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Flash vs HTML vs iOS

I honestly don’t know where Flash as a technology is going to be in a few years. Yes, we’ve seen the technology roadmap provided by Adobe, but I don’t honestly get the feeling that Flash is long for this world, which is sad.

I started out with Director and moved to Flash a million years ago. Building interface elements and widgets, moving into entire sites and then serious applications. The tools got better with time, the language when graduated to AS3 made a whole lot more sense to everyone, and things were humming along. And then change blew in from the side fills and now it seems that Flash is choking on it’s own vomit in the back of the van.

The one thing remaining cool in my quick take on e landscape is notion of author once and run on iOS and Android. So you’ve got AIR for Android doing it’s thing and some magic compiler doing it’s thing for iOS. You’re not authoring to the languages yourself which always left me feeling a little weird as a developer. Always releases behind without direct access to powerful features that you might need to subclass, etc.

I haven’t touched Flash in well over a year. I’ve been straight Objective-C, iOS, with a smattering of HTML/PHP/JavaScript. If you spend a little time with iOS and Objective-C, I think you pick it up quickly and love it. Personally I love Xcode. I’ve struggled with signing things in the past, but as a tool it’s freaking amazing.

Anyway, sorry to witness the decline of Flash. Happy I was part of it’s pinnacle.

Devastated

Today I feel absolutely sick, like countless others. Today passed one of my absolute heroes. Steve Jobs was the sole reason I got into tech to begin with… my father having lost his new Apple ][+ to me and long nights of coding on my own.

I can’t even properly put into words what this man did for me and for others. I was shocked that the end came so quickly.

After many tears all I can say is thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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I only hope that Apple continues to innovate and produce amazing products moving forward. I think a large part of the allure of working for Apple is centered around the fact that they had a task master in charge of decision making and projects. He was critical of people who didn’t perform well. He pushed people beyond their normal limits to develop great products. They loved and hated him at the same time. They loved for what he made them realize. They hated him during production and development because he didn’t take crap as a solution. He took risks, abandoning technologies in lieu of better solutions.

Apple doesn’t (didn’t) market test like other companies do – he had a knack of knowing himself what he wanted and that almost always turned out for the best. If it past the Steve Jobs smell test, it was good enough to pursue. I don’t think you can replace his mind or his drive currently within the walls of Apple. I hope that his spirit lives on in a strong way at the company I love so much.

Genius only comes around a few times every few centuries. He took a company on the edge of disaster and turned it into the best company in the world. How many companies has he made possible?

I never met the man, but was fortunate enough to have attended a keynote in the front row when the iPod was first released. He made my own career possible. He was an amazing man. Beyond technology. Here’s to the crazy ones.

My son and daughter use our iPhones and iPad regularly – they got it from the beginning and love those devices. They learn, play games, interact with information, etc. Steve made that possible.

I’ll be okay at some point. I’ll be able to breathe. Right now I feel a little lost. I grew up with this man and his company. He impacted me to such a degree that I am taking this emotionally very hard. I feel for his family and for all those who knew him. The world just grew a little dimmer and I don’t know if that point of light could ever be replaced. I feel a bit lost.

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My Review of Snow Leopard

Steve Jobs began working on the Apple Lisa in 1978 but in 1982 he was pushed from the Lisa team due to infighting, and took over Jef Raskin’s low-cost-computer project, the Macintosh. A turf war broke out between Lisa’s “corporate shirts” and Jobs’ “pirates” over which product would ship first and save Apple. Lisa won the race in 1983 and became the first personal computer sold to the public with a GUI, but was a commercial failure due to its high price tag and limited software titles.

And then I was like…

In 1984, Apple next launched the Macintosh. Its debut was announced by the now famous $1.5 million television commercial “1984”. It was directed by Ridley Scott, aired during the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII on January 22, 1984, and is now considered a watershed event for Apple’s success and a “masterpiece”. The Macintosh initially sold well, but follow-up sales were not strong due to its high price and limited range of software titles.

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Yes, I saw the photos of Steve

I didn’t know that I would react the way that I did. I feel the betrayal of a man’s privacy as he wastes away. I don’t know why I clicked on the link… I think it was in the hopes of seeing Steve Jobs in decent health. It was not what I saw. To those who posted the photos, I feel a little disgusted with you.

Steve and his family are in my prayers. I don’t know if this is the result of another round of chemotherapy or things are beyond that, but I can’t imagine what it must be like. My grandmother suffered through rounds of chemotherapy… Ultimately destroying her hearing, her salivary glands, etc. It was awful, but she was so strong. She fought and fought and beat it. I can only hope that Steve can do the same.

What a sad day for me

I knew the day would come someday.

I just didn’t think it would be today. Steve Jobs resigned as Apple CEO today. It’s hard to put into words how this man enriched not only my life but the lives of countless others. I grew up with this man as he crafted things to make my own personal dreams come true. My childhood is intertwined with this man’s passion, precision, and visions of the future.

He lives, hopefully peacefully and in the best health available to him, but a piece of me just died a little bit today. I wish him nothing but the absolute best of everything. I still feel like I’ve been punched in the stomach and it’s been a couple hours since I first saw the developing story online.

Tomorrow I plan on creating a poster with this man’s image, simply saying, “Thank you. For everything.” I’ll hang it up on my storage door at work next to my desk. With a little tear in my eye.

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