Creating a logo for the 30-days startup chalenge – 30DSTART – Day 7

If you arrive on this post by a direct link or from Google, I suggest you to read the last two posts on the 30days startup challenge : here and here. Now, let’s go to the main topic of my article : how to design a logo for the startup. Well, it’s not going to be a nice tutorial like the ones you can find on Smashing Magazine. Here I won’t give you any method, just some tools I used to design my logo. »

30DSTART – Day 4 – Startup Name

For those who don’t know about the 30-days Startup Challenge, please have a look at my explanation here. The post of today will explain in detail how I selected the name of the startup, and what had been achieved in the last 4 days. We are indeed already reaching day-4 and I have the feeling that many things happened. Initial feedback You have been almost 300 people to read the first article (and I got no comment via the blog). »

The 30-days Startup Challenge

I have not been writing on my blog for many months now. This was probably to learn more and more from online readings and share experience with friends. As you may know, I am still working on PhD degree (Italy//Spain) in the field of nanotechnologies. However, I recently decided to try a quick and intensive challenge. Let’s call it the «  30-days startup challenge ». 30-days startup challenge The 30-days startup challenge As you guess from the title, I will dedicate 30 days in the creation of a web startup… Well, I should say 30 evenings since my days are booked in the lab. »

Elevage de Sentimancho

Je participe actuellement à une épreuve d’élevage de sentimancho. J’aimerais vous faire partager ma passion pour cette sous-branche du référencement et vous en dire un peu plus. Qu’est-ce que le sentimancho Le sentimancho est le nom tiré d’une épreuve française de référencement. Le but à atteindre est de se positionner le mieux possible avec son sentimancho dans le classement d’un moteur de recherche français. En rajoutant des textes pertinents sur son site web ou en liant des accords avec des amis, le site concours va monter progressivement et se détachera de ses concurrents. »

How to transfer money from USD ($) to EUR (€) accounts

Since I will soon have to transfer my money from an USD ($) bank account (Wells-Fargo) to France (in EUR €), I had to look around to find the best solution. With the help of one friend, I started discovering some solutions last year ; but none of them were satisfying. I thus looked a little bit more on forums and found two interesting threads. One is unfortunately in French (google translate it if you want) , but hopefully the most interesting one is in English. »

Implementing microdata schema.org in Yootheme ZOO

Recently, the three major search engins (Bing/Yahoo and Google) agreed on using the microdata system Schema.org. This allow any website to provide semantic information to the search spiders. For instance, you can specify what kind of content you are publishing, like a recipe of an apple pie, or a movie review. More than that, depending on the type, you can give the various important information directly to the search robot : what is the movie title, what is its director, or how long you should cook your pie. »

YOOtheme Zoo – Integration of Google +1

I wanted to add a google +1 button to my website. As I am using YOOtheme zoo CCK component, I add to create a new “element” to be print at the end of my blog post. You can download it bellow. Of course you can use it on any zoo applications (blogs, businesses, recipes … and custom applications). How to install Download the archive : ZOOelement Googleplus Then, unzip the files in your folder : /base_installation_folder/media/zoo/elements. »

Yootheme Zoo – Modifying the Frontend submission editor

A quick note to let you know how I hacked Yootheme Zoo 2.3. I wanted to have a wysiwyg editor while my users were submitting article in frontend with ZOO. Usually you can activate the “trusted mode” to have this wysiwyg editor. But you will also have several other fields which are too much for normal users. In order to have a wysiwyg editor, even in the non-trusted mode, here is the modification you should implement. »

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Yootheme Zoo – Modifying the number of articles on Frontpage

A quick note to let you know how I hacked Yootheme Zoo 2.3. I wanted to have a different numbers of articles on the frontpage, and in the classical category view.As I did not find an easy solution (a parameter should be added to the configuration for the front page), I decided to code it. Here is the line you have to change on line 232 in _/joomla_base_dir/components/comzoo/controllers/default.php [cc lang=" »

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Expat : la TV Française à l’étranger

Suite à mon post sur “Comment regarder Arte ou Roland Garros à l’étranger” (top ten de vos lectures sur mon blog), un évènement récent me pousse à écrire la suite. Informé de cela par Daniel Nicollet, l’auteur de la pétition que je citais à la fin de mon article, je pense qu’il est utile pour ceux d’entre vous qui sont expatriés, de lire son message. Ci-dessous je vous retranscris son email (un peu long, mais au moins vous aurez compris le message ;-D ). »

La pub tuera-t-elle les spammeurs?

Ils l’ont trouvée la solution qui viendra peut être à bout des script kiddies spammeurs, ceux qui utilisent par exemple XRummer (logiciel qui permet l’envoi automatique de commentaires/messages forum avec des liens spammy). Mais de quoi s’agit-il? NuCaptcha est une société basée à Vancouver qui propose une solution plutôt élégante de captcha (enfin, tout est relatif, moi je préférerais voir des animaux qui gambadent dans la forêt au printemps). En effet, au lieu de vous afficher des lettres tordues à déchiffrer ou un calcul à résoudre, il s’agit là de regarder un petit spot vidéo dans lequel un message publicitaire passe. »

Un nanomoteur électrique

Une équipe de l’université de Delft en Hollande (où est récemment arrivé mon ami Pierre Bathelemy pour faire son Post-Doc) a récemment mis au point le concept de nanomoteur électrique. Celui-ci est encore théorique, mais pourrait voir le jour dans un proche futur. Le concept, mis au point par Johannes S. Seldenthuis et son équipe, se base sur une longue chaine moléculaire polaire. Lors de l’application d’un champs électrique altérnatif, le dipôle est attiré alternativement vers le haut ou le bas, mettant ainsi le moteur en rotation. »

A script to plot GWL File (for the use of Nanoscribe)

The focus of this article is really small. It will only interest people involved in Research, who own a Nanoscribe device. I was a little bit annoyed by the software, very heavy, and running only on windows. I wanted to design my structures on Linux (or any plateform actually), and I wanted to plot the result with a light software. I programmed a small script in Python to plot 2D structures written in gwl. »

Nohup, Comsol and Matlab

When you want to use a Matlab script to perform simulations with Comsol, a remote server is often used. This post is a quick note to help you creating matlab scripts that would be run on a remote server. The strategy is the following. We will use the nohup command to let the server do the simulations while we will turn off our computer. Without the nohup, turning off your computer would result in breaking the ssh connexion, and thus, the matlab/comsol processes that were running. »

The Mind Machine – Chapitre 4 – Les rythmes biologiques

Dans ce chapitre l’auteur parle des rythmes biologiques animaux. Il explique l’action des hormones jouant dans les mécanismes ciracadiens, et fournit des conseils pour faciliter des changements de rythmes forcés (Jet Lag , cycle entreprise 3-8, …)  (Voir la liste des autres chapitres) Michel Siffre est le premier cobaye de tests sur les rythmes biologiques. Il est resté 7 mois dans une cave du Texas sans horloge. On a put grâce à lui mettre à jour que le cycle naturelle d’un être humain est de 25h et non de 24h. »