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The King Makers: Apple Takes Down an Indie Dev

Being a third-party developer you live by the whims of the master. Some masters are more transparent and easier to work with than others though.


UPDATE:  There is a follow up post here titled Transparency and Due Process

Greg Gardner is a good engineer.  In fact, he’s a damn good one.  He’s the kind of engineer that startup CEOs take comfort in, saying things like, “Oh, Greg has it, good.”  He’s the kind of engineer that you go to in the middle of the night when everything has hit the fan and you need someone that understands exactly how everything works.

I don’t know this by reputation, I know this because I worked with him.  I can recall several times when he spotted issues with code that I had written, things that most people would have missed but that would have resulted in problems.  Code reviews with Greg were often not easy, but I always came away a better engineer.

But, Greg is not just a “good engineer”, he’s also a guy that gets it…

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Honestly Samsung, OS updates are NOT an opportunity to make all your S apps my defaults again!

Over the weekend an update came in OTA for my Galaxy S3. A quick check on the usual mobile web sites didn’t mention anything for me to be concerned about so I let her rip. But after the update the Samsung apps S Planner, S Memo, S Craptastic-bloat-o-rama were front and centre again in my notifications. Even though none of them have been my preferred apps for quite some time.


Legal threats from @Twitter shutdown @TwitPic

According to the article on Programmable Web, and confirmed via a blog post on TwitPic, TwitPic is shutting down because of legal threats over trademark infringement!

TwitPic is where I originally started sharing pictures on Twitter, until Twitter started hosting media themselves and didn’t allow you to choose your host in the app any more. Around the same time TwitPic started compressing images, Instagram rose to prominence, and I started using Aviary and Flickr to tweet images (I now use WordPress for everything).

The key take away from all this is that as a third-party that relies on the benevolence of an ecosystem’s master you are always at the mercy of their whims.