Garbage Collector


The little space of a writer, tinkerer, and a coffee addict

Writing activities update : May 2024

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Version française Si je n’ai peut-être pas du en donner l’impression sur ce blog, il s’avère que j’ai été plutôt actif ces dernières semaines dans mes activités d’écriture. Dans mes récentes actualités, le fait le plus marquant reste la sortie de mon dernier livre, Les murmures de la montagne de métal.

Alfie

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Alfie is a science fiction thriller novel written by French author Christopher Bouix, published in 2022. The story is told by Alfie, the artificial intelligence of a powerful home automation system. Alfie is an high-end AI-based home automation system made by AlphaCorp.

Tech from the past - Motorola M3588

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Moving to a new home is always the time when you found out some old crap you’ve stored a long time ago. Let me introduce you one of them : the Motorola M3588. My first mobile phone I’ve had in high school.

Who Goes There ?

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Who Goes There ? is a 1938 science fiction horror book written by John W. Campbell. This novella got movies adaptation such as the famous John Carpenter’s The Thing in 1982. In French, the novel is entitled La Chose, which is the translation for “The Thing”.

The Space Trilogy

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Following Childhood’s End, my exploration of Arthur C. Clarke books made me read three other works regrouped into a series entitled The Space Trilogy, which are Islands in the Sky, The Sands of Mars, and Earthlight, or Les îles de l’espace, Les sables de Mars, and Lumière cendrée in French.

Fallout (TV Series)

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Fallout is a Post-apocalyptic TV show based on the eponymous video games series. Amazon bought on 2020 the rights for the TV adaptation and the series premiered on April 2024 with 8 episodes. The show has been renewed for a second season.

No more separated Homepage and Blog

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It’s been just a few months following the previous redesign, but I must admit I wasn’t satisfied. So I needed to remodel a little this blog. And another question I’ve asked to myself was : why having a dedicated blog URL actually and a homepage that was just an aggregate ?

Les murmures de la montagne de métal

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English version As recently announced, I’m pleased to announce the forthcoming release of my new book entitled Echoes of the Metal Mountain. Part 1. Available in both French and English. Why ‘Part 1’? Because there will be a second part, of course!

Writing activities update : April 2024

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English version Arrival at Neovel I recently discovered the Neovel platform. It’s a slightly different concept to the publishing vectors I usually employ. With a focus on short chapters and serialised stories, they promote a format called web-novels, defined by more continuous chapters and published periodically.

RSS to newsletter

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Having recently discovered I could use Infomaniak’s newsletter service, as a subscriber of the hosting offer, I’ve first tested it by creating a subscription to my books release. But following that, I wanted to steal inspire myself with Kev Quirk’s idea of using a RSS feed to send new blog articles by email.

The Dead Man Who Didn't Exist - New edition (and Patreon)

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Version française English version As mentionned a few days ago, I had withdrawn my originally free book The Dead Man Who Didn’t Exist from publication. It will now be published with the planned changes, as announced. It is now available for €0.

Unpublished my free book and license change

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French version below English version This week I decided to remove The Dead Man Who Didn’t Exist from my published books. I had offered this story as a free loss leader. It was a short story, barely twenty pages long, telling a detective story in the small world of my writing.

Subscribe to my books releases by e-mail

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Last week-end, I’ve made some evolution to my Hugo template Am Writing I’ve designed and use for my own books website. The last feature permit owners to integrate or redirect to a newsletter provider so their audience can subscribe to the new releases (or something else).

Writing activites update : March 2024

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French version below. English version The Patient Daniel is currently the last story I’ve wrote and published. If I take a look back of what I’ve done so far with this hobby activity, I have mixed feelings. Globally, I like what I’ve wrote, but I know there is a lot of room for improvement.

One month without a car

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Two years ago, I’ve switched to an electric car. So far, I’m still persuaded that I won’t switch back to petrol car. The driving is smooth, also powerful, the silence is enjoyable, and no need to wait at a gaz station regarding my usages.

Childhood's End

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Childhood’s End, also known as Les Enfants d’Icare in its French translation, is a 1953 novel written by Arthur C. Clarke. Following 2001 : A Space Odyssey, this book was my number two in my Clarke works discover. And I wasn’t disappointed.

I don't know

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Since the beginning of the year, I’ve started a new mission at work, still as a solutions architect. A very interesting context with important stakes : reduce the legacy debt, enhance, and build tomorrow’s service. The team I’ve integrated had several experiences with their previous architects.

The blog has a new face ! (And other news)

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The last time this blog got a new design, it was in October 2021. Old, based on SimpleCSS with custom parts, having not followed Hugo’s evolution, and my tastes changing, it was time to put some new paint here. The previous theme was mostly an enhancement of the first original one.

2001 : A Space Odyssey (novel)

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2001 : A Space Odyssey is a 1968 science fiction novel written by Arthur C. Clarke. It is the novelisation of the eponymous movie directed by Stanley Kubrick, also co-written by Clarke, developed concurrently and published after the theatrical release. Despite being written at the same time, the book differs from the theatrical movie because it’s based on early works.

So, I've opened a small individual business

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Last December, I’ve created a small indvidual enterprise regarding my writing side activities to declare my incomes aside from my main job. It’s a very simple status that does not require too much administrative formalities. Because in France, we love administrative formalities.

Free Culture or Culture for Free ?

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A couple of years ago, I’ve wrote an article about the Free Software licenses. But, since I’ve started to write and sell ebooks online, I’ve noticed something I was already aware of. There is still a confusion between free and free.

