A new palace for Berlin?

I had a meeting this morning not far from a well-known Berlin landmark. Apparently, some people are trying to get an old palace that got replaced by an East-German government building built again...

 Good luck to them, their prototypes look impressive!

Great XWiki review

Aaron Digulla wrote a great post about XWiki after seeing Vincent's (@vmassol) XWiki presentation at Jazoon. He really understood the geist of it and the possibilities XWiki opens up for developers and organizations.

Here's an excerpt from his post:

"With XWiki, you can finally annotate data in your corporate database with a wiki page, with all the power of a wiki and you can even display the data set in the wiki and edit it there. Granted, the data set won’t be versioned unless your corporate database allows that but it’s simple to do the versioning in the data access layer (for example, you can save all modifications in a log database).

Suddenly, possibilities open up."

Want a tiger-resistant laptop?

Forbes took the Panasonic ToughBook through a series of insane tests (they call it the "Forbes Test" and it involved the laptop being walked-on by an elephant and shot at). The results are pretty amazing: http://video.forbes.com/fvn/tech/tiger-versus-laptop (Posterous doesn't seem to allow the embedded view to work)

Original story at http://www.forbes.com/2009/06/23/toughbook-tiger-elephant-technology-personal-test.html

I'll be on Stand 107 in Halle 7.2a at LinuxTag Berlin

LinuxTag is starting from tomorrow onwards in Berlin and I'll be there to talk about XWiki in the midst of a strong French delegation. A number of French Open-Source companies will have a presence there, including XWiki SAS, eXoplatform, Talend or Mandriva. Come and meet me if you're interested in wiki software & collaboration.

Here's how to get to the expo! You'll have no excuse not to come ;-)

Text edition in XWiki Enterprise 1.9 is awesome

I'm currently working on XWiki's answer to the French government call for Web 2.0 projects. We started a fresh XWiki Enterprise 1.9 instance to work together on our answer and I love using it:

  • Full-screen edition allows me to focus on what I'm writing
  • The Alt+Caps+S shortcut lets me save my modifications without reloading the page
  • I can create links easily thus keeping the whole thing organized
  • It's WYSIWYG so I don't need to worry about the syntax
Basically, it combines all the advantages of traditional desktop-based text editors with those of a wiki :-)

I need to improve my pool table skillz

Ok, Eduard & Oana (@oanat) beat me this time… But next time it won't be the same! Obviously in this occasion I was simply making them feel at ease for their first couple days in France :-p

Since @oanat told me @vmassol & @lucaa play even better than us, I'd better practice some more before the 2 of them get in Paris on July 20.

Hadn't Eduard played this one with a single hand, I would't even have won
1 round.

The winning ball (well, the losing ball from my perspective, but you get thé geist of it).

Oana attempting a tricky figure (I had managed to pull one such figure off successfully earlier that day!!)