Short Post-SHiFT Note [en]

[fr] SHiFT est terminé. Blogtalk commence.

SHiFT was really nice. Interesting things, writer’s overflow, but not writing. Check out [Suw](http://chocnvodka.blogware.com/)’s notes on [Strange Attractor](http://strange.corante.com/): talks by [Dannie Jost](http://strange.corante.com/archives/2006/09/29/shift_dannie_jost_patents_and_software.php), [Stowe Boyd](http://strange.corante.com/archives/2006/09/29/shift_stowe_boyd_we_make_our_tools_and_they_shape_us.php), [Martin Röll](http://strange.corante.com/archives/2006/09/29/shift_martin_roell_time_for_a_shift.php), [Kevin Cheng](http://strange.corante.com/archives/2006/09/29/shift_kevin_cheng_communicating_concepts_through_comics.php), [Euan Semple](http://strange.corante.com/archives/2006/09/28/shift_euan_semple_the_quiet_revolution.php).

Suw’s talk was great, I’ve finally understood what [ORG](http://www.openrightsgroup.org/) is about — and a bit worried about the situation in Switzerland.

Kudos to the SHiFT team for being so proactive in asking us for feedback during the closing party. Conference organisers everywhere, geek girls would like girly-shaped T-shirts, please! (Reaction to men-shaped T-shirts, however cool: oh, good, another one to sleep in.)

Many things not mentioned. My apologies.

I’m in Vienna now, with a cold, for [Blogtalk reloaded](http://blogtalk.net/). Looking forward to talking with [John Breslin](http://www.johnbreslin.com/blog/) tomorrow, and hoping to get a chance to catch [danah](http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/) and [Matt](http://photomatt.net) too.

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Eh ben mince, alors! [fr]

[en] Too bad. Digital cable TV here does not allow me to do what I do with normal cable TV: listen to movies and TV series in English instead of the dubbed French versions. Bye-bye digital TV. Don't want you if that means I have to watch CSI in French.

Je viens [d’appeler Cablecom](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2006/09/11/multimedia/) au sujet de la TV numérique par câble. (Oui, je sais, cet après-midi vous pouvez suivre mes faits et gestes en lisant mon blog.)

Eh bien, la sentence tombe lors de la réponse à ma première question: pas de bicanal!

Excusez-moi, mais c’est vraiment nul. Je garde mon téléréseau normal, à ce prix-là, et je continue (merci beaucoup) à pouvoir regarder mes séries préférées en anglais sur trois chaînes.

Quant aux autres questions (quelle capacité de stockage pour l’enregistrement d’émissions, et y a-t-il possibilité d’exporter les données enregistrées), je ne les ai même pas posées.

Déçue, là, franchement.

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Dear Apple [en]

[fr] Lettre ouverte à Apple. Trois mois et demie depuis la panne de mon ibook et toujours pas de MacBook commandé depuis deux mois, ça commence à suffir.

Dear Apple,

I told you again more than six months ago [how much I loved my ibook](http://www.flickr.com/photos/bunny/82650099/). Ever since [my ibook moved in with me](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2004/04/04/ibooked/), I’ve become such an enthusiastic Apple user that my dad makes fun of me. I’ve turned my back on over a decade of faithful Windows use and even started [recommending you to my friends](http://steph.wordpress.com/2006/01/05/get-an-ibook/). Over the last two years, a whole bunch of them have bought ibooks — or are now buying MacBooks.

A bit over a year ago the first cloud interrupted my honeymoon with my ibook. The [motherboard died and I spent 6 weeks without it while it got repaired](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2005/05/19/my-ibook-is-back/). I was glad I had given in and paid the “Apple Tax” (also known as “AppleCare”), because the motherboard died just about a year after I had bought my shiny new ibook.

Even though this had taken a long time, and there [wasn’t any French speech recognition software for OSX](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2005/08/08/reconnaissance-vocale-pour-osx/), my ibook was pretty, and I still loved it, so I was not shy to [let myself be photographed with it to illustrate interviews I gave](http://www.flickr.com/photos/bunny/tags/ibook/).

Six months later I had to [replace my power cable](http://steph.wordpress.com/2005/11/24/six-down-one-to-go/). But I still loved OSX and my ibook was still pretty, so my dad had many an occasion to continue making fun of me because I was loyal to you. 🙂

This year, though, all hell has broken loose. If I’ve told you the beginning of my story, Apple dear, it’s because I want you to know how enthusiastic a switcher I have been, and that I understand nobody’s perfect and can also forgive that.

