Ne soustrayons pas à la tradition.
Bonne fête Delphine !
Ne soustrayons pas à la tradition.
Bonne fête Delphine !
C'est le moins qu'on puisse dire que notre fréquentation des salles obscures a nettement baissé depuis trois ans. Quasiment nulle la première année, on a réussi à augmenter quand même un peu la fréquentation les années suivantes (merci les RTTs d'ailleurs).
Ce coup ci, merci les vacances de la Toussaint. Profitant de quelques jours d'absence des miss, puis du centre de loisir, je me suis dit que j'allais me faire « quelques » toiles. N'ayant pas fait les choses à moitié, voilà le résultat :
Dans l'ensemble, je suis vraiment content du lot, hormis Sheriff Jackson, un peu moins bien et Blue Jasmine (vraie déception pour le coup). Dans la grande majorité des cas (en fait tout sauf La vie d'Adèle et Gravity) je n'avais pas la moindre information sur le film, et j'ai donc choisi à l'horaire (c'est en fait pas si évident que ça de caler trois films dont un de trois heure dans la même journée).
Une mention spéciale à Prisoners et Malavita, ainsi que La vie d'Adèle.
So, last year I've switched to an OpenPGP smartcard setup for my whole personal/Debian PGP usage. When doing so, I've also switched to subkeys, since it's pretty natural when using a smartcard. I initially set up an expiration of one year for the subkeys, and everything seems to be running just fine for now.
The expiration date was set to october 27th, and I though it'd be a good idea to renew them quite in advance, considering there's my signing key in there, which is (for example) used to sign packages. If the Debian archive considers my signature subkey expired, that means I can't upload packages anymore, which is a bit of a problem (although I think I could still upload packages signed by the main key). dak (Debian Archive Kit, the software managing the Debian archive) uses keys from the keyring provided by Debian admins, which is usually updated every month or so from the keyring.debian.org public key server, so pushing the expiration date two months before the due date seemed like a good idea.
I've just did that, and it was pretty easy, actually. For those who followed my setup last year, here's how I did it:
First, I needed my main smartcard (the one storing the main key), since it's the only one able to do operations on the subkeys. So I plug it, and then:
corsac@scapa: gpg --edit-key 71ef0ba8 gpg (GnuPG) 1.4.14; Copyright (C) 2013 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law. Secret key is available. pub 4096R/71EF0BA8 created: 2009-05-06 expires: never usage: SC trust: ultimate validity: ultimate sub 4096g/36E31BD8 created: 2009-05-06 expires: never usage: E sub 2048R/CC0E273D created: 2012-10-17 expires: 2013-10-27 usage: A sub 2048R/A675C0A5 created: 2012-10-27 expires: 2013-10-27 usage: S sub 2048R/D98D0D9F created: 2012-10-27 expires: 2013-10-27 usage: E [ultimate] (1). Yves-Alexis Perez <firstname.lastname@example.org> [ultimate] (2) Yves-Alexis Perez (Debian) <email@example.com> gpg&> key 2 pub 4096R/71EF0BA8 created: 2009-05-06 expires: never usage: SC trust: ultimate validity: ultimate sub 4096g/36E31BD8 created: 2009-05-06 expires: never usage: E sub* 2048R/CC0E273D created: 2012-10-17 expires: 2013-10-27 usage: A sub 2048R/A675C0A5 created: 2012-10-27 expires: 2013-10-27 usage: S sub 2048R/D98D0D9F created: 2012-10-27 expires: 2013-10-27 usage: E [ultimate] (1). Yves-Alexis Perez <firstname.lastname@example.org> [ultimate] (2) Yves-Alexis Perez (Debian) <email@example.com> gpg> expire Changing expiration time for a subkey. Please specify how long the key should be valid. 0 = key does not expire <n> = key expires in n days <n>w = key expires in n weeks <n>m = key expires in n months <n>y = key expires in n years Key is valid for? (0) 429d Key expires at mar. 28 oct. 2014 12:43:35 CET Is this correct? (y/N) y
At that point, a pinentry dialog should ask you the PIN, and the smartcard will sign the subkey. Repear for all the subkeys (in my case, 3 and 4). If you ask for PIN confirmation at every signature, the pinentry dialog should reappear each time.
