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1 November 2005

X 10.4.3: “Improves responsiveness during Spotlight searches in the Finder.” Hell yeah.

SciFi France : Battlestar Galactica, et le reste, en VM. En espérant qu’ils s’y tiennent et que ce soit opérationnel dès le début (Fox Life est censé avoir prévu de passer en VM… un jour).

Oh! Safari 2.0.2 doesn’t only pass the Acid2 test, it also correctly displays my blog’s nicetitles. None too soon.

IconDroplet: converts .icns files into… applications? Well, yeah, it’s a clever way to transform a .icns into a copy-paste-ready icon without processing the format itself.

2 November

I’m not used at all to taking out my pencil whenever an idea comes to my head, so it’ll take some time. Besides, I don’t have ides or thoughts at all these days.

3 November

No more blurry pictures: the camera that focuses everywhere at the same time. Uh, wow? Or, I’ll believe it when I see it? Because, wow.

I’ve recently seen repeated mentions of “corn dogs” in English-speaking blogs (must be seasonal?), so I finally decided to check it out on Wikipedia. Makes me hungry… I’ve got to buy some maizena. And sausages. What kind of sausages?

4 November

5 November

Aaltra

Tab Sidebar for Firefox 1.5. Or maybe Tab Preview (which I hope will soon be copied for Safari).

I don’t give a damn about Star Wars, but if that isn’t a con…

Ah, starts to smell like winter.

Corn puppies / Minipogos

Burp.

No precise recipe, because the one I found was way too liquid: I spent my time adding flour and the result still isn’t quite satisfactory.

So, basically: one portion flour, one portion maizena, one tenth of a portion of sugar, salt, yeast, an egg, black and red peppers, cocktail sausages and a pan full of oil. The preparation must be quite thick, and the guests must have some appetite.

Re-burp.

Goodbye Vanilla Diet Coke. Vanilla Diet? Damn, why didn’t they ever launch it in France?

Tru Calling 1.19–1.20

When they’d announced an SF/fantasy show centered on Eliza Dushku and based on a premise so similar to the ignoble Early Edition (well, I don’t know, maybe the writing is fine, but I’m allergic to the lead) and the insignificant Seven Days, I expected the worst crap.

Yet the result, though still not much more than anecdotal timewasting material, is pretty well written.

6 November

Trois bons numéros. Youpi.

Hot Cast, le casting. Les photos sont trop petites, mais on dirait que bof. C’est bien du Citébeur.

Thanks to K for not answering any of my emails: it gave me time to realize I’d be better off buying a used DV cam that’ll work both as an iSight and a TV capture box.

Petites réflexions sur les machines à pain. Ca tombe bien, je me demandais justement si je devais piquer celle de mes parents (qui n’a pas dû servir une seule fois) en déménageant.

7 November

South Park 8.14 (Woodland Critter Christmas)

I’ve been rather disappointed by this season (and so must have been the French network, which would explain why they showed it in a completely random order), but it looks like they haven’t completely forgotten how to make good episodes. “We still have our baby teeth. And our baby claws. And a dead mom.

Biological urn, with integrated seed. More convenient, and more symbolic (if it works) than scattering to the wind.

Ah, I may have found a configuration that’d put all my computers and external drives to best use. Are the Mac mini’s DVI/TV adapter’s schematics standard? I just remembered I had a DVI/TV cable that came with my (expensive and now under-used) Matrox card.

8 November

The www.garoo.net root doesn’t employ cookies anymore to redirect to the correct language, but instead uses Apache’s functionalities to send a different HTML file depending on the browser’s announcement of preferred language. (If you have bookmarked www.garoo.net/en/ you won’t see a difference. If you haven’t, well, you should bookmark the version of your choice.)

I’m not sure whether that’s for the better or not — considering pure theory, it’s cleaner, but I’ve never really been a fan of this technique (because sites usually don’t offer their visitors a manual way to choose another language afterwards).

Find-as-you-type for Safari: AcidSearch [via] (you have to activate and configure it in the preferences, accessible from Safari’s search box menu).

Les rois maudits 1.01–1.02

La production a un poil plus de moyens que Kaamelott (et encore ?), mais les dialogues et même la réalisation sont bien moins inspirés. Et cette manie d’engager des guest-stars pour générer du buzz, sans se soucier qu’ils puissent jouer la comédie…

9 November

WikiNotes: an open-source VoodooPad Lite with a more Tiger-ish interface. The CamelCase algorithm isn’t working right, and I don’t know whether I want to change and trust my data to a new program, but it’s interesting.

Hack a computer using an iPod with Linux [via] — no matter how locked the computer is:

Firewire/i.Link is well known as a way for connecting video devices or external hard-disks to computers. One little known fact is that the Firewire protocol also allows to read and write physical memory on connected machines without further software support. This can be leveraged to escalate privileges or to spy on connected machines. Any kind of device connected via Firewire, be it hard-disk, camcorder or iPod could be perverted to steal data or insert backdoors into computers being attached to the device.

Basically, the only solution is to lock your computer into a safe, which is hardly convenient when you have an iMac (or a laptop). Interesting…

Oh! I just tried sending a file from Adium to a Windows MSN contact, not expecting it to work, and it did. It’s probably only ICQ transfers that don’t work, and nobody realizes because nobody uses it anymore.

10 November

The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Ugh. And without Linda Hamilton, of course.

La mala educación

Lacking on human beings. Maybe Almodóvar was so content with knowing what real life counterparts were hidden behind the characters that he forgot to introduce them to moviegoers.

11 November

Desperate Housewives 1.20–1.21

Bah. The knife under the table is the kind of detail that gives breadth to the characters, and has been missing from this show since introduction time is over.

Why didn’t Europe create a one-euro bill so we could walk around with just a money clip, like the Americans do, not needing to carry coins around?

Spunky Kitty Style. Rho je les veux tous.

12 November

A chair that keeps your bag safe. A good idea, although it’s far from indispensible: I always sit on my bag’s strap or pass it around my knee to make sure that someone can’t pull on it without me noticing.

Okay, nothing like a little stroll by the messageboards for Pink TV (the French gay TV channel) to convince me that I really have better things to do with my money. If I have to be militant, I’ll just subscribe to Têtu — the historic French gay magazine. My satellite network’s website is a messy and poorly coded as ever, but it now announces the possibility to remove an option by email (it was until recently only possible by snail mail… yeah, in 2005 still), so we’ll see if they follow through. I don’t like the fact they demand your cell number, and I like even less the fact I caved in so they wouldn’t use it as an excuse to ignore my request and let me linger. They’re particularly famous for doing everything they can to prevent you from ending susbcriptions (like, allowing you to add options on the web, but only removing them by snail-mail), so I wouldn’t put anything past them. And I’m scared of what kind of spam SMS I’ll be getting in the following months.

No better time to stop paying for Pink: they recently showed an old Cadinot (the most famous French porn director/studio), a twenty-first-century Stéphane Berry (a less famous porn director/studio) and Ti’Touch (directed by a French porn star… well, yeah, the only thing worth paying Pink TV for is porn), so they’re not going to have anything watchable any time soon (as much as I love Belami pictures, I hate the movies). And Latter Days is on this Sunday.

I won’t be missing Queer as Folk.

AppleInsider:

Apple service providers who specialize in selling and servicing Macs have told AppleInsider that the media center iMac enclosure and internals are far less elegant than the model it replaces, requiring that technicians gain entry to the machine by removing the face of the computer (rather than the rear). Additionally, the only system component in the computer to remain user-servicable is memory.

So, okay, my iMac doesn’t have an integrated iSight, or Front Row, but it’s the final revision of a better design. I’ve come to understand that was the best possible situation when you’re dealing with Apple hardware — how long before they find a stupid design flaw crippling the new iMac?

Got to find solace where you can, when a Mac is obsolete after six months.

How to configure TextMate to send files to Transmit with a hotkey

…which is only useful, of course, if you have activated the DockSend option in your Transmit sites configuration.

TUAW: “ The action needed to move the wheel on an iPod is totally unnatural and effectively separates the joint in the thumb every time you use it.” Uh, riiiiight.

C’est quoi, ce bordel ? Buffy ne faisait pas assez d’audience ? Rha, je déteste dépendre des chaînes de télé pour voir les séries… si seulement j’étais assez riche pour me payer les intégrales en DVD. Ou si on me les offrait.

13 November

MediaCentral 0.1 [via]. A Front Row clone that’s perfectly usable at version 0.1, even though the interface is a bit slow (and less animated). Here’s to hoping they add an iTunes module soon — for now it only does videos (and TV capture boxes!).

Lost 2.06 (Abandoned)

<SPOILERS>

So they just killed off the most annoying character (granted, it’s tough picking the one), replaced her with an even more irritating bitch, and expected us to care, just because her flashbacks-o’-the-day showed her as a poor little Snow-White?

Bah. I only cared that Boone had longer hair. And that we’re never ever gonna see him again now if she’s dead.

</SPOILERS>

Latter Days

Oh barf. On the one hand, Jacqueline Bisset; on the other, two buckets of protein on legs, the direction, the script, the music, everything, baaaarf.

Goddamn, with a DV and two reasonably hot fags I can make a cult movie too, only with talent.

HARO Online (the first review I find on Google):

Latter Days is winning awards at Gay and Lesbian film festivals all over the country, even though as a film, it’s not that great. This encapsulates the state of gay cinema; in general, it is not that good.

