Introducing Password AutoFill for Apps

I presented a session at WWDC this year. The video can be found on developer.apple.com.

What Twitter Means to Me

I tweeted for the first time ten years ago today.

That’s not very interesting, but it is an excuse to write a little bit about what Twitter means to me personally.


Lots of people are down on Twitter these days, and there are legitimate reasons to be. The open API that allowed third-party clients to flourish has been locked down in a way that’s discouraged the kind of innovation we used to see on the platform. Unchecked harassment that started on Twitter during GamerGate has fueled a movement of hatred that arguably contributed to the toxic atmosphere surrounding the 2016 US election. At different points, it hasn’t been clear whether the company takes harassment seriously, and if it does, whether it’s capable of addressing it. And recently, Twitter shut down Vine, a service that was source of joy for many people, including me.

Moving beyond issues that are within Twitter’s direct control, friends of mine have been talking about or actually leaving Twitter solely due to increased non-harassment negativity leading up to and persisting beyond the 2016 US election. Twitter reflects and amplifies our anxieties; it’s hard to escape news of Donald Trump, a resurgence of fascist tendencies, and a political movement that rejects empathy and science.

These are real problems, and if someone wants to stop using Twitter, that’s their decision to make. I still use it daily, because I love the people that Twitter has helped me meet or stay in touch with, and they’re an important part of my life.

When I was in high school in a small town in upstate New York, I didn’t really have anyone around to help develop or even share my interest in technology with. Twitter was my connection to the world I wanted to live in. Although I’d been a member of several forums in the past, I liked Twitter more than any forum because there was no pretense of being limited to any particular topic. In 2008, Twitter was accessible on my iPod touch in a way that other communities weren’t. From that iPod, I followed people who talked about Mac software, making web pages, podcasting, and politics, and that stream of information helped me figure out what I wanted to do with my future.

What started as a way for me to fill a void in the types of people I knew in “real life” changed as I left that small town. Today, Twitter is how I get my news. It’s helped me see different perspectives, particularly around gender-related issues both in and outside of the technology industry. It’s how I tell the world about the cool stuff I’ve worked on. And recently, I count on it as the first place I’ll find out where important protests are taking place.

I can find humor and entertainment in all sorts of places, but Twitter is the online community where I can check in with friends I care about. Friends who share common interests, like Apple, web development, certain music, or a narrow interest in video games. Friends who are sincere, thoughtful, and willing to change their minds. Friends who share their jokes, their hopes, their fears, their good days, and their bad days. Friends who cheer each other up, push each other forward, and celebrate each other’s accomplishments.

From what I can tell, the cloud of anxiety that has surrounded everything since the 2016 US election is real, and it’s affected a lot of us. As a society, we’ve moving backwards, and many of us are directly under attack by the new administration. While attempting to cope with this new reality, my Twitter friends have been a bright spot. If you are one of these people, I hope you know that I think you’re great.

Introducing Safari View Controller

I presented a session at WWDC this year. The video, along with a transcript, can be found on developer.apple.com.

Popular movies I haven’t seen

Marco wrote:

Whenever anyone asks me about a popular movie, they’re flabbergasted that I haven’t seen it. You’d think they’d learn to just assume I’ve seen nothing, but they haven’t yet.

In an effort to accelerate that, here’s a list of the Academy Award Best Picture nominees and top 10 highest-grossing films for the last 15 years.

Neat idea. I’m similar to Marco in this regard, so I’ll do the same exercise. It looks like I’ve done a little “better” than he has numerically (41 v. 33 seen), but worse in that I saw a Transformers movie once.

