Archive pour la catégorie 'Applications'

Jeremy Zawodny on the New MySQL Landscape

Lundi 8 décembre 2008

The single most interesting and surprising thing to me is both the number and necessity of third-party patches for enhancing various aspects of MySQL and InnoDB. Companies like Percona, Google, Proven Scaling, Prime Base Technologies, and Open Query.

One the one hand, it’s excellent validation of the Open Source model. Thanks to reasonable licensing, companies other than Sun/MySQL are able to enhance and fix the software and give their changes back to the world.

Some organizations are providing just patches. Others, like Percona are providing their own binaries–effectively forks of MySQL/InnoDB. Taking things a step further, the OurDelta project aims to aggregate these third party patches and provide source and binaries for various platforms. In essences, you can get a « better » MySQL than the one Sun/MySQL gives you today. For free.

Jeremy Zawodny: The New MySQL Landscape

Interview of Evan Prodromou of

Mercredi 24 septembre 2008

Fascinating interview from Phil Windley of ITConversations of Evan Prodomou which is the promoter of, a twitter compatible platform. Beside, what was quite interesting for me is the Laconica microblogging platform (PHP) which is based upon. It appears that you can install this platform to start your own microblogging interface under your own domain, which can be a fine proposition under some circumstances. Last but not least, it seems that is compatible with Twitterrific, a nice twitter client on OS X.

Changer le drapeau du Canada pour le drapeau Québécois sur la barre des menus d’OSX

Jeudi 7 février 2008

Je préfère nettement avoir un drapeau québécois plutôt qu’un drapeau canadien sur la barre des menus d’OSX.


Michel Fortin propose une solution très simple. Il a créé un fichier pour les claviers canadiens-français (CSA) en remplaçant le drapeau canadien par le drapeau québécois. Je l’ai installé il y a quelques jours et ça semble bien fonctionner. Par contre, je recommande de redémarrer la session après l’installation du fichier créé par Michel (qui peut-être aussi installé dans le dossier de l’usager à ~/Bibliothèque/Keyboard Layouts/). Il semble que sur Léopard, le Finder et Path Finder prennent en compte cette modification qu’après avoir démarré une nouvelle session après l’installation du fichier.

Matt Neuburg on Spotlight and Leopard

Vendredi 2 novembre 2007

This is an eyes opening introduction on Spotlight on Leopard. Matt Neuburg digs deep in Leopard to show you how to use it. I was on the verge on buying FileSpot, but after reading Matt, I might reconsider since I didn’t know how much better the Spotligh interface is on Leopard when you compare to Tiger. A must-read!

Matt Neuburg, Spotlight Strikes Back: In Leopard, It Works Great,

I think I will check again FileSpot when the new version will come out. (I’m especially interested by the « Menu bar item with global hot-keys »).

Safari Beta 3 Bugs

Jeudi 14 juin 2007

It’s possible that Safari Beta 3 interferes with other applications. For one, the excellent French spell checker Antidotes RX. The second one is my trusty Launchbar. Here, Launchbar « looses » its index and take forever to rebuild it. The only solution so far that has been working for me is to use the Safari Beta 3 deinstaller.

Amit Singh and Mac OS X Internals

Jeudi 10 mai 2007

This is a way cool podcast. Amit Singh, of fame, manager of Macintosh Engineering at Google, author of MacFuse (which let you mount a remote directory via sshfs), talk about its last book, Mac OS X Internals. He debate about the misuse of Unix to characterize OS X, the way MacFuse use nfs locally to mount remote directory via sshfs and many other interesting topics. Amit Singh is very open-minded, far from OS sectarianism and provide an all around conversation on the basics of OS X.

Technometria: Mac OS X Internals, (mp3)

If you install MacFuse, you should get MacFusion, which is a nice front end GUI for MacFuse. [via Infinite Loop]

Panic get it (Fixing Coda)

Vendredi 4 mai 2007

Well, I have been contacted by one folk from Panic regarding my last post on Coda, asking me to download the last Coda release (1.0.1) (zip file) to check if the terminal bug I was talking about was fixed. The terminal bug is definitely fixed. I must say that the Coda terminal is also very nice. And, I’m totally impressed by the Panic folks.

* I’m not a customer of Panic.

* I didn’t write to Panic about this bug.

* I run an obscure blog.

* I said that Coda was not for me (well, I could buy a Coda « light »).

* But they contacted me to see whether their fix for the terminal was working.

So, in the end, Panic really digs the web and all that stuff about the « market as a conversation ».

Open in Path Finder from the terminal

Mercredi 2 mai 2007

On OS X, tuck this function in you .bashrc file to open from a repertory in Path Finder.

function pathfinder {
	open -a "Path Finder" $1

Then in terminal, to open the current directory do
% pathfinder .

You can open also a specified directory:
% pathfinder /Users/me/Desktop

Since Path Finder can call appropriate applications or open in itself different type of documents, you can also do the following:
% pathfinder ShellScripting.pdf

Coda First Impressions

Mercredi 25 avril 2007

Well, like everybody, I’ve been impressed with the eye candy of Coda. Its nice to have everything bundled in one window. Unfortunately, for me, the bundle is not right because the text editor is not good as TextMate or BBEdit, and the CSS editor doesn’t look good as CCSEdit. And missing in action are bookmarks for the Web browser and bookmarks for the books included.

Also, the terminal have problem with my FreeBSD server. If I load my .bashrc config or launch vim, I get a garbled screen. And then, the only way to really quit the terminal, is to quit Coda, closing only the window seems not to work, because when I launch a new terminal, I get again the old window.

My mini reviews sound very negative, but in fact, Coda is very nice. I could use it as a sysadmin. I like very much the integration of a SFTP browser, a terminal window, a Web browser and a good editor. I can foresee a use to edit configurations files on the server, or do a quick modification on a web page. But I don’t see myself working all the day in Coda. I think Panic could do a « sysadmin » version, less expensive, with just the FTP/SFTP browser, the Web Browser, the text editor and the terminal, getting rid of the CSS editor and the included books on Javascript, CSS, HTML and PHP.

For a full fledged review, see Daring FireBall.


Mardi 17 avril 2007

This is funny. With Launchbar, I start MarsEdit with « me ». Hope you get it :) .