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|I had been waiting for a while to get a newer, real smart phone, like the cool kids. But i don't like the iPhone - it's just too closed (get a mac to develop on it? can't officially sync from linux?) and i'm tired of having to work around stubborn companies. The Palm Pre doesn't excite me. Neither do the latest offerings from RIM. That leaves Android devices. Here in Canada, Rogers has the HTC Dream (aka the G1) and Magic, which are the older ones, with slowish processors. I was just waiting for the Nexus One and when it became available, i jumped on it. Ordered an engraved N1 on tuesday at 19:00, and friday around noon, had it in my hands. Here are my impressions after a week of using it, the gist of which is that this phone is a WIN.|
by wiswaud on 26 March 2010 | 0 commentsVidéotron's Ultimate Speed 50 Mbps access, and now Bell's Fibe 25 Mbps access (i can't link directly to the service - click on Fibe 25) and we're told how great they are. They're actually both humongous ripoffs, if you have even basic math skills and 5 minutes ahead of you. Why? They both advertise those great speeds, but hidden behind those figures, in very small print, behind 2-3 clicks from the product pages, you'll find abysmal monthly transfer caps. This means that, yes you have a very fast connection. But if you were to use it fully, you'd very quickly fall into a lot of debt.
by wiswaud on 17 February 2010 | 0 commentsquadcore CPU, 8GB ram, RAID-1 hard drives with lots of space, wired connection. My laptop, a Lenovo x300, is also great but in different ways: it's very small and sturdy, and still kinda fast, but nowhere near the desktop. So i work on both frequently - even within a single day i'll work on both. But i want my files to be accessible from both places easily, and synchronize them... But not all of them. And particularly not the hg /svn/cvs/bzr/whatever sandboxes: for those, i want to use normal DVCS flows, and if i need to move in-flight work i'll use mq patches. So what i came up with is this:
by wiswaud on 11 February 2010 | 0 commentsan article published by McGill. This is a most excellent article about the different scary stories out there that have people panicking about the vaccine, and getting a lot of people to not get vaccinated, which is frustrating to someone like me who, in a few days, will be holding a newborn and bringing her to various holiday parties. Problem is, anyone who believes the 30-second shocking blurbs from the quacks out there is just not the type of person who would actually read such an article, even if you threw it in their face.
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by wiswaud on 17 November 2009 | 0 commentspuny little site, the most significant of which is that i now use the Blueprint CSS framework for layout, as it nicely includes everything i want: reset, columns, and a nice set of base styles. And it's small and fast to load. I wish there was the same thing but fluid: where it would adjust the column width to the browser's resolution. I've always been fairly opposed to fixed-width layouts, but i really wanted a nice, easy to use, cross-browser column layout thingy and i couldn't find a non-hacky, clean fluid one. I also put in a cleaner, text-only widget for my tweets. Nothing exciting, really.
by wiswaud on 27 July 2009 | 0 commentsrackspacecloud.com. I've been using Amazon Web Services for a while, for Akoha and now for a client. In particular, using EC2 ("cloud servers" - on-demand virtual servers, basically), with EBS (attached storage, a little like iSCSI drives), and some S3 usage (cloud object storage, for storing server images, scripts, and all sorts of files). But Rackspace, a great and huge more traditional hosting / colocation company, has recently gotten in the cloud server game with their rackspacecloud offering. But how does it compare to AWS?
by wiswaud on 16 July 2009 | 0 commentspost on /. about Google releasing a Free NX server clone (Google Open Source Blog post), NeatX. That's good news for all - see below for why.
by wiswaud on 15 July 2009 | 0 commentsPEP-8 coding style, but quickly looking up some detail in the spec always takes more than a few seconds as it's rather verbose. So i wrote example python code that concisely shows all the PEP-8 recommendations in 1 page of commented code. You can download the PDF version or the raw script. Read below to see it inline.
by wiswaud on 9 July 2009 | 0 commentsDjango's syndication framework in the contrib applications. I wanted to be able to have RSS feeds that would only follow entries tagged with something, so that you could only follow my entries written in english or that are about django. It turns out i got that done with a 7 line change.
