On this page, you'll find more information about myself (and my interests for Louis de Funès' works), as well as some technical data about the website itself (web hosting, domain names, statistics, news...).
As you may already know, my name is Maxime Abbey. I was born on October 28th 1985 in Reims, in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France.
I started to laugh from Louis de Funès' jokes as a child. I would be unable to tell how old I was then, but it seems that he always made me laugh. And, although I needed some years to understand all the details of his scene games, I only had and still have to view one of his face games to laugh.
Even if I don't consider myself, with a strong meaning, as a die-hard fan of Louis de Funès, like some other people managing websites about the actor, he's the artist on which I own the most information and supports, either multimedia or not (CD, DVD, books...).
As an IT enthusiast, I decided to make a tribute to his talent with this website, aimed to be a complement to the other ones available on the Web, rather than a challenger, being, for example, one of the very few available in English.
That said, you can also to read the articles below, in case you'd be interested by the technical aspects of this website. I also invite you to discover my other websites at http://maxime.abbey.free.fr, including Arachnosoft, focusing on my own musical and IT creations.
As a conclusion, I'd like to remind you that your support is essential so I can continue to work on my free time. As a result, don't hesitate to contact me by e-mail, for any reason, by going to this page; any feedback is always appreciated!
Following the bankruptcy of my previous web hoster, FranceOnLine, I needed a new hosting provider able to support the features of the fifth major version of the website, on which I was working at the time. In the meantime, my father also needed a paid web hosting service to suit the new technical requirements of his E@sy Cook website, which was experiencing an impressive and sudden popularity growth at this time.
After having compared a good number of web hosters, we chose to share a single web hosting plan, which brought us more features for a much lesser price than an individual web hosting plan per site.
Our choice, after some reflexion, has been Celeonet and its CeleoTurbo plan, for its interesting price/features ratio. At this time, it was a plan to host a maximum of 4 websites (domain names) with a total webspace of 200 MB and a maximum total traffic volume of 20 GB per month. Of course, it had PHP support with unlimited MySQL databases and FTP accounts. With this plan, we also had 100 e-mail accounts and 50 subdomains, as well as a weekly backup of our webspace (websites + databases), plus some other options.
Why am I using past here? Simply because Celeonet updates its web hosting plans on a regular basis, offering more storage space, more bandwidth or features without raising the price, it has to be noted!
And, as of today, quality and reliability are here: we did not experience any long service interruptions, server resources seem to be correctly managed, and, if a crash arises, the technical support staff has always been reactive.
I can fully recommend this web hosting provider, as we are currently fully satisfied by the service offered.
From January 27th, 2004 to May 2004, the website has been hosted by FranceOnLine. After a long comparison between the different web hosting providers I found, I finally gave a chance to this web hoster I never heard of before.
The price/features ratio looked very interesting, for €15 per year (all charges included), I had a webspace of 100 MB, PHP4 without limitations, a MySQL database without storage limits, a limit of 100.000 hits per day (with unlimited volume data transfers), detailed statistics, and unlimited subdomains, POP & SMTP accounts, redirections, mailing lists... I did not find anything more complete for a similar price.
Everything was okay at the beginning: the service quality was here, with a very efficient technical support through e-mail or forum...
I started to regret my choice, when, two or three months after I subscribed, a lot of users started to complain about service quality: long account opening delays (the homepage guaranteed 10 minutes, many people said they had to wait several days), page display slowdowns, and increasing server crashes... all of that facing a suddenly quiet technical support, not to say disrespectful according to some user testimonials...
This huge lack of communication led them to bankruptcy, as the website closed several months after, with all hosted websites becoming unavailable... Back then, this website was difficult to update, because of some technical limitations inherited from previous versions. Being unable to transfer it to another web hosting provider without substantial modifications, I left it offline between May 2004 and December 2004, until the release of the brand new redesigned fifth version, hosted by a new provider...
From November 27, 2001 to January 27, 2004, my websites have been hosted by Free, who was the only French internet service provider, back then, to offer free hosting space (without ads) of 100 MB.
However, although it was a quality service when hosting "static" (HTML), using dynamic technologies (PHP/MySQL) led me to many problems. Since December 2002, when I uploaded the first PHP version of the website, I had to face many issues: database server crashes, random slowdowns...
The service being offered for free, I felt unable to ask for the same service quality than with a paid web host provider. As a result, I had to choose, once again, a new web hosting provider.
From December 4th, 2000 (its creation date) to November 27th, 2001, this website has been hosted by MultiMania, known as Lycos afterwards.
The service having been stopped without any further information, I never knew why my website had been deleted. I only remember that this provider deleted many accounts like mine back then, and once again, without really knowing why.
On December 10th, 2003, I registered a domain name to BookMyName, who still manages it today.
This website remains one of the only French registrars available on the market (look at the list on ICANN's website), and, despite the lack of challengers, the services are here: domain names with .com, .net or .org extensions (and more), Web and e-mail redirection service, ability to order and manage several domain names using a single user account...
Even better, you can access and modify most data from the WHOIS base, including data about the owner - the domain name being registered with your name. As a result, you are defined as being the registrant contact, but you can also define yourself as billing or technical contactt.
And, of course, you are free to associate your domain name with the web hosting service of your choice, by modifying yourself the associated DNS addresses. That way, you can change your web hosting provider without having to transfer your domain name to another registrar. Being fully satisfied by this service as of today, I can't do nothing else but recommend it to you.
Since May 1st, 2001, the website is available from the FufuWorld.fr.st address, offered by Ulimit.com. This website has been extremely popular in early 2000s, because it allowed many websites to be known under an easier-to-learn web address, by offering services similar to those offered with real domain names like .com or .net.
Using Ulimit, a webmaster can choose to create a "virtual" domain name (such as .fr.st or zik.mu) and forward any request from the "virtual" address to the "real" website address.
But, with the rising popularity of the website, Ulimit chose to force the insertion of an advertising toolbar on the webpages displayed using a viertual address, which led many webmasters to other domain name providers, either paid or free.
That's why this website owns, since 2002, its own .com domain name. The old address ending with .fr.st remains active and can still be used to access the website, as well as all e-mail addresses related to it, but I strongly advise you to use the .com address to avoid the overuse of ads.
This website has been designed for a minimal screen resolution of 800x600 pixels. However, higher resolution is recommended for improved browsing comfort; you can choose to view the website's pages with an automatic size, so they can suit your screen's display resolution.
It has been tested and optimized for Internet Explorer version 5.5 and higher, but also for Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Safari; the web pages being W3C-compliant, you should also be able to browse them with other web browsers, such as Konqueror or Google Chrome.