Dion Almaer

technologist, product engineer and human dev aggregator


How I have lost over 100 pounds and don’t know how

Experimenting to a better life


I have lost more than 100 pounds since last September. I have many mixed…


iOS background syncing with push still slacking

The best mobile experiences often involve someone getting something done quickly. Waiting sucks.


The Imitation of the Greatest Game

I am embarrassed to note that it took me far too long to get in front of “The Imitation Game”. As Vinnie Jones would say: “It‘s been emotional”, and I…


Your customers shouldn’t have to be concerned with the details of their Internet connection

Getting a reliable fast connection is probably the number one feature I want in iOS 9. As Apple has shown with their highlighting of problems that you didn’t know that you had (e.g. the way that you type due to the spring machinery on your laptop), they love to go into the details to…

Publications edited by Dion Almaer

The ramblings of Ben and Dion (formerly: Set Direction, Ajaxians, webOSians, Mozillans, and more)


Howzat! Learnings from the sport of cricket and how they relate to technology

Funny story. My PR team reached out with a fun request to answer questions on the great game of…


Abstractions: Does your code tell a good story?


I have always been fascinated with how we structure the code and architecture of our systems. Over the years I have found it fascinating…


Standardized containers are great, but I am most excited about the innovation in the ships!


Standardization. We are seeing another go-around thanks to the enthusiasm around…


Flow Diagram: Immigration Reform and a Distributed Workforce


There has been a lot of talk on two orthogonal but related topics:

  • Should we (where “we” == US but can

When expectations are low, give yourself time to raise the bar, and enjoy it!


Given my history with webOS devices I think I enjoy a good retrospective of what went wrong on the way…


Rock Climbing through Change

It feels like organizational change is the only constant in Corporate America. Sometimes I actually view this as a good thing: we should always have a flow of


Tetris and software development