EEE (Asus PC) in France

25 February 2008

I didn’t notice the impact and “caffouillage” SFR did with the EEE in france : is worth reading some articles.

Looks like a nice way to introduce another OS to the masses.

By the way my new blog is in

Grenoble Software Event (GEC) at SUN

17 January 2008

Really a nice feeling about it. Some speakers are good : Jason Baragry for example. And I can see – in real – peoples that were only voices on Podcasts, like Roman Strobl or Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine. I like to be in an international, all english speaking environment. Still the problem is that I already listen to podcast, read news, so I only discovered Identity Managment, OpenDS and Java CAPS. The tools for openESB and CAPS are impressive !

And I didn’t know that SUN was so ahead of the others in term of investment in Open Source !!

Guess it is time to invest in SUN techno …

If You P2P Download In France: No Internet For You

26 November 2007

It not that I am for piracy, but this :

French president Nicolas Sarkozy endorsed the deal with rhetoric that is bound to win him an Honorary Life Membership of both the RIAA and MPAA: “We run the risk of witnessing a genuine destruction of culture…The Internet must not become a high-tech Far West, a lawless zone where outlaws can pillage works with abandon or, worse, trade in them in total impunity. And on whose backs? On artists’ backs.” TechCrunch

Under the agreement — drawn up by a commission headed by the chief executive of FNAC, one of France’s biggest music and film retailers
France Sets Sanctions Against Internet Piracy

This is SO wrong ! The industry suffer from their inability to adapt to a new world. I used to buy the same albums in different formats : as tape, Vinyl, CD. They used to make easy money. Now, they will make money again when they bring something valuable to the customer. But it seems to be easier to spread some fallacies and get some government help, than finding a good idea.
I doubt that fighting against the customers is a good idea to bring them back. Not to mention that there is already a tax for all electronic storage devices …

As for the artists, they are turning their back on the “industry” (at least those who prefer people to listen than to buy and those who are not Sarkozy’s friends) :

The Inevitable March of Recorded Music Towards Free
Artists like Prince and Nine Inch Nails are flouting their labels and either giving music away or telling their fans to steal it. Another blow earlier this week: Radiohead, which is no longer controlled by their label, Capitol Records, put their new digital album on sale on the Internet for whatever price people want to pay for it.

Yahoo pipes

8 February 2007

This is really great : try it !! For example, I made a Search limited to your delicious bookmarked sites.
OK It is a BETA : a bit unstable or maybe it is my browser and a bit slow and not perfect yet, errors doesn’t seems to be reported, but once it will be reliable, this will be great.
(Looks like it is very server side for now. So maybe they have to much success.)

At least, that kind of tool may drive the adoption of more “processing friendly” techno, like XHTML and other Semantic-web stuff that only geek seems to care about now.

Via Yahoo! Pipes: Unlocking the Data Web. Read it, it gives much more info.

New release : Apache FOP Version 0.93

25 January 2007

It is very slow development, so enjoy Apache FOP Version 0.93 !

Software Development Trends for 2007

2 January 2007

Interesting article from Manageability : Software Development Trends for 2007.
Notably : he points out Piggy Bank and OpenId, that are not so well known.
I think Google will play an important role too as well as VoIP interoperability like OpenWengo pushes.
XML may slow down at least in the configuration space, where there are alternatives (like using Groovy). and I hope that Relax-NG will be chosen more often instead of XML-Schema !