14 November

The Last Bite Syndrome:

[T]he unspoken rule of not finishing food that isn’t yours [breeds] The Last Bite Syndrome: the tendency of a household to continue to eat away at something but not actually finish it. Through the years, I’ve seen slivers of pie so thin they could pick a lock. Strange, the things that courtesy can do.

15 November

Mac Mini Tower. Coooool. But why ruin a cool design by not putting the power LEDs in the right place?

Queer as Folk 4.03

They finally got around to make real opening credits, Justin is cute with short hair, Brian looks oddly youngerish, and the script is as dumb as you’d expect.

The Brokeback Mountain poster is inspired by that of…

Celtx [via]: a free, open-source screenplay editor & manager. Completely cross-platform thanks to the Mozilla XUL framework, and it stores your script in HTML format so it’s as safe as can be. Oh, and they intend to fund it through optional web services, so you’d better keep a backup of the installer for when they go bankrupt.

Reanim: prosthetics for furniture.

Form Hijacking: most PHP contact forms allow abusers to spam whomever they want however they want simply by adding a carriage return in the field designed to hold their e-mail address. Time to add strtok($email,”\r\n”) to all your scripts.

ChangeShortName: changing short user name in OS X. I wouldn’t trust a third-party utitility for that kind of thing, but if you need to change names so much that you’re willing to trust a stranger…

16 November

Let me heat up a bucket of oil and I’ll be back.

But why is there this photograph on a post where I’m talking about French fries?

Rendezvous/Bonjour for Miranda: to send instant messages from a PC to a Mac (with Adium or iChat), or from PC to PC, without connecting to a remote ICQ or MSN server. Available as a Miranda plug-in or a stand-alone app (dubbed “Windows iChat”, based on Miranda, and expectedly working any need for configuration). It doesn’t seem to handle file transfers, but it’s still simpler than creating an MSN account per machine.

For now, you appear on the network with your Windows username, but the developer announces the possibility to change names for a future version (but then, he hasn’t touched it since April).

Cable ID: you can also stick labels onto your plugs, but that’s more elegant.

Microsoft buys out FolderShare (I know, I’m a bit late on that one), an automatic file synchronisation system across your computers, and makes it free, à la Google. An OS X client is even available (I’m downloading it, more about it later), though you can hardly expect that to last. Could it ever make Apple realize pettiness is out of fashion and .Mac should be free again?

The FolderShare went faster than I expected. It’s well done, the OS X version seems to work just fine (except it feels so important it displays an icon in the Dock and the menu bar). But FolderShare’s basic principle is that you can connect to foldershare.com, type in your login and password, and navigate your hard disk without any restriction, from any computer. Instead of using the client app’s configuration window to decide which folders are shared, which would be as safe as can be, you have to publish your whole disk to the internet — the only thing you can tell the client to ignore is remote Spotlight searches, but not folder browsing. So, yeah, sure, it’s https and the server refuses letters-only passwords, but that thing’s still nothing else than a huge walking security fault. Go ahead, install an antivirus and a firewall, lock your computer, and install a program that’ll share your whole hard drive to the internet.

It’s a pity, because the functionality would really be interesting. (Unlike .Mac, there’s no centralized storage — it’s all peer-to-peer transparent synchronization.)

Bon, voilà, j’ai vu Hot Cast. J’ai un gros mal de tête et je ne survivrais pas à un deuxième épisode. C’est quelque chose, tout le talent de Citébeur au service de la real-tv…

17 November

Apathy

It’s fortunate I already have precise, definite plans to go and look for a flat in Paris, or I’d be quite willing to let go of the idea and give in again to the cheap, easy, (moderately) care-free life in Normandy. A few more weeks and I’d certainly have been ready to cancel.

18 November

Scrubs 3.21–3.22 (My Best Friend’s Wedding)

Not the way you expect your romantic comedy to evolve. (Of course, Spin City had done that before, but in that case that was because the producers were whores.) I have trouble refraining from reading the next seasons’ recaps in order to see if they really didn’t throw all verisimilitude to the trash just to come back to the show’s status quo.

Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelp!

How can I decompress on OS X a .tgz I created on Linux with files having accents in their names? I get “Cannot open: Invalid argument” for each file. Help help help help!

P.S. Looks like there’s just no way to do that (or maybe using pax instead of tar, but I haven’t got it on my Knoppix live CD). So let’s try out rsync -e ssh and hope I won’t screw up the options and miss half my files.

