Language preference and cookies

Webmasters: Please keep the language choice into a cookieOne can not like cookies, but they can in some situations be very useful. I have as preference in my browser the languages in the following order: English, Portuguese, French.

In Switzerland with several national languages most websites have by default the German language. First time I visit them I change to French or English. Second time I visit the same website I would expect that he remembers that I read the website in other language than German. Unfortunately this is not the case.

Webmasters should think about using cookies to keep the language preference of the user. I see none in Switzerland doing it.

Some sites have different web addresses depending the language they target – meteosuisse.ch, meteoschweiz.ch or cff.ch, sbb.ch, ffs.ch. This works well. But the remaining – coop.ch and sunrise.ch – always in German; swisscom.ch – defaults to browser language, english site for me; migros.ch, orange.ch – defaults to browser language, german site if brower asks english…

Dear webmasters: please use cookies instead of obliging the user to change language each time he visits your website!


Cave 12 est de retour

Après 6 ans et demi, “ma” Cave12 est de retour. Dans des nouveaux locaux. Aussi une cave, avec une configuration assez semblable à l’ancienne. Comme était bon de revoir Fernando et Marion dans leur monde et écouter un concert de musique d’improvisation/expérimental.

Le bar (fini les bières SuperBock, maintenant c’est Baarer)


La scène, avant concert.

Pas de journaux

Ce matin Le Temps n’était pas dans la boite aux lettres. Probablement problème à l’impression. J’arrive à la gare pour prendre le interregio en direction de Lausanne et une ambiance plus soignée que l’habitude. Oui, il n’a pas de 20minutes, le journal gratuit. Quel différence de ne pas avoir déjà à 7heures du matin la gare pleine de “vieux” journaux feuilletés en 5 minutes et laissés comme des mégots. Je crois à un gros problème d’impression.

Google Reader continues?

Today, after receiving a message at the top of the Google Reader saying “An updated version of Google Reader is available. Refresh”, I saw that the “Reader” link is back to the top bar.

Soon after the announcement, months ago, that Google Reader was going to disappeared, Google had removed the link from the top bar… Hopefully they changed ideas!

Sync storage with FTP – part 2

Already some weeks have passed since we took the decision to use GoogleDrive for Pro-Vélo Genève. But the task is not yet finished. Several problems arised, which I’m still trying to solve.

As it seems that it is missing some best practice guide on Google’ site, I leave here the experience and how we should have done better.

Test all OS

Only after the decision that other members of the association installed GoogleDrive. Bang, it failed to install on OSX 10.6, even though it is supported. I could not test or check myself if this can be circumvent.

Copy in a non-Windows machine

Windows has since its debuts with long file names (Windows 95?) a funny bug: you can have long names for files and folders, but once you want to copy them, there is a limit of 255 characters in the total of “path+filename”. Yes, this is still present on Windows 7.
I agree that it is not the best practice to call a file with a sentence, but it happens for other people. The solution was to use a Mac computer to copy the files form Dropbox to GoogleDrive. (It could have been done also with some utilities for Windows that go around the bug).

Test special characters

Not present in the Known Issues of GoogleDrive is the fact that GoogleDrive has problems with filenames having parenthesis which at my association they use. I’m still trying to go around this problem, removing parenthesis from several folders and filenames.

Do the first synchronization in small batches

We believe these products are robust. So we just copy the 10GB of Dropbox into GoogleDrive. GoogleDrive just can’t stand to sync so many files at the same time. It is part of the known issues. Then it is also very slow. It took 2 days to upload the 10GB… And time to time it would stop, without errors and you have to restart the client. Just unprofessional quality. “We are aware of the problem” answers Google since May 2012.

Do one computer at a time

If you are going to use GoogleDrive in a team with a single account, then do setup one account at a time. Otherwise it will start entering in conflict because of the problems above. At the end on my computer (which was not the one who copy from Dropbox, but it was connected all the time) I had several sub-folders and filenames with (1) at the end, which is the way GoogleDrive solves conflicts. At same point I decided to disconnect my account and download the 10GB again. It was better.

Hopefully these advices help you if you want to use GoogleDrive. But I’m looking forward to have ownCloud.org with a stable version….