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

1 October 2009

I don’t understand the kerfuffle about UTIs. There’s still an “Open this file with…” in Finder’s Get Info — so the metadata still exists.

2 October

“Get a better view with Quick Look”

Type “defaults write com.apple.Finder QLEnableXRayFolders 1” (or use Secrets.prefPane) and Quick Look on a folder will display of a few icons of its contents. Why on earth would that not be enabled by default?

How long can it take to send an invite from Google Wave’s servers to my Google Mail account? Something must have gone wrong. Gmail down?

3 October

Custom forms and sticky notes — SOHO Notes 8 has interesting ideas.

“The Macalope Weekly: Who’s the boss?”

That got the Macalope thinking. Maybe that’s exactly what iPhone developers need: a union.

Think about it: low wages, abusive management, and the reason they can’t change the conditions is that they have no collective bargaining power. Ring any bells, Norma Rae?

I would be weary of that “Apple still has to send you those checks no matter how much of a malcontent you are,” however.

Early Gmail adopters should be offered just one alias if they want to change their address. I didn’t originally expect to actually use it!

“Leo Laporte Makes $1.5 Million Per Year from Podcasting”

Laporte’s TWiT network, run from the basement of his house in Petaluma, does $1.5 million in revenue per year, doubling yearly. His costs, however, are more impressive: it only takes $350,000 per year to run the business with 7 employees.

Jesus. I’ve been hating his content more and more (all mostly due to his spreading himself impossibly thin), but I felt guilty for criticizing a guy who spends his entire life sequestered in a podcast recording studio and has to accept more and more ads to make ends meet. Turns out he really is a fucking media tycoon.

“Google Injects Ads And User-Generated Content Into iPhone Maps”

I do not want to believe that Google is beginning to retaliate after the whole Google Voice on iPhone fiasco. Do not. Want.

Well, clearly, on some level, open warfare between Google and Apple would be entertaining to watch. But it wouldn’t be very fun for us, Apple users.

4 October

“An Unboxing You Won’t See On Gizmodo or Engadget”

All kidding aside, any company that can give this much attention to detail just in their HR paperwork should be fun to work for.

6 October

Damn. Just realized I left Paris right as it was going to get its Apple Store.

10.6 deselects the target folder’s icon too fast when you drag and drop a file. I always feel like I must have slipped at the last minute.

The new @boingboing layout is weird but reminds me that it’s time to use fancy fonts for post titles again.

“This Is A Photoshop And It Blew My Mind”

PhotoSketch is an internet-based program that can take the rough, labelled sketch on the left and automagically turn it into the naff montage on the right. Seems unbelievable but—as the video shows—it works.

There’s no fucking way that actually works. I’ll believe it when I see it with my own two eyes, running on my own machine, with a firewall denying access to anything but Google Images, and after I’ve checked that there isn’t a teeny painter imp caged inside my computer.

Reinstalling XP. (I need to re-authorize my virtual PCs after upgrading to Parallels 4, so I might as well switch to free VirtualBox.)

Installing a Google Chrome theme is so damn seamless and pleasant.

Just found out what the annoying little smileys are in the middle of Mashable’s posts, and I now loathe that blog more than ever.

7 October

I know Apple’s e-reader is coming, but I’d probably be ordering the Kindle right now if I had the cash. It’s pretty cheap in euros.

Shouldn’t the Kindle iPhone app be available in France now? Or Stanza get access to the Kindle store? I just might buy books on iPhone.

Ah, according to BOL the browser would be disabled on int’l Kindles. Still not quite sure if we’d have to pay a $1.99 roaming tax or not.

8 October

“Dropbox Affiliates Program Being Shut Down”

I never got around to adding the banners on my blog (what with having my own iPhone apps to promote… in vain), so I couldn’t care less, but I’m just surprised by the tone of the message:

(Where “CJ” stands for the — unbelievably convoluted and unfriendly, so no argument there from me —advertising network that they went through to offer their affiliates program.)