So, for the geeks who can have an interest in those things (and are able to understand what I’ll be writing), right now I’m having a preliminary rsync from one drive to another on my server. Because my fantastic Linux fileserver, that I’ve had for a year now, freezes (completely, for real) when you use more than one PCI thing at the same time — it crashed when I used the video capture card and the hard drive (you can hardly ever use one without the other), so I put the capture card on my other PC, but the server still freezed when I used Apache a little too much. I always assumed it was because there were too many hard drives inside, but I realized this week that it’s just the fact of using a drive and the Ethernet port at the same time (yeah, that sucks, too, for a fileserver). Since my data is on SATA drives (plural because of RAID-1) and no other computer in the house has a SATA port, I’m copying 60GB of data from a SATA drive to a temporary ATA drive, which I’ll then put into another, borrowed, PC in order to finally rsyncssh my files to the Mac.

And the reason why I had initially wanted to use tar rather than rsync is that the odds of losing some files at one step or another are way too high for my taste.

Moral of the story, Serial-ATA is crap, and if you want to put your files on a RAID-1 array (for the non-geeks who skipped the last paragraph and have no idea what I’m talking about, that’s the protocol that saves your data on two or more hard drives so nothing’s lost if one drive fries), do it with SCSI or don’t do it at all.

Mmh… no, actually, I don’t see what it’s got to do with anything.

Moral of the story, rather, if you’re on a Mac and you want a fileserver, buy an Xserve RAID. There. And even if you’re not on a Mac — but you should be.

And don’t buy faulty motherboards from your stepfather’s reseller. And delete all your files so you won’t cling to them anyway. And to hell with computers anyway.

19 November

Reed Hastings: “Web 2.0 is broadband. Web 3.0 is 10 gigabits a second.” That has too be the least stupid thing you can say on this matter.

En regardant les premières rediffusions de Judging Amy sur Téva hier, je me disais qu’il ne manquait que le retour de Gilmore Girls ; eh bien, c’est chose faite, à partir de dimanche, sur Gulli (sur la TNT et tous les autres réseaux, et tant pis pour le résultat ridicule). Bien sûr, tout ça est en VF, mais comme il s’agit dans les deux cas de doublages commandités à l’origine par France 2 avant de finir au placard, c’est tout à fait regardable.

Tiens, je me demande s’il y a une différence qualitative entre les saisons doublées pour France 2 et les suivantes, ou si les chaînes qui ont repris le flambeau ont continué à payer le prix fort — bien sûr, les voix des personnages récurrents ne changent pas, mais la qualité de la traduction ?

P.S. Merde, depuis quand je reçois Télé Cable Satellite Hebdo le samedi de la semaine précédente ? Bon, ben c’est dimanche en huit, et je viens d’entrer mon programme dans iCal avec une semaine de décalage. Pourtant, je vérifie machinalement les dates, d’habitude.

Epilogue: of course, rsync hasn’t worked either — but since I’d used the –progress option the error messages were drowned in the list of uploaded files, so I only realized the problem when I checked on the Mac side and saw there were missing files.

So I ended up having to use Samba (which, fortunately, is included in the Knoppix live CD, you only have to launch it). Not only did it take the whole night (I can’t even imagine what makes this thing take so much time, even though I had connected my Mac to the PC with a crossover cable, sacrificing my internet access for all that time), but now it’s not even a question of being afraid I might have lost some files — I just have to live with the fact that some will be missing, period. Let’s get rid of our virtual possessions and be zen.

Incidentally, I found out the problem’s origin wasn’t so much in Linux or OS X, but rather in Samba itself: even on the Linux side, filenames with accents are unreadable. I’d say I could have misconfigured Samba’s charset, but the unconfigured version on the Knoppix CD had absolutely no problem reading files and understanding accents, so… I don’t know, screw this shit, forget about Linux, long live the Mac. And, come to think of it, I could use an Xserve RAID with the fastest network connection — how does it work with Firewire?

Euh… “Adaptateur DVI vers Vidéo Apple” ou “Adaptateur DVI-Vidéo PAL Apple” ? S’ils ne précisent pas, pour le premier, c’est parce qu’il est français et Secam, ou américain et NTSC ?

Tru Calling 2.03–2.04

The more the show goes, the sadder it is that they cancelled it. Amazingly dark and merciless for such a banal premise. Not quite Buffy-esque, but not that far — and I’m not only saying that because tonight’s episode was written by Jane Espenson.

I would have issues with the fact that Tru could fall in love again so fast, but… hey, it’s Eric Christian Olsen, how could you blame her?

20 November

Je regarde rarement Tout le monde en parle, mais je m’ennuyais, et… Melvil Poupaud vieillit drôlement bien. Bon, il a un gosse et il a vu Dieu, mais il sourit rit à grandes dents et a dû prendre goût au sport depuis le tournage de son dernier film. C’est la première fois depuis que j’ai vu un film d’Ozon que j’ai envie de voir un film d’Ozon.

D’ailleurs, je devrais être à Paris au moment où il sort…

21 November

Sex and the City 6.19 (an american girl in paris, part une)

Sniff. (How did they manage the French dub? Did they edit the episode out?)

