Laptop Upgrade
August 2, 2022 | 2 min read

Photo by Jeremy Bezanger

I’ve recently upgraded my laptop.

Previously, I was running a 2017 13” (Intel) Apple MacBook Pro. It was good in most situations. However, the battery has started to suffer. I would get about an hour of (side-project) development time before the battery was at about 10%.

I’ve upgraded to a 2021 14” (Apple Silicon) Apple MacBook Pro (M1 Pro). This machine is wonderful. It’s a night and day difference from my old Intel machine.

The battery life alone has been worth the upgrade. Instead of an hour of development time at night, I will be on it for a few hours and have 90% of the battery left.

I made some upgrades to the base model. I went with a 1TB SSD and 32GBs of memory. I think these upgrades will help future-proof the machine.

This new MacBook Pro has a notch at the top, but I stopped noticing it after about two days of usage.

I am so happy to have MagSafe back. MagSafe has saved my butt once or twice in the past.

I am just as happy to have the Touch Bar gone. I didn’t actively hate it, I just tried to pretend it didn’t exist. It always felt incredibly clunky to me.

I ordered this machine in mid-May. It arrived in late July. It took so long to be built and delivered that I started wondering if I should cancel the MacBook Pro order and buy a MacBook Air M2. The Midnight MacBook Air M2 is beautiful. However, after reading some reviews, I decided to stick with the MacBook Pro M1 (Pro).

The new laptop will be used primarily for development. I do most of my casual computing on an iPad. But I save the real development work for my laptop. I wish that I could use my iPad for development, but I understand why I can’t.

When I got my previous laptop, I said I wasn’t sure if I would wait seven years for the next upgrade. I didn’t. Instead of seven years, I only waited about five years.

I am really happy that I upgraded to a new laptop.

Beer Style Guidelines 2022.4
August 1, 2022 | 0 min read

Beer Style Guidelines 2022.4 has been released.

This update includes the following:

  • I’ve re-added all older guides. If it used to be in the app, it’s in the app again.
  • I think I’ve also fixed the favoriting of BJCP (2015 & 2021) 20A, 20B, & 20C.

I am calling this the trashcan man release. I’m doing so because of this.

Negative Review

I noticed this review last week. Naming the release trashcan man is my very petty way of saying that I’ve (hopefully) fixed the things in the negative review.

I normally don’t read the reviews. I just happened across this review and it really got under my skin. So obviously, I tried to address each issue.

I’ve got one more major release that I’m working on. I’m still hoping that I’ll get it done this Summer.

Full list of release notes:


The Future of Beer Style Guidelines
July 26, 2022 | 1 min read

I shipped the first version of Beer Style Guidelines on Jun 26, 2015.

I’ve been supporting the app in an on and off fashion since then. There was a two-year hiatus when I didn’t ship any updates to the app. That’s over seven years of updates and support on an app I’ve never made a dime on.

I think it’s had a pretty good run.

I want to work on other things. I’ve had a handful of other ideas that I’ve put on hold because I wanted to stick with Beer Style Guidelines. I’m not sure I want to do that anymore.

I don’t homebrew beer anymore. I haven’t in years. Life just got in the way and it got hard to carve out the time to make beer.

I currently have two updates in the works.

The first update will re-add all the style guides I’ve added to the app over the years. This will mean Beer Style Guidelines will have seven guides.

I should have this first update out in the next week.

The second update is much larger. I would like to add a macOS app. I’ve wanted to have a macOS app for Beer Style Guidelines for a while. I’m going to add a Mac Catalyst version of the app and get that working nicely.

For now, I think I’m going to see if I can get the macOS update out sometime this Summer. That will likely be the last major update to the app.

I’m not sure if I’ll continue to add new guides each year. I think that will depend how I feel about the app when the new guides come out.

I’ve started looking at my pile of app ideas that I put on hold. I’m thinking of trying out something small. No details yet, but I’m excited to work on something new.

Astro's Playground
June 16, 2022 | 0 min read

Photo by Krzysztof Hepner

I’m a fairly recent PlayStation 5 (PS5) owner (last Christmas). Astro’s Playroom is almost the perfect game. It’s free, easy, and short. It’s also delightful.

I played though this game over a few days and loved it. I got all of the puzzle pieces and artifacts. I didn’t get all of the trophies and don’t plan to.

This game comes with all PS5 consoles. If you can get a PS5, try this game out.

That is all.

June 13, 2022 | 2 min read

Me at WWDC 2018

WWDC 2022 was this past week and it was great. I didn’t get to watch enough sessions. There are a ton that I want to watch. I’ll slowly chip away over the next few months.

I’ve been lucky enough to attend Apple’s WWDC in person several times. I’ve been to WWDCs in 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2018. I “won” a ticket in 2019, but we transferred it to a teammate so that he could experience WWDC in-person.

My first WWDC was in 2012 at the Moscone West in San Francisco. I had never been to California before. Everything was new and interesting. The entire trip was amazing and a little overwhelming. I loved every second of it. That same year, I attended Google I/O (also in Moscone West), but WWDC was different.

My last WWDC was in 2018 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. I liked the WWDC being in San Jose. It gave a new vibe to the conference. Selfishly, I was able to explore a new city experience some new things.

Being at WWDC in-person beats any other experience. There’s a level of focus you’re able to give to the conference and all the amazing tech Apple has announced. You are there to focus on the conference and it’s easier to tune out other things. Flying across the country can be a hassle, but I think that bit of distance helps with the focus.

When I watch WWDC remotely, I don’t get that same level of focus. Things will come up at work and home. Slack dings, dinner needs made, kids need to go to practice, dogs need walked, etc. At home, the list of distractions is pretty long, especially when it’s not essential work.

I say all this as someone who’s been very productive as a fully remote employee for the last six years. I can handle one week a year being in-person with other folks and totally focused on the new Apple tech.

I do enjoy the pre-recorded session videos. They are very well produced and succinct. Sometimes I thought in-person sessions were trying to fill the full time slot allotted. Now, the videos contain exactly what they need to. No less, no more. And they look great.

I think the format for this year’s WWDC may be the future of the conference. Inviting a number of people to Apple Park for some in-person video watching and the rest of the conference being remote.

I’m not sure if I’ll ever get back to take part of WWDC in person. I would love to. But I realize that I’ve been lucky enough to attend a handful of times.

As long as Apple invites people to attend in-person, I’ll keep trying.

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