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Archive for October, 2008


Just a few days ago I was talking to a friend of mine completely astonished that he was using CVS at work. Not only he was using it, he was being taught how to use it. I told him about SVN existence and the fact that even though SVN (Subversion) was some kind of evolution on CVS it still sucked big time. I then showed him some of my projects on git and some popular website that make it easier to track your git repo. I went on trying to explain how much easier, more reliable and light git was and how it was a really wonderful piece of software for any developer. Open source does make the world a better place. What I had no clue about was that git was originally written by Linus Torvald. Really I had no idea until today when I found this talk on this old friend from


Some Pictures from New York

Thank you Susan for taking them while I still haven’t bought a decent camera :) I will probably have some more when Mailar decides to put them online. Maybe once he returns from SVL.

By the way doesn’t that duck look menacing? :\ More pictures? Here.

Para quem nao viu

No reason to disapear

Well ever since I started working time for my blog has been less. I really dislike that as this little corner gives me a lot of joy not only in the moment of writing but also for the great joy that is sharing information and enabling others to learn new and exciting technologies. That’s one of the things I want to talk about today. The power of sharing.

Last two weeks I was contacted by people (mostly experienced people) that were using either my k-anonimity algorithm or my open source online testing system. The fact that people are using my silly scripts is rewarding enough but the networking opportunities and being a person enabler is really what thrills me the most. It’s pleasant to see people overcome their difficulties, help them learn a new technology and then seeing the final result. I hope to continue receiving your kind emails about my work. I will always have 5 minutes to help.

I think that if you are a blogger but you don’t share what your doing your missing out. Your code will vanish into some CD or will just remain in some folder, buried forever. Let your code live. Let it enable others. Let it grow. In the meantime it will help you get wherever you want. Actually I got another exciting news just for sharing. But unfortunately I cant disclose them just yet. It involves being invited to help writing a free Ruby on Rails book. Sorry, had to say it :) How cool is that?

Actually, the most boring thing about working at large corporation is the fact that you cannot share what you do. It no longer belongs to you and even if it’s ok to share it you have to follow a complex process to get authorization to do so. So no one does! Everybody is waiting to sue so you simply can’t do things that you assume would be ok. Referring a copyright brand without referring that the brand belongs to x can cost the company a significant amount (and your job :P) and they simply can’t risk it. But oh well. The least you can say is that the good things cancel that out.

I have beenworking on DB2 and I’m widely surprised by the quality of the pureXML support and overall behavior of the solution. The lack of advertising and tools that IBM distributes with DB2 doesn’t give you the same amount of trust that other better advertised and with better tools databases do. But when you get down to business you will realize that DB2 and Oracle are on a league of their own. Just talking to the clients will make you realise that they buy because other databases can’t handle the amount of information. And if you do XML, for the next 6 months at least I’m sure that DB2 will be miles ahead. How much longer will it take for companies to realize that storing xml in clobs ain’t probably the best solution? Anwser: Not much…

Oh, final note! I finally picked the theme for my masters thesis. It will be about data mining in xml databases so if you feel like you have a nice tittle suggestion for it just leave it in the comment box. It will be greatly appreciated.

Home Alone

Bem isto de ter uma casa sozinho dá algum trabalho extra. Já pensei em contractar uma empregada mas pobre como sou tenho mesmo que ser eu a cozinhar, lavar roupa e a loiça, limpar a casa. Pelo meio lá vou inventando os mais recentes cozinhados. No IBM Café comi um salmão com salada grelhado muito bom (já agora as Chicken Quesadillas também são algo) e hoje decidi tentar cozinhar o dito peixe. Nada difícil, apenas cebolada e um pouco de tomate cortado em cubos. Acompanhado por um daqueles arrozes que qualquer um – menos o Miguel Regedor que mete leite no arroz – consegue cozinhar. Tenho pena que o mac tire estas fotos manhosas que nem dá para ver nada de jeito.

Quem quiser a receita, deve tar pelo twitter. O habitual. Ah, comprei um Shufle. O raio do telemovel está com a bateria toda lixada e não conseguia ouvir música. Podia escrever uma review, mas já toda a gente sabe que é dos melhores produtos que a mac alguma vez fez.


Vao a SLBOOGLE e procurem:

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Guia para usar windows

Não está a funcionar? Reboot, esperar 25 minutos, usar enquanto está a carregar uns programas. Começar a trabalhar com 75% da ram ocupada e o processador com vários processos a concorrer por tempo. Bem bom..

Depois do reboot continua a não funcionar? Format. Agora já funciona! :) 75% da memoria ocupada, o java irá provavelmente crashar o computador nas próximas duas horas. Bluescreen assegurado uma vez por semana.

É isto que o pessoal chama enterprise ready. Yeah right. Montam coisas em cima de coisas sem se preocuparem com a qualidade.

Use linux! três razões (podiam ser 30 mil mas fico por aqui)

  • Mais barato
  • Mais fiavel
  • Mais rapido
  • Menos crashes
  • Nenhuns reboots
  • Nenhums formats
  • Já alguem usou MSDOS? Não desejo isto a ninguém. É tortura.
  • Tem problema? Vê o codigo e submete a fix.
  • Por ultimo, e para completar esta lista de três. É MELHOR!

Obrigado é tudo.