Alban Rampon

Aide-mémoire of my extracurricular activities


At the time of writing, I am looking after the ARM Connected Community. Not only as Enterprise Community Manager but also system administrator of our Jive community. So, when our members and community owners (the people who own an area in the community) asked for features, I want to see what I could do. If don’t intend to do anything with user feedback, what’s the point in asking for it?

Why do Custom Theme in Jive

Out of the box, you cannot find any social sharing capability. Most likely because Jive software was primarily used for internal communities. Social media is an important way to promote content. Part of the project delivery included adding social sharing capability, so I didn’t start from scratch. However, shortly after launch we discovered that our requirements were quite sub-optimal (not to say wrong). The major flaw was that the social sharing buttons (icons) were only visible to members who logged in, and not to simple visitors. Also, community owners indicated that they were more likely to share content they have read… so having the social sharing buttons at the bottom of the content was also judicious.

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We have a technical community and the company is present on a few social networks. That is what determined the choice of social sharing buttons: Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook and Sina Weibo (for our Chinese audience). You can learn more about my employer social media presence in ARM Social Media.

Social Sharing Icon Tray

Example of Social Sharing Icons Implemented

Once you create your publisher account, and selected your social networks you get two things to insert in your page:

  1. The javascript code which dictates the behaviour,
  2. The buttons themselves to add where you want them in your page.

NOTE: call the JavaScript in your page footer instead of the recommended <head>, this way if the script takes longer to load, your full page is not frozen empty… That’s happened to me and a few others

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Mobile Office

As from home, anywhere

Virgin Media is boasting 100 Mb/s download and 5 Mb/s upload data transfer. With these speeds, it is not only thinkable to make a VPN to tunnel traffic and avoid eavesdroppers on public WiFi, but also use it to navigate the Internet as if you were at home.
Therefore, if I ever wanted to watch BBC iPlayer or other video on demand services from abroad, I could.

Here is a description on how to prepare this on Debian Linux and connect from an iPad tablet, but other distro will work the same way.

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Samba logoWhen I was setting up my Debian microserver with Samba to backup/share files with my Windows 7 and Windows XP machines, I have had a bit of a fight with a few options. Here is a list of issues I encountered setting up Samba and how I solved them. I could not find a single post/site addressing all my problems, therefore this post is also a way for me to remember for next time!
setgid, chmod, smb.conf and force create mode are a few keywords defining this post.

If you see any error or think I should be clearer, do let me know and I will be thankful to correct accordingly.

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LinkedinPreviously I was discussing about Twitter but there is another medium I have been using for much longer. At the time, it was only a CV website and it has since been evolving towards the one stop shop for professionals.

2- Linkedin

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