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 March 2013

Les gens qui t’écrivent pour te demander si ton app à $2 va bientôt être en promo.

D’une adresse spammotel․com, encore plus classe.

3 March

Rappelez-moi de faire une app “Liste de courses” qui ignore les clics accidentels quand l’iPhone n’est pas tenu bien droit devant soi.

It’s 2013, I’ll allow myself to make a website that simply doesn’t work if you don’t have Javascript and Ajax.

At least once a day I find out that Tweetbot Mac’s timeline is hiding new tweets without telling me.

4 March

@fake_api:

Tomorrow’s the big day. Make sure you’re ready for the API 1.1 switch by deleting all of your third-party apps. Please. Please delete them.

5 March

I see people repeatedly give out app․net invites in my timeline; has anyone been seen requesting one?

7 March

Moving my calendars back to iCloud; for some reason Google keeps adding alarms to my entries, and I’m never switching to Android anyway.

Way too often I go, “I’d post that link but it’s not worth the effort of working what I have to say into 140 characters.” Damn Twitte…

La nouvelle API Dropbox a l’air super bien conçue, à temps pour que je me lance dans mon app de liste de courses que personne n’achètera.

Quand même, quel est le chieur qui a décidé que les comma-joins de MySQL ne se liraient plus dans l’ordre où ils sont écrits ?

8 March

The same conundrum every time you encounter an ſ in a captcha.

Several years in, there’s still no sensible way to follow an App Store link from within the Instapaper app.

14 March

With the number of paid Reader apps, no doubt there’ll be subscription-based API-compatible services. But how many competing, and how poorly made?

@macdrifter:

Bigger revelation: Google built a service that you configure with all your interests and biases. They couldn’t make it profitable.

Who’s still using Google Reader?

Since the announcement yesterday, more than 10% of my personal timeline has complained about the impending death of Google Reader. I’m not talking about Silicon Valley pundits here, but French people I know personally: geeks, to be sure, but not professional ones. Actually, just the kind of early adopters, of influencers even, that Google would so desperately like to see using Plus.

And that’s the rub, isn’t it? They’re not shuttering Reader because it can’t be monetized — there are so many ways it could be — or because it’s dying a natural death, but because they’re annoyed that we haven’t obeyed their orders to move over to Plus. So obviously the rational response, the efficient reaction, is to pettily get rid of the social tool we’re actually using, the service they could be monetizing. That’ll teach us.

Here’s a hint, Google: conquering the social space is not about designing a service behind closed doors and telling people to go and use it. It’s about observing what people are doing and what they want to do, and letting them do that. The example to follow here is the way Twitter adopted mentions, and retweets, and so on; not the way Twitter is currently trying to shed its third-party clients now that it has succeeded.

“The RSS Apocalypse”

Then I got home and my wife was really upset about it. My wife is a bit of a nerd too but she travels in circles of electronically connected paper-crafters and they are absolutely up in arms about this. To them, Google Reader is RSS. They don’t know of alternative services and as far as they know, new services will never again exist. They think RSS is going to die on July 1 and that’s that. Now some of them will figure out they can go elsewhere but some won’t. Those people will stop reading blogs via RSS and those blogs will lose readers.

That got me thinking. I’ve spent years building up MacSparky.com. There are thousands of RSS subscribers. How many will bother to sort out a new RSS system and subscribe again? The closing of Google Reader is going to result in the great RSS purge of 2013.

15 March

Samsung’s S4 introduction show strikes the most perfect balance of self-aware yet actually lame. So glad they’re streaming it.

@brandonkelly:

If the Google Reader thing scares you, the only thing you should seriously consider doing right now is taking your feeds off of FeedBurner.

Of all the companies I expected to buy Mailbox, …well, Dropbox was definitely not one of them. They’re in the acquisition business now?

16 March

Captioning your iPhone photos: Over has the awesome fonts, Photolettering has the usable UI. Why isn’t Instagram in the race?

18 March

Google blocks the app from using geocoding because it doesn’t display Google Maps anymore.

iOS doesn’t offer geocoding below 5.0.

Oh, well. Thank you, Apple Maps.

19 March

Je critique les développeurs qui ont attendu le dernier moment pour passer à l’API 1.1 de Twitter, mais j’utilise encore Google Maps v2.

28 March

Huit heures du matin en 2013, j’ai la révélation que le mot “ethernet” a une étymologie qui saute aux yeux.

Well at least Goodreads will soon be integrated directly with my Kindle, the way god intended it to be.

29 March

Trois MP3 chargés sur Amazon dans le temps que ça m’aurait pris d’avoir l’album entier sur BitTorrent. Et en plus c’est du 256kbps.

31 March

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