[In February my beloved ibook started freezing.](http://steph.wordpress.com/2006/02/16/done/) OK, maybe the hard drive was a bit full. Sometime durin gthe month of March the frightening “failing motherboard” symptoms reappeared, so I gave my [favourite Apple retailer](http://www.memoirevive.ch/) my ibook for a transplant. A couple of weeks later, my ibook was back home, but it didn’t take long for [things to go really really wrong](http://steph.wordpress.com/2006/04/09/broken-ibook/).

At that point, my darling ibook had worked it’s way through at least 3 motherboards, and the hard drive was going belly-up too. The shop took it back in for repairs, and at the same time I tried to see if I could get an exchange.

Well, things haven’t gone too bad: my ibook was repaired (after you sent the repair shop a defective hard drive, if my memory serves me right), but then there was a problem with the wifi card connection. Around that time it seemed like you were going to accept to replace my broken ibook, even though you would only give me the bottom-line product instead of a customized equivalent to the setup I had.

When you [surprised us with the MacBook](http://www.apple.com/macbook/), the shop agreed that if I ordered one, they would take back the new ibook I would have received and charge me the difference. Seemed like pretty good deal. On May 22nd, I finally ordered my shiny new MacBook through the shop.

Things already seemed to be moving slowly back then, but looking back, the worst was yet to come.

First, one of your representatives finally got in touch to organise the pick-up of my old ibook for the exchange. She insisted that they could only pick up my ibook at my home, during office hours. Excuse me? Apple, I know I’m a teacher (well, I was back then) and that teachers are at home all the time, but I do lead a busy life. Plus, the ibook was still at the shop (had been there for over 6 weeks), so I would have had to go to town during the shop opening hours, pick up my ibook, and then stay at home (?) one day for you to pick it up. Sorry, Apple, but do you really expect your customers to be at home during office hours? Somebody needs to review this exchange process.

Lucky for me, I have a good relationship with the store manager (given the number of hours we spent discussing my ibook problems, it was kind of inevitable). He managed to arrange for the pickup to take place at the shop. Then we lost a week (?) or so because for some reason, nobody came to pick up the ibook once everything had been arranged. Oh well.

Last week, I dropped into the store and was greeted with good news. The replacement MacBook for my ibook had arrived. Neat! But what about my “real” replacement, the customized MacBook we had ordered two months ago? Still nothing.

To this day, the last news I have is “not before next week”. I won’t hold my breath, though. “Not before” isn’t very encouraging.

So you see, Apple, I’ve done my job as an enthusiastic switcher and Apple evangelist amongst my friends, and [even in the local press through photographs like this one](http://steph.wordpress.com/2006/01/16/should-i-bill-apple-for-this/):

Photoshoot Coopération 6

I’ve been patient through my (many) trials, but this is just starting to be too much. I’ve been without my laptop since April 9th, the day it broke down. Today? July 26th. That’s three months and a half. That’s way too long. Not to mention my dad is really having fun poking at my Apple-love now.

So, dear Apple — I’m aware you’re having trouble delivering customized MacBooks or something, and I know you probably can’t do much in my particular case. But maybe — maybe — you could work a bit on making things a little less painful for faithful AppleCare’d customers?

Thanks for listening. Thanks for caring.

Yours still,

Stephanie

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Je teste les blogs de Romandie.com [fr]

[en] Testing a Swiss blogging platform.

J’ai finalement [ouvert un blog chez Romandie.com](http://stephanie.romandie.com/) afin de jouer un peu avec la plate-forme, et de donner du feedback (pour autant qu’il soit entendu!) pour son amélioration. Il y a du bon, voire du très bon, et du moins bon, voire du franchement pas bon.

Vous trouverez mes [réflexions, conseils et aventures sur le blog lui-même](http://stephanie.romandie.com/).

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DailyMotion Problems Solved: View Robert's Video Now [en]

[fr] La vidéo de Robert Scoble que j'ai faite à LIFT'06 est maintenant réparée et visible dans le billet initial.

Finally! With help from Olivier of DailyMotion, I’ve solved the [DailyMotion problems](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2006/02/09/dailymotion-problems/ “A description of what was bothering me.”) which prevented the [wild videocast of Robert Scoble](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2006/02/04/wild-videocast-of-robert-scoble-interview/ “Read the post, enjoy the video.”) from playing correctly in the post I’d written.

I had copied the code from [another video I’d embedded](http://steph.wordpress.com/2005/11/27/youtube-or-dailymotion/ “View the post and video. A fun one shot with Michel Valdrighi.”) in a post on my [Cheese Sandwich Blog](http://steph.wordpress.com “This is where I test wordpress.com and writing boring stuff.”), and changed the video ID. The only problem is that DailyMotion code includes a key which is blog-specific, so people were getting an error message when they tried to play the video on the blog. I tried republishing the video here using their “blog this” feature, but that didn’t embed it properly. Finally, Olivier pointed me to the “manual” option — which I hadn’t seen, although it was what I was looking for! — which simply spits out code for you to copy-paste into your blog.

