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 January 2015

2 January

First I saw this photo in my RSS reader and I thought — see, that’s the way to do it, just hide an activity tracker inside a leather strap and get stupid bloggers to quote your press release which inappropriately calls it a smartwatch. Then I opened the article, saw the flip side and oh god the humanity why.

3 January

@History_Pics:

1956: A 5MB hard drive being loaded onto a PanAm plane. [pic.twitter.com]

@rgriff:

Via @macdrifter, fun audiophile stupidity! “More organic,” “musical intent,” “hint of glaze,” “infrasonic.”

[enjoythemusic.com]

I’d really like for a future version of iOS to implement a level of push notifications that don’t disappear from the lock screen until they’ve been acted on — reappearing after you unlock and lock again. I wouldn’t mind if they’re reserved for Apple’s own apps, such as Reminders, to prevent abuse. Remind me until I’ve actually done it.

4 January

Start typing a tweet in Safari. Want to check something on Google before posting. Nope. (Short of installing another browser.)

Elon Musk on Mars colonization

‘The absence of any noticeable life [in the universe] may be an argument in favour of us being in a simulation,’ he told me. […] Musk flipped through a few more possibilities, each packing a deeper existential chill than the last, until finally he came around to the import of it all. ‘If you look at our current technology level, something strange has to happen to civilisations, and I mean strange in a bad way,’ he said. ‘And it could be that there are a whole lot of dead, one-planet civilisations.’

Judging from other recent quotes from Musk, he must be thinking that an easy explanation for the disappearance of all those other civilizations is that they invented artificial intelligence and it wiped them out. But then you still have to find a reason why those AIs wouldn’t be visible in the sky (and why they haven’t wiped us out yet). What if, instead, what happens to all intelligent civilizations is that they invent virtual reality, and become shut-ins just as they were about to start colonizing space?

5 January

Avegant’s VR goggles

What’s the catch? If retinal projection is so great, why aren’t Oculus et al. using it?

@milend:

“But the [Apple] software quality has taken such a nosedive … that I’m deeply concerned for its future.” [marco.org]

@stevenf:

Apparently all is not sunshine and roses on the Google Play Store either [phandroid.com]

@nannerb:

Disney make use of table layouts in their emails, shows a representation of a character with images disabled. [pic.twitter.com]

@ustwogames:

Interesting fact: Only 5% of Monument Valley installs on Android are paid for. 40% on iOS. There’s a sneak peak of data!

@logancollins:

It regularly goes against my entire brain to order them Previous, Next when clearly they are the opposite both alphabetically and in length.

6 January

@danielpunkass:

Nobody summarizes the Apple developer community blogging zeitgeist like @mjtsai [mjtsai.com]

7 January

8 January

I’ve given up and disabled the wifi on my MacBook Pro. Now I’m happier, my hair is thicker, and it’s not raining anymore.

9 January

@NateLanxon:

Our guide to why the UK’s iTunes App Store suddenly raised its prices today. In short: because tax law. [po.st]

12 January

If Apple now approves games with “not compatible with iPhone 4” in the description, maybe it’s time already to implement that as metadata.

When’s the last time Firefox was the first to implement a good new idea? I love how Javascript dialog boxes are now shown within the page.

“Why Women Stay Quiet at Work”

Look at how Apple’s only non-white-dude VP is an external hire.

It only took two rejections for me to finally understand the sentence “Keyboard extensions must provide Number and Decimal keyboard types.”

A week ago I spent hours getting the provisioning profiles right. Today I’ve changed twenty lines of code and provisioning is fucked again.

If they announce at next WWDC that you can upload apps from Xcode without provisioning, I’ll stop bitching about Apple for… like, a week.

14 January

Rhaaa ça fait des mois que je suis en clavier anglais sur mon iPhone et j’avais oublié que c’était pour ça qu’il n’y avait pas l’apostrophe.

@b_magnanti:

Correlation is not… oh wait, yes. Yes it is. [pic.twitter.com]

15 January

16 January

17 January

20 January

Why on earth didn’t Amazon design the Echo as a cute robot dog that follows you around and charges itself on a station like a Roomba?

21 January

The rumors of an iPad stylus are intensifying right as I was resolving not to give Apple money for a watch #justwhenithoughtiwasout

@piercedavid:

The Surface Hub, the gigantic 4K touchscreen, is a crazy future dream of a device [theverge.com] [pic.twitter.com]

@jasonschreier:

So wait, they name everything after Halo except the one that’s got ACTUAL HOLOGRAMS?

It’s easy to imagine how the ideal Oculus headset works, and that I want it. But this description of HoloLens sounds too good to be true.

22 January

Uniconsole’s keyboard extension “in review” for over a week. Can’t help but feel like they’re really searching for a reason to reject it.

23 January

Yeah right, Apple, I’m gonna spend all of this month’s App Store earnings on a call to California so I can find out what bogus reason you have to reject my app that you can’t commit to in writing.

@waxpancake:

YouTube’s offer to @zoecello—put your whole catalog on our free streaming service with ads, or we block your channel. [zoekeating.tumblr.com]

For the record, I had been wondering for a while why Oculus doesn’t embed cameras in the headset to track your movements. Everyone says HoloLens’ motion is incredibly smooth, so evidently it does work.

27 January

28 January

@viticci:

To put Apple in context: more than 1% of the world population bought an iPhone in the last quarter [pic.twitter.com]

@eric_sink:

If the iPad was produced by any other company, it would be considered a huge success. More revenue in calendar 2014 than McDonalds.

29 January

Jack Dorsey tweetstorming his profound satisfaction that Twitter’s users have had to constantly work around its obsolete character limit. Please tell me he was being passive-aggressive?

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