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 →
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.
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
I recently set out to re-write one of my apps. The app currently supports iPhone and iPod touch screens up to and including the 4″ displays. There are a handful of “Default” launch screens to support essentially 2 screen sizes in 2 resolutions. When looking at also supporting iPhone 6, 6+, and iPad screens for the rewrite, the number of “Default” launch images gets crazy. This model doesn’t scale. Xcode6 introduced the ability to create a launch screen using a XIB file, which has been widely written about. The limitation, or so it is suggested, is that Launch Screen XIB files really are not meant to be used other than for displaying a static screen, and iOS takes care of displaying it. If you want your beautiful launch screen to be more than just a placeholder seen for a split second, keep reading. Continue reading →