Technical content

Para quem ainda não notou, eu não publico conteúdo técnico aqui. Antigamente ainda publicava muito raramente, mas agora que faz parte do meu trabalho, minhas publicações estão concentradas na Intel Developer Zone. Os artigos são exemplos do que ando trabalhando no momento – agora por exemplo estou começando no mundo de desenvolvimento de aplicações para Ultrabooks usando sensores. Toque, GPS, começando agora com acelerômetro, NFC, etc. Também tem algo de HTML5, o que vou expandir no futuro. Então se você quiser saber o que ando fazendo na parte técnica, ou saber mais sobre desenvolvimento para Utrabooks, pode dar uma olhada nos meus artigos e claro, visitar todo o conteúdo disponível na IDZ.

For those who haven’t noticed yet, I don’t publish technical content here. I used to do that seldom before, but now that’s is part of my job, my articles are published at the Intel Developer Zone. Those articles are samples of my work at the moment – right now for instance I’m starting on the development for Ultrabooks using sensors. Touch, GPS, now going into accelerometer, NFC, etc. There is also some content about HTML5 that I intend to expand in the near future. So, if you would like to know what I’ve been doing on the technical side, or to know more about Ultrabooks development, you can check my articles and of course, all the content available at IDZ.

Buscando argumentos contra o machismo na comunidade?

Há anos – provavelmente uma década já – falo a respeito do machismo e misoginia na comunidade. Infelizmente pouco mudou. Os episódios são frequentes, os argumentos são os mesmos. Mas a boa notícia é que hoje você já pode encontrar recursos para saber 1) como identificar e 2) como responder.

Por incrível que pareça, um dos argumentos mais usados e mais eficientes em uma discussão é acusar a vítima de ter uma reação desproporcionada, de não ter senso de humor, de que não tem nada demais. E como somos criadas – as mulheres – para sermos conciliadoras, sempre acabamos questionando se a culpa não é realmente nossa, se não entendemos errado. Dica: se você se sentiu ofendida, diminuída, atacada, a probabilidade é que foi sim intencional.

Mas o melhor mesmo é saber como responder. Saber que existem táticas milenares de desacreditar uma pessoa, de atacar ela pessoalmente, de ofender anonimamente, de dar voltas ao assunto, usar a carta da liberdade de expressão, do anti-politicamente correto(o que daria um outro post). Saber identificar e como responder é fundamental para sua sanidade mental e evitar que, como tantas outras, você acabe tão desiludida que simplesmente abandone.

Então, vamos aos recursos – todos em inglês ainda:

Geek Feminism Wiki – com 95% de probabilidade, a situação que você se encontra já foi documentada. Os argumentos utilizados, o que está implicito nestes argumentos e como desmascará-los. Ali você pode encontrar também uma linha do tempo de incidentes – e olha que nem contamos os brasileiros – mitos a respeito dos grupos feministas online e até uma cartela de bingo. Sim, bingo, porque toda vez que você ver um incidente machista, pode tirar sua cartela e começar a contar o tempo que os argumentos vão ser listados. Recursos assim possibilitam dissecar uma discussão e observar os argumentos e métodos utilizados para manter a situação como ela está, como por exemplo o mais recente incidente desta semana. Existem mais de 600 artigos sobre diversos assuntos, mas em se tratando de um post em português para a comunidade feminina brasileira, eu gostaria de particularmente apontar para este artigo. Leiam e reflitam.

Ada Initiative – Valerie Aurora e Mary Gardiner decidiram que era hora de alguem dedicar-se em tempo integral a melhorar esta situação. Elas fundaram a Ada Initiative, uma organização sem fins lucrativos que as possibilita concentrar-se nestas situações, oferecendo consultoria, treinamentos, o que aparecer. Ano passado 30 eventos implementaram a política de intolerancia ao machismo e discriminação, o que foi um tremendo avance. Para manter esta iniciativa são necessário doações e patrocinadores. As doações podem ser de qualquer quantia, e se você conhece alguem que poderia considerar um patrocinio maior, apresente esta página. Agradecemos todas :)

Existem claros muitos grupos de apoio como Linuxchix, Debian Women e outros. Mas a iniciativa prática de começarmos a documentar e ter uma participação mais ativa que reativa me parece muito eficaz. O tempo dirá…

Matéria no Correio Braziliense – Aposta no software livre

Reproduzo aqui a matéria publicada na sessão de tecnologia do Correio Braziliense. Fiquei surpresa e imensamente honrada de ter o depoimento da minha primeira chefa e guru Kathia Juca, e da diretora de publicações da SBC, Karin Breitman. Muito obrigada!

