[Flickr] Stats under construction

During december, while everybody was probably mad about getting new friends on Facebook, the grandfather of web 2.0, Flickr, released a new tool for their users: Stats.

To make it sexiers, they used a couple of retro-animated gif’s to tell you they’re currently builing your stat index, in a totally web 1.0 fashionned way:


If you have a Flickr account, you can activate your stats now.

[Suse] Adding Apache2 mod_rewrite

As a reminder for futur Apache configuration on a Suse server:

  • Edit ‘/etc/sysconfig/apache2‘, add ‘rewrite‘ to ‘APACHE_MODULES‘ parameter
  • Edit ‘/etc/apache2/sysconfig.d/loadmodule.conf‘, add ‘LoadModule rewrite_module /usr/lib64/apache2-prefork/mod_rewrite.so‘ to the list of modules
  • Restart Apache server: /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

[Ubuntu] Media Center

This weekend, we build a media center to share a 500Go disk on the network (+150Go internal drive), using Ubuntu 7.10 and various open-source software.
Here is a list of them, and some links to ease their uses.

Any advice, tools to add to this configuration? Might be really great to use the NFS as a TimeMachine, and easily back all our important data this way.

[RepRap] Moulded parts ready

Moulded parts

Reprap parts are now available on www.bitsfrombytes.com and ready to order!

From the Reprap Builder blog post, a complete kit with motors will be available in next days for a 300£ + VAT price, it’ll surely help a lot of reprappers who already have all electronic ready and just need all these parts to finish the cartasian robot.

There are some interesting options if you choose to buy the moulded parts kit: you can ask them to be prepared if you do not have necessary tools to drill the holes, and you can choose the resin color to customized your own reprap.
The scope of supply provided for each kit will be a great help too for people who already have some parts (like the extruder) from the RRRF store, and just need to order the cartasian robot parts.

Order will be placed this week to Madrid, hoping it’ll arrive next week to build it before Christmas.

[RepRap] Mould parts arrive soon

ReRap moult parts

The above RepStrap is made entirely from moulded parts or off the shelf items for the couplings and timing pulleys. I intend to do mouldings of the pulleys to further drive down the cost but thought I should get something up just to let people know it was still happening!

The above RepStrap does not have the Extruder parts fitted but these are as posted before.

On Friday we will have a web site up so people can order any or all of the moulded parts, I’m still figuring out what the bits actually cost in resin and silicone mould! But expect a full set to be in the region of £100 to £120.

More on RepRap Builders blog…

[WordPress-Mu] Community Tag Cloud

A new and better plugin, MuTags by MrHenry, is now available on WordPress Mu forums

Because the last version of WordPress-mu is quite new, there is no proper plugin to start using new tag system available with WordPress 2.3 system.

Here is a quick hack I’ve put in wpmu-functions.php to display a proper tag cloud of all blogs, please send me feedback and tell me if you find any bugs:

Code for get_community_tag_cloud()

Copy this funtion in your /wp-include/wpmu-functions.php and then add to your theme:


For more updates, please follow the Mu Forum thread about this hack.

Few people in Vienna have just finished a RepRap Shotbot:

“This was a collaborative effort with a lot of people at the metalab, grl vienna, and monochrom!”

This machine will print out shotglasses this weekend at roboexotica.org

This is near the RepRap Holy-Grail, I hope it would print some RepRap parts soon! The hardware in use is 2 Arduino Board, and the new electronic parts from parts.rrrf.org.

Photos by Brex

[Robots] Feed hitting

rFeedReader got recently few complaints about people hit by our Feevy robot, and I discovered today it was not the only bot hitting my blog.

After looking at my blog stats since the beginning of the month, I got this feed hunters list:

Bot hitting

All major news portal need the last posts from the most popular blogs, and as long as your webserver is fit enough to receive all this free load, nobody will care. The only problem is these 6 bots are doing the same job many times a day, we’re looking for a refactoring master to solve this problem.

More info about each of these bots: