Sometimes I have to put text on a path

Friday, October 14, 2011

web-based editorial tracking and journal management service

JournalVista is web-based editorial tracking and journal management service that enables easy, fast and "paper-free" operation of the key editorial functions of a journal. It allows for electronic editorial processing and helps manage the entire editorial process from online author submission to article acceptance via a secure access control environment.
JournalVista can help to streamline the editorial process. It is designed to maximize flexibility and opportunities for customizations for journals and publishers of all sizes to meet their needs and specifications. Designed by editors for editors, this web-based journal management system can be accessed anywhere in the world from a laptop and standard internet browser.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Interoperability, a case study: google calendar; iCalendar, hCalendar, CalDAV; How to remotely synchronize Google Calendar events to/from your Windows Mobile device (using its local internet connection) or your Iphone.ipad, your desktop computer?; google calendar better than Microsoft Outlook, Apple iCal, Mozilla Sunbird?

1) Interoperability of google calendar 
Automatic synchronization between Google calendars (Google web calendar, Google Android calendar) and Microsoft calendars (outlook; windows mobile) and Mac calendars (desktop, iphone, ipad...), and other calendars (mozilla sunbird, yahoo calendars...).

The interoperability of google calendar is very good. I found one problem: for windows mobile, it is not easy (se below). Use GMobileSync for this case. All visible calendars on Google Calendar will be synchronized to local. Local newly added appointments will only be added to the "default" calendars on Google Calendar. 
GMobileSync is an open-source project (
Download the .cab:

2) 7 reasons to use Google Calendar
a) Sync with your desktop applications and mobile phone's app
Access your calendar however and whenever you want by syncing events with Microsoft Outlook, Apple iCal and Mozilla Sunbird.
With two-way syncing to your mobile phone’s built-in calendar or a mobile version of Google Calendar that’s made for the small screen, you can access your calendar while you’re away from your desk.
You can sync Google Calendar with mobile devices like iPhone and Android and calendar applications like Microsoft Outlook and Apple iCal.
Learn about syncing options at :

b) Work offline (with chrome)
Know where you’re supposed to be even when you don’t have internet access. With offline access, you can view a read-only version of your calendar no matter where you are.

c) Share/send invitations: Let your co-workers, family, and friends see your calendar, and view schedules that others have shared with you. When you know when everyone is free or busy, scheduling is a snap. Invite other people to events on your calendar. Guests can RSVP to your events by email or via Google Calendar.

d) many Keyboard shortcuts:

e) Using the search function in Google Calendar is similar to searching on

f) many labs features:

g) convergence: many links with the google services (Gmail, igoogle, blogger, etc)...

-----------There are 2 ways to access Google Calendar on Android devices:
  • Calendar app
  • Browser
For the best experience with Google Calendar on Android, use the preinstalled Calendar application.
The Calendar app on Android comes with the following features:
  1. No setup required. Your Google Calendar is ready to go after you initially sign into the phone.
  2. Sync. Changes on your computer will appear on your device and vice versa.
  3. Integrated reminders. Get notified on your device's status bar whenever an event reminder occurs.
  4. Google Calendar basics. Support for creating, editing, and deleting events, plus multiple calendars.
If you don't want to pay for MB transferred by edge,/3G and if you just want to only synchronize with wifi (free hot spot...), 3 settings must be controlled:

  1. Accounts & sync: select a)Background data, b)Auto-sync and c) (sync ON) and select Sync Calendar, (after the sync., disabling background data extends battery life and lowers data use).
  2. Wireless & networks: a) select Wi-Fi; b) Mobile network settings (take care of "Data enabled" and "data roaming" and Network Mode (before sync. select GSM; after sync. select "GSM/WCDMA auto").
  3. Open your android calendar, select "more", select "My calendar" synced,visible AND  synced,visible (and other web calendar, Contacts' bithday, Weather, Sunrise and sunset...)

----------Mac users can sync Google Calendar with Apple iCal and Mozilla Sunbird.

Google Calendar syncs with both Apple iCal and Mozilla Sunbird via CalDAV, an open protocol that allows calendar access via WebDAV.

You'll be able to view and edit your Google Calendar events directly in Apple iCal and Mozilla Sunbird. Any changes you make in Apple iCal or Mozilla Sunbird will automatically appear in Google Calendar the next time you sign in (and vice versa). If you use Apple iCal or Mozilla Sunbird while offline, changes you make will be saved and updated in Google Calendar when you get back online.
Sync is only supported for Apple iCal 3.x and up (on Mac OS X v10.5+)

There are 2 supported methods of syncing Google Calendar with iPhone or iPad: Google Sync and the CalDAV protocol.

-----------windows users can sync Google Calendar with Microsoft Outlook and Mozilla Sunbird.

