Death Note

Death Note

I just reached the end of an Anime series called Death Note.
With this series I regained the interest in Anime I  used to have in earlier days.

Death Note is a catching series that, at least for me, can compete with, for example Prison Break.
It is about a prodigy boy that finds a mysterious notepad  which turns out to be a Death Note. The Death Note comes from the Shinigami (death god) world and will kill the person whose name is written on it (the writer must have the victim’s face on mind so people with the same name are not killed by mistake).

With a bunch of rules written on it, Death Note gives Raito Yagami the power to be a new justice “god”. At least it is what he’s ambition.

I won’t say more except that this is one of the most impressive stories I watched.

Learn more on Death Note’s wikipedia entry.


A group of companies from Galicia (Spanish region on north of Portugal) formed recently AGASOL – Association of Galician Free Software Companies.

The association now starts with 12 companies that use/develop free software.
Learn more in Javi Vázquez blog (in Galician).

I think this is an idea that many regions in Portugal or other countries could use to promote FOSS.



From last Wednesday I’ve been in a quest to find out a lazy/easy way of producing an ODT document using Python for a project I am working on.
I wanted to use some module, something to make it easy for me… I didn’t find one! I even asked in programming forums and some people told me to use Py-UNO… not quite what I wanted either!

Eventually I gave up and built an ODT myself, based on a blank one I saved with It worked fine but it was looking raw and not optimized since instead of reading the 2,000 page ODF documentation from OASIS I tried to figure it out myself from the xml files of the blank ODT.

So, when I was about to go to bed and dream about my stupid/noob way of generating ODTs I stumbled in a web page that was called, guess what? ODFPY!!!
Believe me, I think I ran through all combinations of the words “python”, “odf”, “odt”, “generate”… in my intense search and I only found the ODFPY page when I was no longer searching for it! Anyway, I put all my work behind my back and got into ODFPY module.

ODFPY is a useful/time sparing module published under GNU LGPL license by OpenDocument Fellowship.

Thanks to the ODFPY folks!