Google Chrome, a new web browser

Google confirmed tomorrow’s launch of Google Chrome beta, a new open source web browser that borrows the rendering engine from Apple’s WebKit and components from Mozilla Firefox.

An important design aspect behind Google Chrome is that each tab will be assigned an entire process instead of a thread within a process. This means that if a particular website causes the page to hang, only its tab will have to be closed. In addition, a task manager will allow the user to see which page, plug-in or web application is consuming system resources, a feature available in all modern OSs.

Google has published a comic that explains in 38 pages their web browser project.

How will this affect the battle for market share between existing web browsers? Will Google Chrome be adopted by Firefox or IE users?

Goodbye PensCMS, hello WordPress!

After realizing that I would never match the power of hundreds of developers behind WordPress’ success, I decided to ditch my own custom, ad hoc content management system. PensCMS had been around for eight years, and I had just successfully solved the spam problem with reCAPTCHA (I know, I should have thought about that before!). The other thing that really bothered me with my own blogging software is that in order to add images to a post, I had to manually resize, upload via FTP and paste the code for them, which was a painful process to say the least.

I prefer to always include at least an image with my posts, so this was a big issue for me.  As I thought about a solution, I had a sudden spark of humbleness: maybe it’s OK to use other people’s work instead of doing it all myself from the ground up.


After some research, I narrowed down to two options: WordPress and Blogger. The reason why I chose the former is that I wanted to transfer all my posts and comments from my old blog. The easiest way of doing so (although a bit long and tedious) was to manually add them to the database. The other option was to convert all posts and comments to XML—which I did—but I was unable to import into Blogger. Besides, there is no way of creating the about and quotes pages on the Google-maintained blogging system.

I spent the whole day yesterday moving posts and comments, customizing the Simpla theme and installing plug-ins. I left behind some posts that were either too old or too silly—I did keep the ones that were chronologically interesting such as the post on how Firebird (now “Firefox”) was good alternative to IE.

I am happy with the results and I will try to write more often now that I don’t have to open Paint.NET and FileZilla in order to post an article!


Another kidney stone bites the dust

This Monday I had yet another renal calculus crisis—the second one in less than 12 months. There was I, in the emergency section of the local hospital contorting in pain from 18:30 to 22:30. By 23:00 the stone had moved from my ureter to my bladder, which reduced the pain, and by the next day it finally got expelled from my system. After a blood test and an x-ray, the doctor said I had to drink more water and reduce the salt in my diet. I guess no more chips for me…

How to get a c cedilla on Ubuntu

I was getting really frustrated with the fact that I had to copy and paste the character ç whenever I had a conversation with someone from Brazil. I did a search around the Ubuntu forums to realize that I was not the only one having this problem. The thing is that on Windows, when you type single quote and c, you get a c cedilla (ç). On Ubuntu, you get a c acute (ć).

If you are in the same boat, here is how I solved my problem.

  1. Add “U.S. English International (with dead keys)” to your list of layouts (System > Preferences > Keyboard).
  2. On the Layout Options tab, make sure the Alt key is a third level chooser.
  3. Alt+, gives the desired results.