First Look: Fujitsu S1500M Scanner and Mariner Paperless

For Christmas I got myself a Fujitsu 1500M scanner.  All I can say is: “What an improvement” scanners have made in the last decade.

It’s fast, It’s easy, I went through one of my file drawers in an evening.

I used Paperless for Mac OS X to Scan, Convert, and Organize the resulting searchable PDFs.

Very few jams (it really won’t take a paper clip) and the accuracy rate of the text conversion was suburb.  We talking about decade old paper with faded ink and it was able to handle it.  I am impressed with both products.

If your like me with dozen boxes of old business paper;  This is how to regain some valuable office space.  I’m going to be spending most of my Holidays getting rid of paper!

HTML5 & CSS 3.2 Class

I’m teaching a HTML5 class once a week, which of course means that I’m getting a better handle on it. Now that IE9 is out, HTML5 is ready to rock and roll! The new enities simplify the document structure greatly and we have all sorts of new toys to play with.

We’re redoing the Seattle Storyteller Guild to embrace the new standard, and move them over to WordPress. Still a work in progress however, I think it’s starting to look really good.

I’ve playing with WordPress for several small projects that I’m doing. That’s led me to some old yet new technology for Websites. First the concept of a grid layout which has been used for centuries in newspapers and consistent typography which again has been used for centuries.

I’m actually considering moving my website over to WordPress, it has been decidedly easy to work with and I’ve been modifying plugins down deep in the guts. Needless to say I’m happier than a cat with a big bowl of cream.

First Look: OS X Lion & Xcode4

I’ve been playing with Lion and new Xcode4 and I have to admit that I’m liking what I see. To use it effectively you really need one of the larger monitors. The integration between the Code editor and Interface Builder is much tighter. I’m still figuring out what went where.

Starting an “Health Journal” iPad Project

I’ve started a new iPad project: “Health Journal” allows users to tailor the sections to record in a easy to understand format. I believe that using cocos2d is the way to implement the features I want with the added bonus that it’ll probably be fun.

jQuery and AJAX

I’ve been overhauling the admin pages for one of my sites.  I wanted to improve the through put by using AJAX techniques to avoid multiple trips to the server.

Along the way I came across a framework that for the first time makes Javascript manageable.   JQuery, JQuery-UI, and JqGrid are clean,  easy to understand, and fast.

The administration pages are up and running. The AJAX interactions has increased productivity by about 30% so a big win in a real world situation. Much more maintainable.

Working on a Mobile Banking App

We’ve been working on a Mobile Banking App for one of the big 3 banks.  Basically one of those “Clean up the Mess” type of projects.

The previous Indian team had a “Rubber Stamp” mentality to development so we’ve been able to reduce the size and speed up the application quite a bit.


Hardening Snow Leopard

When the first Mac Mini was produced by Apple in January, 2005 we immediately thought that it would make a marvelous server for our ISP. Over the years the Mac Mini has become a stable foundation for our servers.

Our first servers were based on the Mac OS/X Server but having an Operating System that cost more than the hardware was a bit unsettling.

I had some slack time this month and I needed to bring up some new servers.  I took all my notes, and techniques and put them together in a pdf to make my life easier.  Hopefully it’ll do the same for you.


Working on MS-DOS AHCI driver for Intel

I’m currently writing an AHCI driver  for the Intel Corporation down in Portland, Oregon.  This has to be the most unusual development environment that I’ve ever had and it actually works extremely well.

I have VMware Fussion running on my Macbook Pro.  It’s running a stock MS-DOS 6.22 system with the entire tool set on a virtual disk.  When I need to test on hardware, I write everything I need to a USB floppy drive and sneaker-net it to the test system.

This is so cool, I took a trip down to Los Angeles to visit the playboy mansion and was able to work on the plane, work in the hotel room, and thought about working in Hugh Hefner’s Grotto.

Our 1st Fortune 100 iPhone App!

We’ve been working on a iPhone banking application for a major bank. It’s been an intense couple of months, however the app is winding it’s way through the QA process at the bank with no bugs and only minor tweaks at this point. The client was especially impressed with the Doxygen documentation (see the tibits menu above).

At this point we have several iPhone applications in the iTunes store.

We have iPhone apps in the store!

We have two iPhone applications in the store and two more on the way and some good news. Apple has loosened their NDA requirements so that we can now talk about what we’ve been doing.

I’ve produced a Doxygen example for iPhone applications.