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 May 2014

Snapchat’s ‘Here’ indicator strikes me as the first IM feature that really takes advantage of the fact it doesn’t run on desktop computers.

Vectoraster 6

I’ve always been fascinated by line engravings for some reason. So when the developer of Vectoraster emailed me about its new version because I had blogged about the app in 2009 (remember my blog? remember when I took time to write more than 140 characters about any given subject? madness! just writing this here post has taken, like, dozens of minutes — who has the time?) of course I wanted to play with it.

What has happened in five years? The app has more options, a nice interface and all that but, more importantly, my iPhone, iPad, and Mac all have a Retina screen. I had been thinking lately about how good line engravings should look on Retina screens — and yes, they do. I remade my iPhone’s background with the free demo and played a bit with my latest photos, and it looks as awesome as ever.

I’m lobbying the developer for an iOS version, because I’d really love to post stuff like this on Instagram — take advantage of both the Retina screen and the oversized A7 processor.

Sorry for the seven-megabyte post. Or is that even something that still requires an apology in this day and age?

2 May

We used to complain that OS X was neglected; now reached a point where the “OS X 10.10 emphasis planned for WWDC” title is scary as hell.

Finally got the new Snapchat. So weird how much thought they can devote to innovating UX while making the interface ever more impenetrable.

Would iTunes kindly stop autofilling app category labels every time I edit the genre of a song?

“Programming Sucks”

Imagine joining an engineering team. You’re excited and full of ideas, probably just out of school and a world of clean, beautiful designs, awe-inspiring in their aesthetic unity of purpose, economy, and strength. You start by meeting Mary, project leader for a bridge in a major metropolitan area. Mary introduces you to Fred, after you get through the fifteen security checks installed by Dave because Dave had his sweater stolen off his desk once and Never Again. Fred only works with wood, so you ask why he’s involved because this bridge is supposed to allow rush-hour traffic full of cars full of mortal humans to cross a 200-foot drop over rapids. Don’t worry, says Mary, Fred’s going to handle the walkways. What walkways? Well Fred made a good case for walkways and they’re going to add to the bridge’s appeal. Of course, they’ll have to be built without railings, because there’s a strict no railings rule enforced by Phil, who’s not an engineer. Nobody’s sure what Phil does, but it’s definitely full of synergy and has to do with upper management, whom none of the engineers want to deal with so they just let Phil do what he wants. Sara, meanwhile, has found several hemorrhaging-edge paving techniques, and worked them all into the bridge design, so you’ll have to build around each one as the bridge progresses, since each one means different underlying support and safety concerns. Tom and Harry have been working together for years, but have an ongoing feud over whether to use metric or imperial measurements, and it’s become a case of “whoever got to that part of the design first.” This has been such a headache for the people actually screwing things together, they’ve given up and just forced, hammered, or welded their way through the day with whatever parts were handy. Also, the bridge was designed as a suspension bridge, but nobody actually knew how to build a suspension bridge, so they got halfway through it and then just added extra support columns to keep the thing standing, but they left the suspension cables because they’re still sort of holding up parts of the bridge. Nobody knows which parts, but everybody’s pretty sure they’re important parts. After the introductions are made, you are invited to come up with some new ideas, but you don’t have any because you’re a propulsion engineer and don’t know anything about bridges.

Would you drive across this bridge? No. If it somehow got built, everybody involved would be executed. Yet some version of this dynamic wrote every single program you have ever used, banking software, websites, and a ubiquitously used program that was supposed to protect information on the internet but didn’t.

I’m allowing myself to post an extra-long quote because that’s still only the introduction to the article, and the rest is just as good.

3 May

Can’t believe I’d never bothered to set up an SSH client on my iPad. There’s something thrilling about talking to my servers on a tablet.

7 May

RT @wilshipley: I feel like Quora and LinkedIn have forgotten they are websites and are just going with being mailing lists.

Just ruined a SuperDuper disk cloning (at 99% completion, mind you) by locking the computer’s screen. You’d think it could detect activity!

8 May

The xNT implantable NFC chip

I already wanted a magnetic implant, now I want that too.

9 May

RT @reckless: You guys remember when Apple bought Siri and then the flagship feature of the iPhone 4S was still called Siri?

Slicy the PSD slicer

Didn’t think I wanted it, but only had to run the demo once to know I definitely needed it.

10 May

I keep closing and reopening Photoshop as I’m working, and it takes less than half a second each time. This computer is fucking weird.

RT @Gotham3: Cross Section of Undersea Cable [pic.twitter.com]

Just paid for a year of Feedly because RSS is an essential tool in my life. What web service have you supported recently?

11 May

Launching a Snapchat clone is hardly the most original idea in the world, but I really like what Taptalk brings to UX.

12 May

13 May

Can someone explain why the hybrid car has all but disappeared in favor of less practical plug-in electrics? It makes no sense to me.

14 May

RT @ryan: Given this some thought. My only conclusion is that buying Beats would be a huge red flag signaling something is very wrong inside Apple.

On the doubleplus side, I may not even “need” to upgrade my iPhone this year.

It just irks me that 44-pixel toolbars are the same size on iPhone 5 and iPad mini yet will be bigger on the iPhone that fits between them.

It should’ve been obvious the iPhone 6 would keep the same logical resolution when iOS 7 introduced a systemwide text-size setting.

Replace earlier tweet with: “On the doubleplus side, as a developer I’ll have no reason not to resell my 5s after I upgrade to an iPhone 6.”

15 May

Now my Mac is ready for a 4K/Retina monitor. My eyes are ready. It’s just my wallet which isn’t.

