20 Burst results for "James Thomson"

Whats that big bird

True Mysteries of the Pacific Northwest

03:48 min | 4 months ago

Whats that big bird

"Of coffee anymore. Today's story PTERODACTYL sightings. The PTERODACTYL is a flying reptile. They were thought to have died out at the end of the cassation period, but there have been sightings across north. America. Since Spanish first set foot on what today's Mexico pterodactyls were there on pictographs and discovered on the face of cliffs native. Americans. Spoke of a giant bird eight people in sketched their images on hides. But there have been a rash of sightings in modern times, the nineteen, sixty, a couple driving. Driving through California's Trinity National Forest reported seeing the so what a giant bread that they asked committed to have a wingspan of thirty feet later described it as resembling a pterodactyl may nineteen, sixty, one in New York state a businessman flying his private plane over the Hudson River valley claimed that he was buzzed by a large flying creature that he sat luck like a pterodactyl January nineteen, seventy-six Harlingen Texas Teens Jackie Davis. Tracy Lawson reported seeing a bird on the. The ground that stood five feet tall was dark in color with a ball head and face like gorillas. The sharp six inch long beak a subsequent investigation by their parents, uncovered tracks that had three toes and were eight inches across that same year. In San Antonio Texas three elementary school teachers teachers. Now saw what they described as a PTERODACTYL swooping low over their cars. As they drove. They said, it's Wingspan was between twenty and thirty feet and one of the. The teachers commented that glided through the air on huge bony wings like a bat, September nineteen, eighty, two loss. Fresno Texas, an ambulance driver named James Thomson was stopped while driving on highway one hundred by a sighting of a large bird like object flying low over the area. He described it as a black grace bird, but the rough texture. But no feathers, it had a twenty foot Wingspan Hump on the back of its head and almost no neck at all. All after consulting some books to identify the creature, he decided it most closely look like pterodactyl. There have been numerous pictures taken of flying reptiles. One such photo show six civil war union soldiers standing over a PTERODACTYL. They apparently shot down shortly after the photo was published experts, cleared it a fake however recently, that creator of the Phony Photo said, it was a replica of the real picture. He has since produced the original most recently twenty, sixteen, a man in. In the city of Corvallis Oregon says, he saw a big bird that sounded like a dinosaur, the man who provided a full name, but asked to remain anonymous told Cryptos, who just news that he works as a campus security guard. He says, he was taking out the trash in the middle of the day when the creatures startled him, it flew from above house across the street and glided back to the ground. I only saw briefly those caught off guard by. By size and the screeching sounded made a sounded like an old movie dinosaur. He described the creature was flying with a wingspan of about twenty to thirty feet of wink. The

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What is a Blanket?

Robot or Not?

03:43 min | 5 months ago

What is a Blanket?

"Listener James Thomson. Referred to in a previous episode. At ask a question that he says is coming from under a blanket composed under a blanket, John. He says what is a blanket if I take a dubuffet from the bed into the living room, does it become a blanket is a blanket that has sleeves still a blanket. What about a giant blanket? Style Hoodie? Yes, I. Do have all of those things. So? What do you think about blankets I when I read this tweet? Sending it from under a blanket that I'm assuming that is A. A British ISM or a think so. Like. You're managing. These huddled entirely underneath it instead of having his head, stick out in his arms. Are In our country. You say you're under a blanket pictured. Oh, covering the entire body including your head like you're hiding. From right, but I'm assuming. Under completely under a blanket. Just tell who knows happening this out right so just a little a little fun there from across the pond, all right Blanket. This is is is another interesting one where we might have, it might be such a general term that can can encompass many different things, but I'll knock some out away the thing with the sleeves and the hood. Not a blanket. Sorry, I mean there's there's a reason we have selling names that you can call it a slang kit you can call. SNUGGIE! Yeah, not great, and it's more of a brand name. But like if you make clothing out of blanket, material does not make the clothing and blanket. Once you've got sleeves and ahead whole, not a blanket you've just made. A blanket, you can make a skirt out of a blanket. You can make a wedding dress out of a blanket, but if I make a three out of Terry cloth, it is not a towel. Yeah, Maria made made outfits for all the kids that have drapes, yeah! Yeah that one that was as you said that one away plying south off your bed, and bringing it into another room. I mean like I. Know You. People don't want to call it a blanket because that's like you know, it's a comforter quilt. Do all sorts of other words for it, but I'M GONNA. Say that all of those things that you put on top of a bed sheets are. Are Blankets of some kind and the other things are just making it more specific, so bring them into or out of the bedroom doesn't change the fact that they're categorically a kind of blanket now. That'd be to that to say. A quilt is not a blanket. How dare you also just from culture? I consider the thing that's laying on top of my bed. That's INNOVA. Cover a blanket. A comforter, but it's, but it's a blanket. It's a kind of blanket. It does a big flat thing that you put on top of yourself to be warm. That's not a sheet it's it's like it. It's a blanket maybe. If. You want to call that fancy I. Don't know why Americans have debate covers, but also. comforters and that are also blankets I. It's complicated, but I consider that a blanket and if I bring it into the living room. It's still blanket because I'm using it to blanket my body with an object. Therefore I keep warm and it's not a sheet because she'd are thin and blankets are thicker in some way whether they're quilted or have stuffing or just made a fuzzy material, remember the seventies blankets with the velvety ends on them. Remember those yes, that woolley material and they had two long strips of velvety stuff. We have a lot of we have a lot of. The those Fuzzy Fleece Fleece blankets that we have. More modern nineties things please bring stuff. I think the dispenses with all James's stuff. He can come out now. Let's get out from under their. It's getting stuffy in there, James, you need some fresh air. Get Out of the blanket

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"james thomson" Discussed on Mac Power Users

