29 déc. 2009

namebench

It hunts down the fastest DNS servers available for your computer to use. namebench runs a fair and thorough benchmark using your web browser history, tcpdump output, or standardized datasets in order to provide an individualized recommendation.

Interesting idea — if the program surfaced when Google launched its public DNS servers, I missed it. (And, of course, like all the latest software made in Google, it’s Intel-only, godsdamnit.)

On my Mini I get 68 ms on Google’s servers, and 82 ms on my ISP’s (that’s Free). I had wondered if it was quite reasonable to try and use Google’s Public DNS from all the way across the ocean; apparently, it is.

via downloadsquad.com

 

22 déc.

Resubscribed to the 1up podcast because I couldn't find a decent gaming podcast, and now… I keep screaming at the host.

 

A game called Orba is temporarily free on the App Store, and I recommend you give it a download. Simple, but a nice time waster.

 

21 déc.

Merde, combien de donations j'ai perdu parce que Paypal cache le lien pour payer par carte bleue bien au fond d'un paragraphe de texte ?

 

19 déc.

Ah, actually, sometimes they do and sometimes they don't. Fun.

 

Oh my, Amazon finally removes items from my wishlist when I buy them for myself. Took them long enough.

 

17 déc.

Mon RSS qui bumpe vingt articles d'un coup, deux jours de suite, rien de tel pour que les gens se désabonnent.

 

Ah, ouais, en fait, j'ai tout cassé les scripts de mon blog et mélangé les permalinks.

 

16 déc.

“Developers now can use private API for screen capture on iPhone, says Apple”

After carefully considering the issue, Apple is now allowing applications to use the function UIGetScreenImage() to programmatically capture the current screen contents. […]

A future release of iPhone OS may provide a public API equivalent of this functionality. At such time, all applications using UIGetScreenImage() will be required to adopt the public API.

This annoys me. A lot. Not because I don’t like the idea of issuing derogations for using this or that function from the private API (which I don’t), but because the reason why everyone wants to use UIGetScreenImage is that it’s currently the only way for an application to capture video and process it on the fly (or to capture video at all on anything but an iPhone 3GS). And I don’t really mind stopgap measures per se, but it scares me to see Apple forum moderators addressing the future issue of having to use the upcoming official screen-capture API, rather than the real problem of not being able to access live video capture from the camera sensor… when the UIGetScreenImage produces awful three-frame-per-second 160-pixel video, and apps for a jailbroken iPhone 3G can instead make somewhat fluid, usable video — because they don’t have to use that terribly inefficient workaround of displaying video, capturing the screen, and encoding it themselves, all on a pretty limited CPU.

Sure, just because Apple doesn’t mention an upcoming video streaming API doesn’t mean it isn’t coming, but I can easily see them being content with the access they just opened for capturing screenshots. And, if or when they finally do give developers a direct access to video capture, I can even more easily imagine that they’d still restrict it to the iPhone 3GS.

And it pisses me off because there’s no good reason for that, and because I’m not going to be able to upgrade until next summer at best. (Well, I might be able to, but even if I got a huge contract next week it would be stupid to upgrade my iPhone this late in the product cycle.) I have kitten videos to make!

 

15 déc.

Fuck. I've been stupid, and now I've got no choice but to buy an SSL certificate. Possibily two. Or four.

 

I'm hesitating between "touch favicon.ico" or "Redirect /favicon.ico http://www.microsoft.com/ [L]"

 

Damnit! Google Reader has been ignoring all of my feed's digests for a while, because apparently it now discards hash anchors.

 

14 déc.

The new App Store layout's custom thin horizontal scrollbar for the screenshots is hostile to users of third-party mice with scroll wheels.

 

Kindle for iPhone available internationally = downloadable first chapters for lots of books. Too bad the mobile Kindle store sucks.

 

10 déc.

Oh, damn. I'm all out of Google Reader Explore. Didn't think you could empty it out, it's absurd.

 

UStream Broadcaster makes crappy video on the iPhone 3G, but that's better than no video at all http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/2846134

 

9 déc.

Je viens de lire une page mal écrite sur Wikipédia et je me suis senti obligé de me lever et sortir de la pièce. I'm in trouble. Also, old.

 

J'ai des reflux acides à chaque fois que je tombe sur ces pages de Wikipédia France écrites dans le ton d'un exposé de collégien.

 

I am so annoyed by how few blog posts about Chrome for Mac care to mention that it's Intel-only. I feel old and abandoned.

 

8 déc.

Confused… Did Pirate Bay only announce that it would stop hosting .torrent files, counting on its prosecutors not to check that it did?

 

There hasn't been a new GTD application to play with in a while. You wouldn't have believed that could ever happen.

 

7 déc.

It's weird how much my muscle memory spontaneously goes for a missing "Like" button when I'm out and about on the web.

 

“Publishing pictures of an unfinished product on a blog… is not a recipe for success,” he said — in a videoconference blogged by every site.

 

The CrunchPad story is entirely obvious; it's just hard to believe Arrington was a corporate lawyer once.

 

6 déc.

Unsubscribed from all the awfully-hosted podcasts that were hurting my brain (1up, all TWiTs), but now I don't know what do with my time.

 

4 déc.

Just a few hours away from joining the "If you Google Wave me, you'll have to notify me by mail" crowd.

 

In my mind I'm the editor-in-chief of my Google Reader, rewriting or rejecting each story — and that job is awful for my blood pressure.

 

Working with InDesign was both infuriating and exhilarating; there's still nothing like the physicality of print. Anyone need a brochure?

 

So you pretty much can't get phone support for anything Google provides, except… their free public DNS service. How is that not fishy?

 

Switching to Google DNS just because the server IPs are so pretty.

 

“Google DNS”

Half a second delay caused a 20% drop in traffic [on Google]. Half a second delay killed user satisfaction. […]

This conclusion may be surprising — people notice a half second delay? — but we had a similar experience at Amazon.com. In A/B tests, we tried delaying the page in increments of 100 milliseconds and found that even very small delays would result in substantial and costly drops in revenue.

 

3 déc.

Photoshop for iPhone is now available outside the US; it's sluggish, cumbersome, and a little buggy. Deleted.

 

2 déc.

The fun part of clientsfromhell.tumblr.com is that half the entries are whiny designers who lack the empathy to understand their clients.

 

1 déc.

I always thought Gears was a temporary measure and I'm pretty sure that Google did too, so stop acting surprised cause of a slow news month.

 

Pulling features out two days after they've launched is the new fail whale. A little less problematic, but still ridiculous. #twitterlists

 

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