Category: Programming

  • Blog in a Box

    Blog in a Box

    Some of my pals at Automattic created Blog in a Box, which makes it super easy to set up a fully functional WordPress site on a Raspberry Pi. Check it out at!

  • Working with Android Shape Drawables

    Recently I’ve been working with Shape Drawables in Android and have found them to be quite handy to utilize for certain areas of your Android UI. Shape drawables are basic shapes that you can define using XML. They’re useful for many reasons: They ‘just work’ with multiple device densities. No need for bitmap resources, which […]

  • Android Developers: Take the Low-End Device Challenge

    As a developer I’ve always been lucky enough to┬áhave access to fast, high-end devices that provide the best experience that you can get with Android. Recently I’ve been using a low-end device to see what things are like on the other side of the fence, and I’ve learned quite a few lessons that I think […]

  • Android Apps, GPS, and Google Play

    Here’s a little tip if your Android app makes use of location based services but doesn’t require them. We were getting a few emails from users that the app wasn’t available in Google Play on their devices. Most of the devices were more obscure tablets and low-end phones that didn’t have GPS functionality. It seemed […]

  • Taking the Metro: for Windows 8

    Today Microsoft unveiled the Windows 8 Consumer Preview at Mobile World Congress and demoed our new app during their presentation. I was able to be a part of a great team at Automattic (including MT and Stephane) that built the app. The app creates a beautiful reading experience for browsing the Freshly Pressed […]

  • How to Get an NSDate for a Specific Day of Week and Time from an Existing NSDate

    Worst Post Title ever! This one took me a bit to figure out so I thought I’d post it in case anyone else out there had troubles. I wanted to get an NSDate for a specific day of the week and time from an existing NSDate object in order to create a countdown timer. This […]

  • Sadie the Cover Dog

    I just found out this morning that an image of my dog Sadie that I sell on iStock was used in a children’s book about pugs! Pretty cool stuff!