Make Windows XP Hibernate. With all the talk about OS X’s new (G4-only, it seems) hibernation functionality, it’s time to silence my PC when I’m sleeping — and generally not using it at all. Because I’m not sure if it’s supposed to, but it keeps its fans running even when it sleeps.

I was researching blikis (hybrids of blogs and wikis) for the opening of Tao of Mac’s blog, and it made me want to reprogram my site a bit in order to really bring the blog and wiki together, à la Tao of Mac. But I’m not sure I have a real use for a wiki, I’m not much into making an encyclopedia.

Oh, and as far as my research goes… all bliki engines have unrealistic technical requirements, the WPWiki WordPress plugin seems to have disappeared, maybe because WordPress does static pages (which is far from a real wiki, but will work for xxxx), and the only thing I found was based on WordPress plus a wiki engine, so it was too much of a hassle and I didn’t complete the installation.

Oh, wait, I forgot to test REST. Bah, that’ll be for another time. But in 92 lines I doubt it does what I’m looking for.

Of course, I could code and distribute my own bliki CMS. But I’ve got better things to do. Well, other things to do. Well… I don’t wanna.

Ripley is dead and waiting to be taken apart and sold, Lain is now hibernating, and Dalloway sleeps deeply every night like any good Mac; as a result, there was no noise in the room and I was awakened by my stepfather emptying the dishwasher at nine in the morning and couldn’t manage to get back to sleep.

Let’s try and use this opportunity to change my rhythm a bit and be ready to get up in the morning all next week — which should be devoted, if all still goes well, to looking for an apartment in Paris (even though I have really reached the point where I’m completely demotivated and willing to keep stagnating dully in Smallville for another five years).

Improving, improving… the way it’s going, eighty years from now I’ll win the million. Oh, actually, if it keeps doubling every week it’ll happen much faster.

La mala educación

Obviously, considering the number of twists in the story, the movie’s made to be seen twice. But I won’t change my verdict: too cold, too distant, too illustrative. I was gonna write that Fele Martínez and Gael García Bernal aren’t quite the same as Victoria Abril and Marisa Paredes, but Martínez didn’t prevent Los Amantes del Círculo Polar from being moving, and there’s no reason to doubt Bernal’s talents.

<SPOILERS>

One thing bugs me: if Angel could fuck, or at least seriously tease, the old Berenguer, why is he initially so cold with Enrique, risking being discovered? Did the script change in the middle of production, or does it just favor suspense over coherence?

</SPOILERS>

22 November

La mise à jour du terminal Canalsat est assez jolie (forcément, on passe de rouge et noir à gris sur gris), mais ça rame et plante toujours autant. Et la mise à jour n’a certainement pas été faite par des spécialites en ergonomie : au lieu d’appuyer sur “+”, une flèche et “Ok” pour changer de langue, je dois maintenant appeler sur “Pilote”, attendre cinq minutes que le terminal soit prêt à afficher le menu, appuyer sur “Ok”, naviguer dans le menu jusqu’à “Choix des langues”, appuyer sur “Ok”, sélectionner la langue, appuyer sur “Ok”. Dire que l’interface de changement de langue était le seul truc que je trouvais vraiment satisfaisant dans l’ancienne version.

P.S. Et voilà que je n’ai plus du tout de VM sur TCM.

Grr. Does it every time, irks me every time. It’s a goddamn Unix system, how hard could it be to offer an option to force reboot or shutdown?!

23 November

Biscottes Heudebert aux noisettes : bon, mais trop salé. Ca gâche le goût presque nutella-esque.

It’s so cold now that I’m hardly sweating by the end of fifty minutes of elliptical bike. I wonder whether it’s a constant that you start burning fat off after twenty minutes, or it’s linked to body temperature, in which case I should turn the additional heater on if I don’t want to get screwed. But it’s too late anyway, I’m leaving for Paris in three days (well, God and the train conductors willing).

I still haven’t seen 5x2 entirely (that won’t kill me), but… at least this time I could make captures.

A little more information about the camera that takes a picture with all depths of field at once and lets a software program play with focus afterwards (and it’s apparently called a plenoptic camera): with a 16-megapixel sensor and 90,000 microlenses in front of it, you get a final 90,000-pixel photograph.

That kinda explains how the thing works (I guess each of 175 pixels associated to each lens records a different “vision” of the final pixel), and also why it’s not gonna be seen on the consumer or even prosumer markets for a few years. Not only is it too expensive for 90,000 pixels, it’ll also be a while before the microlenses array can be miniaturized enough to get a decent resolution.

Still, it’s a fascinating idea. And I wonder if the primary practical application shouldn’t rather be high-end video cameras: no jumping autofocus when there’s movement, you choose your subject in post-production!

@photo@

A little more information about the camera that takes a picture with all depths of field at once and lets a software program play with focus afterwards (and it’s apparently called a plenoptic camera): with a 16-megapixel sensor and 90,000 microlenses in front of it, you get a final 90,000-pixel photograph.

