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Working with David Cui (Zuizin) on EyeSpy for macOS

Lately I've been working on various projects with several new #freelance #iOS#Swift #mobileapp developers, including David Cui (Zuizin).

David is helping us update the illumineX, inc. cartoon-eyes toy, EyeSpy (for macOS), which we've been ignoring for a few years.

David is enthusiastic, professional, and effective. He's the type of developer who likes to leave a campsite cleaner than he found it.

While doing routine maintenance on the product (updating it for Swift 5 and Xcode 11.5) he noticed there was a tiny bit of test code accidentally left in the product for years, and causing a little glitch. He brought it to our immediate attention, and fixed it.

David also cleaned up and modernized our In-App Purchase system, which hadn't had any attention for a few years. It turns out that even though our IAP store had been working in sandbox testing in the lab, it had been failing silently about 1/3 of the time in production. Doh!

The IAP system in EyeSpy is a well-oiled mac…

Blogs: Not dead, yet!

If you're a blogger, you might find this essay, recently shared to YCombinator's Hacker News from a blog, to be of interest. It's perhaps a little pessimistic, but has some fair observations about the state of affairs in the #blogosphere. 
If I could bring one thing back to the internet it would be blogs It's almost impossible now to find a blog that's not on a focused theme because that's what search engines focus on and how websites profit. But you want the opposite, a blog that never tried to focus or even thought about it.  The observations about the role of the only search engine that presently matters, Google, in the state of the blogosphere are worthy of consideration. In the discussion at Hacker News, the author was criticized a bit for saying that Google Blogger was "dead" —which itself seems a pretty fair criticism if not strictly accurate in a pedantic sense. Google basically abandoned Blogger in place years ago. Sure, our own illumineX blo…

iBlogger 3 Test Flight

hey Bloggers! iBlogger 3 is ready for its first TestFlight on the iOS App Store.

This all-new iBlogger written from scratch in Swift for iOS 13 gives us a great foundation for the future.

Long live iBlogger 3!


To join the iBlogger 3 Test Flight public beta, download the TestFlight App. Send us an email so we know you're using the beta release. If you like, you can include the URL to your blog, and feature requests.
email: support@illumineX.com
subject: join iBlogger TestFlight

New in iBlogger 3 This first release is compatible only with WordPress, but feel free to join the TestFlight group anyway, and tell us your blog type.


iBlogger 3 has been completely rebuilt from the ground up in Swift for iOS 13. The all-new product provides better performance, robustness, and security.iBlogger 3 includes a dramatically improved editor.iBlogger works fluidly on iPhone and iPad for all device screen sizes (iOS 13 and higher).supports modern OAuth for secure and convenient authentication with you…