Category Archives: WWW

Google is the new Microsoft

…yes, Google has become Microsoft.

Okay, there are 2 differences:

But yet, I stay away from Google services as much as I can.

Bookmarklet to easily use viewonblack.com on Flickr

Whoever may be the guy behind viewonblack.com (I couldn’t find any about page on this site nor any reference to him on Flickr), he did in my opinion the best “view on black” service for Flickr.

Yet, I was missing a bookmarklet to easily make a link to it. Now here it is :

vob.com

(just drag and drop the above link onto your bookmarks bar)

Edit : now here’s a bookmarklet that’s even more useful if you want to put a link on your own photo :

voblink

Enjoy

Thanks to Bookmarklet Builder for the amount of time it saved me.

Bookmarklets pour Marche ou crève

Pour faciliter le vote et le taguage sur les photos soumises à Marche ou crève, vous pouvez utiliser les deux bookmarklets suivants :

Pour vous en servir, quelques croquis valent mieux qu’un long discours :

Merci de me verser 0,05€ par minute de vie gagnée.

Facebook is increasing at a phenomenal rate in France

Yes, you can take my word on it. How do I know ? I have an extra-super sensor: a facebook profile I made one day of boreness, maybe a year ago. It slept there since. Until the last days of october, where suddenly I had a friend request. Then a second the next day, followed by a third. Then came brothers, sisters, cousins… That’s a real epidemic. Then will surely come the previous generation.

Yet, I still need to find out what is at the origin of this. Facebook is still not in french AFAICS. Maybe some media coverage. Maybe the buyout of a bit of it by Microsoft…

…et vous pouvez me croire ! Comment le sais-je ? C’est grâce à mon détecteur tip-top : un profil facebook que j’ai créé un jour d’ennui, il y a un anenviron. Il dormait là depuis, jusqu’aux derniers jours d’octobre, lorsque soudain j’eus un “friend request”. Puis un second le lendemain, suivi d’un troisième. Puis virent frères, soeurs, cousins… une épidémie ! Viendront surement encore la génération du dessus.

Cependant, il me reste à trouver ce qui est à l’origine de tout cela. Facebook n’est toujours pas en français si je ne m’abuse. Peut-être un peu de couverture media. Peut-être le rachat d’un bout par Microsoft…

Making plugins compatible with WordPress 2.3

You might know it or not, but if you use WordPress plugins that are more or less closely related to categories, there’s a 50% chance that they’ll break in WordPress 2.3. The reason is, WordPress devs decided a total overhaul of the category system (and introtuced tagging).

First step is to spot what might cause problems (preferably before your upgrade); for this, the WordPress Upgrade Preflight Check is your friend.

Now this is where the trouble begins for plugins whose development got discontinued by their authors. You’re in the dark to find clear documentation for what should be used instead of direct calls to the database. Saying the codex is incomplete is an euphemism.

In my case, I solved my problem by replacing “SELECT cat_ID from $wpdb->categories” by “$cats = get_all_category_ids();”

get_categories() and get_the_category_by_ID(catID) might be the functions you’re looking for, too.

Internationalized WordPress theme Vidiyal, already in french

Many of my favourite WordPress themes come from Sadish Bala. They’re clean, lean, pretty, and take advantage of WordPress’ latest refinements like custom header picture, widgets and so on.

Vidiyal is one of such themes. Yet, it had one big drawback in my eyes: it was not ready for being multilanguage. So I took over the task, thanks to this very nice tutorial (in french). The result has exactly the same apparence for the casual viewer, except that it can very easily speak in other languages than english, and already includes the french translation. Like Sadish, I thought other peaople might enjoy this fine theme in their language.

So here it is:

Le thème WordPress Vidiyal internationalisé et déjà en français

Une bonne partie de mes thèmes WordPress préférés émanent de Sadish Bala. Ils sont propres, bien conçus, beaux, et prennent en compte les derniers rafinements de WordPress, comme l’image d’en-tête personalisable, les widgets, etc.

Vidiyal est l’un de ces thèmes. Cependant, il avait à mon sens un gros inconvénient: il n’était pas paré pour être multilangue. J’ai donc entrepris de le faire, grâce à ce très bon tutoriel. Le résultat a exactement la même apparence pour le visiteur, à ceci près qu’il peut très facilement parler d’autres langues que l’anglais, et inclut déjà sa traduction française.

Le voici donc :

(7z files are openable with the excellent 7-Zip)

Enjoy. 🙂

(les fichiers 7z sont ouvrables avec l’excellent 7-Zip)

Appréciez sans modération. 🙂