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 🙂


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.

Back at home

After a great trip to my in-law’s home, I am finally back at home.

This morning the people that were replacing part of the window and putting the safety locks came by and fixed everything.

I am still waiting for two more contractors to come home and do other small services today. I think that one of them will only come tomorrow (sixth sense…).

As our maid is not coming anymore, and as I am on vacation, I still have a lot to clean up today.

Unluckily I can not open the windows or glass doors for the next 24 hours. The silicon used to glue the locks on them asks for a 24h dry up period.

In any case, it is much better seeing the windows without the wood bars… We put them there when they tried getting into the house and only now we got the people to install the locks.

This afternoon we’ll have a barbecue (true Brazilian barbecue) with the meat from the cow that my father in law picked up to buy. We bought meat to pack both drawers from the freezer and got some more to my brother, who already came by yesterday.

It is much cheaper buying meat like that, and the quality of it is unbeatable.

In any case, out of the computer and back to home cleaning… 😛

Upgrade to alarm system

It is done… The security company technicians have just left.

The funny thing is: it is hard to book a day with them. It always takes at least two business days to get them to do something, but when they got here, they missed a whole day doing things that if they were better organized would take from two to three hours.

First thing they arrived here 30 minutes late but didn’t bring a ladder. So two technicians were waiting for the third to bring the ladder. There they missed about 1 hour. Total time missed: 1h30.

Then they started working, but only one of the two worked, the other technician was waiting for the first one to ask for tools. (Why didn’t the second one work on the other areas? I do not know.)

Then, guess what? At 11:30 AM, they stopped working to have lunch. Two hours lunch time.

At 1:50 PM (noticed that? 20 minutes late, again) they arrived back and worked until 3:30 PM, when they got to tell me that they needed another technician to take a look at some configuration settings.

They left the ladder here, and that made me confident that they’d be back before the end of the day.

At 4:30 PM the other technician arrived, got to work on the alarm system configuration and was done in 30 minutes.

Then, he explained to me how to make some additional tests or enable individual areas without enabling the whole system (or canceling some areas from being monitored) and left.

They have worked for 1h30 in the morning, plus 2h30 in the afternoon. And that was their day…

The company would certainly need someone to inspect the work and make sure that the technician’s pace is adequate to the service that they’re doing.

Why do people take so long to do things? They could do it faster and take more time off or work on more locations without bothering the customers or getting them stuck at home for the whole day.