Solutions Architect : Should I say or should I do ?

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Today, I would like to share some experience regarding what is my job. This is a job I do since around five years now, after taking the opportunity of the departure of the previous technical architect our team (a nice guy, I’ve learned nice things with him), and after years as an integration project manager.

Writing activities update : December 2023

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The December 2023 update of my writing activities. New activity website I’ve recently published a new website covering my writing work. https://books.zedas.fr/ Available in both French and English, this website is using a Hugo Template I’ve made for this use-case. Originally, this template was made for a friend, but we decided to open-source it.

Commissions are opened !

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Following the release on GitHub of a new Hugo template I’ve made, I wanted to explore the opportunity to do something for someone. So, I’ve decided to open some commissions on Ko-fi. So far, three items are available : Make a Hugo template for your website Write a little story, 500 and 1000 words depending of the requested tiers Don’t hesitate !

Le Patient Daniel

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Version française English version Today, I’m excited to announce the release of my latest story : Le patient Daniel. Started with a twisted idea about a guy placed in a mental asylum, talking about impossible things, this novel is based on a character I’ve used during the RPG sessions years ago that were using the basics of this little universe.

Integrate your Mastodon feed on a Hugo-powered website

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While I was working on a friend’s website made with Hugo, he asked me if I could integrate his Mastodon profile on the homepage. After a few research, I was surprised to see, or possibly because I couldn’t find it, that it wasn’t possible to create an integration of the user’s feed like you can have with other social media.

The dead man who didn't exist

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I’m happy to announce the release of a (very) short story : The dead man who didn’t exist, or Le mort qui n’existait pas in French. Synopsis : On a rainy night, Inspector Reynard is called to the scene of a grisly crime.

Writing activites update : November 2023

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Some news regarding my writing activities for this month ! Update : I’ve received my ISBN segment, all of my books are being republished with them. New upcoming books First of all, I’ve finished the English translation of La dernière expédition (The last expedition).

Homepage enhancement and books preview

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A couple of time ago I’ve decided to remade my homepage because the previous one was … Let’s be clear, a quick and dirty. A first remade version was published two months ago and received some enhancement on the time.

La dernière expédition

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English version below Aujourd’hui, je suis content de vous annoncer la publication d’une nouvelle histoire située dans le même univers que la précédente. Intitulée “La dernière expédition”, il s’agit du récit d’un biographe et historien qui enquête sur la vie d’un grand explorateur et découvre des zones d’ombre dans la biographie de ce dernier.

The Super Mario Bros Movie

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The Super Mario Bros. Movie is a 2023 animated comedy film based on Nintendo’s Mario franchise. It was released in April 2023 after years of production and encountered a great box office success despite some negative criticism. I haven’t been able to see it in theater, but since it’s now available on the streaming platform I’ve subscribed, I could watch it.

Some issues with how to join the Fediverse I've observed

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I’ve joined the Fediverse around four years ago, when I’ve put online the first version of this blog. It was based on Plume, a blogging tool that supported ActivityPub for users interactions and blogs federations until I’ve changed for Hugo (fr).

New story and English translation of my first book

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In the beginning of September, I’ve published on various e-books platforms the first story I’ve wrote. I must admit I’ve took some pleasure to write this and I’m currently writing another one, set in the same universe. But first, I would like to send many thanks to the people who bought the books I’ve published since the beginning (including Linux Explained).

Install and play Final Fantasy XIV on Manjaro Linux

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This week, my gaming computer (the only one here running Microsoft Windows mostly because of its sole purpose) ran into an issue. It’s a custom-made build I’ve ordered at my favorite retailer and for this one I’ve tried a water-cooling setup.

Repair an Asus Laptop

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Let me introduce you my travel computer : an ASUSPRO Zenbook Pro UX550VD-BO098RB, bought in 2018 for work and later replaced by a Tuxedo Aura 15 Gen-1 for this usage. Since the Asus remained a good machine, I’ve used it for various tinkering, mobility requirement, and during travels.

BTW, why zedas.fr ?

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Today, I want to answer to a question nobody asked : why is this site uses zedas.fr for its URL ? Well, there is a small story behind it. No very special, but I wanted to share it. A lot of personal blogs are usually using an URL named after their owner, or a pseudonym they use.

Crisis Core : Final Fantasy VII Reunion

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Crisis Core : Final Fantasy VII - Reunion is a video game developed and published by Square Enix in 2022. The game is a remaster of Crisis Core : Final Fantasy VII released in 2007 on the Playstation Portable (PSP). It is a prequel to Final Fantasy VII placed seven years before the main game that follows the story of Zack Fair.

My first short story book

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Today, I’ve submitted to Amazon Kindle store, Kobo, and also on my Ko-Fi shop (that I’ve also discovered I could use that, better later than never…) the first story I’ve wrote as a book. The Amazon and Kobo publications are under review and should be available after 72 hours maximum.

Use KeepassXC to store your passwords and SSH keys

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KeepassXC is a free and open-source password manager (GPLv2), forked from KeePassX, itself a cross-platform fork from KeePass which was developed for Microsoft Windows. KeepassXC is available on Linux, BSD, Windows, and macOS. There also are unofficial ports for Android and iOS on mobile.

Good-bye VPS

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This blog has been created in 2019, with its first post in French published in the end of December. Powered by Plume, a federated blogging tool (that seems to not be active anymore), it was hosted on a dedicated server I was renting at OVHCloud’s low-cost brand, So You Start.

