New York Systems

I'm David. I live in Astoria. During the day I work at a startup. Other times I visit bookstores.
This blog is my curio collection, sort of. I'll have a place of my own for essays... someday.

Posts tagged #apple

Let’s take me as an example: I was a smart guy with a lot of real-world experience. I decided to start a professional services company for Apple technologies when Apple’s stock was below $10 per share. I had worked in the professional services team at NeXT and Apple, and I thought there was an opportunity doing training and consulting on Objective-C and its related technologies. I ran around explaining the beauty of these technologies to anyone who would listen, and Big Nerd Ranch managed to grow to seven employees.

And then, in 2008, Apple released the iPhone SDK and the seven of us were suddenly the best programmers in the hottest technology that had ever existed. Today we are more than 100 employees and we are world-famous experts in iOS, Android, JavaScript and Ruby. We have offices in Europe and Latin America.

Being smart and hard-working got me to seven employees. Luck took me the rest of the way.

Let us continue to believe that these are relevant industry events rather than giant commercials.

Who are you and what have you done with my phone

November 1, 2013: iOS for iWatch 1.01 ships, fixing the timezone issue and arbitrarily changing the color of four icons.

Today I realized why people like taking pictures with iPads

even though they look ridiculous doing it.

It’s because they get to look at it right afterward on a 10-inch screen.

Think about it. Joe Q. Public doesn’t care about image quality (really). He doesn’t care about anything other than “how’d it turn out” (which I have rather stupidly asked actual photographers as they’re shooting something and gotten an annoyed response of “well, I haven’t looked at them yet, duh”). So the iPad gives them the instant view of How It Looks, and lets them turn it around and show the people they just took a picture of, for example. It’s a huge viewfinder/preview pane, not a “camera”.

And it turns out Scalzi had a similar thought.

And aren’t blogs like iPadtography just the worst?

During my recent talk at AltWWDC, I was asked what makes a good QA person. I think I said, “Doggedness.” Which in my personal lexicon is high praise. (When I think about my own abilities, I know full well that they exist only because I keep chasing sticks and don’t ever stop, not out of any innate talent.)

Here’s the thing about Nick: I think he’s convinced that there’s another bug. And he’ll keep going till he finds it. And, once he finds it, he’s convinced that there’s another bug.

It seems like Apple is turning away from design consistency and back to design uniformity. […] Apps in iOS 7 lack any personality of their own. Unlike on iOS 6, the stock apps all inherit the system’s spartan personality. […] All that really changes from one app to the other is the accent color used to distinguish buttons from text labels.
When I was sixteen years old, I dreamed of a day that I’d be able to work at Apple, and when the day came that I got an email forwarded down to me from Steve about how the blue in the icon wasn’t beautiful enough, I knew I was living that dream.
In the end, what’s wrong with iOS isn’t the dark linen behind the app icons at the bottom of the screen, but the fact that iOS ought to have much better inter-application management and navigation than users fiddling with tiny icons. I’m fairly sure most Apple users would gladly continue to use what are supposed to be skeuomorphically challenged Calendar or Notebook apps for another thousand years if Apple could only solve the far more vexing software problems of AppleID unification when using iTunes and App Store, or the performance and reliability of the same. And yet these are the twin sides of the same systems design problem: the display layer surfacing or hiding the power within or, increasingly, lack thereof.

Very impressed with the new iOS tumblr app. I had given up on the old version and replaced it with a bookmark, but now I’m back to the native app — because now it really feels like a native app, not a wrapper around a javascript-powered UIWebView.