This week BloggerView is with Karlus, or should I say Carlos Jorge Andrade, author (or as he likes to say blogmaster) of the blog “Order Valium From India”. I have to admit, I think he is an amazing IT professional. The first time a met one of the many innovating projects of karlus, I was very impressed, it was "Valium Order Online". I kept following his blog, since then. Here are his answers.
1.When did you start blogging? What were the main reasons that take you start blogging?
Carlos Jorge Andrade (CJA): About five years ago, I think it wasn’t called "blogging" at the time and wasn’t that mainstream so I had to put up with some jokes from my friends like "he talks about stuff on a webpage, how lame can that be". Main reasons? Nobody to talk to… no really, the main reason was so I could improve on my English. Then I realized that my Portuguese was even worst so I shifted. 😉
2. What were your reasons to christen your blog as you did?
CJA: Five years ago I just called it "My diary" because it was mainly a public diary of what I was doing at the time. When the blogging
phenomenon came out I wasn’t bloging so after looking at several software I decided to code my own blog named ‘Ramblings about life and tech’, witch name says it all. It about life and tech, mainly web/internet stuff and personal projects, the ‘ramblings’ part comes from my "bad/corrosive temper/opinions".
3. Do you have any specific goals or objectives you want to achieve with your blog? What are they?
CJA: Mainly to put my ideas, projects and opinions out there, idiotic has they might be. It’s a great networking tool. Oh, and hi5 and Orkut just weren’t cutting it for me so I decided to blog to meet some girls… no luck yet. :->
4. In your opinion, what role could blogs play in the future, for instance at companies or at schools?
CJA: Blogs or something similar (a page with some sort of syndicated content) are a great way to talk about your company initiatives, new projects, new products. Look at Google, Yahoo! and other companies in businesses other than the internet, which put out new services or clarify rumors through those blogs. It’s a new public relations tool. But it’s not the "blogging thing" it’s the "syndication thing" that gets the word out there. It’s just fashionable to call it a blog.
5. What do you think will be the future of blogs over the next couple of years?
CJA: Hard to tell, but I think there will always be "personal diaries" out there where people write about their lives. With the more "professional" ones, only the really good opinionated and insightful blogs will prevail. The rest will evolve to news sites or something like that. As long as all of them have some sort of syndicating the content I don’t care what they will became or be called. As for those who just blog to say, "Hei, I’m still here and this are the news…", they will fade eventually.
6. How many feeds do you have on your news aggregator? What news aggregator do you use? Why?
CJA: 187. I currently use Bloglines although I don’t like its interface. I moved to Bloglines because at work I didn’t had a Mac so I couldn’t use NetNewsWire on the desktop. Besides, NetNewsWire sync feature with Bloglines didn’t work the way I wanted.
7. What do you think about RSS? What role do you think RSS can play in future, for instance in the relation between government and citizens?
CJA: Short answer, love it… but if RSS is supposed to be mass adopted the syndication process has to change so "regular people" do take advantage of it. You can’t just go up to someone and tell it to "get an aggregator and subscribe to some feeds". They will just tell you "I need what… to what?” Unless they get the simplified information on a format they already use/know (like email, sms, whatever) it will never happen, and those little orange XML icons aren’t that helpful. I don’t know about our government using RSS but some of our local authorities are using it so the local citizens get information about their cities. But again, most don’t even know what it is and don’t know how to use it. RSS also brought what some call information overload… but that would be another subject.
8. What do you think is the most important thing happening in the Web, now? Why?
CJA: Content giveaway… every new site that pops up today its some kind of mashup between some other two sites. Almost every big player out there is opening his or her content with some kind of web service. It’s a pity that here in Portugal we still live in the dark ages in this matter. We still don’t have the major sites supporting some basic RSS feeds…
9. Beside blogs, do use other social software, like Flickr, Order Valium Uk, Diigo, LinkedIn, or any other?
CJA: Flickr (no one beats it for photos), Order Valium Uk (to search for some "topics", I get better results from it rather than Google), LinkedIn (I don’t remember the last time I’ve checked it), Technorati (for sniffing around), Plazes and I’ve tried Orkut but nowadays I only go there to say No to some Brazilian who wants to be my friend.
10. I think you are an amazing IT Professional, which is always a step forward (ex: Feeds, LusoCast). At this moment, if money wouldn’t be a problem, what would be your IT dream project?
CJA: Building useful services for thousands of users not worrying if they (the services) don’t make any money… oh wait… I did that professionally for 3 years and I’m now doing it again on my spare time. Now seriously, I have to agree with you on the "amazing" part although I assume only both of us think that way. :->
Dream project? Don’t have one particularly, and that "step ahead" thing isn’t always a good thing, but right now I would very much like to work for some Telco, Startup or ISP developing services for their users, there’s so much that could be done that I as a user still am missing. You know, 2005 was a really eye opener for me concerning job offers… which reminds me, i’m for sale(shameless promotion). 🙂