O retrato de um país

O retrato de um país ASAE, que só tem autoridade para perseguir os desgraçados e os costumes:

6. “Bernardo Macambira preso por ter CD pirata na sua discoteca”, no DN. Então um empresário vai preso porque tinha um CD copiado numa boîte que dirigia? Isto é normal? Li a história e não quis acreditar. Como o gerente mudou de morada e as notificações bateram em cheio com o nariz na porta, não conseguiu pagar a multa. Quando foi pagar deram-lhe ordem de prisão. Ainda por cima não seria directamente responsável, mas sim um alegado DJ que ninguém consegue identificar qual era naquela noite. Que País é este que deixa criminosos nas ruas e prende um homem por causa de um CD pirata? Sim, leram bem: quatro meses de prisão efectiva em Custóias.

Meo Spam



Meo Spam, originally uploaded by Frederico Marques.

O comando é meo. Excepto quando tenho SPAM nas caixas de correio do prédio onde moro. Vá lá, respeitaram o único autocolante amarelo que por cá havia. Pessoal do Meo, excusam de cá vir que até ao final do ano não há nada para ninguém.

The network is the computer (this time it’s the future, really)

Meet CherryPal:

The CherryPal™ C100 desktop is about the size of a paperback book, but has the performance you would expect from a full-size desktop computer. Freescale’s fast triple-core mobileGT processor delivers exceptional multimedia performance and feature-rich user interfaces, while only consuming as much power as a clock radio. CherryPal uses 80 percent fewer components than a traditional PC, and because it has no moving parts, it operates without making a sound and will last 10 years or more.

You pay $249 for a small black box with external VGA, 2 USB ports, 256M ram, 4G NAND, 400 Mhz processor and internal wifi card. This thing will consume about 2 watts of energy (they say). This acts as a thin client, as you run all of your application on your virtual desktop, in the cloud. And you get 50 Gb of free storage. Hope it’s not 100% based on S3 :-). And they let you run Opensource applications like OpenOffice, IM, mail, etc. But they say they have iTunes also.

MSN Lite

To all my friends that are trying to reach me at MSN, I’m on a connectivity diet with IM. I’ve reached the conclusion that I was being interrupted too many times per day on MSN and my productivity went down. I will connect sometimes, but for a limited time. If you want to send me useless stuff, use Twitter. If it’s urgent, call me or SMS me. If not, mail me. I read my RSS feeds, and that includes your blogs (so, I can catch up with what are you doing via your blog or Twitter/Jaiku).

Sun XVM Virtualbox for Mac

If you have a Intel Mac and you are in the need for virtualization, along with Parallels and VMware Fusion you have now a 3rd option: Sun XVM Virtualbox. And it’s free. Check it out. It looks good on the demo. From what I’ve seen, there’s no DirectX support for now (no hardcore games, sorry) and it will not work with Bootcamp. Have to try this and compare it with VMware Fusion. I would really like to see a real-world benchmark on Virtualbox vs Parallels vs Fusion.