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

18 October 2006

@web@

The 9th Incarnation of ShaunInman.com [via]:

Greater attention to typographic details like line-length, leading and baseline relationships.

A professional-looking baseline that remains consistent on the page, from top to bottom. Wow. I never thought I’d see that on a website — and I can’t imagine it could even work on Internet Explorer.

Thirty-three thousand, three hundred and six 1 KB CSS files. One for each day of the year…for the next ninety-one years. Each post, link and comment exists in its own little era distinguished by color.

Hues change with each season, and contrast fades when you move back in time — I love the idea. I think I’ll most definitely need to steal the idea for my personal blog.

(And, since I piss on standards, if I get around to it I won’t be making thousands of CSS files but embedding <style> in my HTML.)

 

@misc@

Lenovoblogs.com readers dislike glossy screen — 300 to 30. Unfortunately that’s anything but a representative sample.

 

@misc@

The Optimus keyboards have a blog. Man, these people sure know how to build buzz.

 

@apple@

Straight Dope on the IPod’s Birth:

The iPod name came from an earlier Apple project to build an internet kiosk, which never saw the light of day. On July 24, 2000, Apple registered the iPod name for “a public internet kiosk enclosure containing computer equipment,” according to the filing. […]

It is simple, memorable and, crucially, it doesn’t describe the device, so it can still be used as the technology evolves, even if the device’s function changes.

It’s funny how Apple oscillates between completely random names like Macintosh, iPod or Safari (well, the above paragraphe kinda takes iPod out of that list) and simple, descriptive monikers like Mail, iWeb or… iPhone?

 

@apple@

I guess I’m supposed to write something about iPods shipping with a Windows virus, and also their “oh, fuck that Windows crap we have to support” line of defense.

Well, as I’ve already written, I recently decided I couldn’t care less whatever Apple PR says from now on. As for the virus, I don’t know how these things happen (and neither does Apple seem to care, or at least they don’t care to elaborate), and I also wonder how a virus carried by an MP3 player can ever contaminate anything, but the baseline is, since I’m on a Mac I can’t get interested in whatever security problems Windows users have.

So here’s the real important iPod-related news of the week: iPod nano on MySpace [via].

 

@apple@

Disco burns CDs [via].

Very cute (you’ve got to watch the video). Talk about superfluous visual effects now — but that’s how Leopard is going anyway, isn’t it?

 

@apple@

Clip Show [via] is a very sexy QuickTime Player replacement. I don’t care much for single-window interface, though, so I’ll be staying with QuickTime.

 

@misc@

Project Blackbox: Sun datacenter in a shipping container.

The… I… Uh, excuse me? They really want to drop a big metal box on your office building’s roof where you’ll store all your company’s most sensitive data? It’s… No, I mean… That isn’t a joke?

(I do get that it’s a viable option for a portable datacenter. But then, who needs a portable datacenter? More to the point, do that many people need it that a company needs to design a standard, out-of-the-box — as it were — offer?)

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