Category Archives: Informatik & Internet

Fairphone, le téléphone équitable

Fairphone Picture

Si vous avez vu les film “Blood in the Mobile” ou “Le conflit au Congo : la vérité dévoilée”, sans doute serez-vous intéressés par le Fairphone, le premier téléphone dont la production est basée sur le commerce équitable. Le site officiel regorge de détails sur la production, les fournisseurs, la méthodologie, l’équipe, … Ci-dessous un graphique de tous les coûts de production dudit smartphone, à télécharger en haute résolution ici :

Graphique des coûts de production du Fairphone

Le site Les Numériques a publié un article peu recherché sur le Fairphone. J’ai pondu un commentaire critique sur cet article.

Si vous n’avez pas vu “Blood in the mobile”, un reportage sur les conditions de production de coltan au Congo, jetez un coup d’œil à cet article. Un autre reportage important s’appelle “Le conflit au Congo : la vérité dévoilée” – un post à ce sujet dans quelques jours.

WordPress Multisite: add a new site with domain name

First, follow all instructions on for setting up a network of WP sites. These instructions can be found here: WordPress Codex: create a nework.

Then, install the WP MU Domain Mapping plugin.

Step 1: add a new site

Now you’re ready to add a site and map it to your domain. Go to My Sites > Network Admin > Dashboard > Sites and Click on Add New. Here you’ll have to write something  in the “Site Address” field – this will be “reverted” in Step 3.

Step 2: domain mapping

Go to My Sites > Network Admin > Dashboard > Settings > Domains. If your new site is your first “sub-site” in the network, ID will be 2, and so on.

Step 3: real domain name instead of subdomain

Now go back to My Sites > Network Admin > Dashboard > Sites and edit your site. You can now change the “Domain” field to match the real domain name of your site.

Links:

Here are the two most useful article referring to adding new domains to WP Network and mapping them to domain names:
How to map domains to sites within WordPress multisite
WordPress Multisite Beyond Basics: Essentials and Domain Mapping

Swiftkey vs. Swype vs. Google Keyboard on Android

This article compares three keyboards for smartphones: Swiftkey, Swype and Google Keyboard. My first choice would be Swype, but both keyboards are much better than almost all default Android keyboards, including the very disappointing default Samsung Galaxy S4 Keyboard, which is said to use Swiftkey algorithms. But let’s start with Swiftkey.

Swiftkey: weaker than expected

Drawback 1: spaces management. One of the advantages Swiftkey is also a weakness: the automatic adding of spaces (typography). If you auto-correct a word with a comma behind it, Swiftkey will add a space, which you’ll have to remove manually. In general, I had many spaces problems with Swiftkey. No show stoppers, but small annoyances if you care about typography.

Comparison Swiftkey Swype example Period Problem

Drawback 2: multi-language recognition. Another weakness of Swiftkey is advertised as one of its strength: “There is no need to switch between languages – you just start typing and SwiftKey figures out which language you are using!”. Well, in my case (typing mostly French, German, English, sometimes Spanish), the automatic language leads to misrecognition of words. Extending the dictionary to 2 or 3 languages forces you to be much more precise when swiping words, els you’ll get unwanted words in other languages as suggestions. I suppose it is not a problem if you use very basic language, but as soon as you try to use uncommon text language, Swiftkey may not recognize your words. Here is an example in French, trying to type “Deux pêches pourries”. Swype gets it better than Swiftkey:

Comparison Swiftkey Swype example French

Drawback 3: price. At 3,99 one would expect the perfect keyboard. Swiftkey is excellent, but still not perfect.

Advantage 1: text prediction. Swype offers next word prediction, which works much better than word prediction on Swype.

Swype: closer to perfection

Advantage 1: inserting punctuation. Swype gestures are the fastest way to insert punctuation. They also allow you to keep control about spaces. Inserting standard punctuation is loads faster with Swype than with Swiftkey. One exception: French punctuation is not well supported (in French “double punctuation signs” require a non-breaking space before).

Advantage 2: capitals. Swype capitalization Gesture is simply the best option for capitalization. It works especially well for German (all nouns are capitalized) and for formal second-person pronoun capitalization.

Drawback 1: next word prediction. As the Swype website says, “Swype automatically inserts a space between words when you Swype the next word in your sentence”. Unfortunately, this is incompatible with next word prediction. You’ll have to hit space after a word to see the next word suggestion – a huge loss of time and efficiency. Swiftkey’s prediction flow is much better.

Google Keyboard: free but still unavailable

Google Keyboard isn’t available to non-nexus devices for the moment. It could be a threat to both Swype and Swiftkey.