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23 September 2005

Introducing “BigBrother”, yet another Semantic Web bot

As anybody really interested in the Semantic Web, I had to write a Semantic-Web enabled IRC bot; and so I did…

Well actually, the first thing I did was to review the existing bots; I’m OK with writing a bot to prove my attachment to the Semantic Web, but not if that requires some actual work. And the good news is: there is plenty of existing code to work from. A few notes on the ones I quickly looked at:

  • Emeka that I didn’t really test, since it relies on a recent API addition to 4Suite which wasn’t available on my Debian testing

15 September 2005

Integrating a new URIs scheme handler to Gnome and Firefox

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As DanC mentioned, we’ve been playing with configuring Firefox in Gnome to use tel: URIs with our Vonage service; in short, this means you can click on a link à la tel:+1.555.123.4567 and get your Vonage phone calls the said the number. In practice, your phone starts ringing, and once you pick it up, it dials the said number.

Most of the actual work is done by Click 2 Call which offers a Web interface to your Vonage line. But getting integrated nicely in your browsing/desktop experience is fun.

So, how do you get a new URI scheme to be handled by Firefox or Gnome?

14 September 2005

Setting up a secure remote X session with gdm

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After the video card in my desktop computer fried last week for some reasons unknown to me, I moved to use my laptop as the basis of my daily work environment for a few days. And now that my desktop is back in service, I’m thinking to move to a laptop-only mode. But this move is pending some hardware complements (e.g. a port replicator), and I decided that I should start using my laptop system right now rather than later; I’d rather not plug all my existing devices in the laptop since I would have to unplug them too frequently, so I’ve decided to transform at least temporarily my desktop in a simple X Terminal.

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Picture of Dominique Hazael-MassieuxDominique Hazaël-Massieux ( is part of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Staff; his interests cover a number of Web technologies, as well as the usage of open source software in a distributed work environment.