff and half has other people’s, and it’s all encrypted. Not sure how I feel about that, but it certainly drives down costs. I wonder what their drive replacement schedule/policy is?


‘New Apple iPad Does Little to Fend Off Rivals’ Advance’

By Rob Warner  //  iOS  //  No Comments

‘New Apple iPad Does Little to Fend Off Rivals’ Advance’:

Even Research In Motion Ltd.’s much maligned BlackBerry PlayBook has seen some recent success after several discounts and promotions.

(Via Daring Fireball)

Seriously? They’re that eager to malign the new iPad that they try to make the PlayBook seem worthwhile? The sentence that leaped out to me from the article was this:

“The new iPad is quite possibly the best tablet on the market today. We have just come to expect more of Apple.”

The article vociferously bashes the new iPad throughout before quietly acknowledging it’s ahead of every other tablet–and then uses that info to bash the iPad even more.

I’m probably not going to get a new iPad–I don’t use my iPad 1 very much, and I sold my HP TouchPad, because when I’m on a computer I’m writing code and tablets don’t do that nearly as well as my MacBook Pro. To dismiss the new iPad’s amazing screen and faster processor, though, like this:

“Frankly, if battered RIM had launched a new device with a similar set of incremental upgrades, the company would have been greeted with scorn and derision, rather than a worldwide media blitz.”

reveals someone who shorted Apple big time and is desperate to cash in.


People Aren’t Smart Enough for Democracy to Flourish, Scientists Say – Yahoo! News

By Rob Warner  //  Uncategorized  //  No Comments

People Aren’t Smart Enough for Democracy to Flourish, Scientists Say – Yahoo! News: “Nagel concluded that democracies rarely or never elect the best leaders. Their advantage over dictatorships or other forms of government is merely that they “effectively prevent lower-than-average candidates from becoming leaders.””

(Via @bkohl)


ARC Gotcha – Unexpectedly Short Lifetimes

By Rob Warner  //  Development, iOS  //  No Comments

ARC Gotcha – Unexpectedly Short Lifetimes:

ARC is within its rights to release the object between fetching theCGColor and setting the layer’s background color. ARC variables are released as soon as the optimizer decides that they are no longer referenced, so the compiler is free to release uicolor after fetching the CGColor. Current compiler implementations do seem to wait until the end of scope, but that’s not guaranteed.

(Via Big Nerd Ranch Weblog)

Interesting gotcha with ARC.


Give it five minutes

By Rob Warner  //  Development  //  No Comments

Give it five minutes:

There’s also a difference between asking questions and pushing back. Pushing back means you already think you know. Asking questions means you want to know. Ask more questions.

(Via Signal vs. Noise)

This reminds me of Marshall Goldsmith’s What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. In that (required reading!) book, Goldsmith explains, among other things, that you don’t always have to be right, or be the smartest in the room. That is a tough but valuable lesson for geeks to learn.

I’ve learned, for example, that when somebody sends me a link to a story I already know about or a tool I already use, I don’t have to demonstrate my geek cred by responding, “Yeah, I read that yesterday” or “Yeah, I’ve used that tool for awhile now, but Tool X is way better.” Instead, I thank the people and ask them their impressions. I find that, not only do I feel better, but that I get more unsolicited information on tools and stories that I didn’t know about. I’m not diminishing myself by not claiming prior knowledge; instead, I learn more and I have better relationships.

I work daily with some of the very brightest people this planet offers. I can certainly afford to listen more, ask more questions, and learn from other people’s ideas.


I'm Rob Warner, and I'm a software developer. I live in Jacksonville, Florida, and work for Availity, LLC. The postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Availity.