1 mai 2010

“Waiting for iTunes.com? Don’t Hold Your Breath”

But that went nowhere quickly — “a swing and a miss”, in the words of an industry insider — because the labels argued that streaming a single purchase to multiple devices constituted multiple uses, which meant they should receive more for the songs they sell through iTunes.

In short, Apple bought Lala for nothing, because the only reason Lala was allowed to exist was precisely that it was competing with iTunes, not operating from under the same roof.

Pff, je m’étais promis de ne pas retourner à Paris avant d’être riche. Ou, au moins, d’avoir un MacBook. J’veux pas y alleeeer.

Why am I in the fucking kiddie car?

Worse than noisy kids: guy next to me now is cute, smells great, and is learning Python. Probably a PC guy, though: no iPhone.

2 mai

I just may have more bad memories than good in this damn town. It’s too small for the two of me. Or something.

Hell is helping someone carry their 27-inch iMac home.

In other news, I really fancy the 1680x1050 15-inch MacBook Pro with matte screen.

4 mai

I end up liking the Magic Mouse much more than I expected. They do know their way around touch. (But still prefer the trackpad, if course.)

Did I really get locked out of my iMac’s screen sharing forever (or until I log in locally) because I typed the wrong password 3 times?

My silly iMac went to sleep when I typed the wrong screensaver password three times yesterday over screen sharing. High-maintenance bitch.

I feel the urge to laugh ironically at each “joke” on The Big Bang Theory.

Family Guy 8.17 — Who, that was unexpected, horrible, and awesome.

Just received confirmation from Panic that Transmit 4 does upload to temp then rename when overwriting remote files. Instant must-buy.

(Granted, that only matters if you’re uploading PHP files straight to your production server, and that’s bad. So sue me.)

“iPhone OS 4 Beta 3 Available, First Details”

I don’t like the new multitasking/folder background — in fact, I find it worse than the previous version — but this is excellent news:

The [multitasking] tray now also features iPod controls and rotation lock button (you have to swipe left, like [when getting to the Spotlight home screen])

5 mai

I wonder if the iPhone / iPad will be the final nail in the apostrophes coffin.

Acheter un MacBook Pro, perdre dix kilos, et squatter de boyfriend en boyfriend jusqu’à mes quarante ans.

“Kin available tomorrow, but pricing may hamper adoption”

As noted by mocoNews, the $100 mail-in rebate comes back in the form of a debit card, not a check, so those $50 and $100 price tags truly are more like $150 and $200. On top of that, Verizon’s voice and data plans for the Kin cost a minimum of $60 per month [just like the iPhone].

And that’s what Microsoft released instead of the Courier.

(On the plus side, they are reportedly super buggy, so maybe the Courier was simply canceled because they never managed to make it work. Still sad, but a better reason. Imagine what trouble you’d be in if you had to decide whether to buy the coolest device ever, that crashes every two minutes.)

Lost 6.14 — They could have spared us the usual, eh… timeless cliché, but that was really good. (Even though the separation fell flat.)

6 mai

Not to be reactionary, but I don’t like the new Google (except for the much improved logo). Sidebar is messy with its icons and big text.

I’m pretty sure Transmit 4’s DockSend takes much longer to connect than the previous version, and that’s inconvenient for my use case.

7 mai

RT @simonw: So apparently Ajax means “uses JavaScript” and HTML5 now means “doesn’t use Flash”

FlashForward 1.19 — We’re now beyond boring now and into stupid and horribly contrived, on three counts.

I should have brought back some Pop-tarts along with the twenty packs of ramen.

Fringe 2.21 — That reveal was implied a month or two ago and they ruined it by dragging it out so much.

I’ll never understand why you’d want to conclude your previouslies with “And that’s what you missed… on Glee.”

Ah, Twitter n’est pas calme ce soir, c’est juste Echofon qui déconne encore.

