Linux vs Windows power consumption test

Posted in News by FilipeFreitas on the October 17th, 2007

Phoronix has conducted a series of power consumption tests on Windows XP SP2, Vista, Ubuntu and Fedora operating systems.

We’ve had repeated requests for a power comparison between Windows and different Linux distributions. Well, in this article are the first set of results from that testing. We’ve compared the power consumption of Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Fedora 7 (2.6.23 kernel), and Ubuntu 7.10 (2.6.22 kernel).

For these four operating systems, we had monitored the power consumption when the system was idling on the desktop and then again while the system was being used. While not very scientific, for our “usage” power benchmarks the Wattage was recorded after launching the default web browser, mounting a CD, and loading up other common desktop applications.

The results are quite surprising; one would imagine Linux being more battery friendly, because if its low resources usage, but it’s Windows XP that fares better, even better than Vista.

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While the test is not thouroughly controlled to ensure precise results, they certainly provide a rough idea of what to expect. One user commented that Microsoft has access to a wider range of specifications:

Microsoft has a huge step up in terms of access to specs on the driver side for power saving and it’s no wonder they win.

Phoronix previously conducted a power test between Ubuntu versions on which version 7.10 was among the heavist consumers of power, while version 5.04 fared an impressive 46 W consumption.

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Portal: a new gaming movement?

Posted in News by FilipeFreitas on the October 17th, 2007

Gamers love Portal! It is now an acclaimed game by the community and has spawned many demonstrations of love.
You may read the sentence ‘The cake is a lie.’ everywhere, it already has 2.4 million results on Google and 4.7 millions on MSN. Someone even baked the same cake from the game, the cake that was promised as a reward for completing the levels.

Portal’s story is tied in with the Half-Life universe, spurring lengthy discussions and speculations among forums. Many demonstrate their love and sadness for the Weigthed Companion Cube, which was disposed heartbreakingly in the game. Wallpapers were made in honor of its true companionship. Even papercrafts!

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The game’s success is so high that Valve announced the release of a Weigthed Companion Cube toy by Christmas. Fans who can’t wait for it, baked a cake.

The end credits song and its hilarious lyrics from the game are taking over gamers mind.

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Many gamers argue about the fact that Portal is too short (some completed it in about 1 hour), but that’s Valve’s brilliant strategy for longevity. Gamers will create thousands of custom maps and many communities dedicated to Portal. There are already some, which Portal-mods.com and Companioncube.net are worth mentioning. Valve may even release a sequel or expansion maps, fattening their bank account. What’s next for Portal?

PS: Portal was developed by the team that created Narbacular Drop, a college project that demonstrated the concept. They were hired streight out of college by Valve.

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Microsoft lança portal europeu para emprego

Posted in News by FilipeFreitas on the October 15th, 2007

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A Microsoft está a recrutar (contratar sem estrangeirismos)!

O GPE anuncia que a Microsoft lançou JoinMicrosoftEurope.com, um site dedicado para receber candidaturas a emprego de candidatos europeus que desejem integrar a equipa da Microsoft em Dublin.

Neste momento, estão a procura de developers, testers, e program managers mas poderão surgir outras oportunidades.

Born to code? We’re Microsoft’s Global Product Development team, and we’re hiring top-notch developers, testers, and program managers to work for Microsoft in Dublin, Ireland, and across Europe.

We develop core features for Microsoft’s adCenter and Windows Live for mobile phones. Our developers code in the latest technologies, including SilverLight, AJAX, and ASP.NET.

Especificamente, neste momento estão abertas as seguintes posições:

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Mesmo que não esteja interessado nestas posições, poderá enviar o seu currículo pois ele será analisado pela equipa de recrutamento.

Don’t worry if you don’t see a perfect match – if you think you’ve got what it takes, email your CV anyway and one of our recruiters will be in touch.

Para aliciar as melhores pessoas para os cargos, a Microsoft criou um local de trabalho de sonho:

Foosball, Starbucks, Xbox 360, individual offices, high-speed wireless – we’ve got it all! How about an on-site gym, 100% cover health plan, and access to mass transit? Ditto. And remember to leave your suit at home.

