jeudi 9 novembre 2017

Google Chrome is great? Think again…

The Chrome web browser won market-share fast, and still is. But people tend to forget who is behind Chrome.

Now Google (or should I say Alphabet?) decided that their Chrome browser feeling faster is worth breaking web sites and going against the established standards that make the Web an open platform. That’s bad.

I’ve been using Firefox since it first appeared, not because it is the fastest, nor because it is the best, but because it is free software, backed by an organisation that pursues its users’ best interests and protects their privacy. Here’s one more reason to do so, if one was needed.

The icing over the cake is that Firefox is getting really fast! If you’ve been using Chrome, think again…

jeudi 21 janvier 2016

Command-line and Web Interface for Paperwork

I am very fortunate that one jflesch on GitHub decided one day to create Paperwork! This excellent program evolved very quickly and is still improving. I manage all my official documents, invoices, and such, in Paperwork. Scan by scan, PDF import by PDF import, I am slowly approaching the 2000 documents, or 5000 pages. This program has proved invaluable in the past year alone, both for speeding up the processing of new documents, and for looking for old documents.

Yet I miss one feature: the possibility to search the database of documents (which is on my home server) from any computer or mobile device, without having to launch Paperwork, which is only installed on the main family PC.

Besides, as I often connect to my server from distant places using OpenSSH, the possibility to do command-line searches would be a big improvement over my current use of find, grep, etc. Or I should rather say, my former use of find, grep, etc. Because…

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lundi 13 octobre 2014

Petit serveur web vite fait avec bash

Vous est-il déjà arrivé de vouloir partager quelques fichiers avec quelqu’un ou avec un autre appareil (un smartphone par exemple…) et d’être ennuyé parce que les solutions simples (clé USB, partage réseau…) ne sont à ce moment-là pas disponibles ? N’aurait-il pas été bienvenu d’avoir accès à un serveur web instantané permettant de partager le répertoire courant ?

Si ces fichiers sont sur une machine de type Unix ou Linux, disposant d’un shell bash et de la commande socat, alors un simple script de quelques lignes peut faire l’affaire !

This article has been translated to English.

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