Mac Power Users

06:13 min | 6 months ago

"james thomson" Discussed on Mac Power Users

"It was interesting because people wanted to play games. I mean I'm kind of the same generation as you and it was command line computers, Commodore Sixty. Four was also in the United States. It was a great computer. But. We didn't have a lot to work with and also game. Developers really didn't have a lot to work with, so it was. It was really kind of fun to see the different kinds of games that came out and the one John Ray. You keep talking about that. You really don't see any more kind of the text adventure. But. That was something that was accessible to us. You know yeah, and we actually we wrote a text adventure. Ourselves slit the first thing. I really wrote as a as a program. Yeah me to read that If yes, go to twenty. We were self teaching ourselves high to- right this thing and. It was the schools were having a competition between all the different schools in the area, and we had to produce a set of multimedia, pack and multimedia in the sense of like writing drawings, whatever and Are. Groups that we're going. Write like a program to go into this pack because you know we're cool. And we wrote this text adventure, and it was all based on the line that which wardrobe. So. It was a sort of I. Mean it wasn't great? It was probably you know an. Unlimited number of locations things you could do. Graphics things as well, but we wrote this thing and our school won the competition, and we were like Oh, clearly this was. Our game had pushed us over the edge to to win this and at the prize-giving ceremony. The Guy who. Who was running the competition? Who worked for the libraries? He said there was also tape in with the pack and. I put it in my stereo and it was just a bunch of high pitched noises. That was so yeah. Yeah so for for the younger listeners. used to use cassette tapes to record your program sue before they were disks. Yeah, I'm. So I went through all the the sort of the various upgrades and Accommodate one to eight, and and eventually I got myself an Atari Peter Because I was really into music and I was going to this picture musician and the Atari had always mid reports. And I did actually I, recently find I was the last trip we made before lockdown was to take stuff to the dump. And went down. Pin Up unloaded all the stuff. It was a bunch of data, electronics, and things like that as of his turning to leave, I could see a keyboard sticking out of Capo box and I looked at thought I'm going to kind of keyboard. This is I. Look to further and I realized that it was the keyboard of an Atari Sti. which was computer that I had by then? I left it up and underneath the Atari Five, five twenty, there was an Amiga five hundred, and both of these would like power supply is a in mice, and everything and I was like well. Khan really leave this stuff here? No, you can't. and. So you I like to take stuff from the dumps here there's rules about that kind of thing so I am so carrying this. You know lots of computer parts, and a guy comes up to me and he's like. What you're doing I'm like. He's offensive which apparently? He's like. Go on and. I have I have the two behind me. And the the Atari plugged Olean and I fi-. I still have one old TV. SA- flat screen. It's still had an RF in and plug the Atari into, and it had tetris a floppy disk in it, and brought it up fine and works perfectly. The AMIGA doesn't boo and I think it's a dead power supply, but I I just feel. Replacement floppy drive emulator. Is a little box that. A standard floppy drive at the time, but it's got a slot on the Front for USB stick and sort of up Dan. Can load it up with Lake, a thousand virtual floppy disks, and then pick which one you want it to be. Apparently these are like generally feel like musical instruments and all sorts. Weird things used floppy drives that they still want to work yeah. But Yeah I plan to kind of. Get these two things going again and. It's it's a sickness. I realized that I spent a significant portion of my childhood on an Atari as T. I. Remember I specifically remember when the five twenty t came out. How Jealous I was everybody that got that computer, because I had the older one yeah, and then at one point I had taken my computer to a friend, literally soldered ram on top of the Ram. We just opened up and we got a much of ram off out of the back of a magazine. And you just soldered every pin on top of the other night doubled the memory and I thought I was just amazing. I mean. You didn't actually miss much because it was very little software that was written. That took advantage of the S. t. e. BITs. The Commodore one to eight. You know the only thing I ever ran on that. Really it was commodore, sixty four software, and occasionally there'd be some game who would run it twice the frame rate or or something like that, but I think the was kind of the end of the Atari, run that was when they were kind of Kinda, falling off, but the just for fun a few years ago, I stumbled into some Atari St, a software that you could run on the Mac to just kind of emulate it, and it was really kind of fun seeing a little busy be icon, and the stuff that I in high school was such a big deal to me. I mean that was the thing that I discovered. Because when I went to university I did a competing science degree from one, thousand, nine, thousand, nine, hundred, ninety, four, and the university was all Max..

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I Predate the Home Computer with James Thomson

