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Un couple de Français disparaît en Bolivie
Un jeune couple a disparu depuis le 28 août dans le nord-est de la Bolivie. Les parents des jeunes gens, mis au courant en fin de semaine dernière, ont décidé de se rendre sur place.

Les Chinois "en ligne directe" avec le pouvoir
Reclus dans Zhongnanhai, le bastion du gouvernement central chinois et du Parti communiste, situé juste à côté de la Cité interdite à Pékin (dans ce qui fut autrefois les jardins impériaux), les dirigeants chinois s'inquiéteraient-ils d'apparaître trop isolés et indifférents aux préoccupations du peuple ?

A Washington, il y a une autre Michelle
Michelle Rhee, 40 ans, est la "chancelière" des écoles publiques. Elle est de ces gens qui croient que la performance de l'élève a quelque relation avec celle des profs.
Société -
La plupart des campements évacués abritaient des Roms
Contrairement à ce qu'affirme le gouvernement, la plupart des campements évacués abritaient des Roms et non des gens du voyage, affirme l'Union française des associations tsiganes.

Japon - Le succès fulgurant d'un vigneron bordelais au Japon (France Info)
Produire son vin à Bordeaux et devenir une star de manga et de série TV : Jean-Pierre Amoreau en a fait les frais du jour au lendemain grâce à la saga “Les Gouttes de Dieu”.

"L'engagement bénévole n'est pas facile à vivre tous les jours, mais il est une source de bonheur"
En France, douze millions de bénévoles s'engagent chaque année dans 800 000 associations à but non lucratif. Des internautes du racontent leurs attentes, leurs joies mais parfois aussi leurs déceptions.
Dell Quietly Announces 7″ Android Tablet

I wouldn’t even say they announced it. Apparently Michael Dell just casually mentioned it at Oracle-related conference. Of course, we already knew there would be larger versions of the streak. What I don’t understand is why they released the tiny version first, and not a larger version with wider appeal?

Continue reading this article…

IT Spending Grows 4% For Small To Medium-Sized Businesses

According to a SpiceWorks report released today, Information Technology related budgets at small and medium sized businesses are up over 4% vs. figures announced for January through June 2010. Notable high spending points points are in the areas of virtualization as well as optimistic staffing increases, especially in companies with under 20 employees. Over 3,011 IT professionals from over 117 countries were surveyed by SpiceWorks between July and August 2010 to come up with this data.

Key highlights from the survey:

  • IT Budgets for the second half of 2010 increased 4 percent over figures reported in the first half of the year. The average annual IT budget for small and medium businesses is now $121,770, vs. $117,200 in the first half of 2010.
  • Increasing virtualization for efficiency and security is a key focal point for budgeting, as 68% of IT professionals plan to utilize some form of virtualization by the end of 2010 vs. 63% reported for the first half of 2010.
  • 20% of small to medium sized businesses plan to add full-time IT staff by the end of 2010, the most notable growth being in companies with less than 20 employees, 23% of companies with less than 20 employees.
  • Less money is being spent on hardware, with 42% of IT budgets for the remainder of the year allocated to hardware purchases, down from the 47% reported for the first half of 2010.
  • 35% of IT budgets for the second half of 2010 are allocated to software purchases.
  • 34% plan to tackle server operating system upgrades before year-end, antivirus/anti-spam software is a popular choice with 67% of respondents planning to buy new, upgrade or renew.

Amidst recent reports that venture investment in IT has stagnated, the sector seems to be growing, at least as far as company spending is concerned. You can find a PDF of the completed survey here.

Google New: It’s Google News About New Google Stuff In One Place

In terms of blog networks, no one ever seems to talk about Google, but they actually have one of the biggest. The search giant has well over 100 blogs devoted to everything from general company news to niche things that only webmasters will care about. And with over 100 different blogs pumping out a wide variety of content, it can be hard to keep up with all the Google news. That’s why Google has created Google New.

Google New, not to be confused with Google News, their news aggregation property (which turned 8 today, coincidentally), is a landing page that gives you a quick overview of the latest news from all the various Google blogs. The default view is to show snippets from the latest blog posts in reverse chronological order, but you can also tailor the experience to be just about things you actually care about. At the top of the page is a big area that allows Google to showcase something particularly newsworth — in this case, Google Instant.

