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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

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...

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...

In Response To... Both threads have valid points. IMO the thing that is constantly overlooked in these discussions is that the boomers grew up in an era where material life was provided to them seemingly effortlessly by the GI generation. As such, boomers aren’t up to the challenges of maintaini...

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

Everything happens for a reason they say, but that assumes that the rest of the world is sane. Original Tweet

I bought one of the new Mac mini's. It's hooked up only to a single non-HiDPI monitor. And for the first time in five years (the five years since I've had my rMBP), the whole system feels amazingly smooth and responsive in comparison. There is no delay on text or window resizing. I've always suspe...

Projects

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