Multimedia [fr]

[en] I've almost decided to ditch my landline and get cable and SkypeIn instead.

Fun! Hier, j’ai fait de la vidéoconférence avec mes grands-parents domiciliés en Angleterre, via [Skype](http://skype.com). Du coup, j’y repense: et si je résiliais mon téléphone fixe? J’achète un [téléphone USB sans fil](http://www.stegcomputer.ch/details.asp?prodid=phi-1211s “J’ai pas fait mes devoirs donc c’est peut-être pas le meilleur, mais ça existe.”), je prends [un numéro SkypeIn](http://www.skype.com/products/skypein/ “Et je dis adieu à mon joli numéro actuel.”), et je prends internet par le [câble](http://citycable.ch).

Bête que je suis, je viens d’appeler CityCable pour savoir s’ils faisaient le téléphone par le câble (à la fin de l’année), mais en fait, je n’en ai pas besoin si j’utilise Skype!

Du coup, je me dis que j’aimerais bien la TV numérique (histoire de ne pas devoir me flanquer devant mon poste à heures fixes pour regarder Les Experts en v.o.) Mais ça, c’est chez [Cablecom](http://cablecom.ch), même si je suis chez CityCable. Logique, hein. Et chez Cablecom, impossible de trouver un numéro à appeler! Va falloir que je sorte le bottin.

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Slow SSH Login from MacBook [en]

[fr] La connection SSH vers mon serveur depuis mon MacBook est très lente (je dois attendre plusieurs minutes pour qu'il me demande mon mot de passe). Il me semble me souvenir que depuis ma machine Windows à la maison également, il n'y avait rien de cela. L'autre semaine, j'ai essayé de me connecter depuis un tout autre endroit et la réponse a été instantanée. Idées?

Well, it seems that writing about my technical problems here is more efficient than bugging people repeatedly on IRC about them, so let’s continue. Welcome to Bunny’s Troublshooting Centre.

I have trouble SSH’ing into my server from my MacBook. Trouble, here, means I have to wait a couple of minutes (no exaggeration) for the password prompt. If I’m quick enough and type my password in before it times out, I’m in.

I logged in from somewhere else the other week and it responded almost immediately. I don’t recall that logging in from home (same wifi/DSL connection) from my winbox was sluggish.

Any ideas? I’ve run SSH with the verbose option on, and it does throw up a few warnings an errors. I don’t really want to paste it all here, but if you tell me what bits are useful I can put them in a pastebin. Thanks for any ideas/help/assistance.

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Java and FreeMind on my MacBook [en]

[fr] Maintenant que je suis sur mon MacBook, Freemind ne marche plus. Description du problème. Solutions et suggestions bienvenues.

Ah, well, [the Lazyweb was retired](http://www.benhammersley.com/Ben/Blog/DDAF7A79-4A88-4B96-9DFF-D6F4C3672713.html), looks like I missed that. We can just go about tagging posts with [lazyweb](http://technorati.com/tag/lazyweb), though.

I used [Freemind](http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page) as a mind-mapping application on my iBook. Unfortunately, it won’t start on my MacBook. I’ve looked in system profiler and it tells me about plugins for two Java versions.

Screenshot of error message.
Screenshot of error message.

Suggestions or solutions very much welcome (or nice free OSX mind-mapping apps too).

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Nokia 6280 compatible Mac :-) [fr]

[en] Nokia 6280 seems nicely compatible with OSX.

Faut que je passe annoncer la bonne nouvelle à MobileZone: mon [nouveau téléphone](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2006/09/01/banalites-shopping-en-ville/) (Nokia 6280) paraît joliment compatible Apple. Je découvre les joies de la synchronisation sous OSX avec mon MacBook: il faut brancher le câble (j’ai aussi relié les deux par Bluetooth, pas certaine que ce soit nécessaire), et sur le téléphone, choisir mode de connection par défaut pour le câble USB.

On peut ensuite synchroniser contacts (depuis Address Book) et calendrier (iCal).

Concernant le calendrier, j’utilise [Google Calendar](http://google.com/calendar) depuis un moment. C’est joli et on peut y accéder de partout à condition qu’il y ait un ordinateur connecté à internet à disposition. L’idéal serait de pouvoir synchroniser mon téléphone avec gCal, mais ce n’est pas encore vraiment possible (quoique… quelqu’un a le courage de tester [GCalSync](http://www.gcalsync.com/)?). Voici comment je m’en sors:

– je m’abonne dans iCal à mes calendriers Google (en read-only)
– j’ai un troisième calendrier dans iCal que j’appelle “Phone”
– dans les réglages de synchronisation, j’importe les événements créés avec le téléphone dans ce calendrier
– de temps en temps, je l’exporte d’iCal, l’importe dans gCal, et transfère les événements sur les bons calendriers gCal (avant de vider le calendrier “Phone” dans iCal. A la synchronisation suivante, tout rentre dans l’ordre.

