GTranslate and Weboob

This is a quick interface to translation tools. In particular it was made to interface a specific tool from Weboob. For those who don’t know Weboob is a collection of applications able to interact with websites without a browser and mostly from command line interfaces. This allows GTranslate to use web translation services such as Google-Translate. However it can also be used with others translation tools as long as they offer a simple command-line way to translate a text from one language to another. It can also be easily adapted to any tool to provide an interactive conversion from one type to another. I made this tool to try out GTK-3 and GtkBuilder and actually building interfaces with Glade is really easier.

You may found the github page at
And a small project page at


Speaking about Weboob I think this is a very good initiative because I’m getting a bit sick of these overpowered web-browsers outshining the application landscape. I mean we should tend toward a web of services but instead we just spend our time recoding everything we already had in JavaScript and shiny HTML5 interfaces. And I think, or rather hope that the future of web lies outside the browsers.

New compose on GMail

GMail has a new compose and he sees fit to remind me constantly whenever I write a new message. But I’d like to have my say on this since we’ll be forced to use this thing in several month anyway. So let’s get things straight, I really hate this, it is just stupid and I guarantee that if Google eventually puts this in place and forces us to use it, I’ll just quit ! That web interface was everything but there it just feels like a hyped gadget.

At least -please- put an option to get back to the original compose permanently so we can write real mails that we focus on. I mean I know most of them are just quick informal replies, just like we would use mobile messaging and I know for sure that services need to evolve from time to time but they just make everything easier and it just gets more useless and annoying at every step.

Small website and PluXml

I rewrote my personal website from scratch several months ago. My main goal was to avoid using any time consuming server-side scripts and database. I did this using a combination of XML and XSLT prepocessing along with a little bit Javascript. The original website was to contain a blog too that I finally did code two weeks ago. But then I took a step back and looked at my creation and ultimately decided that it wasn’t worth the change. 

Until I just found pluxml, it’s a nice little blog which use plain XML for its databases and although it still use PHP it’s good to see solutions that stand out from the eternal LAMP software bundle especially for embedded servers.