Hello, my name is Paulo Querido. I'm a Portuguese journalist and writer.
As a free-lancer I worked recently for Dinheiro Vivo (last article: Viver na nuvem. Como as empresas digitais fogem ao fisco).
As a journalist-programmer, I wrote several web apps and I'm developing one for the portuguese news agency Lusa.
From 2010 to 1013 I had a daily column at Jornal de Negócios; I wrote for several leading media in Portugal like Expresso, Público and Correio da Manhã.
I did almost everything in newspapers with a typewriter, a phone and a telex machine in the eighties, a CP/M computer and a CompuServe account in the eighties and the Internet in the nineties.
I wrote a lot about technology and Internet. I still write, but these days mainly about economics and trends.
Recent articles about Internet and its impact on the economy at Dinheiro Vivo here.
I worked for Belgium television RTL website most of 2012.
- I use mainly PHP and Linux shell scripting. Did Perl in the past.
- Learning Python.
- I can run a server in a few minutes on the Amazon cloud services (AWS, EC2, S3).
- I can tweak a MySQL or an Apache with modest success and be proud of it.
- I can install a Varnish accelerator with simple configuration. It helps.
- Bought a Spectrum 48K in 1983. I wrote a BASIC application (we call them "programmes" at the time) to do the math beyond the soccer scores (before we made them by hand with the help of a handheld calculator, every sunday). We reduced the execution time from 3 hours to 20 minutes! It was my first computer-assisted journalism product ;)
- First modem in 1988. 1.200 baud and lots of garbage.
- CompuServe account in 1989.
- First interview via Internet ever published in my country's press (used CompuServe to send questions and receive answers from a portuguese sailor in the middle of the ocean during the Whitbread Ocean Race 1989/90).
- Co-founded a commercial BBS ("A Rede", that means "The Network" in portuguese) circa 1992.
- I wrote the first of five books related to Internet in 1988. It is titled "Homo Conexus".
- Before the dot-com crash I was editor-in-chief of "Recortes", a web-only technology magazine.
- Discovering Perl an Perl/Tk in 2000/2001 was really something!
- In 2003 I rebranded my "webpage" to "blog". In June I started weblog.com.pt, probably the first blogging system made in Portugal.
- 2008 was the year I turned into a journalist-programmer. First web app: OE2009, a stream about the discussion of the portuguese public budget for the next year, combining news, blogs, tweets and delicious bookmarks, with a crowdsourcing component.