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

2 March 2018

3 March

Windows 10 is a modern operating system (not pictured: another, similar message concerning a folder too large for the Recycle Bin)


ME: so this is a RAID array

YOU: but the A in RAID is for “array” so isn’t saying “RAID array” redundant?

ME: Yes, that’s what the R is for.


That’s a pretty good article on how to mess with AppStore apps/inject custom code. [medium.com]

Double-tapping the AirPods to trigger Siri (and other options) is such a nice interaction, it should also work with the iPhone X and the Watch’s screens.

4 March

5 March

6 March

Got my MacBook Pro back and I’d forgotten how slim and flat it’s supposed to be when the battery isn’t swollen — crazy that I took so long to notice something was wrong.

I still dislike the principle of gluing the battery so strongly Apple itself won’t service it without changing the whole case, but it’s hard to complain when I get a shiny new case and keyboard for the flat battery service fee.

It seems like just a few days ago I was too angry at Apple for the iPhone battery business to imagine ever buying stuff from them again


Les gens qui vont chez le docteur : “Je vais mal, et voici en détail tous mes symptômes.”

Les gens qui vont chez le garagiste : “Ma voiture ne marche plus, voici tout ce que j’ai noté”

Les gens qui ont un souci informatique : “CA MARCHE PAS. VOILA MERCI AU REVOIR.”






7 March

I’ve had my MacBook Pro show its temperature in the menu bar for a couple of years and never saw it dip below 55°C.

Back from the Genius Bar, it’s now running at 36°C. That’s less warm than my brain.



Amazon’s Echo devices are randomly activating and laughing. This is creepy AF! [theverge.com]

8 March

9 March


But Swarm’s 0.25U satellites were too small for the FCC, which denied launch permission citing concerns about tracking and collision avoidance. Apparently, Swarm launched anyway. I think this would be the first unauthorized launch of commercial satellites ever.

10 March


Real-time photogrammetry with #ARKit


I really want a “tinder but for yelp” app. People keep asking me to pick dinner and brunch spots and I generally find this to be too much work and anxiety. I just want to mindlessly swipe until I find something.

11 March

12 March

My Mac detects my Watch before I try to log in and remembers that it was locked at the time, even if it isn’t now.

If I’m not wearing my Watch, it takes several seconds to realize that and display a password prompt.

How can both these things be true in the same implementation.

“iPhone X/8: Wireless charging will wear out the battery faster than cable charging”

I’ve read conflicting info on whether the iPhone uses the battery while the cable is plugged in but, if this is true, it’s a pretty important thing to know.

13 March

That’s… a lot of lickable UI elements. Either it’s gonna be the most joyous WWDC in five years or they’re just torturing us. And my money’s on heartless gratuitous torture.

14 March


“People are sick of the Federal Reserve, sick of bailouts, sick of inflation. You know what we need? Internet money with the usability of PGP and the stability of BART service”

I’m suddenly hyper-aware of every sidewalk grate I walk on and could lose my AirPods through.

16 March

I haven’t been able to use my Watch in five days because I’m away from home and Apple never deigned to make a portable charger that just plugs into a Lightning cable.


You can have the best password hygiene in the world, but you will one day type your password into a text message with your friends and nothing will save you.

Established scientifically with the help of a friend — by comparing verbal impressions and listening to leakage in a crowded McDonald’s — that my ears are optimally formed for AirPods and it would have been a crime not to buy them.

In completely unrelated news, my right ear is a bit sore when I have the AirPod in (from all the double-tapping to fast-forward through podcasts).


You can tell FB’s algorithm changes kicked in because all the partisan meme factories immediately switched from “like and share” to “type yes”

17 March

Am I doing something wrong or is there seriously just one Celsius style for Instagram’s weather sticker?

18 March


Emoji are a globalist conspiracy to make English speaking programmers care about Unicode.


The work that CA is accused of doing—building “psychographic profiles” based on demographics and online behavior in order to figure out how to segment and market to a vulnerable population—is a succinct description of how Facebook makes money.

I’ve added a third-party smart plug to my Philips Hue setup (to control a big, bright LED panel) and the relay’s mechanical noise really bothers me. Reminds me every time of a capacitor burning out or a hard drive crashing, and takes a lot away from the electronic magic.


The truth is Facebook not only allowed but facilitated data sweeps of your friends by shady apps since it was made.

Do you know how many co’s harvested & sold detailed profiles on you?

How many friends traded your data to play FarmVille or find out which Kardashian they are?


I love this aqua version of the WWDC 2018 graphic @deplaatjesmaker made. Serious throwback.

19 March

Mobile hardware wasn’t quite up to the task in 2009, but you could pretty easily and cheaply have a decent phone or tablet running webOS in 2018. Oh, be still, my heart.

Since I’m evidently done with my Apple boycott I just bought a used 7 Plus and 1) I’m in love with the live photo effects and 2) I immediately started thinking about remaking my apps with ARKit goddammit sometimes being a developer means you just can’t help yourself.

