The wardrobe of serenity

wardrobe of serenity
I hope that my shirt is not on the top shelf



Automation, complexity and time saving

As written before in the previous article, in case I discovered the problem behind Gmail huge memory leak, I would come back here and tell the truth.

I use an extension (avaible in Chrome, Firefox, Opera) called “I don’t care about cookies”. It is a very nice sort of thing : you don’t have to click every minute on “blah blah this site cookies blah blah”.

But… at the moment, this extension will transform Gmail in a memory black hole (except if you deactivate it on the domain).

A kind of french version of this article, not guaranteed to have the exact same content (it would not be fun), can be found here : I mean here.

The main philosophical and whateverical question that we face here is : do we really think that automation is a gain for life ? What do you do with your electric window blinds (not sure for the words)  if there is no electric power ?

Another question : must all automatic systems be as simple as possible ?

A video on Liveleak : Amazing writing clock made by a japanese student


Monopoly and degeneration

Growl, grouch and grumble, it may remain something of it

French version : see my blog

I have been a great user of Gmail.

However, last months, I remarked that the quantity of memory consumed by this application has ehrrrr… increased.  Where it should be under 200 megas, it will slowly grow to 2 gigas – and then it becomes unusable. You have to quit your Gmail tab and restart a new.

Among these almost 5GB of memory, 1GB is consumed by Gmail


Of course trying to solve the issue is like facing a wall. The problem has been told to Google and yes, it has been told. That’s why the only issue is to grouch on one’s blog.

That’s the third time in my Information Technology experience, that I witness the glory of a monopoly, and some indices of its degeneration.

  • IBM, once upon a time, was the major path to information systems. One day it went bad. Suddenly people started to notice that other systems existed : better, more powerful and cheaper (at the time, VMS and Unix ).
  • Microsoft. One day you could remark that any sensible person in web development hated Internet Explorer, which seemed to be built to break the compatibility of Web sites. There remains something of this.
    Couldn’t understand why Windows 8 was built to be uneasy to use. And what about Windows 10 and its 3 GO automatic updates. “Please wait, don’t stop your PC, I am busy consuming all the Internet bandwidth with useless updates”
  • Google : this degeneration of Gmail may be one of the first signs. We’ll see.

Hopefully… WordPress is not a monopoly. There are plentiful of other web editing solutions. Recently I discovered Jimdo, which is more WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) do you know it ? It is built in Hamburg.

Well, wait a minute : I just gave a look to WordPress memory consumption. It seems a bit huge too. To be continued…

About Gmail :  I promise that if the problem is solved, I will recognize it, apologize about, and stop grumbling.




Some news


(see french text below)


The Entryfield framework has made some progress, and it will be opensourced under the MIT license.

When I say to parents, friends and relatives “Hey, I am building a PHP framework” the reaction is, globally “What ?”

So, what is a framework… When you build Web sites you want to manage data, so you need a database system, like MySQL, which has a language, SQL. As you certainly know, a web site is displayed using the HTML language, and its style is defined with the CSS language, and it is animated with the Javascript language. To coordinate all this you use a server language like PHP. This may seem complicated but if you use WordPress for instance, you rely on all this.

A framework is a toolbox and a set of methods to help you build the code, and to make it efficient and easy to maintain.


I wrote an article (in french) about the future of the french keyboard. The french ministery of Culture asked to change it.

This article is here.

Editorial line

Last year I wrote an article on this blog about my editorial line. After that, other events occurred, making the time disappear. An editorial line is not so useful if you don’t write, after all.


(et maintenant en français)


Le framework Entryfield a fait des progrès… Il sera délivré en open source, sous licence MIT. Bref, ce sera gratuit.

Quand je dis à des parents, des proches, des amis, “Eh, je construis un framework PHP !” la réaction, globalement, c’est : “Quoi ?”

Qu’est-ce qu’un framework ? Le terme francophone est “cadriciel” – nous voilà bien avancés.Quand vous construisez des sites Web vous voulez gérer des données, donc vous avez besoin d’un système de bases de données comme MySQL, qui parle le langage SQL. Vous savez certainement qu’un site web est affiché au moyen du langage HTML, et que son style est défini au moyen du langage CSS, et qu’il est animé au moyen du langage Javascript. Pour coordonner l’ensemble vous utilisez un langage serveur comme PHP. Cela peut sembler compliqué mais si vous utilisez WordPress par exemple, vous vous appuyez sur tout ceci.

Un framework c’est une boîte à outils et des méthodes pour vous aider à construire tout le code, pour le rendre efficace et facile à maintenir.


J’ai écrit un article en français sur l’évolution prévue du clavier AZERTY. Le ministère français de la Culture travaille à une nouvelle norme.

Cet article est  ici.

La ligne éditoriale

L’an dernier j’écrivais sur ce blog un article intitulé “la ligne éditoriale”. Ensuite différents événements sont arrivés, et le temps a littéralement disparu. Une ligne éditoriale n’est vraiment utile que si l’on écrit, après tout…