Archive for the 'Technology' Category


Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Je me suis déjà énervé sur la mauvaise habitude des posteurs de Planet Ubuntu-FR consistant à donner à “recopier” des lignes de commandes obscures là où une phrase permettrait d’être bien plus didactique. Je ne vais pas remettre ça, surtout qu’à chaque fois, ça tourne au troll. Mais parfois, au détour d’un billet, on tombe […]

When Ubuntu users discover that unofficial repositories can be harmful

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

Unofficial APT repositories are a PITA in the Ubuntu community. Most users use stable release (see previous post about that) since Ubuntu development releases tend to be much more bleeding edge than Debian unstable. But users still want the newest software, so they use unofficial repositories. There are lots of posts about private repositories on […]

List operators on files in shell ? (updated)

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

I often need to do list-like operations on files in shell, for example: substract lines in one file from the lines in another file add lines from two lines, suppressing duplicates keep only lines which are not in both files keep only lines which are in both files etc Such operations are easy to do […]

Feature request: confirmation for non-member posts in mailman

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

There are basically two kinds of setups for mailing lists managed using Mailman, regarding posts from non-members : Accept posts from non-members. This lead to quite a lot of spam on the list, but also to no work for the moderators. Put posts from non-members in a moderation queue. This result in a spam-free mailing […]

Wiki-like editing of tables/spreadsheets to share QA meta-information about packages ?

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

I’ve been working on archive rebuilds lately (rebuilding all etch packages inside etch). It generates a lot of data to analyze (failed build logs), and the work could easily be split between several developers. For each package which fails to build, I add a line in a Gnumeric spreadsheet with the package name, the version […]

Mozilla, Debian and Iceweasel: the Mozillian point of view

Sunday, October 15th, 2006

During the Journées du Logiciel Libre 2006 (an excellent event, thanks to the organizers), I had long chats with people from Mozilla Europe (in a more constructive way than what others did). This is mostly second-hand information, since the well-informed guys from Mozilla Europe I talked with got their info from other Mozilla developers, so […]

Unintrusive Instant Messaging

Sunday, October 1st, 2006

Most IM clients have a big problem: they seem to think they are the most important application on the desktop, or that their users always consider IM as top priority. Problem is, some users don’t! It would be great if IM clients where dealing better with two use cases : Joe is working intensively on […]

Random chat using XMPP/Jabber, anyone ?

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

A Random Chat applet hit digg recently. It allows you to chat with a random stranger visiting the website at the same time as you. It’s a good idea, but it would really be much better to have something similar based on Jabber (and maybe it could become a Jabber killer app’ ?) Some thoughts: […]

Automatically watching for updates on web pages ?

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

Once in a while, I come upon a web page that : Doesn’t offer an RSS/Atom feed. Doesn’t change very often. I would like to be warned when it’s updated. I would like to be automatically warned when such pages change. websec does this : Description: Web Secretary – Web page monitoring software A visual […]

Good questions to ask yourself when working inside teams

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

Many people agree that teams are good : doing team maintenance of packages is often seen as A Good Thing inside Debian, and Ubuntu enforces it by switching to the everything is team-maintained philosophy. However, teams are subject to complex group dynamics, and raise interesting issues that you don’t encounter when working alone. It is […]