Mac Power Users

05:55 min | 6 months ago

I Predate the Home Computer with James Thomson

"I'm excited for. Today's show got an interesting guest we do. It's going to be so much fun. I was looking back to the archives were planning guests and I was like wait. This person hasn't been on. We should fix this, and so we we are joined by. The friend of the Internet I think I'M GONNA. Give Him that title Mr James Thompson. Oh thank you. It's a pleasure to be here. I was I was looking at? It's like yeah has taken five hundred thirty eight episodes. Feed to motors. I'm here and I I feel now. I feel really bad I just want I've joking that sounds like I've got a massive ego. I do have a massive. Massive Ego, but the funny thing is. We've talked about a on the show. I mean back. This shows I did with Katie. We should talk about you. I don't know. Maybe we just felt like you were unaccessible. You were like one of those people at the top with like two or three assistance, and we'd never get through to you. I I. Think I could not be further from the truth. Well James is the developer of CALC. And You've done of stuff with apple, and as an infant developed over the years and James. I'm really looking forward to talking today about some of your experiences. All I am hopefully. I've got something interesting to say so I. Know You do I. Know You do the question is? Will we get you to say it? Look I left Apple Twenty years ago I'm I feel like the statue of limitations has passed on? So I like that, too. So James I feel like we've known each other a long time. We have a shared interest in. Technology history, we have a shared interest in Lego if a shared interest in. Nerdy things for nerdy things sake. I feel like we are very much. Cut from the same cloth, but we want our listeners to get to know you a little bit, so give us a little bit of your background. Maybe how you made it to be the full-time developer that you are now I mean I guess. This sort of wettest star is right to the beginning I mean. It's like I'm old enough that I said of predate the home computer and My first sort of real computer experiences were had an extra neighbor who was at American from California, and he had an apple two, and this would probably be very early eighties, probably eight, hundred, eighty-one or something, and I would go round there and I play on the Apple. Two and I play all these. There was a game that I took took me about ten years to work out what it actually was, but it was getting Kobe mosque the son. Of. Text Adventure. Go North pickup. Thing type and That was really sort of my fomative computer experience but then in eighty three. I got my own home computer to as a commodore sixty four, and in the UK through a two rivals, there was the commodore sixty four and the sinclair spectrum. There were really other computers, but they didn't count. It was those two, and I chose the commodore sixty four, not really knowing anything between British American or anything, but I chose a commodore sixty four, because it seemed to have a slightly better version of Pacman, I mean this was like at the height of fever, and I think actually made the right choice. Because the Commodore had really Nice Graphics and signed. I mean really nice graphics in Nineteen eighty-three, but it did have this thing co compunet. which was UK only sort of. Proprietary E. A. O. L. Like online service. This was around eight, thousand, five or something, and it had mud's which are multi multi user dungeon, so basically multiply at text adventures, and it had a software uploads and downloads. US Demo Seen Aranda and there were a lot of game developers that I'd become aware of it to me a while to work out. All these things are actually created by people and There was a one developer cold Jeff Minter. Who wrote Oldies Games in the UK and is still right two games and He's the reason basically the island code because I wanted to write games like he wrote and. That was kind of like the stop, and then things rolled over time, and it was like that our school was the first school in Scotland to get a computer like one computer a half, and this was in one, thousand, nine, hundred, three, and this was. An ACORN BBC. Model B computer another British specialty, and when it arrived in the school, the teachers had no idea what to do with it. Because none of them I think had used a computer, so they put a call to the students and said and this was. I would be probably What's the three? It'd be about ten of the time and they said you know. Does anyone have a computer news anything to do this thing nor four of us that perhaps hand said yes. We are clearly the experts here. So we were brought in and we ended up teaching the teachers high to use this computer, and then teaching some of the kids in the lower years before school started, we had these computer lessons that we ran and we actually ended up having an office like four of us. A nice waiting like school kids in and we had an office in the school. Would sit in there and we had learned to program. We would listen to music and we would play. Video Games and. That was pretty much the entirety of my lost primary school year. This primary seven I know his whole different to your your times, but it was basically the seventh year of my school.

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"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

AppStories

03:22 min | 2 years ago

"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

"The lucien of the app store and the business of selling apps as independent developers on the app store james i mean as you're saying you know oldest of tools and platforms and everything that smudge most stable the tons of knowledge there and had to do everything but you know the app store has gone from a full hundred half's to believe where well over two million and that's even after having cold thirty two apps so it's it's it's a completely different marketplace and you know has gone from this sort of you know soda very small indie community to people all over the world making apps and is it's a the the other thing is people's expectations for paying of gone from sort of you know ten dollars to effectively zero dollars and i mean that can be said of pretty much any form of media be it you know movies music magazines whatever lay that on apple but it's definitely a quite a different marketplace that we're in it just feels like everything's changed in the space of ten years on you know if that's the good to all not i think it's too elliot how but is suddenly being a very large change for me after i wrote the tenure of the iphone sbk post there were a lot of elvers went wow vinton years time flies when you're having fun and then people started just out of lou i didn't expect this at all but people started ending me anecdotes about how the iphone and developing for the iphone had literally changed their lives how it had let them become an dependent vela per or how led to a new career or all these different you know in it was like wow this thing has not just become a very useful piece of tech for lot of people it's something that has completely changed people's wise james just said a few minutes ago right he's been making a living off of the app store for ten years that's pretty remarkable and you know he's not alone there are a lot of people that have benefited from this thing that apple did and this you know new sales channel for product yeah it's it's pretty remarkable where things have come even in ten years i wanna thank you craig nj m so much for joining us today this has been really great discussion i know federico and i have both enjoyed it a lot thanks again for coming by and talking to us today all thank thank you again my pleasure all right well that's it for this first episode of our app store anniversaries thanks so much to craig hawkenberry and james thompson for join us and thanks to to omni focus for making this special event possible stay tuned because this is just the start there are more interviews coming out throughout the week we hope you'll join us for all of them as we take a look back at the history of the sport.

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"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

