1 novembre 2010

“Would you use the 8Pen touchscreen keyboard?”

Holy shit, that’s the most ludicrous text-entry system I’ve ever seen.

I feel like I saw Mission: Impossible III in the theater, but can’t imagine why in god’s name I would have.

2 novembre

Bien sûr, quand le chat se vautre en voulant sauter au-dessus de l’iMac, elle se raccroche toutes griffes dehors… sur l’écran.

I don’t understand why anyone would want / accept to be known as the first Twitter client that displayed Twitter’s in-stream ads.

Muji Notebook for iPad with handwriting recognition sounded nice but doesn’t work for shit. (Or is it another case of iOS 4.2 incompatibility?)

I just accidentally discovered that you can three-finger-vertical-swipe from one message to the next in Mail on the Mac.

3 novembre

The Walking Dead 1.01 — Most of the little changes are for the worse. Not looking forward to characters getting more unlikable each week.

It’s also really hard to get a live-action horde of zombie extras not to look cheesy; much harder than when you’re just drawing stills.

4 novembre

I feel the urge to do a Walking Dead recap, pinpointing every single thing they did wrong. But I absolutely do not have time for that.

RT @fraserspeirs: After one day of using iOS 4.2, I’m wishing the iPad’s home button click wasn’t so loud.

Fucking morons at Microsoft are refusing to process my pre-paid Xbox Live Gold card because they have an expired credit card on file WHAT?

And between the new Dashboard and the new Xbox.com site, there are broken links all around, I can’t get anything to work. Damn. You.

Xbox Live Gold auto-renewal makes me feel like I’ve asked a loan from the mob and now I’m their bitch forever. GREAT CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE.

Oh, that’s right, I can’t simultaneously swear off airplanes (and airports) and dream of going to Japan. Ah well, easily solved.

5 novembre

Uh, did they ever make it clear that a single season of Downton Abbey was going to take place over several years?

Damn, those stupid Kinectimals videos are so adorable. I don’t wanna play the game, I just want the cats — in a screensaver or something.

Finally youtubed the “Whip My Hair” meme and shouldn’t have. This thing has been engineered like a weaponized virus.

“Kinect With NightShot”

Prettyyy. But no wonder that it doesn’t work properly in direct sunlight.

I’m honestly surprised that they need to do this, instead of just using the 3D vision of several full-color cameras. Guess it’s less computationally intensive, though, if you reduce the environment to an array of motion-capture dots.

Wonder if that’s how they reduced the cost of Kinect when they removed the on-board CPUs — maybe the first prototypes did use regular vision, then Microsoft found the dot grid as a cheaper alternative?

Ils installent les rayons de chocolats de Noël au supermarché. Il nous manque décidément un Thanksgiving.

Hey, IMDb! If I wanted the movies to be listed by their stupid French titles, I’d go to imdb.fr.

7 novembre

Oops, I’d always assumed ‘fender’ was a synonym for ‘bumper’. Why would you bend your fenders when you’ve got bumpers for that?

8 novembre

What if I gave up on UITableView and used UIWebView for most of my app’s UI after all? Square peg, round hole, meet my belt sander.

The Walking Dead 1.02 — The singing Challenger is one change from the comic book that I support. I still don’t like that show.

9 novembre

Hell, why was I hesitating to abuse UIWebView when the App Store and iTunes Store apps are doing exactly that?

Looks like my iMac’s power supply is fried again. (Third time.)

That dark 20-inch in front of me is pretty depressing. I need to get rich quick and buy myself the intended 24-inch for the MacBook.

How are we to believe that Nancy Botwin’s word cloud had “bitch” but not the “stupid” that had to come before?

10 novembre

It’s obviously untenable but I kinda like having just the tiny laptop on my desk instead of a 20-inch iMac blocking the whole view.

Oops, my time logs were on the iMac, I’m gonna have to get the hard drive out to know how much my clients owe me.

11 novembre

“Changing Passwords”

Interesting article, as always, but particularly that point (emphasis mine):

If a hacker gets your password either by guessing or stealing it, he can access your network as long as your password is valid. If you have to update your password every quarter, that significantly limits the utility of that password to the attacker.

At least, that’s the traditional theory. It assumes a passive attacker, one who will eavesdrop over time without alerting you that he’s there. In many cases today, though, that assumption no longer holds.

I’d never thought of that: password expiration is counter-productive now, but it did use to make some sense, when computer crime was different from what it is now. (And there’s a case to be made that it should still be relevant, then, in companies for which corporate espionage is a serious risk. Wonder if Apple expires its staff’s passwords?)

Flashforward, the novel — Story’s less interesting than the show (no, I meant it) and the guy writes like Dan Brown.

I don’t like that Instapaper now lists fewer articles per screen, and of course there’s no user setting to revert the change. Grh.

Ah, and the MacBook also appears to reset the default wallpaper every time I reboot. Life is so horribly frustrating.

Oh… silly me, silly Mac. My wallpaper is on a network drive, so I guess OS X just gives up on it at launch.

