My first computer

Nostalgia time. While reading a few Wikipedia articles, just remembered that my first computer was a Timex 2068, which in fact was a clone of the ZX Spectrum 48k. I got it in 1987 but I was used to play with other computers (friends, school, etc) like the Commodore 64, Atari ST, Phillips MSX, etc. The Timex 2068 had a cartridge system but with limited support. I had a few ones (a word processor and a Spectrum 48k emulator cartridge to load games using the cassette player). My first language was of course, BASIC. Those were the days. I remember the exact day when I have used a computer. I was a kid in 1984 and at the time I was living in Brazil. I went to an exhibition where there was a TK 82C (a brazilian clone of the ZX81) connected to a big and ugly green monitor playing the Game of Life (very popular at that time as a demo BASIC program). I immediatly fell in love with computers.

Let the banks fail

A simple truth that everyone should understand.

As everybody knows now, we did not pump public money into the failed banks. We treated them like private companies that went bankrupt, and we let them fail. Some people say we did it because we didn’t have any other option, there is clearly something in that argument, but it does not change the fact that it turned out to be a wise move or whatever reason. Whereas in many other countries, the prevailing orthodoxy is you pump public money into banks and you make taxpayers responsible for the banks in the long run, and somehow treat the banks as if they are holier institutions in the economy than manufacturing companies, commercial companies, IT companies, or whatever. And I have never really understood the argument: why a private bank or financial fund is somehow holier for the well being and future of the economy than the industrial sector, the IT sector, the creative sector, or the manufacturing sector.

Read more (interview with Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Iceland’s President).

É tudo nosso

O ex-Presidente da República, Mário Soares, foi apanhado em excesso de velocidade num carro em nome da Direcção-Geral do Tesouro e Finanças. O Estado é que vai pagar, terá dito Mário Soares ao GNR.

Num país normal, isto seria um escândalo, mas parece que há gente que se sente dona do país. Palavras para quê? Deve ser da selecção natural.

Se há muito desemprego – cada vez mais -, se as pessoas morrem por falta de cuidados de saúde ou mesmo à fome, os dirigentes neoliberais encolhem os ombros e pensam, para eles: “Pois que morram, é a seleção natural…”

Grande senador. Haja paciência para mais uma múmia do regime.

Com 3 anos de atraso

Para quem andasse mínimamente informado, aquilo que está a acontecer em Portugal foi o que se esperava desde longa data. Em 2009 lembro-me bem de ver e ouvir um fulano a avisar do que aí vinha (dos poucos). Chamava-se Medina Carreira. Ninguém lhe ligou. Chamaram-lhe de maluco, Velho do Restelo, Mr Magoo e outras coisas mais. Os responsáveis pelo descalabro português andam por aí, como se não fosse nada com eles, sentados nas suas cadeiras de deputados ou a presidir a uma empresa do regime, instituto público ou fundação. Há vida para além do défice. Há pois há. A pagar impostos.