March 20th, 2010 @ 00:42

A friend of mine arrived in the US one week before me, and when he told me his department had to pay $8 a month to the university (namely PSU) computer services for his computing account (email, computer login…), I was like, wow, this is theft.

One week later I arrived in Pittsburgh and CMU, quickly got a computer account. While browsing the various docs about their computer systems (I was trying to login into a “general purpose Linux machine” which I supposedly had access to — I actually hadn’t since they had forgotten to create the account on this specific machine), I discovered that the monthly fee for an user account at CMU was $105. Still stunned.

Let’s mention that activating an ethernet outlet is also a charged service, just as registering a machine on the network (so yeah, you (or your department) have to pay both the ethernet outlet activation fee plus the machine registration fee). Isn’t this whole system crazy ? Isn’t it normal work to activate an outlet on a switch configuration/plug a ethernet wire in the said switch or to hit the validation button of a probably automated script to add a machine to the network ?

March 19th, 2010 @ 04:20

I seriously wonder what’s wrong with French names here in the USA.

  • My landlady has my email saved as Guilluame <guillaume@…>
  • The guy at the bank managed to swap my firstname and lastname ; does Seguin really sounds like a firstname ? (well, he also managed to make a typo in my pin code while recording my file into the computer system, which lead me to great lengths of stress when I figured that the damn ATM definitely wouldn’t let me use my long-awaited debit card [let’s concede him that it was an uncommon operation, since usually everything is directly done on the computer (and the pin code is typed by the user and double checked) but they were experiencing a computer systems upgrade at the exact time I came in to get my account opened)
  • Most people can’t pronounce Guillaume right, even if I tell them to just say William and that it sounds quite the same they won’t quit trying on their own and producing pronunciations I wouldn’t have thought possible (not that I really care about this, it’s rather fun than anything else :p)
March 19th, 2010 @ 03:55

Before leaving France, I called my French health insurance (namely MGEN), telling them that I’d be in the USA for 6 months, and they told me like, “well sure, no problem, just fill these two forms and email them back to us, we will move you to our international section real quick and you’ll be fine”. One month later, and almost 4 weeks after my arrival, they finally processed my request and I’m about to be moved to the said section… as soon as I pay by check a certain extra amount of money. Wait… you know that I’m abroad and that I can’t seriously send this check, right ?

March 19th, 2010 @ 03:37

Chipping in the buzz, but I’m getting really annoyed of the “Stop Health Care Arrogance” ads. I believe they easily amount for 75% of the ads I’ve seen today. Not that I don’t care, but erm, I’m not really going to call my US congressman :-|

February 17th, 2009 @ 18:44

Just upgraded this WordPress to 2.7.1, and wow, this new automatic upgrade system is great. All I had to do was type my ftps logins and hit the Upgrade button. Congrats and thanks to the WordPress team !

October 30th, 2008 @ 08:42

Disclaimer : this post is completely useless, yet I like it

Short story : linking two individuals seems to be just a matter of having enough data about them.
Long story : I’ve been claiming for a few weeks that there is one girl (which I don’t know personally, just visually) here at the ENS who looks like my girlfriend (actually, I’m claiming my girl friend looked like her 2 years ago, but that doesn’t matter much). I was able to show her to my girlfriend last week (by the way, ENS “Urban Night” was great :) ), and she now thinks I’m completely crazy since, according to her, there’s nothing in common between them.
Since I hate being wrong, I went on and found the girl’s name after some extensive ENS students directory lookup, which lead me to her Facebook profile. I didn’t even have to run some facial comparison engine, the missing link appeared immediately. It was so obvious I was astonished I hadn’t guessed it before. The resulting matching is simply perfect.

They both love Nutella.

September 23rd, 2008 @ 13:09

Compiz Fusion Logo
Here is a new Compiz Fusion release, tagged 0.7.8, bringing a good bunch of bug fixes and quite a lot of work on animation plugin

The official announcement is available in Compiz Fusion Community list archives.

Have fun using Compiz Fusion!

July 24th, 2008 @ 00:24

Hurrah, farewell Classes Préparatoires !
The first results are out, and I’m 5th at École Normale Supérieure Paris (a.k.a. Ulm), 9th at ENS Lyon, 7th at ENS Cachan, and 114th at École Polytechnique (a.k.a. X). More results to come in the upcoming hours, but I’m surely going to Ulm next year :)

The great news there is that I can now get on coding without any bad thought about the fact that I /ought/ to be working maths or physics.

July 12th, 2008 @ 11:05

Exams are finished, at last \o/ _o/ \o_
I’m waiting for the results now :)

May 31st, 2008 @ 13:03

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We have just released Compiz Fusion 0.7.6, based on Compiz 0.7.6 which was released just two days ago. This is a new development release, introducing a few – yet shiny – new plugins, some new features, and a bunch of ccsm and simple-ccsm changes, alongside the usual translations updates and bug fixes.

The official announcement is available in Compiz Fusion Community list archives.

Just for fun, here is the global git diffstat:


  • bcop : 1 files changed, 1 insertions, 1 deletions
  • libcompizconfig : 5 files changed, 52 insertions, 7 deletions
  • compizconfig-backend-gconf : 2 files changed, 18 insertions, 42 deletions
  • compizconfig-backend-kconfig : 2 files changed, 1 insertions, 19 deletions
  • compizconfig-python : 2 files changed, 10 insertions, 4 deletions
  • ccsm : 86 files changed, 7147 insertions, 5553 deletions
  • simple-ccsm : 25 files changed, 714 insertions, 320 deletions
  • plugins-main : 102 files changed, 12461 insertions, 5841 deletions
  • plugins-extra : 81 files changed, 12557 insertions, 5818 deletions
  • plugins-unsupported : 37 files changed, 3159 insertions, 1428 deletions
  • emerald : 39 files changed, 353 insertions, 1208 deletions
  • Total : 382 files changed, 36473 insertions, 20241 deletions

Have fun using Compiz Fusion!