En choisissant le mode “Stockage de données”, on peut voir dans Finder le contenu de la carte Mini-SD. Du coup, voici la première photo publiée avec cet appareil:

Desktop

Si vous allez voir [la version originale de la photo](http://flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=231716309&size=o), vous verrez que les bords sont un peu imprécis. Trop de compression ou bien (gasp!) zoom numérique à l’insu de mon plein gré?

PS: si vous n’avez pas encore de compte [Flickr](http://flickr.com), c’est le moment de vous en faire un. C’est gratuit.

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Flock, extensions, and coComment [en]

[fr] Une adresse de site pour convertir des extensions Firefox pour utilisation avec Flock, qui est un excellent navigateur. J'étais déçue de ne pas pouvoir utiliser l'extension Firefox pour coComment avec Flock -- maintenant je peux!

My ex-collegue and now friend [Gabriel](http://iblog.ch/) introduced me to the [Flock browser](http://flock.com/) quite some time back. I [mentioned it quite a bit](http://steph.wordpress.com/tag/geek/flock/) on my [other blog](http://steph.wordpress.com) but I don’t think I talked about here much.

Anyway, it’s great. It’s [Firefox](http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/), but with all sorts of nice bloggy, flickr-y, del.icio.us-y stuff tied in. I’d like to get [coComment](http://cocomment.com) integrated in there too.
(Disclaimer: I work for coCo.)

One thing that makes coComment really nice to use is the [Firefox extension](http://cocomment.com/tools/extension-install). Once you’ve installed it, you don’t need to do anything, and it automatically records all the comments you make (as long as the blog platform is more or less [compatible](http://cocomment.com/supported “Not sure if the page is 100% up-to-date.”) to show them on your user page. [Here’s mine.](http://cocomment.com/comments/steph)

The thing that bothered me when I started using Flock again sometime back was that I had to revert to using the [bookmarklet](http://cocomment.com/tools/bookmarklet) (which, let’s be honest, is a real pain — who remembers to click on a bookmarklet before posting each comment? not I!) Today, as I was starting on my tour of the blogosphere to see [what people are saying about coComment](http://www.technorati.com/search/cocomment) I came upon [another Flock user who regretted the extension wasn’t compatible](http://www.sparkplug9.com/bizhack/index.php/2006/07/06/cocomment/).

So, I headed to our internal bug-tracker to find out what the status of my request for a Flock extension was, and saw that Nicolas (coComment’s Daddy!) was asking for more information on converting extensions. I googled a little and here’s what I came up with:

– [official instructions on converting Mozilla/Firefox extensions to Flock](http://wiki.flock.com/index.php?title=Modify_Firefox_Extensions)
– [an automatic converter — just stick your .xpi url in there](http://www.outraged-artists.com/flockd/)
– [a converted coComment extension!](http://www.outraged-artists.com/flockd/profile.php?name=coComment) (somebody had already been there June 10)

Well, I installed the extension in Flock, restarted my browser, and after a painful start (wouldn’t be able to tell you if it was because of the extension or just good ol’ Windows acting up) it was up and running. I now have Flock running the coComment Firefox extension!

Let me know how it goes for you if you try it, particularly on other platforms. And if you haven’t tried Flock yet, [you should](http://www.flock.com/download/). It’s really neat!

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ETech: I'm at Microformats BOF! [en]

[fr] Petite démonstration avec apparition vidéo de bibi à  ETech, dans un peu moins de deux heures. Didier Barbas a bossé dur sur le projet!

Well, almost. There should be a minute or so of video footage of me in [Kevin](http://epeus.blogspot.com)’s lightening demo on tags during the [Microformats Panel](http://microformats.org/wiki/events/2006-03-07-etech-microformats) tonight.

Check it out! It has to do with [this little project](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2006/03/05/project-with-technorati-api/). [Didier Barbas](http://sungnyemun.org/wordpress/) wrote the code, graduating from coding slave to coding hero in the process. If you need an Iron Coder, hire him! (He tells me he loves it…)

So, head off to Microformats BOF.

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Lift: Thanks for the Videos, but… [en]

[fr] Problème pour visionner les vidéos de LIFT avec OSX et Firefox. Et vous?

