2020 Is Here! 🤯

It’s time for my annual blog post about my goals for the year, this one contains another twist on things I am not going to do the normal monthly goals. Not that I don’t have goals that I could break down monthly, but this year I want to switch this blog into something else.

This year I plan to start writing more about tech, apps, my side work hobbies, and maybe even some about my day job work as well (hint its basically the same as my personal side projects as well 🤷‍♂️).

Here are some of the topics I plan to talk about:

  • Switching to iPad as my only mobile workstation.
  • Kernel iPad App.
  • Kernel Watch App Overhaul.
  • Universal Links.
  • Build out a website for my Church
  • Building tvOS app(s) (have at least 2 I may do this year)
  • Building an entire app from an iPad (maybe, we’ll see)
  • Writing about new apps I want to make this year (have like 3 in my head already)
  • Swift UI
  • General Apple Watch and iPad Topics
  • Tech and App Reviews – Which will tie in with my YouTube account.

These are just a few that quickly came to mind. Hope this interests you and if so, feel free to hit me up on twitter or wherever you find me.

Obtain 1.1.3 Released – Now more complicated 🤣

Obtain 1.3 went live in the App Store yesterday with the added ability to select different options for the watch complications.

Every complication is now supported and has at least a couple options to choose from. My favorite is still the Bezel complication you can now have the date and time displayed. Which I understand can be a little odd for a weight tracking app, but lets be real not everyone wants to scream it on the hills that they are trying to lose weight, so why not have the option to just see a small graph indicating your progress and the rest be relative information for you daily life.

This update a lot of fun, but also took me a little longer to get done. I hope you all enjoy it, if there is another complication option you’d like to see, please let me know. And if you haven’t yet be sure to download and check out the app

AirPods are magically most of the time, but when they aren’t…

You hear so many people (well tech nerds at least) about how the AirPod are their favorited Apple product in years and although they are great they are also so frustrating.

Don’t get me wrong I love my AirPod I’m on my second pair (first pairs batteries started to give out) and have had a pair since day 2. I’ve carried them with me almost every day since them and use them multiple days a week if not everyday some weeks.

My biggest issue comes with using them with multiple devices and connecting. They constantly connect and disconnect when initially switching devices and getting them to reconnect seems like this awful dance of going into Bluetooth setting sometimes turning it off, sometimes restarting the entire device and then if all else fails removing them altogether doing s hard reset on the AirPods and repairing hem and forgetting to reset the tap button until after I trigger Siri accidentally.

Maybe I am alone in this, I know it’s way better then regular Bluetooth, but I have high hopes that version 2, whenever it comes out will be better at this along with whatever other features Apple decides to crams in there.

Obtain Apple Watch App Now Available 🎉

It was actually released the other day, but I haven’t had time to write a post about it in until now. If you haven’t gotten the app yet you can download it here.

The watch app is pretty simple as I stated in my last post. I want to keep it fast and easy to use. It was a ton of fun to create. I hadn’t been able to make one since ChoreMonster. I am also still super proud of the watch icon.

This was my first time working with complications, which I’ve also kept simple for now, but with the help from @qzervaas creator of the amazing Streaks and Outcast apps. I was able to add a little extra to the infographic top sub-dial complication. If you set the apps icon there it will display the time in the bezel area. I love this watch face, but with all the complications it does make reading the time a little harder. So having this feature is a huge plus (for me at least)

I still have a ton planned that I want to add to the app and plan to keep working nights and weekends to bring more and more features. Feel free to hit me up with anything you’d like to see

Also don’t hesitate to write a review for it if you have tried it out.

Thanks again,

-Brian

Obtain Apple Watch App Now Available 🎉

It was actually released the other day, but I haven’t had time to write a post about it in until now. If you haven’t gotten the app yet you can download it here.

The watch app is pretty simple as I stated in my last post. I want to keep it fast and easy to use. It was a ton of fun to create. I hadn’t been able to make one since ChoreMonster. I am also still super proud of the watch icon.

