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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cobwebs and drawing with code

Trying to clear out some cobwebs.. so today I cleaned up (minimally, made sure it built and ran, converted to ARC, replaced CTGradient with NSGradient but not much else) an old project and put it up on GitHub. Waaay back when, I spent a lot of time drawing with code, I found it very compelling and eventually the results were reasonably rewarding. I’ve also long held this belief that if you can draw it in code, you might as well. You can avoid all sorts of hassles with sizing, resizing, scaling, etc. While that’s not always the best approach on iOS, for OS X it is still often the route I would take. Perhaps this is just residual legacy pain from trying to deal with media in older version control systems or just the horror from looking in resource folders with 1000s of items or even that most everything I’ve ever worked on had a non-trivial localization task involved.. or perhaps I just liked drawing with code.

When Time Machine was introduced I thought the bezeled ring on the icon looked pretty cool. (and no.. I don’t want to get into any kind of discussion about skeuomorphism.. the fact that I can actually spell that word without looking it up is testament enough to how much time I’ve spent on the subject) I wanted to see what I could do along those lines. I was also doing some tests in representing sound input.

The result was stunningly named Sound Level Test. I’ve just placed it on GitHub for your pleasure, be that usefulness to you or just for reminiscence to see something from almost 7 years go.

Here’s the project.

posted by ganyard at 8:38 am  

Monday, October 22, 2012

Death of email

Just read an article about the impending death of email. (thanks for the link Vinnie)

A little while later it occurred to me that when I use FB, LinkedIn or Twitter that I really don’t suffer under the huge burden of spam that exists as email’s symbiote. Admittedly the email providers I use and the local spam filters I have do very good job of keeping all that cruft out of sight, but the amount is still atrocious. And this thought seemed so pleasant and delightful and even a little bit clever.. enough so as to inspire a post on this dormant blog. The idea that the death of email would bring along with it the death of spam – hooray!

Unfortunately as I started to write this, I thought about follower spam on twitter, well that doesn’t really count because it’s pretty easy to stifle. Oh wait.. there’s all that campaign stuff popping up on Facebook. How did that get there? Well at least in LinkedIn, it hasn’t shown up. (yet?)

Alright so maybe not the death of spam but at least a notable reduction. These communication portals built on “social media” all have an element of trust in them that is intriguing in it’s collateral impact on spam. You either choose who to follow/link/friend or who to accept as followers/links/friends and thereby extend your trust. Once in trusting relationship if you start to see spam you repeal your trust or unsubscribe or hide.. pretty tidy really.

Email, as much time as I have spent with you over these many, many years, I just won’t miss your tumor-ridden, parasitic corpse. RIP

posted by ganyard at 9:46 pm  

Friday, February 10, 2012

Where did the time go?

Alright, you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, why this site has gathered cobwebs and why on earth have I woken it up now..

After over a dozen years working with speech on the Mac, I now find myself looking forward, looking at options and opportunities. Having weathered all the ups and downs in a small company, broken the trail to bring real speech recognition to the Mac and created a very successful (and award winning!) product line, ridden it out through the acquisition by a rather large corporation. And then working to adapt a team into that much larger picture, well.. Nuance and I have parted ways.

What I find most interesting was my initial ‘morning after’ reaction, I woke up thinking about various UX items on upcoming features that need my attention, how to balance the value of sandboxing with the needs and value of interapp communication. And continuing to ponder what new directions Apple is going to go with Siri. Old habits die hard, don’t they?

And now it’s time to set aside some of those more specific habits and consider what’s next..

posted by ganyard at 11:57 am  

Friday, February 3, 2012

Where does the time go?

Looks like I’ve got a bit more time on my hands. So what to do.. I’d tried the blog thing a while back, maybe I could revive it. Oh… while I wasn’t looking it got hacked. Drag.

Ok, nasty unwanted stuff has been removed, maybe this is something I can spend some time on for a while again.

I think so.

posted by ganyard at 6:43 pm  

Saturday, November 4, 2006

Cherry Poppin’ Posting

So here it is, the inaugural post for a new site. I’ve had this domain for years, finally it’s time to do something with it.

Seemed like something interesting to do on my birthday.

posted by ganyard at 12:00 pm  

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