8 mai

“Zynga Gunning Up (And Lawyering Up) For War Against Facebook With Zynga Live”

To make matters worse, say sources, Facebook is trying to get Zynga to agree to a long term deal where Zynga remains primarily on the Facebook platform. During negotiations Facebook has taken some steps to punish Zynga, such as shutting off notifications for Farmville and other games, and Facebook has threatened, say multiple sources, to simply shut some of Zynga’s games down permanently.

Wow. As far as evil monopolitic practices go, this is impressive, even for Face “All Your Data Are Belong To Us” Book.

I want to believe that Zynga has been collecting hard evidence.

Je suis en manque de chocolat et je hais les jours fériés en province.

No Country for Old Men — Meh. Still not interested in this decade’s reactionary revival of the manly man (and cormac-mccarthyism).

An Education — Somehow I expected a dark tragedy about pedophilia. Instead, it’s an excellent, um… well, it’s excellent.

9 mai

“This Is How That Dating Site For Apple-Obsessed People Looks”

Really? They’d need to do better than that. (And here’s why being a closed beta helps your media coverage.)

RT @ArthurOnTour: “Techniquement, si j’en crois l’histoire d’Adam & Eve, le plus vieux métier du monde c’est vendeur chez Apple.”

“Radiolab: Deception”

Psychologist Joanna Starek tells us that swimmers who lie to themselves swim faster than those who do not. And we explore the power of self-deception to make us more successful, and happier, people.

From the program’s conclusion: “Time and time again researchers have found that depressed people lie less.” That’s… depressing. (Not that it’s a surprise, but it’s fascinating that actual scientific studies have proved that happiness goes along with self-delusion.)

Come on, I don’t want to pay $20 just to enable the VPN server that’s already included in my OS.

10 mai

Zoë Keating

I bought both of these right after I listened to a Radiolab episode she was featured in. Yes, bought. I just wish there were more tracks.

Zoë Keating is a one-woman orchestra. She uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello, to create lush, beautiful and otherworldy music.

Extensive samples on her website.

Please tell me that the reason I’ve been out of sorts for a week is not just that I had to price a project for a prospective client.

OMG OMG Jonathan Groff is openly gay? OMG OMG #omg

Il y a neuf résultats sur Google pour “autamps pour moi.” Merci d’en rajouter.

11 mai

“Confirmed: Apple and AT&T signed five-year iPhone exclusivity deal”

We’ve been doing some digging and we can now confirm that Apple and AT&T entered into a five-year iPhone exclusive in 2007, based on court documents filed by Apple in California.

Wow. Looking back, it’s amazing to think Apple needed to accept terms like these in order to get the launch conditions it needed and single-handedly reinvent the smartphone.

I tried the SNL with Betty White, but couldn’t make it past the muffin sketch. This show always makes me wish I was watching Benny Hill.

12 mai

Lost 6.15 — Holy casting whatthefuck. As for the colossal story whatthefuck, waiting to decide if it’s a letdown or not. Chances are, yes.

Great. Looks like my expensive SSD-based MySQL server is broken.

I wish I had a reserve of comfort food for when my server disappears into the void with the whole site. But I’d empty it whenever I’m bored.

I just love having to restart Echofon after I find it weird that nothing’s happened for two hours. O Tweetie 2, where art thou?

Echofon popped up “Fixed a bug where automatic refresh stopped sometimes” just as I pressed Cmd-Enter. Fine, then, I guess.

Portal for free? o_O Damn, and I don’t have a MacBook Pro yet.

13 mai

There’s one theory about the latest Lost episode that doesn’t suck balls; it only disappoints mildly.

When Lost is done there won’t be a mystery show left on TV that I remotely care about. And even Steve Jobs is out of huge reveals. What now?

“Rumor: Apple to Make MobileMe Free”

I just realized that it would make a lot of sense, now that Apple is entering the ad-network business, for them to launch an ad-supported free version of MobileMe.

Taking Woodstock — Watched it for The Groff, but now I see how “like casting Emile Hirsch as a Nam veteran” is a punchline.

