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Hi! My name is Cédric Bozzi, I make websites and iOS apps, and this is my blog about technology (mostly a Twitter archive, really).

 

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23 October

It’s 2014 and I still can’t say to Siri, “Play me some upbeat songs.”

Having finally switched to a dedicated task manager this month, I can now attest, with all the newfound certainty of a reformed addict, that mixing tasks and incoming messages in your inbox may just be the worst possible thing you can do to your productivity. I understand the appeal — for years I was exploring solutions to manually add tasks to my inbox — but it is in fact the surest way to end up swamped under the combined weights of your task list and your incoming messages.

22 October

The iPad would be a better paperless solution if Apple emphasized (both in demos and in its own software) document scanning with the camera.

21 October

“Save for Web,” beach-ball, “OK,” beach-ball. Yeah, I guess I’ll go back to the older Photoshop CC then. Oh, Adobe.

Should I be surprised that Yosemite’s Finder still gleefully ignores the “Always open this folder in icon/list view” setting?

Just realized that I have two Photoshop CC installs in my Applications folder, and I’ve been using the older one for months. Oh, Adobe.

So I bought an iPad mini 2

After the iPhone 6 Plus’s introduction, I caught myself wishing I’d soon be able to buy an iPod touch of the same size, which was completely idiotic and led me to realize that the device I really wanted already existed, and was called iPad mini. As it turned out, the 5.5-inch iPod touch hasn’t happened yet, but Apple did launch a new iPad mini and, more importantly, discounted the older one to almost iPod touch prices, so… here I am, happy owner of an iPad mini 2.

For some reason I had spent the past two years thinking that the “proper” iPad was the 10-inch model, everyone using the smaller tablet was fooling themselves, and they were missing an essential part of the experience. Well, I guess I was the fool. The Mini is (slightly) more comfortable to hold, (slightly) easier to carry, and does everything just as well as an iPad Air. Even drawing and landscape typing are pretty comparable. The only real difference is for reading full-page comics and scanned magazines, completely unthinkable on the Mini — but it wasn’t a great experience on the 10-inch screen either, so that’s not much of a selling point for the bigger iPad.

That means my iPad Air is now for sale, and I suddenly understand much better why the Mini didn’t get a CPU or design upgrade last week: offering an iPad mini with the same components as the Air, and just as functional as the Air, but selling for $100 less even though there was no way it cost $100 less to produce, was obviously unsustainable. Just look at Apple’s results for last quarter: the problem isn’t so much the stagnating unit sales (the iPad was never going to enjoy the same numbers as the iPhone, for a number of reasons) but the average selling price in free-fall ever since the iPad mini’s introduction. That’s a curve that Apple needs to correct.

Maybe a better strategy would have been to discontinue the 10-inch iPad altogether two years ago, replacing it with the Mini at or around the same price (because “this is what the iPad was always supposed to be”), while introducing a 12-inch iPad Pro at an inflated price point. That’s now off the table, and Apple is taking the opposite approach, aiming the now cheaper iPad mini squarely at the iPod touch’s customer base. There’s still no good reason to buy the newest iPad Air instead of either of the Retina Minis (end users don’t, and shouldn’t, care about the more powerful processor), so I guess the average iPad selling price is going to fall further — but maybe this time they’ll make it up in volume.

And there’s still the option of launching an iPad Pro next year. (And me buying it.) But, if that ends up happening, the lower end of the range didn’t need to see its prices fall so low.

Anyway, I don’t know why this post ended up sounding like one of those asshole analysts’ lectures. The original point was, the iPad mini is great. It feels more like a giant iPhone than a netbook running iOS, while doing everything an iPad can be asked to do, and I wish I’d bought it last year.

20 October

Oh FFS. After a major OS upgrade, I’ll tolerate it, but the 8.1 install re-enabling iMessage and FaceTime against my will is unacceptable.

Désactiver les images dans Chrome pour en faire son browser dédié à Wikipédia.

Damnit, how is it that Yosemite’s dark titlebar isn’t black but gray—even if you disable transparency? That was the whole point, Apple!

19 October

RT @stroughtonsmith: Interesting psychology: Pebble lasts a whole week, but I feel more annoyed charging it than I do something I charge every night.

RT @maxime: Fun fact: Apple fixed the “Utah” typo from their Keynote in the official recording. [youtube.com]

18 October

Plus je file de fric à Apple, moins chaque achat me rend heureux. Pas par désensibilisation mais par culpabilisation.

UX is a funny thing. I could have spent the whole summer in a park with my iPad, but until Instant Hotspot I just couldn’t be bothered.

