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 October 2004

What’s great with RSS is that some bug or poor character encoding can make blogs disappear from your view for weeks without you realizing. For instance, it’s been a week now since I last read any WordPress blog, and I only just noticed..

7 October

8 October

Jotspot, wiki 2.0 [via]. Seems well thought out.

LiveSearch: Spotlight-like search on blogs [via]. I must absolutely include that in the next redesign.

9 October

11 October

13 October

OS X on PC for $50. I’d be curious to see that in action.

14 October

Lycos Voyeur : les requêtes des internautes en temps réel [via]. Would they have us believe there actually are people typing queries into lycos.fr?

A call to all Wordpress users

For a while now my RSS aggregator wasn’t reading Wordpress feeds anymore, and I didn’t understand why (not that I tried to, either).

Today I got tired of it, installed Wordpress on my server, and found what was wrong: a typo. Wordpress sends a misnamed header, and the .NET runtime (upon which 90% of RSS aggregators rely on PC) has become very picky with the latest security updates, and it just plain rejects the file.

So, if you have Wordpress, and you want to be read (at least by me), you must edit the wp-blog-header.php file, replacing “Last Modified:” with “Last-Modified:” (ie, inserting an hyphen) on line 87.

And that’s all.

I have trouble understanding why a security patch would need to reject any erroneous header rather than just ignore it, but… well, I also have trouble understanding how one could work for Microsoft, so the whole thing’s just obviously beyond my comprehension.

SFR lance les tonalités personnalisées avant Bouygues. Ca fait cher pour ce que c’est, quand même. En même temps, ce serait négligeable face à mon forfait, et vu que les gens qui m’appellent entendent plus la tonalité que ma voix…

Google Desktop [via]. Interesting, except it doesn’t handle any of the programs I use.

15 October

Search Keys for Firefox. Seems interesting, but I haven’t installed Firefox 1.0 PR, so I won’t know how well it works with a French keyboard layout.

16 October

Bloglines has become quite usable (except I can’t find how to create a folder). A bit slow, but unlike all RSS aggregators for Windows it doesn’t crash.

18 October

TaskSwitchXP [via]: an excellent Alt-Tab replacement you have to install if you’re using XP. I have no idea how they made it so responsive.

20 October

Reading Wordpress RSS in .NET aggregators

While we’re waiting for the Wordpress typo to be fixed (they don’t seem to be in much of a hurry, and the system’s users won’t update anyway), you can hack your RSS aggregator so it ignores the .NET security update and accepts to read Wordpress RSS feeds.

If you’re using SauceReader, you should open the saucereadergui.exe.config and add the following block at the end, just before the </configuration> line:

<system.net>
<settings>
<httpWebRequest useUnsafeHeaderParsing=”true” />
</settings>
</system.net>

If you’re using another .NET aggregator, the complete operation is detailed there.

FireFTP [via]. Seems very ugly.

22 October

Orbit (“the round dock for Windows”) is back from the dead [via]. Unfortunately, transparent mode (the only interesting mode) is awfully slow, even when animations are disabled.

RSS feed of the comments on Flickr photos you’ve commented upon.” Now that’s a concept. I’ll have to think about that for Gayattitude.

23 October

Google Desktop Proxy [via]. Now I have to switch my local fileserver to Windows.

24 October

I want a dock for my camera. Plug it in, and the pictures download themselves into a timestamped directory, wherever I want. No click involved. Otherwise, making pictures regularly, maintaing a photolog, is too fastidious.

Hee, it’s possible, even included in Windows XP. Right-click the camera, “Properties”. Damn.

26 October

The iPod Photo. Color screen and 125% autonomy?!

But the U2 iPod is ugly! What’s up with the red click-wheel?!

29 October

Assorted vulnerabilities in Gmail and Google Desktop.

31 October

I had to install the Tabbrowser Extensions because Firefox wouldn’t close tabs anymore. And now the popups don’t work. Grr.

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