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foo9 URL Shortener

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I was out of town for a couple days last week and had a lot of time to kill at my hotel. Needing something to do I decided to write my own URL shortening service. This is hardly an original idea – TinyURL.com has been around for a long time. Newcomer url(x) is great, too. However, there are changes I’d like to see made to both sites so I decided to roll my own. Plus, it turned out to be a fun computer science-y puzzle (more on that later). I’ve called my shortening service foo9.net. First off, I wanted the…

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iPhone Versus Dog

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A lesson for all you iPhone owners out there: don’t leave your phone on a table that your dog can reach. I got out of the shower this morning to find my dog, Gracie, gnawing away on my phone in the middle of the living room. I was a little upset, but life goes on. How’d the iPhone fare against the jaws of a 25-pound canine beast? See for yourself . . . The bottom backside has a bunch of teeth marks in it. I can tell she was really biting into it hard. The ringer/speaker is still alive -…

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Lessons From a First Time Mac Developer

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I’m a web developer by trade. I’ve been programming for the web for over ten years – prior to that I was (god forgive me) a VisualBasic and then .NET developer. Ever since switching to Mac I’ve been interested in building software for OS X. Over the last few years I read up on Cocoa and wrote a few practice apps. I followed most of the Cocoa blogs and even read Aaron Hillegass’ book. However, the lack of a good idea and all of my other web commitments kept me from digging in and writing my first real Mac app….

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