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On the inevitability of Photoshop for iPad

Back in 2011, I was speaking at QCon London at the invitation of my friend and de Programmatica Ipsum co-conspirator akosma, and one of the conference’s community events was an iOS developer meet-up hosted in the conference centre. I think we had a speaker panel of the conference mobile track speakers: regardless, there was a […]

More on UIAutomation tests

Update The information below is mostly redundant. After filing a bug report with Apple, their engineers determined that the Xcode-detected set of macro actions (find a text field, double click, enter text) weren’t working because the double click action wasn’t editing the text field. It is possible to use UIAutomation Tests, you just have to […]

Making my peace

Nearly four years ago, in January 2015, I posted On Switching to Linux, in which my computer (in a photo from November 2014) looked like this: Here’s the same photo from today: So what’s changed? In the intervening four years, I spent some time working with Linux desktop applications made of Qt, and some with […]

HotSwift

A few places have linked to Apple’s use of Swift in iOS, it’s useful to put it in context. How much of Solaris was made out of Java? Almost none. There was a web browser that you’ve never heard of called HotJava, and that shipped with Solaris, but that’s it. The rest of the OS […]

On version 12

Reflecting on another WWDC keynote reminded me of this bit in Tron:Legacy, which I’ve undoubtedly not remembered with 100% accuracy: We’re charging children and schools so much for this, what’s so great about the new version? Well, there’s a 12 in it.

Warsaw Welcomes Dumbass Commentary

As I’m going to MCE tomorrow, tonight I’m going to my first WWDC keynote event since 2015. I doubt it’ll quite meet the high note of “dissecting” software design issues in the sports lounge at Moscone with Daniel Steinberg and Bill Dudney, but it’s always better with friends. As I mentioned recently, almost everything I […]

Swift

Speaking of Swift, what idiot called it swift-evolution and not “A Modest Proposal”?

“Brand”: you win some, you lose some

The 20th anniversary of the iMac reminded me that while many people capitalises the word “iMac” as Apple would like, including John “I never capitalise trademarks the way companies like” Gruber, nobody uses the article-less form that Apple does: So you can do everything you love to do on iMac. I, like many other people, […]

Free Software should welcome contributions by Apple, Google

It started with a toot from the FSF: Freedom means not #madebygoogle or #madebyapple, it means #madebythousandsoffreesoftwarehackers #GNU This post is an expansion on my reply: @fsf as an FSF Associate I’m happy to use software made by Google or made by Apple as long as it respects the four freedoms. Yes to made by […]

On running out of words

John Gruber’s subscription to Wiktionary expired: At just 20 percent of unit sales, Apple isn’t even close to a monopoly. At 92 percent profit share, they have a market dominance that rivals any actual monopoly the tech industry has ever seen. We don’t even have a term for this situation, it’s so unusual. We do […]