Publish your own book

Print on Demand (POD) has become a very affordable solution for people willing to publish their own books. Previously, you had to convince a publisher to invest in printing hundreds if not thousands of copies of your book; then, you hoped for success and -usually- failed. Print your own book at: CafePress Lulu With Print… Read More

Open source/free alternatives

I’ve been telling often (too often?) that you should replace your Microsoft Office with the cheap (free!) and powerful OpenOffice desktop suite. But some of my readers wanted to know about other replacement solutions for PC applications running under MS-Windows. Here are my “Open source alternatives to popular PC software“: Title / Download Comments Firefox… Read More

YAPB: A photoblog using WordPress

I did not yet have time to evaluate it formally but, on the paper, it seems that YAPB (Yet another photo blog) is a plugin allowing ot easily build a photoblog based upon WordPress (the size of thumbnails is configurable, WordPress themes are still usable, but there is no galery). One rule: One image, one… Read More

Why login?

If you look at the left-hand side menu on this page, you will notice that there is a link to either register yourself (Register) or login (Login). These links are here to give you the ability to identify yourself when your are visiting the web site. It is a two-step process: Register yourself, for… Read More

Why you want to start your own blog

Some time ago, most people would not even think about creating a web site. Today, it became so easy to do (see another post coming soon) that the only question is not how, but why. Consequently, I decided to give you a few of the common ideas that led most web site designers and bloggers… Read More

Your blog in 6 minutes

You want your own blog? After all, it’s so easy. There are many solutions for this including: Create your own web site (preferably after reading my previous articles) Start a WordPress-based site in a matter of minutes on the server As a matter of fact, with the second solution, you will find all tools… Read More

WAMP, the server solution for Windows

Needing to quickly install a web server on a Windows PC, I was drawn into looking for a free software suite providing such sevrices in a simple and nice package. I already knew EasyPHP from Emmanuel Faivre, Laurent Abbal and Thierry Murail, three Frenchmen who put in a single tool box all the free open-source… Read More

Chirurgy and web site

As you certainly noticed, we changed significantly the look-and-feel of our web site. The plastic surgeon used its scalpel to give a new face to the web site: reduce the size of the pages (faster downloads for you), improve readability (the white background increases the contrast), come back to a more sober graphic design (only… Read More

A look at the N|vu HTML/CSS editor

N|vu is a web development application with a WYSIWYG interface that is aimed to be user friendly, easy and powerful. It is supposed to be a serious competition for major commercial tools like DreamWeaver (N|vu is a free download making it a good contender). Unfortunately, since it comes from the Open Source world, N|vu tends… Read More

FrontPage is dead, long live FrontPage!

finally, it’s happened! Microsoft announced officially the end of FrontPage (Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 and Microsoft Expression Web Designer will come in Spring to replace it). As a matter of fact, FrontPage did not really succeed in penetrating the pro market for web designers. Its utterly simplistic approach to web design was obviously far… Read More

Do-It-Yourself anonymous proxy

It may be a little oddity, but I feel it’s an interesting idea for all those who want to browse the web anonymously. Usually, there is only one solution: using an anonymizer proxy, but APAZ is bringing you a nice twist to it by allowing you to build your own anonymizer proxy (a server allowing… Read More

How do your web site look?

This is the tough question that web site anwsers for you. They provide a simple way to test your web site in a large variety of configurations and browsers. This is a very nice idea founded on the voluntary help of computers installed all over the world (widely distributed architecture). This way, you will… Read More