Matrecos, Starbucks, escritórios individuais e personalizados, acesso a banda larga, ginásio, entre outros. Que outras empresas oferecem mais (o Google?..) ?

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(custou 42 milhoões de euros!)

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(a cantina)

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(escritorios individuais e personalizados)

Existem outros benefícios, como testar (divertimento claro) jogos em desenvolvimento do grupo da Xbox, estacionamento garantido, entre outros. Quanto aos salários e outros, começam a 5000 e poucos euros por mês!! Compensações na bolsa, etc etc (leiam abaixo!) e descontos na ligação à Internet em casa. Cobrem os custos de viagens e estadia inicial na Irlanda, facilitam a papelada irlandesa. Poderão também oferecer facilidades para trabalho remoto em certas situações.

Annual salaries for mid-career professionals range from €65,000 to €130,000 depending on level, but that’s only part of the story. Total compensation includes cash and stock bonuses, discounted stock plan, pension with corporate match, and a 100% cover health scheme with enhanced maternity cover. All employees receive 25 days of paid leave (vacation) and subsidized home Internet access.

For relocation, we take care of your flights, temporary housing, car hire, and shipping, and then help with immigration paperwork and finding a place to live.

Other benefits include discounted Microsoft products at our company store, subsidized cafeteria and Starbucks coffee, a strong focus on career development, and employee recognition awards.

We offer a remote work option for certain senior-level positions, enabling employees to work part-time elsewhere in Europe and part-time in Dublin. Of course, we use all the latest remote communication technology to keep in touch, like the new Microsoft Roundtable device.

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Microsoft launches European job portal

Posted in News by FilipeFreitas on the October 15th, 2007

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Microsoft is hiring (recruiting)!

GPE announces that Microsoft just launched JoinMicrosoftEurope.com, a website dedicated to receive applications from European candidates who wish to join Microsoft, in Dublin.

They’re currently looking for developers, testers, and program managers specifically but other opportunities may arise.

Born to code? We’re Microsoft’s Global Product Development team, and we’re hiring top-notch developers, testers, and program managers to work for Microsoft in Dublin, Ireland, and across Europe.

We develop core features for Microsoft’s adCenter and Windows Live for mobile phones. Our developers code in the latest technologies, including SilverLight, AJAX, and ASP.NET.

The positions that they have right now are:

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Don’t worry if you don’t see a perfect match – if you think you’ve got what it takes, email your CV anyway and one of our recruiters will be in touch.

To lure the best people, they pimped their offices:

Foosball, Starbucks, Xbox 360, individual offices, high-speed wireless – we’ve got it all! How about an on-site gym, 100% cover health plan, and access to mass transit? Ditto. And remember to leave your suit at home.

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(42million euros pimped building!)

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(the caffeteria)

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(individual and personalized offices)

Other benefits are that you can test..i mean..play unreleased games from the XBox group, you get your parking spot, and your very own Starbucks shop! They absolutely need to have the best candidates, so they even lure your wallet!

Annual salaries for mid-career professionals range from €65,000 to €130,000 depending on level, but that’s only part of the story. Total compensation includes cash and stock bonuses, discounted stock plan, pension with corporate match, and a 100% cover health scheme with enhanced maternity cover. All employees receive 25 days of paid leave (vacation) and subsidized home Internet access.

For relocation, we take care of your flights, temporary housing, car hire, and shipping, and then help with immigration paperwork and finding a place to live.

Other benefits include discounted Microsoft products at our company store, subsidized cafeteria and Starbucks coffee, a strong focus on career development, and employee recognition awards.

We offer a remote work option for certain senior-level positions, enabling employees to work part-time elsewhere in Europe and part-time in Dublin. Of course, we use all the latest remote communication technology to keep in touch, like the new Microsoft Roundtable device.

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Man can fly after all: breathtaking windsuit BASE jumping video

Posted in News by FilipeFreitas on the October 14th, 2007

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You have probably seen all the BASE (Building, Antennae, Span, Earth) jump videos out there worth watching.. except this one.

