My new MacBook Pro retina 15 setup

App Trap With AppTrap, when you move an application to the trash, you’re automatically asked if you want to move the associated preference files as well.

Dropbox Let’s me share my files across my different computers and iOS devices. Stores my 1Password vault too.

1Password This is where all my passwords and licence keys are stored. Can’t live without this one.

Authy Bluetooth For those services with two factor authentication this handy application makes signing in a breeze. Requires Authy app on your iPhone.

Apple Xcode

Appcelerator Titanium Studio

Panic Coda 2

Oracle MySQL Workbench

Oracle VM VirtualBox

Royal TSX An essential link back to the servers at work.

Google Chrome Because I need Flash for VMware vCenter.

Evernote My memory, enough said.

Tweetbot The best Twitter client.

Microsoft Office 2011 I try to avoid using it but when at work it’s a 100% Microsoft environment you can’t really go without it.

Pixelmator A great image editing app for those times you need to tweak an icon or logo.

Battery Health I like to have an eye on my battery and see how it is ageing.

Blackmagic Disk Speed Test Just to have a sense of how fast these 1TB SSD drives really are.

VLC The Swiss Army knife of media players, forget QuickTime, you need this one.

Oracle Java Wish I could live without it.

Spotify What’s life without music?

Rogue Amoeba Airfoil This great piece of software lets me stream my Spotify music to my AirPort Express.

My new Mac mini server setup

This is a list of the stuff I’ve installed on my Mac mini server that I use at work.

RAID setup

Ukelele : I use Ukelele to configure my french Logitech keyboard. Actually I don’t need to use Ukelele but just to install the appropriate keyboard layout and icon file distributed with Ukelele in my /System/Library/Keyboard Layouts.

App Trap



1Password (App Store)

Office 2011


Xcode (App Store)

Reeder (App Store)

Evernote (App Store)

Twitter (App Store)

Pixelmator (App Store)

Photoshop Elements 10



Titanium Studio



iPhone Configuration Utility

SiteSucker (App Store)


Apple Configurator (App Store)

MySQL Workbench

CompareMerge (App Store)

ForkLift (App Store)

Coda 2 (App Store)


Marissa Mayer, Vice President, Search Products and User Experience, from Google is on stage talking about Google Goggles (on Android for now) that lets you start a search with a picture you take by using image recognition (shape, color, OCR). Music and video will be next.

Next she talks about her vision of news : hyper-personalized news stream. The unit of news is no longer a whole newspaper but a story. A tool has to be built that gets the news we want and need and that can be consumed on multiple platforms.

She uses Twitter search to get information on snow conditions in ski resorts ! She believes social search will be very important in the future. PageRank can’t be used in realtime search so they are working on other mechanism that will rely on figuring out what are the “magic updates”.

Google Wave has a problem of critical mass.


Ryan Sarver, director of platform from Twitter, announces the Twitter firehose for everyone at LeWeb. No details yet but they are working on it for the start of 2010. Twitter is also launching a website for developers in a few week. He also talked about OAuth API that will have 10x rate limit increase and access from browser-less apps. We will probably see some very cool new apps in 2010 now that Twitter data is increasingly easier to get access too.


Ethan Beard, director of Facebook Developer Network, tells us at LeWeb how Facebook is about identity through your social graph. Facebook connect is the easiest way to logon to a website and he just announced that developers will have access to Facebook’s users’ email now. I believe this is one less reason not to use it and 350 million users is an impressive number. Facebook connect is not only a sign-on method for websites but is also on many devices like the iPhone and the Xbox. It doesn’t look good for OpenID and other single sign-on methods.


Jack Dorsey from Twitter fame demonstrates the Square mobile payment system. After going through the demo effect (problem reading the card, wifi too slow) he showed us a very interesting system. The main selling point is anybody can take payment without setting up a merchant account. Think PayPal for real life. Not sure it will work in Europe where we don’t use the magnetic stripes so they will have to build a smartcard reader.

Moving mail from Gmail to Google Apps

I have a bunch of mail in an old Gmail account and today I decided to merge it into my Google Apps account that I now use. Previous methods I was using for moving mail was through IMAP but after looking around I found out Google’s Email Uploader. Google Email Uploader uploads mail to Google Apps from your email client (Outlook, Outlook Express or Thunderbird). To trick it into moving mail from Gmail I setup my Gmail account to accept IMAP connections and used Outlook to connect to it.

Gmail finally gets IMAP access !

No IMAP access at Gmail was the only reason I had not switched all my mail to Google. As much as I like GMail I want to be able to choose my mail client depending on device, location, etc. IMAP native clients on phones are still the best way to read mail IMHO on a cellphone. IMAP means I can also easily synchronize my mail to a desktop computer for backup purposes. I’ll probably end up using only Gmail’s web interface on desktop computers but having choice is good !


I got my invite this morning to Seesmic ! Thank you Loic ! This is Twitter on steroids. I can see where this is going… video is only a step, what is next is full media twittering. Easy publishing of any media to my friends/followers is the next step. This is a really fun ride and I really appreciate being part of it !

Wine & Fooding Party à Strasbourg le 15 octobre 2007

Ce lundi 15 octobre 2007 aura lieu un Wine & Fooding Party spécial AOC Corbières à partir de 19 heures. La dégustaion de Corbières sera accompagnée de tapas d’Eric Girardin (La Casserole, 24 rue des Juifs – Strasbourg), Christine Ferber (Maison Ferber, 18 rue des Trois-Epis – Niedermorschwihr) et Jean-Georges Klein (L’Arnsbourg, 18 rue Untermuhlthal – Baerenthal). Les points de rendez-vous sont : La Passerelle (38 quai des Bateliers), L’Impro TNS (1 avenue de la Marseillaise) et Le Cornichon Masqué (17 place du Marché-Gayot). Toutes les info se trouve sur le site et notamment le mot de passe pour accéder à cette soirée !