1 February 2005

2 February

Hide Your IPod, Here Comes Bill  : “that translates to 16,000 iPod users among the 25,000 who work at or near Microsoft’s corporate campus. “This irks the management team no end,” said the source. […] So concerned is management, owning an iPod at Microsoft is beginning to become impolitic, the manager said. Employees are hiding their iPods by swapping the telltale white headphones for a less conspicuous pair.

Baisse des prix en trompe-l’oeil chez Free : “En toute discrétion, Free annonce une “baisse” de ses tarifs téléphoniques depuis une Freebox à compter du 1er février. […] Résultat: les communications sont plus onéreuses que chez France Telecom sauf pour les appels en heures creuses de plus d’une minute vers les mobiles Orange et SFR. Bon à savoir, ceux qui ne souhaitent pas bénéficier de cette “baisse” des tarifs doivent adresser une lettre recommandée avec accusé de réception à Free.

Hide The Truth, Here Comes Leander Kahney : “The big question here, of course, is whether iPod usage at Microsoft is unusually high. That is, after all, the point of the article. Or is Kahney just stretching the truth yet again to write yet another pro-Apple story? That one’s easy, because I visit the Redmond campus several times a year. Kahney’s full of it. Utterly full of it.

3 February

4 February

Pick a good password : “If you don’t want to use one password for every place that requires one, a variation on Eric’s method is to combine the service name with a word you choose. So if blue’s your word, your Ebay password would be ebblauye and your Paypal password would be pbalyupeal.

7 February

WP-Cache 1.0 : “Every WordPress user or administrator know that WP sucks badly in the efficiency department.

I finally seized Software Update’s offer to reinstall iTunes and let me try and access my mp3s from the iBook on my bedstand.

And, just like so many things in OS X, it’s unbelievable: it works. Downloading iTunes, launching the app, no setup needed at all, “Garoo” immediately appears in the sources list. What took me longest (not counting the plugging of external speakers on the laptop) was remembering that the artists and records lists were hidden behind the shapeshifting “Browse” button.

Here comes the music.

100 Most Popular Gravatar Enabled Sites : “13. garoo.net (188) by garoo

Only 188 avatars displayed in 7 days? There mustn’t be many people accessing the individual post pages.

8 February

Nobody Expects The Bloglines Askquisition!Speaking from experience, I know that the acquisition of a service that you use and depend upon can be unnerving. I also know that after acquisition some services wither.I am confident that won’t happen here. There is a shared passion and vision for Bloglines, and I’m very excited about the future.

9 February

11 February

Two-Finger-Scrolling [via] : “This is a hack to activate two-finger scrolling on supported pre-2005 PowerBooks and iBooks (i.e. those with a “W-Enhanced” trackpad, including most AlBooks and recent iBooks) on OS X 10.3 (tested on 10.3.7 and 10.3.8).

Je doute que ça marche sur mon clamshell.

France 2 et ces fameux blogs : “Le Journal Télévisé de France2 vient de diffuser un reportage assez étrange sur “ces fameux blogs”: cela commence comme une publicité pour étudiants en marketing […] et se termine en “les blogs sont un danger pour les entreprises”. […] je propose quand même le reportage sur les blogs au format .mov (QuickTime).

13 February

France 3 et “les blogues” : “Après le reportage du journal de France2 hier, c’est France3 qui s’y colle. Les blogues (orthographe retenue) servent ici principalement aux adolescents et aux cuisinières. Regardez le reportage par vous-même (format QuickTime, .mov).

14 February

Apple a quelques problèmes matériels importants [via] : “Un ancien ingénieur de Apple aurait lâché le morceau : Des erreurs dans la conception de la gestion des tâches et des priorités de bas niveau pour le modèle G5, provoquant une importante baisse de performances dans l’exploitation des disques durs. Les opérations du disque dur seraient d’ailleurs parfois moins performantes qu’avec un Mac-mini à cause de ce « bug ».

Le principal problème est que cette erreur de conception touche bien le matériel, et qu’il ne semble nullement possible de rectifier le problème par mise à jour logicielle (Firmware ou OS).”

Grmbl.

Stars Take a Shine to Apple : “Apple has four retail stores in the Los Angeles area, which give the sales associates ample opportunity to rub elbows with Hollywood celebrities. It isn’t always pleasant.

16 February

Unprotecting iTunes vs. Unprotecting Napster : “So what’s the big deal? Unprotecting music without first burning to CD is bad, but if you burn to CD first, it’s ok? I don’t get it.

17 February

La blogosphère américaine découvre que le podcasting (comme les radio.blog, mais à destination des iPod) pose des problèmes légaux. Geez.

19 February

Class action suit filed against Apple.

Pff, I don’t know anymore. I still want OS X, but it’s bugging me more and more with its anti-power-users stance — I know, there’s BSD underneath, there’s AppleScript, there are the indispensables like Quicksilver, but Apple software annoys me with its “you’ll do things the way we designed, and no other” philosophy. And there’s the hardware, superb but not particularly renowned for its reliability. On a PC, I can choose to buy the hardware I want wherever I want, and there are zillions of freeware programs for geeks like me.

Maybe I don’t really want to be a switcher anymore. Maybe I should just buy an iMac mini and a 17“LCD. Or maybe the opposite.

21 February

The Tao of Mac : “Witch is an enhanced Command-Tab/task switcher for Mac OS X that, among other things, lets you manage minimized windows via the keyboard.

22 February

Google Book Effort Draws French Ire : “Jean-Noel Jeanneney, President of the [National Library of France], wrote in an editorial that he is concerned Google’s initiate to digitalize volumes at five leading libraries will reflect a unipolar worldview dominated by the English language and American culture.
Avec des déclarations comme ça, comment voulez-vous que les américains ne se foutent pas de notre gueule ? En plus, comme les français sont en train de développer leur propre système, vous allez voir qu’ils vont refuser d’intégrer Google Print quand on le leur proposera.

27 February

At last, I understand the dangers of Google AutoLink! [via] : ““The issue for authors and publishers is whether readers know they’re reading text that’s been modified.” And it’s so ambiguous! Admittedly, in order for the web page to be altered by the Google toolbar, an “AutoLink” button needs to be pressed every time (it doesn’t do it automatically), and the first time you press it this pop-up window appears which explains everything. Personally, I don’t think that’s nearly enough! A large claxon should sound, the screen should flash, and the user should get a phone call from a Google employee explaining the incredibly ambiguous and possibly-accidental button press. After all, the user might not realise that they had altered the content of the page if they were incredibly forgetful or stupid.

28 February

Stardock Releases Multiplicity : “Multiplicity works by having a primary computer with a keyboard, mouse and monitor connected to it and multiple local secondary computers that still have a monitor connected to them but no keyboard or mouse. When the user moves their mouse cursor from the primary computer to one of the monitors connected to a secondary computer, the user is then controlling that secondary computer. Multiplicity then ties them all together with a single universal clipboard enabling the user to seamlessly work with multiple computers at the same time.
Si ça marche vraiment, ça vaut le coup. (Enfin, non. 30$ pour deux ordinateurs seulement, c’est un peu dur.)

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