Sulamita Garcia, engenheira de marketing técnico de um gigante do mercado, é a última personagem da série sobre mulheres na área da tecnologia da informação. A catarinense direcionou a carreira para o ramo dos programas de código aberto

» Thais de Luna

“No meu último ano do Ensino Médio, entrei em contato com computadores em um escritório onde trabalhei. Fiquei curiosa para mexer com essas máquinas e decidi tentar ciências da computação na Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) para descobrir mais sobre elas.” Assim começou a trajetória de Sulamita Garcia, uma catarinense de 34 anos, no universo da tecnologia.

Ela não imaginava que sua curiosidade a levaria a ser, um dia, engenheira de marketing técnico para a Europa do programa de desenvolvimento AppUp, da Intel – uma das maiores multinacionais do setor tecnológico. A jovem de cabelos vermelhos acertou na decisão do curso e começou a buscar descobrir qual especialização mais lhe interessava. “Trabalhei com desenvolvimento de sistemas, segurança, suporte e, mais recentemente, com marketing técnico, que é a divulgação de material técnico para outros profissionais”, detalha Sulamita. Ela considera a área em que atua hoje em dia muito interessante, pois “sempre aprende coisas novas” e tem “novos desafios”, o que acaba com a sensação de rotina.

Sulamita começou na Intel em 2007, como administradora de comunidades open source – referentes a softwares livres (também conhecidos como programas de código aberto). Empolgada, decidiu acrescentar à função o trabalho com outras empresas e o desenvolvimento de estratégias para novos produtos, soluções de problemas inovadoras e ações de marketing alternativas. “Foi uma fase extremamente enriquecedora para minha carreira, na qual aprendi muito sobre estratégia e desenvolvimento de negócios, deixando um pouco de lado a área técnica”, afirma. Além disso, ela considera que era muito gratificante atuar com a comunidade de código aberto de maneira integral, algo que, antes de ir para a companhia, fazia apenas no tempo livre.

Em 2009, surgiu a oportunidade de ser engenheira de marketing técnico de open source na Europa, mais especificamente em Londres, na Inglaterra. “O perfil específico para esse tipo de trabalho é de alguém com experiência técnica, mas que também mantenha relacionamento com clientes. Abracei a oportunidade”, relata. Para ela, foram dois anos que lhe acrescentaram muito profissionalmente, pois pôde trabalhar com equipes de nações distintas. “Em seguida, veio mais uma oportunidade de mudança, para atuar em Munique (Alemanha) com o programa Intel AppUp para Desenvolvedores, em que educamos desenvolvedores de aplicativos sobre as oportunidades criadas pela AppUp Store e os ajudamos a enviar suas criações”, esmiúça.

Por iniciativa própria, Sulamita tem estudado a influência da parte psicológica dos indivíduos na área de design, consumo e decisões. “A companhia tem grupos de análise da experiência do usuário, novos métodos de pesquisa de mercado e design, setores que são fascinantes para mim”, admite. Como o programa que comanda é voltado diretamente para consumidores e desenvolvedores, a catarinense acredita que essa percepção é importante para desenvolver produtos atrativos e fáceis de usar, que contem com o engajamento dos usuários.

Perseverante

Segundo a superintendente de governança eletrônica e tecnologia da informação e comunicação Kathia Regina Lemos Juca, professora da Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) e quem orientou Sulamita no trabalho de conclusão de curso, a ex-aluna conseguiu contribuir com a sociedade a partir da divulgação e da desmistificação do uso do sistema operacional Linux. Durante todos os anos em que conviveram, as características da personalidade da catarinense que mais chamaram a atenção da professora foram a perseverança e a postura ética da pupila. “No decorrer da graduação, ela enfrentou muitas dificuldades e percalços, devido a problemas financeiros, mas ela aceitava e enfrentava os desafios. Manteve-se durante toda a graduação com bolsas de apoio ou de pesquisa oferecidas pela instituição e nunca se deixou abater, sempre bela e muito positiva”, assegura.

