[Blog] Feed update

Since last week, this blog has become just an archive.

If you’re reading it using a feed reader (Google Reader, RssOwl, Netnewswire, …), you can update the feed to the new url:

http://alexgirard.com/rss.xml

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Depuis la semaine dernière, ce blog n’est plus qu’une archive.

Si vous le lisez depuis un lecteur de news RSS (Google Reader, RssOwl, Netnewswire), vous pouvez mettre a jour l’adresse du fil RSS pour avoir les dernières news:

http://alexgirard.com/rss.xml

It was when reading Dr Nic blog that I noticed the big banner at the bottom announcing his availability for hire.

So, after a few moment in my source editor, this banner is now available as a Wordpress plugin, with few options inside Wordpress admin to select the specialities you want to be hire for :)

Download the Plugin or Follow the project on Github

[Life] Camino 2008

Il y a moins d’un mois, je suis parti marcher 10 jours sur le Chemin de Compostelle, entre Burgos et Pamplona, en sens inverse.

C’était l’occasion de réaliser la promesse que je m’étais fait il y a 5 ans, lors du premier camino. C’était aussi l’occasion de calmer les angoisses nées cette dernière année, la tranqulité est maintenant retrouvée.

Vous pouvez maintenant lire quelques parties du voyage:

Eunate

Pressmark, a social bookmarking portal made with Wordpress, has been updated to include embedded videos/music!

Download it!

I was the only new thing I was blown away with after a week without internet: Ubiquity

If you still don´t use it, spend 5 minutes watching the video, and install it!

It’s fairly easy to add new code to expend it, but you can see the prototype side of the tools when it comes about managing the new verbs you’ve installed.

Now with this bit of code, we’ve just got another way to bookmark pages in Pressmark:

Paul-Valentin Borza has released what could be considered as the first app that shows the OpenMoko platform potential: “Accelerometer-based Gestures, and Screen Orientation

This release includes:

  • An application with user interface that allows the user to train the gestures for himself/herself;
  • A listener daemon that sends a notification on the screen of the recognized gesture;
  • Automatically switch of screen orientation to the four possible modes (2xportrait, and 2xlandscape).
  • And a lot of hard work.

More info:

Moebius is a script to convert Comic Book files (.cbr and .cbz) in PDF for portable reading.

Download last version of Moebius, or view its code on Github.

Usage


	cd moebius_installation
	./moebius.rb comic_file.cbr

It’ll output a comic_file.pdf file in your current directory.

Requirements

  • Ruby 1.8
  • Gem: prawn
  • Unzip
  • Unrar

Here comes some photos of the new flat we occupy with Maki, after a Ikea triathlon (1 day shopping, 1 day building, 1 day enjoying), on the same building of the office, just 3 floors below:

Côté Salon

Côté bureau

Wifi connection needed a small boost, Pringles cans reflectors are doing a great job.

Wifi Pringles antenna

We’ve got now a repeater bridge at home, and just in case, you can download the nvram config backup (WPA mode, password is xxxxxx).

The great thing about an open-source phone, like openmoko, is that when there’s a problem, all the community can gather to find a solution.

At the beginning of the week, some people complained that they couldn’t get their phone GPS working: Time To First Fix signal (the initial signal that tell the phone where in the world it is) was taking infinite time when a SD card was inserted.

Then some people joined the thread on the community mailing list to confirm the problem (other people joined just to complain, not helping much), and after a bunch of test, the source of the problem was confined on the SD card reader.

Software solution

After 24h, the OpenMoko team released a software solution to the problem, stopping the SD card reader internal clock just the time to get the TTFF signal, about 40 seconds, then everything would be back to normal.

The patch has been directly available on the project git repository, allowing the mos furious to recompile and reflash their phone in hours, the others waited for the daily build. Imagine that, you get everyday a new build for your phone, without waiting for the infamous version 2.0 vaporware that might come out one day.

People have tested it, it works for many, but there’s still some phones that don’t have it.

Hardware solution

This morning, the OpenMoko hardware team published their hardware solution:

“Soldering a 10pF capacitor between PIN5 and PIN6 at SD card slot without taking off the case as the below picture showed.”

That might be a bit difficult for anyone to get access to a pico-capacitor and solder it at this tiny place, but at least it’s accessible for most of the soldering geeks.

So at the end, you’ve got a phone that’s so open that you’ve got a software and hardware solution of a production problem in a week. Of course, it’s not a consumer-ready phone, it would have been a complete disaster to recall all the phones, that’s just a bunch of geeks today that can touch this phone, but someday, you’ll have it in your hand, and you’ll just have to imagine all the open-source work that float inside.

Last week, Mininova has released a bookmark system for its users, it would allow remote downloading, but information are missing to configure Azureus/Vuze properly, here is a mini tutorial.

You can imagine the reation of channels on Mininova, give your feed to your friends, and all start to download the same torrents at the same time to improve your speed and share the good content!

Mininova configuration

  1. Create a mininova account, or use your own to login
  2. When logged in, bookmark icon will appear next to the torrent link. Example: Auberge Espagnole
  3. Click on the bookmark link, it will be add on your bookmarks page

Azureus configuration

Be sure to have the last version of Azureus

Installing RSSFeed Scanner plugin

Open Azureus, and go in menu: File -> Plugins -> Installation Wizard…

Select “By list from Sourceforge.net“, and select the plugin RSS Feed Scanner in the list, click Next and Install

Configuring RSSFeed Scanner plugin

Go in menu: File -> Plugins -> RSSFeed Scanner, select “Options” tab

Adding a RSS Feed URL

Click on the “+” next to the top box

  • Give it a name
  • Set the URL you’ll find on your bookmarks page on mininova (called Your personal RSS feed)
  • press “Enabled
  • and save

Adding a Filter

Click on the “+” next to the bottom box

  • Give it a name
  • Set the filter to “^http
  • Select “Filter is a Regular Expression
  • Deselect “Filter searches title
  • Set state to “Forced Download” if you wanted your torrent to start automaticly
  • Set Feed to your mininova feed your mininova feed you’ve just added to Azureus
  • Set type to “None
  • Press “Enabled
  • and save

Go inside tab “Status”, and you’ll see your bookmarks there, starting to download.

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