Mobile Suit Gundam : The Witch From Mercury (Part 2)

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After a first part broadcasted in late 2022, the second part of Mobile Suit Gundam : The Witch from Mercury came out on April 2023. The series continue directly after the end of the previous season, two weeks after the events that concluded it.

Manage your project documentation as Code

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As an architect, the main product I deliver is a document named “Technical Architecture Document”. This document is basically a high level specification (not because it’s rocket science, it’s just a detailed global perspective) explaining how a software project will be implemented with the rest of the information system.

What is GitOps ?

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In my experience with the software delivery chain, we talk a lot about how the software is produced and delivered, but when it comes to make it live, the topic is less studied. Maybe that’s because the deployment is situated in the “Ops” domain of the DevOps timeline while the software production is on the “Dev” side.

Testing Infomaniak's kSuite

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A few years ago, I’ve tested Infomaniak’s Mail and Drive service. And today that’s my daily driver for these use-cases. However, they’re always been two separated services and since a couple of times, Infomaniak has now joined them into a comprehensive collaboration suite named kSuite.

Telegram temporary blocked in France

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The 13th of May, Telegram, a popular messaging application, got blocked by the French Government under the child abuse and terrorism fighting enforcement laws. Following their procedure, the Police requested the French ISP to block some URLs tagged as “child porn” as the law requires it.

Guys, it's OK to be on social medias

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There’s a behavior I’ve often observed during a discussion about the major social medias. Some people are trying to justify why they’re using them as it would be a problem to use them. – “I’m just using them to keep contact with people I know”

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Future Redeemed

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Future Redeemed is the extension of the game Xenoblade Chronicles 3, released as a DLC for Nintendo Switch on late April 2023. Like Torna : The Golden Country for Xenoblade 2, this extension was last part of the additional content of the game, split into four parts.

Final Fantasy VII Remake (Intergrade)

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Final Fantasy VII Remake is the long time fans-awaited remake/remaster of the 1997 Playstation game, Final Fantasy VII. Released in 2020 by Square Enix exclusively for Playstation 4, the publisher produced in 2021 the Intergrade enhanced version for Playstation 5 and Microsoft Windows.

Ghostbusters : The Video Game

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Ghostbusters : The video game is a … video game initially released in 2009 by Terminal Reality and published by Atari on Microsoft Windows, Playstation 3 and XBox 360. The game even had a Playstation 2 and Nintendo Wii port. Ten years later, in 2019, the game has been released in a “remastered” version for Windows, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4 and Xbox One by Saber Interactive.

Use a CI/CD workflow to maintain a book content

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This may sound a little incongruous if for you the Continous Integration / Continuous Delivery patterns are for software development, but yes, you can maintain a book with the same principles. Recently, I’ve compiled the Linux Explained articles into an e-book.

Oops, I think I've wrote a book

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Lastly, this blog has been filled by a series of articles named Linux Explained. Since a long time, I’ve wanted to share some knowledge about Linux and try to explain it to people in simple and accessible terms. But, the more the articles were spawning, the more an idea was germinating in my head … Why not compiling these articles into a book ?

Linux Explained part 8 : Remote access with SSH

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For the last entry of the Linux Explained series, we will explore the remote access and administration of a Linux machine using SSH. From RSH to SSH The Remote Shell, or rsh, is a command line computer program created in 1983 as a part of the Berkeley “r-commands” - r for remote -, released for the first time in 1981, made to enable the users of an Unix computer to connect to another one using the network.

Linux Explained part 7 : The memory management

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For this next entry in the Linux Explained series, we’re going to explore one of the Linux Kernel crucial functionality, the memory management. What is the memory for an operating system The memory management is a critical aspect of an operating system.

Mobile Suit Gundam : The Witch From Mercury

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Mobile Suit Gundam : The Witch from Mercury is the latest entry in the long-running Gundam Saga. It’s been a while since Gundam has produced a “classic” TV-show, seven years actually, since the last series were Gunpla-based stories (like the Gundam Build series) and the rest of the productions were movies/OVA.

Linux Explained part 6 : The Standard Streams

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Now we have seen plenty of basis about Linux, let’s dig into some nice other features. This one will be about the Shell Streams, or Standard Streams, the basic input and output channels you may interact with. What are the Standard Streams On a Linux text-based shell (and on other systems too), you have the notion of Standard Streams.

Linux Explained part 5 : The users management

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For the fifth entry of the Linux Explained series, we will now see how does Linux manage the users. What is a user and group for Linux ? If you remember the Unix history in the first chapter, one detail about the Multics, then Unix conception was to be multi-users.

Linux Explained part 4 : The files permissions

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In this fourth entry of our Linux Explained series, following the filesystems definition, we will now see how Linux manages the access to the files and folders. The file permissions Now we have seen how do Linux organizes its filesystem, let’s see how it manages the permissions of the files and folders.

Linux Explained part 3 : The Filesystems

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In this third entry of our Linux Explained series, we’re going to see at a deeper level the filesystem management that have been mentioned previously. The first part will be a general description of what is a filesystem. Then, we will see describe how Linux organizes and uses its filesystem.

Linux explained part 2 : Bootloader, Init and Shell

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Second entry in our Linux Explained series, let’s talk about three common concepts composing a Linux Distribution : the Bootloader, the Init Process, and the Shell. In a simple words (I hope), we will see what are these three concepts and how do they work together in a Linux distribution.

