Hank Moddy – Dear Karen Letter – Californication

Dear Karen,
If you’re reading this, it means I actually worked up the courage to mail it, so good for me.
You don’t know me very well, but if you get me started I have a tendency to go on and on about how hard the writing is for me. But this, this is the hardest thing I ever had to write.
There is no easy way to say this so I’ll just say it, I met someone. It was an accident, I wasn’t looking for it, I wasn’t on the make it was a perfect storm, she said one thing, I said another and the next thing I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life in the middle of that conversation. Now there’s this feeling in my gut that she might be the one.  She’s completely nuts in a way that makes me smile, highly neurotic, a great deal of maintenance required. She is you Karen.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that I don’t know how to be with you right now, and that scares the shit out of me. Because if I am not with you right now I have this feeling we’ll get lost out there. It’s a big bad world full or twist and turns and people have a way of blinking and missing the moment. The moment that could of changed everything.
I don’t know what’s going on with us and I can’t tell you why you should waste a leap of faith on the likes of me. But damn you smell good, like home and you make excellent coffee that’s got to count for something, right? Call me!
Unfaithfully yours,
Hank Moody

Google Chrome View Source

IMHO view source from Google Chrome acts really odd.

When you click view source a new tab opens and the page is loaded all over again.

Maybe there is a very valid reason for this. But I cant find one. To me this can even be problem.


  • If you pass values via POST you cant get the results as Chrome does not re-POST it just issues a new request using GET and a new session. (I found a couple “Notice: Undefined variable” on some of my code, but this was my problem as I wasnt doing proper verifications) But anyway you never get the POST values and see the source for your page.
  • If you have a counter or random dinamic content you will never get to see exactly what you get on the rendered html you have on the initial tab.

A work around is to use “inspect element” but its not the same. Its great for some things but its not the same.

If someone finds a valid reason for this “view source” behaviour I would love to know.

Dev Web

User Experience Professionals

I just order two tickets to

I am really happy that this kind of events happen in Portugal as it gives us (Portuguese developers) a chance to learn and share experiences and knowledge.

UPDATE: minutes after I emailed about this I received a friendly response and the issue bellow was solved. Great job.

I am not one to normally nag and complain about stuff, but for a user experience professionals conference this menu issue made me laugh:

Anyway, and as I started complaining having and both working is not a very good thing for SEO.

P.S. – Sorry about this guys at but just couldnt resist.


htc magic flash perfect spl – android

androidThis christmas I offered myself an htc magic from Portuguese provider TMN.

This came with a “perfect” SPL 1.33.0014.

After a few hours searching I ended up using the goldcard method to flash it up.

I followed but with some changes.

I 1. no need to download the fastboot as it comes by default with the new sdk

II 1. I used a sandisk 1gb without a problem.

II 12. i quick formated the sd card to fat32 on my computer on this step (not sure if it was needed)

II 13. choose the “removable disk” from the bottom option and NOT the top eg:”Untitled Disk (F:)” – I almost gave up here. So simple and was my main problem.

III 1. Used “ROM v2.53.707.2 (Engineerings SPL v1.33.2010)” as you cannot downgrade spl for me this was the only option

III 29. My sdcard was causing some media error. I took it out and without it no problem. I ended up formating it using the phone and it re-started working fine.

And thats all you need to change spl.

After that I followed this tutorial (Portuguese) my recovery page looked and gave me some diferent options, but it was common sense.

Its working fine. Faster and without any errors or bugs. so far 🙂

Web Windows

A maior rede social do mundo

top 25 social network re-rankContra os numeros apresentados neste mapa eu diria que a Microsoft tem a maior rede social do mundo.

O Windows Live Messenger que fez por estes dias 10 anos é para mim o local onde mais pessoas online se encontram com os seus “reais amigos” – 330.000.000 de utilizadores activos por mês.

Aquilo que me leva a escrever este texto é uma total incompreensão da razão pela qual a Microsoft não avança para este mercado que o Facebook tão bem está a dominar.

Imaginem o potencial de ter 330 milhões de utilizadores unicos mensais na mão e todos os outros que utilizam o sistema operativo windows. – 90% dos computadores pessoais

A juntar a este potencial o capital que a empresa tem (e a facilidade de obter mais) e não se dislumbra a minima estratégia nesta àrea.

Temos aqueles anuncios ridiculos no Messenger, o absurdo pop up do windows live e aquela brincadeira de perfis a lembrar o pessimo site msn.

Não estou aqui a dizer que sei melhor mas que é estranho e dá que pensar dá.

Deixo aqui os meus 5 centimos. Que tal repensar a estrutura do messenger e nele englobar capacidade html para ao clicarmos num nome de utilizador ou mesmo ao falarmos com ele termos ao nosso lado os detalhes do mesmo e os seus amigos? Formas de procurar novos amigos dentro do messenger? Associar os apis de outros sites (tipo twitter) de cada um dos utilizadores para que ao falarmos com um amigo podemos ver (sem sair do messenger) o seu stream de twits.

Bem penso que se me deixar ficar a pensar sobre isto nunca mais paro de dar ideias e a Microsoft não me paga para isto.

Eu com 1% de 330 milhoes de utilizadores activos por mês podem ter a certeza que estava no caminho para o topo e não simplesmente sentado a fazer toques de decoração na maior aplicação para rede social do mundo.