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 August 2012

Why doesn’t the menu bar auto-hide yet, if only for the sake of consistency with full-screen mode? Seems like a no-brainer to me.

2 August

C’est incroyable de squatter un appartement sans AirPlay, on se croirait revenu au dix-huitième siècle.

I’m tempted to get an outlook-dot-com address but afraid they’ll botch it somehow and screw up my account. Is that unreasonable?

4 August

I could have thought sooner of adding my desktop to the Dock so I can drag files to it from full-screen apps, but I shouldn’t have to.

Another annoyance that Mountain Lion hasn’t fixed is that you can’t hide full-screen apps. Enjoy your long list of tiny icons in Exposé.

Now with multiple columns, Tweetbot definitely replaces Twitter on my machine, but I still like Echofon better for my main usage.

Tweetbot for Mac doesn’t automatically refresh lists? What how why now?

5 August

7 August

“How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking”

I never answer security questions because they’re by definition the exact opposite of secure but, hey, turns out that doesn’t matter one bit.

Amazon tech support gave them the ability to see a piece of information — a partial credit card number — that Apple used to release information. In short, the very four digits that Amazon considers unimportant enough to display in the clear on the web are precisely the same ones that Apple considers secure enough to perform identity verification.

Apple tech support confirmed to me twice over the weekend that all you need to access someone’s AppleID is the associated e-mail address, the billing address, and the last four digits of a credit card on file. I was very clear about this. During my second tech support call to AppleCare, the representative confirmed this to me. “That’s really all you have to have to verify something with us,” he said.

First you call Amazon and tell them you are the account holder, and want to add a credit card number to the account. All you need is the name on the account, an associated e-mail address, and the billing address. Next you call back, and tell Amazon that you’ve lost access to your account. Upon providing a name, billing address, and the new credit card number you gave the company on the prior call, Amazon will allow you to add a new e-mail address to the account.

Let’s launch an online service like everybody did, and we’ll figure out the kinks later. What’s the worst that can happen, people’s entire digital lives obliterated? Bah.

8 August

At this point I just need an option to have my iPhone always show the search keyboard when I go to the home screen.

Bon ben fuck le backup en ligne de mes photos, impossible d’uploader de façon fiable sur S3. Si j’en perds, j’en perds.

A good first suggestion to start fixing Apple’s awful account security

And ideally, before resetting a password by phone, they’d send a forced “Find My”-style push alert to all registered devices on the account saying something like, “Apple Customer Service has received a request to reset your iCloud password. Please call 1-800-WHATEVER within 24 hours if this is unauthorized.”

Then make the person call back the next day. If you forget your password and the answers to your security questions, it’s not unreasonable to expect a bit of inconvenience.

I’d even go as far as sending the password reset via snail mail. Your iCloud account is fucking important and, as Arment says, you’ve got no right to expect access to your account within the hour after you’ve lost your password.

12 August

There’s no way in hell Apple ever actually intended to license UI patents to Samsung. They were just placing their pawns.

13 August

My server’s 1.5TB hard drive just went from 70% used to 22% after removing redundant backups. Uh, I must have deleted something important.

16 August

Instagram 3.0: instead of the Cancel button moving around from screen to screen, you now get two simultaneous Cancel buttons. Baby steps.

17 August

Again I tried using the Podcasts app and again I considered never ever upgrading my iPhone again — keep the 4 model forever, keep iOS 5.

So what’s the best iPhone app for people who were perfectly happy with the way the Music app handled podcasts? Podcaster?

Glad to find out that WebKit is now clever enough to cap the box-shadow at its max possible radius instead of ignoring it when too large.

20 August

21 August

“Grid - A Simply Remarkable Spreadsheet”

Impressive design. Can’t wait to see how much of that isn’t vaporware.

22 August

I’ve been making myself use full-screen apps for a month even though I hate the way it all works. What’s wrong with me?

23 August

It’s nice that Microsoft’s doubling down on notMetro with their new logo, but it’s gonna be funny when W8 breaks the Windows hate record.

Tent
I was waiting for this, and it’s a real shame they lost the first-entrant buzz to app.net.

Though Tent’s description worries me for sounding like it counts too much on all servers being well-behaved when handling private timelines.

The very first thing a distributed Twitter system should jettison is the impractical conundrum of private accounts.

24 August

Would you believe that the FileVault boot screen let me switch to azerty once when Mountain Lion first booted, then stuck to qwerty again?

I mean, would you believe it if someone told you an Apple OS behaved that way a full year after the introduction of FileVault 2?

25 August

@danfrakes:

When the iPhone debuted, it was widely criticized for having no buttons/keys. Now people think the iPhone’s design is “obvious.”

27 August

Oh, I know what to do about iOS 6’s awful Podcasts app — I’ll buy an iPod nano just for podcasts! Sounds reasonable, doesn’t it?

29 August

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