20 March

I wasn’t enthusiastic about getting an iPhone with a white face, but it works out fine with grayscale mode — even more paper-like. Shame it doesn’t have True Tone.

So I guess people are thinking, if mining becomes illegal for most people then BTC will be more valuable.

Who’s gonna be processing your transactions, genius?


Ok, look, whether or not it’s a “breach” is irrelevant to whether Facebook is culpable or has bad policies. But it’s not pedantic nitpicking to want reports to get this right. It’s important that people understand it’s a policy problem and not some isolated security issue. [twitter.com]

I’d forgotten how dumb it is that there are two levels of 3D Touch on the iPhone’s screen. Thank god Instagram is smart enough to have the same action on long-press and semi-push, even if that’s not Apple’s UX recommendation.

21 March


Unpopular opinion: the way the media covered Hillary Clinton’s emails did much more to make Donald Trump president than anything Cambridge Analytica, or even Facebook, did. And it was less defensible on the merits.


Error rates of facial recognition programs for women by shades of skin color (important research by @jovialjoy @timnitGebru) [gendershades.org]

22 March

A friend and I both recently switched to more recent iPhones and I am appalled by the amount of noise reduction in photos — it never seemed that bad to me on iPhone 6. Compounded of course, and that part’s not new, by the system app’s refusal to shoot or even display RAW images.

Pictures look awful when you zoom in. Of course that doesn’t matter if you’re just posting to your Instagram story, but then for that usage they would also look fine without any noise reduction, so what’s the point? Who benefits?


Demoing some of the handwriting gestures 😊✍️ #WindowsInsiders #WindowsInk

Have you tried using the handwriting panel in the lastest builds?


This is 100% right. Zuckerberg threatening to sue the outlets who broke the stories while giving interviews to the ones who didn’t shows that the leadership of Facebook is a part of the problem. [twitter.com]


What happens when dockless bike sharing gets way too big, way too fast — These photos are WILD [theatlantic.com]

Google’s light fields of the space shuttle at the Smithsonian are incredible — it’s weird to see that much detail and texture in a VR headset. But at the same time it’s terribly frustrating that you can’t actually move.

23 March

Right now Google’s rig takes thirty seconds to produce a shot but I wonder if their rumored acquisition of Lytro would enable them to make light fields in Street View. Feels like that’s got to be the goal?


Experimenting with a new Skydio Voxels mode in our Android app. I’m streaming map and segmentation data from the R1 to a Pixel 2 phone and then using shaders to render an AR overlay. Still a little rough around the edges, but it’s all running in real-time!


Is this the first time Apple’s issued a patch for a commercial? [theverge.com]


Analysis of the Uber failure that led to the death of the pedestrian in Tempe. Makes a strong case that Uber’s LIDAR should’ve spotted the pedestrian with plenty of time to avoid. [ideas.4brad.com]

When you put on your AirPods for the first time in days and you’re as pleased with their sound as when you bought them

I like the AirPods’ sound so much I keep listening to them when I come home, which was never the case with my previous earbuds. (Okay, those were “only” $100—but wired.)


It’s possible we called this one wrong

24 March

I’d forgotten how painless it is to type on an iPhone that isn’t three years old. Now there’s one drawback of software keyboards we forget to talk about.

25 March


Facebook scraped call, text message data for years from Android phones [arstechnica.com] by @thepacketrat


A Facebook software engineer just emailed me. It’s clear even Facebook employees don’t understand why people are surprised the company even needs to collect call history and SMS data

The most interesting point about Facebook’s call/sms logs is that they were revealed by the info dumps they allow users to download. An engineer wrote a script to format that data into HTML and it never occurred to anyone involved that users might be creeped out.

27 March

Ugh. I’ll desperately miss my iPad mini but if the 9.7-inch A10 is compatible with Pencil at 359 € I’m inevitably gonna end up with one, aren’t I.

Maybe leave Apple until fall to announce a Pro mini, but that’ll just never happen.

28 March

Thanks to Google I found out this meant “Make sure you connect your iPhone via USB before launching iTunes”

29 March


In 1999, I asked David Gerrold to write a “future of computing” prediction for the magazine where I was Technology Editor. Here’s what he wrote.

For all that we complain about its flaws, it’s easy to forget how much the idea of Siri was THE FUTURRRE until it became our reality #lastRT


Really striking figure from [maliciousaireport.com] (definitely worth reading, by the way) showing progress of GANs in generated image quality. Easy to forget how little time 4 years is.

30 March

Darkroom brings much-needed custom controls to iOS’ Portrait photos

I wish there were more ways to affect the colors of foreground vs. background but the available options are already awesome.

31 March

As much as I enjoy my devices and computers in grayscale, I’ve realized it would probably be even better if I could keep color saturation at something like 10%. Still not distracting, but more informative—and a bit less sad.


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