9 October

“Digg Testing A Way To Surface Older Content And Get Paid For It”

Digg is testing a new type of advertisement on its site that basically surfaces old content submitted to Digg that is relevant to certain advertisers. So, as you can see in the example below, if Norton wants to advertise its new security software, it can find a few old Digg items related to Internet security and put them in the ad box along with their banner. This not only advertises their product, but gives users something potentially useful to click on.

That’s a pretty clever strategy — getting advertisers to sponsor your content, after it’s been posted, after it’s been dugg by the users themselves, so that they can’t complain it’s uninteresting.

Confused — there was no free version of the first Tweetie? I just went and bought it? Those days are gone, Twitterific 2 is too good-enough.

10 October

“To refresh, pull down on the list until the arrow is flipped”? What the fuck? #tweetie #goingtoofar

And an undiscoverable camouflaged “action button” on the compose screen. #tweetie #wtf #tothinkthatusabilitygeeksareinlovewiththisapp

Looks like blowing my nose and chewing almonds at the same time is beyond my skills.

14 October

Oh, I’m in, and I’ve got 8 invites. Beg. Beg!

What’s nice with Wave invites is that you can tell everyone you know you’ve invited them; they’ll never know it isn’t true.

Wave, day 1: Yeah, the tech is interesting, but I’m afraid that interface isn’t particularly convenient. Def needs a native client.

15 October

“The Collider, the Particle and a Theory About Fate”

That’s a lovely concept, poorly explained (and possibly poorly conceived in its originators’ own minds): if the Large Hadron Collider ever worked at full capacity, the catastrophe would be even bigger than just a black hole swallowing the Earth; it would be so big that it would travel back in time and destroy the entire universe in the past. And, since our universe exists, it hasn’t been destroyed from the future, so that clearly shows that the supercollider will never work.

It all depends on which theory of time paradoxes you adhere to.

Wave, day 2: This thing is in desperate need of a couple good Apple UI engineers. E.g. separate “New Wave” and “Ping” buttons are asinine.

Checked out Lifehacker’s wave while everybody was joining in: the interface itself makes it absolutely unusable. This is not gonna work.

16 October

I just can’t get over the “New Wave” buttons and links all over the place.

(Wave-inspired test of) Collaborating on a PHP file over SubEthaEdit/Coda is addictive. Kinda makes me want to work with someone. Hmm. Nah.

Here’s hoping there was nothing important in the 4GB of old trash I just cleaned up from my Library folder.

“The lesson of the Sidekick failure”

You aren’t in control of your data if you can’t easily and frequently make useful backups onto your own computer and your own media.

I recognize that it’s hypocritical for me to say this as the lead developer of Tumblr, which does not yet offer an automated feature for users to download backups of their blog content. So I took some time this week and started to write one. I’m happy to announce that Tumblr will be releasing an easy backup tool in the coming weeks.

Heh, I like that way of thinking/doing. (And he definitely has my respect for developing Tumblr anyway.)

17 October

Ca y est, ces chieurs de Vidéoposte ont désactivé l’accès caché sans clavier-de-banque à la con. Quelqu’un a un hack ? Un userscript ?

And there you go, Adium’s auto-update is screwed up again (stuck in a loop while verifying the dmg).

19 October

“Why hasn’t Vista sold well?”

Our industry has collectively taught average people over the last few decades that computers should be feared and are always a single misstep from breaking. We’ve trained them to expect the working state to be fragile and temporary, and experience from previous upgrades has convinced them that they shouldn’t mess with anything if it works. They’ve learned to ignore our pressures to always get the latest versions of everything because our upgrades frequently break their software and workflow. They expect unreliable functionality, shoddy software workmanship, unnecessary complexity, broken promises from software marketers, and degrading hostility from their office’s IT staff. […]

The upgrade market for average PC owners is dead. We [developers] killed it.

— Quand on pense à la complexité de cette techno dont personne n’a et n’aura jamais eu besoin…

— Finalement, Wave, c’est de l’art (@krstv)

Suggestion for those goddamn retweets: users juste paste the URL to the tweet they’re quoting, and Twitter and clients work with that.

20 October

“Exporting likes from Google Reader”

Liking information isn’t just limited to Reader shared item feeds. If you use Reader’s [XML] view of a feed, you can see the elements there too. This means that as a publisher you can extract this information and see which of your items Reader users find interesting.

