Living with less than 200 things

I used to have a lot of stuff and maybe I still. Since I started to work I can’t count how many computers I had, how much toys I bought, books, mobile phones, and other stuff.

Also I still keeping an average of moving from one house to another each 18 months since I’m 21. On each time, I drop a lot of stuff again.

When my son born, was necessary free space to him and I did what was necessary: drop more stuff.  Dropped a lot again, almost in the same level when I moved back from Netherlands to Brazil. 

Meanwhile I’m trying hard to keep a simple life and now it is the first time that probably I have less then 200 things. The main picture is my desktop, it has a computer, mouse, keyboard, kindle, external storage, some cables. 

I used to have several computers, until some days ago they were seven. I didn’t use them, I kept .. because.. I don’t know.


Besides I have a TV and a xbox360, bedroom stuff and clothes, a red car and nothing more. Since I have few clothes, now is really like that I have less then 200 things.

Also the nice thing is that my wife also thinks more or less in the same way, so we keep the necessary stuff only.  This reflects also on our son, he has the baby stuff, some toys, bed stuff, a car safety chair and a baby car.

The magic number, 200 things came from a blog from another developer.  On the link you can also find what motivates him, since we have more or less the same goals, I would like to highlight one:

  • Stuff reduces my freedom. Its hard to move to new place because I have to carry all my stuff with me.

That is it.  In the end is about freedom.

Almost two years with Windows 8

So, it more or less two years since I’m using it. At that time it was alpha and still having the start menu. Kind of fun that the start menu was removed and now it is back on 8.1.

After this period, I can say for me at least, the good and the bad of it.

About the metro/desktop dual mode.

Oh boy.. here we go. 95% of my time, I’m using the desktop mode. There are two main reasons for this:

The first is this: Desktop apps, the old ones. They are way better than any metro version. 

  • Skype. The metro version is nice, really. But the good old desktop version is years away from it.  I can’t share screen, I can’t receive calls automatically, I can’t do almost nothing on the metro version of the skype.
  • Teamviewer.  Same of the skype. 
  • Evernote. The main advantage is the focus. Metro apps are more productive  when you don’t need to use with desktop apps. Evernote does well the job calling the browser ( metro ie ) when necessary and use the charm bar wisely. But, but, desktop version still ahead by times.
  • One Note: Metro one note is a disaster. I started using again the Evernote mainly because of One Note Metro.
  • Mail App: Impossible.
  • Skydrive: Microsoft didn’t found yet the way to represent filesystem on metro interface.  Except for that it is good.
  • Social Hub: It is nice. I use it often. Specially the chat, “docked” on side of my screen.
  • Internet Explorer: It is the exception here, I use it more in metro mode than in desktop mode.

The Second one: It feels strange, really strange use desktop and metro together. 

Nailed. The full screen mode of lion make a lot of more sense on desktop than have a windowed desktop together with a metro one.

That will expand to my second part, the new start menu;

The new start menu

For now, let´s assume that I only use desktop mode.

Oh boy, the new start menu rocks. Really. After I got used to it, I found the old one boring.  It is not about a place to put icons as shortcuts.  Compared with the old versions it is smart. Has the search nicely integrated and is beautiful. Comparing with the metro apps, the start menu when I’m using only desktop does not fill strange. It fits. 

The settings and the new control panel ( metro ) fits also and they are good. The point that I’m thinking now, is that the desktop apps should have a more metro interface ( in future ).  But not going full metro. And having the option to be full screen. More or less like the Mac os. I said that but I really prefer the metro design language than the mac os / iOS7.

Network Settings

Everytime that I need to change networks settings, I cry blood hard. Why  in the hell when I’m in desktop mode and click on tray icon of network, it opens the metro sidebar of network where I can’t do nothing!?


If you ask me, this is the better stuff on the windows 8. It is necessary to be the “pro” version. Hyper-V is really good and now I’m moving as I can from vmware to it.  The fact that it is free and powerful makes all the difference. The ability to move it forward to a win2012 with hyper-v is a plus. 


After two years, I can say that this windows, of course, is the best Windows that I used. For desktops it the system that I like more. It is not perfect and I think that is not finished yet. Windows 7 was the mature end for the 95 generation. Windows 8 is a new start and like everything new takes sometime to get used and to get polished. 

It is not a fanboy opinion. I still using Mac OS and Linux half of my day to work and like them. The thing here is that is the interface/api that I like more, and what I think that is going to be the future. 

In true I started using it because Windows Phone 7. Now in November will be 3 years using Windows Phone Metro, so it will have it post also.

ps: I started with Metro and refuse to call it Modern UI whatever.. nobody will sue me due this blog post.


I always take a look on new services when they launch and with Bitbucket was the same. In the beginning it looked like a “poor’s man github” but Atlassian made a good job. It is now really good.

I don´t know if Atlassian always owned Bitbucket but sometime more or less a year ago I started to use it more often. Because it became good :).  And  the day that I needed to create a group of developers into a private git repository arrived and the price of my loved kiln was prohibitive to me.

So I choose the bitbucket.

