About David Poblador i Garcia

Leading the Service Reliability Engineering team at Spotify. Entrepreneur. FCBarcelona member. Catalan expat.

Changing default font size for Wireshark on OS X

Wireshark is an awesome tool, I am sure you all know that, but when you run it on Mac OS X it looks pretty horrible. Font sizes are disproportionate, it looks ugly. It all comes from the default gtk configuration it uses.

In order to make it look better, just change your gtk settings by running this on the command line:

echo 'gtk-font-name = "Sans 10"' > ~/.gtkrc-2.0

Note: This will change the font size for all your gtk apps, but I bet you don’t have many. There are other things you can do which involve changing the default settings shipped inside the Wireshark.app package, but you’d lose those after every upgrade.

Thats it.

Surrendering on FeedBurner

FeedBurnerBack in 2005 I fell in love with FeedBurner, a simple web tool that sanitized RSS feeds, provided some promotion tools, added some tracking capabilities and very interestingly gave my followers a unique RSS URL they could subscribe to which would follow my blog regardless where I hosted it.

The tool itself was neat and simple, every now and then the service was down, but it was not really painful: Google Reader plays well with retries, and a delay serving your feed is not the end of the world.

The tool became more and more popular among bloggers, and in 2007 Google announced they acquired FeedBurner. Many people were very excited: it was obvious that it would really improve stability, Reader integration and what not.

But that was far from reality. They completely forgot about the tool. Left it in an almost unmaintained status that made it really painful to use. A few months afterwards they decided to integrate it with their Google Account subsystem. But nothing changed: no new features, annoying bugs, etc.

Today, I decided to stop using it: I discovered that since I switched into SSL by default, FeedBurner would not refresh my entries. Apparently they have a bug that prevents them from crawling some HTTPs based hosts. This bug has been around for more than a year, and it is still unfixed.

I really want to avoid adding an exception to my webserver to allow FeedBurner to crawl my feed without SSL, so, from now on, I’m taking over my canonical feed URL. And I keep my fingers crossed so FeedBurners 301 redirection to my URL will keep working after the deletion (that’s one of the features they have).

From now on, the canonical feed URL is: https://davidpoblador.com/feed

La educación y su uso político. Vergüenza señores

Nací en un estado que ostenta el dudoso honor de ser aquél que ha aprobado un mayor número de leyes educativas en los últimos 30 años. Pensará el desconocedor que España constantemente adapta su sistema educativo para estar en la cresta de la ola. Incluso que lo hace para incorporar en sus aulas todo lo necesario para que nuestros críos no vivan aislados en un mundo que día a día es más global en donde sobrevivir sin idiomas y siendo analfabetos digitales se antoja más y más complicado.

Pero resulta no ser así. Es política.

Cualquier excusa es buena para crear una nueva ley educativa: Aquí más religión, allí menos, acá educamos a la ciudadanía, allá resulta que los niños catalanes son adoctrinados con su lengua y hay que cargársela, ahora vamos a cambiar los temarios para contradecir a nuestros (y otros) filólogos, ahora vamos a fragmentar por aquí, después por allí. No menospreciemos tampoco lo útiles que son estos debates para crear cortinas de humo y ocultar otros asuntos de fondo.

Entretanto, todo sigue igual. Gran número de influyentes personalidades siguen sin entender qué se cuece en el mundo. Siguen viviendo en los sesenta. ¿Soy el único que siente vergüenza al ver a “nuestro” presidente poniendo cara de boniato al ser saludado por otros mandatarios? Ni un conversation starter, ni un nice to see you again. Por dios!

Otra vez, y es la cuarta en los últimos meses, acabo de rechazar a un ingeniero español para ocupar una posición en mi equipo en Suecia por su bajo nivel de inglés. ¿Nivel técnico? Tan alto o mayor que el de cualquier otro candidato. Y me pone triste.

Hablaba con Pablo, un compañero de trabajo hace unas semanas. Medio en broma, medio en serio: Si España hubiera hecho sus deberes en educación hace 15 años (Portugal, Grecia, las repúblicas bálticas y muchos otros lo hicieron), medio país estaría en la puerta de embarque. Pensar que la mejor “herramienta” que tiene España para retener talento está siendo la falta de idiomas me pone los pelos de punta.

Y lo que más me duele: en lugar de identificar y arreglar estos problemas, ahora resulta que en Catalunya estamos haciendo apartheid con la lengua. Hablo y escribo dos idiomas como nativo. Este hecho únicamente me ha abierto puertas en mi vida. Nunca me ha cerrado ninguna. ¿De verdad queremos fastidiar lo poco que funciona?

Dan ganas de emigrar. Oh wait

Smoking the peace pipe: Metallica

This was back in 1996. It was an extremely hot summer saturday, and I took the train from my parents town to Barcelona early in the morning. I had a mission. I was gonna buy the latest Metallica album: Load.

I had 1950 pesetas (almost 12€) with me I had earned by selling some crappy software I wrote through a computer magazine. I rushed to Carrer Tallers, to one of the many music stores that used to be there, I bought it together with a Sepultura – Roots tshirt and rushed to the train back home to enjoy the album.

At the beginning I loved it. But after some time I thought it was not extremely good. Probably the Black Album had set the bar too high. But I was happy. Listened to it over and over, as I used to do with all my new CDs.

Eventually I would listen to it only once in a while. And a few years afterwards, Napster came. I basically downloaded tons of music, most of which I already “owned”. I was so happy to be able to listen to music while working on my computer using my headphones that I immediately thought physical music media had no sense whatsoever.

And then the Napster – Metallica affair took place. At the beginning I was annoyed and angry. But after a few months, I just simply forgot about Metallica. And I think not only me. I can’t talk to my younger cousin about Metallica. He does not know them! How is that even possible? Everyone knows Metallica!!!1

Yesterday, 12 years after the blackout started, Metallica landed on the Internet. Landed on Spotify. I woke up this morning at 7.30AM, slightly hungover after the celebration, and I listened to the entire Load album on my way to work. And I loved it, as if I had just bought an old CD.