Ela recorda que a jovem, que já se interessava por Linux e código aberto, teve mais influência para entender essas questões na faculdade. “Como sempre tivemos um numero razoável de equipamentos, ficava muito caro pagar a licença de softwares. Então, sempre foi incentivado o uso de open source em nossos servidores e em aplicações para a internet”, detalha. Kathia afirma que a presença de representantes mulheres em grandes companhias de tecnologia podem influenciar de maneira positiva aspirantes ao curso de ciências da computação.

Exemplo

A diretora de publicações da Sociedade Brasileira de Computação, Karin Breitman, professora do Departamento de Informática da Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), conta que Sulamita é um exemplo para outras mulheres, principalmente no Brasil, de que é possível ter uma carreira bem-sucedida no mundo da computação. “Apesar de essa ser uma indústria de pessoas, em que se fala da importância do Bill Gates e do Steve Jobs, pouco se aborda sobre as contribuições pessoais técnicas, de engenheiros de verdade. A Sulamita é uma dessas pessoas que têm sucesso muito grande no mundo corporativo”, conta Karin.

Segundo a integrante da SBC, há um crescimento no número de vagas em empresas de tecnologia, mas muitas garotas nem sequer ingressam nos cursos de computação. “A gente tem mais ou menos três ou quatro ofertas de emprego por aluno”, reporta. Ela diz que, para convencer garotas a seguir o interesse que têm por computadores, usa casos como o da brasileira da Intel, como forma de apresentar possibilidades de emprego para essas jovens. “É fundamental mostrar o que fazem pessoas nessa área, abrangendo programação, design, arquitetura de software.”

Para Karin, o preconceito em ingressar na área não é apenas dos homens, mas das próprias mulheres. “Elas acham que vão ficar masculinizadas, com estigma de nerd. E então vem o exemplo da Sulamita, que tem uma boa carreira e ainda assim se arruma, é menininha, fala bem”, destaca. “Eu a acho sensacional. Ela tem um aspecto técnico muito forte, principalmente porque trabalha com Linux. E ela consegue mostrar que continua sendo feminina, mesmo em um emprego dominado por homens.” É essa diversidade de gêneros e culturas na indústria que, de acordo com Karin, faz o mercado evoluir.

Design in a box

As many people, I’m a big fan of Japanese cuisine. I can’t say I love everything, because I’m passed over the assumption that if I like sushi, I will like any kind sushi or any Japanese dish. One trip to an authentic Japanese restaurant in California proved me this. But still, I like try my choices with new dishes once in a while.

One good way to do it is with a bento box. A bento box it’s a complete meal, but with many items in small portions, so you can taste several dishes and preparations.

Bento Box at Haguruma this weekend, Munich

However, have you really observed a nicely packed bento box into details? I must confess I haven’t, until I was reading Emotional Design. A bento box has several purposes, some basic but some very subtle:

  • To have a nutritional balanced meal. Looking at it, you see protein, carbohydrates, and vegetables.
  • To have a diversity of tastes and offer the possibility of trying different options
  • To have a beautiful presentation, making the consumer inspired and feeling good by looking at it. The major aim would be to have that little sad feeling for destroying such piece of art before eating it.
  • To pack as many different dishes as possible, in such small space.
  • And mainly, to show off the chef’s ability in delivering a nutritional, delicious, packed but yet beautiful meal in constrained space

A bento box it’s a great example of a good design. It has the purpose of feeding and serves this purpose, but adds the extra quality by balancing ingredients and displaying them in a form of art.

As I was thinking over my bento box this weekend, I started thinking on services that lately are becoming very popular into delivering information into a fun and visual form. We all probably have been over extensive reports on market researches and numbers and projections over 150 boring pages. But more and more data companies are starting to offer some other options, like this graphic I’ve seen this weekend:

60 Seconds - Things That Happen On Internet Every Sixty Seconds
Infographic by- Shanghai Web Designers

I do hope this trend continues and improves. Now if you excuse me, this whole bento box talk made me hungry!

