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The Robot Reporter

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fuckwittery / geek

Hello. If you’re visiting this post, you’ve probably spotted @theroboreporter on Twitter. Or maybe it retweeted you, and you’ve asked why, or asked it to delete a tweet. In any case, here’s what you need to know: @theroboreporter isn’t a person, it’s software. Here’s what it does: 1) Journalists all around the world scour Twitter for images they want to republish. 2) When they find one, they tweet to the person who posted it, asking for […]

App Preview Videos for Newsstand

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geek / video

If you’re promoting an interactive magazine – and if you’re putting a magazine on a tablet, it really should be interactive – nothing really shows it off like a video, so we’ve been producing preview videos of our apps, like the one above, for some time. But with iOS8 comes the new option to embed a video right into your store listing, and a few people have asked how to do that – so here’s […]

Futzing with Swift and Cocoa

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fuckwittery / geek

I’ve never learned Objective C – my iOS stuff is written in Titanium (essentially Javascript, because anyone can play guita.. uh, write Javascript), and my personal tools for Mac are all scripts to run from Terminal. So the idea of a simpler language that could be used for both iOS and Mac OSX is pretty attractive to me. Problem is, I’ve never used Xcode, or the Cocoa libraries before. But I thought I’d give it a […]

QNAP Nas to Nas RSYNC – Stuck at 0%

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geek

Something I learned, and which may be useful to someone else: One of Apptitude’s servers is a QNAP NAS running firmware 4.0.7. Every 24 hours it runs a backup, via RSYNC (SSH encrypted) to a remote site where we have another QNAP. Last night, the backup job glitched – no errors were logged, but it just sat uselessly at 0% for six hours. Here’s what I learned: The QNAP Rsync system can only handle file […]

Kittens vs UKIP

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geek / politics

Per the excellent suggestion of Marina Isaac, UKitten is a Chrome Extension that replaces all images of Nigel Farage or related to UKIP with images of kittens from Tea and Kittens. It’s available now from the Chrome Web Store. UPDATE: Now also available for Safari – click here to download, then double-click that file to install.