Simon Wolf's Writings

Sometimes random, occasionally focused, rarely proof-read

Jun 24, 2014

Important: I'm not a doctor, have no medical or sports training or expertise and the information in this post has been mainly been gleaned from the internet. DO NOT follow any advice in this post blindly. You should seek medical advice or the advice of a sports specialist yourself.

One of the main reasons I have started doing indoor rowing is to lose weight. Ignoring fads, crash diets, etc. I'm adhering to the core concept that to lose weight you need to expend more calories than you consume each day. This can be done be eating differently, exercising or doing both. This isn't rocket science. If you don't change what you eat but you start exercising you'll expend more calories than you did before and either lose weight or, if you are still consuming more calories than you are expending, at least slow down your weight gain. Similarly, if you eat less or change your diet then you will either lose weight or at least slow down any weight gain.

On the eating side I'm trying to eat smaller portions, eat better foods (fewer processed and more fruit and veg) and cut down on snacking. I'm kind of keeping a food diary and doing some calorie counting too but this isn't the focus of this blog post. Instead I want to focus on exercise and, more specifically, effective exercise.

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Jun 23, 2014

If you're a long-time visitor you'll probably know about my attempts to get fit and lose weight by cycling. Back in May I felt I was finally making a bit of progress and then my knee became incredibly painful and stayed that way for three weeks. Even when it felt generally better it was still painful to cycle and I worried that I was causing it more damage. It was time to try something new.

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Jun 2, 2014

This weekend I had a bit of a catch-up scanning session (I try to be paperless and you can read a few notes about it from a podcast episode I recorded in my 'Getting Organised' post) and inevitably encountered my scanning Achilles heel... booklets. This time there were three insurance policy booklets, one credit card information guide and one instruction manual. In the past I tended to cut them in half and then scan it all in so that I'd have all of the pages in the proper order. This time I decided to do something slightly more high-tech...

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May 27, 2014

When I released avTag I also signed up to Apple's iTunes Affiliate Program (US Link | UK Link). It's a simple way to earn money when people buy iTunes items (music, films, iBooks, apps, etc.) via links you have supplied. After signing up all you need to do is append your affiliate program token to the end of an item's URL. David Smith has a more detailed write-up which is worth reading.

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May 23, 2014

Now that avTag 1.0 is finally available in the App Store work has started on version 1.1. Amongst the new features and usability improvements the user interface is being tweaked and polished. I wanted to share some of the changes being implemented and explain why they have been made.

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May 20, 2014

At the start of December I was struggling to get through the final push I needed to do to get avTag finished off and into the App Store and in my mind I kept hearing Drew McCormack's words:

"Here is the one rule you need to go indie: You must do something on your project everyday, no matter how little."

When I tweeted about it Denis Hennessy got in touch to tell me about his app, Goal Streaks.

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May 6, 2014

Today avTag went from 'Waiting for Review' to 'In Review'. For non-Apple developers this means that Apple's App Store review team are now reviewing avTag to see if it is suitable for inclusion in the App Store. This review process covers things such as usefulness, stability and adherence to Apple's rules. It's an ideal time for me to do some reviewing too.

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Apr 22, 2014

Like most people I cycled as a kid. Like many people I've rediscovered cycling as an adult. In neither period of my life have I ever suffered from a puncture whilst out riding. This is definitely a good thing, if only because, whilst I thought I knew the theory, I'd never actually repaired or replaced an inner tube.

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Mar 29, 2014

If everything had gone according to plan this post would have been entitled something like 'avTag Released!' because I'd wanted to have it in the App Store before this year's NSConference. Sadly it hasn't all gone to plan and so it isn't. As a result this post is a quick update on why things are behind schedule and what is happening.

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Nov 26, 2013

Following on from my last post about incrementing build numbers when using Xcode's Bots and pushing the changes to your Git repository, this post contains a small script to tag your build.

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