This was my first time working with complications, which I’ve also kept simple for now, but with the help from @qzervaas creator of the amazing Streaks and Outcast apps. I was able to add a little extra to the infographic top sub-dial complication. If you set the apps icon there it will display the time in the bezel area. I love this watch face, but with all the complications it does make reading the time a little harder. So having this feature is a huge plus (for me at least)

I still have a ton planned that I want to add to the app and plan to keep working nights and weekends to bring more and more features. Feel free to hit me up with anything you’d like to see

Also don’t hesitate to write a review for it if you have tried it out.

Thanks again,

-Brian

Still Working on a Weight Tracking App

My original goal for my April resolution was to finish and publish a personal App in the AppStore. My initial thought was a simple Disney app for tracking a few things while on your trip, but at the end of January a weight tracking app came to mind and I quickly switched gears and built a good 60% of the app in less then a couple weeks.

The only thing I really miss from my pre-iOS 11 life was Weightbot by Tapbots (the creators of Tweetbot), I loved that app and continued to use it even though it was never updated for the iPhone 5 screen. It was quick and great at showing me my current weight and the amount I lost since my last weigh-in, amazingly enough a lot of other apps don’t show you what you recently lost.

But just having an app with that wasn’t going to be enough, every app I’ve used in the past has you input 2 major things, your start weight and your goal weight. For me sadly these 2 numbers are usually pretty far off, so I usually lower my goal weight to something a little more obtainable and once I hit it, I change it to my next obtainable weight. So with the app I am building you’ll have you Main Goal and Mini Goals weight options. I am sure there are a few apps that do this, but I haven’t seen any and honestly, didn’t bother looking too hard, cause I had an idea and just wanted to build it.

I originally planned to have this app done by Mid-February 🤦🏻‍♂️, But instead I got it usable enough and started using it. During that time I have lost over 50lbs, I am not crediting the app for it all, I’ve made some better life choices, but the app has played a part and I have enjoyed using it to see my progress. But with focusing on health and a couple job changes. I fully just stopped working on the app until about a month ago. I’ve made some great progress during my nights and weekends and currently planning to finish it up in the next week or so. I am doing all design 😱 and code myself. The design is definitely out of my comfort zone, but its been fun.

I am super excited about finally finishing this app up. Mainly just to have my own app in the AppStore again. I haven’t had one available in over 7 years now. I’ll try to post more on here soon about it once I finish up the last couple features and add some more polish.

Personal projects and that last 10-20% to finish 😩

Why is it so hard to finish that last little bit of a personal app to get it ready for the store. I’ve worked on multiple person projects throughout my 8+ years of iOS development and only released one personal app. I’ve cranked out probably about 15 apps (with multiple updates) for work/clients. Yet mine I just can’t force myself to polish them up enough to launch.

I trying to change that this year I had the goal of releasing 2 personal apps this year. The first one was suppose to come out in April, but of course hasn’t happened yet, but I am hoping to at least finish it at some point this summer 🤞.

Only time will tell though. If anyone has any tips to help me please share.

2018 Resolutions

I think I thought up a few items last year, but they didn’t last past February, so this year I wanted to take another swing at them and do them in a different way. So I am setting a goal for each month. Some will be easy and other will take work every month before their goal month to accomplish. Anyways here they are:

January

Use my iPad more

I love my 10.5in iPad Pro  it amazing, but since I got the iPhone X, it’s been sitting in its sleeve. So this month I’ve been getting it out more and more to read, browse and also to write this blog post with. I’ve also been trying to use it more as a second display on my MacBook Pro from time to time. I’m still hoping that one day I can easily develop apps on this device I love its portability and the battery life and would love to be able to use it less as a consumption device and more for creating things.


