My name is Cédric Bozzi. I make websites and apps, and this is my blog dedicated to technology: here you’ll find news, opinions and reviews, all written by a Mac-head who tends to have definite opinions about stuff.
Too busy working (wow, who’d have thought I’d say that again?), so I’ll be making it short and spare in the next few days.
A touch-screen coffee table is anything but a new concept, but here’s a nice twist: this one is announced by HP as being commercially available by year’s end. You can throw your crappy LCD picture frames in the garbage now.
So maybe the lack of a universal Adobe Photoshop is going to be a problem after all. The saddest part is, if Macromedia hadn’t been bought out, they’d have rushed to ship an optimized version of Fireworks — and maybe Adobe would have felt more pressure, too.
John Gruber minimizes the OS X vulnerability and concludes:
It boils down to this: you can’t safely double-click files from untrusted sources, and you never could. This is no different today on Mac OS X 10.4 than it was a decade ago on Mac OS 8 and 9.
So, really, I was spoiled by Microsoft? I never thought I’d ever be able to say that. But, weirdly enough, if Windows tells you a file is a jpeg, then it actually is (provided you set it up to display file extensions, but doing that in OS X too doesn’t solve the problem).
On the other hand, that kind of talk isn’t too surprising coming from long-term Mac users, who have always felt, and said, that file extensions were an archaic protuberance OS X should never had grown. Well, this is a good illustration of why it’s better to use extensions than resource forks for associating files with applications: it makes the system and the internet much more safer, because every file has to ostensibly carry its identity card at all times.
Cute, seriously drool-worthy widescreen iPod mockup — but Steve would never ever release this with a Bluetooth LED in the upper corner.
Logitech goes after the Griffin Powermate’s market, minus the LED and with almost as many buttons as a Contour ShuttlePro in such a tiny, confusing package it needs an on-screen accessory to remind you what the buttons do. I think it needs a display — a pulsating LED, some old-school LCDs or bright, shiny OLED miniscreens, but just something. Plus, it’s Mac-only (since when does Logitech make Mac-only accessories?) but the design doesn’t really fit in with a Mac desktop — and how is that worth $150 anyway?
I wish I had enough time to play with Google Pages / Google Page Creator (although, even if I did, they’re not taking any more new users now). This should be big. Well, actually, it could. Could have. How the hell can it not appear to be integrated with Blogger?!