When you're done, check that everything is ok, and save:
gpg> save corsac@scapa: gpg --list-keys 71ef0ba8 gpg: checking the trustdb gpg: public key of ultimately trusted key AF2195C9 not found gpg: 3 marginal(s) needed, 1 complete(s) needed, PGP trust model gpg: depth: 0 valid: 4 signed: 5 trust: 0-, 0q, 0n, 0m, 0f, 4u gpg: depth: 1 valid: 5 signed: 53 trust: 5-, 0q, 0n, 0m, 0f, 0u gpg: next trustdb check due at 2013-12-28 pub 4096R/71EF0BA8 2009-05-06 uid Yves-Alexis Perez <firstname.lastname@example.org> uid Yves-Alexis Perez (Debian) <email@example.com> sub 4096g/36E31BD8 2009-05-06 [expires: 2014-10-28] sub 2048R/CC0E273D 2012-10-17 [expires: 2014-10-28] sub 2048R/A675C0A5 2012-10-27 [expires: 2014-10-28] sub 2048R/D98D0D9F 2012-10-27 [expires: 2014-10-28]
Now that we have the new subkeys definition locally, we need to push it to the keyservers so other people get it too. In my case, I also need to push it to Debian keyring keyserver so it gets picked at the next update:
corsac@scapa: gpg --send-keys 71ef0ba8 gpg: sending key 71EF0BA8 to hkp server subkeys.pgp.net corsac@scapa: gpg --keyserver keyring.debian.org --send-keys 71ef0ba8 gpg: sending key 71EF0BA8 to hkp server keyring.debian.org
Main smartcard now back in safe place. As far as I can tell, there's no operation needed on the daily smartcard (which only holds the subkeys), but you will need to refresh your public key on any machine you use it on before it gets the updated expiration date.
Someone recently asked me about the Debian Xfce 4.10 status, as apparently I forgot to update this post series.
So, as you might have noticed, the full Xfce 4.10 desktop environment is currently in Debian Jessie (current name for testing). All in all, the transition went well and smooth.
One of the most regular question I get about Xfce 4.10 is the panel behavior when it comes to the “task bar” expansion. In xfce4-panel 4.8, when people wanted to have a full side panel with a task bar plugin inside, they added a “Windows buttons” plugin and configured the panel to 100% length. Then the “Windows buttons” would expand to occupy all the free space on the panel. It was a special case plugins, as usually other plugins only used a fixed space. Now, in 4.10, this is not the case anymore. “Windows button” uses a fixed size. And the plugins are left-aligned, which means usually people end up with some space at the far right of the panel. To restore the previous behavior back (which is actually the pre-4.8 behavior, 4.8 was an exception by itself), one needs to add a “Separator” plugin, then configure it to expand (and optionnally select a transparent handle). Then move it next right to the “Windows buttons” plugin.
Another thing which might be a bit surprising for upgrading users is the change in the “Action buttons” plugin, which people usually use to logout. In 4.8, by default, it's set to run the logout dialog. In 4.10, by default, it's set to logout directly (but with a confirmation dialog). If you prefer the previous behavior, you can just configure the “Action buttons” plugin and select the “Log out…” item instead of the “Log out” one (I know, it's a bit confusing).
If you have any question, don't hesitate to reach us by mail or on irc (#debian-xfce on Freenode). Other than that remember that Xfce really needs you help, both in Debian and upstream (and at that point, I'd say *especially* upstream). There's a lot of unmaintained project under the Xfce umbrella, some of them part of the core (like xfce4-power-manager), so if you have some spare time and some C/GTK+ knowledge, feel free to contact the Xfce team on the mailing list.
udisks2 was uploaded recently to Debian sid. With this, people might have seen hidden encrypted disks reappear in Thunar. Hiding disks in udisks was previously done by setting an udev propery. For example, I did this using /etc/udev/rules.d/99-hide-disks.rules:
This is not valid anymore in udisks2, but only the property name has changed. You can simply replace by:
This is an update on the Xfce 4.10 transition to unstable. Most desktop components have been uploaded, built and installed to the archive.
We're now currently building and uploading the various goodies, and especially panel plugins. There's a lot of them so it takes some time.
Once we'll have finished to build and upload all the goodies, we'll ask for binNMUs on the packages which don't need a sourceful upload but need to be rebuilt against libxfce4util or xfce4-panel 4.10.
You can follow the transition status using the release team page.
In any case, please be patient while we upload all the packages. Again, no need to report installability issues in unstable for now, we are aware of it and don't need more warnings. We'll fix the fallouts in due time.
Thanks to the release team ACK, I've started uploading Xfce 4.10 to unstable yesterday. For now, I've only pushed Xfce 4.10.1 desktop components, which means people using xfce4 + xfce4-goodies in unstable won't be able to upload at once.
That's because panel plugins have a quite hard dependency on the running xfce4-panel, and the communication protocol has changed between Xfce 4.8 and 4.10. So all panel plugins need to be rebuild against the new xfce4-panel. I'll start uploading new releases or packages revisions this evening, and binNMUs will be scheduled for the rest, but it'll take some days.
In the meantime, you can safely wait before upgrading xfce4. If you don't use external panel plugins, then you can accept to remove xfce4-goodies and the various xfce4-*-plugins and upgrade to xfce4 4.10.
There's no need to report a bug about that situation, we're already aware of it and it's somehow intended, things will settle in a few days.
Your reader just finished reading your novel. He’s hooked, raving, and wants more. It’s time to lure him in and make sure he doesn’t stop there!
But how are you going to do that? How are you going to transform a one-time buyer into a permanent client?