AppStories

04:30 min | 2 years ago

"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

"You know they're moving towards subscriptions with apple music too and that's you know that's some people like that some people don't but one thing they've always had regardless of which mechanism using pay for music is the ability to sample thirty seconds of it right or whatever that the sample period is right you know what's going to be in that track when you buy their i've can't count the number times that i've looked at an app thought oh this is this will be what i want download it you know by it and or you know even if it's gotta ads or whatever you know just get it and you know after like five minutes on no this is not it it it's disappointing when when that happens you know it's like to be able to have you know an i love to give people more confidence in downloading apps right it's you know the current story is if you've got an app that's you know like our linnea app you know we saw for screaming on four ninety nine that's a lot to ask for an app on apps store and you know we're happy to have people get a refund right you download it use it try it out we think you're gonna love it and if you don't get a refund but there's no there's no formal statement from apple saying okay you can do that if you want you know we'll do refunds for your apps if you don't like the apps there's no way to try them out before you buy them so they're not the only thing people doing you know getting the refund you know going to finding the page on items and saying on one refund it's kind of a pain in the bud better to handle that at situation up front where he just say give this appa tried if you like it it's gonna cost you four ninety nine i think that the make a lot of the happy and it's kind of the only thing left on my list from ten years ago i mean one of the i was just gonna say i mean one of the other things changed definitely for the batta is opera view you know at preview used to be something where it was i mean is still is a blight books to some extent but it it's a case of it was you know you put in it could take weeks it could take months you might just get a flat no i you know approve you times of come down really significantly so you can kind of predict and say well i wanna release this next week so if i put it in review it's probably going to be fine that's one of the things that said my post writing they should white list delivers right they know that james thompson you're going to release peak out and he's going to do it every few months and he's not gonna pull any tricks with the release you know same with the factory same with omni group same with whoever writing their third of alpers can be trusted to do the right thing so yeah it's apper us a hundred percent agreement there used to be you know a week or two of hell right 'cause it literally took you know even know it was going to happen for at least a week and you try to plan a release get all the press in line get you know the website done and you know promote the app and generally when you see i mean just this week there was stuff with steam with esteem link getting ton dined for approve but that was kind of a you know a much bigger business level decision type thing which i don't agree with but you know it's not i don't feel profuse as much as i used to maybe that's a mistake but you know they've been really good to us of late so i i kind of have to give them credit for that so to cross these episodes i wanted to ask you if there's anything else that you will like to remember or say about set just how the app source changed over the past ten years we talked about all you know these technical things that have changed things like test flight and since connect and new business models are possible for example subscriptions or in purchases which even were available when the obser launched is there anything else that she will let you say about.

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"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

AppStories

04:27 min | 2 years ago

"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

"Look at it compared to a mac apple's like half price coal well what about what about the i touch though because you could also install ups on the ipod touch right yeah the ipod touch came along i how many years later i think it was a while i think it was just a few months later maybe i remember buying one in italy yeah i think so the the ipod touch became the developers best friend there for a while because the phones were expensive you know you had to have data plan and all other stuff but you know you could actually use an ipod touch is good testifies i mean it was not as quite as powerful as the three g s i think or three g i think was the three it was contemporaneous with the three g so you know you know it it was the classic you know the touch doesn't have as fast processor but so what i think like when they're new screen sizes and stuff sometimes you could get on an ipod touch i suddenly have a drawer full of them gonna i got i've got a drawer full of everything from irs to to show s whatever right now levin with little printed labels stuck on the back of them so you know what the configuration is yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah i remember the first couple of wwe's i went to that right after the keynote everybody would race over to the to the apple store by a new ipod touch just to you know be be ready for the new sdk yeah or or the the brave people but the bait on their phone on day one yeah they do that for a couple years then maybe not right right the battery only lasts like two hours yeah and i'm in a foreign country od so i want to ask both of you about one thing that you think that apple i wanna get one thing out of you that apple hasn't fixed with the app store that you wish they would and one thing you you're kinda surprised that they actually have done right and they've they've done a really good job with i mean just kind of what is the what is the biggest pain point on the app store for you right now and what is one of the things that you actually appreciate the most start with james oh this is a difficult one i mean i think the such is still a problem i knots that's probably the biggest pain is getting people to find your app in the first place especially if you're not like you know you don't have like in the case of pekao done twenty five years worth of history that you can trade on so that people actually know the name i mean twitter epic also pre existing the app still so it's difficult i mean people say all the the app stores no marketing channel i mean it's not but it kind of is in the you know apple is deciding and curated and showing what's of the day what gets featured on stuff and they they feature us a law which i'm very very grateful but i can't imagine what it's like if you've go an app you know you've you might have written the best in the world but it's higher you communicate that to somebody and high high people find it and yes you can pay money for such stuff but that doesn't seem to give the return on investment that you'd want you know if it cost you five dollars to get somebody to install your app and your only child ing six dollars all adul is not really worth it so yeah that i think that's the main thing that i still wish the was it was a good solution to was in some way having the decree rise to the top of the app still slightly better what they've done well i mean everything the tools of so much more stable now the so much documentation what they did really well for us is you know selling whatever it is five hundred million billion ios devices and giving us a vaas market of people to sell tate and the fight you can sell how many countries the store is in knife but it's just a lodge market if you have an app that's kind of an issue i mean you know paying for a calculator some people might see is a niche thing but if you go a sizable percentage.

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"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

AppStories

01:52 min | 2 years ago

"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

"You could see the with some bug or something in the stool where you could get an indication of the number of units had been sold and that went away very quickly but you know you get i of what it was looking like in terms of sales for other people as well and i mean i went back and read my emails from by then and it doesn't seem atole like you know ten years has gone past but so much has changed i mean we didn't have promo codes than so if you want to give copies to the press you had to go through the whole you know here's a long dealt came on high to resign this copy of the app and things like that yeah nut no test flight either right it's like you couldn't give a pre pre release or something you know little preview of what's going to happen you know you know the the apps were one of the things i love about what you guys do mac stories as you go in depth on a map so you know you give an it's getting over that part of the thing that gets over the sticker shock people having a good comfort level with what era do right and you know when people write about it and explain it and go in depth on it it's a lot easier to charge more money for that app because you people know what to expect but yeah you know no test flight no promo codes no nothing it was just like okay go by the app and tell me what you think but i think one of the things was the people who had the funds then it was still a small number relative to what it is now and so people would spend some money because they were you know they just got the not to buy apps and this was a cool new thing and what you what you said you know you were charging twenty dollars on the mac you know ten dollars for calculator on your phone take with you wherever you that's pretty good deal isn't it yeah right when you.

