Inventing cold water

This title comes while I got a client who asks itself why he is asking us to develop software that already exists in slightly different form. He probably does not remember the essential differences…

For myself, I just would like to know what is better: using existing free software or develop your own software which will be closest to your needs? I guess you have to decide according the case… and maybe the peoples.

As you know, I was developing (for my private use) a software to publish my photos. You can still see it at this address, and on some friends web site who used it (JH, N). But as every personal development, it goes very slowly and don’t do all I expect it to do. Even if I am really proud of it, it is not good enough. Worth, I find a software which do it better and which is free to use! So I give up my project and announce you my last photos on my new photos space: I am not going to « invent cold water », but rather to make my organisation suit with good existing tools.

Aug 7, 2006 – 95 Photos

I am sorry it is Google again… I now use those projects of the Mountain View company: GMail, Calendar, Reader, Blogger, Picasa, PicasaWeb, Groups, GTalk, Maps and Google obviously! It may mean that they make good job!


"we", no more "I"

My dear girl friend is coming to join me definitively (I hope at least). The biggest trouble for the moment is I need to said « we » instead of « I » when my family, my colleagues, even you who are reading me ask me what I did, what I planed to do or whatever… Through this blog (I am writing alone, actually C does not speak English. I also, need to use « we » at work when I answer clients (alone while I am the most competent to find and explain problems) in the name of the company.

To be trained, I am just going to said we were at beach these week end, we just swam a little before coming back with our bike : a 25 kilometres trip. Just enough to enjoy the see… and the shower back home : it so hot here we are sweating without even moving.

I find out that thistle are much more bigger and much more numbered here in Montpellier than in Aberdeen where they are suppose to represent the country! The last difference is they are dying very quickly here : probably due to the sun or the lack of water… Or maybe, in Scotland they try to keep the longest the mission the people like to give them: guardians!

As I am talking about plant and symbols, I may also annunciate we planted an olive tree on the balcony to show the beginning of our common life. I hope the peace tree will preserve us from disappointments of life.

I was thinking to plant a guardian under the peace to tree to preserve him… but that might do another story!


move on

Google maps is now covering France, so I get the idea to recreate my history on a map.

I am born in Reims the well know capital of champagne. I didn’t put a very accurate point because I don’t know the exact point I come to life : a hospital, where I endure tests to check if I wasn’t stupid… At that time my parents lived in Landouzy La Ville an unsignifiant village in the north of the country where I spent my little childhood. In fact, it wasn’t the north : we moved to Boulogne sur Mer, the city from where Napoleon attempted to invade england. I find the exact place, unfortunately there was a cloud when they took the picture… I left that town to the south in my early adolescence. We reach Chabeuil, a 5000 inhabitant town which for there is nothing else to said that it is a beautiful place. I began my studies (mathematics) in the nearby big town before to move to Saint Etienne where I studied computing science at ISTASE. For my last (but not least) year of study, I choose to go to Aberdeen, European capital of petroleum, to enjoy the lectures from Aberdeen University. I also enjoy whisky but it is another story… I cross the channel back and join my parents in Villeurbanne, a very hight density town in Lyon’s suburbs. After 6 month of unemployment I fled that inhuman town to my actual home : Montpellier.

So what did I keep of all that? I actually miss the landscape of Chabeuil (Montpellier begin to burn under the sun), the friends of Aberdeen and Saint Etienne (I am so much alone here), the mountains of Saint Etienne (the landscape is flat, perfect for bike ?), the soft weather of Aberdeen (here it is to hot or to much windy or to much rainy)… what else?