Category Archives: App Development and Platforms


Blank Page Syndrome (And other things Of Interest)

One thing I’ve figured out: it’s hard to get much writing done when you can’t sit down and focus on the writing. Another thing I’ve figured out: when your house is full of craftsmen doing […]


The Cocoaconf Yosemite Conference (why I went, why you should)

Last week I spent the week in Yosemite at the facility formerly known as the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls at the Yosemite Conference put on by the Cocoaconf team. Cocoaconf is somewhere between a […]


Fixing the Apple App Store

The state of the Apple App store (both IOS and Mac) have been a topic of discussion among developers on and off for a couple of years now, but over the last few months this […]

Finding Balance

A week or so ago I was browsing the videos from the Cocoaconf Yosemite conference that was held at Yosemite Lodge earlier this year. It was a conference I’d hoped to go to but my […]

“Superficial Changes”

“Superficial Changes” – There are plenty of problems with the iOS app ecosystem, but most of them that Apple could reasonably control — and most of Jared’s specific complaints — are App Store-related, not […]

A very mild defense of in-app purchases

A very mild defense of in-app purchases « John Moltz’s Very Nice Web Site: I come not to praise in-app purchases but to not bury them. Really, I hate the in-app purchase racket. I hate […]

A quick anecdote about life at Palm…

Since it’s the four year anniversary of the Palm Pre being released, a quick anecdote about life at Palm (while I’m eating lunch and trying to figure out a weird CSS thing….) It’s September, 2009. […]

Now Imagine If Amazon Had Bought Palm And WebOS

Now Imagine If Amazon Had Bought Palm And WebOS – SplatF: So here’s an interesting exercise: Imagine if Amazon had acquired Palm and WebOS instead of HP. While WebOS and HP’s TouchPad tablet were ultimately […]

Developer Complaints — some perspective

Let me put a little perspective into the discussions about what developers want out of their platform. Much of this is aimed at Apple, because IOS is the dominant revenue platform, but it’s true of […]

The inside story of the death of Palm and webOS

Pre to postmortem: the inside story of the death of Palm and webOS | The Verge: Thirty-one. That’s the number of months it took Palm, Inc. to go from the darling of International CES 2009 […]

homebrew vs. jailbreak

In the comments to my previous post, Suzi asked a question that deserved a detailed answer, so I’m turning it into another blog post… so, do you think the webOS way (developer mode) is better […]

No, iOS is not a prison

No, iOS is not a prison – Technovia: I too wish that Apple would introduce an optional ability to install unapproved apps. Although, when you think about it, jailbreaking provides that ability right now, which […]

A couple of words about Meg…

HP’s Meg Whitman is cautiously optimistic that tech giant is stabilizing | VentureBeat: Hewlett-Packard chief executive Meg Whitman said in a conference call with analysts that she is “cautiously optimistic” that the company’s financial results […]

The Mac App Store Needs Paid Upgrades

Call Me Fishmeal.: The Mac App Store Needs Paid Upgrades: The Mac App Store has been a huge boon to Mac software developers, but has an enormous flaw: it needs to allow developers to charge […]

Dealing with Crap apps in the catalog

There’s a kerfluffle going on with the Apple App Catalog over “crap app”, which is a bit of a misnomer because the primary anger is being aimed at developers who build apps aimed at grabbing […]