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FNAC - Deixem de ser roubados

Aqui está um e-mail que recebi há uns dias. Confirmei que de facto há muita coisa mais barata no Jumbo mas por outro lado, continua a ser uma mega-cadeia, ou seja, não pode ser boa.

Porque é que não deixamos mas é de comprar em todas estas grandes superfícies e passamos a comprar no comércio tradicional? Não é muito mais agradável ir a pé buscar pão à padaria da esquina do que ir a um centro comercial com milhares de pessoas stressadas aos encontrões, empurrões e correrias para chegarem onde vão mais depressa que os outros?

Fica a ideia. Enquanto não se conseguirem libertar destes mega-monumentos ao consumismo, pelo menos façam como diz no e-mail e deixem de ser roubados, até porque a FNAC tem muito que se lhe diga...

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Kicking the Microsoft Office habit

Today I found a great article on Computerworld about Microsoft Office and why people don't let go of it.

I've been thinking for some time of posting interesting articles I find around the web. This is the first one.

We're hooked on Microsoft office, argues Neil McAllister
By Neil McAllister, San Francisco | Wednesday, 21 September, 2005

Face it: You're addicted and you can't quit.

When we talk about the Microsoft monopoly, we usually mean Windows. Yet the Office productivity suite enjoys such total market dominance that analysts occasionally ponder whether there are even customers in that space left for Microsoft to win. Mac or PC, you've gotta have Office. It's so ubiquitous that whenever an organisation of significant size threatens to give it up cold turkey, even Linux users take the news with a grain of salt.

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Some people are so stupid...

I was just browsing the Joomla! (the new Mambo CMS) forums and I found this comment in one of the posts about the new logo for the system:

Mh... just picked that one out of many - doesn't those sculpture-logos look like advertising for the new "Expert Kamasutra - for 3 to 99 people"? Isn't it "too sexy" for the United States? (When i see what's going on with games like GTA-SanAndreas... killing people is ok, but naked women could harm youth)

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A morte do IRC...

Hoje tive a confirmação de que o IRC morreu (pelo menos em Portugal).

Mal consigo acreditar que entro em canais que ainda há três ou quatro anos atrás estavam sempre cheios de gente e agora estão completamente vazios, 0 pessoas lá dentro...

Isto porquê? Por causa da merdice dos instant messengers... é ridículo! Hoje, por exemplo, queria encontrar uns exames de biomatemática da universidade de coimbra e como na página oficial da cadeira não está lá nada, pensei "vou ao IRC, lá certamente há-de haver alguém que os tem ou sabe onde os posso arranjar". Sim, pois, claro... 0 pessoas no canal #fmuc!

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My first two weeks with Mac OS X

Well, about two weeks ago, one of my "dreams" of lately has become true: I've been working with an Apple Macintosh and, of course, Mac OS X - in this case, I'm using a Mac mini at work.

I like it pretty much and overall, I think I can say the experience has been positive. I'd definitely recommend Mac OS X as the desktop OS for any non-tech user. It's easier to use than Linux and way better than Windows.

But still, there are some things that could be improved. Actually, they should be improved, because they're annoyances that make me want to go back to Linux or, for some of them, even Windows.

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Euromilhões

Na semana passada pus-me a pensar no que faria se ganhasse o prémio de 96 milhões de euros do Euromilhões.

Deixei a imaginação voar mas dei-lhe um impulso: pensei "com um prémio destes, vou imaginar coisas extravagantes". E assim fiz, coisas que eu nunca compraria, pois não preciso delas e, das que preciso, não preciso delas tão caras, como carros 50.000 euros e telemóveis de 500 euros, etc.

Mas para ver até onde podia ir, deixei-me ir na extravagância... e então foi assim, começando pelas coisitas mais "baratas":

1 telemóvel de 500 euros (100 contos);
1 leitor de MP3 de 500 euros (100 contos);

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Viva o Benfica... ou não...

Ao que parece a equipa de futebol do Sport Lisboa e Benfica ganhou hoje um jogo qualquer importante.

Isto pelo menos a julgar pela barulheira infernal e fumo de carros que se podia sentir por toda Almada.

Pelos mesmos motivos parece também que aboliram o direito a descansar e a proibição de fazer barulho depois das 21h00...

Pois é, a palhaçada que houve no campeonato europeu de futebol repetiu-se hoje quando o Benfica ganhou o campeonato (confesso que não sei qual deles). Isto é, milhares de pessoas nas ruas a acelerarem os seus carros até ao limite (na sua maioria carros merdosos, porque só os borregos do xuning é que têm esse tipo de atitudes estúpidas), a buzinarem todos em conjunto mais do que alguma vez buzinarão na sua vida (exceptuando situações semelhantes, claro) e a seguirem em marcha lenta (muitas vezes parando, até) por tudo quanto é rua de Almada, forçando os restantes automóveis a deslocarem-se a uma velocidade ridiculamente lenta ou até mesmo a pararem.

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Converting to Drupal

As you may or may not have noticed, depending on how frequently (if at all) you visit my site, I have converted the whole thing from Wordpress to Drupal.

Wordpress is a pretty good system for a blog but it lacks several things that I wanted to have. Even for a blogging system I think it has some limitations, which I didn't want to have. Drupal seems a damn good content management system and since I have to learn how to work with it anyway, I instaled it here :)

Let's see how it goes...

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The meaning of my signature

I usually sign my forums posts, some e-mails and other written stuff with the following phrase:

"Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do!"

This is a quote from a "poem" written by Jozef Imrich, which was used by Apple in some marketing campaigns some time ago (you can read the full poem at the end of this post).

Sometimes when people read that, they tell me I'm crazy. They say I'm a stupid idealistic guy with childish ideas and dreams of a perfect world. I'm not. I'm just a guy who uses his brain a bit more than the vast majority of people and having realized that this world could indeed be a better place (it isn't for a lot of reasons but that's not the topic I'm writing about), I do what I can to make things change for the better.

I'm writing this because I'd like to have a place I can point people to when they see my signature and tell me things like the ones I mentioned above, and not having to write a long explanation about it everytime.

So what does that signature mean? (or at least how I interpret it)

Well, it doesn't mean that everyone should make a revolution to try to change the world into what they think it's right.

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The big problem with software nowadays

Tonight I was chatting with a friend/teacher/work partner about a web site project we've been working on, a conference management system that allows people to submit abstracts via an online form with the possibility to attach images.

We were talking about some changes he had made to the system in order to allow the users to submit huge images by resizing them via the HTML tag (meaning the image is not actually resized, only displayed smaller) when they should have resized them before submitting them (because otherwise the abstracts will be all messed up, as you probably guessed).

I said it was nice but that I still think it would be best if we'd let the users see that their images are too big, because that way they would realize something is wrong (although before he implemented this, several users had already submitted huge images that messed up their abstracts but they still didn't resize them).

From my experience and opinion, when dealing with big projects such as this one, we should follow a simple rule that makes life easier on everyone: the programmers do their work by programming the website and users do their "work" by using the site.

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