I’m a big fan of nature and extreme sports, so i’m hoping i can be one of those brave suicidal jumpers one day..

Today i watched a video about a windsuit jump that amazed me..it’s impressive how can one glide so close to the mountain.

Man can fly after all.

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Bijugangas da Sonia

Posted in News by FilipeFreitas on the October 14th, 2007

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A minha namorada (linda e fofa =P) transformou-se em empresária e agora cria os seus próprios colares e alfinetes, feitos em fimo, feltro e correntes. Por módicas quantias, estas pequenas obras de artes podem ser tuas (ou da tua namorada =P).

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Ela tem mais coisas por isso dêm um saltinho ao blog dela: http://bijugangasdasonia.blogspot.com/

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Goodbye World..

Posted in News by FilipeFreitas on the October 10th, 2007

..for a few days.

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Lançamento Microsoft Student Partners Portugal 2008

Posted in Events by FilipeFreitas on the October 8th, 2007

Pouco menos de 1 ano após a estreia do programa Microsoft Student Partners em Portugal, foi lançada a segunda edição com novos membros de todo o país, totalizando agora 58 membros, com a integração de 33 novos membros aos 25 originais.

O evento decorreu no anfiteatro das instalações da Microsoft, tal como aconteceu anteriormente.

Infelizmente não pude estar presente, portanto terá que ler o relato do evento nos blogs de quem lá esteve. Recomendo vivamente o post do Ricardo Calejo o qual é o mais detalhado, e possui ainda uma galeria de fotos do evento e um vídeo para comemorar as acções dos membros do programa até agora.

O post do Calejo culmina uma história de sucesso devido a este programa, pois foi admitido em Business Marketing Operations, uma divisão da Microsoft.

Outra história de sucesso será a do Miguel Vicente, que foi encarregado de supervisionar o programa MSP em Portugal.

Os convidados tiveram o prazer de jogar o famoso Halo3 e ainda gozaram de um almoço gratuito (nas escadas pois a Microsoft não possui cantina, nada como aproveitar o tempo ca fora!).

O evento foi apresentado por várias personalidades como Pedro Rosa, também de Business Marketing Operations salvo erro, Vítor Santos, Academic Computer Science Program Manager, Ana Carvalho, Product Marketing Manager XBox, entre outros.

Outros MSPs também bloggaram o evento: novos MSPs Luis Gonçalves e Alcides Fonseca, João Rico e Gonçalo Chaves, primeiros MSPs em Portugal, e claro o Ricardo Calejo, mencionado acima.

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Uses for your old PC (without destroying it)

Posted in News by FilipeFreitas on the October 8th, 2007

Have an old computer and don’t know what to do with it? It can still have many useful uses, like a firewall or storage server. While it’s true that Windows consumes to much resources that an old computer can’t handle, the article suggests functions and Linux distributions specialized in that function.

Windows and most of the proprietary software requires more and more computer power as it’s version increases. This results to new hardware all the time for us. But what about our old abandoned PCs? Should we throw them away?
Of course not! Linux gives us many opportunities to use our old hardware and keep it alive while saving money.

The functions are: firewall/proxy, development server, storage server, media station, downloading machine, small workstation, thin client, and clusters. For example, you can turn your PC into a firewall with SmoothWall distro.

What’s special about these distros is that they’re created just for that specific purpose, with all the software and necessary configurations installed by default.

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Bad (funny) presention moments

Posted in News by FilipeFreitas on the October 8th, 2007

This maybe old but it’s still damn funny! These are funny (to us of course) bad moments some speakers experienced on their presentions. My favorite:

Presenter: “Can you hear me OK at the back?”
Anonymous Aussie voice from the back: “Yep, but I’ll gladly swap with someone who can’t.”

Oddly, the site is from Microsoft, and lots of people wonder why the famous Windows 98 crash during Bill Gates demonstration isn’t mentioned. As a bonus, i found an article about dealing with presentation disasters. Maybe i’ll need these tips someday. One example:

You drop your overheads on the floor.

Make a joke about your clumsiness, pick them up and take a few moments to put them in order. (Now is the time to be grateful you have numbered them.)

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