Aujourd’hui c’est mon serveur principal qui est injoignable… depuis Free, mais marche sur Orange. Et le serveur de mon client, l’inverse.

“Adobe: Our thoughts on open markets”

If the web fragments into closed systems, if companies put content and applications behind walls, some indeed may thrive — but their success will come at the expense of the very creativity and innovation that has made the Internet a revolutionary force.

And that’s their defense of Flash?

All hail the Fox News strategy: say the exact opposite of the truth, and expect that everybody will swallow it without questioning, and that Adobe will win by virtue of being the last to speak up. But do they expect this to work on their customer base — when half of that base is composed of Mac users who have been cursing the OS X Flash plugin for years?

(Not that there aren’t many Flash fans taking Adobe’s side of the argument; it’s just that this bullshit is not going to convince anybody in their favor, and can only do the opposite by sheer ridiculousness.)

Could someone who looked more into it tell me if Adobe’s answer to the “Flash on tablets” problem is bullshit or I just misunderstand it?

Alice in Wonderland — Not as bad as I expected. Not remotely good, either. (Well, dismissing the dance scene. That just didn’t happen.)

I’m unsubscribing from your podcast because somehow you haven’t noticed you’re posting half the video in the wrong aspect ratio.

14 mai

Fringe 2.22 — I really like how they’ve been having fun with the show this season. Would be nicer if it wasn’t always somewhat half-hearted.

Found out that the important change I wanted to do on my website, I had already done. That counts in the day’s productivity column, right?

15 mai

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

The “advanced” water puzzles look absurdly annoying. And the vultures acting as prince magnets, ridiculous. The previous Prince of Persia failed in some parts, but at least it tried to do something interesting.

“Create a Transparent Screen with Some Cute Additions”

I’m too lazy to do it (and the wall behind my screen is ugly), but that is cute.

“Steve Jobs Offers World ’Freedom From Porn’”

I dream of having my own flame exchange with Steve Jobs, but I’m too scared that he’ll hunt me down and kill my iPhone apps.

Besides, I make it a rule not to try and argue with people who are capable of shutting down a discussion with “What have you done that’s so great? Do you create anything, or just criticize others’ work?

16 mai

Come on, the PowerShot G11 doesn’t do 720p?! #windowshopping

Brick — What the hell was that crap. (Yeah, I get the concept. But Johnson is definitely a much better writer than director.)

Saving State in iPhone Apps

1. I quit my twitter client for a minute to google something, grab a URL, or answer an IM. I go back to the twitter client to continue reading.

2. I quit my twitter client because I’m done reading it. It’s 11 PM and I’m going to bed.

In the first case I’d absolutely like to be back where I was. In the second case, however, this is only likely to confuse me and make me tap my way back to the timeline the next morning. It’s been ten hours; why would I still care to see the tweet I was looking at last night?

That’s a topic I’ve been pondering, particularly since the announcement of OS 4.0, with no good conclusion in sight, because it does get into mind-reading territory. What is it that my user is trying to do right now? (Why, hello, Clippy.)

For instance, Unicode always starts from a blank slate, because I assume that in most cases you want to start typing a new message, but there must be times when users are inconvenienced by that choice (not least of which, if they’ve been interrupted by a phone call in the middle of setting up text). And No Pic No Chat doesn’t remember where you were for the same reason: in most cases, you probably don’t really want it to (plus, there were slight technical complications, so I got lazy).

With multitasking in OS 4.0, though, that just doesn’t work so well anymore. When you switch away from an application, it’s going to remember its state as long as it’s in memory, whether the developer likes it or not (unless they actively work around that fact by resetting the app when it comes back to the front); but as soon as the OS removes it from memory, it’s going to start from scratch the next time it’s launched — making for a completely different user experience, for completely arbitrary reasons.