Linux explained part 1 : History and basic concepts

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On this blog, I’ve wrote some articles about Linux. But maybe you’re not entirely familiar with the lowest layers of the Linux distributions. I’ll propose you a little series of articles about Linux, its history, what is the Linux Kernel, the concept of Linux distribution, what are the filesystem permissions, etc.

The EDPB adopts the final report of the cookie banner recommendations

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Between May 2021 and August 2022, 18 European data protection authorities (DPA) received several hundred of complaints from NOYB regarding the design of the cookies banners. A coordinated task force between the DPAs, piloted by the French authority La CNIL and its Austrian counterpart, the DSB, ended-up after 13 meetings by the production of a report containing various recommendations for designing a cookie banner.

I'm tired of companies thinking we're buddies

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There is a virus in France that infect more and more companies… Inverting the T-V distinction with their customers. In French, there are two pronouns for addressing to somebody : tu or vous (based on latin tu and vos). Tu is usually for family, friends, coworkers, classmates, and any kind of close people.

Final Fantasy XV

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Final Fantasy XV is an action RPG developed and published by Square Enix. Its first release was on Playstation 4 / Xbox One in 2016, then the game as been ported on Microsoft Windows in 2018. Initially, FF XV was known as Final Fantasy versus XIII and developed during the Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy project (the FF XIII universe).

New device ? Don't forget to clear the old one !

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If I don’t do any mistake, recently it was Christmas and the social convention wants to have people offering consumer goods to others. Among these consumer goods there are a lot of electronic devices like smartphones, tablets, or computers. You may had received a new one and you’re happy with it.

The alternative front-ends to centralized online services

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If sometimes you need to consult or follow a content available on a centralized platform like Youtube or Twitter but you’re worried about your privacy ? Or you don’t want to create an account for this specific requirement ? To do so, you can use an alternative front-end to these services.

Terraform your CICD Toolchain : SonarQube

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So, in the previous article we’ve Terraformed GitHub (that must hurt), so let’s continue with another tool commonly used in a CICD process : SonarQube. For a brief introduction in case you don’t know this tool, SonarQube (or SonarCloud for its SaaS version) is an open-source software published under LGPL v3 made for Static Code Analysis having both free and paid Enterprise plans.

Terraform your CICD Toolchain : GitHub

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When you’re running and managing the CICD Toolchain of a big organization, you may want to establish some conventions and usage rules to avoid having to manage a big inconsistent mess. One possibility to avoid this, after you had established your various naming conventions and usages, is to use Terraform to maintain all of the objects constitutes your application projects.

Idées Noires

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Idées noires, translated as Franquin’s Last Laugh in English, is a collection of Black Comedy comic strips drawn by André Franquin, written by Franquin and Yann Delporte in 1977. After its cancellation in the Spirou Magazine supplement Le Trombone Illustré, the series has been continued in Fluide Glacial until 1983.

Bayonetta 3

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Third entry in our series of articles about Bayonetta, we’re now talking about the third game, Bayonetta 3, still developed by PlatinumGames and edited by Nintendo, released on October 2022 for Nintendo Switch. Announced in 2017, the game development took a lot of time with a very few news about it, and finally showed some images in 2021 during a trailer with its titular Witch saying “Sorry, I’m terribly late”.

GDPR : French ISP Free sanctioned for violations

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On November 30th (link in French), la CNIL, the French personal data protection authority, sanctioned the French Internet Service Provider FREE for data security issues and not respecting the people rights granted by the GDPR. According to the more complete délibération (in French) published in the Journal Officiel de la République Française, the Authority received 41 complains between October 2018 and November 2019.

Bayonetta 2

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Second article for the Bayonetta franchise, this one is dedicated to the game’s sequel : Bayonetta 2. Bayonetta 2 was released on 2014 on Nintendo Wii U. Following the cancellation of the game development by Sega, Nintendo proposed to PlatinumGames to fund the title as an exclusivity for its slow selling console.

Bayonetta

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Bayonetta is a series of action video games created by Hideki Kamiya and developed by PlatinumGames. The first iteration was released on 2009, published by Sega, on Playstation 3 and XBox 360. The creator of the game is the same as the Devil May Cry franchise and some similarities are present.

Some Google-free way for an Android smartphone migration

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After 4 years of service, my Nokia 8.1 was starting to have some weakening battery issues and also a very capricious USB port. The connection was random and charging it took forever. So it wasn’t anymore suitable for my daily usage (and working in a place where the mobile network is very low is not a good thing for a weak battery because the smartphone will have difficulties to reach the network…) and during previous September I’ve bought the Nokia G60.

Ever heard about the Linux distribution CBL-Mariner ?

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A few days ago, I was on a business trip at Microsoft France HQ in Paris, to take part at some meetings organized between them and one of my clients regarding the various technologies they use from the publisher. During a session with the PM of Azure App Service/Functions, I’ve learned about something.

Don't get mistaken : Mastodon is not Twitter

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It’s been everywhere on the news, following the acquisition of Twitter by Elon Musk, a #TwitterMigration movement spread in various Mastodon instances. A lot of new users registered on various instances during the last week (Fosstodon had + 5 000 new users in a week) and Mastodon’s developers told about over 655 thousands active users as a new record.

Why do I enjoy Fosstodon

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I’ve joined Fosstodon since a little more than 2 years now. At this moment, I wasn’t into social medias and had none of them. I’ve discovered the power of the Fediverse with my former blog tool : Plume. Seeing some comments coming from Mastodon instances was fun an nice.