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"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

AppStories

04:30 min | 2 years ago

"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

"Entirely dom in our it was a complete lottery and the i have an idea for an at is something that you'd hear from everybody from relatives your head dress everybody i had an immigration official when i was coming into the us one year do the hell no we'll let you in the country if you make my half yeah you know in reality there are ton of ideas that and it's actually is the implementation and the details and everything else which is really whether value comes from it's i think it's pretty hard to have you know an idea that you can stay in a couple of dozen words the is going to make the difference between you being a millionaire or a millionaire there was some things that you saw the you know people had done far taps yet fall tops and you know mirror apps and and flashlight apps and they are the kind of the canonical original examples of things that people did make some money from but that was just because of the novelty of and the that's a sustainable business in anyway is actly sisters sustainability you know like you know you you hear these about these apps that made a lot of money over you know a month or two well i can guarantee you that he calc and twitter efficient may more than those apps over the tenure course right at the fact that they're sustainable and they provide ongoing income i'd rather have that than the you know the the apple the month you know where yeah you're gonna make a lot of money for a month or two and then you drop off the radar yeah i mean if somebody wanted to give me a million dollars i'm not gonna complain about it but of course it's nice we've had a we've been able to support sales i mean my companies just myself and my wife and we've supported ourselves off the app store revenue for the last ten years so craig i wanted to ask you how did the idea of terrific come to be can you remember the the exact moment when you the cy when you decided that you wanted to make thirty on the iphone actually the twitter on the mac was was first product that we had for twitter in house shower and says this like okay we we there had you know everybody's using twitter website to to you know to eat but we didn't even call it tweeting at that point posting on twitter dot com and it's i i didn't like that because i had had the web browser open there were no kind of notifications that anything was happening so i in the showers like you know wouldn't be that hard to you know they just recently announced an api is like you know pull the tweets out of the api and put them in a little table you on the mac and you know display on the screen and you know maybe put a fancy little window around it and you know i did that basically in a day or two when the iphone was announced that's probably the more interesting thing it was is so obvious that it needed to be on a mobile device i mean the when i did the jailbreak version just you could read tweets while you're standing in line at the bank or you know you're waiting for bus or you're at the airport flying up to wwe see his funny i totally drain my battery in on the the trip from my house in southern california to the day area for that wc and what was dow's ind seven the first year that that those wwe where we heard about this week solution right i was already jail breaking at my own twitter app at that point it was me and just a handful other people who had because you know there was no test flight or you know store or anything so he's getting getting up to people is kind of a pain in the butt but yeah i mean we had an existing mac app that everybody loved i mean it was very popular app and it was so obvious that it needed to be on phone it was just.

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"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

AppStories

04:37 min | 2 years ago

"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

"In your your code would find on the simulator you know scroll smoothly and then you run on the device and it's like oh tell choppy why is this happening and you know as couldn't render the view hire fast so he will probably get to this but you know the the india being in place still really kind of held us all back as far as you know how do we solve these problems yeah that's that's a question i wanted to ask of both view which was i don't think people today necessarily rec realize but when the iphone sdk came out and the we're calling it the iphone se k because that's what it was called then it wasn't even iowa's yet and there was a strict nda that was so draconian that i know developers were afraid to even talk to each other i mean people would talk to each other about this stuff in public but there were no websites notorial no books no conferences no stack overflow for iowa's there is none of that which we all kinda take for today what was it like to try to solve these problems in that that environment i guess i'll start with you craig really bad i mean again i had some choppy scrolling in my app and it wasn't until victor posted something on his blog year later whenever the india was was lifted that it was like oh sh okay at extent she just rented all the layers down and just leave them alone don't bother with the view hierarchy yeah and you know it's like i was discovering things and wanted to tell people about the my couldn't post on the blog at one point i implement she basically implemented a page scroll view because i didn't know that the ice girl of you had a paging property i probably spent two or three weeks you know writing this view glass that did page scrolling and awesome and totally throughway as soon as well why don't you just you know use the paging property on the standard scroll up right so there is i say it sucked and i came up with a term for the kind of stock effing india but you know that was all over twitter and you know because everybody was frustrated by everybody i mean developers we live to to exchange information yep right it's the open source movement get up you know blogs you know podcast like this we couldn't be having this podcast the end it was in place bill right right yeah absolutely it just you know we james and i would be bound by you know some legal greenwood apple and you know if we said something about the iphone se k we get our developer counts pulled and that's not good for our products yeah the did you feel like there was an advantage being a mac developer in that environment just because at least you understood the cocoa api is i mean i yeah i mean it was an advantage to a certain degree i mean it helps you figure things out initially but we were all struggling with the the later the newer problem right that the you know the the max of gave us a good foothold right but we still have climb which was learning touch api's learning about a scroll view on s days very differently than a scroll view on the mat for example right i mean there's deceleration there's you know when the touches end you know you do something different than you know when the mouse click or the mouse wheel on macro jane it's just it's a totally different piece so yeah the mac stuff gave us a better foothold but the thing that was really frustrating and the reason why the india totally sucked was all the new stuff and there was a lot of stuff out apple done an amazing job with the that i s d gay but the thing that made it amazing was all the new things that were there you know locations ervices nobody ever had a the vice that could tell you where you were right right and using that was not obvious and and you didn't want to you know and you people out pretty quick you know that you did the wrong thing your battery drain quickly james what how about you how is that india period for you well.