That kinda explains how the thing works (I guess each of 175 pixels associated to each lens records a different “vision” of the final pixel), and also why it’s not gonna be seen on the consumer or even prosumer markets for a few years. Not only is it too expensive for 90,000 pixels, it’ll also be a while before the microlenses array can be miniaturized enough to get a decent resolution.

Still, it’s a fascinating idea. And I wonder if the primary practical application shouldn’t rather be high-end video cameras: no jumping autofocus when there’s movement, you choose your subject in post-production!

 

[01/17] I hadn’t seen the videos (.wmv, if you’re on a Mac you should install Flip4Mac). Really impressive — make sure to view the two videos showing moving water.

An interesting take on the ludicrous flash-memory-based Mac rumor: sure, replacing the whole hard drive with flash memory is impossible (for a few more years), but OS X could pretty much fit in an iPod nano, so why not install just the system and most essential applications into flash memory? I wonder how much faster boot time would be.

But then, you don’t boot your Mac up too often nowadays, so the gain might not be worth the expense.

P.S. And how about embedding a couple flash memory chips into hard drives, in order to store the Spotlight / Google Desktop / whatever index? All it’d take would be Apple, Google and Microsoft agreeing on a norm to dump on drive makers. Which is, like, totally, completely possible. Right?

Instant-On Mac

@apple@

An interesting take on the ludicrous flash-memory-based Mac rumor: sure, replacing the whole hard drive with flash memory is impossible (for a few more years), but OS X could pretty much fit in an iPod nano, so why not install just the system and most essential applications into flash memory? I wonder how much faster boot time would be.

But then, you don’t boot your Mac up too often nowadays, so the gain might not be worth the expense.

 

P.S. And how about embedding a couple flash memory chips into hard drives, in order to store the Spotlight / Google Desktop / whatever index? All it’d take would be Apple, Google and Microsoft agreeing on a norm to dump on drive makers. Which is, like, totally, completely possible. Right?

The visitor side is almost done, now I must work on the administration scripts.

Oh, and I forgot, I have to buy the domain names, too.

Queer as Folk 4.04

Gotta give them that: the writers’ latest idea is as dumb as the previous ones were, but at least that one’s faithful to the UK version. Sadly.

The Lost screenwriters release an audio commentary podcast for episodes the day after it airs. I haven’t listened to it because, uh, it’s Lost, but that’s a very interesting idea — as long as it doesn’t become $0.99 download on the iTunes Music Store.

Forty Faces [via]: far more fun than watching blog update reports on a world map, here’s 40 faces of bloggers who updated their blogs. I couldn’t say it’s tremendously useful, but I love it.

24 November

People are weird. Nobody writes, or reads, email anymore, because everyone would rather use instant message networks. But the most popular IM is MSN, which is the only one (well, there’s also Google Talk now) that won’t let you send a message to an offline contact. (Yeah, I keep writing about that, it’s a pet peeve of mine.)

Is the whole idea of contacting someone who isn’t there right now, of leaving them a message they can check out when they can, definitively obsolete?

Did you really let the terrorists spammers win?

@computer@

People are weird. Nobody writes, or reads, email anymore, because everyone would rather use instant message networks. But the most popular IM is MSN, which is the only one (well, there’s also Google Talk now) that won’t let you send a message to an offline contact. (Yeah, I keep writing about that, it’s a pet peeve of mine.)

Is the whole idea of contacting someone who isn’t there right now, of leaving them a message they can check out when they can, definitively obsolete?

Did you really let the terrorists spammers win?

MacOS has a peculiarity quite peculiar: you often end up having to wonder which application is active. Of course, it’s so much worse when you’re a switcher, but I can’t imagine old-time Mac users wouldn’t be bugged by this once in a while. And they wanted OS X to be zen and smooth so much (well, expect for the Dock, and the colored beads, and the stripes… well, all of Aqua), they even removed the active application’s icon from the menu bar, replacing it with its name in bold letters. But reading an application’s name requires much more of a conscious effort than identifying its icon. (Before you have fun calling me lazy in the comments, try and learn a bit about ergonomics, GTD, and all that stuff.)

The ideal workaround would be a small utility displaying an icon over the desktop to say which application is active — especially since I’ve got a 20-inch iMac, so I can (and do) have a bit of my desktop always in sight. That would be so cool. And that exists: Focus does exactly what I want, with every option you can imagine, plus displaying a clock if you want. The only flaw I could find (well, I only just installed it, but how many hours do you have to test-drive that kind of thing?) is that the configuration window is a tool window, which disappears when you switch to another application, and that’s annoying when you want to test some options.

In short: you absolutely must install this. You’ll only be excused if you’re using a 12-inch iBook.