Switch away from Unicode to read a text message, then come back, and what you had originally typed is still in memory (whether you tap the app’s icon on the home screen or in the multitasking tray doesn’t make any difference, as far as I know). Switch away from Unicode to open a couple of really big websites in Safari, or play a video or whatever, and the OS will boot Unicode out of RAM, so the next launch will actually be a launch this time. Yet, as far as the user is concerned, their interaction with Unicode has been exactly the same in both cases — so their experience should also be exactly the same.

There’s no choice anymore, all apps pretty much have to save their state now (which is why Settings does, even if it can seem stupid, as Mrgan points out in his example). But what of those cases where you expect most users not to want their app’s state to be saved?

My recommendation is that apps should expire their saved states after n hours. What do I have in mind for n? That’s a hard call, but I’d pick a duration past which the human brain is unlikely to feel like it’s still “doing the same thing”. So, one hour, perhaps.

That’s a pretty interesting idea. (I wish I could have been bothered to have it myself.) When I get around to it, I might even go for something like fifteen minutes. If you’re away from Unicode for that long, you’re probably done with what you were working on.

 

P.S. While typing this I figured out a better way to handle the situation in Unicode — regardless of multitasking — so I’ll be posting an update someday soonish.

Brideshead Revisited (2008) — To the question “who would want to make a movie of this after the iconic TV version?” it soundly answers “no.”

Even though Ben Whishaw isn’t an awful Sebastian Flyte. And he’s cuter.

17 mai

Percy Jackson & the Blah — Ridiculously ridiculous. Like they set out to make the worst Harry Potter clone in the history of urgh.

18 mai

“MySpace promises users simpler privacy settings”

In a letter to users, MySpace’s co-president Mike Jones on Monday outlined the company’s stance on privacy and its place within social networking, as well as detailing what he calls a “simplified” version of the social network’s privacy settings that will roll out to users in the next few weeks.

Awww, it’s so cute! Come on, guys, let’s all pretend for one day that we care at all about what MySpace does!

“Photoshop CS5 applications crashing on quitting”

Adobe recently released its latest CS5 productivity suite for the Mac, and a few people have been experiencing a problem where applications (particularly Photoshop) seem to be crashing when they are quit.

Well, that’s new. Wait, no. It’s the other word.

19 mai

“Facebook Launches 0.facebook.com, A Mobile Site That Incurs Zero Data Fees”

The lightweight site omits photos but includes core functionality like News Feed, status updates, profile Walls and messaging. And most important, Facebook has partnered with over 50 mobile carriers [worldwide] to offer free access to the site, without any data fees.

That’s a fascinating idea (going against the most basic concepts of net neutrality, mind you).

But I’m not sure how Facebook wants to monetize it. Are Madagascar, Rwanda and, uh, Belgium really itching for a mobile ad platform geared toward users who won’t buy a data plan?

Considering how much work has gone into Twitter for iPhone, it’s no wonder that Tweetie 2 for Mac has been taking its sweet time.

I’m disappointed that they didn’t (yet) take advantage of the opportunity to offer official push notifications, though.

Into the Wild — Didn’t think I could ever like Emile Hirsch in a movie. Damn slow, but interesting. (Silly hippie.)

“Google Font Directory”

The Google Font Directory lets you browse all the fonts available via the Google Font API. All fonts in the directory are available for use on your website under an open source license and served by Google servers.

This is pretty cool. Count on Google to optimize the code, and the binary downloads, better than anyone else; and the best news of all is that they are handling the whole license mess, and you don’t have to worry about anything if you’re using those web fonts.

But then, the point of web fonts is to personalize user experience, and how personalized will it really be when all sites use the same couple dozen fonts? (Even assuming that they expand the catalog over time.)

And, more importantly, I’m not convinced that web fonts are really that ready for public consumption — it appears that all browsers are standardizing on just hiding the text while its custom font loads, and that’s already happened to me a couple of times while browsing and I found it really annoying (it’s just awkward to have a blog post load, then its headings pop up ten seconds later).

