Four Inspirational Hip Hop Songs for Entrepreneurs

Coming up in the game of Hip Hop is often described as a hustle, which is to obtain something through energetic activities.   Entrepreneurship is most certainly a hustle, and if there ever was a time where hustling is a factor in success, it is right now.

We are in the depths of the worst economic slump in the past 80 years, and for many this makes the already difficult task of  business building even harder.  Entrepreneurs need to be reminded that they are in the good company of other determined people, that there is a reason they do what they do, and turning a sharp ear to hip hop is a great way to fulfill that.

Many successful hip hop performers come from difficult socio-economic backgrounds.  Broken families, poverty and exposure to criminal conduct are recurring themes.  In rhyming about the trials and tribulations of the hustle, rappers often share their own history of determination.

Part of credibility in the Hip Hop hustle is rising from these extremely difficult circumstances where the odds of success are far longer than the typical entrepreneur.  Those champions of hip hop who actually make it often turn their lyrical and musical focus towards their own journey. Continue reading Four Inspirational Hip Hop Songs for Entrepreneurs

End of Year 2010

Some things change, some stay the very same.  Like last year this time, I’m using Twitter more than blogging to share publicly.  I’ve done a lot of sharing to my semi-private friends on Facebook.  I’m am still pumped about RFID and NFC on the iPhone.  I still think about how mobile will change our lives. I still listen to, talk about and share music I like.

I turned 30 and jumped off a tall bridge to celebrate. I moved to Seattle, and continue to work on the most exciting technology ever created for people like me.

I had people enter and exit my life over the year. At times life was dramatic. There were many special days both happy and sad. I’ve never captured or shared more of my existence.  More than anything I had some big, quiet supporters this year.

Goodbye 2010, thank you for all of the memories.

iOS / Objective-C App Delegates Explained Using Birds

As I build upon my understanding of Objective-C, I’ve been working to better understand the concept of a delegate and when they should be used.  In searching for clarity, I came upon an explanation by Mark Hernandez the administrator of iPhoneDevForums.com.

For posterity, I’ve copied Mark’s explanation here. For his full explanation and his code example, follow the link above.

My favorite way to explain how delegates work involves animals.

Let’s say you are going to create a particular bird. You start with a predefined class definition of a bird (provided in the existing framework as, say, CFBird). The existing framework class assumes all birds have certain things in common — they hatch and grow the same, poop the same, fly the same, and lay eggs the same way, etc. (tee hee, I said poop.  ) But different birds look different, are different sizes, chirp differently, eat different things, and may mate differently. Continue reading iOS / Objective-C App Delegates Explained Using Birds

Fix for Terminating App Due to Uncaught Exception 'NSInvalidArgumentException'

I’ve been experimenting with a multiview iPhone / iOS app with a tab-based navigation and came across an error and solution for “unrecognized selector sent to instance.”

In one of the tab’s views I had a standard button with a Touch Up Inside event that I had connected to a buttonClicked method in the view’s controller.  For some reason, when I tapped that button the app would crash.  This was not happening when I built the same stuff in a single view app.

I went searching and was happy to find that the problem was well described and solved in the developer forums of MacNN.  It turns out that when you have have multiple view controllers for separate .xib files being controlled by a Tab Bar Controller you need to take an extra step of setting the Class Identity for that particular view. Here’s how: Continue reading Fix for Terminating App Due to Uncaught Exception 'NSInvalidArgumentException'

Fix: Changing Google Account Password Causes iPhone Email to Not Work

Just encountered this when I changed my Google Account password: my iPhone 4 stopped sending and recieving mail from that account even after I updated the password in Settings -> Accounts.  The iPhone pops a message saying the password is incorrect.  When you try to leave, iPhone tells you that you may not be able to send and recieve mail as a result.

For security purposes, Google occasionally requires you to re-enter your normal password when using their various web services.  When you change your password, you may need to pass a captcha test to re-enable IMAP on your gmail.  Props go to MadebyMark for the link.

Google has a pretty unassuming unlock page here you must visit with using the browser on the mobile device you’re unlocking.   Pass the password and captcha test and your iPhone should be able to get google mail again.  Google did not notify me that I might need to pass a captcha test after updating my account password. How was I supposed to know that updating a password might disable gmail IMAP support?  The answer is buried in a Google support forum.

UPDATE: If you are using the native mail application on the iPad, you will have to do the same device unlock you performed on your iPhone.  I’m interested in any information that better explains how Google authorizes the use of mobile devices.  Please @jetsetter or post in the comments if you have further observations.

Rock Show Concert Posters 2.0: Now on iPhone and iPod Touch

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I’m pumped to announce availability of Rock Show 2.0.  This is the first version of Rock Show that works on the iPad and both the iPhone and iPod Touch.  A lot of fixes and tweaks are in this version of the application, along with some new posters as well!

Two articles are up about the release, Padgadget is hosting one item and a second can be found at IntoMobile.  For a full low-down and updated info on the app, visit its page: http://www.rockshow.fm

Creating Compelling App Descriptions for iTunes and the iOS App Stores

When you submit an iOS application for review, you’ve got to make sure your ad copy is tight.  The app description may be the last thing holding back a tap to buy your app.

Apple doesn’t give much guidance on this important chunk of text. “Write your Application Description with a focus on what makes the functionality or design of your app unique.” was a tip from this past June from the App Store Tips blog.

We know that 4000 characters is the limit.  And App descriptions are made up of simple text, including unicode symbols like checkboxes (✔) and more (♣☢☂).  Apple takes your unicode text and formats it for display on the web via Web Preview, in iTunes and on the iOS devices themselves (the app store).

Since you probably have very specific points you want to get across, and users have a very short attention span, you need to pay attention to how Apple will format what you write.  In this entry I discuss how to create app descriptions that look great everywhere Apple publishes your app description.

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iTunes App Store Hacks Result of Apple ID Password Policy

The subject matter of my previous blog post is now front page news, and Apple has now responded.  Time for a  follow-up with some additional thoughts.  This entry questions the Password Policy for Apple ID and asks whether it may be responsible for past and future attempts to manipulate app ranking in the App store.

A Note on Media Alignment

It is worth noting that we’re beginning to see more media outlets align with or against Apple.  From my frequent review of popular mobile news coverage, it has become clear that Gizmodo and PC World do their best to highlight gaffes and problems in the iTunes ecosystem or just about iAnything.  Meanwhile a blog like MacRumors seeks to downplay news that might be viewed as concerning or add to the distress from iphone4antennaegate. (I just made that up).

While the title of these publications alone should serve as a strong indicator, keeping track is important.   The Clintons are well known for keeping their loyalty lists in order and it is entirely reasonable to assume Apple is doing the same.   Continue reading iTunes App Store Hacks Result of Apple ID Password Policy