Learning to Develop for the Mac – Historically

Going back to the beginning, and learning Project Builder, Interface Builder and ObjectiveC on NextStep. Can you believe this is the technology that NeXT had the same year Windows 3.1 came out? And its the same stuff that’s used to build Mac and iPhone apps today… Click for a bigger picture. In fact, the technology…

Installing NextStep 3.3 on VMWare 6

I’ve been hankering to learn more about the origins of OS X, so I figured the best place to start would be the OS at its core — NextStep (later named OpenStep.) When Steve Jobs was ousted from Apple, he set out to create a new company that would deliver elite hardware, and a revolutionary…

Restaurant Idea

They should make a restaurant for adults with young kids. Maybe you think such a thing already exists, but you’d be wrong. Maybe you’re thinking “Just go to McDonald’s” or “Friendly’s is for kids.” But both of those miss the point. What we really want — what we would have paid good money for tonite…

Cars are an expensive pain in the butt!

So here’s some videos that make me smile… Abi’s first swim http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=2322117308601551720&hl=en&fs=true See how daddy rescues his girls from the evil bug? Ben’s Bell-Bum http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=-7185676583371193232&hl=en&fs=true Someone stuck one of Abi’s rattles onto the back of Ben’s pants. Cuteness ensued. Papa’s Lawn Tractor http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=-1641405510603569124&hl=en&fs=true Do you know how to drive a tractor? Cause Ben sure does…

Don't Watch the Zohan

I’m not usually an Adam Sandler fan, but occasionally I can be in the mood for his silly-talking low-brow humor. Tonite I thought I’d enjoy a laugh with my old friend, Mark. Unfortunately, not only is “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan” the worst Adam Sandler movie since “Little Nicky,” it may also be the…

Making Progress

As infuriating as bad customer service is, when you do finally find someone who is good at their job, the contrast between the incompetence that passes for normal, and how wonderful this person suddenly seems is astounding. Two people, in particular, have been little glimpses of joy in the stress and complications that have arisen…

Gotta take it on the otherside

I don’t get sick very often, but when I do, it always hits me when I relax. And it always hits me harder than everyone else I know. Nicole gets sick too, but usually she’s over it in a day, and back to calling me a wimp for the next week while I recuperate. She’s…

We're all sick

So here’s my new favourite picture ever, to entertain you while we recuperate, and wait for life to get more interesting again. More in the sidebar and in Flickr…

Can't stop. Addicted to the shindig.

I feel like there are pieces of us stretched across the map. Like we’re spread so thin, that we aren’t really anywhere, or effective at anything. I’ve been home for a month now, and I’ve barely seen anyone. And when I do, its always in passing — like I’m in the area, solving some problem,…

Coping – Part 2

Just like our son did, Abi has a “fussy time.” Some doctors call it colic. Other doctors say there’s no such thing as colic. Those doctors should visit our house between 7:30 and 9:00 in the evening. Anyway, I was on the computer, just after we’d put Ben to bed, and it occurred to me…