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Jonathan "hachi" Steinert is an infrastructure developer here at Six Apart. Recently he led a migration of our internal source control from Subversion to git. I sat down with him for a few minutes to discuss the process. Continue »
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Blog: WaltPad
If you’re using HTML5’s canvas element to generate graphics for your mobile web app, it’s worth taking a moment to add support for high-resolution screens like the iPhone 4’s retina display. Continue »
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Ever since Tweetie 2, the pull-to-refresh paradigm has been a hot feature for iPhone applications. The idea is that you can pull down on a list of items to refresh them. This saves you from needing some sort of "refresh" or "reload" button. Nice! For the upcoming V2 of the Plancast iPhone app we really wanted to replace the current "reload" toolbar item with the pull-to-refresh style. However, the existing open source pull to refresh examples such as Three20's Pull to Reload and EGOTableViewPullRefresh are a little too complicated for my taste. Heck - this should only require one file!... Continue »
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I probably don't understand the iPhone 4 antenna attenuation issue (I barely get Photoshop) but… The internal layout likely dictates why the antenna has the break below rather than above—meaning they needed space for the camera—but still, I was holding... Continue »
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Blog: WaltPad
Baby. Having. We. Are. More on this as it develops. :) (We’re very excited.) Continue »
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Blog: .tiff
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"Zelda on Paper" by Eric Power is a series of short paper animations that demonstrate what a butt Link can be sometimes. Of course, destroying that innocent townsperson's pottery and slashing their decorative shrubbery was all your idea in the first place, but that's besides the point. Watch as a... Continue »
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Blog: markpasc
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Since I felt like messing with some game stuff, and since I picked up some ActionScript making Cameraman, and since there's now [a whole web site][fgd] about how easy it is to get started with [Flixel][], [I made a little Flash game][game]. (I wanted it to label the ends of... Continue »
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One of my favorite iPhone tricks has to be assigning the camera app to launch whenever you double click on the home button. Sadly, if you’re running iOS 4, Apple’s latest and greatest operating system for i-Devices, this trick no longer works. Double clicking the home button now brings up an application switcher, allowing you to scroll through all the recently launched apps on your iPhone (as seen to the right). Don’t despair, Apple giveth when they taketh away, though. You can now create folders of apps on your iPhone. Just press down on an app’s icon until it wiggles.... Continue »
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Blog: WaltPad
The “Retina Display” of the iPhone 4 doubles the pixel density we’re used to seeing on handheld devices and thus drastically improves the sharpness of text on the web. But what about images? Continue »
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Blog: Test Group
Testing Continue »
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Blog: markpasc
I invested a chunk of time yesterday resolving one of life's great mysteries: ## Why does Ctrl-W in the Python shell on the Mac delete the whole previous line instead of only the previous word? ## Normally in readline programs, Ctrl-W is bound to the unix-word-rubout command, which deletes the... Continue »
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Blog: WaltPad
Wednesday night, for the first time in who-knows-how-long, I stepped onto the scale at the gym, slid the heavy weight over to 220, and it dropped. Which means that I’ve lost somewhere between 20 to 25 pounds in the past... Continue »
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