Name: Felipe van de Wiel
Member since: 2004-10-31 22:53:00
Last Login: 2012-09-27 08:36:37
In a lot of places I'm known as faw, but you may also known me as Felipe Augusto van de Wiel. I'm a Computer Scientist passionate about Free Software, which lead me to be a sysadmin volunteer for different free software projects.
I'm Debian Developer, one of the many pseudo-random geeks around. Currently I'm preparing myself to embark on a new professional journey.
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A new journey ahead
Changing jobs and moving to a new country... it's just the beginning.And now for something completely different! See you all pretty soon! :-)
On September 30th, 2012 I'm moving to Menlo Park, CA, USA because back in December 2011 I accepted a job offer as a sysadmin (the name is fancier: Operations Engineer) in Silicon Valley. Since then I'm working on the required documentation, so far everything had worked out. I'm starting at the new work on October 8th, and as I'm arriving on October 1st, I'll have a week to take a look around and get to know a tiny bit of San Francisco Bay Area.
In different levels and aspects it is a big opportunity for me, and I'm confident it'll be an unique experience, not only professional, which of course involves working in a bigger company with more complex scenarios and bigger challenges, and on the personal side, I'll live abroad, be an expat.
As you may imagine, I'm working on this process for more or less 10 months, but in the last 30 days it got more intense. Quitting my jobs, organizing my stuff, cleaning part of backlog (and finding out a have a huge to-do list awaiting for me). Spending quality time with family and friends, and also saying goodbye to them. Finishing some aspects of the move (travel tickets, temporary living).
It's new, it's different! I'm super excited and I do want to change a few things to make it easier for family and friends to keep up, make it easier to follow the news, which might help with the distance.
29 and counting
Time flies... and very fast.Last time I wrote here I mentioned about my graduation and another post to talk about that, I'll write about it as soon as I get my diploma (because of different printing problems it was delayed for almost 2 years). And I do plan to write more frequently. :-)
There are so many things I'd like to share and tell you about but that would make a long and boring post, so I'll divide it in future entries, so I can keep this diary alive, keep people informed and tell a little bit about my story. Eventually, I may split this diary into a technical and a non-technical blog, but for now, I will stick around mixing topics. :-) Last time I wrote was back in 2009 at DebConf9 in Spain and a lot of things happened that year. Not only for Debian, but also for me.
My last year studying Computer Science was 2009 and that same year I was working full time, I helped organizing a large event for Computer Students (ENECOMP 2009), we had some troubles and side effects with Influenza A (H1N1) in my city (Curitiba, PR) and towards the end of the year I got really sick (not from Influenza) and it took a while to know what was going, during this process I did hurt some people I really love and I'm truly sorry. The past, 2010 went on as busy and unstable as 2009, my laptop's hard disk broke twice (January and October) and I survived thanks to backup and recovery procedures. I took some wrong decisions but fixed it later and learned a lot from my mistakes, decisions and choices.
Then 2011 came, my laptop's hard disk broke again and I lost almost 6 months of emails, I find out that after the second crash in 2010 part of my backup got b0rk3d. Fine, I didn't die, everything seems to be fine, but I'm still catching up with a lot of work and backlog. At different times one of my parents also got really sick and I learned quite a bit on how to deal with it.
Due to the laptop and the different things going on in my life I didn't work for Debian as much as I want and I still feel guilty. :-( But that's fine, this is a kind of public apologize for my peers in Debian (i18n, mirrors, release), I still want to help all of you, but I still have quite a bit of backlog to clean and quite a few things to learn in the process. And in general, I'm really sorry if I didn't (or I couldn't) work for Debian as much as I want.
Although I'm taking the chance to apologize in this post, I still want to make clear that I'm quite happy. This last year was pretty good, I had the opportunity to attend DebConf again and also got to know Sarajevo and Zagreb. New lessons were learned, better work cycles, nicer solutions. Today I'm completing 29 years old. 29. This is quite some time, not a long ride, but for one reason or another, I have high hopes for 2012 and what awaits me. And I do plan to learn more, to help more and whenever possible, to contribute back.
29 Jul 2009
(updated 29 Jul 2009 at 17:53 UTC) »
Redesigning CommunicationComments about the ideas of a better "looking"
It seems to be a "hot topic" week for Debian,
yesterday the announcement of Time Based Freeze Cycles and
today the proposal to redesign
some parts of Debian.
