Monthly Archives: April 2018

Rob’s 2018 Summer Blockbuster Must See List

It’s that time of the year, we’re on the eve of Summer Blockbuster Season.

Here’s my list for 2018. Enjoy.

Avengers: Infinity War April 27
Dark Crimes May 11
Deadpool 2 May 18
Solo: A Star Wars Story May 25
Ocean’s 8 June 08
Hereditary June 08
Incredibles 2 June 15
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
June 22
First Reformed June 22
Sicario 2: Soldado June 29
The First Purge July 04
The Equalizer 2 July 20
Hot Summer Nights July 27
The Spy Who Dumped Me August 03
The Darkest Minds September 14

Hot buttered popcorn and a movie, ahhh!Looks like a decent Blockbuster Season. I never get to all the movies I’d like to see, but this year I may try to do it because I’m now a MoviePass Member.

My short list includes Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ocean’s 8, Incredibles 2, and Sicario 2: Soldado.

See you at the movies! Remember to get popcorn with extra butter and an extra large soda!

Past Must See Lists, plus 2009 from my original weblog.

I’m a Professional Developer

On episode 268: A Tarnished Brass Age the ATP boys talk about the rumor of Macs moving to ARM and away from Intel chips.

If Apple does go this route I can only see one possible candidate for the switch: the 12in MacBook.

The 13in and 15in MacBook Pros could be a mistake to convert for all the reasons John outlines on the show. Most of the developers I work with at Agrian use 15in MacBook Pros for development. Most are backend developers. We don’t use desktop computers.

What kind of development do we do? Well, the backend is a mix of Ruby (RoR), Scala, a little .Net, and some Rust. On the client side we have a browser based application written in JavaScript on Ember and our iOS App is a mix of Swift, Objective-C, a small amount of C++, and a new library written in Rust that’s shared with the backend team. Basically our tools run the gamut.

I maintain two of our old .Net services so I run VirtualBox with Windows 10 and Visual Studio 2017 in addition to Xcode for iOS App development and all my other Mac tools; multiple terminal windows, SourceTree, Evernote, Slack, and BBEdit as well as multiple tabs open in Safari. Yeah, there’s a lot going on and my MacBook Pro handles it without batting an eye.

Add the MacBook Pro to the list of devices Apple needs to keep in mind when it comes to Pro users. Not all Pros use desktop computers.

It’s worth noting I’m still using the 2014 MacBook Pro I was given when I started work at Agrian. I recently opened it up and replaced the 256GB SSD with a 1TB model. It works great. I’m not sure I could do that with a modern MacBook Pro.

The new 9.7-inch iPad and Ag

I know the latest Apple event was focused on Education, but anyone using the iPad as tool outside of the technology world will benefit.

I work for a small company called Agrian that builds software and services for Agronomists. You may think that just a fancy word for farmers but it’s a lot more than that in this day and age.

Agrian iPad Scouting
Agrian iPad Scouting

Large farming organizations and crop retailers may have hundreds of employees working out in the field. They do everything from collecting soil samples to scouting crops to baiting and trapping for critters. When they’re out in the field they can use our software for any one of these jobs, and it’s best used on an iPad.

At one point we recommended purchasing iPad Mini’s because it was the best bang for the buck. With the introduction of the new 9.7-inch iPad we can start recommending that device. It’s not that $329 is cheap, but it sure beats the price of the Pro models and it’s plenty powerful enough for use with our software.

It’s a real winner.