Boy, was that a long post for such a small program. But ergonomics are a serious business. Plus, I’m getting into the habit of writing long, technological posts. Because.

P.S. Ah, I found the first bug: Focus ignores Clutter. Actually, it’s not really Focus’s fault: it’s just that Clutter doesn’t become the active application when you click a CD icon. But the CD does become the active window, and will respond to upcoming keypresses. It’s happened to me a lot: hit F11 to show the desktop, double-click a Clutter CD, come back to NetNewsWire and read on, hit Cmd-W to close the tab I was reading, wonder why nothing happens, and only realize six hours later that I accidentally closed (i.e., deleted) one of my Clutter CD icons.

And that also applies to Sidenote, that OS X doesn’t consider the active application either when it’s in the front. Considering that the main point of Focus is knowing who will receive the next keypress, ignoring some programs is a bit annoying.

P.S. Fuck. The website and program haven’t been updated since 2003, and I find out on VersionTracker that an error message appears in the system console if you enable the clock: “Unfortunately, this app, or a library it uses, is using [an] obsolete function, and is thereby contributing to an overall degradation of system performance.” Damn. Fortunately, I don’t need another clock on my desktop, but still, damn. The one important problem will never be fixed.

Focus

@apple@

MacOS has a peculiarity quite peculiar: you often end up having to wonder which application is active. Of course, it’s so much worse when you’re a switcher, but I can’t imagine old-time Mac users wouldn’t be bugged by this once in a while. And they wanted OS X to be zen and smooth so much (well, expect for the Dock, and the colored beads, and the stripes… well, all of Aqua), they even removed the active application’s icon from the menu bar, replacing it with its name in bold letters. But reading an application’s name requires much more of a conscious effort than identifying its icon. (Before you have fun calling me lazy in the comments, try and learn a bit about ergonomics, GTD, and all that stuff.)

The ideal workaround would be a small utility displaying an icon over the desktop to say which application is active — especially since I’ve got a 20-inch iMac, so I can (and do) have a bit of my desktop always in sight. That would be so cool. And that exists: Focus does exactly what I want, with every option you can imagine, plus displaying a clock if you want. The only flaw I could find (well, I only just installed it, but how many hours do you have to test-drive that kind of thing?) is that the configuration window is a tool window, which disappears when you switch to another application, and that’s annoying when you want to test some options.

In short: you absolutely must install this. You’ll only be excused if you’re using a 12-inch iBook.

 

Boy, was that a long post for such a small program. But ergonomics are a serious business. Plus, I’m getting into the habit of writing long, technological posts. Because.

 

P.S. Ah, I found the first bug: Focus ignores Clutter. Actually, it’s not really Focus’s fault: it’s just that Clutter doesn’t become the active application when you click a CD icon. But the CD does become the active window, and will respond to upcoming keypresses. It’s happened to me a lot: hit F11 to show the desktop, double-click a Clutter CD, come back to NetNewsWire and read on, hit Cmd-W to close the tab I was reading, wonder why nothing happens, and only realize six hours later that I accidentally closed (i.e., deleted) one of my Clutter CD icons.

And that also applies to Sidenote, that OS X doesn’t consider the active application either when it’s in the front. Considering that the main point of Focus is knowing who will receive the next keypress, ignoring some programs is a bit annoying.

 

P.S. Fuck. The website and program haven’t been updated since 2003, and I find out on VersionTracker that an error message appears in the system console if you enable the clock: “Unfortunately, this app, or a library it uses, is using [an] obsolete function, and is thereby contributing to an overall degradation of system performance.” Damn. Fortunately, I don’t need another clock on my desktop, but still, damn. The one important problem will never be fixed.

Is he asking me for the authorization to flood me?

I’ve gotten so used to the LCD anti-aliasing that, when I type text into Photoshop (which does regular anti-aliasing), I find it ugly.

Which reminds me, now that I’ve bought an LCD monitor, I can enable ClearType on my PC. But maybe I won’t, so I can compare web pages with and without, on OS X and Windows.

P.S. Ah, it’s not my eyes: OS X’s anti-aliasing algorithm looks indeed way better than ClearType.

@computer@

I’ve gotten so used to the LCD anti-aliasing that, when I type text into Photoshop (which does regular anti-aliasing), I find it ugly.

Which reminds me, now that I’ve bought an LCD monitor, I can enable ClearType on my PC. But maybe I won’t, so I can compare web pages with and without, on OS X and Windows.

 

P.S. Ah, it’s not my eyes: OS X’s anti-aliasing algorithm does look way better than ClearType.

24 4.01–4.02

Yes, it’s still as dumb; no, I won’t repeat that every week.

25 November

Alias 5.06 (Solo)

It feels weird every time, seeing Jennifer Garner with a huge belly in Alias, right after I’ve seen her with a huge belly on some blogs (I read too much crap). I always expect her to be six or twelve months less pregnant on the show than on the net.

