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Name: João Miguel Neves
Member since: 2001-11-13 01:20:39
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Homepage: http://silvaneves.org/


I like to refer to myself as an engineer. I'm a programmer, a user and an aggregator (I pick up several pieces of software and put them to work to solve a problem).

I'm known for being able to solve almost any problem with a computer (or getting a solution in the next 48 hours). No, there's no money back warranty...

Right now I'm very interested in protecting people from legislation like the EUCD (the european version of the DMCA) and some abuses of the entertainment industry (copyright extensions, broken music CDs, DVD zoning, etc.).

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After a correcting 2 bugs my webpage validates as "HTML 4.01 Strict". This means it looks like i want it to only in Galeon/Mozilla, but somehow I don't even care...

The article "Copyright Extensions threaten Free Software" has gotten some interest. I'll be changing it to the FSF Europe site today or tomorrow.

Now I'm going to work on my thesis...

My new webpage is up. I'mstarting to like this design :). There are a few docs I'd like to put there, but otherwise it's pretty much what I wanted (OK, it's still not oriented for each class of user, but that project will take a longer time).

Meanwhile the draft version of the thesis is delivered. My professor wants me simply to rewrite it. I'm not really feeling like it... :(

I've sent an article on DMCA/EUCD and free software to the discussion mailing-list on FSF Europe. Let's see if we get this moving...

29 Nov 2001 (updated 29 Nov 2001 at 01:20 UTC) »

Finished the draft version of my thesis. Now to deal with the bureaucracy needed for delivery. Why do I hear the "Mission Impossible" theme in my head everytime I think the deadline is friday ?

The webpage is going along fine with the discovery of a few more features of XSL. It has already about half the content I want to put there (that's the best ratio in my personal webpages so far :)). Now I only need a decent design...

All other projects are waiting for the thesis' delivery (well, except for one, but I can't talk about that one know).

In the last few days I've been working on my thesis and I've just sent a version to my professor. I'm starting to think it's not what I wanted it to be but I don't care anymore, I just want to finish it and get on with my life.

I've also started redoing my website, but I want to go to the gym tomorrow morning and understand what strange thing is happening between GnuPG, evolution and accented chars in e-mails that is screwing up signature validity. We'll see what happens.

I've taken another look at the OpenOffice code that uses the clip library and it shouldn't take more than 2 days to change the library, ignoring the debugging time :).

18 Nov 2001 (updated 18 Nov 2001 at 01:14 UTC) »

Yesterday I finally regenerated my SSH RSA and GnuPG keys (my last ones were lost when my laptop's disk decided to crash). So the next task on this front is redoing my webpage... I think I'll use XHTML + XSL this time. The experiences with FSF Europe and ANSOL's websites have convinced me that it's indeed a useful solution.

Finally somebody called my attention to the fact that Debian doesn't generate all the locales automatically... In an obviously unrelated note, perl stopped issuing those annoying warning messages about locales and gnumeric started showing accented characters.

My decision to avoid proprietary software got me to realize OpenOffice is not in the lot of free software. It still needs a polygon clipping library that is proprietary. I found another polygon clipping library that is GPL'd. If I get some time, I'll try including it in OpenOfffice...

12 days to deliver my master's thesis and no advances...


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