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"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

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04:34 min | 2 years ago

"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

"That you know old well if we have native apps on the phone then they'll be able to get onto the phone network and will shut down the phone network and the you know five minutes and which was obviously nonsense and ten years later i think it's still the case that you just can't be a good hundred percent native app and i definitely don't think the iphone would have been in any way the success has been with native the party apps so let me ask you this james what were those early tools for building iphone apps like like what was the original as decay and the is like especially compared to to this this but in terms of design and complexity or excessively for developers do you remember riding the first version of pico can how that compared to what it is today yeah i mean like getting pekao cupping running was fairly easy because i mean i was using exe code anyway so i i knew how to do that sort of stuff i mean the real that the most stressful part of it wasn't ex code it was all the the stuff around it from the store it was like i tunes connect which is so much better today than it was back there and even though we also complain about when we first logged in it said the company was a record label because it was based off the old music store code so we're all you know record labels yeah we we have a new simulator at that point two right that's the thing that they added ex cut it was really impressive from my point was the actual simulator where you could actually run an iphone app on your mac well that was one of the things so we didn't have side the us we didn't have the same access that us develop as hot so it took another month or something before we could actually run code on the physical device because that required the the fool developer can't so you could play around with esti k with the simulator and you could build stuff he can actually run even if you had to find someone that was one of the things i did was like supe calc the whole of peak out on the phone was it was a small enough at the i could do a quick you know a quick example of building an iphone app learn how to use the stuff and then i would move onto the relapse that i was going to write for the iphone you know i never actually got past the first app but the coal codes went over with no problem you know it was literally a case of hitting compile and by then i didn't have the portable coal code us everywhere and peak out today so actually the dashboard widget dash pool than the old sense and i took that and i moved out over and i had a sort of basic proof concept calculator running in a couple of days from getting the sdk then i had to write an actual user interface around it on a what to weigh on the simulator for weeks and everything seemed fine with it you know about point yeah i could only build in the simulator so about month place i got an actual piece of holiday and i go accepted into the develop program i discovered that i was doing my code men that the app took around eight seconds to stop on the real device which is unacceptable no totally do that was coming because the simulator was running stuff way faster than an actual fine so i had you know with less than two months to go before release i had to scrap pretty much everything and start again doing things ineffable smalto way and you know that was stressful but it was also ton of fun than kind of the thing that really got me about the iphone was you designing for constrain device and where things like how much memory used and high files your code was actually mattered you know they don't really matter quite as much these days on a mac you can write fairly sloppy code and it's fine but you really couldn't on that device only had it was one hundred twenty eight negative or something on his who small and so if you were using too much memory which was very easy to do you'll at would just be killed so i kind of imagine it's like writing code for a das or some of.

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"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

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04:37 min | 2 years ago

"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

"It was it was awesome so invigorating as a developer just to never ever ever touched an app before it was just wile move things around with your finger in an app that was totally new time seems like something that we just totally take for granted now but ten years ago it was wild it really was wild yeah it feels like it was a really crazy time especially everybody seemed at the time to be working independently from each other but then i know at c four in chicago which was a conference that used to be here in my home city a lot of developers got together and there ended up being sort of a hacker thon to come up with i abstain there yeah yeah it was it was it was basically a do something with the iphone se gay and at that time there was no i phone esti gay official so you know some people did whereabouts on graphing calculator java script crazy as that may sound it actually worked it was slower than hell it had some interaction problems because you know that giving touches and a you know a web view you know with canvas backing store was not an easy thing to do but one of the a couple of the apps guys at econom build a thing that used the camera and pictures and kind of stitched together to make a crude video stream so you do video chat something like facetime i this was probably four years before apple came out with me right it was it was it was crude but it worked and it was impressive as all the but the app that really caught my attention and then struck my fancy was a was a game called light out or lights off the official one is i think blight toss off yeah i think one yeah and i mean it had really nice animation effects it was responsive you know it had you know even the about screen was cooler than you could do in a web slid down and it was just ahead a level of finish that that we hadn't seen before and the guy who wrote it lucas newman luca's newman did wrote the app and adam bets graphic designer time did all the the ui in factor you i was very very refined as well i mean it looked like a ui that apple you know at the buttons lit up like a button would light up if it was a physical but you know really really well rendered buttons and totally caught my fancy at conference i talked to lucas lucas was like oh yeah i'll send you all the links to install the stuff and you know next week i was working on a native version twitter which yeah that's turned out pretty well ten years later it's still for sale yeah no that's that's amazing james i'd like to turn to you for a second and ask you a little bit about the time period between when the iphone came out and when there is actually an official sdk it seemed at the time like that wasn't absolutely turn ity and i don't think the situation is really helped by the fact that in the middle of there was w w see and scott forestall he drew the short straw had to go up on stage and tell this room full of developers about his suite solution apple suite solution which was developing web apps for the iphone when i look back on it now it doesn't really feel like it was that long but but what was it like to kind of be and that that period before there was an actual sdk right against i seem to remember the point where he did talk by the suite solution of i think i had booze in the all right me wdc but yeah i mean the i find it kind of seemed to flow from the pod you know it wasn't a device that you could make software fall and it was a really close system and so i kind of our remember thinking at the time well you know this isn't really of any interest to me there's nothing i can you know there's no way to really make money from web apps so is this worth my time atole you know to look into and it felt like such a steve decision to say that we're not going to have native apps because i think the kyant was.

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"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

