A Sad Day: Mindquarry stops its commercial offerings

October 4, 2007

mindquarry-closing.jpgIt is sad to see Mindquarry closing down its commercial activities: it feels like many companies would deserve to be closed down before them…life’s not always fair.

Seam carving (aka content-aware image reduction) already implemented in Flash

September 19, 2007

seam-carving.jpgI didn’t expect implementations of Shai Avidan and Ariel Shamir’s image resizing method (mentioned by Sylvain a while ago) to be available so quickly, but Quasimondo points to no less than four Flash implementations.

Patrick Swieskowski‘s demo, for example, allows you to play with your own images – very impressive.

Sounds like this will be part of our toolbox sooner than expected. Geniuses at work, indeed.


Cocoon GetTogether, edition 6, Rome, October 3-5th

September 4, 2007

spqr.gifSign up for the sixth Cocoon GetTogether in Rome, October 3-5th!

I might not make it this year, except maybe for the last (and most important) day, if the bytes align just right.

But with Gianugo at the helm, I’m sure it’ll be great, so maybe not andiamo, but at least andate!


ApacheCon EU 2007 registration is open

February 20, 2007

See you at ApacheCon EU 2007 in Amsterdam!


As I said before, I’ll be giving a talk on Solr and another on XSLT.

Speaking at ApacheCon EU 2007

January 27, 2007

2007-europe-234x60.pngTwo of my talks have been accepted, Beyond Full-Text Searches with Solr and Lucene, where I’ll show how we use Solr to combine full-text and structured searches for powerful navigations, and XSLT and XPath – Without the Pain! where I’ll explain how to learn and use XSLT in a painless and efficient way.

So I’ll be there, looking forward to it! As usual, the program looks really good.

Update: fixed links which changed on the conference website.

Solr graduates from the Apache Incubator

January 17, 2007

Here’s the announcement, fresh from my inbox:


It will take a few days until all the related websites are updated, but the vote at the incubator has passed.

As Yonik puts it, it seems like Solr is just getting started.

Have a look at the mailing list stats below, this looks promising.

The solr-dev list is first, the solr-users. In blue the number of subscribers, in red the number of posts per day.



Congratulations to everyone involved in making this happen, I guess we’ll have a beer at ApacheCon EU 07!

Apache Bikers – will they want me and my Flyer?

January 10, 2007

There’s talk here, here and here about forming a (virtual) Apache Bikers team. As in bicycle, not Harley Davidson this time.

Hopefully my Flyer electric bike wouldn’t disqualify me! Of course it uses less of my power, but running it all year in any weather might compensate, based on the mental effort that this requires ;-)

My daily commute is 11.5 km one way (and more than 300m in elevation), which translates to about 370km a month or about 4’000km a year given that I’m not always at the office.

The other day I bumped into someone who sold his Flyer after realizing that you must still pedal uphill…I guess he should have tried that before buying. The nicest thing about this bike is that it allows you to use less energy if you’re tired or when weather conditions are too depressing to pedal happily. But you still need some effort to reach a decent speed!