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I retired an iPhone app

Almost two years ago, in January 2013, I made an iPhone app. It took me about two weeks from start to finish. I ported my Access database reading library from OS X to iOS. Then I added some drawing code that I made for an app I never released, and assembled a simple app for […]

Leaving Academia

I recently left academia. I was a graduate student, and I had just passed my qualification exam. I should have started to work on my grand project that would lead to my thesis. But instead I decided to leave. I decided that I’ve spent enough time being educated. Being in grad school just started to […]

Realistic textures in user interfaces

There’s been a lot of discussion about the realistic style of user interfaces that is so popular right now. Many of the design-conscious crowd advocate simpler, flat interfaces, with clean typography. But there are reasons why textures in general are so popular, and realistic textures in particular. Why are user interfaces textured? Textures hide imperfections […]

Paid Software Upgrades

Dear Developer, when I see there’s a paid upgrade for an app I bought, I feel ripped off. I already paid for it. I’m perfectly happy with the app the way it is. Why should I pay you again? Obviously, I don’t actually need to buy the upgrade. I can just keep using the old […]