It’s not as hard as it seems — you just need to have a useful back matter in your ebook. When he’s ready for more, after turning the last page, you can show him all the ways he can go on and enjoy even more books from you.
In this post, I will be some tips and ideas on how to do just that. Feel free to steal or adapt for your own ebooks!
Don’t make him go search for your other books. Give him a link! There are multiple ways to do that, choose the one that correspond best to your situation.
⇨ If you have multiple editions for your ebooks, and can access all the distributors directly (Amazon KDP, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Sony, etc. — without going through another distrubutor like Smashwords), you can give direct links to your ebooks there. Just add a link on the title of your book, linking directly on the distributor’s page. This is great for readers, but can be exhausting if you publish new books regularly, as you have to go back and add the new ones all the time in the older ebooks’ back matters.
⇨ If you have to go through Smashwords (for example, if you don’t live in the United States, you can’t have a publisher account at Barnes & Noble), you can just put a link to all your author profiles on all the distributors. Warning: some distributors frown upon that.
⇨ My favorite option? Put a link on a “Books” page on your blog. There you can cater to all links easily, inform your readers about how many books you have easily, and send them happy to their favorite distributor (not everyone has a Kindle).
On that Books page, add a link to all your author profiles. This is a must. Then you can either add all books after that with all links, or make a page for each book and link to them from there.
Check out my Irma Geddon’s Books page!
In order to get a flow of quick sales whenever you release a new novel, you should create a mailing-list. My tip? Don’t spam it with each blog post, don’t chit-chat, and keep it focused: send an email only when a new book is out.
Mailchimp is free for the first 2000 subscribers. Create an account there and setup a very simple mailing-list. What you want is for people interested in your books to be informed that there is a new book out there that is specifically catering to their interest — and that book is yours!
Put the mailing-list subscriber form on your website or blog, and link there. Make sure to say what they’re signing for:
Sign up here to be the first to hear about new releases!
I won’t share your email with anyone else, and I won’t clutter your inbox (I’ll only contact you when a new book is out).
If you write content for adults, you could also specify that your mailing-list database is confidential and that your emails are discreet (and then avoid sending emails with TENTACLE SEX as a subject, hu hu).
Here is a great post from S.M. Reine that tells how she grew her mailing list and got more and more readers to buy her books: A quick, short, and dirty guide to slowly building sales.
On the new Kindles, the Kindle itself prompts a way to review automatically when you finish a book. Even so, many people don’t read on Kindles, so it’s best to have a sentence in the back matter gently asking people to review your books on their favorite distributor platforms.
Add links to your website/blog, give your email address, and let people know where you’re active (Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads…). No need to link to all your other social media accounts, most of all if you’re not active there!
What are other back matter options? Feel free to add them in the comments, I will update the post with my favorites and credit you.
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I’ve been quite absent these past few weeks, I know. I’ve tried to get of the face of the Earth, or more accurately, off of the political stench of the autism communities in France. I’ve defriended tons of people, I’ve stopped answering e-mails about that. Autism hasn’t really disappeared from my life – after all, it is an important part of it that I can’t ignore – but I’ve made conscious efforts not to get caught up again in those stinking schemes, and avoid people who enjoy tripping other people up.
So, not much to say, really.
In 2013, I will focus what little time I have to writing and publishing stories. I probably will find a way to get my heart and soul crushed in the process as well, so, really, same old same old. I’ve started by publishing the english translation of my Autisme et autonomie à la maison: La propreté book. That should be up in a few hours.
I will also start focusing more on my personal blog. It’s been neglected for too long. So, thanks to everyone still stalking here – I look forward to hearing from you again.
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In November 2010, I wrote a novel during NaNoWriMo.
I’ve spent a lot of time studying how to edit it, translating it in English, and finally decided to serialize it (like a TV Show: one book is a season, and each season has 6 self-contained episodes that advance the main plot).
During NaNoWriMo 2011 and 2012, I’ve written the sequels, that I will also serialize.
In February, I’ve published NightmarZ: Asylum the first episode of my Z Series with a pen name (Irma Geddon). It’s available on Amazon, Kobo and Smashwords, and will probably be on Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Sony and other smaller distributors in a few weeks.
Gabrielle’s worst nightmares are becoming true and attacking her. Betrayed by her own father and committed to an asylum, she must find a way to escape, find a way to stay alive, and unravel the mysteries surrounding her curse while keeping the ones she loves away from harm.
I’m keeping prices low ($0.99) and will try to publish the following episodes quickly. If you read it and are okay with leaving a review, I would really appreciate that!
Je crois que l'année dernière j'avais même pas fait de post, tellement on était allés voir peu de choses. Cette année, on s'en est plutôt pas trop mal tirés. Surtout vers la fin, grâce aux contributions très appréciées de nos baby-sitters. Alors c'est sur que ça n'a rien à voir avec la grande époque, mais tout de même.
Sans attendre, donc, le cru 2012 :
Aujourd'hui les jours rallongent \o/