I had a dream…

In the future, operating systems will be obsolete. Computers would have personalities. One could be sarcastic, another would be really nice and optimistic, and another would be quiet, artistic and musical. All according with the owner’s personality and desire, and learning user habits and preferences…

A bit of Sci-fi? Hold that thought…

As I mention before, I have an increase interest for cognitive science. It’s the one thing that awakes my passion for technology that has been missing for quite some time. After more than 10 years dealing with integration and support, everything feels like ‘been there, done that’. Even if it’s a new piece of software, protocol, language or interface, it’s a matter of finding out how it works and done, next. So I’m on a very reflective moment in my professional career trying to find what’s next. Not just next position or next job, but in the big picture, what’s next for me, what do I really want to do. And what I really would like to do is to make integration among computers and people, to find new ways to develop computers. Keyboard for instance; it feels such an engineer’s solution. I have no doubt that iPhone and Wii success are hugely due the fact they integrate the user physically in the virtual world they represent, invoking the touch sense rather than just sight.

So, I’m thinking and reading and wondering… but two days ago, I question in my head made me freeze: ‘very nice, but do you have enough imagination to do such work?’ It was a doubt. I’m very creative, but how creative am I really? I was still thinking about it when went to bed, and there is that zone between sleep and awareness where I started imagining…

In the future, computers should have personalities. No keyboard or even input devices should be necessary; we already have headsets reading brain waves, and voice recognition has got to be better by them. Display could be anything, isn’t there this new window glasses where you can display information? So, not just the TV, but your microwave could display news and weather forecast. But that’s for someone who would like to read the news in the morning… what about someone like me, who prefer music? And maybe my microwave would already warm up the milk and pour my coffee.  The fridge would warn that I’m running out of cottage cheese and add it to the list, which would be a list that accepts both touch input – selecting the items I want from the supermarket’s products pictures  – but also accepting my writing and adding it to the list. But that’s easy – fridges are already running Linux

Ok, so the person who likes news can see the news and I can hear music and have my breakfast, what about the family organizing everyone’s breakfast and getting ready to take the kids to school? Traffic information would be nice; ideas for recipes for lunch based on what’s available in the fridge and cupboard, maybe a connected food processor would start chopping the vegetables before you arrive? Adding spices would be my part to it, I never know when I feel like adding cumin or oregano…

The computer would be the main brain of such network of devices. Having your data in the cloud seems fine, until you ran into problems like bandwidth, the fact your data is controlled by someone else and they may shut it down – or even the government may cut your access. So the PC would be an “in-house-cloud-server”. It could be inside of a wall – I bet some people would have it already; I’m certainly doing that when I have my own apartment. And the display would be a small one in the wall, which would display pictures while not in use. So user interfaces also will be obsolete. But all this can only be possible if the industry ever agree on following standards. If you have one ‘Samsung house’ or one ‘Siemens house’, everyone will have to start from scratch and I won’t be able to see it in my lifetime. If we all use the same protocols and APIs, we could do that by 2050 maybe…

Of course, we are talking about people living in areas with Internet access and with money to buy such electric devices – and in many countries, that’s not really an issue. But if we really would like to change everyone’s experience, we need to think about everyone – poor people in Africa, India, Brazil. And amazes me the power technology has, the importance it has over many things I would think are more important. I’ve seen a presentation showing how people use cell phones in some regions in Africa, where there is one source of electricity for everyone, usually in the center of the village, in the city hall or something like it. That doesn’t stop them from having cell phones – remembering glorious days of Nokia phones whose batteries lasted more than one week… so everyone takes their phones to the electricity source and charges them there. Those phones have processing capabilities and network coverage, what else could they do? Play radio? Will processor be so small, cheap and powerful that even those people would manage to have one? So they would have TV and internet capabilities?

And why do we have to hold phones anyway? They are so annoying when you are in a long call, so unnatural to hold them to carry everywhere… why can’t I have already a wristwatch phone, or even bracelet-phone? Even better if I can change its colour to match my outfit – and I hope by 2050 we are over that idea that everything for women has to be pink, please. My watch phone would have a small earpiece for receiving or making calls…

It’s a bunch of ideas and idealization. It may be utopia. It may be people already developing it. But it sure answers my question – I do have imagination…

Qt, MeeGo and AppUp – Qt Contributors Summit

I recently attended the Qt Contributors Summit in Berlin, from June 16 to 18, 2011. The unconference was held in the nice Café Moskau, with many room and common areas for chatting. The main focus for the unconference was to talk about the next version of Qt and the definition of an open governance structure, reclaimed by developers for so long.