I tried to get to the [LIFT videos](http://www.freestudios.tv/?cdroite=tablo_lift06) but I can’t read them. I have the latest versions of Tiger and Firefox. I spent a minute in a pop-up configuration window (that was nasty to start with), and then it just didn’t work. Can’t we have [DailyMotion](http://dailymotion.com)-style videos that “simply work”?

Audio works, though. Would be nice to be able to download it instead of stream.

As for the podcast feed, it asks me if I want to open NNWL. A little button to subscribe in iTunes would be really neat.

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Visibility is in Feedback Loops [en]

[fr] Ce qui est populaire le reste, et devient plus populaire encore, justement parce que c'est populaire. De temps en temps un pic de visibilité se présente à  nous (comme le montre l'illustration ci-dessous). Est-ce que ceux qui sont les plus connus le sont simplement parce qu'ils proposent un menu qui convient à  la majorité, et qu'ils savent tirer avantage de ces pics pour rester la tête hors de l'eau? Est-ce vrai? Est-ce bien? Est-ce mal? Qu'en dites-vous?

Last month, I had a jump in my [Cheese Sandwich](http://steph.wordpress.com/) stats:

Traffic peak graph.

This was because the post [Get an iBook!](http://steph.wordpress.com/2006/01/05/get-an-ibook/) had for some reason or another made it to the “Fastest growing weblogs” list which appears in every [Wordpress.com](http://wordpress.com/) dashboard. And it stayed stuck there. I think there was a bug or something and it got stuck there, but it might also have been a little feedback loop: what is popular becomes more popular because it is popular — I’ve discussed this briefly [regarding a photograph of mine which suddenly became ‘interesting’ in Flickr](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2005/12/18/split-identity-crisis/).

So, let’s first note one thing: this little peak of traffic finally had no long-term effects for me. My traffic is back down to what it was before. Sometimes a feedback loop can send you into another playground, but most times it doesn’t. So either you try to create another popularity burst, or you just keep plodding along your way.

My second thought is that popularity, visibility, fame, or whatever-you’ll-call-it mainly has to do with feedback loops. If something is very visible, you’re more likely to know about it. Sounds stupid, doesn’t it? I think I’m coming to accept it’s a rule of the game. But to stay in the limelight once the feedback loop has put you there, you need certain qualities. Which ones? Look at the [latest interesting photos on Flickr](http://flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days/). What do they have in common?

I think you can have a great mind, great style, great many things, and still stay in the shadow if the right feedback loop doesn’t come along. Is being successful just a case of managing feedback loops and getting them to work for you? Is this bad?

I know nothing about feedback loops, actually, so what I’m saying here might very well be a lot of BS. I’ll let you decide. I’m feeling very conversational after [LIFT](http://technorati.com/search/lift06).

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Wild Videocast of Robert Scoble Interview [en]

[fr] Une interview (partielle) de Robert Scoble par Marc-Olivier et David de IC Agency, filmée de façon un peu sauvage. Quand on dit que les blogs sont la télé-réalité du web...

I was having a post-LIFT chat with Marc-Olivier in the lounge yesterday when [David](http://davsad.blogspot.com/) came up, stole him from me and started talking about getting Robert to do a podcast with them for a blog they were going to open. I offered to introduce them to him.

I was going to take a couple of [photographs](http://flickr.com/photos/bunny) but as they started, I decided for video instead. Think of it as a “making of” videocast of their podcast. (I say “wild” not because [Robert went wild on the video](http://scobleizer.wordpress.com/2006/02/04/going-skiing-today/ “Check out some comments about people photographing you when you’re partying!”) but because it wasn’t planned, staged, or whatever. Vidéocasting sauvage would be how I’d put it in French.

5-minute videocast with Robert (partial)

Robert Scoble podcast (5 mins) by Steph

My initial intention was to upload it straight away. I like the immediateness you can get with the web. (If moblogging wasn’t so bloody expensive I’d be moblogging away…) David actually asked me to hold off publishing the video and cut out some bits of it or put their audio on it, because they wanted to edit some of the audio (English mistakes in the questions, but IMHO, who cares?) I said I preferred to publish what I had recorded “as is”, mistakes, goofs, and all — it was OK with Robert.

I’m a bit embarrassed by the situation, to be honest. My video is on [DailyMotion](http://www.dailymotion.com/Steph/) under a CC-by-sa-nc license, so they can put their audio on top if they like, whatever. I don’t really like having to refrain from publishing something, but on the other hand I am very much aware that if you appear on a video or a photograph, you have a right to control publication of it. I think what bothered me was the argument of “exclusivity”. My videocast is only about a third of the interview, anyway.

What would you have done? Should I have refrained from posting this until they had their version up?

I will of course be posting the link to their version(s) here as soon as I get it.

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