Aug 31

Today is my last day as a Nokian, oh well, what a great and fun ride.

I still remember the day that I was introduced to the awesome Maemo Community, all the friends that I met online and later at the community conferences, my interaction with the community helped me a lot, I learned a lot with very brilliant people, and thanks to that I got the opportunity to work in one of the hottest projects at that time, big thank you to everyone that welcomed me so well in the community.
Later the road became a bit bumpy, but I’m still very proud of our achievements, specially getting the beatiful Nokia N9 out, against all the odds :). A little bit different story for my latest project, never saw the light of the day, it was canceled in the last stages of development, really a pity, even getting all emotions out, I still believe we had something special there, at the moment there’s nothing even close in the industry, but in the end it’s business and as a good professional I’ve to respect the decisions of my employer.

Speaking of Nokia, I have to say that is a great place to work, I was always treated with respect and dignity, the company always helped me with everything, big thank you!

A big thanks to all my colleagues, specially the ones in the two teams that I worked, great people with great talent, hope to work with some of them again in the future, and I wish all the best for Nokia and for the few friends that are staying there, please make the company rock again!

As for me, I’m available for new challenges, if you need a Software Engineer with expertise in the mobile area let me know :), location is not a problem, but at the moment I’m giving priority to Finland, since I really like to live here :).

Jun 26

Finally the project that I’m working on at Nokia was shown to the world, very proud of this achievement in such difficult times for the people involved on the project. Congrats to everybody that believed and stay fighting with us.

Nokia N9

Mar 28

The Maemo community is looking for talented students to join us in Google Summer of Code 2010.

We already have a good pool of ideas, but new ideas are more than welcome, especially in the following areas:

* Location based apps;
* Context aware apps;
* Social apps clients;
* Mobile/embedded apps in general that can benefit a wide range of platforms (Maemo, MeeGo, etc…).

Following the merger of Moblin and Maemo, we’ll also accept ideas for new MeeGo project.

This year the students will received $5000 + gifts for each successful project, the application period will start tomorrow(March 29) and will end on April 9.

More informations about Maemo @ GSoC can be found here.

Follow the discussion here.

Mar 17

Want to help the Maemo Community ? Want to learn about our QA/testing process ? This call is for you.

Next Saturday(Mar 20) from 2pm onwards(UTC/GMT) we’ll host a testing marathon at #maemo-testing@Freenode, in order to make more awesome community applications available for the end users.
If you’re a developer, make sure your applications are in good shape before the testing marathon.

Here’s a small FAQ about the marathon:

What is a testing marathon ?

Basically is a ‘testing party’, where people get together to test software, report bugs, talk/send feedback to developers  in order to improve our community applications.

Do I need to be a developer to take part of the marathon ?

No, even if you can’t judge all the criteria in the QA checklist, you’re more than welcome, every small help has big value for us.

Do I need to be in the irc channel during the entire marathon ?

No, you can join/leave at anytime, but it’s recommendable to be in the channel at the beginning of the marathon, if you need some help or have some doubts.

I can’t attend the marathon, can I help in some way ?

Of course, you can test and evaluate applications at any time. Please follow our community QA process and checklist and vote the packages under:

Still have doubts, want to discuss something ?

Join the discussion here.

Feb 18

After a successful participation in Google Summer of Code ’09, the Maemo Community intend to apply this year again, in order to have a strong proposal we need everybody’s help. We are currently looking for project ideas, mentors and backup mentors.

Do have a killer idea for a Maemo application ? Add it here:

If you want to help as a mentor or co-mentor, read this instructions:

For this year, we intend to concentrate the students effort around end-user applications, but improvements to other projects under the Maemo umbrella are also acceptable and welcome.

Follow the discussion here:

Feb 1

As part of the Extras Q&A process, the Maemo Community created a Testing Squad, in order to kick start the the testing process and provide better software for the Maemo users.

We’re correctly looking for some more testers, before start refining the Q&A processes, so if you like to test new shiny apps from our community developers, feel free to join the team, if you don’t feel ready or without enough skills for this task, you still can keep following the group activities and doing some testing in the easier areas.

Initial announcement and discussion:

Jan 10

For those that didn’t attended my presentation at the Maemo Summit (videos are still MIA :( ), I added some new features in BlueMaemo for Maemo5, one of these feature is the ability to send events using the accelerometer motion, is still in a very early stage, but as you can see in the video below, you can already play simple games.

BlueMaemo needs a lot of love before entering Maemo Extras, but unfortunately this month I don’t have plans for more improvements, I’ve a lot of other things to do and also I’ve to start job hunting (Know a position for a talented SW devel ? :D), but I appreciate suggestions for improvements and bug reports. Big thanks for all alpha testers that helped a lot so far.

If you want to test the alpha version of BlueMaemo, you can grab it in the Extras-devel repository, please remember that the software in that repository is not intended for end users, before enable this repository, read this post.

The accelerometer control is enabled via the button “one” and “two”(experimental air mouse) in the gamepad profile. More instructions here.

Dec 30

Was a good surprise this afternoon when lcuk (Gary Birkett) told me that my alphish software is featuring in a Engadget article, seems that our beloved N900 is getting a lot of attention, even from Engadget :p.

Thanks Engadget for quoting my intentions in the article about the PS3 support, and yes my name is Valério Domingos Valério, that’s not a typo :).

A big thanks also to Wazd (Andrew Zhilin) for the new UI concepting & design.

Engadget article:

If your are brave enough to test alpha software, you can find some information about Bluemaemo for Fremantle here:

Dec 22

I know that the Q&A system needs improvements and we’re experiencing some outage due to the servers move, well that’s the reason why this is a challenge :)

The deal is, test the apps currently in Extras-testing in order to promote them to Extras and make them available for all N900 users, simple isn’t ?

Currently we’ve 82 free apps in Extras, so we need 18 more, to make things even simpler for you, I made a list with apps that in my opinion are ready for Extras. I chose the apps below because they don’t have any flaws reported so far, and also because they can be in Extras before the end of the year respecting the 10 days of quarantine required by the Q&A criteria. Feel free to suggest any app that I missed, commenting here.

Note1: I’m not saying to thumb up all of these apps, you should rate them according to the Q&A criteria, some will end up in Extras others don’t.

Note2: The links below might disappear when the packages are promoted to Extras.

Here is the list:

GPE Suite: Those apps don’t have the full Fremantle UI, but they’re usable, the author says that ported the apps for “completeness”, maybe if there’s enough interested he will improve them :)

Remember that the Software hosted in Extras-testing might have problems, so please report properly any problem found, you can find more information about the Extras-testing in these links:

We only need 18, but we’ve 50 candidates, let’s see the power of the Maemo Community :)

Nov 10

Have you heard about the awesome N900 ? Do you want to try it and know more about Maemo ?

If you’re based in Portugal this is the perfect opportunity to get your hands on an N900.
Thanks to the WOM World/Nokia folks, we’re hosting a small meetup about the Nokia N900 and the Maemo community, in the next Saturday in Lisbon at the “Mar Adentro café” (Maps) between 15:00 and 18:00.
I’ll give a small demonstration of the N900 and then will let people ask questions about the device and the community and enjoy some hands-on time with the device. If you already have an N900, join us anyway, you’ll not regret :).

Due to the space logistics, I appreciate that those willing to attend contact me.

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