Hi! Do you remember blogs? Well, this used to be one. Now it just serves as an archive for my multiple Twitter accounts.

1 October 2015

Now, the difficult question: do I trust iCloud enough to put stuff in Notes that I actually care about, and would mind losing?

Not a great feeling buying a $5 update to a Twitter app I only use because I dislike the other options more.

“The Beginner’s Guide - Trailer”

The Stanley Parable’s demo never convinced me, but this trailer totally does.

App update rejected because the keyboard extension mentions the IAP required to unlock full functionality.

As usual, looks like a reviewer misunderstanding what the rule means.

2 October


OS X El Capitan shipped, you can now integrate Force Touch Events in your web page on #safari 9! #JavaScript #HTML5 [developer.apple.com]

Since upgrading to El Cap I’m having lots of issues with Safari just failing to load pages. Is it just me? I don’t want to switch to Chrome.

Tweetbot’s text field recomposing for every letter you type because its width is tied to the char counter’s — are you fucking kidding me?

Je ne supporte plus l’idée de dire “pardon,” même sarcastiquement, aux gens qui bloquent le passage. Il me faut une alternative.

Ils ont vraiment pris la peine de ressusciter Heroes pour en faire ça ?

3 October

Is there a difference between arguing a rejection within the Resolution Center, and appealing to the App Review Board? Seems both take 24h.

Le Gibus dans la pénombre, ça ne baise pas, mais qu’est-ce que ça bouscule.


Mais comment vous pouvez ne pas vous rendre compte que c’est juste pas possible d’embrasser une barbe ? Pouah !

Après un peu de ménage je re-re-prends la résolution de ne poster sur Instagram que des photos jolies — et le reste direct sur Twitter.

Je ne suis pas sûr de ce qu’est censée être la nouvelle série des Muppets, mais j’espère qu’ils ne croient pas faire une comédie.

4 October

To clarify, whenever I complain about this, I’m not talking about day-one iPhone 6s buyers — but people who’ll get a 3D Touch-enabled iPhone in two years (or six months) without knowing anything about it.

Et donc là j’ai If You Had My Love de Jennifer Lopez dans la tête. Je suis à peu près certain que ce n’est pas passé en soirée électro hier.

La mesquinerie du “le métro est gratuit de 2:15 à 5:30 uniquement,” c’est vraiment pas Apple.


Why I’m sitting at home crying on a Saturday afternoon - I have to come clean: I just lied to two people I… [tmblr.co]

Toutes les prochaines soirées seront jugées à l’aune de ce DJ pour qui mixer revient à superposer deux morceaux totalement au hasard.

J’ai passé tout son set dans une rage noire. Il est possible que je prenne ces choses un tout petit peu trop à cœur.

Men are un-fucking-believable.


Safari View Controller is the “right” way to handle OAuth login, but with Blockers and Cookie Settings it’s failing for many. Tough choice.

What’s the benefit of Safari View Controller in a non-malicious app anyway, when a malicious app could just as well make a fake Safari VC? #LastRT

Every time I go to add a brand new podcast in Pocket Casts, the directory search finds it immediately and it never fails to astound me.

Not a fan at all of the low information density in Apple’s latest page designs, e.g. [developer.apple.com] or [safari-extensions.apple.com]

5 October

I’m finally making progress on rewriting my personal Quicksilver/Alfred clone, which El Capitan finally broke for good.

And you better believe that I’d rather have gotten back to Quicksilver or Alfred, but I tried, and I just can’t.

6 October

The only part of Far Cry 4 I enjoyed was Shangri-La, so I’m definitely excited for a “Far Cry Primal.”

Apple a trouvé mon point faible, je suis prêt à tout, retirer ma contestation, devenir développeur Android…

The new Microsoft Band is what Apple would have released if Ive didn’t have a hard-on for gold watches.


Here’s more of the Surface Book pricing. Ranges all the way up to $2,699. Updated post: [zdnet.com] #Windows10devices

Far Cry 4 took place in present day and had mystical scenes in Shangri-La, so they could still shoehorn dinosaurs into Primal.

What is up with my Hue lights changing one after the other instead of simultaneously, since the latest firmware update?

Just remembered the main reason I wanted my Hue lights in HomeKit was the Watch’s Hey Siri; I don’t have a Watch anymore, problem solved.

7 October

Ohh! I was writing off Rock Band 4 because I thought it required new instruments — turns out I’ll have to bring my old Logitech guitar back from the countryside.

Only way to make users pay for an update is to create a new app, AND removing the obsolete app from sale kills redownloads: AWESOME combo!


Neat! @Moo now has biz cards with NFC. Too bad designers won’t get excited about it until Apple deems NFC cool.



Apple now says “no policy change”, likely a temporary bug (my speculation). [toucharcade.com]

8 October

Wouldn’t it go against the laws of physics for the 16nm iPhone CPU to be that much less power-hungry than the 14nm? We need a lot more data.

I complained for years about the iOS keyboard not changing case, and now that it does the effect’s so subtle I never actually see it.

Les set designers d’American Horror Story se sont lâchés, l’hôtel est superbe.

