Guillaume “Zifro” Desrat’s former blog

BarCamp (Ruby &) Rails in Paris ?

Filed under: parties, Ruby — Zifro February 26, 2008 @ 8:59 am

The French Ruby users association, Ruby France is looking forward organizing a BarCamp in Paris.
If you’re interested, please take a look and answer the poll.

For more information, read this post (warning : French language).

Trousers have firmware, too

Filed under: misc, geek — Zifro February 24, 2008 @ 5:25 pm

One week ago, I went to a factory outlet to buy some trousers (mine were definitely out of usage).
For the same model and same size, I found three different jeans : I didn’t fit in the first, and I felt comfortable in the two others, even I felt differently in those.

I bought the two latters, and, asking the sales woman for what the codes I noticed were, she explained me one was the textile code and the other … well, I don’t remember what the other was.
I reminded me how tricky it is when you buy computer parts ; you always have to check which firmware there is in.

Trousers have firmware, too.
2008 is so incredible !

Like powerful cars ? Leave France !

Filed under: cars — Zifro @ 5:21 pm

Since the beginning of 2008, there’s a law in France that gives you a bonus or a malus when buying a new (means : from your car dealer) car, according to the amount of CO2 it produces per kilometer.

If your car produces :
* less than 60 g CO2 / km : the bonus is 5000 EUR
* from 61 to 99 g CO2 / km : the bonus is 1000 EUR
* from 101 to 120 g CO2 / km : the bonus is 700 EUR
* from 121 to 130 g CO2 / km : the bonus is 200 EUR
* from 131 to 160 g CO2 / km : no bonus nor malus
* from 161 to 165 g CO2 / km : the malus costs you 200 EUR
* from 166 to 200 g CO2 / km : the malus costs you 750 EUR
* from 201 to 250 g CO2 / km : the malus costs you 1600 EUR
* more than 250 g CO2 / km : the malus costs you 2600 EUR

Note that only electric cars produce less than 60 g CO2 / km.
The government declared that the bonus will be financed at 100 % by the tax the malus represent. No need for a new tax.
This would ideally lead people to buy cars which pollute less. But if they do so, the bonus will be more important than the malus… how will the government pay for it without setting up a new tax ?

Asked for why the tax occurs only at buy time by the ecologists, Jean-Louis Borloo, the French transport ministre, replies that he thinks about turning the malus for cars producing more than 250 g CO2 / km into a yearly malus. Sweet… no :-(

Of course, it is necessary to protect the planet, but instead of proposing credible alternatives for everyday trips, it seems to be more interesting to tax people.
One of my colleague is found of cars. He’s considering affording a Nissan 350 Z before petrol costs too much. He comes to work by train, everyday, so he don’t pollute much. So why should he pay more for a nice car while someone with another one will save money for buying an “eco car” which he or she will use more and then pollute much more ?

Is Prague sweet in late March ? (EuRuKo 2008 inside)

Filed under: Ruby — Zifro February 3, 2008 @ 9:10 pm

The 2008 European Ruby Conference will be held in Prague, on March 29th and 30th.
The website has been launched few days ago, so I don’t feel sorry for not relaying this kind of information faster :)

A call for paper has been made, so if you’re a Ruby enthusiast with something nice to present, send them your paper.
For more information, visit

Quitting Google services, one after the other

Filed under: 2007 — Zifro @ 2:30 pm

During 2007, I closed my Google account. I deleted the messages stored in my email service (although Google retains the right to keep them even if I do so) and then hit the magical link.
Because the Google account opens the door to all their services, such as Agenda, Documents, Groups or Orkut, I stopped using all of these as well.

The connection between all these services is really cool, but if you want to share something (your agenda, for example), it still requires a Google account (which you can create with the email address you like).
To use the Google Groups, you don’t need such an account, since someone can add you to one, but to modify your settings, you need to subscribe.

Today, I’m still chained to Google, as RubyFrance email service is hosted by the Moutain View company. The mailing lists were also moved to Google Groups, and, as I’m to manage them, I had to create an account.

Of course, one could argue that I’m not fair, and that would be right. Google services and products are nice, fully usable and even pleasant. But I don’t want this company to hold so much data about me.
Paranoïd ? No :)

This morning, I cleaned my RubyFrance agenda, because I didn’t get the point to keep up-to-date three agendas (iCal, Exchange and Google ones) and looked for how to desactivate it. Without luck. So from now I just drop it.

Crazy Q

Filed under: music, remember — Zifro February 1, 2008 @ 11:33 pm

Early in the evening, toresbe posted a YouTube link on our secret-IRC-channel-named-after-our-lovely-operating-system, OpenBSD.

If you miss those old Atari, Amstrad, Commodore sounds, or even the NES ones, listen to Crazy Q’s musics. This incredible guy also put its works on his MySpace webpage. It remembers me the time I played with ModPlug Tracker, but he’s far more talented than I am.

I wonder if there are nice trackers to play with under Mac OS X ; maybe I should just use my old Groovebox (the real one, the MC-303 !) ?

Anyway, I’m looking forward listening more from him, and if you know how to get an album he made, tell me ! (I <3 Swingers Club)

You Can’t Drink Just Six

Filed under: meta — Zifro @ 1:11 pm

Slusho! is a refreshing japanese drink.
Browse the website, listen to the cool music, even take a look at their store, where you can get fun tshirts and caps.
If you look at the distribution opportunities (because Slusho! isn’t available yet in your place), you’ll notice you can send an email to a address.

Heading to the Tagruato Corporation website (choose English in the dropdown listbox, others don’t seem to work), it appears that the Slusho! inventors have founded a mother company which the refreshing drink is only a subsidiary.
On the headlines page, one can read a problem occurred at the Chuai Station. The Chuai Station, one of the company’s fourteen deep sea drilling stations, is located in the Northern Atlantic ocean, not so far from the Big Apple, where Tagruato head Ganu Yoshida is promoting the Slusho! drink.

Now, just know that I was speaking of a movie I’m hardly waiting for :)
Clue : it was out on 01-18-08 in the USA, and will come on 02-06-08 in Europe.