An A7 in Every MacBook

by byamabe on May 29, 2014

MacBooks (the whole lineup) use glass for their trackpads. Why not sapphire from their new plants. Why use sapphire? Because it enables TouchId (okay, I don’t know that you must use sapphire for TouchID). What else do you need for TouchID? The secure enclave on the A7. Instead of pulling out the secure enclave into a separate chip, why not just put in an A7. It takes more than a few leaps, but I’m interested in brainstorming right now.

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Apple and Beats

by byamabe on May 29, 2014

I really enjoyed this interview with Black Eyed Peas front man and Beat co-founder Wll.i.am. He talks about Beats being a good cultural fit. He talks about how Beats is an aspirational brand for those who dream about being athletes and musicians. Apple has always been that for artists and designers. He hopes this inspires inner city kids to look at entrepreneurship as something to dream about.

On  selling to Apple:

You have to look at it like, How is it good for kids in inner cities first? How do kids in inner cities not only dream about being athletes and musicians, but now, entrepreneurs, and bringers of new, disruptive, cool, lifestyle products. A whole new spirit just popped from this one announcement. The game has been elevated. No longer will [young kids say], “Yo, I got 16 bars. Yo, I’m out here hustlin.” It’s, “Yo, I educated myself so that I too can bring a consumer product to market. I too have ideas about the digital world. I too can be in the conversation.” And because it’s Beats by Dre, it’s going to happen in corners of America that you never thought would be bringing stuff to market.

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Computer Science vs. Software Development

May 13, 2014

It makes me a little ill when I know there is a right way of coding something, but a compromise must be made for practical reasons. The system I work on has a step where data from a file is processed and put into a database. All the processed data from the file should be [...]

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Finally Seeing the Evils of Singletons

May 13, 2014

Singletons really are global variables that cause all kinds of coupling and responsibility problems. I’ve written in Java for a long time and singletons have been a staple of every system I’ve been involved in building. I’ve read the Singletons Are Evil and recognized that they probably aren’t a best practice, but they are an innocuous standard [...]

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Interviews and Programming Puzzles

February 4, 2012

I just came across a post that the author had found when he came across some interview questions. I remember when they were all the rage in the early to mid 90’s. I’ve had them asked to me as well as the Kobayashi Maru type. The thing is, I don’t personally find them valuable in [...]

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When 50% Off Isn’t a Deal

November 18, 2010

I was a big fan of O’Reilly’s “Ebook Deal of the Day.” O’Reilly would pick an ebook from their catalog and sell it for $9.99 for the day. It was a great way to entice me to buy an ebook (I bought 4 or 5), it also trained me that a good deal on an [...]

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A VC take on Android

October 18, 2010

Fred Wilson is a well known venture capitalist who coined the term “Freemium” which is a business model where you offer basic services for free and make money through selling advanced services. His latest post is how Android will own the market in a few years because of its low price point. I don’t follow [...]

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App Inventor Underwhelms

October 7, 2010

Just before I left work yesterday, I got an email with my acceptance to the Google App Inventor Beta. I was pretty excited because I have an idea for a very basic app that I want to release for iOS and Android so I can compare market sizes, downloads, propensity to purchase, etc. I’ve hesitated [...]

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Is Android Un-Lutheran?

August 24, 2010

The answer is, of course, no? I won’t bring up the “A” word, but the choice of handset operating system is neither commanded nor prohibited in Scripture. In fact, at the LCMS National Convention I ran into plenty of pastors with Android phones. And, yes, even I, a qualified “Apple Fanboy” have an Android phone [...]

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For Aspiring iPhone App Developers

July 30, 2010

I would like to see a lot more iPhone apps that entertain, encourage, and educate from a confessional perspective. To that end, I would like to encourage anyone who’s interested to start developing some apps and I’d be willing to help to the best of my abilities. One book I can recommend on the subject [...]

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