In their blog post about Google New today, Google notes that this was a 20 percent project that a few Googlers worked on to better showcase what the company is doing as a whole. You can hear more of their perspective in the video below.

Given the rate of new products Google has been pumping out recently, I’m already wondering how long it will be until we need a New Google New.

Sep 1st 10

I’m Founding a Startup

In case you missed my Tweet on Aug 13th “Burn the boats – I’ve reached the point of no return and finally admitting I’m founding a new startup. Details soon.”

I didn’t really intend to become a founder, but was hit with an epiphany of a huge opportunity that I was perfectly suited to execute. I actually tried to push it out of my find for several days (my consulting practice has been fun/lucrative) but I kept having a nagging feeling that it had to be done. I shared the vision with a few venture capitalist friends and they quickly offered to fund it. I then received strong need validation from potential customers, which wasn’t surprising since the original epiphany had been based on engaging many potential customers.  Momentum has been strong ever since (though surely there will be course corrections along the way).

I’ll be on a blogging vacation for the foreseeable future…

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International -
Un couple de Français disparaît en Bolivie
Un jeune couple a disparu depuis le 28 août dans le nord-est de la Bolivie. Les parents des jeunes gens, mis au courant en fin de semaine dernière, ont décidé de se rendre sur place.

Les Chinois "en ligne directe" avec le pouvoir
Reclus dans Zhongnanhai, le bastion du gouvernement central chinois et du Parti communiste, situé juste à côté de la Cité interdite à Pékin (dans ce qui fut autrefois les jardins impériaux), les dirigeants chinois s'inquiéteraient-ils d'apparaître trop isolés et indifférents aux préoccupations du peuple ?

A Washington, il y a une autre Michelle
Michelle Rhee, 40 ans, est la "chancelière" des écoles publiques. Elle est de ces gens qui croient que la performance de l'élève a quelque relation avec celle des profs.

Browser Statistics

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What is the trend in browser usage?

Web Statistics and Trends

Statistics are important information. From the statistics below, you can see that Firefox and Internet Explorer are the two most popular browsers.

Browser Statistics Month by Month

2010 Internet Explorer Firefox Chrome Safari Opera
August 30.7 % 45.8% 17.0% 3.5% 2.3%
July 30.4 % 46.4% 16.7% 3.4% 2.3%
June 31.0 % 46.6% 15.9% 3.6% 2.1%
May 32.2 % 46.9% 14.5% 3.5% 2.2%
April 33.4 % 46.4% 13.6% 3.7% 2.2%
March 34.9 % 46.2% 12.3% 3.7% 2.2%
February 35.3 % 46.5% 11.6% 3.8% 2.1%
January 36.2 % 46.3% 10.8% 3.7% 2.2%
2009 Internet Explorer Firefox Chrome Safari Opera


For information on how to use experimental APIs, see the chrome.experimental.* APIs page.

API reference: chrome.apiname





method name

void chrome.module.methodName(, )

A description from the json schema def of the function goes here.



Callback function

The callback parameter should specify a function that looks like this:

If you specify the callback parameter, it should specify a function that looks like this:

function(Type param1, Type param2) {...});

This function was added in version . If you require this function, the manifest key minimum_chrome_version can ensure that your extension won't be run in an earlier browser version.


event name

chrome.bookmarksonEvent.addListener(function(Type param1, Type param2) {...});

A description from the json schema def of the event goes here.



type name

 function init() {
    YAHOO.util.Dom.setStyle("hidden_element", "visibility", "");
 // As with addListener, onAvailable, and onContentReady, you can pass a data object and adjust the scope
 // YAHOO.util.Event.onDOMReady(init, data, scope);

A JavaScript CRC32

By Andrea Ercolino, 2006-11-29 20:08:50

Here is a micro JavaScript library for computing the CRC32 of a string.

After importing the crc32.js file, a function with this signature

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Adler-32 is a checksum algorithm which was invented by Mark Adler[when?]. Compared to a cyclic redundancy check of the same length, it trades reliability for speed. Adler-32 is more reliable than Fletcher-16, and slightly less reliable than Fletcher-32. [1]



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Thrudb - faster, cheaper than SimpleDB

Thrudb Amazon's recent announcement of SimpleDB generated a lot of buzz in the community - finally, a database service for our virtual infrastructure! Well, not so fast. SimpleDB is a far cry from the usual RDMBS we're all used to, and it's best described as a key-value store (BerkeleyDB, really), or a meta-data storage layer for your S3 objects. If you're curious, Charles Ying and Todd Hoff provide a great overview, as well as a plethora of links for more information on SimpleDB.

