When Apple launched the iPhone, it lacked a number of features, but Apple soon added the AppStore, and it proved a raging success. The Watch, on the other hand, did not follow the same pattern. Unfortunately, it still lacks a basic feature three years after launch: you are stuck with a very limited set of … Continue reading Apple Watch faces: still ugly after 3 years
At the Paris Open Source Summit, I had a long discussion with engineers from AdaCore, that reminded me of the early roots of XL in Ada. I have never really retraced the steps along the way, and this was an interesting walk for me. I thought I'd share… My interest in programming languages is quite old. … Continue reading From Ada to XL in 25+ years…
Saw this on Twitter a few days ago.
As usual, Paul Graham writes an interesting piece about startups. He recommends doing things that don't scale. Thinking like a big company is a sure way to fail. It's a reassuring piece for the startup creator that I am, because at Taodyne, we are indeed in this phase where you do everything yourself and you'd … Continue reading Paul Graham recommends doing things that don’t scale
You'd think that if you use RAID1 and multiple redundant, distributed backups with hourly backups, daily backups, etc, you'd be safe? Think again. If your backup software lies to you, you may not realize it until it's way too late. If you RAID software does not deem it worthy to mention that a disk failed, … Continue reading Apple backups and RAID are not reliable
The promise of glasses-free 3D - Dolby's vision The article is a little low on details. Based on the fact that the article mentions Philips displays, my guess is that this is based on the 2D+Z technology. In other words, the picture is split between a color map and a depth map. The benefits of … Continue reading The promise of glasses-free 3D – Dolby’s vision
Everything is broken and no one cares This post from Dear Apple is just so true, and so clearly on topic for Grenouille Bouillie! Have we reached the point in complexity where we can't make good quality products anymore? Or is that some kind of strategic choice? The original post is mostly about Apple products, … Continue reading Everything is broken and no one cares