My name is Cédric Bozzi. I make websites and apps, and this is my blog dedicated to technology: here you’ll find news, opinions and reviews, all written by a Mac-head who tends to have definite opinions about stuff.
Jabber allows you to connect to the same server, with the same user ID, from several machines simultaneously. I had already known that at the time I tested some Jabber clients, but had forgotten it because I had no use for that.
Now that I have two workstations on my office (and the number should grow over time), I rediscover the functionality, get some documentation and… get disappointed. They had a great idea, something that gave them a real edge on other IM systems, but they limited themselves to one particular case study instead of exploring all possibilities.
Firefox avatars in passing and, much more interesting, Gravatar: Globally Recognized Avatar [via]. Register your avatar (a 80x80 pixel image, like on messageboards) on gravatar.com, associate it to your e-mail address, and it’ll be automatically displayed on every gravatar-enabled weblog. Can’t wait for this to spread!
P.S. Crap, they check email addresses, I won’t be able to use firstname.lastname@example.org anymore.
P.S. Well, maybe it works on garoo.net, try it; I haven’t received the verification email yet.
P.S. For those gaget lovers, instructions and plugins for MovableType, Wordpress and TextPattern are available.
P.S. Now works on garoo.net, and their verification email problems are fixed. Register now so you can have your own comment avatar on this and other blog comment systems (and soon on the guestlog)!
Sauce Reader 1.10 doesn’t highlight the first unread item when you change folders, and the .NET hack in order to read Wordpress feeds (because the Wordpress developers don’t seem to care, when it comes to fixing bugs rather than just complaining that someone’s talking about them)
doesn’t seem to work anymore still works; it was because of a typographic quote.
Looks like the hunt for the perfect aggregator is starting again.
Firefox 1.0. I love the type-ahead find toolbar, but popups aren’t working anymore. I always have problems with popups.
P.S. Solved by creating a new profile (and why doesn’t the installer create a Profile Manager anymore?) and copying the bookmarks and passwords over. Luckily Firefox uses clearly identifiable configuration files.
Their server is about to implode, but it’s time to try out Konfabulator for Windows. Shareware, at $25, it’ll have trouble, but nothing’s impossible: Konfabulator has the advantage, over all its clones, of being designed for the final user. A nice slideshow explains how it works when you first run it; the menus are clean; the option windows are standardized; you only have to double-click a widget and it’s added — and, of course, there’s Konsposé. On the other side of the fence, all the free clones are heavy, poorly designed, sometimes even made for programmers who want to define their desktop layout by editing a text file (makes me laugh when people talk about Samurize as a viable competitor). What Konfabulator brings over from the Mac world isn’t just prettier widgets: it’s a well-designed interface, and it makes the hell of a difference.
Of course, I doubt this difference is worth $25 to most people. But, who knows — the market base is so much larger than on Macs, it may be workable.
Sauce Reader seems to have become rather stable. Hasn’t crashed for quite a while. And you must know what a feat it is for a Windows aggregator.
P.S. Yeah, well, it looks like instead of crashing it now just stops updating feeds, without telling anyone. Not that much better than before.
P.S. It’s confirmed after restarting the program. No wonder why I felt alone and bored.