Document-oriented databases belong to a different paradigm and a realization that a run off the mill RDMBS is not a panacea to every problem. In many applications, all we need is a key lookup, ability to store and index massive amounts of data, and none of the other overhead that is associated with an RDMBS. SimpleDB, RDDB, and CouchDB all belong to this paradigm and offer very similar functionality.

However, there is also a new kid on the block, and boy does it look promising - Thrudoc. Developed by Jake Luciani as part of his ThruDB platform which currently powers JunkDepot, it is a highly scalable document-oriented database ideal for deployment on virtual (Amazon EC2+S3) or dedicated infrastructure.

Asynchronous Tracking Usage Guide

The asynchronous snippet allows browsers to continue rendering the page while ga.js loads in the background. Since the browser might encounter tracking API calls before ga.js has finished loaded, a different syntax must be used for customizing your snippet. This document covers how to make tracking API calls using the asynchronous syntax. See the Migration Examples page for a side-by-side comparison of the traditional and asynchronous syntaxes.

  1. The Asynchronous Syntax
  2. HTML Event Handlers
  3. Pushing Functions
  1. One Push, Multiple Commands
  2. Split Snippet
  3. Common Pitfalls

Code snippets

This is a quick list of useful code snippets (small code samples) available for developers of extensions for the various Mozilla applications. Many of these samples can also be used in XULRunner applications, as well as in actual Mozilla code itself.

These examples demonstrate how to accomplish basic tasks that might not be immediately obvious.

JSONPath is a lightweight component that allows to find and extract relevant portions out of JSON structures on the client as well as on the server.

You can read more about it.

There are Wiki pages about usage and examples in Javascript and PHP.

Extensive test examples are available for JSONPath.

A PHP helper class JsonStore allows read, write and delete operations on JSON structures.

Some Notes on Distributed Key Stores #


random($foo) is the personal site of Leonard Lin, where I collect shiny things and publish original writing and code. more »

Last week I ended up building a distributed keystore for a client. That wasn’t my original intention, but after doing testing on just about every project out there, it turned out to be the best (only?) solution for our needs.

Specifically, a production environment handling at least 100M items with an accelerating growth curve, very low latency retrievals, and the ability to handle 100s of inserts/s w/ variable-sized data (avg 1K, but up in many cases well beyond) … on EC2 hardware. The previous system had been using S3 (since SDB is limited to 1K values) – err, the lesson there, BTW is don’t do that.

So, these requirements are decent – something that actually requires a distributed system, but something that shouldn’t be beyond what can be handled by a few nodes. My assumption was that I’d actually just be doing some load testing and documenting installation on the keystore the client picked out, and that would be that. This was not the case.

I’m still catching up on a number of other projects, so I don’t have a great deal of time to do a formal writeup, hoewver, the work I’ve done may be useful for those who might actually need to implement a production keystore.

Some other recent useful starting points may be Richard Jones’ Anti-RDBMS roundup and Bob Ippolito’s Drop ACID and think about data Pycon talk.

Tokyo Cabinet vs Memcached

March 8th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Tokyo Cabinet bills itself as a next-generation DBM. Like BerkeleyDB, TC gives you low-level database operations and allows you to build your own very fast data access operations. Unlike BDB, TC has several functional layers on top of TC which provide network access, schema-less document-oriented storage (a la CouchDB) and supported bindings for many languages. This project is an infrastructure nerd’s dream!

One interesting feature of its network access layer, Tokyo Tyrant, is support for the memcached protocol, which means we can access it via memcache-client! I downloaded tokyocabinet and tokyotyrant and built and installed them. I then started a tyrant server like so:

ttserver -port 45000 data.tch

Debugging JavaScript

This document is intended to help developers writing JavaScript code in Mozilla, mainly for Mozilla itself, but it may also be useful for web developers. It should give pointers to tools, aids and tricks which make debugging your code easier.

