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Alex King, Denver Web Developer



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On Reinstating Pete Rose

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:30:05 +0000

I’m starting to see rumblings about Pete Rose’s potential reinstatement and a “he’s suffered enough” sentiment. I frankly just don’t get it. There are clear consequences stated for betting on baseball. Every player knows them. Baseball Rule 21 (emphasis mine): Any player, umpire, or club or league official or employee, who shall bet any sum…



Siri, Still Not a Competent Digital Assistant

Sun, 06 Jul 2014 16:25:04 +0000

So I tried Siri again today. I figured maybe it had improved since I tried it last a year or so ago. Me: What is a good place for lunch between here and {my destination}? Siri: This restaurant is near you: {restaurant info} (double-check, uh yep, that isn’t on the way – it’s actually in…



An Open Letter to Email Client Developers

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:47:49 +0000

Dear Email Client Developers, If you allow your users to send an email with more than 10 email addresses visible in the TO or CC lines without throwing up a warning that says: Hey, this is a bad idea. People will likely be upset that you just sent their email address to all the people…



Not Readable by This Computer

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:46:37 +0000

Last week I bought a CD of this Eric Clapton album because the CD was 45% cheaper than buying the MP3s. “I have a drive I can attach to my laptop; I’ll just create the MP3s myself”, I thought. Hah! I guess the joke is on me, unless someone knows a trick for making a…



Signing up for MLB.tv is Hard

Sun, 07 Apr 2013 17:19:29 +0000

It took me four days to successfully sign up for MLB.tv. The first three days, I kept getting this: I tried different phone number formats. I tried to sign up with a credit card and via PayPal. I used different email addresses. I tried for three days. I recently started using 1Password instead of PwdHash.…



My Internet is Broken

Tue, 21 Aug 2012 05:25:56 +0000

I came home this evening to non-working @centurylink DSL. I spent the next several hours on the phone with their tech support and the tech support for the NetGear modem. The CentryLink support insisted that my line tested fine and modem must have gone bad while I was at work. I thought this unlikely since…



Sticker Shock

Wed, 25 Apr 2012 22:00:50 +0000

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Any time the digital version ($16.99) costs more that the physical version ($13.99), you’re Doing It Wrong.



Sparrow for iPhone: Simple Failure

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 20:22:39 +0000

I’ve been excited to try Sparrow on my iPhone since I saw it announced last year. I haven’t been a fan of the desktop app as I’m so hopelessly dependent on MsgFiler with Mail.app to support my email workflow, but I was hoping that Sparrow on the iPhone would be an improvement over the included…



How to Annoy Your Users

Thu, 28 Apr 2011 03:28:01 +0000

Wondering what you can add to your iOS app to really annoy your users? Here’s a good way. Push out an update to your paid app that forces your customers to click through a splash screen advertising some new version of your app that won’t be available for 5 months! Force your users to click…



You’re Welcome

Tue, 01 Jun 2010 02:59:09 +0000

This sort of thing frustrates me to no end: Ms. Bates, your carefully chosen words say volumes. Not to confuse people with the facts, but not only does Twitter Tools give you fine grain control over your decision to send (or not send) each post to Twitter, it even has a feature that prevents posts…



Email Address Typos

Mon, 24 May 2010 19:32:11 +0000

There are few things that annoy me as much as the following scenario: Someone sends a message to me via a feedback form. I compose and send a reply. My message (the reply) bounces back because they mis-typed their email address. Sometimes I can look at the address and figure out what the issue was…



Mobile Devices and Input Accessories

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 17:44:35 +0000

The iPad has sparked renewed interest in detachable keyboards, but to the surprise of folks who know me (and my attachment to physical keyboards on mobile devices) I’m not on board. I’ve been down this road before, with the Newton, the Stowaway keyboard for the Palm V series and the clip-on keyboard for the Palm…



Mobile Regressions

Wed, 31 Mar 2010 22:55:21 +0000

For all the attention paid to mobile computing these days and all the progress that has been made, sometimes I feel like we’re going backwards in some areas. Customizable launch/home screens, input mechanisms, etc. The Palm Pilot had this capability back in the late 90s, the iPhone, Palm Pre etc. only have it via jailbreak…



BlackBerry App World – an App Store with its own Problems

Tue, 15 Dec 2009 14:31:51 +0000

The iPhone App Store has a lot of (well documented) problems, but on the flip side it has a very simple model that works like you expect it to. The BlackBerry App World is trying to provide a similar service for BlackBerry users, however BlackBerry developers are also able to distribute and/or sell their apps…



Breaking News: WordPress is GPL

Mon, 06 Jul 2009 17:30:39 +0000

There has been a lot of discussion about WordPress and the GPL lately. People are discussing/complaining about what you can and can’t do due to the license. It’s all a bit baffling to me. Whether you like the GPL or not, the license is as much a part of WordPress as PHP and MySQL. WordPress…