9 October

It feels like each OS X version makes it a little more difficult to make text clippings. But I like text clippings!

Every single time I click on a photo in Tweetbot for Mac I’m bitten again by 2.1 not letting me move the picture viewer by its contents.

I was gonna work today, but #PS4share

It’s just a Battlefield game but I DON’T CARE IT’S FULL OF STAR WARS and also I like Battlefield.

I’m sure the novelty must wear off but for now ermahgerd #PS4share

Nice for Marco Arment to have such a fan base that 1) he can afford to go donationware 2) no one complains about how he’s further devaluing apps.

10 October

So have we reached the point where a die shrink doesn’t reduce power consumption anymore? And would that mean the end of [an approximation of] Moore’s Law for mobile CPUs?
It can’t be that the 14nm CPU should be receiving less voltage than the 16nm, and isn’t, can it?

11 October

Depuis une semaine tout le monde poste des trailers et photos de Jessica Jones — je viens seulement de réaliser que c’est Krysten Ritter o_O

La séquence finale de Continuum était parfaite ; dommage que la dernière saison ait été si inintéressante par ailleurs.

12 October

Once in a while I decide to organize my Mac’s Launchpad a little and oh god its reluctance to putting apps in folders is driving me crazy.

I didn’t think “a call to discuss your appeal to the App Review Board” would amount to “the board upholds the rejection kthxbye.”

WTF, opening and closing quotes look the same in San Francisco?

13 October

Finally! Oh, it only took twenty hours for him to come along #PS4share

In tech reviews, okay, but even Apple’s site talks about the keyboard having “33% more key stability” like that means something to people.

I’m catsitting for a week in a beautiful apartment in the center of Paris and… tempted to commute back home to MGS V and Afghanistan.

14 October


Is it impossible for players to have fun with a multiplayer mode that happens to be unbalanced? Reminds me of Evolve — from what I heard about the game, I was under the impression it was semi-ruined by the (perceived?) need for both sides to have equal chances.

What if Battlefront didn’t rebalance that mode at all, but just removed the opposing team from the final scoreboard? As in, forget about them, just treat Hoth as a coop game and focus on your ranking within the team.

15 October

Tried playing some games from my Steam backlog and two out of three just refuse to launch. Because gaming on a computer is the best.

I was really excited for Subterfuge coming out today, but the puzzles you have to complete (I assume? it’s unclear) before you’re allowed to create private games are too tough for me, leaving me the choice to either play random public games (that’s never gonna happen) or buy a $10 IAP up front for a game I’m not sure yet I’ll enjoy (let alone find friends to play it with).

Plus, the UI is rubbing me the wrong way — a few minor nitpicks but, most importantly, it’s not very good at conveying important information to players who haven’t already memorized the whole list of specialists and their respective upgrades.

It’s a shame that I’m unlikely to touch this game again, because I still really like the concept and implementation.

P.S. It’s just a dozen 2D sprites plus a tiny bit of math, so I’m not why or how it managed to empty my battery as fast as it did.

I have to prototype a new UI for a client and the one really hard part is choosing between Flinto and Principle. (I’m edging toward Flinto.)

16 October

So far I’ve done all the UI prototyping twice — in Flinto and Principle — and I still don’t know which I prefer (both have tiny drawbacks).

Flinto doesn’t auto-connect layers in transitions and needs everything to be images, yet has no option to replace an image in place.

But Principle’s shape and text editing isn’t great anyway, and it doesn’t have the fancy transition editor.

17 October

Yahoo’s password-free sign-in is like two-factor auth without the first factor, which is idiotic because the whole point of the password in two-factor is that a random attacker can’t spam you with sign-in notifications. So that’s another security scheme that fails as soon as someone is actually trying to breach it. (Chances are the system is going to throttle sign-in notifications if someone spams the login form, which will make it harder or outright impossible for you to sign in when you do want to.)

Of course it would work great if your login itself could be secret (like my Apple ID is, for instance), but in this case the login is the very e-mail account whose inbox you’re trying to access.

Yes, passwords sucks. But we’ve been sticking with them because all technologically available alternatives are worse.

Option 1 : iPad Pro

Option 2 : XBox One

Option 3 : PC de gaming

Option 4 : Compte épahahahahoo je me suis fait rire tout seul

18 October

Once you get used to opening a chat app in Slide Over, it becomes really frustrating that you can’t have Slide Over on the home screen.

19 October

J’ai l’impression de faire un remake de Weekend mais avec encore moins d’action.

20 October

I’m playing 80 Days’ North Pole storyline, and I hate when a game only gives you two choices — harass an NPC like a creep or unintentionally friendzone them forever. You don’t construct a romantic relationship (even a short crush aboard a ship) by replying to every single sentence with innuendo. (Or do you? Maybe I’m a bit rusty there.)

Fuck pro design apps not showing a true “Save As.” I’ve never been so happy for Photoshop not adopting new OS conventions immediately. (Reminder: the “Save As” that appears when you press Alt isn’t a true “Save As” — any changes made before will also appear in the old file.)

Be Careful What You Wish For™

21 October

Guitar Hero’s GHTV mode is a fantastic idea — though they’re bound to shut the streams down much sooner than Rock Band’s store will close.