Lars Knoll opened the discussion about the next version in one of the first sessions. The last major version for Qt – Qt 4 – was launched 6 years ago. The world was a very different place, and users’ expectations now are also different. There was no iPhone or applications store, touch screen was not prominent and social media just starting. Nowadays all this is just basics, and so Qt framework wants to provide easy infrastructure for developers to create applications meeting those expectations. Qt Quick/QML will play a huge role in this scenario – they will have almost the same capabilities and resources as Qt. The intention is to make easier for ‘opportunistic developers’ – those who want to create simple and small applications to monetize – to use Qt. There were many discussions on how to do that, the priorities, but main message – everything is going QML. Pure Qt resources will continue to be available and improved, but QML is expected to be sufficient for most developers. But I invite my friend and consulting resource for QML, Helio Castro, to write more about it.

Another big conversation was the open governance. Community has been asking this for a long time – 11 years to be exactly – and it is finally happening. The governance will be similar to the Linux kernel governance:

This blog post explains it in details – http://labs.qt.nokia.com/2011/05/20/open-governance-roles-and-responsibilities/ – and as I could not do any better, I will leave to the link to explain J there is also a talk – or rather a discussion – held by Thiago Macieira at Qt Developer Days 2010. http://qt.nokia.com/developer/learning/online/talks/developerdays2010/tech-talks/qt-301s-open-governance-model/

I held two sessions: Qt, MeeGo & AppUp Developer Program and – due the interest raised in this session – MeeGo Application development store.

In the first session, several developers seemed please to find out AppUp is a perfect channel for open source applications to reach mass users on Windows desktops. As Qt is a multi-platform, there are a huge number of Qt applications also available for Windows, but no efficient distribution channel. AppUp is this channel, offering the possibility to distribute open source applications with the source code. When you upload your application, you can choose between several open source licenses, and if you do so, you are required to submit also your SRPM source code package. And your application will be available not only on AppUp, but also on many applications store powered by AppUp. One of the most recent examples is Dixons KnowHow store, pre-installed in netbooks being sold by one of the largest retailers in UK and Ireland. But I shall go into further details in a future post, with screenshots and examples.

During this session, there were many questions on MeeGo application development environment. So we scheduled another session for the next day to talk about the resources and the community to support it. The first place to look at is the main wiki page for MeeGo Apps. Conversations about MeeGo application development are happening in the MeeGo community mailing list and the main #meego irc channel hosted on Freenode. To help developers to package their applications, there is a community OBS server – OpenSuse Building System. For open source applications, developers can request an account for free and submit their code. To host the source code in a collaborative way, MeeGo suggests Gitorious, where developers can also create an account for free.

On the wiki page, you can find the guidelines for packaging applications for Meego, as well as information about the QA process. When one application is submitted to testing, the community can test and rate it. Long story short, if an application has been tested enough and is approved, it will be available in the community repository. You can find more information in the documentation ahead. I’m still learning the process myself, so I can submit more information later.

And overall, was an extremely well planned and awesome event. And even so it was an unconference, the conversations in the hallway still provide many great opportunity and insights. I’ve learn about several great projects, like QML 3D and Gluon, both of with deserve their own blog posts. I also hope the developer present there appreciate our efforts on bringing ClubMate to the unconference – even if that meant empting Germany’s supply that week! And I would like to thank Alexandra Leisse for the amazing job organizing everything – you literally rock! Seriously, you people need to hear her singing…

I shall declare Mondays the Blogging day for me, and hope you all enjoy some of the reports. If you have any suggestions on what subject you would like to see more of, leave your suggestion!

Geek Runner

So this year I decided to embrace my dislike of gyms. I’ve been fighting this dislike for a long time, to the point of hiring personal trainers to make sure I would actually go to the gym and do the exercises without having to memorize everything. Two years, 4 PTs and a lot of money later, I have to say it didn’t work. No fault on the PTs, don’t get me wrong. Although I would appreciate if they could get to a minimum consensus on how training should be, but that’s their issue. On my side, I did get fit; I was less stressed and with almost no fibromyalgia symptoms, had many laughs and learned a lot, but didn’t lose weight. And it’s very simple – exercise and no diet won’t make you lose weight. Dieting and no exercise will. So, exercise is just for management – toning up and stress prevention. And I won’t argue about this point anymore – you can say whatever you want, I won’t change my mind. And if exercise is management, I can tune it down a bit.