On the other hand, if everyone starts using Google’s free fonts, everyone will have them in their browser’s cache already. So maybe we should really encourage it.

 

P.S. Ooh, scratch that: Introducing the WebFont Loader in Collaboration with Typekit. A JavaScript library that apparently allows developers to decide what the browser does while it’s loading your custom font. If it works well (and I have no reason to think it wouldn’t), that’s awesome.

“Do More with Google Latitude and Your Location Using the New Latitude API”

We wanted to give you even more ways to use your location, so today we’re announcing the Google Latitude API – an easy and safe way for you to use and reuse your Latitude location with any apps or services that you can imagine!

Yahoo did that with Fire Eagle, and failed (or didn’t try) to get it adopted. No doubt that Google is in a better position to make it, especially with Android and the new multitasking affordances for geolocation in iPhone OS 4.0.

With the current state of Apple’s relationship with Google, you have to wonder if we’ll get the functionality set up in the OS itself soon. (Google will have no problem submitting an app that updates your Latitude info, but you’ll always have to check the app is in your multitasking tray, and hasn’t been shut down to make room for a big video or game or whatever.)

 

That may be somewhat moot, though, because I can’t find in a cursory glance at the API any way to subscribe to a user’s location information — only the possibility of requesting it at any point in time. Which, if I’m not missing anything, makes the API somewhat useless for many use cases (until they add that capability).

20 mai

I’m smarter than you and I hate you. Maybe it is high time I embraced my destiny and became a serial killer. How many before I’m caught?

“Facebook Knows Who You’ll Hook Up With”

Facebook’s CEO came up with a way of predicting who a given user would be dating one week in the future, according to a new book about the social network. And he did it for fun.

Geek. Creepy geek.

V 1.12 — It’s sad that a good actress like her (no, not Elizabeth One-Note Mitchell) is stuck in, and staining her career with, this show.

Well, the good thing about starring in V is, nobody can ever wonder how much of Baccarin’s good performance is owed to the director.

21 mai

Lost 6.16 — I’m afraid they feel that they’ve tied the biggest loose ends and that’s all we’ll get. And that was weak.

Glee 1.19 — That was out of left field. And it works. And it’s silly. Damn, those storylines are silly. (And always about adults, are they.)

The moronitude of Mythbusters’ B-team demonstration this week (regardless of outcome) makes me want to scream my brains out.

RT @bzavier: Glad [Google] decided to drop the “don’t be evil” motto, to replace it by, apparently, “I am legion”. Sure fits better their pervasive approach.

Funny, I had either missed or blocked out that all MacBooks Pro have a 512GB SSD option. Epic drool.

“J Allard leaving Microsoft over Courier axing?”

I want to believe that he did put his career on the line for the Courier. (Allard is the guy who oversaw the entire development of Xbox and Zu… uh, let’s stick with Xbox. And I hope that doesn’t mean the platform will self-destruct over the next two years; Sony does not deserve to win by forfeit.)

22 mai

Grey’s Anatomy 6.23–24 — That was unexpected and unoriginal and ER did that kind of thing better. (But bonus points for building up to it.)

23 mai

Doctor Who 6.08 — Boring, and the situation on the surface is a horribly annoying, artificial cliché.

I have to check at what time exactly tomorrow I need to turn off Twitter and Reader to avoid Lost spoilers.

G-Force — Oh, it’s worse than that.

Ooh, I’ve got a WW_PYMT.txt. Big day.

Humpday — Kinda silly, kinda cool. Actually, just pretty good. (Which is less surprising once you see it’s not directed by a man.)

Ca va piquer, la sortie en mer alors que je suis couvert d’éraflures après avoir joué avec du grillage et du fil de fer hier.

For the record: if the next iPhone still doesn’t have a simple LED to signal new messages when the screen’s off, Apple has jumped the shark.

Isn’t it odd that there are still no BTO options for MacBooks and MacBooks Pro to remove or replace the optical drive?

