Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Serra da Estrela na Holanda?

by @flashopen


Foto: http://www.depers.nl

Sim, sim...
Montanhismo, alpinismo, ski, ciclismo... you name it!

Os holandeses continuam na mesma! Projectos gigantescos como diques, portos, polders, túneis, etc. não são mais novidade para este pequeno e achatado país. A Associação Holandesa de Montanhismo (Nederlandse Klim- en Bergsport Vereniging), a União Real Holandesa de Ciclismo (Koninklijke Nederlandsche Wielren Unie) e a Associação Holandesa de Ski (Nederlandse Ski Vereniging)... todos apoiam a iniciativa do jornalista e colunista Thijs Zonneveld relativa à construção de uma montanha de 2000 metros de altura na província de Flevoland na Holanda. Isto é coisa séria meus caros! A idéia de um projecto com esta envergadura está a passar da visão de um só homem à realidade de um povo que a suporta com entusiasmo e chauvinismo.

Várias instituições desportivas holandesas e mais de 2 milhões de aficionados desportivos e ainda diversos municípios e investidores já se manifestaram junto de Zonneveld prontos a considerar a possibilidade de realizar este sonho a curto prazo.
As notícias são ainda frescas, sim, porque Zonneveld só revelou esta loucura à humanidade no passado 5 de Agosto e, nestes dias que vão, os 'brainstorms' estão já decorrer em longas mesas de reuniões rodeadas de muitas cabeças, e todas elas cobertas de balões com muitos cifrões, perdão, euros! Claro, não fossem eles quem são!

O canal holandês, NOS, confirma que não é piada se bem que alguns estrangeiros, presentes neste encontro em Utrecht, admitirem a sua suspeita de tudo isto ser mais uma daquelas produções bizarras dos 'Apanhados' holandeses.



A empresa de Design e Arquitectura Hoffers|Krüger revela no Youtube a sua visão para este projecto... tudo em aberto, pelos vistos!



Foi também com um piscar de olhos que o website http://www.diebergkomter.nl/ foi lançado para a estratosfera e a este ritmo, a idéia de os Jogos Olímpicos de Inverno 2030 terem lugar na Holanda começou já a tomar forma. A forma da Serra Estrela... portanto!

Friday, 26 August 2011

Adobe AIR 3 Beta With Captive Runtime

Adobe AIR 3 Beta With Captive Runtime:

Update: as others have mentioned in the comments, this is not just for mobile. You can now create desktop AIR applications that don’t require a separate runtime.

We recently launched the Adobe AIR 3 beta SDK that you can download on the Adobe Labs site. By far the most exciting feature for me is the new captive runtime support. This allows you to bundle the AIR runtime with your application rather than requiring the user to install it. When you build an AIR app for iOS this happens already as the AIR runtime is not allowed. This essentially brings that same workflow to Android.

This is important as many negative comments have been made about apps in the Android market because of the separate runtime requirement. So does this mean that all your apps should now use the captive runtime feature? Well that all depends. You obviously won’t get automatic updates when new versions of the AIR runtime are released. You will have recompile your app using a new captive runtime version. Your application will also increase in file size (~8mb) as you are now bundling the runtime. This hasn’t been a huge issue on iOS but it is something to think about.

Our newest evangelist, Andrew Trice, wrote a great blog post about this new feature so check it out if you want more details. It is very easy to create a captive runtime application as it is simply a new target (apk-captive-runtime) that you provide to ADT when you compile. See below for the new ADT options:

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adt -package -target ( apk | apk-debug | apk-emulator | apk-captive-runtime ) ( CONNECT_OPTIONS? | -listen <port>? ) ( -airDownloadURL <url> )? SIGNING_OPTIONS <output-package> ( <app-desc> PLATFORM-SDK-OPTION? FILE-OPTIONS | <input-package> PLATFORM-SDK-OPTION? )

Monday, 22 August 2011

TEDxCovilhã - Celso Martinho - Passion, Internet & Balloons

Celso Martinho is co-founder and Technical Director of SAPO, the biggest portal & internet project in Portugal.

He loves technology, Internet, programing, communications, online communities, universal access to information, entrepreneurship, software open-source, OSX e Linux, 8-bits retro-computing, music, electronics and the DIY movement, and digital photography as well. He has a rare profile of Myers-Briggs INTP.

He studied in the 'Ensino de Electrónica' in Aveiro University where he contributed with his own Computer Centrum. He's directly related to the begin of the Internet in Portugal and its development as well as with other projects and start-ups.
In 2000 he worked in São Paulo, Brazil.

Recently and together with 3 friends, they have developed a project called Spacebits and have launched, in Portugal, several hight altitude ballons to the stratosphere, collecting this way, awesome videos and images from space.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Portuguese to English translation by @flashopen
Source: (Youtube) TEDxCovilhã - Celso Martinho - Paixão, Internet e Balões