On Platform Independence

November 08, 2016

As I explore running on Windows, I've been thinking about the apps and tools that I use. I went through a similar exercise when I dove into Android. I definitely felt that one's enjoyment of a platform might come to how much you're willing to embrace that company's entire ecosystem. Using all Apple products for close to 10 years now had meant that moving from device to device was relatively eff...

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Running into Windows

October 03, 2016

I enjoy exploring an ecosystem. Last year, I spent a month with an Android phone and tablet to see how they compared to iOS. Now, I'm going to try something similar by switching to Windows as my primary machine. Dave Rupert went through a similar exercise. Microsoft was kind enough to offer up a Surface Book for this experiment. When the Surface Book was announced, lots of people gave it very p...

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How do I learn?

September 22, 2016

I hear this question quite a bit lately. Our industry feels like it’s expanding exponentially with new techniques and technologies. People feel overwhelmed and unsure how to ingest it all. I’ve found that I have 3 phases to my learning process: Reading Building Writing Reading — Superficial Learning I read a lot. I’ll click on links from Hacker News, Facebook, and Twit...

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Physical Web Beacons

September 15, 2016

After hearing about the Physical Web through a second-hand tweet, I decided to look into what it is and why we want it. The Physical Web is essentially a way to broadcast a URL using Bluetooth (Bluetooth Low Energy or BLE, specifically). Devices can then listen for those beacons. The beacons can broadcast to a distance from a few centimetres away to possible 450 metres away. The Physi...

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