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23 septembre

Wow. I never realized that it was Michael Pitt in season two of Hannibal.

“Plan cheums.” J’avais déjà mis du temps à comprendre que “chems” n’est pas le verlan de “moches” — mais lui, il pousse le bouchon #grindr

22 septembre

Seriously, this is 2014 and CSS doesn’t have a straightforward way to change the color of a list’s bullets?

Hands on the iPhones 6

I waited until today to brave the Apple Store crowds (they’re manageable now if you’re not buying — except for how all batteries are running low by mid-afternoon), and it all went pretty much as I expected:

  • The back of the device doesn’t look nearly as bad in person, just like most iPhone designs of the last four years, at least in space gray (I don’t remember seeing any other color on the tables, but I didn’t look for them either). It’s still inelegant; you can just easily decide to ignore it.

  • Both iPhones look and feel smaller than they really are, because Jony Ive has really become a master at that game.

  • The 6 Plus is a lovely device, and I wish it was right for me, but the main reason I want a bigger iPhone is for a better typing experience: I touch-type with two thumbs in portrait orientation (with both autocorrect and predictive suggestions off, basically because I’m a control freak), and the 6 Plus is too tall and heavy for that — in that setup, you can definitely feel that the center of gravity is pulling the phone away from your hands, which is… dangerous. The 4.7-inch iPhone, on the other hand, is pretty much the goldilocks size for that usage: typing was noticeably easier than on my iPhone 5s, and the weight distribution was fine in my hands.

  • If the next-generation 5.5-incher became more bottom-heavy, I’d probably upgrade. (As a bonus, I’ll have been spared the first-generation woes of stuttering animations, loud vibrator, etc.) It’s pretty unlikely, though, because that would make it awkward to hold in landscape orientation, and the iPad-like landscape mode is one of the 6 Plus’s best features: I quickly checked it out in Mail, and the screen’s big enough that it felt completely usable that way. (I should have experimented more with typing on the 6 Plus with the landscape orientation, but… I just like portrait better. And there will always be portrait-only apps. Cough, Grindr, cough.)

  • I wish I weren’t missing on optical stabilization (which is reportedly worth about two additional f-stops), but it’s not enough to make me deal with the size and heft of the 6 Plus. For me, it’s a breakthrough-internet-device first and camera second. But, with only a 0.2 mm difference in thickness between the two models, I’d really like to know why the hell optical stabilization isn’t available on both. I hope Apple is not arbitrarily restricting features to make you spring for the bigger phone, because that would be quite wrong-headed — the price range should be designed in such a way that they don’t care which iPhone 6 you pick.

  • For the first time since the original iPhone, the flagship phone feels awesome in hand. So, for the first time in four years, I’ll go without a case — at least until my first AppleCare+ incident.

  • The 3.5- or 4-inch keyboard has felt cramped since the very beginning, but oh my god I loathe using it now.

I wish I could go back to the time when I was mostly satisfied with the old-school iPod earbuds.

Frustré de rentrer sans iPhone 6, il déploie des réserves insoupçonnées de self-control pour ne pas s’acheter un casque Marshall à 200€.

I’m listening to last year’s This American Life about acetaminophen / paracetamol and it’s giving me imaginary liver pain.

20 septembre

I enjoy UX design. How did I get tied down with maintaining a social website? I should be launching a different new app every month.

Actually, maybe we should blame Dropbox for all of our iCloud woes. How much better off would we be if they had sold out to Apple?

I don’t know which is worse, trusting iTunes to back up and sync your phone, or trusting iCloud. Maybe Dropbox could release a phone OS?

Pretty underlines in iOS 8 and Safari 7.1 are so pretty <3

Yesterday I complained about Alien Blue’s obnoxious UX. Today the whole app has switched to ultra-thin Helvetica Neue, eighteen months after the entire internet complained about how unreadable it was in iOS 7’s first betas. The last push I needed to finally delete the app.

RT @jkleske: “A 3D printer consumes about 50 to 100 times more electrical energy than injection molding to make an item…” []

19 septembre

RT @DrPizza: Apple’s large screen iPhones seem very space inefficient. 4.7” 6 is bigger than the 5” Lumia 930. 5.5” 6+ is almost as big as 6” Lumia 1520.

You know how, when you downvote an article in Alien Blue from the comments view, it will open the article view for you? I’d always assumed it was just passive-aggressively inviting you to reconsider, but no, I only figured out today that it means your vote has actually been silently ignored. (Downvoting an article right from the list view, however? That’s still just fine.)

Damn, I do not like this app. It’s a shame it has such a stronghold on the Reddit community.

RT @maxvoltar: There are UPS trucks on the road right now with a payload more valuable than a small money truck.

