New Job. New Blog. New Life(?)

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A lot is changing in my life. I’m getting older, I’m getting wiser, I’m getting “stupider” (like it was even possible :-P ). New Job Last Friday (3rd of Sep 2010) I left Orange Labs UK. After 2 years and 2 months, my work at this the UK branch of France Telecom R&D is over. I have been involved in ... read more

Hello World, again!

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$ echo "Hello World!" This is my first post from a whole new backend. Yes, I'm leaving the underperforming and unreliable Bluehost Hosting for a scalable, distributed, load-balanced, reliable, powerful platform. I'm going Google. I'm moving to App Engine. To make App Engine serve my purpose, I picked a small, cute, interesting project to do the job: <a href="" target=_blank">Bloggart</a>, ... read more

Dan Pink on Motivation

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This is a really amazing version of the Daniel H. Pink speech about Motivation. It all into it’s second book, “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us”. </param></param></param></embed> And, best of all, it’s all explained on a white board ;) ... read more

Books that are my Developer Mantra

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I can’t put it any simpler: buy and read those 2 books ASAP. Getting Real Rework This is proper stuff. This is stuff that translates into words what you, THE DEVELOPER, would like to have in your daily work life. And probably the reason for which having a pet project, something where you set the rules, helps remaining sane, and ... read more

Job's (a bit) wrong

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This is a set of commets to some of the asserts made by Steve Jobs in his Thoughts on Flash. Safari has just ~5.5% of web users share [...] Apple even creates open standards for the web. For example, Apple began with a small open source project and created WebKit, a complete open-source HTML5 rendering engine that is the heart ... read more

Roald Dahl Plass in 360

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This took some patience. Not to take the pictures themselves, but to bear with a group of trip-mates that were either freezing or bored to wait for me to take this 12 pictures -_- Roald Dahl Plass Do you like it? If so, I have a larger (way larger) version. ... read more

The Story of Bottled Water

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</param></param></param></embed> Show this to as much peoples as possible. It probably something some informed/smart people already know, but I admit that having someone making a video of it, makes it more “rememberable”, so more effective on (my) future behaviour. I’m cheese? I’m controllable through videos? Possibly, but in this case I’m OK with that. More at: The Story of Stuff. ... read more

3 o'clock javascript

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I was writing some code to react at a textarea.onKeyUp. I take the size of the current textarea.val().length, update an element and do some other stuff. yawn The first version of the code looked like: $('#message').keyup(function(e){ $('#chars_num').html( new_len ); $('#sms_num').html( Math.floor($('#message').val().length / 161) +1) ); }); Working good, but was clearly slow: every keystroke was “giving back the cursor” too ... read more

Why iPhone still ruleZ

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I’m going to make a simple point. And because people that know me think I’m a “unfair-Google-aficionado-that-doesn’t-see-how-evil-Google-is”, I’m going to use Android as victim here. iPhone ruleZ Other OS? I’m not even taking into consideration old stuff like Symbian: is just too easy to trash it now-days (Qt is a whole different story though). Android is great... for developers I ... read more