In some kind of irony, the new feature of kiln to convert mercurial  repos to git just made my work easier. And this just prove the value of the tool from Fogcreek.  The problem is that I have to choose for the money, and 10 bucks for 10 developers is way cheaper than the 25 bucks per user per month.  If I had this budget I would choose Kiln, really.

Also as private free repository I can manage to have up to 5 developers into it, impressive. And when I reached the magic number of 10, I was already using it for free and was just to enter my credit card and add the new guys to the existing project.


They also have a nice git client, really nice, and easy to developers that never used a source code control. Sourcetree.

Despite the annoying registration, it is a good software. I would not enter in details but in my opinion is the best gui software for git. All other git guis end into a fallback to command line. It is already 2 months without open the git command line on my desktop. 🙂

His name is Johann

So after a while I’m back here to say the good news.

I’m pregnant and is a boy! Named after my father, Johann.

Since mid january I am running with my wife with doctors and hospitals and now the things seems to be stable. Hope it will continue up to october, when he should came.

Also this is my first post from my ipad. Hope I ll write my toughts about it soon.

Too much work

Yes, too much.

I never worked so hard as I did last months. I can say that I learned at professional level, my second language now is c# and I really did a  lot of things.

Also both projects that I’m working is close to the end. Finally. I can’t keep working in this rhythm, I’ll die if I do. I’m almost 30 and it is time to relax a bit. I will leave the nights without sleep to ship stuff to the younger ones. 

I’m saying that because when I was 21 I always thought about older talented guys .. “why they don’t do like me? They can conquer the world.”

No, married, with a ongoing fork, taking care of my parents. I can’t. 

Good luck younger ones, I’m here to help you too :).

Goodbye Twitter, Hello

I can´t use twitter anymore. It is already more or less six months that something is wrong with twitter and the last bullshit about the apps made me think about.

The question is that I use 80% of the time the website, and the 20% on the phone and tablet that sucks. The official application on windows phone is a shit and the iOs and Android is not too much better. 

The people that use twitter changed, today twitter is more like a rss feed with comments than the original ideia. Whatever it is supposed to be. 

Meanwhile a new service appear. Let´s say a old school twitter that is a charged. No ads, the data is yours. Deal.

I tried for one month and it seems to be cool, but with few people. But as platform and content it wins already over twitter. You can check my public profile here, and I’m inviting you to join if you like to generate content. 

I still don’t know if I’ll still using twitter, maybe if I find a way to filter the tweets better but… everyday I like more of

Turning a pro, saying no

So, I bought a kindle. The short story is: really good to read but one more device. I’ll not review it now but a lot of posts are coming based on books that I read on it. 

Turning a pro, is one of the books that I read and it is really good. There are some aspects that I didn´t like, but is related with the fact that I don’t like self-help books. Overall is a good book with a good idea: Are you a pro or a amateur?

After reading the book I would say, I’m almost a pro. The last part to really became a pro is say no

Between August and December I take a huge amount of freelance work to do. Since November I´m out of gym, not only gym but I´m only working. And now I got burned out. dillema

For those who don’t know I’m the owner of already for two years and I’m doing a lot of stuff there. Every development I did in the past two years is somewhat in the umbrella.

It started with a simple idea on how sites of Real State should be. I never finished it. The source code that I wrote for it is a different story. It became a lot of stuff, made me learn Perl Catalyst, Windows Phone, C#, Azure …

The Windows Phone apps gave some money but the rest never did. So I started to accept freelance jobs. The problem with freelance is that it is not my product. To do freelance to live, you have to be a Professional that I’m not. You have to be a Freelance Professional and I’m a Professional Developer. I like to create infrastructure and software for a product or for some on going stuff. Most of freelance jobs is a short shot, with stuff that I don´t know or don´t care or will never see it again.

Also there is another detail. For some market reason, takes a lot of time to get the first, the second and the third job and after they you will drown on proposals. Now I know that half is garbage and the other half is almost good. I have now enough stories to write a book, one of my favourites is one girl that came to me and asked: Could you make a e-commerce that deliver furniture to my customer? I said “probably” and asked for more details. She said that she wants something like … 

Ok. That is not for me. Really.

I´m happy with two freelance jobs now, and I´m going with them. One for a small start-up and other is a webservice for a friend. These two are the last ones. For now I´m back to the original ideia of develop a product that I can sell and support. 

Meanwhile between the 9 and 5, I still taking care of the software that runs the Morpho e-documents production.

I would like to say thanks to my friend Igor Sutton. One day I´ll give you 0.5% of the shares of 😉 and you will use the revenue to visit me on Ubatuba


Next week, I´ll be at YAPC::Brazil, “Yet another perl conference”. I will give a talk about how we use perl in my actual work, and how we are trying to use modern perl at work.

I´m kind of proud. I returned to Brazil to work in the place that I started to use perl and more, the place that I introduced perl. When I started again and saw people using perl in daily base.. mmm… I really felt good. 

This time my talk will be simple and I will show some examples. This is also a opportunity to show how almost 6 years changed the mind of perl community, the way to do the things, the way that we think.

At that time the applications are all standalone, mainly “scripts”. Now they are becoming services, that has their on life and communicate with a lot of stuff. 

Also I´m going with three other guys, that also work a lot with perl. It is their first yapc and I hope that they like and maybe could came closer to the community.