Hi, I’m Henrique! 👋


Born in Portugal 🇵🇹. I am a Master’s student 🎓 in Computer Science and Engineering at TU/e, in Eindhoven 🇳🇱. At the same time, I’ve been working with Protocol Labs on the decentralization of the web 🌐. I believe in the transparency and openness of the world, in a united Europe 🇪🇺 and that we should all have equal rights 🏳️‍🌈.

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A friend of mine is staying with me since last Wednesday. He’s also Portuguese and today he had the most Dutch experience: get completely soaked by rain while biking. Is he ever coming back to this country? 😂

On the past few days, I worked a bit on my IndieAuth implementation. Now, I am both a server and a client and you can log in on my website. There may be some posts that only logged in people can see. Besides, if I shared something with you, it will be visible under the private page.

With this, I also wrote a Go module (hacdias/indieauth) to help anyone that is using to to integrate IndieAuth on their system. 😄

jlelse’s Blog 22 Nov 2021 20:34

Today GoBlog got the option to configure your own map tile server. So not only standard OpenStreetMap is possible, but also Stamen Toner for example. Fits much better to my blog aesthetics, right? (See the map page.)

Yes, it does!

jlelse’s Blog 20 Nov 2021 19:04

In Portugal it’s just a switch in the tax office website. Really?!? 😲 I can’t believe that!

Yup. I’ve been a “eenmanszaak” here for a year and: (1) had to fill a gigantic form on the KvK (Chamber of Commerce) website, (2) go there and sign a form and pay 50 euros for them to pay a paper; (3) pay for a specialised software every month for bookkeeping. Legally, there’s no requirement for my bank account to be separate because as a sole proprietorship, my assets and the company’s are the same.

Now, my Dutch bank made me an ultimatum out of nowhere saying I cannot use my bank account to receive money from businesses and that I need to open a business account and I have 2 weeks to switch. Guess what? Opening a business bank account with them takes up to 2 weeks! Besides that, the taxes website is a different one so I have to fill my own income taxes as a person and then my income taxes as an “eenmanszaak” separately even though there’s no distinction of assets.

In Portugal: go to the tax office website, probably fill something and say submit. Now you can even issue invoices through the tax office website. No need to pay for some random software. And I can keep using my bank account. And the taxes? They’re the same form! I’ve never got asked by the bank why I was receiving payments from the US. Here I already had to explain everything: relations with the other parties, show the bank proof that the entity is legitimate, etc…


Edit: the Dutch KvK also publishes your address, phone number and e-mail address online even though you tell them explicitly not to. Thanks to that, I’m always receiving SPAM phone calls from g/w/e companies and even letters! You can find all my details in a few clicks away! For free. LEGALLY.

jlelse’s Blog 20 Nov 2021 18:10

For me, the best option to travel long distances within Germany is to take the train. I don’t have a car since July, but I have a BahnCard 50 for years, with which I get up to 50% discount on (unfortunately very expensive!) train tickets. I also recently implemented the option to visualize GPX files…

Uuuh, that’s very cool. I’m also trying to figure out if I can do a similar thing for the Dutch trains. In an idea world, I wouldn’t have to take any action. However, their API does not let you check where I checked-in with my OV-chipkaart I think.

Portugal may be bad at bureaucracy for foreigners and the likes. But the Netherlands seems to beat Portugal by far for simple things, such as being self-employed. In Portugal it’s just a switch in the tax office website. Don’t get me started about it here.

I just secretly added a new section called itineraries with… well… itineraries! Some are private, as they are in the future. I quite like this functionality: I had to take some time to find some trains I took over the past two years. Fortunately, they were not that many and they were all in my e-mail. Older data I don’t have. I did not add any of the train trips I’ve done in the Netherlands, but maybe later of if I figure out NS API.

agilelisa 19 Nov 2021 13:48

@hacdias looks yummy. I'm guessing steel cut oats and chia, with blueberries?

It’s actually fine cut oats, but the rest is correct indeed. It has blueberry, banana, powdered sugar, honey and speculaas.

jlelse’s Blog 19 Nov 2021 13:20

Oh no, that must be really disappointing! I hope you can still make the best out of it.

At this point, I don’t believe it will change anything. But I’m hoping they hear it and have a meeting with me. I see some professors complaining about online education, while others are giving classes on campus because they chose to. I honestly feel like most professors complain about doing it online but it’s also their decision to do it online, which is… weird.

Just submitted a complaint to my university. Last year I did the same and after a few meetings, nothing happened. But now? Now almost everyone I know - except for the people the have exactly the same courses as me - has some sort of class on campus. Yet, I have none. 2 of my courses don’t even reach the limit of people to need to do hybrid education (we’re less than 10). But is anyone else going to complain? No! Maybe if more people did complain, something would change. I’m paying for on campus education. If I wanted online education, I could just go to Udemy or edX.

I bought my first power bank ever - yes, ever - and it just arrived. Hope it doesn’t explode!

Farewell, Hugo! Hello, Eagle

In 2015, I posted an article with a very similar name to this one. At the time, I was saying goodbye to WordPress and welcoming Hugo. As with everything in life, there are cycles and things change. It’s time to turn a new page on this website’s life cycle.


Sebastiaan Andeweg 18 Nov 2021 20:18

In February 2017, I added the ability for other people to log in to my site, both via IndieAuth and Twitter. Since June 2019 this feature is more useful, as I moved all my checkins to being ‘private’, meaning there is actually something to see (albeit sparsely posted). For this, I used the now outda…

I am really enjoying your posts about Yak and the progress! I am also working on my own system and will write an article very soon.

PS: I just logged in and it works!