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Fix, upgrade, reuse

I was really close from convincing myself that I need a new 16” MacBook. The current one- 2015, 13” MacBook Pro with 8GB of RAM feels really slow while have more than a few apps open. I did some research and instead of purchasing a new laptop, I will try to resurrect the one I have. I got a new motherboard with 16GB and faster processor and a new SSD with 512GB. I found all those parts on eBay and instead of getting a new laptop for $2500 + tax, I got everything I need for less than $700.

Why do I write about it? Because there is a lot of hype about the new MacBooks and it is easy to convince ourselves that we need it. Considering how fast technology changes and how big of a purchase it is, sometimes it is good to consider a more resourceful option.

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Watch Case pricing changes

While preparing for the next big release of the Watch Case for iOS, iPadOS and macOS (!!!) I decided to change its pricing. From now on, the app will be paid upfront and won’t have any additional in-app purchases or subscriptions. The macOS app will follow in a few weeks and based on how App Store works, I will be charging for it as well. I wish I could bundle it together and make it available on all Apple platforms, but that is not possible at this moment.

The good news is that if you had the app installed on your phone or your iPad, there won’t be any changes that would affect you. If you didn’t get it until now, you will have to pay a price of one Starbucks coffee to get in on your phone.

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Yet another Russian watch

Here are a few photos of a vintage Sekonda I got a few months ago. I got it from a local watch repair shop so it was serviced and in a great condition.

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Art battle Barcelona

My friend @rudakata won an art battle here in Barcelona. Check out the photos I took….

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Recent finds

I took a few photos of watches I got over the last few months. One is from USSR and the other one from Japan. I’m thinking about writing a longer post about Russian horology. It’s super interesting how they’ve started and how it operated.

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I have about two hours to work on the Watch Case before we head out to @artbattlebarcelona. I’m hoping to make progress on how new pieces are added to the collection. That’s one of the last big items on my list before I can publish this version.

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I’m wrapping up a web project for a client. Usually I’m a bit annoyed when freelance work comes while I’m wrapping up and trying to ship my own app. This time it was a nice to take a break from code I was working on for months. Now back on last bits of Vorto…

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Watch Case on a Mac

I’ve spent the last few hours trying to run Watch Case as a Catalyst app on my Mac. I’ve hit a few bumps and well… it requires some work, but at least it compiles and runs relatively well.

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I removed Vorto from the App Store for now. It will be coming back very soon and it will be integrated with everything I was working on over the last year or so. The reason for it to be down and no longer in the App Store are significant server changer we are making and there isn’t really a simple way for the old code to be ported over.

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Here you have another short recording of the language learning app interface I’m working on. Different views, a bit of learning functionality and editing.