Watching Wing Commander III on YouTube and wondering how the hell Mark Hamill et al. have agreed to work with Chris Roberts again.

♬ What have I done, What have I done, Find a deep cave to hide in, In a million years they’ll find me, Only dust and a plaque ♬

I like how the new iTunes Connect manages to make it a little more inconvenient to wait for a build to be processed.

22 October

Made in France (2016) — 6/10

Oh, right, of course iTunes Connect wouldn’t be ready to accept an app that requires iOS 9.1 because its functionality is centered around emojis.

If Jack’s apology to developers wasn’t an empty one, it would have been easy to announce the end of the token limit, wouldn’t it?

I had never really stopped to think about the immensity of the Great Redacted of Redacted until tvOS GM.

Made in France, un Four Lions qui se prend au sérieux, efficace grâce aux acteurs mais d’une nécessité discutable et à l’impact problématique.

23 October

Est-ce qu’American Horror Story ne peut pas simplement devenir The Matt Bomer Show ?

Just bought the Syndicate soundtrack because Wintory + good buzz, but I can’t listen to it before deciding whether I’ll play the game.

24 October

Met someone who keeps his phone on vibrate during the day and turns the sound back on at night, because his morning alarm once failed to ring while on vibrate.

This is what happens to regular users when Apple doesn’t triple-check that the basics work from one update to the next — they have to sleep through the sound of their push notifications.

(He also quits his apps after using them, but to be fair our disdain for quitters has long been misguided.)

I keep tripping over the way Pocket’s web interface show the first and last few articles of a long list instead of paging through them.

25 October

Life Is Strange’s ending desperately needed a justification — something beyond “writers said so.” Feels completely unearned without it. Hella foreshadowed, but unearned.

Grrr, thanks again, Apple and/or Unicode Consortium

Race to Escape est un jeu télé où deux équipes affrontent la même escape room, et c’est idéal pour se sentir intelligent devant son écran.

26 October

Le lundi fait un très mauvais lendemain de clubbing, même quand on est freelance.

27 October


VR evangelist: “What if you explored a cute Tuscan villa?”

Sony: “What if you were on a tightrope and you were in a gunfight with sharks?”

First time I’ve ever bought a comic because I love the art

28 October


Digital Foundry explains DriveClub’s 60fps-120fps PlayStation VR reprojection technique [eurogamer.net]

Damn you, 780MB puzzle game for iPad without iCloud saves.

Oh! Tarot du Jour for Apple TV has been approved and I totally missed the notification

First-world developer problems: I have to redesign my app’s page to present iPhone and TV versions side-by-side.

Now I have to do the app’s PR and that means I’m ready to offer 90% of total revenue to someone else for doing it in my name.

Je préfèrerais presque faire la manche dans le métro qu’envoyer des mails aux journalistes pour vendre mon app.

Et ça me rapporterait plus.

29 October

I sure hope the Apple TV’s launch strategy includes making-of articles and videos about the screensaver.

Somehow I had closed Shooty Skies before realizing the enemies throw projectiles at you. Yep, certainly more interesting now.

Finished all the puzzles in Subterfuge (mostly without cheating) and it doesn’t unlock creating private games. Guess I’ll never play it online then. (No way I’m getting the $10 IAP when I suspect that any friends I can convince to play it with me will never finish a single game.)

I don’t usually have issues with UI motion but scrolling through the tvOS App Store’s hero images is almost making me dizzy.

I absolutely hate navigating the App Store with the Apple TV’s remote. And it demoed so well!

Tab bars changing the screen’s entire contents on the equivalent of a mouseover have to be the worst thing Apple has designed in years.

Best Apple TV game I’ve seen so far is Shadowmatic. Too many iOS games ported with click replacing tap, which doesn’t work because the button’s way too hard. (Props to Rayman Adventures for understanding that you can still recognize taps on the remote’s trackpad.)
And if the most “game” you can have on Apple TV is Shadowmatic… I’m glad I didn’t spend a month developing my idea for a roguelike.

Les calories qu’on mange pendant qu’on a la crève ne comptent pas, pas vrai ?

30 October

Oh, crap — I was quite happy to discount Fallout 4 entirely because I didn’t care for the combat (from Official Xbox Magazine)


L’app store de l’Apple TV est déjà bien achalandé : [pic.twitter.com]

Je ne sais pas si je pardonnerai à Sleepy Hollow ne m’avoir fait subir un épisode de Bones.

31 October

“This Is the Giant Machine That Constructs Whole Bridges” [popularmechanics.com] [youtube.com]


Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition had prizes hidden in its EULA. [pcgamesn.com] [pic.twitter.com]

Glad that someone made a (barebones) lightsaber game for Apple TV — “Lightblade Academy.” Weird how few Wii-like games there are at launch.

Been grieving for all the Apple TV app/game ideas I had that I’ll never implement because why would an independent dev waste his time there.

Didn’t love The Beginner’s Guide, but I’m so happy knowing we live in a time when games like this can exist.

I need to make my own.

It’s frustrating to think how I’d have been bursting with ideas if Unreal Engine had been available when I was in my twenties.


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