24 mai

Tiens. J’étais persuadé de chez persuadé que Barcelone était à l’autre bout de l’Espagne.

If I wanna stay up until 3am (for my sleep cycle, not Lost) I need to do something more than stare into space, listening to Philip Glass.

Someone split my Lost finale in two CDs. It’s 2010, goddamnit.

Lost 6.17 — They said for years the finale would be about characters, and with the right expectations they delivered miraculously. Sniff.

Lost was pretty much The Lord of the Rings, only keeping the ring hidden (in plain sight) until the very end of the story. Also, more fun.

What Lost Was

There’s no appropriate way to post spoilery discussions on Twitter, so I have to come back to the blog to explain my thoughts on the Lost finale. All I could say in 140 characters without spoiling the whole thing is that Lost was in retrospect just like the Lord of the Rings, but that doesn’t work so well if you don’t already know what I mean.

Here it comes with proper spoiler tags, then.

<SPOILERS>

Many people are complaining that the overall arc of the show, in the end, is that nothing happened: those people met, and they became important to each other, and someday they died, and that is all. Well, they’re just wrong. (I’m only talking about the people who didn’t mistakenly understand that the whole island had been a purgatory. Can’t be helped, I guess; I found that Christian’s speech struck the exact right balance between under- and over-explanation.)

Lost’s six-year arc was a very simple story, but a story nonetheless: it was all about turning the island off for five minutes, so that the Monster could be killed (and so that he wouldn’t destroy the island, which the show tells us would pretty much be the end of the world, and you just have to accept that it is true).

Everything that happened along the way was just the obligatory adventures — the trials of fate, as it were — that the whole group had to go through in order to reach that very simple goal. Jacob needed someone to pull the island’s plug, someone to do the actual killing of his brother, and someone to take charge of the island after all that. So he brought Desmond and the Oceanic 815 to the island, and it took six seasons to fulfill that damn simple plan because, well, nothing is ever as simple as you’d like it to be, especially on a magical island.

In another universe and another time, Gandalf tasked a little hobbit with the very straightforward, uninteresting job of dropping a ring into a volcano, and hijinks ensued. The only difference, really, is that it took five and a half seasons for the audience (and the characters) to realize that the ring was the smoke monster, and how he had been created, and why he needed to be destroyed. That’s just because Jacob was clearly more of an ass than Gandalf was — and he arguably wasn’t quite as competent, either.

 

As for the sideways universe: yes, it was the biggest red herring of the show’s history. But after you’ve endured the entire second half of the first season, which was all red herring after red herring, you’re just not allowed to complain about that kind of device — the writers have showed they enjoy it, and it’s just an integral part of the show’s structure.

More importantly, the flashafterlifes constituted a season-long epilogue, and that’s a wonderful invention.

</SPOILERS>

Quand je vois ma déclaration de revenus 2009, pas étonnant que j’aie été obligé de rentrer chez mes parents.

25 mai

“HTML5 form demo”

Input validation doesn’t seem to work in Safari 4, but I really like this very simple bit:

input, textarea {

  -webkit-transition: all 0.5s ease-in-out;

  -moz-transition: all 0.5s ease-in-out;

  transition: all 0.5s ease-in-out;

}

input:focus, textarea:focus {

  -webkit-transform: scale(1.05);

  -moz-transform: scale(1.05);

  transform: scale(1.05);

}

Crude oil looks a lot like Willy Wonka’s chocolate river. The Louisiana coast is gonna taste so yummy.

Est-ce qu’il y a dans mes followers ou dans les vôtres une rockstar du dév iPhone — meilleur que moi !! — pour faire l’appli d’un client ?

“TypeSaver for iPad: When Typography Meets Famous Words”

I’m not sure what this app does exactly (unless it’s “pretty much nothing”) but I know what it inspired me: the makers of FontExplorer, Font Agent Pro, and so on, need to make companion apps for iPad that synchronize with your library of fonts so you can browse thumbnails on the iPad when you’re trying to decide what typography to use in a design.