Key: Seen it, Haven’t seen it

2000

  • Meet the Parents
  • Cast Away
  • Chocolat
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Dinosaur
  • Erin Brockovich
  • Gladiator
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Mission: Impossible II
  • The Perfect Storm
  • Traffic
  • What Lies Beneath
  • What Women Want
  • X-Men

2001

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • Shrek
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Gosford Park
  • Hannibal
  • In the Bedroom
  • Jurassic Park III
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Ocean’s Eleven
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Planet of the Apes
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring1
  • The Mummy Returns

2002

  • Die Another Day
  • Chicago
  • Gangs of New York
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Ice Age
  • Men in Black II
  • Minority Report
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • Signs
  • Spider-Man
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • The Hours
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • The Pianist

2003

  • Bruce Almighty
  • Finding Nemo
  • Bad Boys II
  • Lost in Translation
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  • Mystic River
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Seabiscuit
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
  • The Last Samurai
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • The Matrix Reloaded
  • The Matrix Revolutions
  • X2

2004

  • Meet the Fockers
  • The Incredibles
  • Finding Neverland
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • Ocean’s Twelve
  • Ray
  • Shark Tale
  • Shrek 2
  • Sideways
  • Spider-Man 2
  • The Aviator
  • The Day After Tomorrow
  • The Passion of the Christ
  • Troy

2005

  • Batman Begins
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Capote
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Crash
  • Good Night, and Good Luck
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Hitch
  • King Kong
  • Madagascar
  • Mr. and Mrs. Smith
  • Munich
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • War of the Worlds

2006

  • Casino Royale
  • Cars
  • Babel
  • Happy Feet
  • Ice Age: The Meltdown
  • Letters from Iwo Jima
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Mission: Impossible III
  • Night at the Museum
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  • Superman Returns
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • The Departed
  • The Queen
  • X-Men: The Last Stand

20072

  • I Am Legend
  • Juno
  • Ratatouille
  • The Simpsons Movie
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Transformers
  • 300
  • Atonement
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Michael Clayton
  • National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
  • Shrek the Third
  • Spider-Man 3

2008

  • The Dark Knight
  • Quantum of Solace
  • WALL-E
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Milk
  • Hancock
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  • Frost/Nixon
  • Iron Man
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
  • Mamma Mia!
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • The Reader

2009

  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Up
  • Up in the Air
  • 2012
  • A Serious Man
  • An Education
  • Angels & Demons
  • Avatar
  • District 9
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
  • Precious
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • The Blind Side
  • The Hangover
  • The Hurt Locker
  • The Twilight Saga: New Moon
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

2010

  • Inception
  • The Social Network
  • Toy Story 3
  • 127 Hours
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Black Swan
  • Despicable Me
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Iron Man 2
  • Shrek Forever After
  • Tangled
  • The Fighter
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • The Kings’ Speech
  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
  • True Grit
  • Winter’s Bone

2011

  • Cars 2
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • Fast Five
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  • Hugo
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol
  • Moneyball
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • The Artist
  • The Descendants
  • The Hangover Part II
  • The Help
  • The Smurfs
  • The Tree of Life
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • War Horse

2012

  • Skyfall
  • The Avengers
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • The Hunger Games
  • Amour
  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern WIld
  • Django Unchained
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift
  • Les Misérables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
  • Men in Black 3
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2
  • Zero Dark Thirty

2013

  • Frozen
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Monsters University
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Fast & Furious 6
  • Iron Man 3
  • Man of Steel
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Thor: The Dark World

2014

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
  • Interstellar
  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Maleficent
  • Selma
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • The Imitation Game
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • Whiplash
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

  1. You can see that the script I used to sort the sections of the lists doesn’t know how to properly sort titles, ignoring words like “The”. 

  2. In 2007 and 2008, I would tag along to see movies with my friends in high school. Looks like having people force me to go to the movies made a difference! 

Ya Facked

Here are some photos of things in Boston that are currently facked. My iPhone shut itself off twice while taking these from being too cold.

This bicycle is facked.

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These receptacles are facked.

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This bench is facked.

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These pay phones are facked.

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These bicycles are only slightly facked.

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These parking meters are pretty facked.

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This car is facked.

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This car is also facked.

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This car used to be facked. Good job unfacking your facked car, somebody.

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This car is so facked.

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This car is pretty facking facked.

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No. Seriously. Look at how facked that car is.

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This facked thing? Another facking parking meter.

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To end with some hope, this bicycle is totally non-facked.

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Exporting (iCloud) Keychain and Safari credentials to a CSV file

I wrote up a gist of the steps I took to export a list of “domain, user name, password” triples from iCloud Keychain and Safari.