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WWDC is a couple of hours from starting. Some thoughts about it. 800-pound gorilla I was at Imagine conference a couple of weeks back, and one presentation clicked a lot of different articles I’ve read recently. You can read this Wired article to get the basic business logic behind this. Basically, Apple is the company with the largest number of credit cards on file, by far. Almost 4 times Amanzon.


This blog should be renamed to Phoenix… Since we last spoke, a lot has changed but most remained the same. I still have three kids, and a dog. I’m still married to the same smart beautiful woman. I still use Perl as my main language, although I’ve been using a lot of JavaScript and Go (my favourite new language; in 3 years it will be a major contender, mark my words) whenever I can get away with it.


There will always be extreme in Californication, from the initial minutes of a blasphemous moment in a church by a agreeable nun, to the moment that dreams do come true. Maybe boys will be boys and we just enjoy lewdness, or maybe there is a grain of truth in it. But 6 years ago when I started watching the show, I never though the roller coast of emotions it would trigger.

Dreaming in sync

If you ever get me talking about applications and synchronisation of data, you might notice that I'm very passionate about sync. You'd be right. My favourite topic in college was distributed operating systems. Today, when I design a system, I always envision it as a set of cooperating processes, working together and in parallel for a common goal. Over the past 15 years, I've kept refining a set of rules of what I think is the ideal features any application that does sync should have.

I've started using Jonathan Swartz excellent tidyall for all my tidy needs. This is TextMate command that I use to replace the Tidy command distributed with the Perl bundle. require_cmd tidyall 'Requires tidyall, install from CPAN' ### Have a default tidyall.ini on your home, override per project config="$HOME/.tidyall.ini" for ini in tidyall.ini .tidyall.ini ; do if [ -e "${TM_PROJECT_DIRECTORY}/${ini}" ] ; then config="${TM_PROJECT_DIRECTORY}/${ini}" fi done ## Override target file if the current scope is perl: useful when ## tidying a selection of perl code inside a Mason document target="$TM_FILEPATH" if [ "${TM_SCOPE:0:11}" == "source.


Our youngest daughter, now 9 months old, still wakes up at least twice during the night to eat. In that she joins her oldest brothers who shared the same predilection for night-time snacks. One interesting side-effect of this behavior is that I haven't had a full night sleep since the day she was born. I usually can get right back into dream land after she finishes her milk, but lately I find myself sleepless in bed after each meal.

*Flow setups for git

Pedro Figueiredo pointed me to HubFlow, a twist on the original GitFlow setup to work more closely with Github. I've used GitFlow for a couple of weeks when I found it for the first time, but dropped it eventually because it didn't fit my needs. I'm not dissing it, it is very well though out and it provides a nice set of tools to make it all work, but it also adds a complexity layer that may not match your environment.

With recent perl's, the perldoc command started spouting warnings about an antiquated groff on OS X (both 10.6.8 and 10.8.0): You have an old groff. Update to version 1.20.1 for good Unicode support. If you don't upgrade, wide characters may come out oddly. Given that I already have homebrew to fix all my UNIX desires, I promptly executed brew install groff to fix this. You might need to brew tap homebrew/dupes before, given that groff is already included on the base system.


From the invite to the Google Maps event next week: ... will give you a behind-the-scenes look at Google Maps and share our vision. We'll also demo some of the newest technology and provide a sneak peek at upcoming features... I translate this to: "we don't really have nothing ready to ship, but we are scared shitless about what Apple is going to announce at WWDC, because it might be really really cool, and it might show just how much we dropped the ball with Maps.


Caros Srs. Deputados, os meus melhores bons dias, Para contexto do que vos quero perguntar, sugiro a leitura deste artigo: Matem o monstro. São dois projectos de lei que andam na alma de todos os que dependem da tecnologia para viver cá em Portugal. Se souberem de uma maneira eficaz pela qual eu possa lutar contra este absurdo, digam-me. Já estou com um desafio novo este ano, em que umas entidades públicas mudaram as regras de certificação à qual estou sujeito (para melhor acredito sinceramente, assim que os sistemas estiverem estáveis) mas a que já estamos obrigados sem que o regulamento oficial tenha sido distribuído publicamente.