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 December 2011

RT @mattcomi: They were gonna call it Schrödinger’s iCloud but figured the Schrödinger’s bit was obvious.

2 December

Asshole iPod touch (which has been turned off for a month) still thinks it’s January 1970 even after I’ve synced it to iTunes.

Hint: it can not ever be January 1970 in the lifetime of this iPod. So why doesn’t it rush out and find a date, any date, on the internet?

The real story of Carrier IQ is, carriers are so dumb they need to rootkit your phone to have statistics of your texting usage.

Oh, there’s a $30 version of Poser (“Poser Debut”) on the Mac App Store.

RT @librarythingtim: Saturday, instead of taking your child to a bookstore, show them your Kindle library and say “When I die, you’re not licensed to use this.”

3 December

I’m late to the party but — holy shit, you can have a “follow” button on your site that makes people follow you without any confirmation?!

It’s looking a lot like @arqbackup’s auto-update downloaded an older version, which then borked my backup. If I’m right, wow, well done.

Oh, and my backup drive is acting up too. Something quite sinister is brewing.

“What Powers Instagram”

An interesting EC2 success story. Don’t think I’ve ever seen an Instagram outage. (Except for when all of EC2 went down, Google tells me. But that’s a different kind of outage.)

Damnit. I had managed to stay away from Reddit for two months.

4 December

Hrm. In 2011 I learned MAXFILESIZE is a PHP field, not an HTML standard, so of course the browser isn’t gonna warn you a file is too big.

Pissed at how hard Apple makes it for devs to keep supporting older versions of iOS. And I know it’s not entirely by accident.

Consequence of Apple making previously private APIs public: UIGestureRecognizers exist on 3.1.3, crash when you access the 3.2 properties — so you can’t just rely on NSClassFromString(@”UIGestureRecognizer”) to tell you that you’re okay to use them.

6 December

Amazon put a lifesize cardboard cutout of a Kindle in my latest order. I had to check the measurements — that thing is way too small!?

7 December

Bought another round of comic readers for iPad yesterday. Can’t believe how hard it seems to be to get it right.

I bought a comic reader for iPad that’s been hung for ten minutes… trying to import its own included “welcome” comic.

The new Xbox dashboard is pretty, but I hate how it scrolls pane by pane in a list. Should switch to actual scrolling when not using Kinect.

Wouldn’t have bought the pinstriped Jack Skellington avatar if I’d known the Xbox Live app for iOS wouldn’t have antialiasing. Ouch, my eyes.

I need to take a day off and rest my eyes. What the fuck can one do for a whole day without looking at a backlit screen?

Evernote Hello

The concept is not just amazingly rude, it’s also completely outdated from a technical perspective.

8 December

Sell a $2 app, spend days explaining to someone how to install it onto their iPod. When I get tired of that job, what will I turn to?

The Xbox Live app replaces Metro’s signature half-off-screen visual elements with iOS’s tiny, easily missed paging dots. That’s silly.

Ungh, c’est la saison du renouvellement de tous mes noms de domaine à la con, et ça fait mal aux dents.

I hadn’t used the official Twitter app for iPhone in months, but I’ve got a strong feeling this new version is worse, not better.

So, where I was wondering if it was the last Brichter design or the first post-Brichter, I’m strongly leaning toward the latter.

I’ve got new-new Twitter and it still displays my background first when loading another profile. Grr.

The separation between “interactions” and “mentions”, with both pages showing 99% the same stuff, is as stupid on the site as in the app.

9 December

Safari keeps flushing tabs from memory since yesterday. Guess it’s time for a reboot.

10 December

MacBook not booting. I hate, hate, hate myself for deciding to trust FileVault when I installed Lion. Apple + data = tears. Always.

Apparently my FileVault is so busted that it makes Disk Utility crash in recovery mode. Fucking joke. Not funny in any way.

Wow. Looks like removing the third-party RAM did the trick. And I was this close to reformatting. That’ll teach me.

13 December

Double-click a text file, switch back to Mail while waiting for it to load, TextEdit opens and closes before it’s loaded the file. #lion

15 December

Facebook Timeline is a very pretty design overall, but the two-column layout with random jumps is just not readable.

Not sure which is worse — the kernel panics and corrupted FileVault volume due to third-party RAM, or being back to the stock 2GB. Slooow.

Heh. Stupid Facebook won’t let me enter my new address because it doesn’t recognize the town — so it just empties the field.

16 December

Time-delayed App Store receipts means you pay twice — once when you click the button, once when you read “damn I spent $10?” two days later.

17 December

My Drobo crashed today. I’m beginning to think this house must be haunted by ghost magnets — never had so many hard drive problems before.

18 December

Pourquoi est-ce qu’un spam Amazon sur deux est pour me refiler une imprimante ?

I’d really like an iOS to-do list app using Dropbox, where each list item is a separate file. Does that exist?

19 December

Google+ to add “volume slider” to Circles

I’d say “about time” but really it’s more “too little, too late.”

20 December

I was trying to write a blog post and, damn, I’d forgotten how hard it is to develop an idea over several sentences. Too much work.

The iPad did turn out to be a media consumption device. So it is entirely possible that Apple could release a 7-inch model.

Je crois bien que SensCritique ne m’intéresse plus assez pour que je prenne la peine de rentrer tous mes goûts musicaux maintenant.

How can Apple have $80 billon in the bank, not have paid out dividends for years, and not be sued by shareholders? How do you argue that sitting on that much money is “in the shareholders’ best interest”?

21 December

Does Instapaper for iPad tend to forget font sizes or do I actually keep bumping the size up? Am I getting blind?

I’d considered buying VueScan, but the way it installed itself in /Applications and added itself to the dock on first launch solved that.

22 December

Skitch for iPad: crashes when I display the example image. Wanna bet it’s not been tested on an iPad 1?

23 December

Yeah, Mr. Reader is good enough that I can probably scrap my plans to make my own client. Let’s look at Reddit instead.

The style carrousel in Word’s ribbon is amazingly stupid. Three random styles directly accessible, the rest in a hidden popover?

24 December

Made a video in Action Movie FX (which is free and fun for a minute) and have no idea if it’s busy uploading to Facebook or just failed.

26 December

I know sync is hard, but when you’re relying on Dropbox you pretty much lose any excuse for screwing it up. Hi, TaskAgent for iOS.

Notesy for iOS syncs incredibly well (compared to all the others) and doesn’t get in the way of my one-file-per-task workflow ★★★★★

28 December

It takes three taps to check in now? Foursquare has jumped the shark.

I love Photo Stream and how my photos end up in a completely random order in iPhoto.

29 December

Pet peeve: having to move the 1Password toolbar button again in Safari after every time the extension’s updated. Their fault or Apple’s?

30 December

Mettre la télécommande à gauche sur un casque compatible iPhone, c’est juste un peu du vice.

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