Cross-site tracking is a technique used by advertisers to aggregate valuable consumer data across multiple websites.

For the last few years Apple has developed a privacy-focused brand. Unlike other big tech companies its business model which relies mostly on selling hardware, doesn’t require the company to sell your data.

Ever…


The other day I joined a Telegram channel related to health and fitness. For accountability purposes, the channel had a bot which you could use to track your sleep, workouts, and other activities. You had to do it manually.

Considering that I already track my sleep and meditation minutes, I…


“man showing photo of him” by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash

The other day after obviously watching too much of Black Mirror I was wondering how hard it would be to be able to point your mobile phone camera onto someone and identify this person by their Facebook profile.

Turned out: super-easy. As a matter of fact, Facebook already has this…


If you are looking for a general step-by-step tutorial on how to create a simple Cocoa Touch framework I recommend the following article:

In this tutorial, I’d like to show you some quick and useful tips which you can apply when designing and developing your iOS frameworks. I include a…


Today I’d like to tell you about my new favorite iOS networking library called Siesta. “What’s so great about it, and why can’t I just use Alamofire?” you might ask. Actually, you can use Alamofire with Siesta! Because it’s a networking abstraction layer above HTTP clients.

But unlike libraries like…


Originally I heard about the idea of Travatar from Drew Meyers. A while ago he wrote about Gravatar for Travel which as the name implies is a very simple concept: instead of manually updating your current location on social media as you travel, it would be updated automatically for you…


TLDR: because I value simplicity over customizability, more importantly, it allows me to actually write in the first place.

Starting today, I’ll be writing all my blog posts in Medium, including technical programming-related blog posts. Here is why:

I’m a perfectionist

I’m a perfectionist and it prevents me from getting things done. I’d…


I wanted to give GraphQL a shot for a while now. After all, the cool kids at Github are doing it, so I wanted to learn what all the hype is all about. From what I’ve seen so far it looks like GraphQL would likely supersede REST the same way…


Staying connected to the Universe™

There comes a time in a man’s life when one is ought to seek enlightenment™ by the means of sitting in excruciating asanas for a mind-numbing number of hours. That’s how I found myself in a 10 day Vipassana meditation retreat, where for the whole duration of the course I…


I hear a buzz of my phone. I pull it out of my pocket — and yes! I’m notified of another Twitter follower, what a great day! A few seconds later I hear a sound of an email alert. Fantastic! I’ll make sure I’ll reply to this email right away…

Nikolay Derkach

Hacker. Entrepreneur. Jetsetter. Dreamer. @nderkach http://derka.ch

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