So, if you gave up earlier, or didn’t have a chance to see it, go and [watch Robert being podcasted by two swiss guys at LIFT’06](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2006/02/04/wild-videocast-of-robert-scoble-interview/ “Optional bunny entertainment included.”).

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Video Complaints [en]

[fr] Souvent pas facile de voir les jolies choses vidéo qu'on nous met à  disposition sur le web. Je me plains un peu.

Stupid user or balkanisation?

I’m listening to a (http://www.freestudios.tv/?cdroite=tablo_lift06). First of all I got a pop-up window which looked like a “go no further, you don’t have what it takes to view this” message. Actually, there’s a RealPlayer link in there. OK, cool. They have a partial podcast of the event, but I can’t open it in iTunes. What a shame!

At LIFT’06, I learnt that part of [Robert Scoble](http://scobleizer.wordpress.com “Microsoft’s official blogger.”)’s job is barging into people’s offices with a camcorder and saying “hi there, what do you do at Microsoft?” So I headed off to [Channel9](http://channel9.msdn.com/) to try and listen to some. My first impression upon landing on the site, I have to say, was “ew, what a mess! Where do I find Robert’s stuff in there?” OK, I found one: [Jenny Lam – Designing Experiences at Microsoft](http://channel9.msdn.com/Showpost.aspx?postid=161254). Click, click. Launches VLC. Doesn’t work 🙁 Quicktime usually works. Ah, damn, Quicktime is an Apple thing, isn’t it?

Yep, I’m running OSX, Firefox, and I’m not exactly a Microsoft fan. I’ve been very positively impressed, though, from what I learnt that Microsoft was doing in the transparency department. Aren’t I precisely the kind of audience Channel9 could be interested in catering to? Make it easy for me, please 🙂

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DailyMotion Problems [en]

[fr] Un problème avec DailyMotion, heureusement réglé. Si vous n'avez pas pu voir la vidéo où je fais la bobette derrière Robert Scoble, c'est le moment d'y aller!

You probably know I like [DailyMotion](http://dailymotion.com/Steph “See my videos there.”). I posted some [feedback about DailyMotion](http://steph.wordpress.com/2006/02/05/dailymotion-feedback/) yesterday, and bumped into some naughty problems today.

The problem with DailyMotion is that it doesn’t have a nice forum or a real devblog like [coComment](http://cocomment.com) where we can leave feedback. So I’m posting it to my blog and tagging it in hope it will be found. By the way, I’ve been wondering [what the best place is](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2005/12/18/split-identity-crisis/) for this kind of feedback: here or [on the Cheese Sandwich Blog](http://steph.wordpress.org/tag/geek)? What’s your take?

After LIFT’06, I put [this video of Robert being interviewed](http://www.dailymotion.com/Steph/video/39332) online and [wrote a post about it](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2006/02/04/wild-videocast-of-robert-scoble-interview/) here. Unfortunately, it seems at least one of my readers is [not able to view it](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2006/02/04/wild-videocast-of-robert-scoble-interview/#comment-54798) . (I guess there are at least 20 of you out there who just didn’t tell me about it.) The message says something about a key not being valid for this blog.

DailyMotion allows you to [blog your videos directly from the site](http://www.dailymotion.com/doc/faq#section_15). That’s neat, but as I’m a control freak, I like dealing with the code myself. Back in November I had [posted a video to my other blog](http://steph.wordpress.com/2005/11/27/youtube-or-dailymotion/), so I grabbed the code from over there, adapted it (video id), and it seemed to work. Actually, that was because I was still logged in to my DailyMotion account.

I first tried adding CTTS to my DailyMotion account, as a second blog. That failed (error message, just doesn’t work). As I was writing this post, I tried logging out of DailyMotion, and actually saw the message all my poor readers have been seeing these last days! In a click of my trackpad I was able to fix everything.

So, if you haven’t seen me [goofing off behind Robert Scoble as David and Marc-O try to podcast him](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2006/02/04/wild-videocast-of-robert-scoble-interview/) (red wine and Apple hardware involved), now’s the time to do it! Sorry for the buggy post, and thanks a lot to [Raphael](http://www.electronlibre.ch/electronnews) for pointing out the problem to me.

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Tracking Keywords: PubSub and Technorati [en]

[fr] Comparaison de PubSub et Technorati pour surveiller des mots-clés dans la blogosphère. Aucun des deux vraiment satisfaisant.