RT @rustyshelf: So I should stop using the Home & Lock Screen and I can save 30% of my battery? I’m in!


I can’t quite decide if I need Transmit on my iPhone or not. After seven years of living in the iOS jail, my brain has a hard time imagining uses for all those newfound freedoms.

18 septembre

RT @rafifyalda: Cannot un-see this folder corner radius bug in iOS 8. Just open a folder and watch the corners…

Oh, the satisfaction of finally having a single switch to turn off all notifications for an app.

Finally, a Kindle with a 300ppi e-ink display

Looks like a fantastic device, arriving two or three years too late.

As a competitor I shouldn’t say this, but I would totally use Keymoji if it supported non-qwerty layouts. Very well done. (Implementation note: I would never ever “Allow Full Access” for a free keyboard, so it would have to allow switching layouts from within the keyboard extension, not in the accompanying app.)

RT @stroughtonsmith: For those who wanted to see the iPod nano beside the printed Apple Watch []

Everybody’s said it already, but here goes: 1Password for iOS is now freemium for new users, it’s awesome, and you have no excuse anymore.

17 septembre

Trying to switch to Auto Layout for my keyboard extension, so I can use size classes, and I can’t remember the last time I wanted to die so much.

RT @duckduckgo: iOS 8 is launching now! Update to use DuckDuckGo in Safari by going to:

Settings —> Safari —> Search Engine

My roommate hasn’t updated his iPhone since iOS 7.0, for lack of space on his iPhone. With a 6GB update I’m not sure what the adoption rate will be like.

Ah, turns out iTunes silently fails partway through transferring apps from the device during sync. So that’s why my iPad is running half as many apps as it was before I wiped it to install iOS 8 GM.

High Moon is almost as bad as Mockingbird Lane. Stop airing Bryan Fuller’s rejected pilots, it’s just plain rude.

RT @olebegemann: What if Appleʼs advantage of fast customer adoption of new OS versions slowly erodes over time due to too many bugs in new APIs/build tools?

RT @jcieplinski: Emoji keyboards are the new Weather apps.

RT @macworld: When iOS 8 drops tomorrow, you should click “Not Now” on the iCloud Drive upgrade. Here’s why: []

16 septembre

Mini-review of the Adonis Jot Pro stylus for iPad: it’s pretty great and I’m sorry I waited so long to buy it.

Ooh, I didn’t know that Wacom’s Bamboo Paper app had become a complete clone of FiftyThree’s Paper — both shameless and quite competent.

Ca fait deux fois de suite que l’antivol sonne à la sortie de C&A, peut-être un signe que je devrais mieux m’habiller.


I should get one of those sensor bracelets and make a script that posts “DON’T POKE THE BEAR” on Twitter whenever I haven’t slept a proper eight hours.

RT @simonmenashy: My new favourite cable: HDMI to garden hose []

I wish I could go back to the age when I thought there had to be undiscovered treasures in the basement.

15 septembre

RT @ericasadun: “everything you can layout in code, you can do in IB. It just takes 10x as long and is way less inspectable.”

Processing builds before letting you flip the submission switch: because devs have nothing better to do than reload a page for an hour.

I don’t mind if Apple wants to waste money on giving out free records. But music libraries are personal—not to be messed with for marketing.

Wow, there’s an official link to remove the U2 album from your library. I’m glad they’ve (presumably) realized it was a mistake.

“Sent API usage to iTunes Connect, waiting for response…”



(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

Upload screenshots to iTunes Connect. Check that they’ve been saved correctly. Upload again. Check again. Upload again.

Actually, producing those multiple series of screenshots isn’t the worst. After that, you still have to manage them in iTunes Connect.

I don’t know what the solution is, but having to produce screenshots for each device size, for each supported language, is not sustainable.

Coherence gets a demerit on account of shaky-cam with a side of shaky-focus, but it’s quite fun.

14 septembre

This week’s Doctor Who started out great, but that final trick has been done before. Just last year. With the same damn companion.

13 septembre

Siri is getting more and more creative with the way she confirms timers, making me wish there was a “just stay professional” checkbox.

Good thing I installed iOS 8 on my iPad: now weeping because what worked in the simulator doesn’t on device, and I can’t find a fix online.

The upshot of the Apple Watch conversation is: the iPhone announcement wasn’t revolutionary just because Apple are geniuses, but also, or even mostly, because the mobile phone industry had been appallingly complacent. It’s unrealistic to expect that to happen again after Apple has demonstrated how profitable the personal tech industry can be — competitors aren’t going to be caught with their pants down every other year.

12 septembre

I’m afraid a 5.5” phone is the kind you have no choice but to place on the table at the restaurant. Which is both unsafe and obnoxious.

