Category Archive: Tips

Aug 26

Yet Another OSX Yosemite Wifi / Bluetooth Connectivity Fix

Some users have problems with OSX Mavericks/Yosemite wifi connectivity – there’s all sorts of things that can go wrong. This stackexchange thread has a variety of solutions that you should probably try. Did you reset your SMC, NVRAM, and a dozen other fixes as recommended from that thread? Yeah? Still have a problem? Me too. …

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Oct 19

Oh, Google just turned my iPod touch into a free wifi phone

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Today I noticed that Google turned my iPod touch into a free wifi phone. That’s nice of them. To turn your iOS device into a free wifi phone. Simply create a Google Voice #, and install the Google Voice and Google Hangouts apps on your device. You’ll be able to send and receive text messages …

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Nov 03

Finding a Job

Finding your next great adventure is a numbers game in many ways. You are the perfect match for some position out there, it’s just a question of finding that place, or perhaps, that place finding you. In my book, there’s an ordered list of ways to find a job: Create your own job. Places you …

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Oct 30

Great Interview Questions

Interviewing is not a one-sided conversation. If you land a job by only worrying about successfully impressing interviewers, you will almost certainly be surprised, and you may be unhappy once you start the job. It is critical that you understand that an interview is not about making the company happy and fitting their mold, it …

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Oct 29

IOS 6 app store crash on your iPod touch 4? Restore.

For weeks the app store has crashed constantly on my iPod Touch 4th gen after the over-the-air IOS 6 update. Restoring the iTouch to a fresh install of 6.0 on iTunes fixed the problem and now the app store works better, not perfect, but better. Symptoms: I would search for something, and swiping left or …

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Oct 27

IOS reminds me of IE

Developing for IOS is exactly like developing for IE. First, you knock the easy stuff out that *just works* simply without massive confusion. In browser land that means do your work in chrome or firefox first, whereas in IOS you basically do everything except auto-rotation first. Then, for the last step, you spend as much …

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Oct 09

Custom OSX log file rotation / archiving

This is an updated/edited version of an article I posted years ago on World’s Worst Software. Custom Log File Rotation In OSX It’s not easy to figure out how to configure OSX’s internal periodic tasks. I googled around a bit for info on integrating your own log rotation scheme into OSX’s existing scheduled tasks, but …

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Aug 15

TortoiseSVN not importing some files? Fix your permissions.

If TortoiseSVN (or SVN in general) seems to be skipping over some files when importing a project, there are a couple of causes to be careful of. First, make sure your permissions are set correctly, I just do the following in a dos box (after installing cygwin, of course..) in my project folder before import: …

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Aug 12

Beware zombies w/ ARC.

If you’re using Automatic Reference Counting in your IOS project, make sure to turn NSZombieEnabled OFF. If you don’t, parent object deallocation will never deallocate child objects. In our case, we had a project that was more than a year old, that we recently migrated to ARC. Our project targets are configured as follows: iPad …

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Jul 07

How to excel at bash scripting

The trick to being good at bash scripting is to realize that nobody in their right mind would ever want to write bash scripts, but someone has to.

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