Marisa Monte – Universo Particular

May 6, 2007

An excerpt from the concert held in the Don Pedro Segundo Theatre of Ribeirão Preto (São Paulo) on April 29.

The show was definitely worth the wait in line for the ticket. Marisa Monte has a great voice and lots of talented people play in her band. She is awesome.

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Installing Skype in Ubuntu Edgy Eft

May 2, 2007

When I had Ubuntu up and running I was quite anxious to play with the new OS and customize it with my favorite apps. Some apps I was able to install via Add/Remove Applications (Azureus, Amule, VLC) quite easily, other apps I had to understand how Synaptic worked and read through the Ubuntu wikis.

The first app I wanted to install was Skype and here I describe how I did it hoping it comes handy to other beginners like me.

Installing Skype through Repository:

  1. Go to: System>Administration>Synaptic Package Manager
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    You will be asked for your system password, then a Synaptic Package Manager window will come up.
    This window shows the so called repositories which control the installation process and get the application packets from the Internet into the OS.

  3. From the Synaptic Pagake Manager window click Settings>Repositories.
  4. From the new window Software Sources select the Third Party tab and click Add.
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  6. Paste the following into the APT Line field:
  7. deb http://download.skype.com/linux/repos/debian/ stable non-free

    then click OK and OK again until you get back to the Synaptic Package Manager.

  8. Click Reload to refresh the repositories
  9. Search and Mark for installation the packet Skype, click on apply and keep going until the application is completely installed
  10. If all went right you will find Skype from the menu Applications>Internet
  11. That’s all!


Ubuntu Linux Novice

April 27, 2007

Over the last year I have been fighting in my lab with Windows XP until I finally installed a copy of Ubuntu Linux release 6.10 code-named Edgy Eft. My experience so far has been quite positive even though getting started with Ubuntu required some efforts. The wikis of the Ubuntu web site have been very helpful.

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My experience with Ubuntu so far:

  1. Downloading and burning a cd with the OS is easy to do as it is well explained in the Ubuntu web site
  2. Kind of funny having to run the suggested error check prior to intallation
  3. The partition of the hard drive while installing the OS requires some research! number of partitions, size, filesystem …
  4. The installation of the OS is quite fast, it only takes 15-20 minutes
  5. For an OS that’s free, the graphic user interface is quite impressive
  6. A number of useful applications is installed together with the OS
  7. Installing additional applications isn’t as intuitive as it can be with mac or windows can be done in different ways. Some apps can be installed easily through the Add/Remove Applications. Other apps can be installed through the repositories in Synaptic or through command line in Terminal.
  8. The desktop switch feature is pretty cool and saves time
  9. Not surprisingly the machine – 2 GHz Pentium IV w/ 512 MB of RAM – is performing much better than when running win xp

Tim Brasil

April 26, 2007

Quegli abbuffini di Telecom Italia sono arrivati pure in Sud America. In poco tempo in Brasile hanno guadagnato quote di mercato sulle altre compagnie di telefonia mobile (Vivo e Claro sono quelle che come Tim coprono gran parte del paese). C’è da riconoscere che Tim è stata la prima a raggiungere la maggior copertura GSM del Brasile, cosa non facile visto che la sua superficie è 28 volte quella dell’Italia e in molti casi poco accessibile e con poche infrastrutture. Tim Brasil gode sicuramente di ottima salute e in un’economia in espansione come quella brasiliana gli affari non possono che prosperare. I margini di crescita del mercato di telefonia mobile in Brasile sono enormi, è facile immaginare che nei prossimi anni il numero delle utenze crescerà di molto e non c’è da stupirsi se sia proprio un gruppo messicano ad interessarsi all’acquisto di Telecom Italia. La scelta di Telecom Italia qualche mese fa di vendere Tim Brasil a prezzo di banane ha lasciato almeno i brasiliani esterrefatti: gli italiani si trovano per le mani un pozzo d’oro e che fanno? decidono di venderlo ad un prezzo ridicolo…. Ma che se la comprino americani o messicani perché questi barbogi rubagalline che si riempiono le tasche finché possono e poi svendono a cavolo ci hanno già divertito. La classe dirigente italiana dimostra ancora una volta lungimiranza zero, salvaguardia dei propri interessi finché è possibile, zero rispetto per chi lavora e si fa il culo.

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La Tim ha sicuramente esportato il suo modello di pubblicità invasivo e petulante. Cartelli e cartelloni sono disseminati per il Brasile intero anche nei posti più impensati.