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I'm sick of Mexico

And I love Mexico, I've lived all my life here and all except the last 5 years have been good years, but I really think Mexico is doomed.

The problem that I see in Mexico is basically a social issue, a issue that can be fixed with just one thing: Education, but there is a problem with that solution, most people don't want to be educated. That's why most people prefer to watch the TV, Facebook, or spend the day at WhatsApp instead of reading a book, talking to each other, or listening good music, tasting, dancing, doing sports, nap, most people just want to do whatever gives them pleasure with no effort.

But to get pleasure you may need money, and also, many people just don't want to work and do the obvious when you don't want to work but want to get money: steal.

I was stolen about a month ago, a guy got into the our business with a knife and steal some money and my cellphone, luckily nobody got hurt. A couple of days ago my brother business got a visit from people like this, but they went at night, and steal about 12 computers, money and some other stuff, needless to say how frustrating is to work and see that all the efforts you are doing vanish in just some minutes.

The police?. Well, that thing is almost inexistent here, there is the Municipal Police, but it is just a joke, I believe they are untrained, there is the state police, but also, they are either not here or ever answer when you call them. There is no federal police, and the military party that from time come to "see" how is the town has taken some kind of vacations because I haven't seem them in a while.

Things are getting worse every day here, and I believe is the whole state (Puebla) and because of that I'm planning to move to another state. Still I believe that the whole country is condemned. The reason, well, you know, the new laws about Oil, Energy, Communications, etc... Mexico is not going in a good path. I believe that would make me move to another country at some point, not today, not tomorrow but I know I want something better for my family.

Fight for Mexico?. Is there any logic on that?, why would I fight for a land that I do not own?, even if I own it, it is just land, I have no attachment with the country, I'm not a Nationalist and I don't think that dying for this country would make any better to my family. I prefer to live somewhere else where I could be in peace, where my kids could be safe, where they can grow in a good environment, with no fear to be robbed, kidnapped or killed for some coins. I just don't want to live in Mexico anymore.

Semitransparent windows...

Semi-transparent windows to see what's behind... this looks familiar.

Semi transparent windows to see what's in the desktop. Who is copying who?

Kids just want to play

Saturday at the beach

Diego really enjoyed the time we spent at the beach last saturday.


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Learn to read and write..

The problem is that if the person does not how to read or to write how is he/she supposed to read that?, Plus.. how it he/she supposed to use a computer?

This is the only possible way to use the computer on this hot days...

Trying to not to touch the computer...


Women, Men, IT Guy

More than three years

Coconut battery

This is one of the things that I like the most of my MBP, the battery still last around 4 hours, my old Acer Aspire with one year just lasted about 1.5hrs, and not to mention the Compaq/HP I had before.

Also, in three years I haven't changed anything but added more memory to the computer, I usually changed the keyboard of the laptop by the second year.

The only thing that I think this laptop needs now is an SSD drive to speed things up.

What's Happening in Mexico? A global call for freedom #EPNvsInternet


This video pretty much resumes what's happening with Mexico in terms of Internet and other ways of communications, the government states that "for security reasons" they want to be able to shut down internet and any other way to communicate (cellphones, land lines, TV, Radio). With just one "competitive authority" that ask it , the communication providers must shut down the service on some sectors or even in the whole country.

The President Enrique Peña Nieto is bay far the one of the most hated presidents in history, I know, many if not all Mexican presidents have been hated. But this one in particular because we all believe he is dump. C'mon, he couldn't tell the title of three different books that made a mark in his life!!!.

The "LeyTelecom" also means that ISP can charge for service that are by now free, this includes accessing to services that are not property of the ISP, like Youtube, Netflix, Spotify, Grooveshark or any other, just imagine having to pay for a VIP account in order to have access to Youtube.

What's more important to me, well, youtube is important to me, but what will happen with me that I need, but I really mean it, I need internet to wrok. What if they decide that in order to avoid people using VPN's to workaround their filters decide to shut down all the freaking ports and leave nothing but 80, 443 and the IMAP/SMTP ports?.

I don't wanna have to pay more just to work, I'm already paying a lot just to work (IVA, ISR), I do not want to pay any more.

I'm really worried about this, if this law is approved then we all Mexicans can forget about getting a better Mexico, we will be in a fairy tale.

Maybe it is just the right time to move to another country?. Who wants a handsome Mexican that can also write code?

Making cookies

Making cookies

Yesterday was the day, I've finally made cookies :-P, well, my wife made the mix and I just made the form of the cookies in company of my helper (or was I the helper?) Sofia and the little Diego.

Yahoo really screw up with Flickr

Yahoo really screw it up Flickr for android :-(

I've been a Flickr user since 2004, 10 years since I bought my Pro account and I love the service it provides. For a long time it was pretty much the same but since Marissa Mayer took the rides of Yahoo one of the service that has received the most changes is Flickr.

Many of this changes are good changes, I love the new web interface, although is not mobile friendly it works like a charm in the desktop. Also is more picture centred without cutting any of the features that make Flickr what it is: A community for photographers.

The Flickr App was also good, still there were some bugs but in general was pretty good. They recently (a couple of days ago) released the Flickr 3.0 app for iOS and Android. They are a mayor overhaul of the app and even when the app looks prettier they did something that never, never should had done. They removed features.

Many users are complaining that there is no longer possible to add a picture to a group/set, one of the key features of Flickr (communities). Also, the main "page"shows one picture at the time of your contacts, while the version 2.X shoed several pictures in a tile.

One of the most complained changes is that now the pictures tile is a squared cropped set of pictures, many don't like this, flickr should respect the picture aspect. I do like it, it's just a simple way to present a thumbnail, but also, liked a lot to see the whole picture (in thumbnail) at the picture list.

One of the things that I'm not so happy is the new camera, it looks nice, but cropping the picture is missing, at least in the Android app. There is no way to fine tune the picture as it was before, There are no ways to add frames, just some filters, white/color balance and that's it. Just too simple to be taken serious (I'm using Snapseed by now and sharing via email).

At first look it seems that The 3.0 version is a good upgrade, but it's just a good looking featureless upgrade.
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