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 December 2012

It only took five years for the iOS App Store apps to take my language selection into account.

Looks like I have to reboot my Drobo every time my Mac goes from Windows to OS X. That’s gonna get old real fast.

How to restore Lucida Grande to iTunes

I doubt I’ll want to do this after every update, but it’s so much more legible.

5 December

Come on, Gmail, no unified inbox? What is this, 2005?

Takes way too long on my iPad 1 from tapping the Gmail notification to actually seeing the email displayed. App deleted.

6 December

What’s the easiest way on iPad to repost on the web a photo I saw in my timeline? It’s still to switch to my Mac, of course. For shame — iOS is five years old.

Odd that Twitterrific hasn’t been forced to change its name yet. Twitter’s last little acknowledgment of their debt to a third-party app?

J’essaie en même temps de charger des mises à jour iLife d’1 Go et regarder des vidéos YouTube. Sur une connexion Free. En rase campagne.

7 December

Eek. I’m hating Photoshop CS6’s new crop tool — even in “classic mode.” Why the hell is the selection always active?

Dear Photoshop: tools are not modes. I should not have to switch away from the crop tool to get rid of the selection.

8 December

While I wasn’t looking, Google+ has become the kind of Javascript atrocity that makes my Mac lag. (But I’m still not really looking.)

Side effect of iTunes redesign: I ”eject” my iDevices as soon as they’re done syncing. Never bothered to when they were just a sidebar item.

Le profil web Instagram avec rien que des chatons dans le header, parce qu’ils utilisent les photos les plus likées #democratie

9 December

@mrgan:

If the Remote app is really a big part of the Apple TV roadmap, we should be able to run it from the lock screen. Anything else is too slow.

Wish I’d realized earlier that enabling wifi sync in iTunes also allows you to put files into your app buckets wirelessly.

Of course much of the associated convenience is lost from the iPad throwing its wifi connection away as soon as the screen is off.

10 December

On iOS, a confirmation and an error message look exactly the same — text in an always blue UIAlertView. Forgetting decades-old good practices of UX design.

Instagram finally straightens up its capture interface (the ‘Back’ button doesn’t move around between screens) yet still no filter previews?

What puzzles me most about Instagram is, since the big filter shakeup they haven’t been able to make a good-looking B&W one again.

11 December

Not that I ever considered switching (the whole point of Instagram is cross-posting to Twitter, Facebook and Flickr in one tap) but Twitter’s new filters look pretty dull to me.

12 December

I’m stunned by the new Flickr app. UI is good, filters are good, and it posts to Facebook and Twitter. All that’s missing is one-tap square crop.

The Flickr filters are too slow on my iPhone 4 (and why not? they target geeks and photographers, who upgrade). So now I want an iPhone 5.

13 December

@sdw:

I hope this light, friendly visual language originally introduced with Google Now and seen in iOS G-Maps will be applied to all of Android.

14 December

Every single time I start a new Kindle book I get pissed off again that the platform allows publishers to fuck up the formatting.

“Mailbox”

If using folders or the “snooze” function isn’t for you, the ability to simply move messages up or down in the mailbox timeline allows for creating to-do lists of sorts. And all movements made in Mailbox also effect your accounts in their native formats so you won’t be confused when switching between web clients and Mailbox.

How on earth does that work? How do they manage to reorder messages in your Gmail inbox without changing the timestamps? Or do they actually change the timestamps, making your e-mail archive completely unreliable? I’m guessing the way they implement “snooze” is they move the message to their own servers, then move it back on a timer. (They have to have servers of their own with access to your inbox, since they’re offering push notifications.) Would you trust them with that?

This app looks extremely interesting, but e-mail is too vital for me to risk a third-party app screwing it up, or for that matter to let a completely unknown entity access and mess with my accounts — I’d much rather Google implemented those functionalities on their side.

15 December

It’s time for the iOS home screen to be favorites, search, and widgets, with the complete app list relegated to a drawer. Yes, like Android or webOS.

19 December

I tried, I really tried, but I’m enabling the sidebar in iTunes. Without it, too many levels of navigation, and too much hidden information.

The most important one being that without a permanent unread count I completely forget I’m subscribed to podcasts.

20 December

iPad app UIs need to use more swiping, less tapping. Spatial navigation beats modal hierarchies every time. (See: Brichten’s Twitter app.)

A stack of app views and a tab bar are abstract concepts. “The main menu was all the way up there” uses hard-wired cognitive processes.

28 December

@stroughtonsmith:

In two years time, Mac OS X will be older than Classic MacOS was when OS X was first released in 2001 to replace it

30 December

Je viens de réaliser qu’à chaque fois que je renouvelle mon serveur OVH je donne ma CB après avoir cliqué sur un lien d’un mail. Pas bien.

Never understood why Gmail’s “Filter messages like these” doesn’t ask which criteria to use — most often I want the title, not the sender.

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