Something about our languages

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Recently in France, the Administrative Tribunal took a decision against the Health Ministry (Ministère des solidarités et de la santé - Link in French) and the French State because of a project named : “Health Data Hub” (sic). Launched in 2019, the Health Data Hub project is a platform administered by the public health ministry for medical research and treatment quality enhancement.

My vinyl records collection

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If somebody told me in early 2022 I would buy a vinyl turntable and starting a vinyl records collection, I don’t think I would have believed it. Like I’ve said in the linked blog entry, I’m not audiophile and not a “vinyl nostalgic”.

The relations between the Xenoblade Games

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Until now, the Xenoblade series produced four main games and two expansions. As their relationship could quickly become a mess, I’ve made the following tree that explain with a very summarized chronology the relationships between the game. As there is not a lot of official material explaining this at my knowledge, this chart remains a personal interpretation.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3

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Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is a video game developed by Monolith Software and published by Nintendo, released on July 2022 on Nintendo Switch. It’s the fourth installment of the Xenoblade series. The game setting explore the future of the first and second entries of the series, while the gameplay is mostly based on Xenoblade 2 ’s.

The CNIL GDPR learning workshop

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If you’ve read some of this blog legal-related content, you may have seen that I’m pretty interested by the privacy protection. However, despite being myself informed of the legal context, I recognize I’ve never deeply learned the GDPR itself. Of course, my various readings about this topic (including my professional activities) made me learn some good basis, but that wasn’t enough.

Is being rude in UX design the norm ?

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If I must explain why I enjoy static and simple websites, the main reason would be because they’re not annoying attention-seeking kids yelling at you. The web surfing is a complete mess of distraction and rude behavior with absolutely no respect to the viewer.

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners

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Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is an animated Polish-Japanese TV-series based on the CD Projekt Red videogame Cyberpunk 2077, released on September 2022 on Netflix. Its story is placed one year before the video game scenario. The series has been animated by Studio Trigger under the supervision of CD Projekt Red.

Why would I need something else than RSS ?

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Once upon a time, there was a very decentralized Web where each website proposed to subscribe to newsletters or follow their RSS feed to have the last news. We had RSS readers (on web version or on desktop, for instance I was using Opera’s RSS feed reader) which were regularly pooling the feeds and update the new articles.

The discovery of an electric car

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Last February, I’ve posted I’ll switch to an electric car. And now it’s done, the vehicle took a long time to be delivered but now I can enjoy it. I’ve ordered it on February, and it has been constructed during June.

Getting into the fish keeping hobby

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Two weeks ago, it was my birthday (and as you may know, a geek doesn’t age, he level up). A friend who set an aquarium for himself asked me if I wanted one. After some hesitations (where would I put it ?

Yet Another Blogroll

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During the previous week-end, I had a simple idea about if a blogroll directory could be made with a static-site generator like Hugo (the one I use here). After some tinkering, it appeared that it worked pretty nice, so I’ve launched it on the web and let see what will happen.

Something about commercial VPN Services : My concerns

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In the previous article, I’ve exposed here the concept of a VPN, what’s happening when you using one, and what do the commercial services are offering. Now, I’ll explain why I don’t trust them, and why I won’t use them.

I'm getting lazy in video games

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Following my previous post about Tales of Arise, I would like to share a feeling that’s growing with the time. I’m getting lazy in video games. What does it mean ? Since some years, I always set the difficulty to “Easy” or “Story”.

Tales of Arise

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Tales of Arise is an action role-playing game developed and published by Bandai Namco Games, released on September 2021. It’s the first Tales game to have a simultaneous worldwide release, five years after Tales of Berseria and install a new departure for the series.

Something about commercial VPN services : What is a VPN ?

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Last years, I’ve wrote a vulgarization article about the differences between a VPN and a Proxy (article in French). You may have noticed that the commercial VPN services are a common sponsor for the so-called social medias influencers. I have myself received various offers from various affiliation managers (I’m an influencer, yeay !

The complex case of online age verification against privacy protection laws

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La CNIL, or Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés, is the French Administrative Authority competent for the personal data protection under the GDPR and national law perimeter. On July 26th, they published a study (link in French) about the online age verification regarding the adult restricted content on the Web, the existing solutions, their opinion, and their recommendation.

The Mazinger Saga - Mazinger Z

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After writing about the French Goldorak graphic novel, I think it’s time to talk about what could be my first Japanese animation series ever watched. I’m not completely sure about this, but Grendizer, or Goldorak in France, may be the first anime I could have seen, at least the oldest I can remember, back to the end of the 80’s.

Goldorak (Bande Dessinée)

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Goldorak is a French bande dessinée (graphic novel) released in 2021, based on Gô Nagai’s UFO Robot Grendizer TV show (known as “Goldorak” in France), written by Xavier Dorison and Denis Bajram, illustrated by Denis Bajram, Brice Cossu and Alexis Sentenac, and colorized by Yoann Guillo.

How to photograph Fireworks

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If you follow my Photo Blog (if you don’t I won’t blame you), you may have seen two recent entries with the 14th July fireworks took in two cities. Taking pictures of fireworks is quite easy actually, but if you wonder how to do it, here is how I proceed.

Chrono Cross - The Radical Dreamers Edition

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Chrono Cross is a Japanese Role-playing Game developed and initially released in 1999 by Squaresoft for the Sony Playstation. It is the sequel of Chrono Trigger, released on Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1994 and based on the text game The Radical Dreamers released in 1996 on the SNES Satellaview service.

