Nik's Bleeps

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Thank you, Tim.

I just heard that Tim Verpoorten, known to many as SurfBits, has passed away. I am reeling from this sad news. For years, I enjoyed hearing him on various podcasts, like the Mac Roundtable, The MacJury, and of course his own MacReviewCast.

Tim, you are a sweet, kind soul. I am blessed to have met you at Macworld Expo a couple of years ago and grateful for your contribution to our Mac geek community. I hope you are in a peaceful, happy place, now, free of all the discomforts of the physical plane. My condolences to your family. You and they are in my thoughts.

Out for a stroll

I don’t really like coffee. I don’t really like Starbucks, either. (I hear you grumbling at your display, “Well, that’s fine, then, since Starbucks coffee isn’t coffee.” As it happens, I rather agree with you, but it’s irrelevant to this story.) I find myself there pretty frequently, thanks to an addict friend of mine, so I figured the best thing to do would be to try to find at least one thing on the menu I could get. It turns out there are a few things I like well enough, but that “one thing” is their (soy, decaf) caramel macchiato. And I figured since I’m there so often, I may as well get the app and join their rewards program. (That’s how they getcha!)

A few days ago, they sent me a coupon for 50% off “my” drink, the aforementioned caramel macchiato. It expires today, so I figured I should use it. And since I’m trying to walk more and the nearest Starbucks is 1.2ish miles away, I figured I’d walk there. That was a good idea from my front door to the entrance of my subdivision, after which it turned into something of a nightmare.

Front door

Pirates of game dev sim are doomed to bankruptcy

Over 93% of the people playing Game Dev Tycoon have pirated the game. The joke’s on them, though, because the game’s developers are themselves the people who created and torrented the cracked version. It has code in it that changes the actual storyline, whereby developing AAA titles will result in eventual bankruptcy instead of the expected, mind-boggling success. Why? Because the games will be pirated.

RIP FeedDemon, 2003-2013

[I originally wrote this on 2013.03.14 after reading Nick’s announcement, but I was wrestling with some blog tech, and then I went out of town, and then I forgot. I’ll try to do better.]

I haven’t used it in years, but I’m still sad to see it go. FeedDemon introduced me to RSS when it was released in 2003. I bought it, pretty much sight unseen, simply because Nick Bradbury made it. I’d been using HomeSite for web site production long before Macromedia bought it. Following that, I used the fantastic TopStyle. There are a few people whose work I have come to know, people I’ve come to trust over the years. If David Chartier recommends a web service or application, I’ll go ahead and grab it. Similarly, if Brent Simmons builds something, I’ll buy it. It’s easy to find people like this in the Mac community; but in the several years I spent using DOS and Windows before I switched to the Mac, Nick Bradbury is the only developer who engendered such faith.

Thank you, Nick!