Cold Brew Coffee

Drinking coffee in our business (software design) is almost muscle memory. The first thought after waking is usually about “coffee”. And as we explore the world of coffee through the lens of cartridges like Keurig and Tassimo single cup brewers, we begin to realize just how much we’re missing. Cold brew is like drinking coffee again for the first time. Here’s how to make your own.

Add Blog Search to Ghost with PHP

We recently replaced our Fynydd company blog publishing technology with the new Ghost blog platform. They’ve recently acquired Roon, so it’s going to be very interesting in the months ahead. But one of the drawbacks of using an edge technology is that it’s usually lacking a feature you need. In our case, it was lacking a few, but the biggest was search. So we built our own.

How to Make Bootable OS X Yosemite USB Flash Drives and Other Media

How do you erase your Mac hard drive and install OS X Yosemite without a startup disk? Normally the answer would be to boot into recovery mode. But what if you need to partition the hard drive, wiping the recovery partition? You need a bootable OS X Yosemite installer. Here’s how to make one…

Tips for Building an iOS 8 Notification Center Today Extension

The iOS 8 Notification Center is becoming the go-to dashboard for all important and time-sensitive information. Here are some learnings from a project I recently updated for iOS 8 and the new iPhones, which featured a new Today extension.

Configure Espresso 2 to Syntax Highlight Sass Files

Modifying the OS X app Espresso 2 to support syntax highlighting of Sass files is an easy chore. All you need to do is modify the existing CSS plugin to recognize the Sass file extensions ‘sass’ and ‘scss’. Once you make these simple edits, just restart Espresso 2 and you’re good to go!

Mom’s Meat Sauce

This recipe is my version of my mother’s meat sauce. It’s a serious comfort food. The flavor is pure and lightly seasoned, and the richness added by the broth and meats is heavenly. This is best served over thick spaghetti cooked al dente. And don’t forget the Italian bread!

Michael’s Pistachio Pesto Sauce

This sauce is probably my signature dish, of sorts. I’ve been making it for a long time. It’s an uncooked concoction of classic Italy with a twist of my own. It’s the best pesto sauce I’ve ever eaten. Anywhere. A little goes a long way.

How to Charge and Care for Your Mobile Device Battery

Rechargeable batteries that use nickel-cadmium and nickel-metal hydride are known to have a “memory effect.” If you don’t “teach” your rechargeable batteries their full potential by taking them from completely full to completely empty, they’ll “forget” how much energy they can store. This article is a guide to ensuring long service life, maximum charge per day, and safe storage of any device that uses a lithium-ion battery.

Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive for OS X 10.9 Mavericks in 5 Steps

If you have multiple Apple computers to upgrade to OS X Mavericks, the best option is to download it from the App Store once, create a bootable USB flash drive, and then install the rest without downloading each time. So how do you do this? Read more for a five-step process to do just that.

Building Totem 2.0: Dynamic UITableViewCell Height for Custom Cells in iOS 7

Many iOS apps like Twitter (and my upcoming Secular Totem 2.0 app) use UITableViewControllers to display lists of data. One of the trickier aspects of programming these interfaces is implementing variable height cells based on their content.