After my recent explorations of Nintendo emulation on the Mac, I’ve created a few Super Nintendo (SNES) wallpapers (at 640 x 1136 pixels) for my iPhone 5, and I thought I’d share them with you. They’re on Flickr, and are linked below (with a direct link to the full-sized version in each case).
For me, Nintendo has always been the gold standard in gaming. I’ve not been without a Nintendo console in decades now, and I’m an enormous fan of the Zelda, Mario and Metroid series (and F-Zero, and Animal Crossing, and Starfox, and so on).
With today’s powerful Mac (and PC) hardware, we can rediscover all of our favourite vintage Nintendo games via emulation – and you can even use the original controllers, if you have them.
My latest chunk of open-source code is very simple: MGWordCounter provides live word-counting for NSTextViews on OS X and UITextViews on iOS.
- Counting is asynchronous (happens in the background).
- It tries not to count any more text than is necessary.
- It counts both the full text and any selection in the textview.
MGWordCounter uses NSString’s own (excellent) understanding of what constitutes a “word”, and thus will improve as NSString and the text system are enhanced in future.
People puzzle me. They really do. I think most of us are probably puzzled by those around them, and the internet of course multiplies the problem to Galactic Zoo proportions.
I have a theory on this subject, you won’t be surprised to learn. My theory is that there are two types of people: those who are actively puzzled by the behaviour of others, and those who don’t think about it at all. It doesn’t even occur to this latter group that others might not think the same way as they do. There’s no third group, by the way – and certainly not the mythical category of “people who truly understand the inner world of everyone else”. You only have the two basic categories:
- Barely enough awareness and empathy to be confused by others.
- No detectable empathy whatsoever.
Whilst the internet presumably has roughly the same distribution of each group as society at large does, it often seems like group 2 is in the majority. I want to talk a bit about those people, in the context of Twitter – though this stuff applies to any form of social media.
It was still half an hour before midnight, but the road was already deserted – which was perfectly normal for a Sunday night on the outskirts of a small, coastal fishing town in the north east of Scotland. The year was probably 1989, but I can no longer be entirely sure. I had more pressing concerns than the date. I was ten years old, I was alone, I was on a BMX bike, and I was cycling for my life.
I spend quite a bit of time writing, and I’d like to briefly share a list of the main tools I use – not just for the writing itself, but to help myself focus, resolve issues, and overcome the occasional bout of block.
In my mother’s home, the house I grew up in, there’s a cupboard. It’s the same cupboard you have in your own family home, even though it’s a different shape and size. Perhaps yours is even an attic or basement, but fundamentally it’s still the same place.
The cupboard is surprisingly deep, and the small, bare bulb works only intermittently. I have a theory that when you flip the switch (just inside the door), the bulb stays off only if you’ve forgotten that deep cupboards are places to quite rightly be just a little bit afraid of. If you’ve forgotten that fact, perhaps because you’ve grown up and society has long since shamed you into dismissing your irrational childhood fears, then the cupboard reminds you.
I’m oh so dark without that little light on, it says; don’t you remember?
I’ve previously written at some length about making your iOS apps accessible to visually impaired users, and the topic continues to be very important to me.
I’ve been enjoying using the App.Net social network lately, and have thus been trying out various new iOS clients for that service – of which there are many. It’s an exciting time, and reminds me very much of my first few months on Twitter.
An exciting time, that is, if your eyes are fully functional, but a frustrating one for those who rely on VoiceOver to read their iPhone or iPad’s interface to them. I’ve found two App.Net clients which illustrate the two extremes of VoiceOver support, and I wanted to graphically (in both senses) show the difference that a little bit of extra development work can make to visually impaired users.
The new iPhone 5 is a quite ridiculously beautiful thing, with far and away the best build quality (high praise indeed) of any iOS device I’ve yet owned. We took delivery of a black one and a white one last Friday, and whilst the lightness and solidity are striking, the most arresting aspect of the phone is of course its screen.