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jamesthomson

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Indie iOS / Mac developer from Glasgow, Scotland. Maker of the PCalc scientific calculator, and a cool dice app. Occasional writer, conference speaker, D&D player, and podcast pundit.

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Regardless of what happens in the keynote today with calculators, I wanted to say that I’ve been dealing with a serious family health crisis for the last three months, and I’ve spent a lot of that time around hospitals.

So, please don’t add to my stresses today by tagging me in a million things about getting Sherlocked because, genuinely, even if Apple destroys my entire business today, it’s not going to be my biggest concern.

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@craiggrannell Thank you. I don’t think there are good resolutions likely here, but the thought is appreciated.

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This is your regular reminder that many people are silently going through shit that you don’t know about.

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@jamieb Very sorry to hear. It’s my dad, so the proximity to Father’s Day is extra hard. Hope you can rest and look after yourself and family.

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@savinola It has not been the best year on multiple fronts, but yes it does give contrast to life! Thank you.

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@jeffwatkins Sadly unlikely, but good to hope!

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@lstaples Sorry to hear, but yes, same although he’s hanging in there.

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Dice by PCalc 2.7.2 is out now, with a wide variety of pride flag themed dice!

There's a couple of new themes which can be tinted with pride colours - there's thirteen flags in total currently, and I'm always happy to add more. There's also alternative app icons based on each one.

iOS / tvOS:
https://pcalc.com/store/dice

Mac:
https://pcalc.com/store/dicemac

You can also get matching PCalc shirts all year round:
https://cottonbureau.com/people/tla-systems

Happy pride folks.

A set of striped dice in trans pride flag colours.
A set of striped dice in bi flag colours.
A set of striped dice in twelve different pride flag colours.

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@niclake Thanks!

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Because I'm generating the textures on the fly based on a list of colours, any of the existing tint colour sets also work on these dice themes.

A set of striped dice with an 80s vibe.
A set of striped dice with a broadly bisexual vibe.
A set of striped dice with a green vibe.

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That dangerous point in time between getting an app approved and when you release it, and whether you will find a new bug while you take some promotional screenshots.

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In all my excitement over the next version of Dice by PCalc, which I planned to submit today, it seems as if I have blown (significantly) past the 200MB cellular limit on downloads. Oops.

Well, I guess I will be optimising some large textures a bit before release!

Even more virtual dice covered in pride flags!

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@glyph These are actually algorithmically generated, so these aren’t the problem!

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@pixelscience Thanks! I wanted to do something, and spending a week writing pride-related code seemed suitable!

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The latest TestFlight build of Dice by PCalc has a new Pride dice theme which can be tinted to show a wide variety of flags (all the ones that are in PCalc currently).

I'm generating the stripes on the fly, based on a underlying greyscale gradient texture, so I should be able to use that same technique for more intricate designs that can be recoloured.

A set of dice showing the lesbian pride flag.
A set of dice showing the bi pride flag.
A set of dice showing the trans pride flag.

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@matthewbischoff Thank you!

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@stuart I have thought about it, but making and distributing physical products is a real pain! I am tempted to do something, but I'd probably have to get about few thousand dice made for it to be cost effective.

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@chris 🥲

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@raritastic Which begs the question what flavour is each stripe?

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@craiggrannell I think now they are just available to buy without a waiting list. There’s a lot of indie inventiveness for it, I think it would be up your street!

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What a curiously dispassionate post on The Verge about their parent company signing a deal with OpenAI. It’s interesting that they posted about it in a way that lumps it together with the other deals and there’s no statement from The Verge’s famously opinionated leadership about what this deal means for publishing, journalism, and the open web.

https://www.theverge.com/2024/5/29/24167072/openai-content-copyright-vox-media-the-atlantic

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@mvo @joesteel Thank you for making the joke I was still in the process of typing.

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Me from 27 years ago (who was very excited by the release of Mac OS 8.1) would be pleased with me from today:
Disk Jockey now parses HFS+ volumes (and extracts files from it).

It's not out yet, and there is more work to be done, but soon.

Disk Jockey parses MFS, HFS and HFS+ volumes.
Studying how the humble MFS (no folders! Floppy only!) has evolved into the omnipresent HFS+ has been a fascinating journey.

Old computers have so much to teach.

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@onegeekarmy I know I have some old disk images that I failed to convert way back, so I will do some digging at the weekend!

(And, I'm just this guy, you know? :)

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