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04:42 min | 2 years ago

"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

"Touch input was new the small form factor was new the carrying a powerful computer in our pocket was new we all were very intrigued by this device and it was it was a close device apple had made no pretense of being something that you could hack on or you know modify or customized to your own like for example all the icons on the home screen were fixed positions there was no reordering of apps heat just got you got so yeah we burall intrigued by this thing you know few months earlier are not this was jackson before wbz but you know we we knew that there was going to be some web development possible and update was my first thing was to look at the web browser and see what kind of thing you can do as far and it was very capable it was very capable web browser but none of the app i good as the you know none of the web apps that we built were as good as the built in native apps it was very obvious that apple had an advantage by you know writing things with some sort of internal decay and we really know anything about what that was they had mentioned on the introduction slide that was based on mac os ten colonel yeah and it had some frameworks neom but they didn't renan objective seeds version of of cocoa touch all secret at that point and then the jail raking thanks did happen and people started figuring out how to you know get on a device you know being able to log into your phone basically right into a special password on your phone get a secure cell connection to your phone see that it was running unix you know find out what the different frameworks available were and pretty quickly people figured out that yet there's a thing here that's cocoa touch it looks very much like the stuff that we've been using for the mac apps you know there's a ui able view that look pretty much like the ns table view that we use on the back of literally changing of you letters and on the class names you know you i button versus ns putt and things like that the way these things worked wasn't documented at all i mean i think that's probably one of the reasons why apple didn't come out of out of the gate with an because they had developed a lot of stuff use it internally it some of the stuff you know you could tell had some rough edges you know there was the one of the classes used to put labels in your views on on a native app had the ability to put arbitrary l in it which you know that that's not gonna work her right you know it's like you know you put a you know five megabyte html page into a label probably crashed your phone so you know they they you know they did some things that you know cutting corners they had amazing that that they shipped on time essentially they were off by you know week i mean just just boggles my mind that brand new device you know the we've all heard the stories about when you know launch i think people like jason snell reported that that some of the apps roger discreet shots that popped up you know he went to the notes app tapped on notes and you saw screen out of notes and he couldn't do anything with it so back to the sdk this s decay was something brand new but for millier so we started writing apps against this familiar things and you know the the development tool sot you know you you basically had to build your app copied over the phone launch it pray that it didn't crash if it did crash she had to put prince statements in you code you know law goes happening you know there was no interactive debugging like we all take for granted now exco none of that was there but this thing was so cool and how you know senior code running on this first iphone was just my god does.

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"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

AppStories

02:52 min | 2 years ago

"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

"Celebrate the app store stance on newer serie which is going to consist primarily of to saba vans if you will there's an interview series up stories are where we're going to talk to some developer france folks who've been making absence they one of the absurd and others who joined the developer community later on and we're going to release a few of this special episodes of absorbs during the week of the university and we're also going to share some deeper stories on the website on maximum as we're looking at a few key topics in the history and volusia of gaps or and so this is what we're doing i think it's going to be fun and i'm looking forward to sharing more of these conversations because if the obser has changed many lives including you know it allowed developers to make and sell apps and make a living out of routing software for the iphone and the ipad and all these other platforms and feels like the right thing to do due to be telling these stories on the celebrate these on ever serie now that the story is a turning ten right when you told me about this idea i immediately was excited about it because i thought you know what better site than mac stories and apps stories to tell the story of the app store because that's what we've been doing what you've been doing for many many years and so why don't we why don't we get right into it and and get started so to kick things off today we have to developers who were there at the very start of the app store in fact actually before the start of the app store we have craig hawkenberry from the icon factory who had version of his company's beloved twitter client twitter ethic running on ios even before there was an iphone sdk nj thomson who took the opportunity of the app stores launched to port his mac calculator at peacock to the iphone welcome to the show guys thank you thanks for having us doesn't seem like ten years sure goes by fast the grey hairs we've accumulated of last ten years of or proof that most of them because of the app store i would say would argue with that i don't mean to brag about ten years ago we'll just fresh out of ice so some context federal ex to feel old every time i talked to him no i don't i really don't well sometimes just sometimes i wanted to ask you the first question so couple of months ago i think by king march you about the tenth anniversary of the iphone s decay and in that story you talking about how before the the community of mac developers sort of got together to try to understand out to out to make software for the iphone before apple of cially allowed to make what were those are early days like basically we'd all help the iphone and realized we were literally touching the future right it's the.

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AppStories

01:31 min | 3 years ago

"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

"And you know along the way that was likely the game the appeared than that to which kind of satisfied the teenage me who go into computers entirely because he wanted to write game snow a good game but it is a game i mean even like the tip just an icon picking code i did a latin swift to kind of loan nuts loan that language because i'm a set of objectives see dinosaur while really i'ma i a see dinosaur even if you're doing something silly like that you're still learning i mean it doesn't necessarily make money i mean like peak alkan the apple tv last year didn't even pay for the apple tv 4 k i bo i made it free as part of the twentyfifth anniversary because really its purpose is so that i can play with my bite screen game on a tv with a gain control yeah i don't think that you're a you're alone in and not necessarily making a lot of money off tv apps thing to have the apple tv ecosystem has been a little bit of a disappointment to a lot of people especially of for i think apple tv only games or or apps yeah yeah and and i i'm not sure about the apple watch as well i mean i actually federica talked before about having used the apple watch pico yes and you know i do still get people who say oh you know i find it really useful can you at these features or whatever so people are using it but i don't know how much is driving actual sales to adopt this stuff i mean i think if i can get peacock anywhere i'll do it just for the for the sake of doing it and if.

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"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

AppStories

02:02 min | 3 years ago

"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

"Start a stake like a an apple has to change their mind you think pena the must be a book some weather you'll name goes and it feels to me like after that point you sort of gained a bit of a reputation for pushing the boundaries on solve apple's ap eyes i mean you put peak help on the apple tv for instance in now you've been doing crazy stuff with with air kitten seen kip can kind of talk to me a little bit about what what that's all about an and why you why you take a a calculator app in these different directions well i do have a reputation to maintain of being there on day one of pretty much any new apple technology people is still get known to be that i didn't have a i message plugin but i mean i think at a very basic level at makes people aware of peak out and me but equally important it keeps my skills fresh and gives me something in you today and i like the challenge of doing something right i mean the tv for example it is quite silly does not really a need for a calculator on your television but it is a good way to learn how to do it and i experiment right with user interface is using a gain control you know so there's a if you use a the joystick on on a gain control you get different interface mmhmm and i think it like with the a alqitt stuff i knew i wanted to play with a alkut because that was apples big thing this a past here and i didn't have any three d graphics experience at all ray leeson's university 25 or years ago so i told myself in public and kennedy tonight videos and things through the summer as i was messing around with stuff and i let the b2 test as play with it as well and you know i learned a law on her plate was vaguely entertaining for the people who are following along home the abide screen stuff is not really useful and calculator but it keeps my brain learning things and i'm i'm set for any future apple a glasses that coming.