RT @DanielEran: Can’t wait for Apple Beta season to end. Maybe 10.10.3 and 8.1.4. And then I can buy an Apple Watch and start over with Photos 1.0.

17 October

RT @billlabus: So sad that iOS 7 has destroyed UI design expectations from Apple to the point that Yosemite looks good to most people by comparison.

Instagram updated for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Phil Schiller might wanna call them to point out he’s officially endorsed the iPad as camera.

I’ll surely be raging later at the disappearance of some function or other, but I’m not hating iTunes 12’s UI. Might be Stockholm syndrome.

So convenient. Every time you google “Is such and such software compatible with Yosemite?” all you get is “We don’t support beta OSes.”

16 October

RT @harrymccracken: The most tangibly exciting things in this Apple event were the two brief 3rd-party iPad demos. Apple should do a whole event of ‘em someday.

RT @shawnblanc: Normally I’m not a fan of scroll hijacking, but this is clever:

[apple.com]

RT @elkmovie: Then again, this could be a clever way to move the Mini downmarket without admitting it. (“no, that’s last year’s model”)

And I don’t want to get the cheaper version with… no Touch ID… wait, the ONLY difference for $100 is Touch ID? The fuck?!

Well, I don’t know. I’d been thinking of buying an iPad mini, but getting the previous generation’s CPU at that price is disheartening.

The screen’s damn tempting but it’s mind-boggling that they didn’t seize the opportunity to retire the aging aluminum iMac design.

The Dyson fan of umbrellas

I love that the voice-over guy didn’t bother to fix the googletranslatisms.

Will.i.am’s smartwatch is basically traced from the most popular Apple Watch concept renderings you could find on the web before September. Which, all things considered, is not a bad choice — nor an ugly device. It’s still dead in the water, though. Comically so.

Ce moment où tu finis de refaire tout le back-office de ton client en Ajax et tu te dis que ça aurait été tellement plus simple en iframes.

15 October

“Ultra Power Saving Mode”

There’s “ultra power saving mode,” which turns the [Samsung Galaxy] Note 4 grayscale and turns off everything but texting, phone calls, and manually refreshed email. It turns your ultra-modern phone into a pretty cool Treo circa 2006, but it turns 10 percent battery into hours and hours of life.

That’s both hilarious and absolutely awesome. I couldn’t find a good explanation online of why turning the display to grayscale makes it use less power, but it looks like that’s probably an AMOLED specificity which wouldn’t apply to iPhone anyway.

I liked the rumored “Licorice” better but I did wonder how that would translate to a cute mascot statue on the Google campus.

RT @raphaelschaad: Steve Jobs Introduces the Apple Store (2001). This is such a weird video. [youtu.be]

14 October

La magie de tout enterrer dans un nouveau gestionnaire de todo-lists, c’est aussi d’avoir une inbox presque vide dans Mail.

13 October

I can’t believe how much Spotlight in iOS 8 deliberately gets in the way of launching apps.

Wow, I didn’t realize how much stuff Siri can read from the lock screen if it isn’t disabled—notes, inbox contents, surely more. So secure.

Why can’t I find more complaints online about the noise reduction algorithm in iOS 8’s camera app? Am I only imagining that it’s terrible?

12 October

Ah, of course the 2Do app for iOS has such an over-engineered UI (because who doesn’t nowadays) that it lags a little on my iPad Air.

Fell into the cyclical GTD rabbit hole. Damn, 2Do is pretty nice — but not quite polished enough for 50 € total (iOS + OS X).

Shit, it’s about time I found out that you can right-click the Retweet icon in Tweetbot for Mac to choose which of your accounts will do the retweet. (And same thing on iOS with a tap-hold. Even the iPad version has it, that’s how long it’s been possible. I’d been searching for such an option in the menus so many times!)

10 October

Why does the Kindle app reflow the text every time you switch back to it? It’s obnoxious when you’re alternating between a book and a Twitter conversation.

RT @jcieplinski: We can make fun of the multiple Yosemite GMs, but how much better off would we have been if we had had a few more iOS 8 GMs?

I will never understand how it became standard for online support systems to invite end users to “open a ticket.” Almost any phrasing you could think of would be less hostile — less nonsensical — to regular customers. What kind of support do you hope to provide if you’re gonna start talking to them like they’re engineers with the very first word you print on your page?

I don’t like how the height of Swarm’s Today widget changes back and forth as it refreshes its data, and I hate that iOS 8 insists on wasting a third of the screen to display the date, whatever you do.

9 October

Does the rest of the audience actually enjoy the fact that ATP is 99% followup? It was funny once, but I can’t stand it anymore.

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