 * Queries a Baz for items.
 * @param {number} groupNum Subgroup id to query.
 * @param {string|number|null} term An itemName,
 *     or itemId, or null to search everything.

.Baz.prototype.query = function(groupNum, term) {

Ballou PR est une agence de relations publiques française à vocation internationale spécialisée dans le domaine des nouvelles technologies, de la biotechnologie et de la finance en Europe et aux Etats-Unis.


Nous mettons notre expertise et notre réseau à votre service pour concevoir et mettre en œuvre des campagnes globales qui visent à renforcer votre stratégie de développement et à accroître votre valorisation.


Par une approche innovante, Ballou PR optimise la visibilité de ses clients sur leurs marchés cibles et tisse des liens étroits et indispensables à la création d’opportunités commerciales à l’échelle nationale et internationale grâce à notre gamme de services.

Relations presse, relations analystes, blogs, networking professionnel, conférences et prix d’entreprises sont autant d’outils sur lesquels Ballou PR s’appuie pour accroître la notoriété de ses clients et générer une dynamique propice à leur développement.


Qui sollicite les services de Ballou PR ?


- Les entreprises françaises qui souhaitent développer leurs activités en France, en Europe ou aux Etats-Unis.

- Les entreprises européennes qui souhaitent développer leurs activités en Europe ou aux Etats-Unis.

- Les entreprises américaines qui souhaitent développer leurs activités sur le marché européen.

How Gmail’s drag and drop works and why it’s not supported in Safari

Apr 21
How Gmail’s drag and drop works and why it’s not supported in Safari

Recently Gmail pushed out an update that allowed users to drag and drop files from desktop to Gmail and have them automatically uploaded. Being the web geek I am I had to figure out how it functioned. Firefox was easy and I have covered drag and drop uploading already. They also mentioned in their post that Chrome was supported but I know Chrome is yet to implement the File API. Most intriguing was that it doesn’t work in Safari? Continue reading

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Page d'aide sur l'homonymie Pour les articles homonymes, voir Elbe.

Île d'Elbe
Vue satellite de l'île (en bas)
Vue satellite de l'île (en bas)
Pays Italie Italie
Archipel Archipel toscan
Localisation Mer Ligure
Mer Tyrrhénienne
Coordonnées Px Geographylogo42° 45′ 43″ N 10° 14′ 27″ E 42.76183, 10.24083
Superficie 224 km2
Côtes 147 km
Point culminant Mont Capanne (1 018 m)
Italie Italie
Région Toscane
Province Livourne
Population 31 059 hab. (2007)
Densité 138,66 hab./km2
Autres informations
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Île d'Elbe

L'île d'Elbe (Isola d'Elba en italien) est la plus grande île de l'archipel toscan avec 224 km² de superficie et 147 km de côtes.
Longue de 29 km et large de 18,5 km, elle est située entre la Corse et la Toscane, à la frontière entre les mers Ligure et Tyrrhénienne. Elle est séparée du continent italien par le canal de Piombino, large d'une dizaine de kilomètres. C'est un site protégé par un parc national (Parc national de l'archipel toscan (it) qui comprend aussi six autres îles, Elbe étant la plus grande du parc) comme les autres îles de l'archipel toscan.

L'île, qui fait partie de la province de Livourne, comporte huit communes (Portoferraio, Marciana, Marciana Marina, Campo nell'Elba, Rio Marina, Rio nell'Elba, Capoliveri et Porto Azzurro).

Portoferraio - du nom du fer qu'exploitaient les Étrusques, puis les Romains - avec 10 000 habitants, sur une population insulaire d'environ 28 000 habitants, est sa plus grande agglomération et son port le plus important.

Giannutri conserve les vestiges d'une villa romaine, aux riches mosaïques.

Marina di Campo, située au sud-ouest de l'île sur la commune de Campo nell'Elba, offre une belle plage de sable fin et un petit aéroport (aéroport de Marina di Campo Teseo Tesei, code AITA : EBA).



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Dans l'antiquité, l'île convoitée pour sa richesse en minerai de fer fut originairement habitée par les Ligures Ilvates (d'où son nom originel Ilva) et a appartenu successivement aux Étrusques, aux Carthaginois, aux , puis aux .

Île d'Elbe
Vue satellite de l'île (en bas)
Vue satellite de l'île (en bas)
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Page d'aide sur l'homonymie Pour les articles homonymes, voir Capri (homonymie).

