Milestones

Today Oliver is a year and a half old and our second boy Nolan is a month and a half old. This means 18 months and 1 day ago we had zero children and now we have two.

It’s hard to describe how thoroughly different our household is and how different our lives are over all now compared to two years ago. We joke frequently (often at 9PM, completely exhausted and while cleaning up every single square foot of our apartment from the impact of the day) about how if this were 2012 we’d be lounging on the couch watching a movie, drinking tea and browsing the internet until 3AM with a spacious, always spotless apartment. Now we feed Oliver, bathe him, read to him, coax him into sleeping without too much screaming and then clean, do dishes, prepare food for the night for Nolan, feed Nolan for hours and pass out around 11PM if we’re lucky (only to be woken every three hours through the night to feed Nolan more). Between work and the kids, each day feels more like a blur where survival and a bit of sleep are all you can hope for.

But watching your children grow is constantly and deeply rewarding in a way I never expected. Oliver is a walking, talking, uniquely amazing kid. He’s so smart and goofy and cute and funny. Interacting with him every day is so much fun. Nolan’s still a tiny little guy but in a year we’ll get to enjoy these same milestones with him.

Each day is exhausting and challenging, but my what an amazing experience. I turn 33 in two days and by the time I turn 34 who knows what these kids will be capable of.

And Then I Hung Up

Douchebag: Is this Jared?
Me: This is Garrett.
Douchebag: Hi, Jared. This [redacted] from [redacted] Technologies.
Me: Is this a sales call?
Douchebag: Well, back in April we spoke and you asked me to send you information about our services and to call you again in—
Me: No, that's not what I told you. What I told you was to take me off your list and stop calling me. So take me off your list and don't call me again.
Douchebag: Well, I can send you—

Fatherhood

Patrick Haney: Do they make an Xbox controller that can be used with one hand for dads who may or may not be holding a baby?
Me: No, but they make chest carriers for infants so you have both hands free!
Brian Fling: My friend wrote her mobile pattern book when her kid was born. She said should could still take screenshots with one hand.
Patrick Haney: Nice! Maybe I'll write a book about how to play video games and take care of a baby and run a business.
Me: Yeah, you could title it The Death of Patrick: How I Lost Everything by Trying to Do What I Describe in This Book.

Jared Sinclair on how iOS 7 didn’t solve any of the larger issues facing iOS as a platform:

All the big problems facing iOS in the summer of 2013 are still with us. Some have gotten even worse. It’s still impossible for customers to easily discover new apps. It’s still impractical for apps to interact with the same data and documents. It’s still unclear what the role of the iPad is supposed to be in a lifestyle filled with digital devices. Paid app sales are still sagging as scummy IAP business models are enjoying the lion’s share of App Store promotion and profit. Productivity apps are still unsustainable.

More importantly, Jared points out something very near and dear to my heart: Just how much time was wasted re-skinning apps to make them work for iOS 7. We spent an entire year with clients (and with our own apps) doing this and it was a huge pain in the ass for only visual style gains:

Fast-forwarding a year, the effect that iOS 7 has had on third party development is disheartening — which sounds like a fatuous thing to say, since there have been so many well-liked redesigns over the past year. But that’s the rub: the vast majority of third-party developers’ time has been spent redesigning and reimplementing apps to dress the part for iOS 7. Many shops, such as Tapbots and Cultured Code, were forced to delay new products indefinitely while they scrapped ongoing work in favor of reboots. I suspect that many other developers had to make similar decisions.

I’ve spent the past few days using Android 4.4 KitKat on a Nexus 5 and I will admit I think KitKat’s design language is stronger and more uniform. I think Apple made a lot of mistakes with iOS 7 and I’m hopeful WWDC will reveal changes that steer it back in the right direction. The tools are maturing, definitely, but the UI/UX has gone downhill.

AnonymousAnonymous asked:
How do I transfer xPad to Mavericks? When I try to copy xPad from SL to mavericks all I get is the app but none of the documents that were in it.

xPad contents are found in ~/Application Support/xPad/. Copy that over to the new Mac.