12 novembre

The Kids Are All Right — What was that movie about? Apart from, you know, how important and irreplaceable dicks are.

I figure the porn thing may be intended to explain the… other thing, but all it really does is pile on. So let’s add a dildo scene! Wait, make that two!

Had to spend the whole night installing the 4.2 GM on my iPad and Mac, and I’ll have to do it again with the final OS this weekend. Oh, and iTunes, too.

“Twitter Inventor Jack Dorsey Is Working For Twitter Again”

Twitter inventor Jack Dorsey is back working at the company on a once-a-week-or-so basis, three industry sources tell us. Dorsey is working on “fixing” Twitter’s product, sources say.

How hopeless is that company?

There are two possibilities: either Dorsey was ousted because he had no idea how to handle and grow Twitter and make it profitable (bear in mind that his successive initial ideas of the service all had rather little to do with what it became), and there’s no reason to bring him back; or he’s Twitter’s Steve Jobs, the only guy able to turn that ship around (which I seriously doubt, judging from anything I’ve ever read on the subject), and in that case you don’t get him back for one day a week, you buy his company and put him back in the CEO seat. Do you really think Jobs could have saved Apple by consulting in his off-hours, while still managing NeXT on weekdays? (Again, not that I think the latter could be true. I mean, really? Square?)

In either case, this is a seriously desperate, worrisome move from a company that’s always had trouble defining its own product, not to mention its business strategy. “Brilliant” is just about the very last thing you could call it.

Heh. I thought porpoises were turtles et je croyais que les marsouins étaient des pingouins.

It’s a sham, though. How can you have “tortoise” and “porpoise” both exist in the same language and be unrelated?

End of November? My work won’t be done by then. I need Gran Turismo 5 to be delayed just one more time.

Don’t you just love spending an entire afternoon looking for ways to circumvent the quirks and flaws of UIWebView? #ithinkimrepeatingmyself

13 novembre

How many times can I repeatedly screw up the tiny bit of PHP and SQL that keeps suspended users out of the site?

I’m completely confused by the evolution of Vampire Diaries’ maze of doppelgängers and breaking curses.

Can’t wait for the riots on Monday as people realize the novelty URL they chose for their Facebook profile determines their fb.com address.

Eh? Why doesn’t iTunes Connect promise me a due date for this month’s payment? I like to cross out the days.

Boy, am I glad that iTunes 10.1 brings back the hour-long iPad backups!

Obj-C gives me the terrible habit of not initializing my pointers.

Misfits 2.01 — Fun episode, but maybe that deus ex machina could have been just a little less transparent?

14 novembre

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice — Really silly, but mostly fun (a bit too long in the middle, as often), and the special effects are flawless.

There’s a point where comparing TSA goons to nazis isn’t gonna be a godwinism, but simply accurate. Just wondering precisely when that happens.

I’ll deny having said that, but developing an iPhone app + web API is making me appreciate the separation of logic and presentation.

RT @harrymccracken: Maybe what we need is a way for Flash to only run when it’s in an active window, and to go into deep, deep sleep otherwise.

I’m pretty sure I must have known already that you don’t wipe hair off a razor by running your thumb along the blade.

15 novembre

Wait, so ‘playwright’ is basically a pun?

Either I’m going crazy or my Mac has an odd tendency to close applications without asking me.

It’s beginning to look like there’s absolutely nothing I can do about my iPad app crashing on too-heavy web pages, it’s just “supposed” to.

All I can say is, teasing an iTunes announcement that “I’ll never forget” is uncharacteristically presumptuous.

I wonder what the writers room for The Simpsons is like. Are they all oblivious, or really, really depressed?

I love how everyone announced Facebook Mail would be a “Gmail-killer” when Gmail is the provider that will lose the least momentum to Facebook.

16 novembre

When I’m two-finger scrolling a web page on my MacBook and a lazy third finger comes to touch the trackpad, it should not count as a click.

I hate reading web pages on the iPad because I keep accidentally clicking sidebar links, but the MacBook ends up not being that much better.

Suddenly thinking that my facebook.com email address might be the one I’ll give to the average idiot I fu… meet on a night out.

I guess for all these years Steve Jobs saw the Beatles as the ultimate milestone that would prove he owned all that matters in the world.

Besides, it’s kinda sweet that Steve Jobs can display that sort of unreasonable sentimental attachment, almost like he’s a human being.

Weeds 6.13 — This would have been a good final season and an excellent series finale. I really wish there wasn’t gonna be a seventh season.

Unfollowed. Unfollowed. Guess I won’t be happy until I’m alone in my timeline.

So, the Gattaca soundtrack isn’t the best motivational tool.

17 novembre

Ca fait des années que je n’ai pas appelé un fixe, moi ; c’est la sonnerie “occupé” ou la sonnerie normale, ça ?

I know it’s only got three episodes left and there are tons of crap shows I’m watching, but I’m giving up on The Walking Dead.

18 novembre

Wondering if it’s worth making my API’s responses human-unreadable by shortening all variables and values to save a few bytes.

How about a cryopreservation-like service that, instead of freezing your corpse, just scans it into the highest-res CT scan or something?

