Another Life

It’s 2021. It all went so fast. A blink of an eye takes longer. The pandemic waves have come and washed any remaining innocence away. WordPress thinks in blocks now, Grammarly tries to make do with my non-native English, we’ve made it to USB-C. 8 CPU cores by my side, or 2 low-power ones when …

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Home Automation Overview

Ever since I was little I have had (on top of my love for computers in general) a fascination for home automation. In The Netherlands we had a ‘House of the Future’, and my dad got me the accompanying book, which I loved to read and scan through over and over again. Fast forward to …

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Status update

Well, that didn’t last long; less than a year and like a handful of posts later, this blog, too, came to a grinding halt. One has to give credit to those who do manage to keep the posts coming and build up an audience. Especially those doing it on the side. But well, as is …

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iOS Core Plot (minimal example)

At our company, Japps, data plays an important role. We wanted to present graphs to the user inside our iOS apps. Luckily there is Core Plot (there’s other options, but we like this one). It works like a charm, it is extremely flexible, and it is open source (which is useful if you want even …

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Hands on{x}

A Microsoft team from Israel released on{x} yesterday (as a beta version). This team researches location and activity awareness for Bing. On{x} enables the user to trigger tasks (reminders, website, sms) on events such as reaching a location, changing the way of movement (driving, walking, running) or simply on time.  For now, on{x} consists of an Android application …

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Hardware for iOS development

What hardware does one need for iOS development? This question is especially important if you, like me, don’t owe a Mac, or yours is old. Does one need a Mac? If you are willing to go non-native, you can use PhoneGap Build, which is web based and bakes your app from HTML/CSS/JS. But in that case …

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Sharpening the Saw

Steven Covey‘s 7th habit of highly effective people is called ‘sharpening the saw’. He states that in order to be – and more importantly – to keep ‘effective’, it is important to invest in yourself. At first, it may seem a good idea to spent all your hours on production (for a developer, that would be coding), …

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