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 April

@marcoarment:

The results of this poll are even more damning. [twitter.com]

@marcoarment:

This is why the press and Apple shouldn’t trust reports based on repair data alone.

Bringing/sending in a laptop for service is hugely disruptive for people, who own them because they need them.

It’s easier to live with a flaky key than to go without your MBP for a week+.

2 April

@g_awd:

This right here is borderline dystopian

3 April

Why can’t I give my favorite photo-editing app blanket permission to modify any photo on my iPhone? Especially given that the edits are stored non-destructively.

4 April

“The iPhone’s camera used to be a selling point”

I’ve been very impressed by what I saw of the P30 Pro. I mostly use my iPhone for Twitter and Instagram, so I’d actually consider switching if any of my favorite photo editing apps were on Android.

Have people already pointed out that Marzipan, by introducing desktop paradigms into the codebases of many iOS apps, would make it pretty easy for Apple to introduce an impressively functional version of this in 2020?

@dhh:

“You Are Not Google” is the kind of technical common sense that depressingly frequently loses the battle against developer ego and aspirations. [blog.bradfieldcs.com]

6 April

At a friend’s for the weekend; I was going to watch Netflix but the auto-playing trailers sent me into a UX rage spiral. The lack of a setting to disable them is so user-hostile it makes me want to torrent all of their original shows, on principle.

@feelwelcome:

Battery falling down a hole

7 April

Keep your Swift bullshit out of my Objective-C templates

@hamburger:

There’s this idea in SV that companies have a right to scale unencumbered. Look around: there are parents teachers police etc moderating most communities in the world — but online the algos rule. [twitter.com]

11 April

iTunes is not going anywhere—not for many, many years. It will remain the only way to organize local libraries and sync devices, because Apple considers local libraries and local sync as deprecated.

@jamierkennedy:

2002 🆚 2018

How watching Tiger has changed post-smartphone.

14 April

@PPathole:

Tech enthusiasts: My entire house is smart.

Tech workers: The only piece of technology in my house is a printer and I keep a gun next to it so I can shoot it if it makes a noise I don’t recognize.

@oysterFAKE:

never underestimate human potential

[futurism.com]

@Carnage4Life:

It’s wild that Twitter is quite swift at taking down tweets that offend big media copyright holders even from verified entities but death threats to @IlhanMN sit untouched for weeks.

Never forget that addressing abuse isn’t a hard problem, it’s just one they don’t care about.

Finally looked at why my transactional emails’ attachment icons didn’t show up on Mac. Started suspecting I was doing something wrong when I couldn’t find any complaints on Google.

Turns out Mail messes up a bit if you put your message inside a <table height=100%>.

15 April

@axelsimon:

Well, crap. This is a (technical) reality we need to adjust to, and a (political) reality we need to do something about. [twitter.com]

@broderick:

I’m so glad we let tech platforms eat the journalism industry.

Now, I can sit and watch a live stream of Notre Dame burning while YouTube’s fake news widget tells me about 9/11 for some reason.

16 April

18 April

@Freerunnering:

Periodic reminder that the original Twitter for iPad was one of the best iPad app UIs ever released.

19 April

@dhh:

This would be real progress. Like counters, follower counters, and all the other forms of bragging metrics on social media are a pox upon us all. [techcrunch.com]

20 April

@smileyborg:

The Metalhead 2 trailer is out [youtu.be]

22 April

@AnandWrites:

What Silicon Valley promised was the break-up of concentrated power.

What Silicon Valley gave us is greater concentration of power than ever.

Now five companies control America, instead of 100. And a lot of those companies are whiter and more male than the ones they disrupted. [twitter.com]

23 April

The minimize-to-dock animation is such a cute reminder of what used to be. I suppose Apple’s anti-fun brigade forgot it exists because they only use full-screen windows, which can’t be minimized.

24 April

I find it flabbergasting that Pinterest, a site that is solely dedicated to showing pictures of stuff, still has this stupid dark overlay moving from image to image as you scroll, unless you take extra care to place the mouse cursor in the margins every time you stop using it

25 April

@AndrewBloch:

The best video of a chimpanzee using Instagram that you will see today.

I opened iTunes to buy an album and the obnoxiousness of this almost made me reconsider

26 April

@calebporzio:

🤡 Cool thing I just found out is possible in HTML. No practical use, just fun.

@nr2097:

I’ve just added the CERN sticker to my NeXT Computer mini replica build documentation. I added the actual sticker a while ago for maximum authenticity, but I’ll stop short of weathering the case I think! [ninamakes.co.uk]

You can see color-shift as soon as you push beyond the slightest touch. I checked two different iPad Minis in case it was a fluke. I’d accept that on a 200€ Android tablet; no way I’m paying 600€ for the experience.

Doesn’t happen on the iPad Pro, which is an altogether much more desirable device (you can draw quick sketches on the Mini but I’m afraid it’s too small for penciling notes), but Apple is supposed to upsell you with quality, not scare you away from the base model.

@dhh:

Amazon has granted the Taylorism machines that monitor shipping-center productivity the right to automatically fire workers it deem slacking, without a need for supervisor input 😮. The algorithms are literally in charge here. [theverge.com]

27 April

@_DanielSinclair:

I saw this video of Boston Dynamics’ testing facility 5 days ago and I’m still thinking about it.

The only way a “We’re leaving the App Store “in favor of a ‘Right-click > Open to Install’ installer” strategy makes sense is if you’re planning to add a bunch of trojans and bitcoin miners to your app. Which, fair enough, I guess, since you gave me a free license.

The installer puts Fusion 360 deep in the Application Support hierarchy then places an alias in the Dock so you can find the app… and display the icon twice when it’s running. Outstanding UX.

@firt:

“Your app has an unresolved issue and has been removed from the App Store.”

“No reason, no detail,” Mr. Ramasubbu said. “Suddenly we don’t have a business anymore.” [apple.news]

28 April

Just spent two hours fighting with my 3D printer, and lost. One of the filament feeds is clogged, good thing there’s two of them. Not in the mood today for disassembling the print head while it’s heated at 220° C. I kinda like my skin.

30 April

@pierce:

Facebook: The future is private

Also Facebook: Please list all your friends you want to sleep with [wired.com]

@Kantrowitz:

It’s gonna be something when Facebook’s Secret Crush data leaks

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