A well-deserved retirement

Next week, on September 9th, Apple will unveil its future iPhone lineup and give us further information about its latest operating system: iOS 8. I am still a proud owner of an iPhone 4, but the time has come for me to upgrade it to a more recent device.

iPhone 4

Sketched by Scott Hulme

During the last four years, my iPhone 4 has been my only phone, music player, clock, alarm and so much more. It still works like a charm expect a mechanical issue with the camera autofocus and an unsurprising poor battery life due to 768 battery cycles.

From all the phones that I have had, this iPhone 4 is my personal favorite. Even four years after its release, I still love its design and the iPhone 4 retina screen, the first ever released by Apple, has been a game changer for an entire industry.

In the coming weeks, I will have to replace it with an iPhone 5s or an iPhone 6x for two main reasons: iOS 8 and Touch ID. The iPhone 4 is not supported by iOS 8 and I am very excited by the new possibilities offered by the Touch ID API1.

Based on the iPhone 6 specs and new features, I will choose my iPhone replacement device, hopping that it will deserve a warm spot in my front left pocket.

1. As a 1Password user, I can't be more excited by this extension.

Betteridge's law of headlines

Ian Betteridge, a British technology journalist:

[...] any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word "no". The reason why journalists use that style of headline is that they know the story is probably bullshit, and don’t actually have the sources and facts to back it up, but still want to run it.

I didn't know that it was a thing, an adage, or even a law.

If you read the news every day, you probably figured that out by yourself, after you had been misled by numerous catchy articles of that kind.

Would you kindly stop spamming me?

From January to February 2014, I was staying in New York, seeking for an iOS developer position. It was the first time I was looking for a job in a foreign country, and a lot of things were new to me. I didn't really know where to start, and while I was sending my applications to some companies, I decided to put my resume on Monster, to stack the odds in my favor.

Right after I published my information, I started to be contacted by recruiters from all over the country. Most of the phone calls and emails that I received were not a fit for my profile. Recruiters obviously don't care that you are not willing to relocate. They obviously don't care that you are not skilled for the job they are offering. All they care about is to put a maximum of job seekers in relation with a maximum of companies, hoping for a miraculous fit. They are basically brute forcing the recruitment process for more profits.

After I discovered that these numerous phone calls and emails will not lead me to any serious job opportunity, I decided to remove my resume from Monster. One or two weeks later, I was receiving way less emails, but I realized that all the emails that I had received had been signed by the same domain: jobdivabk.com.

Even though every email was signed by Jobdiva, the emails were always sent by different recruiting companies — client's of Jobdiva's Powerful Staffing Tools. For each email, I was only able to unsubscribe from the company email list. Thanks to this vicious system, instead of being spammed by multiple emails from a single sender, I was being spammed by single emails from multiple companies, without any efficient way to opt out.

I was annoyed by these emails. Furthermore, every time I unsubscribed from a company list, I received another email to confirm that I had been removed from their list. After a few weeks, I decided to answer to these emails and ask my senders where they found my professional information. Most of them have never replied and the others were unclear about their source of information. The answer that I received the most was that I had probably published my resume on Monster.

Neither my email address nor my resume was online anymore, and I was still receiving some wacky job offers with the word "portfolios" because my resume contained the keyword "ios". I started to suspect Jobdiva to hold my personal data for its customers, so I decided to ask them directly.


I removed my email address and my resume from internet after I found a job. Since then, I do not receive any email from any recruiter expect the one who are using your service.

Jobdiva is signing every single unsolicited email that I receive and the only way for me to unsubscribe is to go to this page for every single company who contact me.

(screenshot of the unsubscribe screen)

I have never asked you or any of these companies to send me any emails. It is not because my email address is available once on a recruiting website that you can store it and make money out of it forever, especially if there is no efficient way to opt out.

I want to be immediately removed from your entire system.


Guillaume Fort

Here is the answer that I have received.

