The Black Box 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 11:58 - General
Posted by Administrator
Here's a little site I've been working on:

The Black Box

It is based on the GetSimple CMS, with a custom theme and php scripts to automatize the display of home page, news and event lists.

It also uses the fantastic mvlcek plugins, among others.

It's fun to write plugins for Getsimple. I've written a volunteer management plugin for Getsimple, available here.

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Netflix 
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 12:50 - General, Technology
Posted by Administrator
Netflix is arriving in France on monday.

Not that I'm happy that there isn't an equivalent European service, but I've had the bitter taste of the Canal+/Canalsat customer service, and they definitely need a big prod in the hindquarters, to say the least.

When you sign a contract with Canal+/Canalsat, it is for an entire year, and automatically renewed for each following year.

It isn't easy to stop. You cannot terminate the contract at any time, instead you have a short period before each auto-renewal in which you can send a letter of termination (in a format that they will accept). And it seems they don't always accept registered post (as I was told by one of their salespeople).And of course you have to get the right address, which obviously changes. And you have to have one of their accepted reasons for wanting out.

The turnout is that you can get sucked into having your contract renewed against your express wishes, and wind up having to pay for an extra year. I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader to qualify this level of sales tactics.

The Netflix offer is cheaper, and their web site says you can cancel it at any time.

So yes it's yet another an American service, but if our European enterprises refuse to treat their customers better, then they merit all the pain they will assuredly get. In the hindquarters.

Update:
Reddit has a "Netflix Bestof" list


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Systemd and offlineimap 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 21:36 - Linux, Technology
Posted by Administrator
I've been battling with systemd on Archlinux, trying to get Offlineimap to work as a systemd service. Unfortunately the Archinux online documentation, so very good usually, didn't allow me to triumph.

But I had a stroke of luck, Igor Babushkin has done a ittle writeup on just this subject. I had missed the timer aspect.

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Just another awesome Hubble picture 
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 09:37 - General
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TOX 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 13:35 - General, Privacy, Technology
Posted by Administrator
Now here is an interesting update to my previous text on secure internet messaging. It's a Skype replacement called TOX

as the TOX site says:
With the rise of government monitoring programs, Tox provides an easy to use application that allows you to connect with friends and family without anyone else listening in. While other big-name services require you to pay for features, Tox is totally free, and comes without advertising.

Tox was born of a developer discussion on the infamous 4chan website, following the whistleblowing by Edward Snowden on illegal NSA spying activities.
It features secure text messaging, audio, and video calls.

Read the FAQ

utox appears to be the cosiest Tox client on archlinux to date, but you can see that the clients although they work, are still in development. The nice thing is that there are a number of clients to choose from.

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