Capri est une île de la baie de Naples située en face de la péninsule de Sorrento en Italie.

Px Capri view to sorrento
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Capri vue de Sorrente.
Px Karte der Insel Capri
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Ancienne carte de l'île de Capri

Sur son territoire se trouvent la commune homonyme de Capri et la commune d'Anacapri. Ses dimensions sont de 6 km de long sur 3 de large. Connue depuis l'antiquité pour sa beauté, elle est un lieu de villégiature dès l'époque romaine. On la connaît particulièrement pour les faraglioni deux rochers émergeant de la mer. Mais l'île possède de nombreux autres intérêts comme la Marina Piccola, le belvédère de Tragara, la grotte bleue (Grotta Azzurra), la Villa San Michele, la Villa Malaparte ainsi que les ruines des villas impériales romaines.

L'étymologie du nom de Capri remonte aux anciens colons grecs qui furent les premiers habitants de l'île. Il ne dérive donc pas du latin (capreae = chèvres), mais du grec ancien κάπρος (kapros = sanglier).


Mike Butcher is Editor of TechCrunch Europe, co-founder of TechHub and on the board of the Coalition for a Digital Economy. Read more
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Mike Butcher (FRSA) is currently Editor of TechCrunch Europe. A long time journalist, Mike has written for UK national newspapers and magazines including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The New Statesman. He is a former editor of New Media Age magazine, the leading new media weekly in the UK, and the European edition of The Industry Standard magazine. Since 1996 he has launched or re-launched numerous media web sites and in 2000 he was nominated as NetMedia’s European Internet Journalist of the Year. In 2004 he was voted ‘One of the 100 Innovators of the UK Internet Decade’ by GfK NOP, the fourth-largest custom research business in the world. In July 2008 he was put at No. 47 out of the Top 100 people in London’s creative industry by The Independent newspaper and The Hospital Club. In August 2008 TechCrunch Europe was awarded the best “Web 2.0 and business blog” in the UK, by the readers of Computer Weekly magazine. In 2009 it was named as one of the Top 10 blogs out of the UK. Also in 2009 he was named one of the Top 10 bloggers on Twitter in the UK. In October 2009 he was named one of the Top 50 most influential Britons in technology by The Daily Telegraph. Mike is a regular commentator on the technology business, appearing on BBC News, Sky News, Channel 4 and Bloomberg. Mike’s personal blog is mbites, while he Twitters as @mikebutcher.

by Mike Butcher on June 23, 2010

InternetCongaLine is a new take on the ChatRoulette phenomenon. But this time serial UK entrepreneur Alex Tew has approached the issue of how you meet random people on video chat without… hitting the masturbators.

On first viewing it appears there are actually four full video and audio chats going on. Personally I suddenly didn’t feel so trepidatious, as one does with ChatRoulette. As Tew says himself, “it’s a fundamentally different experience to meet people in groups.”

Tew says that to keep the weirdos out they can aggressively moderate, plus, because it’s a group, they rely on user moderation too since you can take out more than one person at a time.

The idea is you can jump around finding interesting people to chat to via private or public IM. It’s certainly a lot less barbaric than chatroulette and there’s something about group chat that diminishes the awkwardness.

Mind you, the whole things remains quite experimental. And of course, you’ve only just heard about it on TechCrunch, so the hordes haven’t yet to arrive.


fuji-obey-fixed-gear.jpgStreet Art legend Shepard Fairey teamed up with Fuji bikes to make hipsters everywhere wet themselves in spasmodic glee with the release of this fixed gear bike. The OBEY x FUJI bike carries a hefty price-tag of $1,500 and the fact that it’s also a limited edition, Deviant Decorum predicts that hipster’s everywhere will be waiting anxiously at the ATM for their parent’s bank deposit to post so they can snatch one before they’re gone. Oh, wait…they’re already sold out. Our advice, start being “over it” right now while people are still hyped about this thing, you’ll score some major points from the other kids who were also left out and who knows, Banksy could still drop a limited edition Razor Scooter next month. To see some more pictures of the bike, click that link right HERE:fixedgear.jpgfujibike.jpg

World-brand-building mistakes France’s entrepreneurs make

December 10, 2009 By Robert Scoble

Traveling Geeks