Google Calendar syncs with Microsoft Outlook Calendar via the Google Calendar Sync application.
Google Calendar Sync is only compatible with Microsoft Outlook versions 2003, 2007, 2010 (32-bit) and operating systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

-----------windows mobile phone users can sync Google Calendar 
1)you must use Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync application:
2)or you can use GMobileSync (an open-source project (

-----------many Google products for mobile devices:

for Google Calendar :

Google Calendar is a web-based calendar, so if your phone has a web browser on it, all you have to do is go to (on your phone). You'll get a mobile version of Google Calendar that's optimized for your device.

-----------Google Calendar ad BlackBerry devices:

With your BlackBerry device, you will be able to access Google Calendar in two different ways:
- Browser
- Sync

- Google Calendar for mobile browsers
Just like you would on a computer, simply go to in your BlackBerry's web browser to access Google Calendar. There's no setup required. The mobile browser interface of Google Calendar is always in sync with the main Google Calendar server.

- Google Sync
If you prefer to use your BlackBerry's native Calendar application, you can integrate Google Calendar with your device using Google Sync. You'll get wireless synchronization of Google Calendar to the built-in Calendar program on your device.

CalDAV (Calendaring Extensions to WebDAV) is an Internet standard allowing a client to access scheduling information on a remote server.

iCalendar is a computer file format. It is designed to be independent of the transport protocol.
iCalendar is supported by a large number of products:
  • Google Calendar, 
  • Apple iCal,
  • Yahoo! Calendar,
  • IBM Lotus Notes,
  • Lightning extension for Mozilla Thunderbird and SeaMonkey, 
  • and partially by Microsoft Outlook. 

We can embed iCalendar data in web pages using hCalendar (short for HTML iCalendar), a 1:1 microformat representation of iCalendar in semantic (X)HTML.
Facebook, wikipedia, google use hCalendar.

hCalendar allows parsing tools (see browser add-ons like Firefox's Operator extension to extract/display the details of the event,  or search them, or to load them into a calendar program, for instance.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

phone android; very low price with Screen 4.3inches: ZTE skate, SFR STARADDICT, ZTE montecarlo orange

ZTE Corporation:

ZTE skate, sim-less phone price: 226€ (cdiscount).

The ZTE Skate offers a tweaked UI, with custom widgets and apps and, surprisingly, it's quite intuitive and pleasing to use.
The ZTE Skate does pack a pretty decent 5-megapixel camera, which also offers autofocus, LED flash and geo-tagging.


SFR STARADDICT: sim-less phone 209.9€ (SFR la Carte)
The ZTE Skate comes with a bit more tech, in the shape of a 4.3-inch TFT touchscreen that operates at a resolution of 480x800, displays 16 million colours and offers an impressive pixel density of 217ppi.
android 2.3.4; 126 x 68 x 11; 140g; 512MB; 5MPix;  GPS; MP3 / Radio FM; 800MHz
 (ARM11 based product)
with a "carré mini 1h" 17€/month ( 24months contract) : STARADDICT=79.9€
With multipack: -7€/month then 10€/month At the end 24months*24months=240€ (with chatel's law: 150€).
With Auchan, 30€ immediate rebate then 49.9€.

in french:

ZTE monte-carlo orange:

Less responsive is the performance of the Monte Carlo itself. This comes down to a combination of factors. The first is the processor with ZTE having opted for an 800MHZ Qualcomm MSM7227. The company had previously spoken of shipping the handset with a 1GHz clock speed, but rather than megahertz holding it back, it is the fact the MSM7227 is a generation behind the breakthrough Snapdragon chipset - which means it doesn't perform as an 800MHz-equipped handset should.

The best way to speed up the Monte Carlo is to root it with a clean install of Android 2.3, but for the less technically minded the easiest solution is to download the LauncherPro app ( which replaces the Orange homescreen with a cleaner and less resource-intensive alternative. Not rooting the handset also means you get to keep two genuinely useful Orange features: HD Voice compatibility ( and Kineto Signal Boost (; Kineto automatically uses any available Wi-Fi connection to boost signal strength).

Interestingly ZTE hasn't ruled out boosting the Monte Carlo processor to 1GHz at a later date through firmware, but it isn't an idea we're completely enthused about for one reason: battery life. Android smartphones have notoriously poor stamina and the Skate with its 1400mAh battery is no exception. This is because while its processor isn’t the fastest it also isn’t as efficient as newer chips, and the large screen, HSDPA, WiFi and GPS remain as unforgiving as usual. As such we struggled to get a full day out of the Monte Carlo - managing around 14 hours when subjected to light use and under 8 hours when used more intensively. It is a handset that you will want to keep near a charger. Happily ZTE has stuck with the increasingly universal micro USB ( so tracking one down at any moment shouldn't prove difficult. 
There are other nasty surprises too. The Monte Carlo is equipped with just 162MB of accessible internal memory. This is easily boosted via the microSD card slot (8GB, 16GB and 32GB card).