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I recently appeared with John Gruber on The Talk Show. During the episode, the following exchange took place: @gruber: “How do you pronounce the ‘at’ symbol?” @chockenberry: “At” @gruber: “Right” Another @thetalkshow gem. — Jim Lipsey (@Jim_Lipsey) March 24, 2014 When it comes to naming characters, the Unicode standard is the bible. And code point U+0040 is named […]

Mac App Store Receipts and Mavericks

The storeagent and I aren’t getting along too well these days. We’re in the process of getting a new release of xScope ready for release. As a developer tool, we’ve been compatible with Mavericks for several months now, but there are some minor bug fixes that we’d like to get out before the new version […]


Let’s talk about cars for a second. If you’re driving a car manufactured in the past five years, it’s likely it has anti-lock brakes. A standard feature at this point in time, but who came up with it first? Mercedes-Benz first introduced it on the S-Class line back in 1978. It was a revolutionary technology […]

It’s the Production Line, Stupid

“Apple Absolutely Has To Make An iPhone With A Bigger Screen” (Warning: Business Insider link) While that may be true, take a look at what happened at the end of last year: 47.8 Million iPhones Sold. That’s a shitload of iPhones. But how many is a shitload? 47.8M iPhones / 90 days = 530K per […]

Launch Services Woes

For the past week or so, I’ve been suffering from slowness in the Finder, corrupted icons and terrible performance in our version control client (Versions). Today, I decided to do something about it. The first step was to sample Versions while it was beachballing. The app was spending most of its time in [NSWorkspace iconForFile:]. […]

iPhone 5 Scuff Remover

Removes unsightly scratches, dings and scuffs IN MERE SECONDS! * Get yours NOW! And we think you’re going to love it. Especially since you know who isn’t here. * black iPhones only


A lot of people I know and respect have been commenting on problems associated with the iPhone mute switch: John Gruber – On the Behavior of the iPhone Mute Switch Andy Ihnatko – Unmuting on The Mute Question Marco Arment – Designing “Mute” Guy English – Mute This Both sides of the argument have valid […]


The bank we use for our business account recently mandated the use of a product called Trusteer Rapport while accessing our information online. Although Mac OS X doesn’t have any problems with “increasingly sophisticated malware in the online environment”, I do need to periodically check our accounts and transactions so I proceeded with the installation. […]


Dear Steve, I’m one of the developers that is affected by the Lodsys patent infringement claim. I’m writing not to beg for your support, but rather to give you a better idea of how this legal action affects the average iOS developer. We’re a small company. We have 12 employees that have created 14 products […]

iPhone multitasking

It’s no secret that “multitasking” is one of the great new features of iOS 4. Unfortunately, many people have a misconception about what Apple has implemented. Hopefully this short essay will help you understand the restrictions and the good reasons for having these limits. On your desktop, multitasking means that any application or process can […]