DVD authoring adventures →

Dan Moren on Six Colors walks through his use of ffmpegX to convert a video to MPEG2 format for DVD. An alternative to ffmpegX is to use ffmpeg directly from the command line. If you have used Don Melton’s transcode-video tools (and you definitely should) you will have already installed ffmpeg via Homebrew. To do… Read more »

TW64 fitness tracker review

The TW64 aka the FakeFitBit is a very cheap fitness tracker. I purchased mine during the “Singles Day” AliExpress sale for US $9.65. Which when compared with Many other fitness trackers on the market it’s very very cheap in comparison. But the old adage of you get what you pay for applies heavily with the TW64…. Read more »

Prototyping tools compared →

Some time a go I did a roundup of prototyping tools for front end developers. Tes Mat has done a great series on the current landscape of prototyping tools available starting off with proto.io, Pixate, Origami, Framer & Form replicating the on boarding of the IFTT app. There is also a follow up to it with… Read more »

Getting started with ReactJS

ReactJS is all the rage in the JavaScript community. It allows you to build an apps UI as discrete components that pass the data in a one-way reactive flow. It’s a library just for the view of MVC. But it’s not a framework. I’ve been using ReactJS for a proof of concept at work and using… Read more »

Setting up a NAS

For a long time I’ve wanted a NAS (Networked Attached Storage) but put off buying one due to the cost. For those that don’t know what a NAS is it is a small box that either plugs into your network/router via cable or wifi. It’s a hard drive that you can access on your network… Read more »

Update iOS Sketch 3 Templates

I’ve been using Sketch 3 recently (after a long hiatus) and a great productivity tip for iOS 9 design is to take advantage of a GUI template. A GUI template has all the UI elements painstakingly recreated in Sketch, to help you supplement your own designs. We have two great choices thanks to Meng To (of Design + Code) and… Read more »

Prepare for iOS 9

With the coming of iOS 9 tomorrow it will pay for you to get your iOS devices in a ready state for update day. Here are my top tips to help get you prepared: Make sure you have enough data on your internet account. Expect to go through gigs of data with iOS and app… Read more »

Getting experience with Swift

The best way I’ve found to learn new programming languages is simply to start using them. So when I had an app idea I wanted to itch I decided to use Swift 2 and jump straight in. Using the new Xcode 7 you don’t even need a developers license to install your own apps on… Read more »

Siri Remote Only Available in Eight Launch Countries →

This is stupid to say the least. The new remote being bluetooth and having volume control (let alone touch) for the TV is still an improvement over the previous Apple TV version. It looks like I’ll be sourcing an Australian model. The new Siri Remote will, at launch, only be available in eight countries at… Read more »