by wiswaud on 15 April 2009 | 0 commentsday 1 and day 2). They've also announced that PyCon 2010 will in Atlanta, GA, on February 19th to 21st, though the precise dates might change a little. I am unfortunately unable to attend the sprints that will be happening this coming week, and i'm going back to Montréal today. Thanks to Akoha for paying for the trip, and for the entire PyCon team for putting the conference together. It was a great conference, and if anybody reading this is wondering whether they should go, by all means you should try to make it to Atlanta next year. In the meantime, read below for my account of the talks i attended today.
by wiswaud on 29 March 2009 | 0 commentsmy notes on day 1). Another interesting day full of interesting talks, with a keynote by Guido, a few django talks and some more random things. You can definitely feel how django is just taking off, it's amazing. Last year there were roughly the same number of talks on each of a few different web frameworks. This year it seems that django has the same number of talks as all other frameworks together... Well not quite: i just counted 4 full django talks, 5 web framework non-django talks - but still.
by wiswaud on 28 March 2009 | 0 commentsPyCon for the third year in a row. This gathering of python geeks is a very good conference to go to. The mix of people, from basement hobbyist kids to corporate types, is great. I got to PyCon by getting up at 3:40am this morning and taking the 5:44 flight from Montréal. The hotel is much nicer than last year; i got an awesome room on the 10th floor, with a balcony! So far the conference itself is pretty much like last year, with the talk and speaker quality varying wildly. Lunch was pleasantly improved, and served, not a buffet. The wifi pretty much just worked for me, and still works quite well, but there's again many... less technically-inclined people who keep creating adhoc networks with the same name as the conf network. Still, working a lot better than last year, so far. In general, many kudos to the organizers: the amount of things that need to go right for such a conference is incredible, and the registration fees are ridiculously low and yet the result is an extremely well organized conference. Overall, i'd say that if you want to watch a few presentations, from what i saw today i'd recommend you watch the python namespaces, automated qa, coverage and the everyblock talks. The videos are surely not up yet, but i'm assured they will be at some point. Another nice addition is that the schedule has diamond ratings which give a rough idea of the technical level. Here's a dump of point-form notes with some commentary from the talks i attended.
by wiswaud on 27 March 2009 | 0 commentsPyCon - the annual python conference. I'm actually arriving right on time for the keynote friday morning, and leaving sunday night. If anyone wants to chat, ping me!
by wiswaud on 24 March 2009 | 0 commentsdjango comments mechanisms for fighting spam are not very effective at all, contrary to my expectations. So i had to bring reCAPTCHA back. But then i figured i might as well do some kind of ajax comment form if i'm going to rewrite my commenting. A few problems cropped up, and it's still ugly, but it works now, and i haven't had a single spam comment since, whereas i consistently had a couple a day before.
by wiswaud on 24 March 2009 | 0 commentsdjango 1 - 1.0.2, specifically. It took me a while, simply because i was an idiot and the way i customized the comments application so it would use reCAPTCHA to detect non-humans was just retarded. That, and i was lazy.
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by wiswaud on 14 November 2008 | 0 commentsping.fm to update my status on different sites (twitter, pownce, facebook and plurk), just for kicks (i don't use those nearly as much as others, and of course nobody reads mine :) ). Plurk has a nice little widget, and we'll want to have something like that for akoha, so i thought i'd put it here (it's on the RHS of my blog)... as an added benefit, it'll put update content a little more often here...
by wiswaud on 13 July 2008 | 2 commentsMaxime, un stagiaire qui a passé sa session d'hiver avec nous chez akoha, a écrit un court billet sur son expérience. 2 de nos stagiaires d'hiver reviennent à l'automne, ce qui est bien sûr génial. J'espère que tout se passe bien pour eux dans leur retour aux études! Nous serons très heureux de les revoir à l'automne.
by wiswaud on 28 May 2008 | 0 comments