Fuck. I had considered the train conductor strike (which I didn’t miss by much), but didn’t think of a snow storm. There are twenty kilometers of jammed highway between me and my train.

I’m gonna have to wait one hour for a transfer because there’s too much snow to get a ride there. I hate living in the country.

Ah well, not even that. Smallville is completely locked up, and by the time I’d gotten to the train station by foot (which I’m not quite sure would be possible at all) the counter would have been closed. No, of course there isn’t a vending machine.

coconutIdentityCard [via]: when and where was your Mac or iPod built?

27 November

Must mean something that I’d rather get impatient in front of a sluggish Mac mini (mainly burdened by NetNewsWire, I think) than use the PC that goes with this flat.

28 November

Sex and the City 6.20 (an american girl in paris, part deux)

Not quite satisfying (and not only because a good ten minutes rely on Paris being so exotic to the American audience), but how could the inal episode of such an important show be quite satisfying?

29 November

  • If I’d known it was so hard to find a flat in Paris, I’d have… I’d have lived with my parents until I was 29 (or more).

  • Damnit it’s cold.

  • The Sony Ericsson W800i is much smaller than I imagined. Yum. Too bad it’s not quite the right time, what with looking for a flat and having to pay a rent and all.

  • Damnit, seriously, it’s too cold, I’m gonna die.

  • Ah, and Apple’s 30-inch monitor is bigger than I imagined. Yum, too.

  • But why are the heaters heating more outside than inside?

  • I wouldn’t be bored to the point of wanting to rip my brains out if I didn’t have to close NetNewsWire if I want to be able to use the mini at all.

  • And I’m writing this just as the PSP learns to manage RSS and pocasts. Must be a sign. Too bad I’ve already gotten my Xmas presents in advance. Funny thing, I hesitated to add a PSP or DS to my AZ wishlist.

  • If I’m gonna be bored in front of my screen all the time, why do I want so much to come to Paris anyway? I can do that for free in Smallville.

  • I should go to the movies, but people don’t know how to enjoy life: everybody’s working tomorrow morning, so they can’t. And spending nine euros to spend the night alone is too lame.

30 November

CornerClick [via]: associate one or several actions to mouse clicks (with or without modifier keys) in each screen corner. Since Tiger, Apple developers have found out about Fitts’s Law, so clicking the upper left and right corners activates the Apple menu and Spotlight, respectively, but there’s still the lower corners — and I never click the Spotlight icon, always use the keyboard shortcut.

I know Exposé can already be activated by shoving the pointer in a screen corner (incidentally, I couldn’t make Exposé work with CornerClick — might be a Panther bug), but it’s different here: I loathe “hot corners”, that are triggered as soon as the mouse arrives in a corner; here you have to click in a corner, which can’t be accidental.

Seems like it could be very useful; I’ll see how to put it to good use when I get back to my iMac.

@apple@

CornerClick [via]: associate one or several actions to mouse clicks (with or without modifier keys) in each screen corner. Since Tiger, Apple developers have found out about Fitts’s Law, so clicking the upper left and right corners activates the Apple menu and Spotlight, respectively, but there’s still the lower corners — and I never click the Spotlight icon, always use the keyboard shortcut.

I know Exposé can already be activated by shoving the pointer in a screen corner (incidentally, I couldn’t make Exposé work with CornerClick — might be a Panther bug), but it’s different here: I loathe “hot corners”, that are triggered as soon as the mouse arrives in a corner; here you have to click in a corner, which can’t be accidental.

Seems like it could be very useful; I’ll see how to put it to good use when I get back to my iMac.

Boing Boing:

People who have better “visual working memory” (correlated with performing well on many cognitive tests) aren’t better at remembering things — they’re better at ignoring unimportant things.

Well, now… doesn’t that sound just like me.

Sondage express

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A sixteen-square-meter room on the rue des Archives, in the middle of the Marais, for the price of a twenty-five on the edge of Paris? Come on, are you a self-respecting fag or not… Come on, it’s totally refreshed, including the faucets and fittings, a real shower, a place to put a washing machine, double glazings… Come on, you’ve been dreaming of living rue des Archives for ten years… Come on, five tall flights of stairs, you won’t even need to use the elliptic bike anymore… Come onnnn…

Living in a flat like this, I’d be this close to applying as a webmaster in a large corporation (provided I get flexible schedules). But that’s stupid, because I could afford better then. Life is a vicious circle like that.

Come ooonnnnnnn…

P.S. Meeting the owner to sign the lease on Monday night.

Ah, looks like Safari doesn’t consider the ‘…’ characters as a punctuation (Cf. the thumbnail). Serves me well for auto-converting my plain text entries to fancy typography.

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