10 Years of Making Apps

The quote of the day

The “internet” is just a series of tubes, connecting us to miserable assholes from around the world.

T.C. Sottek, Say hello to men who hate NSA spying but love invading the privacy of women

Apple, not only bringing you boobs and asses…

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…but as of next week the credit card details and medical history of Jennifer, Kate, and Co.

Yes, you and I are no celebrities and at least me no one really wants to see naked. But it is not only about our private parts anymore. It is about everything; everything private.

And people will use it. Because it is so simple, so practical. But the moment their smartphones, their cars, and their fridges, all hooked up to the almighty cloud, turn against them they will cry like babies.

And no, that is not far fetched. In Germany and many others countries, the moment you get in a car accident the police will automatically confiscate your smartphone and courts and insurance companies are already reading out the data your car collects on you and your driving style.

With Health Kit and the upcoming Apple Payment System the combined wet dreams of all spooks will consume even more exorbitant amounts of Kleenex boxes as they already do.

This all is nothing new anymore and no one is allowed anymore to say that they don’t know and yet…

"Es ist so schön, dass wir in den 70ern, 80ern groß geworden sind. Wir haben so viel Mist gebaut und es gibt so gut wie keine Beweise dafür"

— padeluun (@padeluun) September 1, 2014

This is the best tweet commenting the hole story today. A loose translation is:

Thank God we grew up in the 70s and 80s. We did so many stupid things but there is almost no evidence of it.

If I had to grow up nowadays I probably wouldn’t last for one week in school or in general. It is hard enough already. So why do we worsen it by handing over the very last detail, the very last shred of privacy that voluntarily?

You don’t have to be as radical as I am by using an old NOKIA 8210 – which is, by the way, still a great mobile phone – but you really don’t have to be that dewy-eyed and lobotomized, do you?

DO YOU?

Write 2 for Yosemite

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Although the Mac App Store is full of crappy and shameless Bean clones and rip-offs and even though less people are looking for a simple, for clean word processor now that they get Pages for free there are still many people out there using and buying on of my very first apps in its tenths or so reincarnation.

And, of course, there will be a new and updated version for Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) for you. I’m currently working on it right now and even though it is a lot of work I consider it a ‘minor’ update and therefore it will be a free update for all users.

I’m confident I will finish it on time before Apple releases 10.10 or that I, at least, will be able to push it out very soon after Yosemite hits the Mac App Store…

Write 2 Website
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A Pro Tip for Celebrities with iPhones

Well, taking nude pics I get. I even get why people store them on iCloud and Co. The part that I really don’t get is this:

Why the hell do you use accounts in your own name for that or accounts/account names that make it really easy for idiots to link them back to you?

You’ve got publicists and all the other overpaid people around you. Are they not able to do their jobs? Are they not telling/teaching you the fundamentals?

Maybe you should fire them all and then just listen to me!

Done? OK, here is your first lesson. Please repeat after me:

I will not store more or less nice pictures of my boobs and all my other parts on iCloud and if I really have to do that, for God’s sake, I will use an account no one can link back to me.

Update for Quick and Dirty available

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I totally forgot to tell you that Apple had approved the latest version of Quick and Dirty – The less than five-second image editor – a couple of days ago.

This update adds full support for the upcoming Mac OS 10.10 and optimizes the use of the GPU. It will only trigger the loud and battery draining graphics card on MacBooks when it is really necessary. Otherwise the fan- and battery friendly graphics card will be used.

Of course, I’ve done lots of other boring stuff under the hood…

Quick and Dirty Website
Quick and Dirty on the Mac App Store

Dear Human Being,

It is actually very simple:

If you want me to take you seriously, act accordingly!

That’s all it takes.

A Bill 2 Sneak Peek

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There are two things I am fairly good at. I can listen and I can write software. In combination those skills make for decent apps. That’s why the upcoming Bill 2 will feature templates for invoices so that sending out recurring invoices is done in a blink and it will come with the option to change the invoice design on the fly without fiddling with the Preferences.

Both features require the database to be updated which sounds trivial but when the Mac App Store with its sandboxing restrictions is involved it is everything but. And, of course, it has to work for four different versions of OS X. And since 10.10 comes with a lot of fundamental changes, not only under the hood but for the GUI as well, this update is to be considered a big one.

And yes, I’ve also changed the way you can directly see that status of an invoice since many of you complained that it was hard to see in Bill 1 and dome lots of other things to help make your lives much easier.

As always, users will be able to update for a reduced price and if you purchased it after March 1, 2014 you will get the update for free and this also applies for the Mac App Store Version. All you will have to do is to drop me a line and you will either receive a new license code or a redeem code for the Mac App Store.

I should be finished with Bill 2 within the next couple of weeks so that you will be able to earn your money in style under Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) as well…

Bill Website
Download Bill 1

The (almost) Daily Ollerum

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The MUST READ for today

What had never occurred to me, until I sat in front of his open email account, is how objectionable I find that attitude. Every one of us is entrusted with information that our family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances would rather that we kept private, and while there is no absolute obligation for us to comply with their wishes—there are, indeed, times when we have a moral obligation to speak out in order to defend other goods—assigning the privacy of others a value of zero is callous.

This Man Has Nothing to Hide—Not Even His Email Password

Why I currently (and once again) hate Apple

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I know, there are many developers out there that give a shit about those details; many of them write apps for Windows and Linux or work for Adobe but many Mac developers, besides me, care. UI elements have to be aligned pixel perfect.

Often I spend hours in front of an UI rearranging elements, checking them with goldenRATIO and xScope, moving buttons and views a thousand times until it is perfect.

And then comes Apple and all your work is down the toilet. The worst thing is, I can now either leave it that way so that it will still work under 10.7 – 10.9 or I can decide that it only works under 10.10 and all the other users are screwed. And no, working with two NIBs or adjusting each and every view based on the used system is not an option.

Thanks Apple for making it unnecessarily complicated, once again…

The (almost) Daily Ollerum

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Update for SimpleEdit with improved support for Swift available

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I’ve just uploaded a new version of SimpleEdit with improved support for Swift and, of course, also submitted the Mac App Store counterpart for review at the same time…

SimpleEdit Website
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SimpleEdit on the Mac App Store

The (multiple) Ollerum

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