Living in Munich is a great motivator for outdoor exercising. Everyone is on their bikes, the sky is blue and there’s green everywhere. So after buying me a nice Fahrrad, I signed up for C25K program and started running – and loved it. I thought I didn’t like running – what I didn’t like was gyms. So after a few weeks, still building up resistance but several apps later, I decided to do a post about it. If you like technology to motivate you, maybe you will find this helpful. You probably also will need a smartphone…

Like I mention, the first app was C25K, or Couch (potato) to 5K run. Although it says K, the distance in there is measured in miles, and you can adjust your goal from 3 to 5 miles. Which is the first low point – how hard it is to have the metrics also in kilometres and kilos instead miles and pounds? I found this app long time ago on The Lady Geek TV app show, and was curious since then. I really like it because it acts like a coach, giving you feedback on what you should do: “warm up”, “run”, “walk”, “run”, “walk”… “cool down”. It tracks your path by the GPS and allows you to add a music playlist which will play randomly. I filled mine taking songs like “Run to the hills” and “Fly away” on iTunes Genius and pushing the resulting list into the app. I miss an option to tag power songs, to push some sprints especially on the last half of the exercise, when you are warm and feel you have more gas then time left on the app. It also has support for social media – Twitter and Facebook – but I won’t post my newbie lame runs while my friends are posting results preparing for marathons. But for start to running, it’s the best app so far.

I also tested the Nike+ GPS. My pair of tennis shoes/trainers/laufschuh is a Nike Structure Triax+ 13, which has a stronger support to correct pronation. I have to say it gives me a lot more stability than any other shoes I’ve tried, and it was one of the reasons I decide start running. Using regular trainers usually made me feel pain just for walking. This model also has support for Nike+, which is a tiny device you put underneath the sole and counts steps and speed. But since Nike+ GPS app do the same with the phone GPS, this piece it’s a bit useless now. As for the app, it doesn’t have anything especial – music, map, distance feedback, online report and social media – but nothing that makes it stand out from others. The only thing would be having a diary online, but that is also available from Polar. Although it does have the power songs tagging… maybe I should explore it a bit more…

A new app I’m trying is Endomondo. I like the name, I guess it comes from endorphin. I was attracted by the possibility to integrating with my heart rate monitor Polar FT60 – but it wasn’t what I thought. See, I love my FT60 – it keeps the log of my training and gives me feedback on the progression; counts my calories according to heart rate but also with the log and previous workouts; and even nags me if I’m particularly lazy in a certain week (feature I disabled after giving up on the gym, I may turn it back on now I’m regularly running). I love it even though Polar shamelessly won’t support Twitter or Facebook posting status, which drove me mad many times as I worked out my ass off into workouts like body combat or double spinning classes, which I would like to brag about it. But no, I had to post it only on my personal blog under https://www.polarpersonaltrainer.com/, where only other Polar users could see. Many people request social media on Polar forums and Facebook page, but no answer from the company. And c’mon Polar, I’ve worked with social media libraries and if I can write a small app to do it, you can too.

Unfortunately, Endomondo don’t work with the FT60, will only work with a Wearlink+(the strap to capture heart rate) with Bluetooth support. And the one with Bluetooth won’t work with my FT60. Maybe Polar is driven by personal trainers, each one believing their training is the correct one and all others are wrong, so not even their own devices talk to each other… Right now I don’t have any particular motivation for buying a Wearlink+ with Bluetooth after spending good money on Polar to leave my precious pink FT60 useless. Maybe I’m the wrong type of consumer who still expects devices to last longer than two years. Hippies… and without that, I’m not sure I need Endomondo. But I will test it a bit more, since many friends are there.

And although I really like my Triax trainners, I’m really inclined to try five-fingers and barefoot running. I love to feel the grass under my foot or burry them on the sand, but I have fairly sensitive feet and I don’t know if that will work. I never liked Converse trainers because of that; I could feel every bump or small rocks on the street. But at the same time, I read about how trainers actually make your muscles weaker for too much cushion, so barefoot running would actually strength them. I’m not sure I will be able to get used to, but I’m willing to try.

I hope the fitness gadgetry will congregate at some point. I heard nice things about Garmin devices and the fact they follow industry friendly standards, which would provide better integration with software and applications. If I will have to buy something new, I would probably investigate them. But for now, I would appreciate if C25K could tag power songs and let me use metrics I’m used to instead making me do mental conversions every time. Let’s see who sprints first…