Rambles on technology

21Apr Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management technique that can be used with pretty much any daily activity.

You can read more about it on the official site, but the basic unit of work in the Pomodoro Technique can be split in five simple steps:

  1. Choose a task to be accomplished
  2. Set the Pomodoro to 25 minutes (the Pomodoro is the timer)
  3. Work on the task until the Pomodoro rings, then put a check on your sheet of paper
  4. Take a short break (5 minutes is OK)
  5. Every 4 Pomodoros take a longer break (commonly of 15 minutes)

To count the time, kitchen timers are usually adopted. Just for fun, I wrote a really basic python script to work as a pomodoro timer. If I end up using it ofter I’ll further develop it. It still lacks tray integration (or maybe unity integration). Feel free to use and improve it 🙂

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15Jun LGP and Outdated Blog

Today I had the pleasure to give a great product presentation. Everything went amazingly well and I’m just delighted with it. For those who want to learn more, here are some links:



Although, I felt no need to write about it on this blog, meaning one thing: I’m officially putting this aside. Microblogging is taking my social internet time and I’ll only keep this blog online for history purposes. Altough, if I ever feel the need to, I’ll be back to it and to writing again!

See you soon, see you at



30Mar Cern’s LHC

First of all, congrats to everyone at CERN, they’ve made it, particles have collided at 7TeV inside the LHC!

Now for the fun part, two twits:

tiagobold After today’s #LHC collisions at #cern I’m dying to watch the next The Big Bang Theory x)

cernch @tiagoboldt Don’t say *I’m dying to ..* Wasn’t this close enough? Do you want to tempt Higgs? #CERN

26Jan Empathy’s auto-away

Empathy‘s literally sending the user away with this kind of support. On how to disable the auto-away feature, you can read in the FAQ:

How can I disable idling / auto-away?

Switch to Pidgin. (not really, missing documentation)

Guess I really should stick with pidgin..

Edit: For that and more, I’m back to pidgin!

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21Dec Tuxes

As a long time Linux user, my love for Tux and penguins is enormous. Yesterday I’ve spent the day visiting once again the Zoo in Lisbon, where I’ve bought myself a gift. I’ll have some full-time company in my desk from now on 😀


The Tux


My Tux

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20Dec Install fglrx in Karmic

It’s been a long time since I started to use Ubuntu 9.10, Karmic. The main frustration over it was that I was unable to get my ATI Radeon HD3650 to work with the proprietary driver. A kernel panic would happen when X started.. Since the open-source drivers still don’t work that well with the HD series, I’ve started digging for some way to make it work. Yesterday I got it.

Really quick explanation, delete any fglrx driver you have from the repositories with:

sudo apt-get purge fglrx*

Next, download the driver from ATI’s site. Install it with (your version might be different than 9-12 and not x86_64):

sudo sh ati-driver-installer-9-12-x86.x86_64.run –buildandinstallpkg Ubuntu/karmic

Now we  have to configure the driver with:

sudo aticonfig –initial
sudo aticonfig –acpi-services=off

All done, reboot and you should be now using fglrx without a single issue. Have fun with those 3d games:)

Edit: Just tried and you can get the same result using the driver from the repository, so, instead of downloading, build and install it, you can just install it as bellow and configure it as above.

sudo apt-get instal xorg-driver-fglrx

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