Wednesday, February 01, 2017


I have been referred by an acquaintance to try out TopTal. Having been trying to get back to a full-time iOS role for the last three years, the hill is getting steeper to climb as the months roll on. I typically get caught in recruiters' formulas about "years of commercial experience", as well as the silent war that wages between front end Javascript vs. native mobile.

Since no one is giving me a chance to get more experience through iOS employment, it looks like I just have to make my own experience. After publishing my app Money Monthly in the Apple App Store, and working on an app for a non-profit, and tinkering with other iOS-related stuff after hours, I'm knocking on TopTal's door to get my foot in as a FREELANCE iOS DEVELOPER.

Godwilling this door opens, and I'm hoping for the best. This includes my interest in joining the toptal Mobile app freelancers group

'Coding since 1993

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2017 and iOS

Happy New Year to one and all!

Towards the end of 2016, I submitted my app Money Monthly, for the first time. This is in part due to my move to get back to iOS development. The industry is very competitive, and I better have work to show for it if I am to return to full-time employment as an iOS developer.

The app helps you keep track of your monthly spending, and helps you limit your expenses to save money.

As of now it's still in a soft launch phase, and not much publicity is going on. For now it's free, so better download it now at its best deal. Today I submitted a bug fix with the date picker.

If you would like to know more about the app, simply go to

All the best for this year!


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Udemy Online Course Discounts

Udemy is currently offering discounts on their software development courses. I signed up for a Swift development course by Michael Rudowsky. Recently I got another notification that other courses are also on discount. You may want to start learning something new too, check out the list here.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

4k, 5k, 8k, 11k Pixels

As screen resolutions become higher, Samsung is planning to release an 11k display:

News about Samsung, click here

I found this interesting because I have owned the domain for some time now, let's see what happens :)

Saturday, May 16, 2015


Codility tries to standardize the way companies filter candidates for software engineer /developer positions. I got to choose from different languages, so I chose PHP which was what I was most familiar with. There were three problems I had to programmatically solve and test in 90 minutes.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Coursera's Programming for Everybody (Python)

Today I just submitted my final exam for the online course "Programming for Everybody" or PR4E. This was a massive open online course (MOOC) from Coursera offered by the University of Michigan. I took it for ten weeks.

Special thanks goes to our instructor Dr. Chuck Severance for coming up with this course for beginning programming using Python. The course materials are FREE.

I attended my virtual graduation video, complete with commencement speaker Dr. Curt Bank of Indiana University, and the blank piece of paper rolled with a nice bow.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Someone else, something else, and... we're back!

Dear readers,

My name is Oliver Queen. After five years... whoops, wrong channel.

No, we're not in Yan Yu.

About five years has passed not owning this domain due to my neglect  to renew it, I checked tonight if was still available. I quickly purchased it from and I'm so glad to get this back. For a while it contained JAPANESE writing, and I really don't remember who owned it or whether I even bothered to check.

That's all in the past now, and I'm back to writing geeky stuff.

Looking forward to more posts with you.

God bless,