• Work from home day 4

    Today went smoothly, but I need to move more during the day. This means walking around.

    Tip for the day: drink more water! You get hydrated and move more!

    I didn’t move as much as I wanted to due to meetings, but I did drink two large cups of water, which caused me to walk around the house a bit.

    Tomorrow, I’m going to go for a walk around lunch time.

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  • Work From Home Day 3 of ??

    It’s Friday! Yay. I have now worked 3 days at home. I’m still getting used to it, but I think next week will go very smoothly. I have my desk laid out in a way that works for me, which took some time each day.

    I’ve found my focus to be a bit better than being at the office, but I think it’ll increase now that I have a project. Having a set project makes me focus a lot more than just answer emails and the phone.

    Now, let’s enjoy the weekend and I’ll write another update on Monday!

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  • Work From Home Day 2 of ?

    After work was a lot better today. I think it’s because I had game night planned with friends. Don’t worry we still kept our social distancing. We actually all stayed home and used Discord to screen share Jackbox and talk. It worked alright, but it definitely could have been better.

    My take away: Have a plan after work!

    This is now going to be my new plan. Whether it’s to walk to “game night,” either way it will give me something to look forward to after work.

    Tomorrow, I’ll leave the house in the morning to take the dogs to the vet, but that is the only reason I’ll leave. Let’s see if that makes my day a bit better. I’ll report back tomorrow.

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  • Work From Home Day 1 of ?

    First day working from home was a success. I ate breakfast, which I don’t usually do, and lunch at home. I usually eat out for lunch, so besides not spending money on gas, I’m also not spending money eating from a fast food place or Wholefoods. After lunch, the wife and I took the dogs on a 30 minute walk. It was a good break away from the “office”, since I didn’t leave the house otherwise. I worked on work related tasks pretty much the whole time, and my video calls went off without a hitch. I’d say the first day was a success.

    After work, I helped my wife with a puzzle, helped make dinner, played chess, and video games. I realized it’s going to be a long 3 weeksish. It’s only going to be long because I realize I shouldn’t/can’t go anywhere due to store closings. If I did this normally, it wouldn’t be that big of a deal to be home all day.

    I’ll post again with my thoughts after tomorrow’s work from home day!

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  • Helping the Entertainment Industry

    One of the industries hit by COVID-19 is the entertainment industry. Festivals, gigs, performances, and conferences are being canceled, which is hurting the people who work those events. To help the people being affected by the cancellations, I am going to donate all of March’s proceeds I receive from my apps, Buy Me a Coffee, or Patreon to Behind the Scenes.

    If you are considering purchasing an app of mine or supporting me another way, go here to do one of those and know that your support this month will be given to Behind the Scenes.

    If you feel inspired to donate directly, then please do!!! Here’s the link to the Behind the Scenes donation page.

  • 2020 Goals for iHog

    I know this is a bit late, but I really launched the app in January, so I figured I should think about what the rest of my goals are for iHog.

    General Goals for the App

    ✅ Pay for the Apple Developer Account (Completed in February)

    ✅ High End Systems shares the app (Completed in February)

    ⬛ Pay for the SquareSpace Account for the website

    Features I want to release this year

    ✅ LED feedback to the front panel

    ⬛ MIDI support for the soft keys around the displays

    ⬛ Support for keystroke Macros

    ⬛ DIY pages where users can customize what’s on the page

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  • Day 1 is going strong! #Hog4 🐷

  • Travel day today! I’m off to Orlando to do some Hog 4 console training!

  • Live Streamed iHog Development

    I live stream streamed iHog development. I’m trying to do one live stream a week. I will usually do it on Mondays, but some weeks life happens and pushes the live stream back a couple days. It happened this week!

    Go check out my live stream by clicking here!

    My Twitch can be found here!

  • That’s a lot of Command Keys.

  • Asking app developers what are your responses to not supporting a platform? I’m getting asked to support Android, but I have no interest in doing it. I don’t use Android, and as much as I would want to learn the platform it would require a lot more time than I have. I’d rather put that time towards making new features for iOS since that is where I’d use the app.

  • Day 3 📸 Reflect

    Vegas hotel rooms have lots of mirrors for lots of reflection.


  • Day 2 of 📸 challenge! Sight


  • Time for Day 1 of the photo challenge! Today’s theme is Open!

  • Installing Swift on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS 💻

    In this guide, I’m going to write the commands and steps needed to install Swift on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. My server is going to be hosted by Linode, but it should work on any computer running Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Since I’m doing this on Linode, all of the instructions will be how to install Swift using the command line.

    Let’s get started by accessing your Ubuntu 18.04 LTS instance. For me, this means using SSH to access my server.

    Note: When installing, I’m going to put sudo before my commands because we need root access to install into some of the directories. If you have root access, you should not need sudo.

    1. Install clang and libicu-dev

    Two packages need to be installed since they are dependencies. I want to explain what they are before actually installing them.


    clang provides tooling infrastructure for programming languages in the C programming languages. It acts as a compiler.


    libicu-dev provides full-featured Unicode and locale support. This allows for Unicode to be used in our code.

    How to install

    sudo apt-get install clang libicu-dev

    apt-get is a command line tool that handles packages. And other tools from the APT library.

    2. Download the Swift files

    Apple hosts the Swift files to download on Swift.org/downloads. You can go there to get the URL to download the latest release of Swift or the version that you need.

