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 November 2009

Looks like Twitter Lists are up for everyone? Can’t wait for clients to support them, looks like they’re what everyone was waiting for.

The ability to twitterlist someone you don’t follow is yet another thing that breaks with those stupid protected accounts.

2 November

Mais… c’est de la merde, InDesign, au niveau de la gestion des pages-maîtres ?

3 November

Somehow it originally eluded me that the Wacom Bamboo Touch seems to be the external trackpad I’ve always been waiting for.

Oh, another thing about InDesign: Cmd-Alt-X for an unbreakable space? Really?!

5 November

Dear Adium: I don’t know what you do to your fancy dmgs to make them so slow to open, but you could at least use zips for the auto-updates.

Macworld reviews the new iMacs

You can press Command-F2 on your keyboard to switch between the computer and the external video source.

Ah, that’s cool.

 

You can use an adapter for a non-DisplayPort device, such as an HDMI-to-Mini DisplayPort video-in adapter. However, Apple said it has no plans to produce such adapters, leaving it up to third-party manufacturers.

What the hell?

OhGizmo reviews Wacom’s Bamboo Touch

Now don’t get me wrong, the ‘Touch’ aspect of the Pen & Touch works just fine, but there’s something about using it that just doesn’t feel as slick or as immediately responsive as Apple’s touchpad hardware.

Hrm. That’s what I mostly expected from a third-party solution, but still a disappointment. Part of me still wants to buy it as a little toy to give myself for a change, but not as much as I did yesterday. (And yes, I’m much more interested in the Bamboo Touch than Apple’s Magic Mouse — magic or not, I don’t use mice.)

6 November

I hate to recommend MacHeist despite all the Twitter spam they’re responsible for but, hey, six apps for free — with ShoveBox and WriteRoom.

For use with WriteRoom, or others: QuickCursor lets you edit the contents of the active text field in your fav editor http://bit.ly/3TcaM2

I’m somewhat disappointed that Twitter is actually soft-launching “Retweet” even though its inadequacy has been thoroughly pointed out.

7 November

Ooh. The advantage of using my dedicated app for Google Reader is that I can map the right mouse button to the space key.

9 November

Ah, ça y est, moi aussi j’ai 30 nouvelles invitations à distribuer pour Wave. Votre e-mail dans mon formulaire de contact sur garoo.net.

“New DROID ads released, actually show off a bit of Android”

I can’t believe how geeky they’re going with those — and the result is pretty cool, too. (Particularly for the GPS ad; I’m not sure it makes much sense in 2009 to point out that the phone allows you to surf the web with all its pixels… even though the screen’s resolution and quality seem to be actual, legitimate selling points of the device.)

10 November

Putain, OVH a des serveurs sur disques SSD (via @gonzague). J’ai pas super confiance, mais wannnt quand même.

14 November

“Dropbox Votebox lets you decide what they work on next”

With Votebox (must be signed in to see the page), they are letting the user base vote on which features they work on next.

If you’re a Dropbox user on a Mac (and if you’re not both you shouldn’t really be here, should you?), log in and vote for resource fork support right now — that’s the thing that makes Dropbox fail to sync applications, URLs and clippings.

16 November

Every other article in my Google Reader’s “Explore” feed is from videogamer.com — simple bug, or gamed?

App Store now reportedly checks against use of private API. Means I can’t submit a Web is Pink update until I shell out for legit SSL certs.

Trying to go back to Tweetie and now I keep posting my tweets to the wrong account.

17 November

“Motorola Droid camera autofocus fixed in secrecy? [Not]”

There’s a rounding-error bug in the camera driver’s autofocus routine (which uses a timestamp) that causes autofocus to behave poorly on a 24.5-day cycle. That is, it’ll work for 24.5 days, then have poor performance for 24.5 days, then work again.

That’s the most awesome WTF of a bug I’ve heard about in quite a while.

“Picasa’s Scrollbars”

It looks pretty much like a regular scrollbar. But it isn’t. As with the Wave scrollbar, Google has split the thumb and the scroll position indicator into two different elements. A faint shadow acts as the scroll position indicator. The thumb, meanwhile, always sticks to the center of the scrollbar. Pulling it scrolls the view; the further up or down you pull, the faster the view scrolls.

In short: Google’s UI engineers are madmen.

Non, y’a pas moyen, les forums où les signatures font trois fois la taille des messages, je ne peux pas.

What the fuck is wrong with Twitter’s algorithm for rolling out functionalities? @garooblogs has the new retweets, @garoo doesn’t.