February

Enjoy Disney w/ family

Excited to go back to Disney mid February. We joined DVC last year. So we are going to be staying at the Polynesian resort for part of our stay. We may attempt driving this time. Plane tickets for the days we need are pretty outrageous and having a car down there this time would be beneficial. Also Hudson is not an easy flyer, even though he loves planes. So even though it’s just a week in February and an easy task. I just want to make sure I fully enjoy trip.

March

Have read 2 books

Last year I think I read a total of 2 books (outside of bible reading). I wanna improve that this year by reading at least 4. Currently I’m about finished with Lessons of a Third Grade Dropout and partially into the Jony Ive book, so those will most likely be the first I finish this year. I’m also reading comics as well 🤓. Mainly just D.C. ones and for free thanks to Hoopla.

April

1st personal app in the store

I have at least 5 app ideas I want to eventually make. None are big money makers, but just apps that I personally want to have so goal is to finish and polish up my Disney app first and get that out by April and then work on another one for the rest of the year. I haven’t had my own app in the store since 2012. So looking forward to getting something out there again.

May

TBall season

Both boys will be in TBall this year, so in May I wanna focus on spending more time with them practicing and having fun outside.

June

Be better at balancing work/life

To go along with May, I want to get a better balance with work and family life this year. I have the privilege of working from home most of the week, but it can make things rough at times, so I am hoping to figure out a better schedule to make sure I am done working and ready for family when they are ready for me.

July

Be Healthier then ever before.

Most of my goals are being worked on outside of there goal months this one more then the others. Back before Hudson was born I had gotten down to the lowest weight I have ever been as an adult (which was 100lbs lost from my heaviest 😬). I want to not only get back to that, but also continue it. Being a nerd I’m obviously using tech to help my on that path. So far the apps/devices I am using to obtain that are the Apple WatchLoseIt  HealthMate  Nokia(Withings) ScaleStreaksZero, and WaterMinder.

August

Have read a total of 4 books

Not sure what other books I’ll read this year I have a bunch I’ve bought. Thinking Becoming Steve Jobs will be one of them.

September

Learn to draw

To go along with using my iPad more, I also want to draw more. I’ve never considered myself as artistic/creative. Even though I have created my own apps and done video projects in the past. In my mind I’ve always linked the word creative with drawling. I know it’s so much more than that, but that’s how my brain sees it. And I would love to learn how draw better. And the iPad and Apple Pencil are great for that.

October

Enjoy Disney with my Wife

Another Disney trip, this one without my kids. As many of you know I love taking the family to Disney, but it’s also nice to get away as adults and go to Disney. It’s just freeing to go there and not have to worry about all the things needed for the kids and doing all the things to keep them happy. So in October we are going without the kids and I can’t wait.

November

2nd Personal App in store

The first app I have planned this year is fairly easy it’s mostly done. This one hasn’t even been started, nor have I decided which of my other ideas this one will be just yet. So I’ll have a lot to figure out and soon to be able to make this one a reality by November.

December

Have all the Christmas stuff done before the 15th

Christmas is way to stressful, wanna try to fix that in 2018 and help out my wife more and plan out better for myself as well.

Watch Durability

So the big announcement is about 12 hours away. And one of my main concerns is not the price, but the durability of the watch itself.

I have been wearing a smart device (mostly fitness) of some sort since 2011 with the first Jawbone UP.

Ignore the first UP, it had major issues. I have had the other 2 iterations, a Nike FuelBand, Fitbit Flex & Force, and the Pebble Steel.

One thing that all of these devices have in common is they all broke on me and had to be replaced multiple times (other than the recalled force, only had it for a couple weeks). I am not an extremely active person. I’m a computer programmer that spends most of his time in front of a computer, yet I have had all these issues with these wearable devices.

I believe that if anyone can get something right the first time it would be Apple, but I still worry about the durability of a daily device that is covered in glass and worn on my wrist.  I guess only time will tell, but I am personally hoping that there will be an AppleCare option for it.

Device kill count:

  • UP – too many to remember
  • Nike FuelBand – 3
  • Fitbit Flex – 2 bands
  • Pebble Steel – 4