Dino Paskvan

Dino Paskvan

iOS Developer Joined over 9 years ago

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  • Posted to Pirating fonts and software, Oct 07, 2014

    I find myself unsure how to comment on this. On one hand, I was a student myself and I remember how hard it was for me to get my hands on pricier pieces of software/resources legally.

    On the other, as someone who now earns his living by developing software, I'm less inclined to give the benefit of doubt to those who pirate my software.

    The thing is, the term pirating is what I'd like to concentrate on. When you say pirate or pirated your mind immediately brings up romantic images that were seeded and nourished by popular culture, literature and film. It makes the term less of what it really is.

    Piracy (the sea kind) is a criminal activity. While films tend to romanticise the concept, pirates were vicious, violent individuals that preyed upon the poor and wealthy alike.

    It's easy to stroke the Robin Hood parts of our brains in movies when pirates deal with ruthless rich buggers, but that was only a part of the whole story.

    Countless families were destroyed or lost throughout the course of history and the modern version of sea piracy is even more violent.

    I'm writing all of this because there's a great analogy here. It's easy to defend (and possibly delude) yourself by thinking you'll only be pirating software from the big companies, but where do you draw the line? Are you going to check companies' financial reports before hitting up a torrent site? Do you make up charts to figure out when a company is "big enough" to get hit?

    The main aim of sea piracy was was to increase the riches of pirates themselves, everything else was "fun" or collateral damage.

    Pirating Adobe's software is not nearly as dramatic, but it is stealing and it is criminal activity in most of the world.

    We live in an age where you can get decent software for the price of a couple of cups of coffee (or maybe even one). Font families can still be expensive but there are so many wonderful free alternatives that even that can be worked around of without stealing.

    Because, no matter what term you use, that's what it is. It's stealing. And there will always be collateral damage that you don't think about. Maybe your actions won't cause it directly, but there are plenty of people who think the same way. Your contribution to a criminal activity is still significant.

    I hope this doesn't come out as aggressive. I'm not judging you for dealing with things the way you can, but I'd like to offer an alternative point of view to this situation.

    Give it a go. Every time you think about pirating something, replace that word with what it really is — stealing.

    0 points
  • Posted to New to iOS Development | Help this fella out, Sep 20, 2014

    I've always been rather partial to Treehouse, especially when you need to get started with something. They usually have excellent intro-level courses, with a clear progression towards more advanced topics.

    The community is also helpful and active on their forums, so often you can get help from other students and teachers rather quickly.

    They've had the Objective-C courses for a while and 3 days ago, they've added a bunch of Swift courses.

    Check them out: referral link / non-referral link

    2 points
  • Posted to Dribble invite?, Aug 31, 2014

    Out of curiosity, how many of you have had success in getting invites via invite sites like Draft.im?

    I find myself doing more and more design-related work, and I figured Dribbble would be a nice place for sharing some of the stuff I do.

    I still haven't started actively looking for an invite and I'm a bit unsure how to get one, to be honest.

    1 point
  • Posted to Ask DN: What headphones do you use?, Jul 24, 2014

    Harman/Kardon CL

    They're a bit of an older model but I really like them. The only problem is that they're rather snug, so if you're wearing eyeglasses with thicker temples, the combination can result in some discomfort (which I avoid by raising the temples above my ears).

    0 points
  • Posted to Typed — Your New Favourite Markdown Editor for Mac, Jul 17, 2014

    The thing is... every new markdown editor is the best one ever. It'll have all the really necessary features other markdown editors have (you know, like markdown parsing), and a bunch of features that everyone is so super-excited about — features they'll never use. Of course, those features are what set it apart from other editors.

    I bought Byword when it came out. I've been using it ever since. I'm not saying it's the best editor, but it does all I want it to do. I can write, preview and export. Yay! Sure, it can't tell me which of my words are nouns, but I'm glad the developer(s) thought I'd be able to figure that out without their help, being the person that does the actual writing.

    5 points
  • Posted to Framer Studio: A new interaction design tool., in reply to Jared Klein , Jun 23, 2014

    I have a very strong aversion to CoffeeScript. I know it's often advertised as a simple syntax for JavaScript and something that lets you avoid the "bad parts" of JavaScript.

    The thing is, if you really know JavaScript well, CoffeeScript is a barrier. For example, it forces you to think about classes when there are no such things in JavaScript. Prototype-based programming simply doesn't work that way. There's no real inheritance, just object cloning.

    CoffeeScript was a deal breaker for me with GitHub's Atom, as well. For simple tasks, sure, I can tolerate it if I really have to. But anything advanced and it's getting in my way instead of letting me get things done. All of my understanding of JavaScript goes out through the window because I keep having to check what it is that my code gets compiled to.

    I know there are people who love it, and that's okay. What works for some people doesn't work for others. If CoffeeScript enables you to write your code more efficiently, that's terrific.

    I've devoted a lot of time to JavaScript and I know its quirks and behaviours rather well by now. As I'd never really use CoffeeScript anywhere else, I just can't be bothered to learn a new programming language for a tool that works just as well with normal JavaScript. Is that silly?

    6 points
  • Posted to Framer Studio: A new interaction design tool., Jun 23, 2014

    The examples page has that option, but I couldn't find anything equivalent in the app. At least not anything obvious.

    1 point
  • Posted to Framer Studio: A new interaction design tool., Jun 23, 2014

    This looks rather nice, but I'm afraid CoffeeScript is a deal breaker for me.

    I went looking for an option that would let me use JavaScript, but I couldn't find one. I could see myself using this if such an option existed.

    5 points
  • Posted to Duo, the browser for responsive web development from Electric Pulp, in reply to Shakti Dash , Dec 12, 2013

    This one barely counts, but it's better than nothing: http://quick.as/4rspm8

    0 points
  • Posted to Spike Lee responds to Juan Luis Garcia's letter, Nov 28, 2013

    I think it's rather clear now who despicable humans are in this whole mess.

    And if Spike Lee really didn't read the letter, it doesn't make this situation any better, quite the opposite.

    1 point
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