iPhone Developer Needed for 2nd Opinion

By Matthew Botos

October 28th, 2010

I’m looking for an experienced contract or contract-to-hire iPhone developer to help me with 2nd Opinion, a new medical app connecting doctors directly to pharmaceutical companies.

Here’s the technology stack - familiarity with Objective C iPhone apps is the only hard requirement, anything else is a bonus:

  • Native Objective-C app
  • Core Data for open storage
  • Sqlcipher (Sqlite with OpenSSL 256-bit AES) for secure storage
  • SqlitePersistentObjects with custom modifications to support Sqlcipher
  • Audio recording, on-demand loading, and playback
  • Multi-threaded data push/pull/cache/sync
  • Push notifications using Urban Airship’s REST API
  • Salesforce.com and Amazon EC2 cloud middleware
  • App has already led to 2 open source contributions

Mavens is a great company to work with - I actually gave up my own independent consulting business to join them. We pay monthly 5 days after the close of the month and have a really motivating team culture, which we’re actively growing as we find the right full-time hires. This job will be almost entirely remote work with flexible hours, with possible meetings in the Philadelphia or Chicago area.

If you’re interested, please contact me at mbotos@mavensconsulting.com with your LinkedIn profile, app portfolio, and 1099 rate.

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Sports Photographer: Mountain Bike Racing at Bear Creek

By Matthew Botos

September 17th, 2009

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After last year, I knew the Mid-Atlantic Super Series at Bear Creek Mountain Resort wasn’t to be missed: lots of people come out for the final race on a tough course, and the resort serves up hot BBQ and cold beer on the deck afterward!

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NiMh Battery Showdown

By Matthew Botos

September 7th, 2009

Batteries

I’ve been to talking batteries with fellow photographer Denis between shots at On the Rocks and Strobist Valley Forge meetup, and one thing we noticed was that my Energizer AA NiMh batteries seemed to wear out faster than any others. Armed with a fancy new La Crosse Technology BC-700 Alpha Power Battery Charger, I dug in to find some high-tech and low-tech answers.

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Rain and Racing at the Velodrome

By Matthew Botos

August 30th, 2009

I got a second chance to catch some track racing at the velodrome in Trexlertown after rain postponed Friday night’s race to Saturday. Though we’d soon find out the rain wasn’t quite done yet:

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3 Ways to Fix Health Care

By Matthew Botos

August 28th, 2009

Dear Congress,

Here’s 3 things I’d like to see fixed with our health care system:

  1. Make costs transparent. People can’t be wise consumers when the true costs of care and insurance are hidden by employers, insurers, and doctors. Require employers to disclose the total cost of premiums and those under COBRA. Require insurers to issue statements showing the “retail” and negotiated fees, what they paid, and what the customer paid.
  2. Create a broad marketplace for portable policies. It makes no sense to tie health care to jobs in an increasingly mobile workforce. Allow people to take any policy with them, or to buy one in a nationwide marketplace without state boundaries. This will create a truly competitive capitalist market and allow insurers to spread their risk across a larger pool.
  3. Level the tax playing field. Health care is a critical and rapidly growing expense for all Americans; make all health care spending tax-free. Premiums, copays, drugs, employer plans, individual plans, and plans for the self-employed: all tax-deductible. No thresholds, no limits, no use-it-or-lose it gambling on Flexible Spending Accounts.

Sincerely,

The Under-Insured American Tax Payer

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A Photographer’s Journey

By Matthew Botos

August 12th, 2009

You started with a point and shoot, liked taking pictures, and learned enough to start getting some compliments. A SLR would let you do more, but you know it means diving into the deep end, not to mention the difficulty of walkgin around with that kind of bulge in your pants. But you do it, and all of a sudden you’re learning to swim again. So many new technical and artistic knobs, tons of cameras, lenses, lights, and gear to drool over and play “only if…”.

Slowly it dawns on you that it’s not just the camera or the lens or the light, but the soul of a photo that you’re chasing. If you’re social you grab every breathing acquaintance to pose for you, if you’re an introvert you grab your coat every time there’s a chance of a good sunset. The cornucopia of photography books, blogs, and Flickr groups are now your constant buffet.

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Hawaii Photo Notes

By Matthew Botos

August 11th, 2009

AlohaHawaii is fertile photography ground, with everything from active volcanoes to beautiful beaches to alien mountaintops. This post will talk about a few of the ways I tried to make the most of my time there.

Summit scopes: Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) and Gemini Northen TelescopeI’ve been to Hawaii (and the Big Island) before, so I had some idea of what was there and how to shoot it better than last time. For both new ideas and general preparation, browsing through Flickr was great, and got me thinking about going to the summit of Mauna Kea. To get a bearing on tropical sunsets, The Photographer’s Ephemeris was useful since the sunset often doesn’t set due west.

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Asia Photo Show - August 7

By Matthew Botos

July 7th, 2009

Wat Arun

Asia is a land of beauty and contrasts; ancient temples stand side by side with modern skyscrapers while motorbikes zip past bicyclists wearing conical straw hats. Join me at Earth Mart on August 7 for a look at southeast Asia through stunning images from Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam!

Earth Mart features environmentally-friendly, energy-saving, recycled, sustainable, and fair trade products. Earth Mart is located in historic Phoenixville, Pennsylvania at 235 Bridge Street.

The show will open August 7 at 7pm and be on display through September 3, with a variety of framed and matted prints available for purchase. Hope to see you there!

coverUpdate: For a copy of all the photos featured in the show plus extended selections from the trip, you can purchase this 8.5 x 11″ full-color, hardcover photo book for just $49.99 (USD)!

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Road Trip Time Lapse Video

By Matthew Botos

June 28th, 2009

400 miles, 4 states, 182 photos:

The images in the video are all from my trip from Pennsylvania to Virginia to visit my brother, by way of Shenandoah National Park. With this in-car camera rig, I used a radio remote to trigger the shutter when there was an interesting scene. Post-production was done in Aperture, Quicktime, and iMovie HD.

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Catching a Stunning Sunset

By Matthew Botos

June 25th, 2009

Sunset over Stony Man summitJohn Fielder remarked that the best time for photos is often when normal people would like to be eating dinner, so if you want the shot, pack a sandwich along with your camera. Catching this sunset at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia proved this to be pretty good advice!

I arrived in the park later than planned, which left me just enough time to make camp before driving to the trail head. Dinner was in the car - a turkey sandwich from the camp store. With the light waning, I double-timed it up the trail to the summit of Stony Man, and was rewarded with a great view, beautiful colors, and a nice collection of rocks and small pools in the foreground. After a few hours of shooting the changing scene, I donned a headlight and hiked back down in the dark, relieved that the glowing eyes in the forest were just deer and rabbits, not bears!

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