Category Archives: General

[Release] Better Passwords

Better passwordsCreating unique passwords for every online service you use can be tricky. The password needs to be long, secure, complex and yet easy to memorize. Achieving all of these goals for a single password is work – achieving them for every password is very hard work. That’s what Better Passwords is for – easily create lots of pronounceable yet complex and arbitrarily long passwords. You can basically configure everything. Check it out on the App Store – it’s cheaper than a cup of coffee and makes creating passwords a breeze!

Performance-testing helper class

In every project comes the time where you need to save a couple of cycles here and a couple of cycles there in order to improve performance. Often it is pretty easy to judge just by eyeballing it which approach will result in better performance for most cases. But sometimes that can be a little bit trickier and we (as engineers) want to have solid data – numbers – to back our judgement.

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Particle Playground v1.1 [Update]

UPDATE: Apple has just approved and Particle Playground v1.1 is now available in the Mac App Store.

Yesterday I uploaded Particle Playground v1.1 for Apple to review. I have been working on v2.0 but I received a mail that landscape support was something that was being looked forward to, so I decided to release an intermediary version with just a few new things.

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Particle Playground 1.0 released

I am so excited! Apple just approved Particle Playground and I set things up so that it will be available tomorrow (February 15th). There will be a 50%-off sale for the first two days. So it will cost 4.99$ for the first two days and 9.99$ after that.

You can read what I blogged about UIKit particle emitters in my recent posts or check it out in the Mac App Store.

I hope you enjoy PP as much as I enjoyed creating it and hopefully it soothes your pain as it did mine.

Using Spotlight as a calculator

I just stumbled upon a nice feature in Spotlight. You can input formulas into the Spotlight search bar and it short-circuits to Calculator and displays the result in the spotlight search results.

Use Spotlight as a calculator


It even supports log(x), ln(x), exp(x) and I guess a lot more functions I just didn’t think of when testing this for a bit.

Quite a handy feature I would say and one I have never seen before. But after googling for three seconds I found about a myriad posts about this. So I guess it’s yesteryears news. It still felt right to slap it up here. Maybe you didn’t know it either or maybe I will forget it again in a couple of months and this will be my reminder. 🙂