What? How can there be a 4.2.1 GM when there’s never been a public 4.2? That’s not how version numbers work!

J’ai la crève, alors j’ai droit aux Kinder Country.

I can’t tell if the cat is suddenly in love with my bed because the new sheets are purple, or because they’re clean and don’t smell of me.

19 novembre

Thing is, I’m not sure whether I’ve got a mild flu or I’m just in withdrawal from 2-liter Coke bottles.

RT @ironicsans: A conglomerate of magazines should pool resources to subsidize iPads like cell phones. Subscribe to 10 mags for 2 years, get a free iPad.

Scruffy Jeff Winger is sexy; I wish I hadn’t seen him be awful at presenting Ubisoft’s E3 conference.

I’m hereby committing to making myself use the epithet “asshole” for women just like for men. Sounds weird, but I have to, if I’m a feminist.

J’ai essayé de résister pendant une demi-heure à l’odeur de patates sautées qui vient de la cuisine, mais c’en est trop, je sors ma poêle.

20 novembre

“Dan Humphrey is a thin, sensitive, caffeine-addicted poet [who] experimented with homosexuality.” I wanna see that version.

Dear Twitter: low API rate limits are not a way to fight spam, they’re just another annoyance for real users, in addition to spam.

21 novembre

I don’t know if they’ve updated the server or the client, but Air Video now works flawlessly on my iPad + Mac mini.

I find myself suddenly addicted to reloading my Reddit comments page and counting my agreement-and-validation points.

Misfits 2.02 — Damn, that was well done and he was cute.

22 novembre

So they’re releasing iOS 4.2 even though it’s known to break some apps, and 4.2.1 is pretty much ready? Really? Nah, it does say 4.2.1. I didn’t expect it would, because the GM hasn’t been out for long.

“Allow this iPad to be shown on a map or remotely wiped.” Honestly, I’d very much like to disable the “remotely wiped” bit.

How boring can you make a segment about three Lamborghinis? Challenge… accepted!

Top Gear US — Mostly forgettable and innocuous, but I don’t understand why half the action is filmed with cheap camcorders.

23 novembre

Oh, wow, the SMS ringtones in 4.2 are, um… spectacular.

AirPlay works in the background?

I didn’t expect that. Wonder how reliable and smooth that’ll be.

Le magasin qui vend des sticks d’encens au détail pourrait peut-être prévoir une pochette à mettre autour ?

Who else is peeved that Apple is teaming up with Murdoch, of all tycoons, to introduce newspaper subscriptions on the iPad?

How I Met Your Mother has fallen to making meta jokes about guest stars. I beg you with all my heart, please cancel the show now now now.

Gotta love the subtle way in which The Event chooses to introduce a new bad guy.

I’ve been feeling lately like there was something missing in my Coke, like it lacked a certain fullness, and… I wonder if that’d be rum.

It may have been slightly shortsighted to setup the cat’s gymkhana right there on top of my desk and computers.

24 novembre

On est d’accord que mon client qui achète ses domaines sur 1&1, c’est un motif de démission ? Visiblement, impossible de faire un wildcard.

Julia Stiles really annoyed me on her first appearances in Dexter, but she’s turning out fantastic. Some casting and directing, this show.

Today I learnted that American Gothic shows a farmer and his spinster daughter, not wife.

25 novembre

So there’s a section on Reddit where users post pictures of their dicks (or breasts, whichever is applicable). I… didn’t expect that.

I really can’t decide anymore whether cats are dumb or intellectually lazy. But, as in humans, there comes a point when the difference no longer matters.

Can someone tell me why Preview won’t open those .docx files even though Quick Look can display their contents?

26 novembre

“Gran Turismo 5 is a 10/10 simulator wrapped up in a 5/10 game”

I already know that I’m gonna have a great love-hate relationship with that game.

Who’s the fucking moron whose app crashed on beta testers for a month because of a non-initialized pointer? I’m the fucking moron.

I shouldn’t have to convince my client that I’m right. It’s so plain to see: I’m right because I’m right, period.

27 novembre

I was gonna keep the Gran Turismo 5 disc in the box until my work was done, but it jumped out and started installing itself. Weird, huh.

Despicable Me — Not very funny. By which I mean, not funny at all. And not just because I can’t really stand Steve Carell anymore.

Music and menus in Gran Turismo 5 are giving me an anxiety attack. Feels like a video game from an alternate reality.

28 novembre

If you see me online in the morning, don’t come and ask me why I’m awake. It can only ever be that I forgot to turn off the computer.

29 novembre

Eat Pray Love — Is this really what Sex and the City has evolved into? This decade is depressing.

Spend 100€ on a PS3 wheel or cut my losses and wait for a hypothetical someone to release a decent Xbox wheel? GT5 is so much better and so much worse than Forza.

I’d hate to believe that Gran Turismo 5 did use to look better until Sony forced the developer to scale down for 3D-compatibility.

30 novembre

iOS developers: if your app uses icon badges for trivial purposes and they can’t be turned off, I’ll just delete your app. Attention whores.

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