Coming soon to garoo.net: “0 likes” badges.

“The Apple Store is down”

I’m probably a little oversensitive on those matters, but I’ll still take it as a little slap on the face that relatively major modifications to the Mac lineup have been announced without a press event at all — nothing to show for it in advance of the Store closing down.

 

13-inch MacBook: “Unibody” enclosure for the plastic case? Uh… yeah, whatever. (Those Geniuses sure enjoy having you come to the Bar to get your battery replaced, don’t they.) I have to see it in person, but it looks a little toy-like on the pictures, which may be good, or bad — but that design is definitely at odds with every single other Apple product currently available. The new MacBook is also pretty much as light as the Pro now, which doesn’t make much sense for the product lineup, but that’s isn’t news.

27-inch iMac: Hottt. Obviously. Except I don’t like the design — I find that straight horizontal line to be an extremely weird choice, when a simple, uninterrupted black glass pane covering the entire front of the machine would have been so much classier. And it’s a shame that it took this long to finally get video inputs on that thing, but still great that it finally happened. (No picture-in-picture, though. And for some reason it’s only on the 27-incher.) Can’t quite figure out why Apple is evidently adopting the SD card as a Mac standard for good.

Magic Mouse: (God, that’s even worse than “Mighty Mouse.”) I guess having a smaller surface accounts for the need to use fewer fingers in the gestures, but it’s still gonna be confusing to laptop users that they have to scroll with one finger, and swipe with two. Not to mention that the right click seems even more specific than it already was with the previous mouse. I’ll have to play with it sometime, but I still wish they’d finally release an external trackpad. And I don’t think it’s very pretty — or, more to the point, I don’t think it really fits the computers it’s going to connect to.

Mac mini server: Cool. Geeky cool. I mean, it’s just about useless, but who wouldn’t want one? (First I thought it would be super flat, and it would be fantastic. Then I saw it wasn’t thin at all, and was disappointed. But finally I found out it had two hard drives, and now I’m a little horny.)

 

P.S. I can’t believe the hideousness of that new remote.

23 October

Résiste à la tentation d’avoir un badge “Translator” sur sa page Twitter.

Well, Google Reader is finally doing something with all of that social data. Good recommendations, looks like.

Google Reader’s new “Explore” is the best time-waster.

24 October

Mozilla Raindrop trades the invite-only beta for build-it-yourself-from-source. Not so great with the marketing, those guys.

Ultra-thin, rubber, protection, touch… Is this catalog I’m translating about iPhone accessories or condoms?

26 October

“Apple Magic Mouse Review | Macworld”

And as mentioned earlier, there’s no scrollball button. On the Apple Mouse, the scrollball button is set to launch Dashboard by default. As with Exposé, Apple recommends using an F-key to launch Dashboard.

I knew there was no button for Exposé, but didn’t care because I was never convinced by the way it worked on the peripheral formerly known as Mighty Mouse, and you can use hot corners for that anyway (not to mention that the new mouse is the reason why Exposé is now accessible by click-holding a Dock icon in Snow Leopard) — but I didn’t realize there was no middle button, either. I seriously couldn’t operate a computer without a middle mouse button to open links in new tabs.

Did the “clean my desktop” thing once more. Depressing to know it won’t last, plus shoving stuff under the carpet is as good as deleting it.

29 October

Day 10 of not listening to a single TWiT podcast, and that feels good.

31 October

“Smartphone Showdown: iPhone 3GS vs Motorola Droid”

I’m linking this just for the close-up shot of the Droid’s screen— it looks like a super-high-quality printout, not a screen. Which is no surprise, because if my calculations are right, that’s a fucking 260dpi you get on that screen.

Whereas the iPhone’s impressive-at-the-time 160dpi was a real advantage when it came to displaying web pages, I can’t imagine how useful 260dpi can really be on a device this size — for it to make a difference on the legibility of small type as compared to the iPhone, the letters would have to be so small that you’d need a magnifying glass to make them out anyway. (Well, that does open up a market for Droid-sized magnifiers like there existed in the GameBoy era.)

But damn, that must look so hot you’ll want to lick it.

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