Pedro Leite

words – an empty shell, a lack of meaning

How Software is Built: Wade Olson from KDE

This interview is really worth reading. It talks about the KDE itself, the acquisition of Trolltech by Nokia and some of its impacts on the community, the synchronization between open source and closed source developers on KDE code (and QT code).

Wade expresses exactly what I feel about working in a company: the get together with people, discussions about our work itself, etc.

Some people spend their free time doing it, and some people get paid to do it. But either way, it’s the emotional connection, and it’s the passion, and it’s the community that builds around it, and the friendships. Trust me, KDE’s code is exciting, but it’s not that exciting. People love to work on it because they love to get together and talk about it, and they have the same passions and interests. That’s where companies really need to look. They cannot screw up that ecosystem.

Source: How Software is Built.

May 2, 2008 Posted by | interesting, kde, open source | 2 Comments

Perhaps the world is polynomial

So today is a historical one for mathematicians, physicians, computing scientists and much more people. Here in Recife, at the Federal University of Pernambuco, there is a man (Sóstenes Lins) which claims to have proven that P = NP. Hyperbolic plane and quantum computer are his words to motivate people about this extraordinary breakthrough. Well, I wasn’t at the presentation, because I was teaching PhysX… But I’m waiting to see available (i.e. in some video sharing site) the recording made by one of our teachers.

Just repeating: the day March, 27, 2008 is a historical day.

March 27, 2008 Posted by | future, interesting, science computing | 20 Comments

KDE 4.0

So today is the great release of KDE 4.0. And by the way, KDE 4.0 is meant to run on almost every platform including windows.

So what I did was to download the installer for windows and play a little with it. Below is Dolphin on Windows (the screenshot could be more exciting, but I’m kinda late for work).

Dolphin on Windows

January 11, 2008 Posted by | interesting, kde, me, open source, portable, release, screenshot, windows | Leave a comment

What a great coincidence!

Just when I start to listen to some Sigur Rós songs, QC publishes a strip containing a portrait with it. Awesome coincidence.

January 3, 2008 Posted by | comic, interesting, me, music, personal, qc, strip | Leave a comment

Rhythmbox, what a shame!

And I found that Rhythmbox was storing my personal Last.fm account in plain text! Switching to Listen immediately.

January 1, 2008 Posted by | interesting, me, music, open source | Leave a comment

Twitter on the go!

I tried to resist. Now I have one too. I won’t talk much about what is Twitter. The only thing I have to say about it is: so damn great. And the best is: I can say what I’m doing through GTalk interface. Just amazing.

November 19, 2007 Posted by | fun, gtalk, interesting, me, personal | Leave a comment

Fab at home, an open source 3D printer

So, just got home and, as usual, I was checking e-mail and RSS before hitting the bed… And then i faced this news: an open source 3D printer.

Fab at home, open source 3D printer

November 2, 2007 Posted by | future, hardware, interesting, open source, screenshot | Leave a comment