Name: Eurico Matos
Location: Maia, Portugal
Occupation: Software Engineer
Member since: August 2005
Web site: Under remodelation
Complete profile: http://my.opera.com/euricomatos/about/
1. What do you do for living?
I'm one of the developers of an academic information system, used by about 40.000 people at the moment. I also work a lot with databases.
2. Who do you live with?
I graduated a few months ago, so I'm in a period of transition now. While I decide if I stay in the country or go somewhere else (maybe some nice company in Oslo, who knows? ), I'm still living with my parents.
3. How many languages you speak?
This sort-of-English (never learn a language through TV or movies), Portuguese, Spanish and French. I know the basics of Italian, German and a bit of Swedish.
4. Do you smoke or drink?
5. Do you like sports? If so which ones?
I like to play tennis, basketball and volleyball, mainly. And dying to try a few winter sports (winter here is just the mud season )
6. What do you normally wear?
Totally informal. Basically, I pick whatever is on top of the drawer
7. What is the color of your eyes and hair?
The plain boring brown.
8. Have you ever broken a bone?
I think I'd remember... No!
9. How many keys are on your key ring?
Hmmm... *goes check* 10
10. What time do you go to bed? What time do you wake up?
I usually go to bed around midnight and wake up around 7. One hour later on weekends.
11. What is the craziest thing you've done?
12. What is your favorite food? Drink?
I like to try some "international" dishes, although I'm not much of a food-lover.
H2O, maybe with some add-ons...
13. What is your favorite cartoon character?
I don't watch cartoons much these days, but there were many I liked a few years ago. I can't choose the "best" one, though.
14. Favorite movie / actor / actress ?
I'll eventually post most of them in the blog (I just started...), but I already posted a few in the Lounge.
15. Favorite book / writer ?
Now I can link to the blog
I like to read many kinds of books, as long as they're good. I go from Garcia Marquez to Carl Sagan to Stephen King without any problem.
16. Favorite song / group / singer ?
Just like with books, it depends on the mood, from Mozart to Metallica. For example, I listened to Therion and Flowing Tears while answering the interview (yes, I went back at the end of the interview to answer this one )
17. Who do you admire? Why?
So many people!! I could name some friends and family, but that's probably not what you want
I don't know I could probably mention the Dalai Lama...
18. What is your favorite quote?
"You can only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."
I have no idea who said this
1. How many hours a day do you spend on the computer?
Too many, sometimes around 10, in work days. Much less otherwise.
2. Which operating system you use?
3. What hardware you use?
P4 3.4GHz, 1GB memory, 200GB disk
4. When did you start using computers and which was your first PC?
The first time I remember using a computer was with the good old Spectrum +2. I still have some of my first programs (in BASIC)
5. Do you use instant messaging and if so, which one(s)?
Yep, a lot. I use MSN Messenger with Messenger Plus (Opera got me addicted to tabs...)
6. What computers skills do you have?
Mostly web programming. I know a few languages and I'm learning quite a bit about databases at work.
7. What would you like to learn / improve in future?
So many things...
8. What is your favorite computer game?
I play about once every couple of months, so this is not a good question for me. I like mainly strategy games (all that Sim Stuff, or Something Tycoon, Age of Whatever, and so on)
9. What is your home page?
Still under development. I have no idea what to put there
So, until then: http://my.opera.com/euricomatos/
1. When did you start using Opera?
2000. Opera 4, IIRC.
2. Which version are you currently using?
8.51 for most things. Also a few for testing purposes (7.x, 9TP2, and the latest weekly)
3. What do you like about it?
The browser adapted to me, and not the other way around.
4. What would you like to see next?
I have been compiling a list in my spare time, in the last couple of weeks. Let's just say it's growing fast.
If I could choose a few, I'd go with some improvements in the feed reader, mail client and contacts.
5. When did you start being active in the community?
6. What is your favorite part of the community?
I'll be vague and say "the forums"
7. Do you use Opera on other platforms too?
8. What is your favorite skin for Opera?
Although very customized, its base is KDE-HiCrysal, made by Soenke Dibbern.
9. Name a few blogs you read often on Opera Community?
I'm not a regular blog reader, but more of an occasional visitor. The spotlights group have actually made me read a few more, but I still can't mention my favourites. Being an astronomy lover, I like to peek at Maria Magdalena's blog once in a while.
10. Which five members would you like to spotlight this time?
Just five?!?! I'll have to cheat then:
1 - The guys helping all the newcomers (Steve, Neeraj, Pesala, ...)
2 - The Lounge troupe, for making this a real "community" (and you're helping a lot, too)
3 - xErath - it's nice to think of some great UserJS and then realize he already made it
4 - non-troppo - for some great ideas. wikiwikiwikiwikiwikiwikiwiki
5 - scipio - well, for all of the reasons above
11. Why should someone try Opera?
For the same reason they should try the other browsers. It's the only way to make sure they choose the best.
12. Would you like to add something ?
Yes. Aaaaaahhhhh, actually no.
13. Was this interview too boring?
Not for me, but I'm glad you're not asking this to anyone who read this