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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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2 August 2005

Meep.

A scroll ball? Splendid.

Buttons on the sides? Uh, sure, but they’re just where you had to squeeze the old mouse in order to lift it while clicking, so it’s going to be a bit confusing. (Or maybe they’re even still needed for that, and only moonlight as buttons, I’m not quite sure from the page.)

An invisible right button? How dumb is that? You spend twenty years getting non-geeks used to single-button mice, and when you finally add another you make it invisible, so that your users will be puzzled by the 50% chance of a contextual menu appearing?!

Argh, and I was gonna buy a Wacom tablet when I came back from vacation… am I really going to spend fifty more euros for a mouse? Argh, argh, argh.

And why do I need both? Because I use the pen with my left hand, and the mouse with my right hand, so Wacom’s included mouse and its scrollwheel are useless for me.

Let’s say I’ll first buy the tablet, and then wait for a month to see if I still need the mouse. Plus, it also gives me time to read what the first users think of it. Because, technically, there are several ways for that concept to fuck up (not only at the left click / right click leve, but also the scrollball getting clogged like an old mouse).

P.S. Apple Matters: “Mighty Mouse can be used as a single- or multi-button mouse depending on the user’s preference.” But I don’t think they intend it to replace the default mouse for a while anyway.

P.S. And on the ‘Design’ page [via]: “A tiny speaker inside Mighty Mouse produces button-clicking and Scroll Ball-rolling sound effects.” What. The. Fuck. Plus, if that does mean that buttons arent mechanical at all, how do you rest your hand upon the mouse without clicking? (With a speaker and a tactile zone, don’t be surprised it doesn’t come in a wireless version.)

P.S. I hope I’ll be able to see and touch one in Bordeaux, but if there’s really no mechanical button, as seems to be the case, I doubt I’ll want to buy it (even though I like the idea of using the side buttons for an all-mouse access to Exposé). They should just had copied the Microsoft Starck mouse, replacing the scrollwheel with a trackpoint.

P.S. I don’t get it — on the Quicktime VR it totally seems to be articulated just like the current mouse. But then why did they need to put a speaker inside to produce “button-clicking sound effects”?

P.S. Even if clicking is mechanical and the tactical zone only determines which finger is touching the mouse, it still implies you’d only touch the mouse on one side when you’re clicking. And I don’t know about you, but I’ve always got two fingers on my mouse — one on each side — so I definitely can’t see how their system would determine which side I’m pressing (since the sensors clearly don’t quantify pression, they only detect contact). No, really, that can’t be ergonomic.

P.S. AppleInsider: clicking is indeed mechanical just like the classic mouse, and sensors determine whether you clicked left, right or center (the scrollball doesn’t push into the mouse either) and, since they only detect contact, the main button has priority and you have to lift your index off the mouse for a right click to register. Sucks. I’m sure it’s a habit one can very well learn, but it’s just dumb to have to get used to that (and also pay for $50 worth of wireful technology) just because Steve Jobs doesn’t want a split mouse body. I’ll be just fine with the Wacom tablet and MaxiMice. Pfft.

Vista and More: “Vista will include a very lightweight background agent that records all kinds of real-world performance data — start up and shut down time, how long it takes for windows to open or resize, how long it takes applications to launch, things like that. If it detects a marked decrease in performance, it can look at the software that has been recently added to the system to help you zero in on the apps (or spyware/viruses) that are costing you performance.

MaxiMice [via] [via]: emulate a scrollwheel (or -ball) by pressing Alt, or moving the cursor toward the window edges. Works surprisingly well — who needs buttons on their mice anyway?

P.S. No, in fact, it only works with Safari, and messes up NetNewsWire.

4 August

Multiple backgrounds from the future in today’s Safari. Coming soon on garoo.net (and every other macblogger’s site), no doubt.

TUAW: “The Mighty Mouse has only been out for a day and already it has gotten drunk and made a ‘questionable’ life choice, but it is an inanimate object and it can do with its scrollball what it wishes.

IBM ScrollPoint Pro: Well, it does exist. And it’s purple.

Chatalog [via] lets you store your iChat logs with your mail, where you’re organized and everything’s Spotlighted.

The concept is very interesting; I can’t talk about implementation because I don’t use iChat. But if it’s only converting logs into HTML e-mails and SMPTing them to your account, maybe it’s a bit expensive for what it does.

7 August

One day Steve Jobs was driving in his black Porsche with his finance executive, Susan Barnes. […] She was in her late twenties, smart and even-tempered and quietly self-confident, which were all advantages in dealing with such a fierce-willed, emotional boss.

