1 March 2005

Microsoft étend son initiative antipiratage à la réactivation de XP [via] : “Les utilisateurs de Windows XP risquent d’avoir une surprise lors de la prochaine réinstallation du système d’exploitation sur leur machine. Ils ne pourront pas réactiver leur logiciel en ligne, comme c’est l’usage depuis sa sortie. Un message sur le site de Microsoft les informera qu’ils doivent contacter un service téléphonique dédié afin de prouver qu’ils possèdent une copie non piratée.

On dira ce qu’on voudra, mais la LLM-mania chez les grands de ce monde a quand même le gros avantage de limiter la recrudescence des blogs en SPIP [via].

5 March

But it’s a bit dumb to have a computer without any audio input. I imagine OS X doesn’t bother to be compatible with the microphones embedded in Logitech’s webcams?

10 March

The Apple Dashboard Widget Contest : “WikityWidget is a personal notepad with automatic linking. Using a simple notebook-style interface, WikityWidget lets you easily jot down and organize notes with hypertext links so they’re easy to find and instantly available via the Mac OS X Tiger Dashboard.

Yay!

Is that why VoodooPad has gone free?

VNUnetblog (gee, what a great name, congratulations, that’ll get you nice blog URLs with that, easy to remember) is an opportunity to try Typepad for free, without a time limit, as long as you can live with VNUnet’s design and ads.

Nevermind the couple of bugs, or the lacking default setup (was it too much of a bother to set the right date format and timezone?); in the end I’m rather disappointed by the interface. I shouldn’t have been surprised: I have long thought that a platform’s interface and layout influenced the quality of its users’ posts, but I assumed that Typepad, being so expensive, would be an exception. The price should have been enough to deter everyone but geeks serious about their blogging, and there was no need for such an austere, complex and counter-intuitive interface. Why is it such mess? Why don’t they create a default blog so you can start writing as soon as you registered? Why are options and functionalities scattered and hidden all over the place? The MovableType legacy is much more of a burden than I thought.

I’ll keep on recommending Blogger (with the Blogspot hosting option, because experience showed you’d better not give them you FTP password if it matters to you).

P.S. The Garoo Blog advises that the personal dislike by its editor, Garoo, against the SixApart France subsidiary and its president, Loïc Le Meur, could but does not influence the reporting of this company at the Garoo Blog.

11 March

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14 March

Tiger Preview [via]: “iChat AV is also a versatile instant text messaging application, supporting AOL Instant Messenger and Jabber Instant Messenger clients.

I was beginning to be desperate for followup on the rumors about iChat switching to Jabber, but it seems it might very well happen in the end (if you choose to interpret “supporting Jabber clients” the way I want to, which is the only way that does make sense).

I can’t say I’ve got very high hopes for the iChat implementation of the most advanced Jabber functionalities, but as long as it does connect to Jabber servers you should be able to take advantage of it all, starting with gateways, after you’ve configured your account with a specialized client. It was enough for me with the first version of Gush; it should be enough with iChat.

Apple battling scrolling TrackPad woes : “A variety of other complaints include irritably slow mouse tracking, customers receiving shocks from the PowerBooks due to static electricity and TrackPads failing to respond at all for short periods of time. […]

According to sources, the fury of reports has caused concern for Apple, which earlier this week reportedly published an alert bulletin to its retail stores detailing the problem, but asking employees not to acknowledge the issues to customers.”

15 March

To Their Detriment, Blogosphere Runs With Old, and No News : “When mainstream media pundits talk about the shoot first, ask questions later mentality of the blogosphere, this is exactly what they’re talking about. Instead of doing five minutes of research, people are rushing to get out the “news,” and they’re doing so in an irresponsible manner. These three stories are insignficant in most respects […] The damage, however, is done, as we can’t expect every person who has read something inaccurate to read a follow-up correcting the original offense.

AppleInsider : “According to sources who have so far filed accurate reports on Apple’s future hardware plans, the company is feverishly working on a two-button wireless optical mouse that it intends to release.

[…] Insiders warned that anticipation may continue to build for months as the company perfects the product.”

16 March

18 March

Buy DRM-free songs from the iTunes Music Store (post seems to have disappeared) : “Seems that our good friend discovered that when you buy something from the [iTunes Music Store], the DRM is only added to the tracks after you’ve purchased and downloaded them, which sort of makes sense since they do need to be tagged to your account.
How on Earth does it “make sense” for iTMS to send the files DRM-free and have the client side process them? If that’s true it’s just immensely stupid. Or at least lazy. Or some Apple engineers just meant to screw the RIAA.

21 March

23 March

VAIO Wireless Keyboard Kit: a laptop-style keyboard with a trackpad, now that’s exactly what I’d need to go with a Mac mini. If it were not wireless, not black, not not-Apple.

24 March

Aggregator Market Share [via] : wow, 55% market share — soon we won’t say “RSS” but “Bloglines.”

25 March

Early Apple sound designer Jim Reekes corrects Sosumi myth:

So, upon hearing I had to change the name of my new beep, I immediately thougth of the perfect name, “Let it Beep”. Of course, I was joking but it was brilliant right? As everyone was laughing, someone even took me seriously and said I could never get away with that! I said, “so sue me” and that’s when I realized my scheme. I told Sheila the new name would be spelled “s-o-s-u-m-i”.

Je rêve, ou depuis la toute dernière Software Update je ne peux plus saisir d’heures au-delà de 19 dans iCal ? Impossible d’entrer au clavier une heure commençant par un 2, et utiliser la souris pour régler les heures de mes horaires télé est inenvisageable.

P.S. Ah, non. C’est uniquement pour la soirée du dimanche 27. Soit c’est un bug bizarre en rapport avec le passage à l’heure d’été, soit c’est un bug encore plus bizarre.

26 March

Rendezvous SDK for Windows [via]: doesn’t that mean that someone could finally get down to coding a Rendezvous plugin for Miranda? If the Trillian coders managed to do it, then it mustn’t be too hard.

Windowsian friends, imagine: you launch Miranda (or a hypothetic dedicated IM client) and you can directly chat, no setup required at all, with anyone on your local network (family, enterprise of public wifi — even your whole neighborhood with French cable TV+internet). The ultimate weapon for cruising in Starbucks, courtesy of Apple.

By the way, weren’t they supposed to be renaming it to “Bonjour”?

27 March

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