Lucas 34.0 released!

Hello boys and girls, on 04/04 Lucas 34.0 was just released! Without further ado, here are the new features of the project:

The offspring project called Victoria had its 11th release last December and is starting to show the first bugs of a project in its teenage cycle 

The dating subsystem is about to complete its 3rd year, being one of the highest quality subsystems to date!

Many of the long standing bugs related to work-life balance were fixed, and add up to the extended maintenance initiative.

Once again, thanks to all the wonderful people in project management, development and QA! If it weren’t for you, this project wouldn’t ever leave its first prototypes. Cheers!


Lucas version 33.0 released!

This is an auspicious post, given it is my 100th post on this blog. I thought I wouldn’t make this far, but anyway…

Is that time of the year again! Lucas 33.0 was just released. This mature yet ever evolving project reaches its 33rd milestone. Among the new features and news we have:

  • The offspring project called Victoria had its 10th release last December and is expected to reach teenage status soon 🙂 She is growing to be a lovely, caring and compassionate offspring project, which makes her parent project very happy!
  • The parenting, and housekeeping subsystems once again were improved, in the beautiful Piracicaba, which is proving to be an excelent hosting city for this project. The dating subsystem is about to have a release 2.0 (and I wish many more releases to come).
  • 33.0 continues to be very solid and reliable, due to the extended maintenance initiative. Let’s keep the extended maintenance, by hitting the gym, healthy eating and plenty of sleep!

There has been some especulation that the project team is moving to a rolling release, but these are only speculations. The yearly releases are expected to come for the forseeable future, since it is a meaningful measure of human progress 😉 It might be that in the future we’ll all get bored with the release notes, but so far, it’s been a lot of fun!

Happy 2013

I wish I had a long, well thought post to write about 2012, but I don’t 🙂 Some things that come to my mind looking at the year retrospectively:

* I’ve completed 1 year living in Piracicaba.
* Quality of life was improved all round.
* Work is great. Autotest and virt-tests had many improvements this year.
* We (myself and Silvia) visited Europe for the first time, spending time in the beautiful Barcelona.

It was yet another excellent year, and I keep great optimism that we’ll keep improving, and as someone already said, making a dent in our little corner of the universe.

Thank you to all my friends for being, well, awesome, and I hope to share yet another great year with you all.

Lucas version 32.0 released!

Yet another year has passed, and project Lucas reaches version 32.0. As usual, we’ve got more improvements, that come from the mature (but not necessarily stable) codebase. Among the higlights of this version, we have:

* After 12 very successful releases in Campinas, project hosting has moved to Piracicaba. We thank Campinas for the many years of continued service, and welcome the new home 🙂
* All round, parenting, personal maintenance and housekeeping subsystems were greatly improved, making 32.0 a very lean and solid release.
* The dating subsystem (that spent some good releases disabled) was worked out, lots of bugs were fixed, and now it’s better than ever before 🙂

As for the offspring project Victoria, it reached version 9.0 last December. The reading and writing subsystems, that debuted in version 8.0 were vastly improved, school subsytem is solid as ever (good grades), and it keeps me amazed pretty much every day 🙂

Thank you very much to all the project contributors (friends, family and girlfriend) for being so awesome, all these years (and we hope, the upcoming years). Many thanks to the Architect for keeping the project running.

The brave new world revisited: How to take care of the multiple aspects of your life

With the recent changes on my life, I’ve been asking myself this question: How can I balance the multiple objectives of my life? How to divide my time appropriately between professional, parental, affective, spiritual matters and subjects? How to handle my finances and health with high standards?

The interesting thing is that I remember this being a concern in my life since childhood days. On the very beginning, the tendency was to freak out. Obviously, with time you clearly realize that this won’t help much. Since then, things has gotten a lot better. I’m more productive nowadays, but, of course, I still feel that I could do a lot better. By learning to relax and stop seeing the little problems as unsolvable things, and by realizing that most people have the same problems, you can freak out less and do more.

That’s pretty much what methodologies such as Getting Things Done try to address: By taking out stuff from your mind and putting it on a consistent and constantly revised system, you take out the anxiety, allowing you to focus better your energies. I want to learn more about all this stuff, but the concepts are pretty simple. The biggest thing is, of course, the commitment you make to apply those simple concepts on your life. Just reading and talking about that stuff will definitely get you to nowhere.

As they say on the free software world, ‘Talk is cheap, show me the code’. Enough with the talking. Let’s go to the code.


This Sunday myself and my good friend Glauber watched the 80’s masterpiece known as Rambo: First Blood Part II. Explosions, kills, blood, to summarize, everything that makes up for a great movie 😀

If you don't find them, I'll find <b>you</b>

From all the lines, the best one isn’t even spoken by master Stallone:

Co Bao: (touches her necklace) This brings me luck. What brings you luck?
Rambo: (raises his small and delicate militar knife)

I agree with Glauber :), nothing can beat 80’s movies 🙂