octobre 2010 Archives

Amazon France à 10 ans

ça passe super vite. L'apparition du site a sans doute pousser le développement de l'e-commerce en France.

Amazon semble offrir des promotions sympa pour ces dix ans ...


Dear lazy web,

I would like to hold a online meeting/workshop. The deliverable for this meeting are quite simple, some fun, exchange and writing a nice piece of documentation.
The final documentation needs to end up on a nice wiki page. But writing that documentation can probably be more effective and more simple if we'd be using Etherpad.

The event and most communication usually happens on irc, but I've noticed that we could also use Etherpad to chat in real time. I'm looking for feedback, on how feasible it is to write a document while at the same time chatting in an Etherpad document ? Versus using Etherpad to rite the document and chat over irc.

How usable is the Etherpad chat ? How many users can it have before it becomes being a mess ?

Want to make sure the next major version of Thunderbird is going to kick ass ?
Want to participate to a great open source project , but don't know where to start ?

The Thunderbird dev team is busy , busy implementing new feature and fixing bugs. As we don't have the time to implement and fix all the issues we would like to see fixed, and we know that we can count on a few external contributors. So we've build a list of bugs and features that we would really like to see fixed. If you already contributed to Thunderbird and find any of these interesting well you know what to do :D (we'll make sure to review and take those patches in).

If you've never contributed and wonder where to start and how to get things started , here's a short list of things you should be reading, and that you should be aware of.


  • First of all you'll probably need to build Thunderbird so you should read this build Thunderbird introduction.
  • With that you should be set to start hacking on Thunderbird :D

    And if hacking is not your thing, you can come and give QA a hand.

  • Then you'll probably figure out that most of the mozilla related documentation is available on the Mozilla Developer's network. With a specific Thunderbird section.

  • Once you'll realize that the code base is huge , you'll love tools like mxr, that let you easily search the source code.

  • There are two places where you can ask for help. The first one is a mailing-list/newsgroup. the other is a bit more real time, and is more active on Pacific Daylight Time. It's an irc channel named #maildev : just join and ask your question (just remember to be patient).

With this you should be set to start hacking on Thunderbird. And if hacking isn't your thing, you can join QA.

Youtube and Metadada

Yesterday while participating to a flickr meetup, I ended up enjoying street artist, and took a crappy video with my cameraphone. This morning I wanted to tag the video with machine tags from music brainz, and I just couldn't youtube refuses them :( (and the UI to edit the video metadata on youtube is hidden , took me a while to find it, while I was able to easily find it on vimeo.)

Three weeks ago, I asked for more people to join the beta channel for Thunderbird updates. I explained how to do so - and then got plenty of complains about people having followed my instructions but not getting any Thunderbird beta software.

I have good news for all the people that did it, we've just released version 3.1.5b and 3.0.9b on that precise beta channel. This means that the people who followed my instructions will be prompted for an update in the next 24 hours. For those of you unable to wait for the prompt, going to the help menu will bring the update a little bit faster. If all goes according to plan, these same version will end up on the release channel and will be offered to everyone sometime next week.

Make sure to file bugs you find in bugzilla, as that's why we are having a beta period. Also make sure to send all the crashers you might encounter as it's a good metrics for us.

I've recently discovered that I couldn't post to my ISP's news server. I live in Den Haag, the netherlands, my isp is called casema and changed named when it merge a year or two ago to ziggo.nl. I'm not a binary user of newsgroup, I read one or two groups, post once in a while. I'm a lot less active there than I used to be. My issue is quite simple I need to post a message to fr.test. But it fails with a nice error message Remote server unavailable.
news.casema.nl uses authentification - and my credentials are still working as I can read without any issues. I just can't write :( I've tried using news.ziggo.nl , just in case the news.casema.nl server had been removed. Issue is that I can't authenticate on news.ziggo.nl. And they are different server not running the same software.

news.casema.nl runs :
200 cache110 NNTPSwitch-0.12-ziggo-alk-2009-11-04, 68344 groups available, posting allowed, slot 66, connections 1

While news.ziggo.nl runs :
200 cache6 NNTPSwitch-1.00-ziggo-v2, 68388 groups available, posting allowed, slot 875, connections 1

I've called the regular technical support , which unaware of any issues told me to call the paying helpdesk. I did and after verifying that I had the proper settings and that no known issues had been reported, thought I had overdue my news quota (unfortunately, I don't do binary and don't consume so much text that I would have gone over my quota ). Then I was asked to call back the regular support. Which checked again if there was no known issues - asked about my quota, asked me to try with something else than thunderbird (which I will - probably tomorrow), and then wanted me to call back the other helpdesk :-)

Below is the posting error I'm seeing :
-1602767072[90ab00]: (2a0cc570) Next state: NNTP_RESPONSE
-1602767072[90ab00]: (2a0cc570) Receiving: 403 Remote Server Unavailable

I just think something is miss-configured somewhere.