How to fail at your software project

- 9 minutes read time

Instead of buying a market product for its business needs, a company may improvise itself as a software publisher and will develop its own solutions. But they quickly forget that software publisher, software developer, or software project manager are actual professions.

About Twitter Notes feature

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That’s not really a big news as the feature is in development since some times, but you may have heard about “Twitter Notes”. To summarize, this feature will allow its users to write actual blog posts without the well-known 280 characters limitation.

Final Fantasy XIV New Game+ : Stormblood

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Having finished Heavensward, let’s chain with Stormblood New Game+ mode. Stormblood starts right after the fall of the Baelsar’s Wall conducted at the end of the Heavensward main story line. As the Eorzean Alliance does not wish to engage a frontal a war against the Empire, they send the Scions and the Warrior of Light, who are neutral, to contact the various Ala Mhigan resistance factions behind the newly opened border.

The importance of the methodology over the tools

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Some months ago, I’ve made a series of articles about the misbrands, a collection of brands logos derivations that put a name onto the logo of a competitor product. They were really fun for me and I’ve put some on my work laptop.

Review of Vivaldi Mail Client and Calendar

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Along with its version 5.3, the Vivaldi Browser also released a stable 1.0 version of its Mail, RSS Feed reader and Calendar client. With this feature, the browser is now closer to its ancestor, Opera pre-chromium era, which was a comprehensive Internet Suite instead of a simple Web Browser (including Mail client, Torrent, IRC, etc).

I've tested Murena Cloud

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Murena Cloud is a service provided by the French company Murena, founded by Gaël Duval who is also behind the /e/ Foundation, the maintainer of the /e/ OS, a “deGoogled” Android build focused on privacy protection, and a long term FLOSS advocate as he was one of the co-founders of the late Mandrake Linux distribution.

Organic Maps

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Last week, I’ve been visiting the city of Venice in Italy. During this trip, I’ve wanted to test an application I’ve installed a couple of weeks ago : Organic Maps. So, here is a feedback and what you can do with it.

Final Fantasy XVI New Game+ : Heavensward

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Following the ending of Final Fantasy XIV : A Realm Reborn in New Game+ mode, I’ve naturally chained with the first expansion : Heavensward. Heavensward starts directly after the ending of ARR. The Scions of the Seventh Dawn and the Warrior of Light get trapped into a political machination and they’re now a band of fugitives who found refugee at the Holy See of Ishgard.

Installing the BL-Touch on a Creality Ender 3-V2

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It’s been a year since I’ve bought the Creality Ender 3 v2 3D Printer. Before that, I’ve made my first steps with the Dagoma Disco Ultimate, a French brand. The Disco Ultimate was nice, but it was a old model (despite being a new one for the manufacturer, it was still based on a old frame, the screen was an option I’ve had to buy because it’s very useful, and the build grip wasn’t durable) and I wanted to experiment new features like the heating bed.

The Daily Fortune said by a Cow

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Let me share you something useless I’ve made the last week. I like the fortune command on Linux that displays a message randomly taken from a text database (definitions, jokes, nerd references, and so on..), and I like cowsay that makes a cow (or something else) saying something in your terminal.

Final Fantasy XIV New Game+ : A Realm Reborn

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The previous expansion of Final Fantasy XIV added a feature that is pretty rare for a MMORPG but fairly well-known among RPG players : the New Game + mode. The idea is simple : when the feature is enabled, the player can replay the main campaign story, or the Job quest lines, or some side quest lines like the raids stories or independent stories, while retaining their level and current progression.

Pacific Rim : The Black

- 4 minutes read time

Pacific Rim : The Black is an adult American animation series produced by Netflix based on the Pacific Rim franchise. The first season was released on the 4th March 2021 and the second and final on 19th April 2022 for a total of 14 episodes.

Big Tech Corp dependency evaluation - Round 2

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Two years ago, I’ve made a self evaluation of my dependency regarding the Big Tech Companies (article in French). I think it would be nice to re-evaluate it regularly to see how is it evolving, or possibly regressing regarding various online services usage.

Futurama

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Futurama is an American animated TV show designed by Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, initially launched on March 1999. It features the story of Philip J. Fry, a 25 years old immature yet good-hearted pizza delivery boy who is accidentally cryogenically preserved at the first seconds of the 2000 year and wakes up one millennium later.

How to remove the vignetting on a photo with Darktable

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The vignetting in photography is a reduction of the image’s brightness or saturation toward its periphery. It is usually an unintended or undesired effect caused by the lens, camera settings, or exposure. If you look at this article title photo, you’ll see the corners are darker than the middle of the picture : it’s the vignetting.

Make cool slideshows with Hacker Slides and reveal.js

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A couple of years ago, I offered to the team where I was working at to train them to Ansible. However, I’ve never been a big fan of slideshows tools like Microsoft PowerPoint, LibreOffice Impress or Google Slideshows. I’ve wanted to be simple, content oriented, and good looking (because built-in template are not my favorites), and also the presentation could be easily shared and reused.

act for testing Github Action locally

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Following my previous article about GitHub Actions, here is a new one that will explain how to locally test your Actions. Unlike the good old Jenkins on which you can copy/paste your pipeline code in a test job and run it (that’s dirty but it works), GitHub Actions requires to always commit and push your changes and wait for the runner to take it.

