October 2005

Just to let those who live under the sea know that ONLamb.com released a new article regarding Ruby on Rails.

It is the third paper and, as usual, it is clear and very usefull when you want to have a deeper look on RoR. This time, it is focused on Rails components (Active Record, Mailer, Web service and Action Pack).

I suggest to read the comments at the end of the article. Most of them are very informative.

To easily start with RoR:

Under Windows: InstantRails
Great app with some bugs: for instance, the fact that you have to restart rails after doing a modification in your source.

  • One folder install with no configuration
  • Ruby 1.8.2
  • Rails 0.13.1
  • Apache 1.3.33
  • MySQL 4.1.9 (by the way, MySQL 5 is out!!!)
  • SCGI 1.7+
  • SCGI Rails Runner 0.4.0
  • phpMyAdmin 2.6.1
  • PHP 4.3.10
  • Rake 0.6.2
  • cmdparse 2.0.0
  • HighLine 1.0.1

Under MacOSX: Locomotive
Not yet tested.

  • one folder install with no configuration
  • Ruby 1.8.2
  • Readline 5.0
  • SQLite 2.8.16
  • SQLite 3.2.5
  • ruby-mysql 2.7
  • FastCGI 2.4.0
  • Rails 0.14.1
  • sqlite-ruby 2.2.3
  • sqlite3-ruby 1.1.0
  • postgres-pr 0.4.0
  • fcgi
  • lighttpd 1.4.6
  • FastCGI 2.4.0
  • PCRE 6.4

Free rails hosting: RailsPlayground
SSH, FTP, SQL allowed
Some bugs for the free accounts: Indeed, it looked like I shared my mySQL DB with another user.

Written in listening: Oasis
Technorati tags: Rails, Rubyonrails


I read on Signal vs Noise that Google released its new version of Google Web Accelerator.

The post raises a lot of concern about the privacy. Indeed, if all i read (or even a part of it) is true, we can start wondering…

So let’s recap. Google…

Besides this problem specific to GWA, it seems that angry at Google is more and more present within the web.

It makes me think of Microsoft a decade ago. Microsoft used to launch new great innovative products (Windows 95) that geeks were looking forward to them.

But month after month, doubts about privacy, monopoly and even quality of the products were raised. Now Microsoft is the evil that we all have to fight against.
Just have some words with a student in IT, he will tell you all the bad things he thinks about Microsoft (regardless the legitimacy of its opinions) and will try to convert you to Linux stuff.

So, despite the fact that Google launched some great products (Google Earth is one of them, for instance), it seems that Google will follow the same way as Microsoft. And, as far as I know, there is nothing they can do against it.


Written in listening: nothing
Technorati Tags: Google Microsoft


If you haven’t seen this yet….

First time I spend 15 minutes watching and rewatching an ad…. The music is great as well. Is anybody able to tell me what are the differents artists?


Written in listening: Lamb

Nothing to do on this saturday afternoon. Let see what is new within the blogosphere.
No doubt that my bloglines account is full of new post.

Hum hum, Flock is at last available in Beta version: Mozilla’s security and Look&Feel plus the integration of Flickr, del.icio.us APIs plus some blogging tools. It sounds great. Let’s give it a try.

1- Del.icio.us

As soon as I entered my login details, Flock downloaded all my saved sites (with related tags). Yet, each new site I will bookmark with Flock will be automatically add to my del.icio.us account. Nice!!

2- Flickr
A top bar can be opened with your choice of flickr pictures.
I need to investigate further on this topic…

3- Blogging tool
Actually, I created this blog only to test the functionality. And moreover, WordPress gives free accounts to Flock users (even if Flock is not 100% compatible with wordpress yet: cannot modify a existing post for instance).
After my wordpress was created, I ran the blog editor in Flock, entered my login/pwd and wrote this text.
After some difficulties with the blog editor (bullets points and lists are painfull to use…), I add some tags to my post, clicked on publish and it worked properly.
Then I tried to modify my text but I didn’t find out a way to do it. It seems that Flock allows you to create a post but not to update/modify one.

By the way wordpress is amazing in term of use of AJAX capability.

5- The Shelf
The shelf is a little window where you can drop several web stuff (text, URL, pictures…) into. Could be useful when you want to save some data prior to writing a blog spot for instance 😉

6- Extensions
Some great extensions are already available for Flock:
Greasemonkey, GmailNotifier and Webdeveloper …

7- Misc.
Some tries on “difficult” websites (java, flash, javascript) showed that Flock is able to handle such spread technologies.

I ran a TOP command under a console to check the amount of memory my browsers use:
Safari 2.0.1: 116 Mo
Flock 0.4.1: 204 Mo
Firefox 1.0.7: 296 Mo

It seems that Flock is lighter than Firefox. Maybe, all the extensions I installed on Firefox are transtating the result.

Anyway, great browser for those who are keen on using all the great latest web applications.Assuming that most of problems will be fixed in next version, I am looking forward to getting it!!!

Written in listening: Stevie Wonder
Technorati Tags: flock, wordpress, blog