Almost there

And we have received the sign off to apply for the certification for PMP.

In my mind this is the point of no return.

I have many things to report here and I will include then on my agenda.

First thing is: if you don’t have one, buy a smartphone. My new toy is an android.


Getting back to exercises

Yesterday I weighted myself again. I lost 2 kg since I went to the doctor, almost 3 weeks ago.

I thought I still had the same weight and that the plateau effect was still in place.

Seeing that I was wrong, I felt motivated to resume exercising every day, so today I gave goodbye to candies and white bread and went back to my 40 minutes exercise on the elliptical machine.

I simply feel great!

Target is loosing 12 kg in the next 5 months. Not that hard, not easy as well (in the past I had a second plateau effect close to 105 kg). I like to think of it as a SMART goal.

S pecific

M easurable

A chievable

R elevant

T imely

I will blog more about it here in the future.

In the kitchen

Today it was day to make some salmon for dinner.

It is extremely easy to make and delicious to eat.

Of course, as a coffee lover, I couldn’t end without making some espresso. 🙂

I still think it is one of the best acquisitions I made here at home… My next step with regards to coffee is buying a grinder. 🙂

The recipe


  • 2 x 300g of Salmon
  • Garlic (the original recipe had it mashed, but I prefer it sliced)
  • Half an onion (a medium onion)
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tea spoon of Light Shoyu
  • Tomato (again, the original recipe had 8 of those small cherry tomatoes, since I had much more salmon to make – about 1.5 kg — and I had none of those small tomatoes, I used two standard tomatoes here)
  • Parsley

Cooking it

I marinated the salmon with the lemon juice, the shoyu sauce, some salt and the garlic slices for about 15 minutes (now, I would let it rest a bit longer, maybe about 30 minutes…).

After that, I used some aluminum foil and put the salmon filets side by side, covered them with onions, tomatoes, parsley and some olive oil.

Then, I put everything in the oven for about 40 minutes at 200°C.

After that comes the hardest part: eating it all 🙂


Barbecue and Birthday Party

Yesterday we had my wife’s birthday party. It was really funny!

At the beginning she wanted a party… Then last week she started saying that she didn’t want a party. And then I told her that I had already invited a lot of people. 🙂

In the end, she was eager for the party. Loved it. And the house was full for several hours.

We got really tired after the preparation, party and clean up of the house, but it was really worth it. We’d do it all over again. 🙂

Her birthday will be next week, but since another colleague of hours will have his birthday on the next weekend, we decided to push her party forward and do it yesterday.

I can barely wait for mine. 😉 (And I didn’t use to like those kind of things…)

Changing Linux Distribution

I am not sure – yet – if it will be a permanent change or if it will be a temporary one.

From one site there is the corporate look of OpenSuSE and KDE. From the other side there is the more modern desktop that I can get with Ubuntu and (argh – yet 😉 ) Gnome.

I am always trying to find better ways to have information available on my desktop, to improve my workflow, to get more from my tools without having the system cluttering my view.

With that, I have always been a fan of the summary information available on Macs on the top bar, while keeping more intrusive information on the bottom bar.

But, at the same time, I have always been concerned with the waste of space that two bars led to in KDE.

So, this week, I downloaded Ubuntu and yesterday I spent the day installing it.

The installation itself was very very easy. Finding the new work method is what is taking me some more time, but I have already restablished my environment. (Of course, most of it remained intact since I kept my home directory from the previous install and I just replaced the system mount points.)

As with every unplanned change I forgot to backup some things – but this will lead to another post in the future, since it relates to software development and the move from development to production as well as the build up of a migration path for that to happen – and had to review my notes on how to rebuild that.

After a few hours with setting up everything and working on customization, I found that it was like I wanted. Then, it was time to pay attention to the gadgets and other – ahem – productivity tools.

So, after all, the hugest difference to me has been the package management system. All the rest is almost the same – and I have a new look on my desktop.

Still having issues with contractors

Life’s not easy when you depend on someone to make things happen.

Today I called again for the contractors that should have come yesterday. And one of them told me “we will be there until Saturday, it is not that we will be going on Saturday, but that it will happen until then”.

Nice, isn’t it? As if we had nothing else to do but be at home, waiting for when they are up to provide some service that I will be paying for. If that was free, it would be another thing, but paid service?

The worst thing? Finding other contractors would take even longer. :-\

At least I got them to schedule some time with me and commit on being here by Thursday.