Oct 22 2010

Favorite iPad Apps

It’s really hard to find really great iPad apps from the hundreds of thousands of apps available from the Apple iTunes appstore. I’ve bought a few apps that I’ve later regretted. In this post I’ll list the top five iPad apps, other than Twitter apps, that I love using on the iPad. I’m always looking for new apps to try out, if you have any suggestions, please feel free to list them in the comments sections.

Autodesk SketchBook Pro – My go to app for drawing a quick sketch for an idea, logo, or design is the Autodesk SketchBook Pro. It’s easy to use, has a nice selection of different brushes and patterns. One of my favorite features is the mirror, drawing one a line will produce a mirrored image of that line. I also like that the produced images can easily be exported at a high resolution. SketchBook Pro also supports multiple layers. There are few features I would like to add to this app. I’ve used images generated from this app in my Tumblr on many occasions.

Penultimate – Another favorite sketch app is Penultimate. This sketch app is a lot simpler and easier to use. Penultimate only has three pen widths and six colors to choose so I used this for rough sketches for ideas. The look of Penultimate feels like a Molskine notepad. Penultimate allows you to have multiple notebooks, each for a different project. You can export a page as an image or a notebook as a PDF document.

Amazon Kindle – I’ve had a Kindle since it was originally released and I have a lot of notes, highlights, and bookmarks for the Kindle ebooks that I’ve read. Even though I have a Kindle, the most common way I read Kindle books is through my iPad via the Kindle for iPad application.

Adobe PS Express – The Adobe PS Express is my favorite app when it comes to cropping pictures on the iPad. PS Express comes with a few commonly used photo manipulations such as cropping, straightening, rotating, and flipping images. It also has a predefined set of borders and filters to apply on your photos or image files.

Strip Design – Strip Design is a very simple iPhone and iPad app that allows you to create comic strip like panels. You can create a strip of one, two, three, or four panels. In each panel you can drop a different image. You can also add thought balloons and different stickers such as crazy looking mustaches or action effects.

Dragon Dictation – Dragon Dictation helps to transcribe to text what you say. This is really useful to record a thought and have it transcribed to text quickly. Dragon has good recognition, at least it has worked for me. I used Dragon Dictation when I want to jot down a idea quickly, then I emailed me the dictated text for final editing.

May 2 2010

Retweet April 2010

From time to time I just blast tweets about software development, project planning, team dynamics, or whatever else comes to mind. Here is a synopsis of recent tweets and rants. If you want to follow the conversation follow me at techknow and/or juixe and I’ll be sure to follow back.

Software Development

  • Any software feature request should be broken down to 90% thinking and 10% coding.
  • Multiple-touch is the greatest things since buttons.
  • If a developer fools you once, shame on you, because they are usually fooling themselves when it comes to giving accurate estimates.
  • Don’t take developers estimate at face value.
  • Recommend The Rubyist for the Developers Directory on Tumblr: http://www.tumblr.com/directory/recommend/developers/rubyist
  • Many non-programming software users don’t understand the meaning of concatenated or null so don’t use these in labels in your UI.
  • I like to provide solutions that don’t involve complaining.
  • If Heraclitus is right and you never step in the same river twice, then you never write the same program twice.
  • Bugs keep my code humble.
  • A bug’s ingenuity is proportional to a developer’s ego and self importance.
  • Bugs like to in build nests out of spaghetti code in untested corner cases.
  • Working running code is just one corner case.
  • I use dead laptop drives as coasters.
  • My emotions are user generated.
  • I om nom nom nom on memes.
  • The interweb is my inspiration.

Team Leadership

  • When life gives you lemons, you may make lemonade. When life gives me lemons, I make myself some limoncello.
  • New motto/slogan: Don’t be a robot, unless you are 20 feet tall and can transform into a fighter jet.
  • Dream big or wake up.
  • The Law of Big Consequences: Large consequences are often the effect of making considerable decisions in a big rush.
  • Laughter is the duct tape equivalent of emotions, it can be used to patch up bad feelings or misunderstandings.
  • Manual, Error Prone, Time Consuming. Pick none!
  • When people dig their own hole they can’t get out of it by digging deeper.
  • Fight the power, and fight the hype.
  • A key skill in life is to know when to end a conversation.
  • Nothing is how you thought of it originally, it is up to you to make it better.
  • If you have time to lean, you have time to clean.