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AppStories

02:02 min | 3 years ago

"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

"So a tweet today obata and that those tweets go quite love traction from people carr's in ah that people like yourselves reported on it and that was a ton of press coverage and eight maids sinise newspapers and things as well and within like 48 house of something apple ultimately reversed the decision said meena this new problem the toll but the fast i had to pay to having been refussed was from a journalist that the guardian newspaper in a you had been briefed by apple pr in the states to tell them that they had changed that their mind off i said that was very interesting it was a very stressful time and i i mean it was only the widget but i'd put it in quite a bit of work on it so you know is quite upset that it was going to be taken away and the i was going to have to deal with all the customers and tell them why at gone but yes so a gulf press it did very very well for sales which bought me a retina i mac and the whole a day in the sun afterwards to the covering up but yeah it was very stressful i would really wish that on anybody and i like to think i opened the door a little bit for other people to do slightly more interesting stuff in education center yeah it seemed like one of those things where apple was probably of two minds internally on on widgets because if i remember ripe even after you were told to pull it it was still being promoted on the app store wasn't an in the widget section yeah i mean i think apple is not like one person that will is a group of multiple people and in a engineering might come up with these features in these ap eyes and be over the moon that people are actually using them and adopting them but in a marketing might have different opinions and zone i i don't know who who's mind was changed i'm assuming it was phil shallow if say thank you film and i hope that they you know still hold a grudge against me whenever you.

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02:02 min | 3 years ago

"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

"Different websites including mix series because we were deported on the news that you've got in trouble for making these interactive widget that allowed users to make operations and calculations directly from vacation center basically four years almost four years later what's what's the story there what happened there as a i initially i thought at police apple is upset to the james made a meda widget that is interactive but then he was okay and he was kind of a strange story from the outside so i'll walk can you tell us about that strange event i think that was certainly one of my more highprofile movements and the basic idea was in our apple introduced the ability to make these notification santa wickets for both i o s and mac os and they made a calculator which it for mac os and showed off the wwl dc and i thought oh cool well that's clearly in allied use case so it seems obvious to me i'll make one five zero s too because they went to england and it it was approved by apple then it was featured on the store in the widget section you know as a shining example of of a wicket for a iris eight people's into really like it you know it was doing quite well and i got an email a couple of weeks later saying apple is going to call you at this time and i thought moon madison saying it and i got a call saying that they're which had been retroactively unapproved anna had something like a month to remove the wicket from peak out corp eke out could be removed from the store and they they said wickets cannell perform calculations was the ruling but they said which was obviously quite silly and i was told the decision was made quite high up and while i could technically appealed the ansa wasn't gonna change sayonara should set my expectations appropriately saw as kind of upset about that.

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"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

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02:02 min | 3 years ago

"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

"Like a from the very first source code up until the latest to iphone update what i've i did this i was dating a tool for all a few years back and i went back and i recovered all my floppy discs like so year old floppy discs and go than early prototypes and stuff off that and i built virtual machines with who system savon macro s nine and an you know like sort of key points and then find the developer tools for that time so i can build the all the old version still from souls and run them while so if i need to fix a bug in like the system seven version for you know matt classic your own i can do that you have ruined you get a bug report from somebody is still running one of those machines right uh the up surprised the numbers because i did there was a version of peak out could go bundled by apple with max uh this was gone right land so there was like an well i don't know if i'm a light to say a number but let's say there was a loud very large number of copies that where i am at one point and i get people still saying you know all this version is stopped running on light for hope i'm surprised it was still running yeah no i i remember when apple used to do that in it it's it's just doesn't like looking at it from the perspective of today you'd never expected apple would bundle software with their computers but that was i know omni had some apps on apple machines and and sort others this was for the original ankle poise iin mac bennett were it was bundled and it was bundled for by a year uh there's a point in the serie of peacock him more modern history of because that i that i wanted to ask you i was four years ago almost seem 2014 backing to these all value a seat i think uh you update peacock we the widget for icy to end i remember senior name in a bunch of.

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"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

AppStories

02:01 min | 3 years ago

"james thomson" Discussed on AppStories

"Welcome nap stories our weekly expiration of the world of apps today show is brought to you by spark the email client from riedel i'm john vorhees and with me is my cohost federica vici i federico hey john how are you good good good it's you know it's time for another special guest anap stories special one a very special and i i want to dive right in because we want to maximize the time with our guest but a little introduction is an order first today we have with us none other than james thompson the developer of peacocke the app that i recently called delightfully insane and i meant that only the best possible way james which will we'll get to in a bid i think i i take it as a compliment okay good good i'm a big fan of dekalb and i know federico uses it as well and we just want to talk to you a little bit about the app and about your perspective on the app store and running in indy business so welcomed the show james not thanks for having me on so james i really want to start by congratulating you on your twentyfifth anniversary that's a big milestone i mean there aren't too many people who can say that they've had an an app that's and continuous development for 25 years yeah i think it's just me enrich siegel that think you're probably right you know you you started that app before use did a stint at apple and i wanted to ask you what was it that made you make the leap from had of doing that doing that as i think it was originally share where to go and apple and then but then deciding to go off and start your own independent business well it it was mostly an accident really i wrote pekao can 92 and drag thing in '94 and they were just to learn how to write code and also genuinely to try and get me noticed by apple both were free at first and i was happy for people just to use them and give me feedback and occasional pace cup and things like that i was a student loan.

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