Oh, isn’t that swell, Podcasts has been upgraded to “can’t be deleted” status.

So I gave in and printed cardboard iPhone 6es while iTunes is failing to set up iOS 8 on my iPad. And, well… 5.5” is not that bad, is it.

The new trailer for the next-gen GTA V re-release is gorgeous, but it also reminds me of all the reasons why I have absolutely no intention of playing the solo campaign again. Plus, character models look awful (not so much the faces, but the bodies), with everything else having been improved.

At any rate, a solo release of GTA Online seems inevitable, right? So I’ll just wait for that. Or I’ll forget about it. Works out either way.

I can never remember which is which in Xcode between “deployment target” and “base SDK.” Can’t you just call one “minimum OS version”?

11 septembre

Every time I see a photo of the Watch’s link bracelet I’m more in love with the engineering that went into it. I think I’ve lost the battle.

I’m finally getting around to watching the WWDC videos about making iOS extensions (I’ve been busy or something) and it’s like Christmas all over again.

Starting up Photoshop, and suddenly alignment guides automatically pop up when I move shapes around. Useful, yet completely unsettling.

10 septembre

RT @jarodinou: Why Starbucks Spells Your Name Wrong [] #nowwatching

RT @BenBajarin: A watch guy’s take on the Apple Watch. []

Is my email leaked?

They seem to have my Gmail’s old password (before I made it a lot more secure). Actually, they seem to have the common prefix I used to use on many sites, so the leak is probably from somewhere else.

Well, adding iPhone 6 support to my app was painless (thanks, launch xib!)… except I now have to make two whole new rounds of screenshots.

RT @danielpunkass: The extent of my faith in Apple is that if they violate my privacy it will be by mistake or chance incompetence, not by intention.

If Google’s smart, Android Wear will offer iOS compatibility before Apple’s watch is in stores. And then I don’t know what I’ll do.

The Apple Watch’s home screen would make so much more sense on a round display, I bet they settled on a square form factor pretty recently.

9 septembre

Damn, an iPhone 6 wearing an Apple leather case almost looks uglier than bare. Might as well skip the case and get AppleCare+.

And, yes, I’m bitter that I have no one to send my heartbeat to.

RT @stroughtonsmith: So yes, confirmed: iPhone 6 Plus renders at 1242x2208 (414x736pt @3x) and downscales to the 1080p panel. No 1:1 pixels. RIP 1 pixel lines

RT @reneritchie: Watch uses passcode to authorize Pay. Authorized for as long as skin contact is maintained. If taken off, need to re-enter pin.


When it comes down to it, maybe the biggest problem with this announcement was the disconnect between how excited and proud of itself Apple was, and how important the watch really is(n’t). And, for once, the enthusiast press is less guilty of overhyping the keynote than Apple itself.

The original iPhone’s presentation was revelatory: for every single functionality Steve Jobs demoed, the overwhelming sentiment was inevitably “OH MY GOD HOW DID NO ONE DO THIS BEFORE.” The iPad’s introduction didn’t feel quite as spectacular because of how obvious it all was — a bigger iPhone — until the device justified its usefulness by running iWork.

But the Apple Watch is not revelatory (it does more or less what its competitors do). It’s not obvious in its simplicity, either (the home screen is… disconcerting, and the most noticeable “innovation” — communicating with taps, drawings, heart beats — looks more than a little gimmicky, even if I can see the value). And it’s not any more useful than the naysayers thought it would be.

I still want one, mind you. Probably not to the tune of $350 (and I already fell into the first-generation trap with the iPhone and iPad, so maybe I could skip this one), but I do want it. Yet it worries me that Apple was this excited about introducing a product that isn’t, in the end, much more than the iPod-nano-on-a-wrist-band we spent the past four years asking for. It worries me that, to show it off, Apple built a temporary Apple Store in front of the biggest venue it could find in Cupertino. It worries me that Apple published self-congratulatory retweets on the event’s livestream page. It worries me that Tim Cook concluded his keynote by performing an awkward skit with Bono. (Though, to be fair, the awkwardness was much more Bono’s fault than Cook’s.)

Hubris doesn’t look good on a tech company.

I’ll need time to decide whether the iWatch’s UX is clever or stupid. But at $350, I doubt I’ll play with one long enough to find out.

RT @chockenberry: Take a look at your original iPhone.

Take a look at your current iPhone.

Now look at WATCH.

The battery life difference (for tasks that do use the screen) isn’t enough to make me get a 6 Plus, and I’m quite glad of that.

I should be screaming at the absurd coincidences, but since it’s by definition a mystical story… the Leftovers finale was fantastic.

The “someone logged into your iCloud” email arrives a while later and doesn’t mention the IP address, but baby steps I guess?


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