Monster Hunter Stories 2 : Wings of Ruin

- 4 minutes read time

Monster Hunter Stories 2 : Wings of Ruin is a RPG video game developed by Capcom and release in 2021. It is a spin-off of the Monster Hunter series and a sequel to the 2016 game released on Nintendo 3DS. The game is available on Nintendo Switch and Steam.

The Rubber Duck Debugging method

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As far as I remember my career beginnings, I’ve almost always seen someone with a rubber duck on their desk. Some former colleagues had an entire collection populating their workstation, but I must admit I’ve never understood why the rubber duck had that kind of popularity.

Github Actions

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GitHub Actions is a Continuous Integration, Delivery, and Deployment workflow manager made by the code repository hosting service GitHub. GitHub was a little late in the CI/CD pipeline management compared to its competitor GitLab and the good old Jenkins. After a beta testing period, the service opened in 2018.

Use Vivaldi Sync to share tabs between instances

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As you may know, I’m a Vivaldi user and I love this browser. Since a couple of months, I’ve finally created an account to use the Sync feature. Sync is a synchronization service provided by Vivaldi that permit to upload your Bookmarks, some settings, passwords, autofill, history, extensions, reading list and notes to Vivaldi’s servers.

Misbrands : pip and npm

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This new entry in the “misbrands” series will be about two packages managers : pip and npm. pip is the package installer for Python and npm is a registry and the default package manager for Node.js based softwares. This parody displays the npm logo with “pip” written inside instead of “npm”.

Misbrands : GitHub and GitLab

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This third entry in our misbrands series will be about GitHub and GitLab, two famous code hosting (and other) services based on the Git SCM. This parodied version combine the GitHub name, written with the correct brand’s font, but associated with GitLab’s logo and with the same trademark layout.

Misbrands : Ubuntu and Debian

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Our next entry in the misbrands series will be about Ubuntu Linux and Debian. This parodied logo is Debian’s, having “Ubuntu” written with the same font and disposed like Ubuntu’s. Unlike the previous article about Vim and Visual Studio Code that are two stand alone softwares with a similar purpose, Ubuntu shares a parent link with Debian.

Misbrands : Vim and Visual Code

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A couple of weeks ago, thanks to the Developers Memes bot on Mastodon, I’ve discovered the Misbrands logos. And I’ve printed some of them to decorate my laptop 😁. Just as I could expect, some of my colleagues hated it, other loved it, and the rest didn’t understood.

From TT-RSS to FreshRSS

- 4 minutes read time

One of the first things I had self-hosted was a RSS Feeds subscriber and reader. More than a decade ago, I was an Opera user, an Internet suite that integrated a RSS reader. When Opera 12 died, I had to find something else.

Result of my migration from dedicated server to VPS

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At the end of the last year, I’ve decided that my dedicated server was too much overkill regarding my needs. So I’ve migrated my self hosted tools to a VPS and some Cloud storage. I’ve finished the job on past January.

My favorite VSCodium extensions

- 3 minutes read time

Like a lot of people, I use Microsoft Visual Studio Code for development and code writing since a couple of years… Before that, I was mainly a Notepad++ user when I was restricted to Windows usage. But to be more specific, I use its free software version named VSCodium.

Something that made me prefer Final Fantasy XIV after World of Warcraft

- 6 minutes read time

I’ve wrote a little about Final Fantasy XIV on this blog (most of these articles are in French), because that’s a game I really like. Also, it’s the first MMORPG on which I continue playing after being five years on World of Warcraft, that I’ve left on 2009.

Got a vinyl Turntable

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To be honest, I’ve never been into the nostalgic fashion of vinyl discs. I’ve used them during my youth playing my parents and grand parents collection, along with the audio tapes, then the audio CD, then the digital music (MP3, Flac, streaming…).

The homepage lost some weight

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Recently, I had the curiosity to check if this blog was not too heavy to load, because it’s something I don’t like to endure. So, I’ve checked on GTMetrix and the result was … 😱 The total page size was 27MB, that’s terrible.

Star Citizen

- 8 minutes read time

Star Citizen is a still in-development massively multiplayer online video game set in a futuristic universe called The Verse. The game intends to be a simulation of living in a universe where flying, trading, fighting, and exploring Space should be the common daily routine of each player.

Lego City Undercover

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Lego City Undercover is an action-adventure video game released at first on Nintendo Wii U on 2013 as an exclusive game for the system. It was developed by TT Games, the British studio behind almost every Lego franchise video games and mixes the gameplay we are used to see for these games in a big open world city : Lego City.

Redshift for Night Colors with Cinnamon DE

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As a computer nerd, I can spend hours tinkering things or writing stupid stuff on this blog. However, our computers and smartphones screens can be very agressive because of the light they can produce. Today, most of the operating systems integrate a feature to reduce the blue light exposure, accused to have some nocive effects like sleep trouble when you are too much exposed to it.

This year, I'll switch to an electric car

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I must admit one thing : I’m one of the monsters that still likes cars. Yep. My favorite kind is the compact sport hatchback because it’s not too big, and not too small. A decade ago, I had a company car that was in the lower tier and I felt very uncomfortable.

Pinephone Keyboard Case

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I’ve recently bought the Pinephone Keyboard Case from Pine64, a new accessory for the Pinephone that came out on past December 31st. Photo Gallery So, what is the Pinephone Keyboard ? It’s a case replacing the standard back cover by inserting the Pinephone (and Pinephone Pro, they’re both compatible) inside.

L'actualité française n'est pas drôle...