Alan Deutschman, The Second Coming of Steve Jobs.

Heh, reminds me of someone(s).

His personality thrived on scarcity and adversity but struggled with abundance and ease. Obsessive perfectionists are in constant need of severe constraints and hard deadlines. They need strict budgets. They need limits that force them to choose, commit, and move on. Otherwise they can be paralyzed by their powers of self-criticism or, alternately, overwhelmed by the excess of promising ideas that they can envision.

Alan Deutschman, The Second Coming of Steve Jobs.

21 August

Heidi believes that Steve’s view of the world has a clear hierarchy. Steve himself is at the top. Then there’s Larry Ellison, who’s almost like Steve […] Then there’s a thin layer of reasonably smart people […] Then, at the bottom, there are great masses of bozos, who make up the vast majority of the population.

The irony about Steve Jobs is that he strives obsessively to make products for the masses but he is often mean-spirited when one of the little people dares to engage him in a conversation about his work or his products.

Alan Deutschman, The Second Coming of Steve Jobs.

22 August

Alan Deutschman, The Second Coming of Steve Jobs

The book, not very pleasant to read, full of digressions and repetitions, focuses on Steve Jobs’s dark times, from being fired by the Apple board to coming back triumphant — and, despite its flaws, it’s a must-read if you’re interested in any of its topics (either Apple, NeXT, Pixar or star CEOs).

The contents are worrysome: Steve Jobs isn’t only described as a psychotic tyrant (which everyone already knows he is) but also this close to imcompetent, as a CEO as well as a visionary. The Macintosh? Not his project, he didn’t really believed in it but took it over because that’s all the board would let him toy with (that part isn’t in the book, I read it somewhere else). NeXTstep? All he was interested in, according to the author, was the sleek black machine, and he never quite realized that its real strength was the OS. (And I have some trouble fully believing that one.) Pixar? In that case, too, he only wanted to sell machines, and it’s only a miracle that he didn’t fire the five-person kernel, led by John Lasseter, before it met the success we know.

His only quality would be his charisma: being able to attract, manipulate, consume (and throw away) the most talented individuals in every domain, and then knowing how best to sell what they made — except when his ego takes precedence over reason, which happens all too often. Scary. And it’s hard having faith in Apple’s future after such a read.

Here’s to hoping the author was very biased against Jobs — but looking at the evolution of the iMac or iPod lines would rather validate his theories (and I was only recently wondering why Apple had stopped making cute, fun designs like my old clamshell… not zen enough, this style dates back to before his return). One thing’s for sure: if the depiction is accurate, then Jobs will go to the greatest lengths to prevent OS X from ever running on anything but a white (or aluminium) monolith with an half-eaten apple on it.

 

He seemed locked into a cycle of stunning success leading to egotistical excess and hubris which set him up for failure followed by denial, humility, and then the insight that would return him to success once again.

24 August

Google Talk’s Windows interface looks nice, I’ll have to try it. And I can’t test it out in iChat either, my clamshell has Panther, with the non-Jabber version.

Sure thing is, Gmail beta invites are going to be all the rage again. Between Google, Microsoft, AOL, Yahoo and small brand-less Jabber servers, who’d you rather trust your messages to?

But, on the screenshots, where are the ads?

P.S. Download Squad:

Google also tells us that they don’t yet have solid plans on making money with the service, but plan on using it to drive users to Gmail.

Just when I was about to complain that the Windows client’s “Email” button seems hard-wired to Gmail, which is inconvenient for that category of geeks who like to use Google products but still want to keep their own e-mail address.

Well, there’s still a Jabber TLS server sporting the capacity and reliability the world expects from Google — and I read that even the VoIP part works with iChat (not that I have any need for that, though).

P.S. You can’t send messages to offline contacts, you’re redirected to Gmail instead. Sucks. That’s a definite deal breaker for me.

27 August

You can only fully understand the value of Exposé the day you bind it to a mouse buttons. (This is not a Mighty Mouse endorsement; I took my PC’s Microsoft trackball with me on vacation.)

29 August

30 August

31 August

I miss Quicksilver so much I almost wanna go back home — how can billions of people live without it?

Collary: is Apple France going to implement the “Test-drive a Mac mini for a month” promotion?

SyncToy v1.0 for Windows XP [via]: that could be everything iSync isn’t (i.e., a simple, straightforward solution to synchronize two directly connected computers) but, coming from Microsoft as a PowerToy, I doubt it.

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