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Ben Szymanski

Software Developer. Amateur Pianist. Sizable Weightlifter.

About

I am a software developer with six years of experience. I primarily develop sites and applications for the web, but am also well versed in desktop Mac development. In my off hours, I like to chip away at one of my personal open source projects, like Classic Finder.

Blog & Micro-Blog Posts

Then we got AWS. While AWS works really well once it’s all set up, getting it to that point is often cumbersome. There are gaps in the documentation. Web Console servicable, but has a ton of glaring UX issues. I’ve never had a stronger love/hate relationship with any person, place or thing than I...

We all know about the infamous "Thread 500" forum thread that MacRumors has so lovingly preserved. Thread 500 documents the mostly skeptical reactions of Mac fans about the practicality of the then just-released iPod, all the way back in October 2001. It usually gets linked to anytime Apple releas...

Update Posting. I’ve been kind of missing from the tech scene lately (not that I have some large presence online anyway). That is, outside of the critiques, err, shitposts I write/respond to on Twitter. You didn't notice? Excellent. The truth is I haven’t been working on any programming/dev proj...

You will need... ½ cup finely chopped sweet onion ½ tbsp. of roasted garlic ½ tsp. dry mustard 1 jalapeno (Minced) 1 tbps. Olive oil 32oz. Ketchup 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup cider vinegar ½ cup apple juice ½ cup light beer ½ cup honey 1 tbps. Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp. kosher...

You didn't ask, but I'm going to go ahead and assert that the best Photoshop icon they've ever done was the icon for CS2, with the icon for v7 coming in second. I'd also be interested to know what changed after CS3 that cause the applications to feel a lot less responsive than v7 - CS3 were. IIR...

Posting this link here to remind all of the iPad evangelicals what a computer is.

Alternatives to Web Apps: X Windows. Alternatives to many websites: XHTML2 pages with a Sherlock-esque frontend. How do we revive this? Original Tweet

Well, I’d say I’m pretty glad I never turned into an NGINX kind of a guy. https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19362326 https://www.nginx.com/blog/nginx-joins-f5/

FaceID is the perfect authentication scheme for the most vain of generations. It's perfect for those who love taking selfies. Everytime I authenticate with my phone, I feel like I gotta get it at just the right angle and definitely on my good side, in order for it to work. Original Tweet

This is a pretty great track! Quite ethereal. The Road to Nowhere - Carole King, 1966 https://youtu.be/8uCGjTWlXzc Original Tweet

Projects

screenshot of classic mac finder app

Download a pixel-for-pixel clone of the original Macintosh Finder on your modern Mac. This application is written in Objective-C and Cocoa.