I love Alfred (well, quicksilver then launchbar now alfred) for launching apps and doing small calculations but I was reluctant to use it for other tasks for some reason. Slowly I started replacing some common tasks with Alfred actions, first finding albums to play on iTunes and then making Fantastical entries on the fly. I don’t pick up new alfred workflows too often because they can be very dependent on your own personal workflow; a lot of other people’s workflows don’t really fit with how I work.
I just read about a neat feature for Letterpress 1.4 where savvy users can test Spanish games by loading “letterpress:experimental” in Safari and I wanted to share an alternate example that I build for a client a while back. In this particular case, the client wanted to distribute a single app binary via enterprise distribution or ad-hoc builds to various clients of his own. The catch was that all these clients wanted the app to look customized to their own brand with logos and colors.
Good day, blog friends! Not counting Muniverse (and I don’t, it was waiting to be published for a while), it has been quite a time since I last wrote a thing. Here’s some stuff that doesn’t warrant its own post: Brad and I finally finished a remote garage door opener based on an Arduino and WiFly. See the incredible frustration documented on G+ here and here. A few more tweaks and the whole thing will be on github.
Many years ago as I was learning Objective-C and Jamison was going through his public transit phase (yes, as far as I know he’s still in it), we joined forces to create an epic San Francisco Muni app for the iPhone. It was my first ground-up project for the iPhone so I found myself wanting to rewrite large swaths of the code every 2-3 weeks. For obvious reasons, I tried to keep the stuff that was ugly but effective and that got us to the release.
Last month saw the official opening of San Jose’s newest drinking establishment, Original Gravity Public House. Dan is a friend from before he became a full-time beer slinger and I offered to whip up something for the website a while back. As a craft beer bar they had the opportunity to change their selection of beers regularly and wanted a way to reflect those changes on their website and in the bar with minimal effort.
(I’m at WWDC this week, I figure I should probably release something of my own) I wasn’t being completely modest when I recently praised line simplification for bringing a method to the masses. It’s not a great example though, so let me explain in a little more detail. For any large group of people interacting with a technology, the vast majority are using it as a means to an end. I say this in a positive way.