Your app does not comply

As Apple promised in September, it started sending out emails to developers warning that their apps would be removed from sale on the App Store unless updated. I received two such emails. I expected more. Continue reading →

Posted in: iDevBlogADay

A couple things…

We’ve got an update in the works to our popular app OuttaMyWay! – Personal Lights & Siren which includes some bug fixes, a couple new sirens, and some Siren Board improvements. Continue reading →

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Stop spammers at the gate: Don’t blindly trust SASL authenticated connections

Recently a user’s email password was cracked. Not long after, she started receiving hundreds of bounce messages. My first thought was that these messages were back scatter, produced when spammers insert any random sending server address. So bounce messages are misdirected to that unsuspecting server. But the messages kept coming. So I started thinking she had a virus or malware on her computer. Even though we are 100% Mac here, it can happen. So I set about scanning her computer and did find some suspect bits. But the problem continued. Continue reading →

Posted in: System Administration

A Precipitous Drop

I am at a loss to explain it, but I suppose it was inevitable. I have been observing a very long and slowly declining revenue tail for my best app for some time.

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Lockbox v3

Lockbox v3 is now available, sporting a vastly more robust yet less complex API for storing data into and retrieving data from the iOS keychain. Continue reading →

Posted in: iDevBlogADay, Software Development

Announcing FilterFresh v1.3

An update is available (as of yesterday) for FilterFresh, our filter maintenance and reminder app for iOS. Continue reading →

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Same site, new host

If you subscribe to this blog, you received notice of a new post, cleverly titled “test post”. Oops. Sorry. We were making sure we could still create content because we’ve moved the blog, wholesale, to an Amazon AWS EC2 instance. This is partially an experiment, but also necessary as the previous hosting setup was getting old and slow.

So accessing this blog going forward should be much faster. The experiment part is that we wanted to play around with EC2 as this may be be a great way give up the responsibility of maintaining physical hardware while retaining full control over the software setup without paying a fortune to cloud hosting providers. We’ll see how it goes.

Posted in: System Administration

OuttaMyWay v3 Available Today!

Nearly two years in the making, OuttaMyWay v3 is finally available today! It’s a complete re-write, but the app retains all the familiar features users have come to love, plus a bunch of new things. Continue reading →

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Call for testers: OuttaMyWay! v3

Nearly 2 years in the making, OuttaMyWay! v3 is ready for public testing! This update supports iOS8 and above on both iPhones and iPads, and has a number of other enhancements and new features. Continue reading →

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RAID to the Rescue

Thank G-d for RAID! And I’m not talking about the bug spray.

I have a Linux server in my basement which hosts the family email, a few websites, and all our music and photos. I built this machine 5+ years ago. By modern standards it is woefully under-powered and under-sized. But it’s been running well all these years with nary a problem. Until recently…. Continue reading →

Posted in: System Administration