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TRS-80 Model I

Crazy Days – Learning and Doing in the Computer Age

Okay, ‘computer age’ is probably dated at this point – everything is a computer, so how can it be otherwise?  Still, I grew up as computers did.  From the TRS-80 and VIC-20 (and Commodore 64) of my high school days to Xeon processors, OS X, iPhones and tablets and Android and smart watches and more,...

Apple I

Look Where We’ve Been

I hate to do this in some ways, but I’ll make it short.  Recently, Marco Arment posted a small article suggesting that quality has slipped a bit within Apple and they need to step up their game.  It was a reasoned and valid argument, and I agree with him.  I also really respect his regret...

Backups Backups Backups

I admit it – I’m kinda paranoid when it comes to backups.  I have (of course) Time Machine running to an external drive on my Mac at home and at work.  In addition, important files are transferred between the two Macs.  On top of THAT, I keep at least my development files on Dropbox, and...

iOS 8 Swift Programming Cookbook

Swift and iOS8 Programming Books

My book collection is growing.  I find books to be the fastest way for me to learn.  Tutorials, sample code, even lectures are alright, but I really grab concepts faster through reading.  Thanks to a good Christmas haul of iTunes cards I’ve been able to really stock up.  Each one has different value to me,...