GHOP – Google Highly Open Participation Contest

Just another kewl (cool) initiative by you-know-who! This time only pre-university students allowed. Hope to see some portuguese names around 😉

update: initiative link is now correctly defined, thanks to David Negreira for pointing it out!


We’re hiring..

Nokia Siemens Networks

SW Engineer: Candidate Profile

  • MSc / BS degrees in Computer Science or related fields
  • Knowledge in Object-Oriented programming
  • Strong technical background and skills
  • Knowledge in industry design patterns (is a plus)
  • Ability to adapt to current and evolving processes
  • Team player

SW Architect: Candidate Profile

  • MSc / BS degrees in Computer Science or related fields
  • Strong know-how and hands-on experience in Object-Oriented software development with multiple languages, frameworks and platforms
  • Deep knowledge in software industry design patterns and methodologies
  • Clear understanding of what makes a software system scalable and robust
  • Capability to engage in deep analysis of the specific telecommunications domain
  • Good communication, argumentative, and mentoring skills

We Provide

  • Integration in a young and creative team
  • Excellent working conditions
  • Contractual package according to relevant experience
  • Continuous training opportunities, in Portugal and abroad
  • Work site: Alfragide / Aveiro

You think you fit in? Leave a comment and I’ll get in touch 😉

Update: I will only permit comments w/ contact requests, excluding everything else.


.. I’ve been somewhat inactive. Besides work there’s a lot of stuff which has been keeping me very busy in the recent times. From Android, to Reason and Cubase, I’ve been learning a lot and therefore I’ve kind of neglected my-digital-self, this blog.

Anyway, the biggest news is that I bought myself a laptop, a simply beautiful HP 530 to be more precise, and I must say god damn I love this baby! Under the hood there’s a Centrino Duo 1.66Ghz, 2Gb RAM, SATA 160Gb 5.4k, 802.11b/g, 2 USB 2.0, DVD-RW DL and an Intel GMA 950 graphics card. As I’m no gamer, this is a great and very cheap machine. Why cheap? Well, I paid only 700 Euro for it! Even it’s a bargain I can tell you it has beaten every adversary, in my quest for the perfect laptop. Here’s my criteria:

  • Centrino Duo – OK;
  • Must have >=2Gb RAM – OK;
  • Intel chipset for Linux full compliance – OK;
  • Low-heat and noiseless – BIG OK;
  • Simple (I hate extra-buttons and neat plastic!) – OK;
  • Firewire for external audio card – KO, the only thing missing but I can live with that (alternatives are USB or PCMCIA-Firewire card);
  • Must be cheap (<1000 Euro) – Bingo;
  • Must bundle Vista so I can have a glance of pleasure when deleting it – Hell Yeah!

Now, I’m not a benchmark fan so you can stop right there if you mean to throw me some of those. All I want, I have, so far, with this piece of hardware. And what surprises me the most is that is comes from the ex-Compaq, which I used to hate for its anti-Linux hardware.

Here are my notes, so far:

  1. Windows Vista – fully-supported or shouldn’t it be the bundled OS. Lasted as long as a day, I just can’t stand it!
  2. Windows XP – had problems with loading the SATA driver during install initialization (HP instructions are wrong. Please go to Intel’s website and look there). After the install a lot of drivers were missing. HP website was wrong again. Thanks Intel! It’s amazing how some people talk about device drivers in Linux..
  3. Linux (Ubuntu 7.10) – Everything just went smoothly as I have ever wanted and “it just works”.
  4. I’ll be using Windows XP for audio production and Linux for everything else.

So if you’re looking for a good laptop, look no more, this is the one! At least for me it is..

Oh and btw, this blog is one year old.. the same age for me at Nokia Siemens Networks. Been fun, looking for more 😉



Update: HP 530 w/ Ubuntu 7.10 review

Open Handset Alliance and the Android environment

As many of you have already acquainted, Google and a bunch of other (some big) corporations have engaged in Open Handset Alliance. This group aims to accelerate innovation in mobile and offer consumers a richer, less expensive, and better mobile experience. Together [they] have developed Android™, the first complete, open, and free mobile platform.

Although I find this initiative very interesting, I completely disagree when it comes to say that this group is committed to build the “first complete, open and free mobile platform”. Maemo, Moblin, OpenMoko and others exist for some time now and specially Nokia’s Maemo which is, for me, the first truly Linux/OSS powered mobile development platform. It’s complete (4th version on the way). It’s open as in OpenSource. And it’s free as in beer.

Some of you might actually believe that it’s going to be really open in every aspect of the end product, but read the Open Handset Alliance website carefully and you’ll see that you’re wrong.

Anyway, I’ll be there on the November 12th  so I can get my SDK. Just hope it runs on Linux without much hacking.. and now that would be fscking kewl!