While I prefer Usenet, from time to time, I read in web based bulletin boards. Most of these boards are software development related. Especially in boards that are relevant to a big (or fast growing) community, as iOS development boards, there are quite a lot of people that are not that experienced. It is normal that they often ask rather simple questions. When I’m searching for the answer to a certain problem, however, these simple questions get into my way. I do not want to see them. I want to filter them.

Keyboard repeat

I’m not kidding: Apple disabled keyboard repeat for all keys but cursors in MacOS X 10.7 (Lion) for most apps (e.g. not in Terminal).

How to enable encryption on a Time Machine backup drive without deleting the existing backups

Please note that I can not guarantee that the things explained in the following post might not work as you intended it to work. You might loose all your (backup) data. Something worse might happen. You probably should not read this post. You have been warned!

Just handle it.

Just handle it.

Mobile ads placement

When you design the mobile version of your website or blog, please make sure that ads are far away from any link a user typically taps. I just accidentally tapped an ad banner when I wanted to tap the “Read more” link. While this might good for you (if you get paid by click count) it is annoying for your readers. Don’t annoy your readers. Especially if it is their first visit!

ran-dom: A Fair(y) Use Tale


Class object as delegate

This article about a lightweight HTTP request class is quite interesting. However, what never came to my mind (but seems completely consistent once you think about it) is in the second part of the article. Take a look at this code. The points of interest are:

Beautify your Code!

As you probably all know, I work as software developer. In my day job, I have to work with both, code I developed earlier and code other developers wrote. I try to always keep an eye on nicely formatted code. Unfortunately not everyone does so. Some code I have to deal with, is plain ugly. While it is syntactically correct, it is, for example, not aligned in any logical way. In my opinion, that’s a very bad thing.

All new Twitter app

Yesterday, Twitter released the all new version of their official Twitter App. The new version features a “Quick Bar” that shows the current trending topics. In addition to the trending topics, it shows one “promoted” trending topic. This feature is not received very well. Many users (and I’m one of them) hate it. It’s not only that I do not care for the trending topics. It’s the obtrusive way the Quick Bar is presented.

Version management in iTunes

I understand that there is no full blown version management in iTunes. Most users would not understand or use it. Usually, you do not want to stay on an old version by accident. Nevertheless, considered the fact that it takes, even for critical bugs, at least some days for a developer to release a fixed version, iTunes really should have the an additional feature: