Loose thoughts

A set of ideas, some developed, some not more than a single sentence, for which I haven't found a better place yet. ([fr] = in French; [nl] = in Dutch)

Short thoughts
A page of ultra-short ideas.
The BezahlCode
The BezahlCode is a URL scheme in use by some German shops, not very different from my “pay:” scheme.
The “Soirées estivales” (2016) as icalendar [fr]
The content of the HTML pages converted to ICS.
Flactags
Flactags is a small command-line program to print information about FLAC files occording to a printf-like format string.
vorbiscommentedit 1.3
Version 1.3 of the program that allows to edit tags in Ogg and FLAC files with a text editor.
The “Soirées estivales” (2015) as icalendar [fr]
The content of the HTML pages converted to ICS.
The “Soirées estivales” (2014) as icalendar [fr]
The content of the HTML pages converted to ICS.
Train tickets: April's Fool in May? [nl]
This summer (2014) train tickets in the Netherlands will become € 1 more expensive, because they will have a micro-chip. A chip of a few cents. (A bar code would not have cost anything at all.) And you'll have to pay to get on the platform, just like in the '50s of the last century.
Patti Smith sings her support for Edward Snowden
Patti Smith gave an inspired concert in Vence on July 18, 2013.
The “Soirées estivales” (2013) as icalendar
The content of the HTML pages converted to ICS.
The “pay:” URL scheme
Instead of filling in unfamiliar forms with credit card information when you need to pay for something online, you could click on a ”pay:” URL that opens your bank's standard payment application.
Gasiorowski et Médée [fr]
About the painting “Les Fatalités ou les liens de la famille: Médée” by Gérard Gasiorowski, at a temporary exhibit at the Fondation Maeght.
The “Soirées estivales” (2012) as icalendar
The content of the HTML pages converted to ICS.
“Une moderne antiquité” [fr]
An exhibition at the Picasso Museum in Antibes and a new museum: the Museum of Classic Art in Mougins.
The ice museum in Mazaugues
Mazaugues (Var) has an interesting little museum about storing the winter's ice for use in the summer, in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The “Soirées estivales” (2011) as icalendar
The content of the HTML pages converted to ICS.
Vorbistags
Vorbistags is a small command-line program to print information about Ogg Vorbis files occording to a printf-like format string.
On not changing the keyboard focus in Web documents
Why it is a bad idea to use Javascript to set the keyboard focus in Web documents.
The “Soirées estivales” (2010) as icalendar
The content of the HTML pages converted to ICS.
La Pala
About the book (in French) La Pala by Christian Maria.
Lustrummusical 1987 [nl]
Only interesting for members of Hendrik de Cock at that time: recordings of the songs from the lustrum musical of May 1, 1987.
Un livre imprimé en 1768 [fr]
I have a book that is more than two centuries old.
The “Soirées estivales” (2009) as icalendar
The content of the HTML pages converted to ICS.
Cut & paste between X and Mac applications
If cut & paste between X11 and Mac no longer works…
La nuit des musées 2009 [fr]
The 2009 museums night was a great success in Antibes.
Two interesting reads in support of “net neutrality”
An article in the New York Review of Books and another in Libération talk about the dangers of centralisation om the Web.
Roman theatre and cinema of Antibes
Just a coincidence: the current cinema of Antibes is on the site of the roman theatre (but the theatre was considerably larger).
DJ-1000 digital camera
The contents of the two original floppies; and my own C program for converting the proprierary image format to PPM.
Tagging classical music
How I tag classical music in Ogg Vorbis and FLAC.
vorbiscommentedit
A little Unix shell script to make it easier to edit Ogg (Ogg Vorbis) and FLAC comments with a text editor.
Finding local events
There are many sites with information and despite that it is difficult to find what is happening in a given week.
Matisse, Viallat and some anonymous statues [fr]
Some beautiful painting and collages by Matisse, with the response by the Nice painter Viallat. But the winner is the exhibition of old statues in the former cathedral.
Three villages [fr]
Strange road signs at the city limit of Cagnes-sur-Mer, unless it is the city limit of Villeneuve-Loubet…
The school museum in Antibes
A small museum, driven by a very enthusiastic team.
Honouring font preferences in browsers
A setting in browsers that re-maps all font sizes in a page instead of only the smallest ones might help make pages easier to read.
Les chaises et le bagne [fr]
A small essay on two plays.
“JavaScript, the worst invention ever”
That phrase of mine has been quoted and commented by others on the Web. Let's add some context: it's about JavaScript in HTML.
One trace of Roman Antibes wiped [fr]
A small part of the remains of the Roman aqueduct of Antibes has been removed. A pity.
news.wanadoo.fr
If news.wanadoo.fr doesn't work, it may be because of Wanadoo's undocumented DNS trickery.
Online literature shop
You can buy music online and download it immediately, but you can't buy books that way.
What is a good standard?
An essay about rules of thumb for the design of a good technology for the Web.
An API for WWW Applets
Documentation for a set of APIs for a browser that is built completely out of plug-ins. Dates from early 1995, but is still an elegant architecture.
Cables and travelling
The modern business traveller has his methods to keep the cables he carries untangled.
Navigation menus
It is time the LINK element of HTML gets used for what it was made for: site navigation.
CSS and device-independence
A short "position paper" for a workshop.
Ideas for ways of linking style sheets to documents
Some missing technology on the Web: how to associate style sheets with document, when you cannot add a link to the document.
The paradox of portals
Portals were invented to concentrate Web traffic, but there are so many now that they rather help to distribute the load than concentrate it.
The "meta-location" HTTP header
In January 2003, some people proposed an extension to HTTP to associate meta-data documents with other documents. It's very simple and therefore worth consideration.
Installing a USB reader for Compact Flash on Linux
I had to patch the kernel source, but it works.
Le service après vente de France Télécom [fr]
Does it exist?
Web applications
An essay on the technology needed for possible “webapps,” small programs that can be downloaded and executed in a browser (like Java applets, but easier to make for small applications).
A proposal for Webapps
An essay focusing on the requirements for the technology to make webapps as easy and as robust as possible.
Bert Bos
Created 17 February 2002