Current pet project – some IOS love ( 6 June 2013 )

I dual boot my personal MacBook Pro – I develop for both Windows and Mac. Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the Mac world doing IOS development. Here is a screenshot of just one of the projects that’s been keeping me away from my beloved Visual Studio when I’m at home. It’s a very simple iPhone app (Android and Windows Phone coming, soon) that allows you to pay for coffee and various other things at your local cafe and restaurants. You get electronic receipts,  collect points and redeem them for free coffee/ food. No need to carry cash or your bank card. In fact, you can leave your wallet at home :-) Currently undergoing private testing and refinement with the help of the Italian restaurant/cafe in my building (I’m a regular and they love me ) :-)

Hoping to turn this into a commercial product. A few exciting things are happening in the background..watch this space :-)

BTW: I’m AngularJS and ASP.Net MVC for the web frontend. The IOS app is fully native. The backed uses both Amazon AWS, Azure and NServiceBus/ MSMQ/ SQL Server.

Love this speech…lots of good lessons and reminders

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything , all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart”

- Steve Jobs

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Finally bought an Apple Thunderbolt display

I’ve finally bought a 27″ Apple Thunderbolt display. All I can say is that it’s the best monitor I have ever owned.   One advice : if you’re in the market for a new monitor, just go out and get one of these babies. Heck, get two of them if you can. Even if you’re using a laptop, you can daisy chain them to get a dual monitor setup…no additional hardware required.

At first, I wasn’t sure if it was worth spending almost AU$1200 per monitor when there are much cheaper options available.  But after having spent the last few days working on this display, all I can say is “go and get it!” …photos and video are going to look simply awesome and even if you spend a lot of time coding, Visual Studio is going to do backflips and make sweet love to you, I promise! :-)

 

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