The politics of paywalls

Jul 15, 2019 2 min.

When I grew up I was allowed to use the family computer at about age 10 and I remember being told about Google. My dad explained how it was able to answer any questions I had, as long as I used the right search terms. It got my mind racing for a couple of weeks - I looked up tons of stuff, mostly history and world war 2 related - and with my curiosity quenched I shrugged it off as a really handy tool to do homework and spend more time at the computer (I’d tell my parents I was looking stuff up).

Fórum Português says "Olá Mundo!"

Mar 27, 2019 2 min.

I’ve decided on making 2019 a pivotal year for my career as well as for my personal life. I’ve committed to trying out new things and doing projects that I think make me happy, no matter how silly they are. This one in particular solves a longstanding problem I’ve witnessed many times. Portuguese people engage in lots of online communities. There are tech communities, car lover forums, real estate related facebook groups, etc.

New job at Kobil Systems

Mar 20, 2019 2 min.

In the beginning of this year I was convinced I was going to do a PhD. Last month there was a particular negative moment that drove me to send out resumés and reach out to people, the details of which will remain private. During this period I scouted Erlang’s slack channel and the #employment channel, and was fortunate enough to come across an offering for Kobil Systems in Worms, Germany.

Spending time on things that matter

Feb 24, 2019 10 min.

2019 seems to be on its well on its way to become one of the most pivotal years of my life. This post outlines some recent thoughts about efficiency. Reflecting on some negative results In recent attempts to make one of those typical “2018 in review” posts, I’ve realized that despite having several ideas for projects and some of them being somewhat simple to implement, I didn’t ship anything besides my thesis last year 😐

🎉🎊 Graduation 🎊🎉

Dec 19, 2018 1 min.

Hello world!!! Just letting you know that I defended my master’s thesis today, just in time for Christmas. Feels great knowing I’ll be moving on to something else in the near future. Learned a lot this past 2 years, but I’m looking forward to see what I get to do next. I know you don’t give a damn, but I wanted to log this day for later reference.

Google Summer of Code 2018

Aug 16, 2018 14 min.

In this post I go over the the work I did in this year’s edition of Google Summer of Code (GSoC) in detail. I had to hand in a slightly rushed technical report as a final deliverable for my project, where I documented the work I did with bare minimum details. Now I’ve had a couple more days to recall my whole experience and write down a proper blog entry.

About this website

Jul 26, 2018 1 min.

Technology This website was built using Hugo. After trying out a bunch of tools to maintain my own website, it looks like I’ve found a solution I want to keep for a long time. It seems to let me do everything I want with my website, including a small resumé page, tagged blog posts and an RSS feed. I don’t really need anything more than this. Blog posts Keep in mind that the views I’ve shared over time may no longer represent my current opinion about things.

The ugly side of 2FA

Jul 26, 2018 5 min.

I like security. I like to keep up to date, and I use 2 factor authentication on most if not all of my online accounts. I got to the point where I had that warm fuzzy feeling that I actually knew what I was doing. I’ve had a wild last couple of weeks that were not fun for me but hopefully you’ll get a laugh or 2 out of it.

Hello World! (Again)

Jul 25, 2018 2 min.

You got to this website somehow, so I am going to assume you already know who I am… No need for redundancy! Over the years I’ve had a myriad of solutions on where to put my thoughts. Starting out with a hosted website, I installed WordPress and soon began spitting out content about my current school projects, ideas and other irrelevant ramblings. My WordPress blog (security holes aside) aged poorly so I eventually moved to my first VPS at DigitalOcean with a 60$ student credit from GitHub, and tried out hosting my own stuff there.


Feb 9, 2018 3 min.

My name is Gonçalo Tomás and I’m a software developer at Kobil Systems. My areas of interest include distributed systems, security, data replication, weak consistency models, fault tolerance and dependability. Programming languages: Erlang, Java, Scala, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, C, Python Current work Kobil Systems GmbH 1st March 2019 - today This is my first Erlang gig and I’m very excited! I am working remotely for Kobil, doing some development and architecture work.