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 March

@OfficeNews:

Data entry just became easier! You can now take a picture of a printed data table and automatically convert it into a fully editable @msExcel spreadsheet. Rolling out to #Android users and coming soon to #iOS! Learn more: [msft.social]

3 March

@Freerunnering:

A lot of modern flat design fans seem to presume it came about because of some research that concluded it was better and superseded the old.

Instead of what actually happened which was basically Apple giving a combo of UI + print designers 6 months to redesign everything.

5 March

7 March

I’m one-pass-secure-erasing a new HDD to make sure it works before giving it to the Drobo.

To that end I put it in an external, non-ventilated USB cradle.

It was getting hot so my bedroom window is now wide open to the 8°C outside.

Maybe one of these decisions was suboptimal.

8 March

@Tweetermeyer:

“Tesla’s plan is to essentially run a massive driverless-car testing project using its customers as unpaid safety drivers… this strategy could wind up getting Tesla’s customers killed.” [arstechnica.com]

14 March

@TaylorLorenz:

I wrote about how Google Docs became the hottest teen chat app [theatlantic.com]

16 March

@rsms:

I’ve been a macOS user for a very long time and I see myself as someone who knows a lot of the little “hidden” features spread across the system. But I was surprised to learn about this today that I for some reason haven’t seen before. Very useful!

17 March

I’m still pissed off that Apple changed Finder labels to useless little dots.

18 March

@lap_felix:

My Mac’s USB-C ports are now so loose that I don’t even miss MagSafe

As an iPad mini fan I’m offended that a new A12 model with Pencil support doesn’t warrant an announcement during next week’s keynote, but I can’t pretend that I’m surprised.

Also… ugh, that’s a lot of euros 😕

@helloiamrob:

I have exactly one iOS feature request.

19 March

@Rainmaker1973:

Nvidia unveiled an image creator that uses generative adversarial networks: with just a few clicks users are able to sketch images that are nearly photorealistic. The software will instantly turn a couple of lines into a gorgeous mountaintop sunset [ow.ly]

21 March

@WillOremus:

I love it that Facebook’s blog post announcing that it accidentally stored hundreds of millions of users’ passwords in plain text is headlined “Keeping Passwords Secure” [newsroom.fb.com]

23 March

I’ve been waiting two years for a new iPad mini, because I love this form factor and my mini 2 struggles with most apps nowadays. But I went to the Apple Store and the iPad Pro is so much sexier I don’t know that I can handle spending 560 € (with Pencil) on the old design 😖

“But what about short games?” Well, short games already have the hardest time getting people to buy them, so they may still come out ahead.

@bzamayo:

So the universal iPad stylus, the one that works across all iPad models, is the one not made by Apple [9to5mac.com]

24 March

@Freerunnering:

Apple the product company has great incentives to behave well and make great stuff.

Apple as a services company is incentivised to become another horrible creepy company.

Apple’s services push is a very dangerous direction for the companies future. [twitter.com]

25 March

Sorry to state the obvious, but Apple having its own credit card is so obviously, stereotypically dystopian I feel like I’m watching a cheap scifi parody.

Apple Arcade makes it pretty much impossible for an independent developer to sell a small single-player game on the App Store. Anyone who’s willing to pay for games will already have a subscription to a bunch of AA and AAA experiences, so why would they buy your little thing.

@pierce:

I really don’t understand what Apple’s trying to do here. Prove it’s making shows? With celebrities? That’s not surprising or new. Show us the shows, or the wild new ways we’ll watch them, or SOMETHING, otherwise we’re just here watching TED Talks about TV shows

Apple’s music subscription: all the music you can listen to.

Apple’s magazine subscription: 300 of the most popular magazines.

Apple’s game subscription: a hundred third-party games.

Apple’s TV subscription: 13 original TV shows.

What.

@forgottentowel:

So actual new products got released as press releases last week, and they devoted a whole event to services that are not ready yet, and will have extremely limited availability when they do finally launch.

Cool.

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26 March

@reckless:

The real danger is that Apple will compromise the overall user experience of the phone to upsell services and drive this potentially huge revenue, which is already happening - see Apple Music push notifications, for example

@Freerunnering:

The only subscription model I find ethically palatable is “Sketch’s pay for updates” semi-subscription.

Stop paying: It’ll keep working. All your stuff is still there. You still own what you’ve paid for.

I know the P30 Pro has only just been announced but I’d still like to find a single article explaining how it’s physically possible for an RYB sensor to produce full-color photos. I don’t doubt it receives more light as a result, but how does it differentiate yellow from green?

27 March

@therealfitz:

This is my new favorite Netflix series. [twitter.com]

The payment form for renewing my Apple Developer Program membership doesn’t work so I guess within a month I’ll finally be relieved of the stress of dealing with the App Store 🤷🏻‍♂️

28 March

@brendandawes:

I have some availability coming up. Get in touch to talk about making data beautiful, physical installations and other such things. [brendandawes.com]

@Freerunnering:

Swift views my favourite bits of ObjC as bugs to be removed.

Swift has no target goal or reason for existing, just trying to be a master of everything.

And has fundamental design conflicts with Cocoa, UIKit, etc…

[rant.monkeydom.de]

29 March

@addyosmani:

[remove.bg] is amazing. Free service to remove the background of any photo 100% automatically.

30 March

Figured there was more value in opening up a whole new avenue for creativity, so I bought a 3D printer instead of an iPad mini. I’m as fascinated watching the head move as I was by my first inkjet printer 25 years ago — except, you know, it’s printing an actual fucking object.

31 March

@MrAlanCooper:

You know, I’ve been in the software development business for more than 40 years now, and there is one thing that I know for a solid fact: Nobody knows how to build software. Yes, sometimes it gets built, but it’s a random, unrepeatable event. A lucky accident.

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