Archive for October, 2011

Halloween with the Baby

Monday, October 31st, 2011

We went to a Halloween party over the weekend and of course, we took the opportunity to put Dyson in a cute little costume that we inherited from a neighbor.

Easier said than done. The only thing harder than getting a baby into a costume (especially one with a head covering) is trying to take a picture of said baby. If you can’t tell, it’s a little skunk outfit. And yes, that is the Dread Pirate Roberts peering over his shoulder.

Holograms Crashing on iOS 5

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Update: the Camera option seems to be fine, it’s the Photo Library option that crashes.

Apparently, my Holograms app is crashing with iOS 5 devices. Unfortunately, I don’t have an iOS 5 device myself so I can’t really test it. But it looks like lots of other apps that use the camera are now crashing in iOS 5 as well.

Fortunately, I’m meeting with some friends on Thursday for a coding night so hopefully one of them has an iOS 5 device and I can test some stuff out. For now, you can still use images from the “Photo Library” in Holograms. So take your pictures using the regular camera app and then run Holograms afterwards. Sorry for any inconveniences.

Baby vs. Siri

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

A couple of my friends have the new iPhone 4S and I have to say that the new Siri voice recognition feature is pretty impressive. But what do I need with a digital assistant when I have a baby to do my bidding?

How to Cheat at Tiny Tower

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

I recently started playing this freemium game, Tiny Tower. It’s one of those Farmville type games where you start a bunch of jobs and then wait for them to finish so you can start them up again. Umm … it’s more fun than it sounds. Well, maybe “addicting” is a better word for it.

Anyways, you spend a lot of time waiting for stuff to finish. But you can cheat pretty easily by just setting the date ahead on your iPhone. But at some point, you’re probably going to want to set your date back to normal and if you happen to have any uncompleted jobs, the time remaining will get extended by the same amount.

Fortunately, there’s an easy workaround: just make sure you complete all the jobs and don’t start any new ones (including constructing a new floor) before you go back in time.

The Legacy of Steve Jobs

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Steve Jobs has been lauded for many things, but I think his greatest contribution is evident in the video above. I joke that the iPad is intuitive enough that a baby can use it. But really, there is something significant there.

When I was a kid, I was fortunate enough to have a computer at home and I was pretty good at using it. But it certainly wasn’t something everyone felt comfortable with. Computers were powerful tools, but you had to be a certain kind of person to really use them.

Steve Jobs changed a lot of that. He was fond of saying that Apple was at the intersection of technology and liberal arts. But I think it was more that he was the pioneer of making technology for humans.

Dyson loves the iPad and the iPhone. And it’s not just because they’re beautiful devices. It’s because there are things he wants them to do and he knows how to make them do it. For a being that only barely knows how to speak, that’s no small accomplishment.

(I would also like to point out that some of his favorite apps are Mach Dice, Boom Dice, and Castle Tiles. He’s also fond of geoDefense swarm. But to be fair, he’s not very good at it.)