2010: a personal review

So, a full week has passed since the end of 2010. So it’s time for a personal review of the last year…

Personally, it was a somewhat good year. I changed my position at CICA, becoming a Systems Administrator at UAS, responsible for everything from Email to LDAP. I also became a permanent worker at FEUP, with a contract of indefinite duration. In the current times, that not that bad. I also (finally) got my driver’s licence is May, so you should be careful when you’re on the road!

Got to visit a new country in October, Ireland, and revisit an already visited one in December, The Netherlands. Amsterdam in the Winter is somewhat magical, as the photos and videos I took can show you…

Gadget-wise, it was also a good year. I bought my current phone, the Google Nexus One, and got offered a Kindle 3 for my birthday. Let’s just say that because of this last one, I’ve been reading like crazy

So, overall, 2010 was a good year. Let’s see what 2011 will bring…

New Year’s Resolution

So here I am preempting a New Year’s Resolution of mine for 2011. Rebooting this blog for the third time… Since this time I’ve made it into a Resolution I believe I’m going to be able to keep it up…

I’ll try make a new post once a week… So… Happy New Year, and let’s see how this goes…

Vacation

Finally, the full week of vacations in a long, long time… Most of the projects I’m working are set in motion, with particular attention to FEUP’s Linux Project.

So since I’m not going anywhere this week, what will I do? Well, I still have some achivements of Left4Dead to complete, and have to start paying more attention to Team Fortress 2.

On another note, how cool was this? Pretty amazing…

FAIL

I use Last.fm on a daily basis. What I use most are the radio features. Wether I’m listening to My Library or My Recommendations, it’s what gets me through the day.

Today they announced that starting on Monday the radio streaming service will become a premium service, with a monthly subscription of € 3. That’s actually not much and if I get all the other features a premium user has, it’s actually a nice deal. What really tickles me about the announcement is that the US, UK and Germany will continue to have a free radio service. Why? So far in all the comment responses, Last.fm officials haven’t come up with a plausible explanation.

I sincerely think Last.fm is going to loose a majority of its userbase. I still haven’t decided what to do. Everyone in the comments have been pointing out Spotify as an alternative, but from the look of the site, I don’t know if it’s available in Portugal or not, and apparently it doesn’t have an official Linux client.

Does anyone know of a good alternative to Last.fm so I can make a decision ’till Monday?