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Category Archives: Tech

Virtually sponge-worthy

Posted by: Ramin on March 8, 2009

Fans of TV’s Seinfeld in the 1990’s will remember an episode where Elaine ponders whether someone is sponge-worthy: JERRY: I thought you said it was imminent. ELAINE: Yeah, it was, but then I just couldn’t decide if he was really sponge-worthy. JERRY: Sponge-worthy? ELAINE: Yeah, Jerry, I have to conserve these sponges. JERRY: But you […]

NSArray debugging on the iPhone

Posted by: Ramin on February 15, 2009

If you’re debugging on the iPhone and encounter a lot of NSArray objects, you’ll notice that dumping out the contents doesn’t give you too much information. To help remedy this situation, I whipped out a quick-and-dirty ‘helper’ to show a bit more detail. As with the UIView helper all you have to do is include […]

Building Games for the iPhone (and other platforms)

Posted by: Ramin on January 2, 2009

Almost overnight a lot of apps have popped-up for the iPhone and many of them are games. Quite a few of them look like they were developed by hobbyists over a weekend (not that there’s anything wrong with that). But developing a quality, professional game for the iPhone is still a time-consuming and difficult task. […]

Easy UIView debugging on the iPhone

Posted by: Ramin on December 11, 2008

The user interface of the iPhone is based on a series of nested UIView objects, arranged in a view-subview/parent-child relationship. When building a complex application with a lot of views, sometimes it’s handy to be able to see exactly what that relationship is. But if you try to print out the value of a UIView […]

Slowing down Time Machine

Posted by: Ramin on November 8, 2008

Time Machine is great, especially if hooked up to a network storage device like Drobo so you can just have it run in the background. In my case the Drobo is connected to a Mac Mini acting as a network file server (yes, I know it’s not officially supported, but it works fine under Leopard). […]

Resetting styles

Posted by: Ramin on September 11, 2008

Sorry if the blog’s style keeps switching around. Problem seems to be with the DB and hosting site. It keeps resetting back to the default WordPress style even if I haven’t posted for a while. Might just have to give up and leave it there. *sigh*

Setting the bar low

Posted by: Ramin on August 22, 2008

Ad for an institution of higher learning, currently circulating on national news outlet sites.

The Most Determined Spammer in the World

Posted by: Ramin on August 16, 2008

This message popped into my email inbox today: A few points worth mentioning: The [SPAM] tag was not added to the subject header by any software on my end. As near as I can tell, it was either put there by the spammer’s own email server, or added manually. The particular inbox to which the […]