    Note: As of writing this guide, the latest release is 5.1.3 which is what I will use in the commands

    Navigate to the location where you want to download the binary of the Swift version you want to install. I keep mine in the src folder, so the command below will take me there.

    cd src

    Now, let’s download the binary files.

    wget [swift.org/builds/sw...](https://swift.org/builds/swift-5.1.3-release/ubuntu1804/swift-5.1.3-RELEASE/swift-5.1.3-RELEASE-ubuntu18.04.tar.gz)

    Let this command finish, and then continue to step 3.

    3. Extract the files

    tar -xvzf swift-5.1.3-RELEASE*

    The *, after swift-5.1.3-RELEASE, acts as a wild card so that tar -xvzf can find the file that starts with swift-5.1.3-RELEASE.

    This is going to extract the files and create a folder of the swift binary files named swift-X.X.X-RELEASE-ubuntu18.04. X.X.X will be the version number that you installed.

    4. Add this to the PATH

    We need to add the absolute path, the location where the binaries were extracted, of the binaries to the PATH variable that way we can actually use the swift command in the command line.

    Navigate to the location used in steps 2 and 3 and use the command pwd to see the full path to the binaries. Now to add that path to the PATH.

    export PATH=path_shown_using_pwd

    My command looks like this:

    export PATH=/home/mw/src/swift-5.1.3-RELEASE-ubuntu18.04

    5. Verify the Install

    Swift is now installed. Let’s verify that it works use the following.

    swift -version

    The terminal should show what version you are using. Mine shows Swift version 5.1.3 and some more things about the version, and that is it!

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  • New travel requirement. My hotel must have a water park in it. Bonus points if there is an arcade!

  • 🧭 Trip 2 of 2020

    I kicked off trip number 2 of 2020. It’s a 4 day long trip in Cape Cod.

    This has been a short travel day, but I still feel like it’s been long. This is probably due to the fact that I spent most of the day on a plane without a long layover. The flight into BOS was cool because the airport is right on the water, so as we landed we got really close to the water. It was really neat to watch.

    I’ve noticed while out and about, that I’d much rather pull my iPad out and use it like a lapto than my actual laptop. I’m not sure why exactly, but I love responding to emails on my iPad and doing other things to kill time. I can’t do any iOS development on it, so I still end up opening my laptop when I want to do that, but other than that I think the iPad is my main device especially when traveling.

  • How to call a function with a slider changes in SwiftUI

    There are times you might want to call a function when a slider changes in SwiftUI. I did this recently to send out the slider’s value to another device when the slider is moving. I couldn’t wait to send out the final value since that would be a delayed response for the user.

    After the code example, I’ll explain the three steps.

    import SwiftUI
    struct SliderExample: View {
    // 1. declare a state for the value of the slider
        @State private var value: Float = 0.0
    // 2. create a slider with a new Binding variable
        var body: some View {
            Slider(value: Binding(
                get: {
                set: {(newValue) in
                      self.value = newVal
    // 3. create the function to call when the slider changes value    
        func doSomething(){

    1. Declare a state variable for the value of the slider

    This is the variable that the slider is currently. It needs to be declared with a State property wrapper since the value is going to change. It also needs to have a Float type since a Slider needs a Binding<Float>.

    2. Create a slider with a new binding variable

    In this step, we are creating a Binding variable. A Binding variable is a computed property. By creating it as the value that the slider is using, we can utilize the setter to call the function every time the value is changing.

    3. Create the function to call when the slider changes value

    Make sure to make the function that you need to call when the slider changes values.

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  • Add itemized receipts with tip printed to things you didn’t know you wanted until you were #workTraveling 🧭

  • 2020 Travel!

    Today starts the 2020 travel.

    Based on what’s scheduled, I’ll probably hit Gold on @AmericanAir by segments, but the EQD will be hard to hit. I would love to have the free main cabin extra when checking in, so I’m hoping it happens.

    Here’s the gear I’m using when traveling:

    • Away Bigger Carry-On as my carry on luggage, which works for most trips
    • Synik 22 as my backpack
    • Bose QuietComfort 35s are used for 2hr and longer fights
    • AirPod Pros are used while in the airport and on short flights
    • iPad Pro 12.9” 3rd Gen for content consumption like NHL games, Netflix, and more
    • MacBook Pro 13” 2016 that I’m looking to upgrade once the hopefully 14” or new 13” with the keyboard of the 16” is shipping
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Various dongles and charging cables since I give presentations when I’m out and about
  • The best parts of working from home besides concentrating more

    • I get to be with the pets all day
    • I get to where sweatpants and not be judged by co-workers
  • 📱

    New App, iHog, Released!

    I made an iPad app. It controls Hog 4 lighting consoles through Open Sound Control. Check out the website for more info or download from the App Store.

  • New tech in my life

    I bought the new iPad Pro 12.9”. I’m very happy with this size. I chose not to get the smart folio keyboard case, since I had a Bluetooth keyboard. I’m also very happy with that decision. I’m not limited to having the screen right next to my keyboard. I can prop the screen somewhere else now and type with the keyboard wherever I want. I frequently do this when on the couch. The iPad sits on the table next to me and the keyboard is on my lap.

    I also received an iPhone Xr as my work device. It’s a lot heavier than my X and slightly bigger. I’m also not a fan of the lack of 3D touch. I grew used to it on my X, and not having it on the Xr is a bit frustrating.

  • iPhone X’s portrait mode makes it look like a real photographer took my picture #shotOniPhone #iPhoneX

  • New update to my app!

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