Hi Guillaume,

To be removed from a mail list, you need to contact the sender. We are not a job board or a holder of email lists. JobDiva is a software service that is utilized by staffing companies. JobDiva's role in the sent email is similar to Yahoo's mail or Hotmail - we have no influence over the content of what is being sent through the web site. So, please respond to the sender with your request to be removed.

The sender may have acquired your resume because you advertised it on a job board, or you may have applied to one of their jobs.

As you noted, an "opt-out" link allowing you to request no further contact should consistently be contained in the emails that you receive.

(screenshot of the unsubscribe link)

If your request to be taken off the mail list is not granted, please let us know who the sender is and we will request their compliance.



I knew they were lying. If there is Yahoo mail, Hotmail and JobDiva, isn't that curious that the recruiting companies who are spamming me are all sending their emails using JobDiva?

I did some researches on JobDiva's website to try to prove my intuition, and after a little effort, I found what I needed to write them my answer.


"We are not a job board or a holder of email lists. JobDiva is a software service that is utilized by staffing companies. JobDiva's role in the sent email is similar to Yahoo's mail or Hotmail - we have no influence over the content of what is being sent through the web site."

This is not true. Your online presentation clearly mention that: "JobDiva’s harvesters run silently in the background to create a rich database of candidates for your company to draw upon".

Source : www.jobdiva.info

Jobdiva collected my email address (and probably my entire resume) and serve it to its clients for its own profits.

I'm not leaving in New York anymore. I'm not leaving in the US anymore. I do not care about the job offers that I get everyday from your different client companies.

I do not accept your solution to unsubscribe from each company separately. Jobdiva retains my personal data and act like a spammer, without giving me any chance to opt out efficiently from your unsolicited service.

Again, I'm asking you to remove my personal information from "JobDiva's harvesters" system.


Guillaume Fort

After I sent this answer, I stopped receiving unsolicited emails from the recruiting companies using JobDiva.

If you are in the same situation that I was — and I know that some people are — feel free to use my email as a template.

See comments on Hacker News.

H.R. Giger

He was one of the few Swiss who has earned an Oscar for his work on the original Alien movie.

Giger designed what is probably the most terrifying creature ever seen on screen and gave birth — by cesarean — to the famous Chestburster.

Some people say my work is often depressing and pessimistic, with the emphasis on death, blood, overcrowding, strange beings and so on, but I don't really think it is. There is hope and a kind of beauty in there somewhere, if you look for it. — H.R. Giger

H.R. Giger died yesterday, at age 74.

Alien Swiss Fondue

Postcard of two aliens eating a Swiss Cheese Fondue in Gruyère

The curse of creativity

Hayao Miyazaki, Turning Point 1997-2008:

Making films is all about — as soon as you're finished — continually regretting what you've done. When we look at films we've made, all we can see are the flaws; we can't even watch them in a normal way. I never feel like watching my own films again. So unless I start working on a new one, I'll never be free from the curse of the last one. I'm serious. Unless I start working on the next film, the last one will be a drag on me for another two or three years.

The same can be said for software development, although developers must maintain their creations as reminders of their own mistakes.


I remember my first visit to an Apple Store, back in 2008. I did the trip to Geneva (Switzerland) to meet a friend and decided to stop by the Apple Store. The store was still brand new at the time and it was very crowded. If I had to describe that first experience, I would say that it was bright and noisy.

I couldn't access the stands to have a sneak peek at the last Apple products. Every stand was surrounded by dozens of people and the paths between them were obstructed by Apple Geniuses. Every sounds coming from the crowd were reflected against the 8 meters high ceiling made of glass and forced everyone in the store to make more noise to be understood.

Buy cutting through the crowd, I eventually found a free spot at the iPod stand, all the way back in the store. What interested me the most about this stand wasn't to discover the colored iPod nano, but it gave visitors the opportunity to experience with high-end headphones. This is where I met Monster Beats products for the first time.

I decided to try the Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Studio. Its noise canceling feature immediately transported me out of the store. I was able to leave the noisy crowd who was surrounding me while enjoying an awesome music playlist selected by Apple. I was in a face to face with the music. The last thing I wanted to do was to remove the headphones and get out of the store.