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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.

I also have a static HTML photo gallery I maintain at https://photos.bszyman.com.

Blog & Micro-Blog Posts

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 …

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 …

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 created a clone/re-creation of the Classic Mac OS Finder in modern Cocoa and Objective-C. I attempted to make it as pixel perfect and to-scale as possible by referencing screenshots I found around on the web and a tangerine iBook running Mac OS 9. This Finder clone is functional …

I need to talk about this: The best laptop ever made The argument needing to be made is not that the 2015 MacBook Pro was some kind of pinnacle of a laptop - I was in 2015, and it wasn't. The 2015 MacBook Pro was just a speedbump, and a ho-hum …

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.