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  • russellgilbert 7:34 am on August 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Apple, , ,   

    Too much is not enough 

    Been getting myself skilled up on Apple Development using swift lately. As things stand I much prefer C# over Swift and Visual Studio over XCode but it’s early days and the jury should rightly still be out.

    Not too early for one gripe though… Apple please sort your documentation out!

    The fruity ones go to great lengths to make rich documentation easily available from right withing their dev environment. The problem is that whenever you look up a class there’s just too much of it (documentation not the class, that’s a whole different discussion). There’s no concept of a journey that the reader can navigate according to what he or she needs to know at that particular moment. Basically, you have to plough through the whole turgid mass to find what you’re looking for. Wouldn’t it be great if the doc for each class had a summary right at the top with maybe a table showing the methods and properties available? If the methods and properties were well named you might not even have to read any further. The MSDN library does this really well (more pertinent and less verbose code examples though please Microsoft).

    Too much is not enough Apple, what we need is less.

  • russellgilbert 5:39 am on May 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Apple, dvd,   

    DVD playback missing from Windows 8 

    I understand that Microsoft will not be including DVD playback as part of Windows 8 Media Player, which is in any case an extra cost option.

    Shame; seems like another reason to buy an Apple instead of a PC

  • russellgilbert 6:04 am on March 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Apple, CallPod, KeePass, , Passwords   

    The Gift That Keeps on Taking 

    For some time I’ve been using Callpod keeper to store all the various usernames and passwords that I need these days to run my life. I’ve got it synced between my MacBook Pro and my iPhone and it does sterling job. All’s well; or at least it was. Just recently it’s been nagging me to pay for an upgrade – on both systems. I’ve already handed over a quantity of doubloons for my original purchase, what I’ve got now does what I want, so I’m not really sure I need an upgrade. Plus which it looks to me like I’d have to pay for an upgrade on all the platforms I’m using the App on. Furthermore, I guess I’d have to keep on paying for future upgrades. I write software for a living and I think developers are entitled to a return for their efforts, but multiply this across all the packages I’m using and the Gilbert coffers will soon look pretty meagre, Anyhoo, I got so fed up with the nagging that I started to look around for alternatives. About a minute of googling later I found KeePass, which does the job just fine, runs on all my systems and is open source. Downloaded and installed in moments it’s now looking after all my passwords across all my systems – Apple (Evil Empire) and Microsoft (Evil Empire as was), Callpod’s nagging is a thing of the past and I shall be making donation to the nice peeps at KeePass.

  • russellgilbert 6:22 am on November 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Apple   

    Cupertino Wind 

    I just plugged my iPad into my Macbook Pro and got the follwoing message on the iPad’s screen.

    ‘This accessory is not supported by the iPad’

    I guess we now know which way the Cupertino wind blows…

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