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 February 2003

Quicksilver : Finally a cool-looking OS X-like Trillian skin that doesn’t require Trillian Pro.

2 February

It’s not quite dead yet

I think it’s quite time for me to write my Opera 7 review. You should know I’m quite a master of suspense, so you’ll have to read the whole thing in order to find out that, although this version is a tremendous improvement over the previous one, I’m back to Mozilla. No way I’m gonna tell this right from the start.

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6 February

Opera 7.01 : Security update

7 February

Levitated : Lots of open source Flash goodness (via boingboing.net)

8 February

13 February

Trillian 0.74 Patch D : Reportedly fixes ICQ2Go incompatibility

Japanese freeware developers often have ideas for original programs—the kind of gadgets you can’t live without once you’ve tried them—and it’s quite a pity most of them aren’t ever translated to English.

So, for today, here are two excellent little programs, that you can download on system13’s page: a simple Alt-Tab replacement that uses the up/down arrows and the mouse wheel, and a… uh, thing, that allows you to access your desktop icons in an… undescribable, but incredibly intuitive, way. It’s too bad it doesn’t work correctly with WindowFX shadows, but it’s still worth a try.

14 February

Angström Leap

So this is it? Jef Raskin’s revolutionary interface is a text editor that displays special characters for spaces and tabs when the cursor is over them, and has a vi-like Mozilla-like basically-Unix-like functionality to search text? Whoa. How revolutionary. You know, when they said most of the Mac’s interface was pretty much stolen from research at Xerox’s PARC, I think they may have been right. All they need now is someone else to borrow ideas from. Might be a good thing Raskin doesn’t work for Apple anymore…

21 February

Typically, hackers target reps at offshore call centers in India or Mexico, who they claim are less savvy and have far less training than American service agents.

The article is frightening. Obviously, that’s the drawback of having a worldwide user base: support in AOL India can give out the password to a system AOL account. (Ok, there’s also some terrible database design here.) But I need AOL: I haven’t got broadband, and AOL was the only provider to offer, two years ago, a real flat-rate subscription (contrary to some countries, local communications aren’t free in France).

22 February

J’ai écrit le post précédent cinq jours après le lancement d’une offre illimitée sans engagement par Cario, c’est un signe, non ? Je n’aime pas m’inscrire chez des providers inconnus, mais il doit quand même être peu probable que le Crédit Agricole disparaisse dans l’année. Est-ce qu’il se pourrait que j’aie bientôt un provider fonctionnant sous Linux, proposant un serveur SMTP, n’imposant pas une interface propriétaire et ne me déconnectant pas trois fois par soirée ?

25 February

A good idea, with the advantage of being cleaner, lighter, HTMLier than the various hacks and images you have to place on your blog in order to let visitors know where you live: GeoURL. It seems it’s not the only one, and it looks like GeoTags has a larger audience, since the former bothers to be compatible with the latter; so maybe there are others sites, maybe some of them are better designed than these, or maybe something cute and cool could be made (if only I weren’t so deeply lacking motivation these days…). The nice part is, it’s simple: you only have to insert your longitude and latitude in a META tag on your home page, and there you are, a point on the map (which, as I said, is poorly designed, but well…).

If you want to know which blogs are located within 50 miles around my home (which should cover about the whole Paris suburbs), all you have to do is ask GeoURL, and you’ll get a complete list. And if you want more information about how to subscribe there, it’s all explained here.

27 February

Are they really gonna dare to sell this phone? It’s hard to imagine… and yet I think it would be the coolest thing. Not cool as in classy and trendy, but as a fun $500 toy for nerds around the world who need a fourth mobile phone. A big Transformers-like gadget in my pocket, people who look at me like I’m an alien, I’m a legal alien, I’m an Englishman in New York, every time I answer the phone… I want one!

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