Dennis Ritchie

Dennis Ritchie, creator of the C programming language, has died at age 70. This soon after my post on Steve Jobs, I’m unable to write much on the subject. But the C programming language was a major invention in the history of computers, and a significant step in the evolution of computers from academia and […]

Steve Jobs shaped my life

I never met Steve Jobs. I’ve never even been in the same room as him, or (to my knowledge), the same city. So why am I choked up about his death? Because I love the man for what he accomplished, and how he’s changed the world.

Blocks to remove redundancy

Blocks have many complicated uses, from event-based code to multithreading. But they can also be used for very trivial tasks, such as removing redundant lines from code. Here’s a common operation for me: Split a list into sublists based on some piece of data changing within a loop. When the loop is over, dump whatever’s […]

Xcode tip: Renaming files shared by projects

What if you want to rename a file that’s used in multiple Xcode projects? Well, previously I’d rename the file in one project, then open each project in series and correct broken references. But I discovered today that this is unnecessary. If you open all of your projects first, Xcode will fix the references across […]

Flux adjusts your monitor’s color temperature

Install Flux right now. What does it do? Well, at sunset it adjusts the color temperature of your monitor to make it warmer and less glaring. At sunrise, it adjusts it back. I installed it yesterday afternoon; yesterday and today at sunset, it automatically adjusted my monitor’s color temperature. The difference on the eyes is […]