The touchscreen experience is just made for browsing through stuff.

26 mai

In the Bedroom — A pretty bad movie, but Sissy Spacek was nice. And she definitely wasn’t helped.

Wow, and today I even have a JP_PYMT.txt. Wild.

I’ve got an idea to revolutionize (slash save) the survival-horror video game. Contact me and send me a check — before I forget it.

27 mai

Halo Legends — Most of it is horribly painful to watch, even more so when you remember how good some parts of Animatrix were.

I don’t know why I’m so eager to make PDF magazines for the iPad when I hate some aspects of InDesign so much.

28 mai

“Palm webOS Designer Matias Duarte Joining Google”

Mobile user interface master Matias Duarte has left Palm and evidently hired on at the most obvious of places: Google.

Can Google even handle a UI designer? It’s not so long ago that another rockstar designer left Google, evidently discouraged by the company’s religious faith in data over design.

I have no doubt that Google realizes the Android UI needs to improve if it’s going to try and beat the iPhone — and poaching a designer of webOS removes any doubt you might still have. But are they at all able to listen to him?

I’d be willing to take bets on how long before he quits.

“Apple’s Secret Weapon: Consumer Education”

By keeping a laser focus on key features and introducing them one at a time over a period of years, Apple taught and evangelized everything the consumer needed to know to understand the iPad from day one. Without that foundation, it’s not likely the product would have been nearly the success it has been.

That’s a great argument in favor of keeping your first release light on features. What matters is how early adopters experience your product; once you’ve got something that resembles mass adoption, it’s okay to introduce more functional complexity, because your existing users will have an easier learning curve and they will help new users. It’s that initial simplicity that Windows never really had. (Well, Windows 1.0 had simplicity; it just didn’t have users, or uses.)

You could even push the reasoning as far as saying that keeping third-party developers away from the iPhone for a year was the best thing Apple ever did.

“From iPhone to Android”

After a week of using Android, I’m conflicted. If you had asked me last Wednesday what phone i’d be using a week from now I’d without a doubt say the iPhone. Now that we’re here, however, I am sticking with Android until the new iPhone ships. Widgets, home screen customization, background processes and the notification system are things that I’ve grown incredibly fond of and would miss if I went back to the iPhone today.

Do you hear that, Steve? Home screen customization and an interface to actually manage the goddamn notifications — that’s not something for which we should have to wait until OS 8.0.

There goes mon rêve d’un MacBook Pro toutes options à crédit.

Oh, so that’s why Twitter is forcing the move to OAuth: so they can ban apps that don’t abide by the rules (e.g., hiding Twitter’s ads).

FlashForward 1.22 — That was a rather good season finale, with nice moments; not that terrible a place to end the show, either.

Ooh, 300 euros from Apple US. Suddenly I don’t mind the dollar’s exchange rate so much anymore.

I don’t have enough to buy both an iPad and an iPhone HD right away; which will it be? (I already know the answer.)

Did 1Password 3 lose the ability to change the toolbar icon?

Give me my money back!

I’m just about as satisfied with 1Password 3 as I was with Transmit 4. Both simple utilities suffering from the same inflated sense of self.

Daring Fireball on an Apple TV Without Local Storage

Decreasing the amount of storage inside the Apple TV is interesting, but sort of obvious once you think about it running iPhone OS. No iPhone OS device has ever supported hard disk drives, and I doubt they ever will.

That’s silly. Just because no iPhone OS device has ever had a hard drive doesn’t mean an iPhone OS-based Apple TV couldn’t. Seems to me that adding hard drive support back to the OS (if it’s ever been taken out) is significantly less work than rewriting the entire system for a TV and 6-button remote.

As for the whole idea of an Apple TV using the iPhone OS, the bottomline is: I don’t care what it runs, and neither do you — whichever guts Apple uses for the device, the interface will always be entirely specific to its form factor. (Using the iPhone OS base helps setting up an App Store, but it wouldn’t be too hard to port the store mechanics to MacOS instead.)