20 November

Wonder if my InDesign would blow up if I set gradient feathers on every single one image of that catalog.

If Directional Feather doesn’t screw me up at print time, I forgive InDesign for everything I hate about its interface.

21 November

Tiens, j’ai bien fait d’acheter Geometry Wars 2 avant-hier — j’ai reçu 118 euros de l’App Store cette nuit.

The cursor’s trail on Resident Evil for Wii is a great feature that every OS should offer to avoid users losing their pointer.

22 November

When blogs ruled the Earth, a good movie title had to be a long googlebomb. Now, even two words is too long for efficient Twitter buzz.

“YouTube – Google Chrome OS Demo”

(Yeah, I’m late, I had stuff, okay?)

So Chrome OS offers only one full-screen window, and it replaces the task bar with a tab bar at the top. And then, you have popup windows, and there’s a task bar so you can manage them. Oh, and then you have multiple full-screen windows, and there’s Exposé for those. It’s all so damn revolutionary. Or something.

To be clear, the only reason I watched the video was that I was curious as to how they managed popups, and they could hardly do it any other way — but the thing is, pretty much all the articles I read presented it as “having a tab bar rather than a task bar.” It would be stupid if that were the case, and it’s stupid to describe it that way.

24 November

If you’re looking for a Twitter client with support for the new RTs, Echofon has it today. (Oddly, Tweetie seems to just ignore those RTs.)

I knew it had to be a stupid mistake — but having my images fail because I forgot to update the logrotate config file?

25 November

Quinze jours de boulot sur InDesign et voilà, je suis frustré de ne pas pouvoir faire mon blog en PDF.

PDF compatibility via simple drag-and-drop makes the Kindle yet that much more droolworthy.

26 November

Project Retweet = les avatars de nkm et flefebvreump dans ma timeline. Ouais non mais euh…

There’s a pinhole “reset” button on Drobos to wipe all data from all drives in 30 seconds. Eep. Or ultimate prank for your rich geek friend?

Oh, right, all tech blogs are going to be dead until Monday. Won’t somebody think of the bored geeks? No, I won’t read the French tripe.

“My “private” APIs… aren’t”

I got an email from Apple’s App Review team saying the code in my iPhone app uses private APIs. They pointed to -setOrder, which is a method I created in code, and -setThumbnail, which was created automatically from a Core Data property.

In other words: yes, there are false positives with Apple’s new tool designed to keep developers from using private APIs, and it’s really lame that they programmed it so stupidly, because it’s gonna end up throwing red flags at developers who followed the platform’s best practices the most closely — using properties, and giving them clear, simple names.

28 November

La batterie de mon iPhone 3G est à moitié morte. Et, même si j’avais de quoi me payer un 3GS, ça serait bien trop tard dans le cycle.

29 November

jQTouch

A jQuery plugin for mobile web development on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and other forward-thinking devices.

I haven’t looked at the kind of code it makes you write but, hey, it’s jQuery — and, more importantly, the performance is impressive, even on my old iPhone 3G (i.e., the oldest generation of CPUs). I guess one can thank the 3D CSS transforms in WebKit.

30 November

Smoking Apples reviews the Wacom Bamboo Touch

This is what I was waiting for: a review written after a longer period of time, by someone who knows about tablets, and evidently understood as well as I do how cool this multitouch tablet can and should be.

Moreover, the ‘tap’ to select or click, is slightly delayed, presumably as the device tries to figure out what it is you’re doing. Bugs me no end. To make matters worse, it’s not even good at detecting a tap from a move, randomly selecting windows as you try to move the cursor. I’ve had trouble keeping icons in the dock, as they keep going “poof!”.

These two problems sound perfectly understandable (they’re probably the hardest thing to get right), and I’m pretty sure they would both drive me crazy if I bought one.

Wacom has tried to implement the same scroll-with-momentum we’ve seen on the iPhone and lately with the Magic Mouse. It feels unnatural, is slow, and gets quite unweildy.

Once again, I’m not really surprised, and it’s kinda hard to blame Wacom for trying and almost succeeding. But I’m reverting to my original idea: the only way the external trackpad thing can be done right is for Apple to do it. (And why the hell don’t they?)

I’m removing the Bamboo Touch from my wishlist, at least until I get to test drive one extensively, and/or they manage to update the software significantly. (Because, yes, all those issues are in the drivers and can be fixed, but, no, I don’t think they’ll be fixed satisfactorily in a near enough future. The Wacom guys are good, but this is hard, and I’d never have said software was their strongest suit anyway.)

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