Loud ramblings of a Software Artisan

Tuesday 22 February 2011

New look, sort of

This was long overdue. The CSS stylesheet was a bit broken for a few years, I modernized it a bit. For a better visual experience, you need webfont support in your browser, but I believe it will degrade quite well.

Not sure yet if it is a good idea to rely on Google for the fonts. This is an experiment.

Thursday 1 April 2010


I'm closing this blog....

Friday 16 May 2008

I'm a twitt

Just opened a twitter account

Tuesday 25 September 2007

Back online

I was in Barcelona at OOoCon 2007 when the hard drive of my server died (the last Maxtor I had, go figure). I now have reconstructed a new one based in the backup that was around 24h old.

If you tried to email me, you may want to resend.

My apologies for anybody who got error messages an such (hello planet admins !)

Tuesday 26 June 2007

Exempi 1.99.2

I just released exempi 1.99.2 so that my patches for EOG and Nautilus can be applied and built.

Get it .tar.gz - GPG sig


  • better exception handling in the C++ glue code
  • new API xmp_get_property_and_bits() and the macros to manipulate the option bits
  • new API xmp_set_property2(), xmp_set_array_item() and xmp_get_error()
  • new API xmp_copy()

Some of the new API may look ugly, but that's my fault, and I don't want to break the ABI now. I will by the final release.

Thursday 8 February 2007


I just wished I could go to FOSDEM...

Sunday 26 November 2006

Bayesian comment filter

I just installed SpamClear (direct download link, there is no web page, french announcement) to filter comments and trackbacks using bayesian filtering.

Wednesday 8 November 2006

Proverbe du jour

"Shoemakers wear the worst shoeing"

Artistic translation of

"Les cordonniers sont les plus mal chaussés".

Friday 9 June 2006

Funny spam

Fun mail I received, that Thunderbird didn't even really detect as spam[1]:

Dear user of figuiere.net,

That would be me.

We have detected that your account has been used to send a huge amount of junk e-mail during the recent week. Most likely your computer had been infected and now runs a trojaned proxy server.

I thought it was your computer that was infected Mr., since you just sent me that.

Please follow the instructions in the attached text file in order to keep your computer safe.

No thanks. A .zip file that contain a .zip file that contain a .scr is already highly suspicious :-)

Sincerely yours, The figuiere.net team.

That would be me as well? Riiighhht.

Sorry for the noise.


[1] mental note, install bogofilter

Friday 12 May 2006

What a week-end!

Finaly back online. Here is a summary.

My week-end started Thursday to go and sign for the new house. Then it was moving all the crap from the old house to the new house. Friday became interesting as I did unplug the ADSL, I had a van, and I must admit I wouldn't have been able to do it in time without the fabulous help from Pat who stayed from 7:30PM to 2:00AM. Thanks a log Pat for the help !

Saturday 11:00AM, I return the van and just enough time to go to the airport to leave for Mainz, Germany to attend the Desktop Architect Meeting II. Nothing special about the trip, except that I met a guy who was using Ubuntu on his laptop in the Toronto Airport terminal (hey Tim !).

I came back to the land of canuck Wednesday, and I had to reconnect everything to be back online, from the router to the noisy server: unfortunately I'll have to run cat5 cable to the basement. More about that later, including pictures.

Friday 24 February 2006

Little Earthquakes

This evening the whole house vibrated. I thought it was a huge truck driving crazy. But no, it was an earthquake.

Thursday 7 July 2005


So apparently there is still enough cowardice in that world to kill innocent people for the sake of their convictions.

My sympathies to all the victims, their friends and their families.

Thursday 9 June 2005

Blog software upgrade

Upgraded the blog software to dotclear 1.2.1 as well as a few other tools. Nothing really obvious from the outside, but a bit more convenient to use and a bit faster so my server can resist more to slashdotting. See dotclear release notes (fr).

I also added the archive of the previous blog that was powered by NitLog, without changing URLs for these. They are not available through the search, but at least links are not broken. They were up for some time, patching dotclear a bit, my this time they are displayed on the page.

Monday 28 March 2005

Trackbacks disabled

I disabled trackbacks. You can thank trackback spammers.

I'll reactivate them as soon as I can:

  1. moderate them.
  2. add keywords for spam detection.

These involving hacking Dotclear .

Thursday 20 January 2005

On a new planet

I just joined Planet #Photography. That is the 4th planet I'm on.

Thanks to Tybstar