One thing I came back with from LIFT’06 is that what one should monitor is more keyword watchlists, rather than blogs. I used to have a few hundred blogs in an aggregator, but gave up using it ages ago. Too much to sift through, considering it isn’t my day job to do so.

During [his talk](http://www.freestudios.tv/?cdroite=tablo_lift06 “Link to video of Robert Scoble’s talk.”), Robert mentioned that he used [PubSub](http://www.pubsub.com/) to track keywords like “Microsoft” or his name. Of course, it makes sense. Tracking topics that are of interest to you. I created a PubSub account and set up a few subscriptions to try to track things like mentions of my hometown, Lausanne, teenagers and weblogs, and of course my name. Tracking your name makes a lot of sense if you’re looking out for conversations. Think of highlighting in IRC: if everybody tracks their name in blogs, then you can just call out to them. Hi, Robert, by the way!

Now, this name thing. I guess tracking your surname with PubSub is all right if you’re named [Scoble](http://www.google.com/search?q=scoble “Google for Scoble.”), but if you’re named [Booth](http://www.google.com/search?q=booth “Google for Booth.”) it makes things much trickier. I added my first name, but that didn’t help much if I omitted the quotes. And as people are likely to refer to me as “Stephanie Booth”, “Stéphanie Booth”, “Steph Booth” or even “Stéph Booth” that’s a bunch to track, but let’s say it’s manageable. But it rules out people who refer to me as “bunny” or even “Tara” (yeah, and if I start tracking those too, it’s not going to make things less messy).

What I really liked about PubSub is that it offers me an out-of-the-box sidebar for firefox. I can get a list of the recent posts containing my keywords in there, browse them, click, check, move on. It has highlighting too, and that’s really nice — helps me see straight away if the Stephanie Booth on the page is me or some homonym. (For some reason it’s not working anymore, but it was nice while it lasted.)

What I didn’t like is that it didn’t seem to be returning as many results as Technorati. Also, I wasn’t always sure if it was responding or not (I guess the current conversation around my name isn’t very busy ;-)). And the “Latest Messages” option only gave me the last three posts in each subscription. It gave me the impression of being a little incomplete in the results it returned. I suspect it isn’t really incomplete, but I can’t really nail what gives me the impression. In any case, [PubSub and Technorati give different results for a search on “cocomment”](http://flickr.com/photos/bunny/97340694/ “View screenshot on Flickr.”)

The slight unsatisfaction with PubSub made me go back to Technorati watchlists, which I had never really used. I like the idea of tracking URLs in posts. If somebody links to me, then it doesn’t matter if the person called me “Stéph Booth” or “Tara” or “[la Mère Denis](http://pascalrossini.blogspot.com/2005/12/advertising-20.html)”, I’ll see it. I can also track [links to my Flickr account](http://technorati.com/search.php?s=flickr.com%2Fphotos%2Fbunny) and [other blogs](http://technorati.com/search.php?s=steph.wordpress.com) and [stuff](http://technorati.com/search.php?s=dailymotion.com/Steph/) easily. Keyword searches work too. So, neat, I now have a [watchlist page on Technorati](http://www.technorati.com/watchlist/ “See yours.”) with all my monitoring material. I can subscribe to each of them by RSS.

Gripes, however. And for the sake of it, let’s assume I’m hoping my watchlists will replace my NewsReader, and not go and live in it:

– I can only expand one watchlist at a time.
– Expanding a watchlist shows only the three last results.
– I don’t have a compilation page with the latest results from all/any of my watchlists.
– I’d like a sidebar!
– Blogroll links keep showing up in Technorati search results. It’s nice to know you’ve been blogrolled, but you don’t need to be reminded of it each time you do a search.
– No highlighting!

What it boils down to: I’d like a Technorati Watchlist sidebar for FireFox and highlighting of search terms or URL in the pages which are loaded from it.

Do you monitor keywords, URLs or search terms? Do you use PubSub or Technorati? Do you stick the results in your feed reader to keep track of them?

Update: of course, I’m much more familiar with Technorati, so there might be something about PubSub I’m missing completely. Feel free to educate me.

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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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LIFT'06 Photographs [en]

[fr] Les photos de LIFT'06 aujourd'hui sont en train d'être mises en ligne à  vitesse tout petit v. Merci de votre patience.

You probably noticed I’ve been [uploading LIFT’06 photographs](http://www.flickr.com/photos/bunny/sets/72057594058518485/) to Flickr since yesterday. I took a whole bunch of really fun photos last night, but upload is slow as slug, so I don’t know when they’ll be up. Thanks for your patience!

Cosy Geeking
Robert and Anina geeking away

Almost all of my photos are CC-licensed. Feel free to use them on your blogs if you’re speaking about the conference — a mugshot or two does tend to liven-up text-only conference notes.

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