All Websites Look The Same via NoVolume, Web Design Blog

I guess the first question is why, why has one style swept across the web design world and been implemented across so many websites? I’ve thought and thought about this and never really come up with a single answer.Source: All Websites Look The Same via NoVolume, Web Design Blog

My website included, what this article points out about web design is very true. Most sites today look the same with simple variations in images and fonts.

The thing is though, despite the prevalence and pervasiveness of a common website design, it usually gets the message across and folks are familiar with how to get around these simple sites. You either scroll down to reveal content in visually defined sections or click on one of the main links in the header or the footer. Very rarely do you see content buried down at a nested level. Search boxes are usually very prevalent too. Either scroll, click once or search and you usually find the information you are after. Isn’t that the point?

While Flash websites were unique, it was too easy to get lost in the content and unique and “creative” animated experiences. “That’s really cool. What was I looking for?…”

Brillo and Weave, IoT operating systems, and Android M, Is Google is taking over IoT?, in Internet of Things via element14.com

Details on Weave and Brillo are still rather sparse since the projects are still in their infancy, but Google certainly seems to have the resources and gusto to make these the new standard for all IoT devices. Their new plan seems to involve getting manufacturers of IoT devices, including everything from smart home gadgets to farming equipment, to have Brillo and Weave pre-installed and ready to integrate with your mobile device and computer.Source: Blog Post: Brillo and Weave, IoT operating systems, and Android M, Is Google is taking over IoT?, in Internet of Things via element14.com

If you own any “smart home” devices and have gone through the process of installing and using them, you know that the experience can really be hit or miss. Once you do have them working, actually using them is the next hurdle.

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Taking The Mystery Out Of SDKs With Open Source via TechCrunch

Without extensive investigation, you won’t be able to know exactly what the precompiled SDKs are up to in your app. It’s exceedingly easy to wire a binary black box SDK in such a way that you, as the developer, would never know what’s going on inside.

Source: Taking The Mystery Out Of SDKs With Open Source via TechCrunch

I’ve often wondered if I am a little to trusting with some SDKs I’ve used over the years in iOS apps. I’ve never had an issue, but in the case of precompiled SDKs, without monitoring all my network communications, I really wouldn’t know if there was anything questionable going on.

More and more though, using CocoaPods for instance, I have noticed that the code is not always compiled, allowing for easier introspection into what is going on in code you are trusting inside your app.

This article has me thinking about what I am using with a bit more scrutiny going forward.

Apple To Release New Apple TV In September, Report Says via TechCrunch

Finally, Apple should release an SDK as well as a dedicated App Store for the TV. It would bring the Apple TV up to par with Android TV and make the device much more powerful. Even if Apple doesn’t launch its streaming service at the same time, third-party developers could start developing for the new device right away before the Apple TV becomes a must-have.

Source: Apple To Release New Apple TV In September, Report Says via TechCrunch

I’ve been hoping and waiting for the Apple TV ecosystem to expand and allow custom application development to take place. I really believe that a new Apple TV SDK opens the next door of innovation for blurring the lines between computers and televisions.

Granted, there are a lot of products and companies who have already been working on this type of crossover for some time, but since I’m all-in on the whole Apple ecosystem, this is the one I’ve been waiting for.

At the moment, I’m not really concerned with what the rumors and specifications are said to be. Just opening the door to integration between television and computing leads to a whole new generation of apps.

I’m particularly interested in what opportunities will arise for educational and training apps. So much of the tech training I go through these days is video-based, or at least has a video element to it, that being able to watch training on a TV would grab my attention. Being able to go through training, away from my desk, with my iPad as a companion to work in conjunction with an Apple TV app (note taking, scheduling, building personal lesson plans) is very appealing. If nothing else, it’s a potential app idea…

CU-Boulder-led study eyes perceptions of wildfire risk via Boulder Daily Camera

People living in areas at high risk for wildfires are aware of the danger but underestimate the peril when compared with firefighting professionals, according to a new study led by a University of Colorado researcher.

Source: CU-Boulder-led study eyes perceptions of wildfire risk via Boulder Daily Camera

While my wife and I are not currently living in a wildfire danger zone, we do have an interest in heading towards the mountains at some point in the future. With as much as we know about wildfires, I find it curious how many people who own property out in the mountains seem to be somewhat disinterested in doing all that they can to mitigate the risks specific to their property.

Denver homes sell the fastest in the country via Denver Business Journal

According to the latest Re/Max sales report released earlier this week, Denver led the nation in various residential real estate categories, including rising home prices, fewest days homes stay on the market, and lowest amount of inventory.

Source: Denver homes sell the fastest in the country via Denver Business Journal

As a homeowner on the outskirts of the metro Denver area, the real estate market out here has been unbelievable. We were fortunate enough to have moved out here in 2012 before the market started to go through the roof. If we had to make the same move today, I’m not sure we would have landed in the same area as we did simply due to the cost of housing.

A New Website for 2015

It was finally time to take some responsibility for my professional presence out in the world, so here I am with a new website for 2015 along with a new blog to share my thoughts on personal and professional interests I find worthy of sharing over time.