Ben Szymanski

Software Engineer • Vlogging about efoils, tech and music • πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ & 🐊


  1. I don't think urban cores returning to everything Jane Jacobs held dear needs to be lamented.

  2. Some thoughts on what we should be building instead.

  3. Podcasts are kinda awful and I stopped listening to them years ago.

  4. Why can't Apple's own system automation tools be that productive?

  5. The iPad is in decline, and hardly anyone cares.

  6. A tale of vintage computer shopping and collecting.

  7. A surprisingly millennial movie.

  8. The Mac Studio display has been chided since it's release as unnecessary, in both price and components. Could it be that we have been looking at is what the flat-panel Apple TV was supposed to be? A reused design?

  9. Wisdom to keep you safe and prosperous.

  10. Flying has become so miserable that the flight attendants don't even try to paper over it with pleasantness anymore. Cattle in, cattle out. Next stop!


Tidelas is a website that serves as a tailored handbook for efoil, kiteboard and wing foil enthusiasts. I built this website using Django, HTMX and TailwindCSS, as well as write and generate content.

Server Admin 10.6

Are you tired of PaaS startups rehashing old ideas that used to be implemented for free in the open source world? Maybe you just like running your own server(s)? Or, maybe you just miss clicking around Apple's utility applications.

Well you're in luck because we are replicating the late, the great Mac OS X Server Admin application, and we're doing it in classic Mac OS X style with AppKit and Objective-C.

Server Admin - Server administration for what's left of us.

Server Admin 10.3

Relive the magic of Mac OS X Server, and it's Server Admin application, right in your browser! Step back into 2003 and click through all the services and panels that shipped with 10.3 Server.

Classic Finder

Everything (mostly) you loved about the original Macintosh Finder, implemented in Objective-C and Cocoa to run on your modern Mac!

Work With Me

Protype Software Ltd.

Protype Software is an independent practice that I founded to act as a vessel for freelance work. I can build websites, web apps, Mac apps. I can also help with automation, CI/CD and general systems administration.

Proudly powered by Pelican, which takes great advantage of Python.