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En ce moment l’actualité française n’est pas drôle… Donc je préfère en rire. This days, French press news are not fun, so I prefer to make fun of them.

Photo Blog is Back

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Some times ago, I’ve made a photo gallery with Hugo and the AutoPhugo template. But I didn’t maintained it because I wasn’t really satisfied by the process behind. Recently, you may have seen I’ve done some photo report posts. As the format was close to what I expected for a Photo Blog, I’ve decided to create a separated blog with a more photo-friendly template that was still permit to do some narrative stuff.

The Free Software licenses

- 13 minutes read time

Free Software licenses, here is a topic that could seems to be easy to understand, but not really when you go deeper in their details. Indeed, among the various existing licenses, the rights and obligations are not always the same and it’s always a nice debate topic among the communities to determine which one is the most “free license”.

I've shared my Hugo shortcodes on GitHub

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A couple of weeks ago, I’ve made an article about how to use Hugo shortcodes and integrate them. I’ve decided to share them on GitHub, you can find them here : https://github.com/Wivik/hugo-shortcodes Until now, there are two of them : The exif metadata reader I’ve made previously.

Is video a good information support ?

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Videos are used since many years on Internet and became a very common information media. However, I’m always wondering about their relevance regarding all of the use cases we can see. I’m myself a subscriber of various Youtubers and also from other platforms, so I am a video consumer too.

Bumped Simple.css version

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As you may know, this site use the Simple.css framework for its visual template. A new version of the framework was rolled out recently and is now live here. Because of the cache server behind this blog content, you could encounter some buggy display.

I've made some cleanup in this blog mess

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It doesn’t seem like that, but this blog is 3 years old since past December. Indeed, the first article about the video game Factorio was published on December 19th 2019. At this moment, Garbage Collector was a Plume instance, because I was very curious about federated blogging tools and I wanted to have again my little corner on the Web to express my useless thoughts (it’s something I like since high school in early 2000’s - having useless thoughts and express them).

Setup your own DNS over HTTPS server

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DNS over HTTPS (DoH) is a protocol for Domain Name System resolution using HTTPS to secure the communication between the client and the name server. It was proposed by the IEFT and is still a work in progress. However, DoH has been quickly implemented by the Big Tech corporations like Google, CloudFlare and also Mozilla Foundation which enabled the protocol by default in the United States of America in Firefox.

Joined Fediring

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I’ve recently discovered the Fediring initiative, which is a webring for personal sites of Fediverse members. You can browse the ring by clicking on the Previous and Next buttons on the footer of each page of this blog. It’s nice to see how old Web ideas are still alive despite the permanent user lock-in inside the Big Tech online services.

No multilingual posts anymore

- 1 minutes read time

I was happy to setup Hugo’s multilingual support for this blog, but after a few articles written in both French and English, I’ve understood it’s not really fun to do it like this. I had the sentiment to always do the job twice and it took more time to write an article in both languages.

How to start a Podman Container at system startup

- 6 minutes read time

In my article about containers, I had a few lines regarding Podman. In fact, I use this container tool since more than a year after discovering it on Fedora while searching for installing Docker on it (because, you know, habits).

Use Hugo Shortcodes to read pictures EXIF metadata

- 5 minutes read time

If you’ve read my previous article about a Champagne cave visit, you may have noticed that all the photos are displaying their technical metadata : Camera and Lens model, aperture, speed, etc. Sorry to deceive you, but I haven’t written all these text manually, I’ve used one of the resourceful Hugo feature : the shortcodes.

Linux and the malwares

- 8 minutes read time

There are no viruses on Linux ! – A fool You may have seen this endless urban legend in news comments regarding some vulnerabilities or malwares targeting Microsoft Windows. “Linux cannot be harmed by malwares”, “there are not viruses on Linux”, “you don’t need an antivirus on Linux”, blah blah blah.

Update automatically a Linux Server

- 4 minutes read time

One of the basics in security is to have updated servers with the latest security versions. In a company, you may have access to variant automation tools for this, but for a personal usage or hobby, maintaining for server could be redundant and not very fun.

I don't like AppImage

- 8 minutes read time

Nowadays, a lot a Linux softwares are distributed as AppImage binaries. This way has a lot of advantages either for the user and the developer… But also introduce other issues than can annoy me when they’re occur. This article will expose my point of view for this distribution method.

Test of Infomaniak's Mail Service

- 6 minutes read time

A few times ago, I’ve tested Infomaniak’s kDrive service to see what was going on it. Beside of this, I’m using their mail service since a little more than one year. Today, I propose you an experience feedback. The Offer Infomaniak’s Mail service is offered in two versions : one free version with an @ik.

Garbage Collector gets a new skin

- 1 minutes read time

Following the migration to Hugo, I’ve used the Casper3 theme until then. Now I’ve wanted my own personal theme, and it’s done ! I haven’t written HTML and CSS code since a while, so after some evenings I came up with something I liked.

Manage Jenkins Access and Roles with OpenID

- 6 minutes read time

Introduce Jenkins doesn’t seem to be necessary for me as this software is one of the usual in the continuous integration domain. When you are an organization with several teams and a shared Jenkins instance, you may need to separate them into dedicated workspaces to avoid configuration or job modifications by other teams.

Create a multilingual blog with Hugo

- 6 minutes read time

Writing in your native language allow to stay in your comfort zone. But on the Web, it can limit our audience. That’s what I’m telling myself since a couple of time, so I took a look to the multilingual options in order to translate some posts in English.