Category Archives: Computers

A Few Articles from Mutual Mobile

Over the past year, I’ve written a few articles for Mutual Mobile that I’ve never gotten around to posting here. They’re all more or less technical, so may not be interesting if you visit for personal and family stories. If you’d like to see any of these, they’re linked here. Unit Tests that Write Themselves: […]

iBeacons Lessons Learned

I recently published an article covering our experiences with iBeacons at Mutual Mobile on the Mutual Mobile Engineering Blog. I was excited to see this morning that it was picked up by iOS Dev Weekly. Thanks for the enthusiasm and the link, Dave!

Article on Unit Testing in iOS

I’ve just had the first article in a series published over at the Mutual Mobile Engineering Blog. It’s all about making Unit Testing more efficient and less repetitious. The article is written with a focus on iOS, but the principles can be applied more broadly as well. Part I is now available. And now, so […]

Accessibility: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How to Do It

I did a presentation at CocoaConf Dallas today on how, as a developer, to make your iOS apps usable by people with visual impairments. It was a lot of fun, and seemed to be well-received by the conference attendees. If you’d like to see the slides, you can download them here: In addition, I announced […]

Pebble First Impressions

I was a fairly early backer of the much-publicized Pebble smart watch. After being wristwatch-free for years, I’ve been wearing mine for nearly a week now, and have some early first impressions I thought I’d share for the curious. First off: it’s a good-looking timepiece. While the 144×168 screen resolution sounds almost absurdly low for […]

Why is Programming Fun?

One of the best explanations I’ve ever seen of the appeal of what I currently get to do as a profession. Why is programming fun? What delights may its practitioner expect as his reward? First is the sheer joy of making things. As the child delights in his mud pie, so the adult enjoys building […]

Back in My Day…

…we didn’t have fancy 3D graphics! We had half-acre pixels and 8 colors and we liked it! Today while visiting garage sales with my lovely bride, I stumbled across an October 1982 National Geographic with these ads for game consoles of the day. I was 12 when these ads were run, and remember fondly many […]

Going Mobile

On January 2, I”ll be going to work for Mutual Mobile, an Austin-based company that specializes in application development for iOS, Android and Blackberry devices. “But Sean!” I hear you, Rhetorically Convenient Reader, cry. “You just started working for Magnolia back in March! Why are you moving on again so soon?” That’s a good question. […]

Humanities and Technology

Yesterday the kids were off from school for teacher conferences. We started off with 10 young people under the roof, thanks to sleepovers, with the remainder of the day continuing in the same busy, wild vein. And then, on the way to pick up a collection of teenagers from the river, I heard on NPR […]

Free Stanford AI Course

This October, anyone can take an Introduction to Artificial Intelligence class, taught by professors at Stanford, for free. This is great. But it gets better. In order to expand the scope of the class from the 200 people they’ve been teaching in person, the instructors will be using AI software to grade homework, aggregate discussion […]