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iOS App Store Search is Still Broken

Over five years ago I wrote “Solving the iOS app store search problem” about solving the iOS app store search problem. It’s not really any better now than it was then. In fact, it is worse. I’ve been publishing apps

The Sorry State of SMTP Server Software

It’s 2018. We’ve had since the very early 1980s to write email server software. You’d think we would have it nailed down, super easy and have a few top choices that just worked out of the box on Windows and

You Doodle Update 2018

Greetings traveler! It’s been quite a while since I posted a You Doodle update. With iOS 10 and 11, Apple made many changes to the app store and app store search algorithms. The big apps that can spend tons of

Cryptocurrency is Going Bananas

I posted in September about how cryptocurrency was having a party. I think it was just the pre-game show. Since that post, cryptocurrency market cap has increased by over 4x. Last I checked, market cap was around 430 billion USD.

Cryptocurrency is Partying Like it’s 1999

If you’ve been following crypto-currency this year then you know there has been a late 90’s style spike in prices. The big jump on the end of the graphs has all happened in just 6 months or so. Here

Time Management – A Small Nugget of Wisdom About Agile Software Development

The last year or so I went through some pretty rough times. Struggling with my health, back surgery, h-pylori and other concerns, I was pretty bogged down. The worst stretch was about 6 months long. During this time, I was

Apple Limits App Titles to 50 Characters, Still Doesn’t Get Search

Today (September 1, 2016), Apple announced to developers that they would be limiting app titles to 50 characters for new and updated apps. Their reasoning is that developers try to keyword stuff their titles to show up for more search

Getting a Properly Rotated UIImage from AVCaptureSession

Recently I started work on a custom camera for You Doodle. As part of this, I was overhauling the camera picker, moving away from UIImagePickerController to my own custom camera. This required diving into AVFoundation. While I have a lot

Really Cheap Home NAS (Network Attached Storage)

Recently I decided our home needed some network attached storage (NAS). This is simply a hard drive or group of hard drives that are visible on a network. I looked on Amazon for cheap WiFi routers that claimed they had

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