Author Archives: Randall

Afternoon Apps: Notemark

I had an idea for an app the other day when I was trying to sort through the notes on my iPhone. I realized that I was using a few of the notes really often, while others just seemed to … Continue reading

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If Facebook is dying, why can’t I seem to stop using it?

I’ve been reading a lot of articles about how Facebook is dying. I see studies about how engagement is down. I see people talking about how deleting their Facebook was the greatest thing ever. Then why am I using it … Continue reading

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It’s been a little while, here’s why (hint: got hacked)

So I haven’t written a post in awhile. A big reason is that I’ve been busy having fun since moving to Seattle. Lots of new friends and lots of new things to do. There’s another reason though. My webhost was … Continue reading

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Afternoon Apps: Captionator

A couple weeks ago, a friend of mine showed me the app I’d Cap That. After making some hilarious pictures, and after a few drinks, I made the claim that I could probably clone the app in a couple of … Continue reading

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Your developers use your app more than anyone in the world

“You’re a power user.” “Most people don’t use computers like you do.” How many times have you heard someone say this? If you’re a developer, probably a lot. I usually heard it when I was giving feedback on the design … Continue reading

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Why I’m working for the man and not doing a startup

After finding out I was going to work for Microsoft, ¬†friend of mine asked “Why are you working for the man? Aren’t you into startups?” ¬†My response was mostly “I like getting a paycheck every two weeks” but there’s more … Continue reading

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It’s not a talent shortage, it’s a hiring problem

I just started a new job at Microsoft and the hiring process has been on my mind a lot lately. I read articles on the Internet and hear people talking about how hard it is to find good development talent. … Continue reading

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Why GroupMe kills the battery on your iPhone

I was really excited after I read about Path sending address book data to their servers. Not because of anything with privacy, but because the post showed me how to snoop traffic on the iPhone. I could finally figure out … Continue reading

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How to preview your icon on the iPhone

There are very few screens that can match that of the iPhone. Because of this, it’s hard to get an idea of what things will look like on it, without actually putting it on the device. So how do you … Continue reading

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Working at Foxconn sounds a lot like working at an amusement park

I spent two summers in college working at the amusement park. I had a lot of fun and met a lot of great people. Some articles about Apple have brought Foxconn back into the news recently. One thing that struck … Continue reading

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