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How will I replace Google Reader?

On the 1st of July, Google Reader will be going away. And unless you have been living in a cave for the past few weeks you will have heard about it. Google Reader had been my RSS reader of choice for the past five years I would say and it is what I rely on in order to stay up-to-date with the latest tech news and other subjects I’m interested in.

What I really appreciated with this tool was its efficiency. In fact, the way the information was displayed and the numerous keyboard shortcuts allowed me to quickly go through what I would have missed on Twitter or on other websites I follow regularly.Therefore, its successor had to have at least a display mode that would make it easy for me to see which articles would be more interesting than others and my usual keyboard shortcuts.

After the annoucement of Google Reader’s death, several new tools were created by companies already working around the RSS technology and others trying to revive thanks to this opportunity aka Digg. I’ve had a look and tried a few of them and while some like AOL‘s have suprised me, I must say I was quite disapointed and not really finding what I loved in Google Reader.

I eventually decided to settle with Feeldy and I think I will try to use it for a few weeks and see how it goes. It has a good enough display mode and keyboard shortcuts so I shouldn’t feel too lost after all.

Les étudiants qui twittent ont de meilleures notes

Article relativement pertinent qui traite du fait que de plus en plus, les étudiants utilisent des outils tels que Twitter afin de trouver des exemples concrets et ancrés dans la réalité pour illustrer ce qu’ils entendent en cours. Je suis assez d’accord sur l’ensemble et je trouve ce paragraphe particulièrement intéressant :

«Les étudiants s’intéressent davantage aux sujets abordés lorsqu’ils en entendent parler sur Twitter, parce qu’ils sentent que cela est connecté à quelque chose de réel», explique Christina Greenhow, auteur de l’étude. «Ils n’ont plus l’impression d’apprendre dans le seul but d’avoir une bonne note, mais comprennent que cela pourra leur resservir»

Il est vrai que l’on se sent tout de suite plus concerné quand on nous parle de problèmes qu’on a rencontré lors de la création d’un projet ou lorsque l’on a déjà lu un article sur le sujet. Les cours présentent pour la plupart des exemples passés, plus forcément d’actualité.

Toutefois, on me souffle dans l’oreillette que cela va bientôt changer, bonne nouvelle donc !

How to display .htaccess files in Transmit

Last night while fiddling around with one of my servers I wanted to add a .htaccess file that I had already uploaded on another website. I’ve been using Transmit from Panic for a while in order to manage my FTP transfers. However, even though I love this tool I was not able to display those .htaccess files on my server in order to copy and transfer them.

Transmit 4

In the end I found a solution online so I decided to write a blog post about it to share it and to be able to find it if I was to forget it one day or another ;) You actually just need to launch Transmit and go to View > Show invisible files. And voilà! It’s done!

My internship at iAdvize

It has now been two weeks since I started my internship at iAdvize, a young start-up from Nantes (France) helping companies improve their customers’ experience online though click to chat. This three months internship that will last until the end of August will allow me to graduate my Bachelor degree from Brittany Business school after having spent a year in Cardiff (Wales).

Actually, what is it that iAdvize does? Lire la suite

Delivering Happiness : Culture & Core values

Tony Hsieh

Alright folks, let’s get back to blogging! For good this time? I doubt it but we’ll try it …Many things have changed for me since I stopped writing on this blog but we might discuss this in a later article.

For now I’d like to focus on my latest read Delivering Happiness, Tony Hsieh‘s book. Tony Hsieh is the CEO of Zappos, a big US online shoe retailer (Which was recently acquired by Amazon). This was actually one of the first business-oriented book that I’ve read and I must say I was happily surprised. In this book, Tony talks about his story and what got him to where he is now just as if he was talking to a friend of his and the reading experience then becomes really pleasant.

He tells us why he decided to leave the first company he’d founded and sold to Microsoft Link Exchange (Sold for more than $250 million). He then explain how Zappos was born and how he decided to manage the company not to replicate the same mistakes he had made in the past.

By reading his book you will be able to learn a lot about how to create a corporate culture and core values as he refers to them. However, this book is not entirely focus around entrepreneurship even though it makes for most of the content. In fact, Tony Hsieh also talks about how he feels about happiness and how he handles his lifestyle by setting both short and long-term objectives for himself.

I’m going to stop there so that you still have something to learn from this book that I really encourage you to read. You can easily find it on Amazon whether you’re looking for a Kindle or hardcover version.