“Adds the ability to sync contacts and calendars between a Mac and iOS device using a USB connection.” Or, you could not have taken it out.

16 May

Passer six commandes séparées en une semaine sur Amazon pour que ce soit un petit peu Noël tous les jours.

17 May

Nikon Df

I’m a Canon guy now but I want this so much, for nostalgia’s sake. Just like my very first camera!

18 May

19 May

I’d love to know why everything I’ve added to iTunes in the past month was copied onto my computer instead of the external drive.

20 May

I’ve just bought a Twitter app on the Mac App Store to force myself to write (slightly) longer posts.

It’s funny that I just listened yesterday to the Radiolab episode about Ulysses contracts yet didn’t intend it as a direct, conscious connection.

(The app seems fine.)

Come on, Apple, it’s time to release an iPad with a pressure-sensitive pen already.

RT @harrymccracken: Tidbit: Surface Pro 3’s pen doesn’t use Wacom’s technology. Microsoft switched to N-trig, a Wacom competitor, for this one.

21 May

Secret est disponible en France (et sur Android)

C’est bon, vous n’allez pas vous faire prier pour langue-de-puter.

Can anyone suggest a couple of Engadget / The Verge-caliber blogs that don’t publish one-paragraph “Developing…” posts just so they get the first page views on any breaking news topic?

If I want a ten-word headline with zero useful information behind it, I’ll read you on Twitter. That’s not what blogs are for — I’ll give you page views in exchange for content.

22 May

Did you know that Lightroom is actually pretty fucking good? (It’s my first time.)

23 May

Disabled “nearby” in Secret yet I’m still swamped with hello-worlds from French strangers. Not making the app very enjoyable right now.

24 May

RT @parislemon: Breaking: There still aren’t, as of yet, any hip hop billionaires. [techmeme.com]

Euh… ça fait longtemps qu’il y a un # au-dessus du @ sur le clavier ? Depuis dix ans je me fais chier à composer ctrl-shift-`.

I’ve managed to refactor and simplify the code for my blog’s back-office so much, I’m retroactively quite ashamed of myself.

25 May

From Ars’ review of the Surface Pro 3:

The previous models included a Wacom digitizer in the screen and used a passive stylus. This time around, it’s an N-Trig digitizer and an active—which is to say battery-powered—pen. I’m not entirely sure what motivated the switch from Wacom to N-Trig; I would guess that it’s because N-Trig’s “DuoSense” sensor, which combines a capacitive multitouch sensor with an active pen digitizer, allowed the screen unit to be made thinner. Making the screen thinner is of course important for the overall dimensions of the tablet, but it’s also specifically valuable for pen-driven applications: the thinner screen means that digital ink appear closer to the pen tip, reducing the parallax effect that otherwise exists.

RT @cabel: This is the only use of emoji. This is my legacy. If you’re not building these guys you’re throwing away your life. [pic.twitter.com]

26 May

Every time I want to type “box-sizing: border-box;” it comes out as a dyslexic jumble of words.

Redesign du blog, ou “Je me rends finalement à l’esthétique iOS 7 pile à temps pour que l’annonce d’iOS 8 la rende obsolète d’un coup.”

De l’extérieur, mon site n’a pas beaucoup changé, mais si vous saviez comme le code derrière est plus beau.

27 May

I hope 10.10 is when UIKit comes to OS X, becomes my urges to make Mac apps are getting stronger and I was never that good with AppKit.

Hackers use ‘Find my iPhone’ to ransom Mac and iOS device owners in Australia

Filed under ‘duh’. Anyone’s normal first reaction would be to tell you to make sure your password is secure, but then you remember how poorly Apple handled password recovery quite recently and wonder — how likely is it that they became much better since then?

So I followed the article’s recommendation and just enabled two-factor authentication, with the hope that its implementation isn’t too stupid. The process places extra emphasis on the fact that you can’t expect Apple to help you at all if you lose both your password and the recovery key, and that’s the way it should be.

Of course, that means no recourse if brain damage makes me forget the passwords to both my Apple ID and my 1Password archive, but it’s potentially better than the alternative. I don’t think amnesia is as common in real life as in TV shows anyway. Right?

Apple is teasing the keynote livestream a full week in advance, and promises “exciting announcements.” Better deliver then.

Seems to me the last WWDC keynotes kept a slight developer focus; intriguing to see this one promoted on Apple’s front page for a week.

Between the heavily promoted keynote, and betas open to the public… how big exactly could the changes to OS X be, despite no major leaks?

28 May

RT @ironicsans: Before Facebook, MySpace, or Friendster, there was SixDegrees. Here’s how to easily add a friend. #relationshipnumber [pic.twitter.com]

“Apple confirms Beats acquisition, neglects to give a reason, any reason.”

RT @BenedictEvans: As before, Beats deal is a Rorschach Blot: people’s reactions slot into their existing view of whether Apple still has ‘it’

29 May

I don’t care about the NSA accessing my data. What annoys me is, adding backdoors makes everything inherently more hackable by others.

RT @dmoren: Reminder for those wondering about Beats as a separate brand under Apple: FileMaker.

Ca fait terriblement bizarre de réutiliser un 24x36 après s’être habitué au 16/9 de l’iPhone.

30 May

Yay, I’m now among the people for whom Mail randomly decides to stop fetching mail until you restart the app.

31 May

Web 3.0: Return of the Newsletter

Is it Twitter’s fault? No one reads web pages anymore, so mailing lists are back?

I find the new Twitter profiles’ variable font size much less garish in Gotham. Possibly just because thin Helvetica Neue was too thin.

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