European Black Friday – Today

Black Friday in Apple’s Portuguese Online Store is a big big disappointment. Not only we don’t get the same discount rate on the same products among other European stores, we even don’t get some of the discounted products that are common for all European stores, like the Airport Base Station with iTunes… once again, we’re always different from the others and always for worse.


[tags]Apple, Apple Store, Black Fridat, teh suck[/tags]

Quick Look Plugins

Don’t you just love Quick Look in Leopard? Unfortunately Apple didn’t make the smartest choices when Quick Looking into folders and other file types like .zip files. The good thing is that Apple built Quick Look with an open specification and this allows anyone to develop plugins for QL, like these:

Just copy these plugins into your mac’s /Library/QuickLook/ or ~/Library/QuickLook/ folders. Enjoy 😀

[tags]Apple, Leopard, Quick Look, Quick Look Plugins[/tags]

European Black Friday

Apple Black Friday

Ladies and gentleman, start your credit cards 😀

[tags]Apple, apple store, black friday[/tags]

Everybody’s free (to wear sunscreen)

Everybody’s Free
(to wear sunscreen)
Mary Schmich
Chicago Tribune

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’97… wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be IT.

The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience.

I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.

You are NOT as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.


Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.


Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.


Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.

Get plenty of calcium.

Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself, either. Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s. Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.

Dance. Even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.

Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.

Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for good.

Be nice to your siblings; they are your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography in lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.


Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out.

Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you’re 40, it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

Trigger Happy Free

thcolour.jpgSteven Poole was a columnist for Edge Magazine for a long time, and he’s has written some books on games.

Steven has now decided (prompted by Amazon’s Kindle launch as he mentions) to offer for free his game-related ebook Trigger Happy, which was released in 2000.

As he says in his blog:

Trigger Happy is a book about the aesthetics of videogames — what they share with cinema, the history of painting, or literature; and what makes them different, in terms of form, psychology and semiotics.

A good reading even if you don’t like games, free and released under a Creative Commons license. Trigger happy has just become my weekend book 🙂

[tags]games, Trigger Happy, Steven Poole, free ebook[/tags]


Geek Stuff
Geek Stuff

Geek Stuff, originally uploaded by Ricardo Saramago.

Cinco dias depois da encomenda na Apple Store Portugal, lá chegou a minha cópia do Leopard. Foi expedida ontem da Holanda e chegou hoje. A caixa e o manual têm a maioria dos textos em português e o mais curioso é já vir com a URL do novo site da Apple Portugal ( Ah, e 5 Estrelas para os efeitos holográficos na caixa 🙂

No correio veio também a segunda remessa do Startup Schwag, desta vez com uma t-shirt da Reddit e mais uns stickers 🙂

I know, I know… I’m a geek…

[tags]Apple, Mac OS X, Leopard, Startup Schwag, Reddit[/tags]

Apple Store Portugal – Buying Leopard

Apple Store - Portugal - Buying Leopard

Primeira compra na Apple Store Portugal 😀
Será que eles são uns gajos porreiros e mandam uma t-shirt?
Não encontrava o Leopard à venda em lado nenhum, hoje não pensei duas vezes, fiz a compra na Apple Store ainda quentinha e deu para ver que funciona bem. Só é pena a entrega ser feita segunda feira… ao menos é de borla 😀

[tags]Apple, Apple Store Portugal, Leopard[/tags]

Apple Store – Portugal – Welcome to Apple Store

Apple Store - Portugal - Welcome to Apple Store

Já não era sem tempo…. 😀
Alguém diga aos senhores que o acento no “a” está ao contrário 😛

Olhando melhor, ainda existem muitos links em espanhol e espanholês, mas parece estar actualizada. Mais uns tweaks e temos loja 100% portuguesa (provavelmente com gestão espanhola).

[tags]Apple, Portugal[/tags]