Product Placement

  • Amazon knows what books you bought for the Kindle, how often and for how long you read, can add and remove books, and read your bookmarks, notes, and highlights…
  • FaceBook, Inc = F.B.I.
  • Apple wants to design multiple-touch devices, Google wants to crawl content, Facebook wants to own your social graph and associated data.
  • Facebook is really dumbing down the web with the like button.
  • Facebook’s Open Graph is not really open. If you don’t own the platform, can look through the source, can own the data it is not open!
  • Did someone just unlocked the Foursquare Sellout Badge at Yahoo HQ!
  • I’ve had enough Lifetime movies for one lifetime.
  • The world according Ronald McDonald is made out of corn meal.
  • The McChicken nugget is the worst thing since sliced bread.
  • Peeps are the most disgusting artificial food product.


  • One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. – Bob Marley
  • I don’t like negotiating with people I can’t beat up. – Goldberg
  • We live in an amazing world and it’s wasted on the crappiest generation. – Louis C.K.
  • Beware of artists they mix with all classes of society and are therefore most dangerous. – Queen Victoria
  • He eyes are the nipples of the face. -The House Bunny

Dec 13 2009

Retweet November 2009

From time to time I just blast tweets about software development, project planning, team dynamics, or whatever else comes to mind. Here is a synopsis of recent tweets and rants. If you want to follow the conversation follow me at techknow and/or juixe and I’ll be sure to follow back.

Software Development

  • If bad artists copy and great artists steal then bad programmers copy and great programmers cut and paste.
  • You have to think outside our current requirements and think about solutions that fit the platform and which we can build product features.
  • Can programmer mood/happiness be deciphered based on rate of check-ins, changelist, source code diff size, amount of refactoring?
  • Software is alchemy. The magic of software is that it can turn complexity to simplicity.
  • One man’s feature is another’s complexity.

Team Leadership

  • A 10:00 PM design leads to 1:00 AM release leads to 8:00 AM FAIL.
  • There are sore losers and sour winners!
  • You may know your competitors, but do you know your complementor? Complementors are businesses and services that complement yours.
  • Know thy competitor, and get to know thy complementor.
  • The biggest risk is not taking risks.
  • Don’t be afraid of someone stealing your idea, be afraid that someone is actually going to follow through with it
  • Taking startup advice is like taking dating advice.

Product Placement

  • Google Wave does not feel like a wave, it is more like a creek and I am without a paddle.
  • I’m riding the Google Wave, but not drinking the Google Kool-Aid.
  • It’s great that Apple invest in design and multi-touch tech, but they need to invest in water proof tech too. I’ve lost two ipods to water.
  • I want to tether an iPod Touch with an iPhone.
  • The iPhone is the PC.
  • I have a growing collection of ebooks on my Kindle, in fact I have not bought a hard cover book since I got my Kindle over a year ago.
  • Recharging my Kindle. It used to be that a book recharged my creativity and imagination now I have to recharge my ebook.
  • FaceBook should just rename itself to FarmBook! All I see on FaceBook when I sign in are updates from FarmVille, Cafe World, etc…
  • Will Microsoft port Google Go to the .NET platform? Why will they call it? G++? Iron Google Go? Google Go 2010 Business Edition?
  • What will people abbreviate Google Go down to? GooGo? GoGo? Goo? Goog++? Golang? Pogo?
  • ‘Python 300’ + ‘C++’ + Googleplex + $$$ + WTF = Google Go

Self Development

  • Creditability is worth more than money in the bank.
  • It is better to work on your own ideas than on someone else’s assumptions.
  • To think outside the box it helps to first master the box.
  • Don’t do what stops you from doing what you want to do unless that is what you want to do.
  • You are damned if you do, damned if you don’t, and damned if you hesitate.
  • If you don’t have the key to success, call on a locksmith.


  • The biggest motivation is not the money but the impact. – Matt Mullenweg/#TWiST 26
  • You can’t build everything and there is no more a killer feature. Everyone has a different killer feature. – Matt Mullenweg/#TWiST 26
  • I am the unhappiest WordPress user in the world, I think it sucks. – Matt Mullenweg/#TWiST 26
  • Having a virtual assistant is one of the greatest training for managers. – Matt Coffin/#TWiST 27
  • I only believe rumors that I start – Mike Elgan
  • Wait a second, … you’ll waiting for me to take a risk, and then you’ll take a risk, that is not risk at all – @jason/#TWiST
  • We spend more time worrying and planning for the downside than we do spend worrying and planning for the upside. – Mark Pincus/Zynga
  • A lot of what you have to do as CEO is convince the employees that you are not a normal company. – Mark Pincus/Zynga
  • If you don’t have control of your company, you are an employee. – Mark Pincus
  • The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. – Eric Hoffer