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

2 November 2012

The shell companies of Google Europe

Starts out innocently enough (who isn’t based in Ireland?),then goes further.

FUCK. YOU. If you’d just LOOKED at the app instead of just searching for “emoji” in the store you’d know it’s not true.

It’s NOT FUCKED UP AT ALL that Apple would remove a whole bunch of apps from the store WITHOUT LOOKING AT THEM.

“Apple Removing Emoji Apps From App Store”

So my theory was right, they just searched for ‘emoji’ and booted everyone.

3 November

I’m guessing all the emoji apps are still online because Apple planned to review again only the apps who protest.

It’s still fucked up.

If I’m right, instead of simply careless Apple’s very aggressively disrespectful of their developer partners. And no surprise there.

Played with a Galaxy Note 2 for a while (my iPhone feels embarrassingly tiny now); can’t wait to get a Nexus 4 #newtoy #newtoy #newtoy

5 November

How did we go in five years from touch UI being the most obvious and discoverable interface to the most arcane, needing gesture tutorials?

Oh yeah, that black iPad mini is one fine device to hold in your hand. I’m still getting a Nexus 4, but I won’t pretend to resist the iPad.

Most surprising: typing with the iPad mini lying flat in landscape seems a lot more efficient than I expected. Not ten fingers, but fast.

6 November

Don’t have an opinion on CrashPlan yet but I wish I didn’t scan all 320GB of my home folder again every time I change a little setting.

Make a video review of a device, spend the first four minutes reading out quotes from other bloggers’ reviews. Uh, yeah.

7 November

“Kim Dotcom’s Me.ga domain killed before launch”

Why aren’t more bearded geeks working seriously on decentralizing DNS?

9 November

Just realized why the Instapaper app’s margins jump around when text size changes (clearly not defined in px) and now it pisses me off more.

Ah, so you can turn off smart quotes in Tweetbot — it’s just hidden in the most bone-headed way in the pasteboard popup menu.

11 November

Google gives HTC patents to fight Apple; HTC gives Apple a 10-year license and reportedly moves to focus on WP8. Is that a heist or what?

12 November

Fruit Ninja and Paper now crash at launch on my iPad 1. Both of these apps are big enough that they can afford testing, FFS.

13 November

RT @codinghorror: The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was getting everyone to pay $100 extra for another 16GB of flash memory on their gadgets.

14 November

I love that if I dare disable iCloud sync in 10.8’s Contacts, my address book simply ends up empty #preparingforanexus

No option I can find to move the iCloud contacts back to “On my Mac”, short of exporting it all (and I’m sure I’ll lose my groups then).

WTF? Export my address book, turn off iCloud, import my address book back, IT TURNS ICLOUD BACK ON.

Play Letterpress from two alternating devices and keep wondering which games are new and which have been resurrected by Game Center sync fails.

15 November

16 November

First time I try to write a post on Tumblr: ten minutes to get it formatted properly, and I couldn’t do it from the iPad. Not gonna work.

Kill the Password”

The only convincing case the author makes, actually, is: kill the motherfucking password reset systems. And yes, I realize you can’t have passwords without some kind of password reset, but the problem here lies with the implementation more than anything else:

Apple: Can you answer a question from the account? Name of your best friend?

Hacker: I think that is “Kevin” or “Austin” or “Max.”

Apple: None of those answers are correct. Do you think you may have entered last names with the answer?

Hacker: I might have, but I don’t think so. I’ve provided the last 4, is that not enough?

Apple: The last four of the card are incorrect. Do you have another card?

Hacker: Can you check again? I’m looking at my Visa here, the last 4 is “5555.”

Apple: Yes, I have checked again. 5555 is not what is on the account. Did you try to reset online and choose email authentication?

Hacker: Yes, but my email has been hacked. I think the hacker added a credit card to the account, as many of my accounts had the same thing happen to them.

Apple: You want to try the first and last name for the best friend question?

Hacker: Be right back. The chicken is burning, sorry. One second.

Apple: OK.

Hacker: Here, I’m back. I think the answer might be Chris?

He’s a good friend.

Apple: I am sorry, Brian, but that answer is incorrect.

Hacker: Christopher Aylsworth is the full name.

Another possibility is Raymond McAlister.