No matter how orthogonal those topics are, communication
seems to be needing real improvements inside Debian Project, but I will
leave this item for later (and I mean communications
amongst teams and developers, nothing related to the Press
Yes... long time since I last post. Apparently, I will
be able to graduate by April of 2010, but that remains for
First of all, let me state this perfectly clear: I
believe Agnieszka (pixelgirl) did an incredible job with her
redesign proposal. As a concept. (Or proof of
concept). That's why I share some of Rhonda's
I don't think anybody disagrees that several parts of
the Debian project urges improvements in the design field,
some of them requires a total redesign, that doesn't
mean we need a new logo. It is curious to see how some
things happen in a strange related fashion, no matter
if you believe in $DEITY (superior power or destiny), life
ways. Early this week, the new logo of Pepsi was announced
and some comparison
were created to show the evolution of Pepsi and Coca-Cola
logos. It's possible to find quite
commenting about the new logo, about brand, market share and
strangely related to a "new logo proposal".
Yes, I like Debian's logo, it has a
strong recognition, I don't think we need to change it and I
don't have reasons to believe we need a new one.
The Swirl can be applied vertically and horizontally, it can
also be applied alone without the "debian" text and for
those wondered about the details of our logo and font, a quick
(re)search would review the DebianLogo wiki
page, with a lot of details.
That being said, the art work concept is indeed an important
first step, but it is certainly not the only one. As I said,
has its ways, yesterday, Rhonda mentioned
the amazing work of Kalle Söderman, who
has looking for the Debian's Global Picture since 2007
and who did
move to the step after the mockups having
real instances implemented maintaining part
of Debian WWW Team informed and working on feedback and
No matter what people said (or will say), CSS can't do
all the magic.
Kalle deserves a big Thank You for his work and,
IMNSHO, should be the first option to be considered
in a merge (that's why you shouldn't resign
Rhonda, you got
quite some work to do to get it integrated).
The point, is that Kalle is not alone. There are a
lot of people behind Debian Art and it would be
great to see a joint effort from all artists interested in
helping Debian to have a better unified look-and-feel on the
Debian Project, not only on our web interfaces, but also on
our products: CDs/DVDs (and its covers), desktops,
wallpapers, boot loaders, splash screens, documentations,
business cards, banners, t-shirts (and a bunch of other
materials). It is not just a matter of writing something
completely new without keep in touch with an already
existent community, it
is also the need to communicate and push such goals
project-wide, so we can have massive adoption.
I was surprised by the fact that a lot of people mixed quite
a few orthogonal points. Specially the fact that the
website also needs some work in the Information Architecture
field in order to improve the users' experience, but that's
one point of a project-wide concern (that Kalle took into
Finally, some may not remember that we vote (General
Resolution) to choose our
logo, back in 1999 (10 years ago).
Yes, we need to do better on communicating and we need do to
better with our design (and probably Marketing), but
please do not start such work by changing our logo.
Re: Blog rewrite upcoming
it seems that you got TONS of recommendations for different
blog software, so you probably already received a
recommendation for Chronicle:
The Blog Compiler, it is written by Steve Kemp inspired
by Joey's ikiwiki. I've been also wondering about using
ikiwiki and/or chronicle. :-)
From the privacy-issues-department...
This is in my draft for a long time now...
PS: Happy 2009!
I never understood what was so private about your
page (Thanks WayBackMachine!).
Yes, I was away... long and sad story involving health
issues. :-( I'm trying to get back,
hopefully everything will be fine. Let me publicly apologize
to some people that was expecting some work from me and I
postponed it, not because of slackness but because
I was unable to do it. I'm catching up with a lot of tasks
and trying to solve long standing issues, feel free to ping
me to get some update on a specific matter. I am really
Do you know about the poll
to choose a slogan for the release of Debian 5.0, also known
No!? Shame on you! :-)
People behind Debian Art started a discussion
to get opinions! After some input they prepared a poll,
maybe they should try to use a doodle. Right now,
The Universal Operating System is quite
popular, but a lot of people did some nice suggestions, and
some of them would like to see a slogan some way related to
the Toy Story (tm) character Lenny:
The discussion is distributed across three lists: Debian
Publicity and Debian
Curiosa, I would also point to the comments made by
Gustavo Noronha da Silva (here)
and Andre Felipe Machado (here).
If you didn't say anything so far, please do!
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