It does matter, though, if the switch helps Apple get to the $100 price point. (Which is also the reason — not a technical one — for the new Apple TV not to have a hard drive.)

Daring Fireball on Foxconn Suicides

Malcom Moore, the Telegraph’s Shanghai correspondent, suggests that Foxconn has painted itself into a tragic corner with its policy of paying large settlements to the families of suicides

Even I hate to be cynical about this, but — if the reported automatic settlement is true — it makes a lot of sense, and especially in the context of this bit from earlier today:

They’re jumpers. And jumpers, my friends, are a different breed. Ask any cop or shrink who deals with this stuff. Jumpers want to make a statement. Jumpers are trying to tell you something.

They could be trying to say: “Look at this, I very clearly jumped from the factory’s roof, so you totally have to give money to my family!” It only seems unthinkable to our Western sensibilities.

29 mai

From Paris with Love — Ambition is such a sad disease, look at what it makes that poor Rhys Meyers do.

A Single Man — I thought I’d like it, but it’s pretty much what you’d have expected when you first heard “Tom Ford’s making a movie.”

On a side note, where does one get oneself a Hoult?

“Wired on iPad: Just like a Paper Tiger…”

All the fonts on the Wired app were rendered on a desktop platform, and provisioned to the app in the form of flat PNG files. The Wired app does not use the iPad’s rendering software at all.

What?!

If the lack of keyword filtering hasn’t killed Twitter yet, it’s definitely going to kill me soon #eurovision #rugby #whatever

I could possibly pledge to shoot myself by next morning in exchange for having Nicholas Hoult look at me with that intensity for a day.

Wow, May 2010 was the official fifth birthday of my iMac model. (Not sure which month of 2005 I bought it.)

Most Google searches for grammar errors return a majority of grammar lessons, but the results for “equally as” are depressing.

30 mai

Doctor Who 5.09 — Damn, I’d forgotten this dreadful story had a second part coming up. And the ending was worse.

Volver - Wasn’t that terribly predictable and very poorly directed?

31 mai

Looks like my site has been down for the duration of the whole damn movie, and nobody told me.

Los abrazos rotos — Not as meh as Volver, but still. Either Cruz is a bad muse, or he’s really lost it. (But I like Blanca Portillo.)

Orange est vraiment obligé d’envoyer ses SMS de spam le matin ? Bzzzt. Bzzzt. Bzzzt.

Ah, there you go. If I’m using GayRomeo to choose the next city where I want to live, it’s definitely Milan.

Vous venez d’acheter un iPad ?

N’oubliez pas que votre netbook tout neuf tout beau est proprement inutile si vous n’achetez pas l’indispensable Unicode ! Hop, hop, on clique ! On clique même si on n’a pas encore son iPad, puisque l’application est universelle, et tout aussi indispensable sur iPhone.

(Avec un peu de chance j’aurai bientôt mon propre iPad pour tester l’interface en live et améliorer ce qui pourrait en avoir besoin.)

Micmacs à tire-larigot — Insupportable de bout en bout. Si Jamel s’est vraiment barré pour différend artistique, mes félicitations.

Oh, today was a blog holiday. That’s why I’m so bored. (Yeah, I could have worked instead of reloading Google Reader, but it didn’t happen.)

“ASUS Eee Tablet: a notepad with impressive 2450 dpi touchscreen sensitivity”

ASUS is really pushing the note taking feature with built-in notepad templates and the ability to store, sort, tag, and annotate your notes on the fly. It comes packing a MicroSD slot and 2 megapixel camera for snapping lecture slides which students or professionals can then annotate and then sync back to a PC over USB.

In other words, Asus took all that free Courier R&D from Microsoft and used it to make a cheap device that I kinda want. (And which would make me cry every time I use it, thinking of what could have been.)

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