Apple: Both of those are incorrect as well.

Hacker: I’m just gonna list off some friends that might be haha. Brian Coca. Bryan Yount. Steven May.

Apple: How about this. Give me the name of one of your custom mail folders.

Hacker: “Google” “Gmail” “Apple” I think. I’m a programmer at Google.

Apple: OK, “Apple” is correct. Can I have an alternate email address for you?

Hacker: The alternate email I used when I made the account?

Apple: I will need an email address to send you the password reset.

Hacker: Can you send it to “toe@aol.com”?

Apple: The email has been sent.

“Why, yes, this Apple e-mail account does have a folder named ‘Apple’. Nobody could have guessed that, and our conversation has given me every reason to think you are who you say you are.” Jesus.

Ironic that Apple’s horrifying password-reset procedures come from their seeing you as a customer they want to help rather than an eyeball.

“Don’t build anything for Twitter”

Well, that’s a welcome clarification. Call me naive but I say it’ll cost them.

Going through the traditional series of “Oh come on, they still haven’t fixed that?!” when using a new version of Photoshop.

What the hell does Transmit do with its window that it ignores my “Assign to Desktop” settings? #overdesigned

17 November

Tous les trois mois : “Je sais que j’ai défini un raccourci-clavier pour créer et ouvrir un .htaccess dans le dossier courant !” (Suivi de : *bonk* *bonk* *bonk*)

18 November

Le changement de layout de l’App Store dans iOS 6 m’a tuer.

For fuck’s sake, it’s 2012 and the latest Adobe suite still installs random crap in the Documents folder.

That’s. Not. What. It’s. For.

19 November

RT @optshiftk: People complain about the slow bureaucracy of telcos, but when was the last time SMS went down for customers of a major wireless carrier?

RT @viticci: I think @gassee has a point. iOS is mature enough for casual users and now it’s time to refine + please the business users and nerds.

I just noticed that Instapaper finally has a “Report a text problem” button, since August. I’ve been waiting for it since the app exists.

I accept Paper by 53’s unprecedented undo gesture because it brings a lot of power. But the new color mixer makes no sense to me at all.

22 November

I haven’t scribbled idly on a piece of paper since I’ve had an iPhone or iPad, and I’m a bit worried of what that means for the brain.

I love that Boot Camp Assistant automatically detected and pre-selected the ISO that was on my desktop.

You know, the kind of little detail that the Mac was always good at, and that Apple is trying to exterminate with sandboxing.

The mark of a great OS is sixty seconds of “is it broken?” black-out between the pretty boot screen and the pretty login screen #windows8

I’ve just set up a working Steam on a working, activated Windows 8 on my Mini. The Black Friday sales are on. And I’m broke.

So, yeah, I know I’m not gonna surprise anyone, but Windows 8’s UI? All-around awful, pretty much.

23 November

Windows 8 automatically created a user directory in my name, with the accent; there’s already an app (from Microsoft) that screwed it up.

24 November

My first blue screen and it’s because of Apple’s HFS drivers.

26 November

RT @mxcl: OSS zealots love Samsung and hate Apple. Samsung’s contributions to OSS: nada. Apple’s: Webkit, LLVM, Clang, Darwin, MacRuby, zeroconf.

29 November

Oh, right, that’s why I’d unsubscribed from Polygon — Instapaper always misses half the content… and in my opinion it’s Polygon’s fault (the overly elaborate layouts don’t just mess with Instapaper, they also make my iPad 1 slow to a crawl and/or crash).

RT @finnocente: Ce soir il y a ceux qui ont téléchargé iTunes 11 et ceux qui essaient de le télécharger chez #free

First step: uncheck “Use custom colors for open albums, movies, etc.” — looks garish as hell #itunes11

I like the UI overhaul in iTunes 11 a bit more than I expected. Surprisingly well thought-out.

Biggest surprise is that the podcast library is significantly more pleasant to use. But I like small touches like the way iOS devices mount.

Pressed Space to pause a podcast, it restarted from the beginning instead and lost my location #becauseitsitunes

30 November

Fantastical for iOS is really well designed, but uncomfortably sluggish on my iPhone 4 — it actively interferes with typing.

Every time I catch iTunes’ status display in the corner of my eye, I think I’ve received a notification.

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