Talk e Alfresco Meetup @ Codemotion Roma … OMG e’ domani!

Il mio primo post in Italiano? Ebbene si’, l’occasione era cosi’ importante che ho deciso di aggiungere, almeno per lo spazio di un post, una terza lingua a questo blog 🙂

Da domani, all’Universita’ di Roma Tre, comincia una conferenza che sta rapidamente diventando una delle piu’ importanti in Europa, per quanto riguarda il mondo open source e dell’innovazione tecnologica: sto parlando di Codemotion, la conferenza (internazionale ma da una idea totalmente italiana) dedicata a tutti i linguaggi e piattaforme del mondo open source, che quest’anno comincia la sua stagione a Roma, ma che si spostera’ a Maggio a Berlino e ad Ottobre a Madrid.

Oltre a i tanti sponsor e track interessanti, da Arduino a Domain Driven Design, da metologie agili a buzzword piu’ recenti come mobile e big data, quest’anno sono felice ed orgoglioso di annunciare che Alfresco sara’ sponsor della conferenza e sara’ presente in maniera massiccia per legare con la comunita’ italiana e per condividere il messaggio innovativo della piattaforma leader nello spazio dell’ECM ibrido.

Vi segnalo i diversi modi in cui potete mettervi in contatto con noi durante la conferenza:

  • Passate a visitarci al nostro stand se volete sapere quanto sia cool la nostra tecnologia, ma anche rockstars della nostra community come Jeff Potts (Chief Community Office) o il nostro consulente tecnico Maurizio Pillitu … ah si, e ci saro’ anch’io 🙂
  • Venite ad uno dei due talk che presenteremo nei track della conferenza:
  • Domani pomeriggio, accorrete numerosi all’Alfresco Rome Meetup che si terra’ sempre a Roma 3 e nel quale uniremo topics strettamente tecnici (come CMIS e Maven SDK) a presentazioni dei nostri partner e clienti. La maniera perfetta per capire come Alfresco possa migliorare i vostri processi e flussi di informazioni. Il programma dettagliato e’ pubblicato sul blog di Jeff.

E come se non fosse abbastanza eccitante, il tutto si svolge nell’Universita’ che mi ha cresciuto e fatto diventare l’ingegnere (un po’ strano per carita’) che sono adesso. E’ sempre una sensazione strana, ma bellissima, trovarsi dall’altro lato della cattedra …

Un tuffo nel passato per dare uno sguardo al futuro…vi aspetto numerosi!

EDIT:

Le slide del talk sono pubblicate sul mio slideshare. Spero che il talk vi sia piaciuto!

That comedy called Italy

Italy is such a wonderful place, full of culture, landscapes, smart and lively people and a great social life. For long centuries it was the cultural center of Europe, giving birth and growing heroes of the world’s inheritance.

Still it’s the best representation of contradiction I can think of. Maybe it’s because I’m Italian and, although living in the Netherlands for 5+ years, I still have a pretty tight connection with my mother land. And there are some things which I feel I need to post, at least because those are the main reasons why I don’t want to go back home now.

This is mostly a technical blog, so I will start with something somehow technical, which was the original reason for this post: as you might have heard already, seems that neutrinos have been recently discovered to be able to travel faster than the speed of light. This would have disruptive consequence’s on Einstein relativity theory and on other pillars of contemporary physics. But that’s another story and worth reading some expert’s blog post as well at the original paper

The point is another one: the original article is in from a international team involving many Italians, since the measurement of neutrinos speed was done from Geneve’s CERN to Italian Gran Sasso laboratories. And that’s when Italy is somehow involved in something big, that some character of the great persistent comedy troupe which is Italy comes into stage.

This time it was our “smart” Minister of Education, Mariastella Gelmini, came out with this press release (English Translation) on the official Minister website to actually congratulate with the scientists for their discovery, but especially to take credit for

The construction of the tunnel between CERN and Gran Sasso Laboratories, through which the experiment took place, Italy has contributed a sum now estimated at around 45 million euros.

Comunicato Mariastella Gelmini Ministero dell’Istruzione Tunnel NeutriniNow, I’m not asking Ministries to be nuclear physicists (although I’d secretly dream of it), but at least to have a decent level of culture or realism not to imagine that that a 730km tunnel (yeah, that is the air distance between CERN and Gran Sasso) could have been build below Alps and Apennine Mountains.

I’m fed up of having to take account for the stupidity (yeah that’s the only good definition of it) of our Government and in general of the whole ruling class in Italy, since, when I finish working, it’s always about those childish, banana republic style, ignorant declarations that some random member of our Government does.  No wonder why all my foreign friends sort of laugh at us for that.

I’ve never wanted to play the part of the “bitchy expat” that over-criticizes his country, but it seems at least we (expats) have a lower threshold of BS we are able to digest.  So think it’s time to do something more substantial to actually try and wake up our country, that seems now asleep, almost indifferent to any type of attack to normal rules and democracy, completely powerless drugged by media.

Other Italian expat fellows seem to have been stroke by this, last, unbearable deprivation of the Italian culture.

And don’t get me wrong, I still like to remember all great things Italian culture did in history. People like Leonardo, Michelangelo, Cristoforo Colombo, Guglielmo Marconi, Enrico Fermi or periods like Renaissance or the same Roman Empire marked our cultures permanently.

That’s why I think we should get organized and do something, something very well designed and planned, using the weapons of internet and social networks to propose a wake up call for Italy and destabilize the current status quo. I am sure we can out smart them, they are basically organized old farts. Italy is a cash cow right now.

Just brainstorming here, but I am all in for any initiative any reader will suggest!

I’m all ears …

Alfresco DevCon in Rome just one week away

I’m very excited about what’s going to happen and I’m going to participate to next week in my mother country 🙂

If you did not know (and so should definitely join!), next week we’re holding an Alfresco Developer Conference in a nice venue in Rome!

The DevCon is spread over two days (Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th of April) and will be full of technical in depth topics on Alfresco product and application development.

On day 1, we’ll be hosting a full day introduction of Alfresco Fundamentals, in which I’ll be giving quick and effective insights on Alfresco key concepts like Repository, Content Modeling, Architecture & Technologies.

On day 2, the agenda is full of Alfresco stars like our Product Managers Mike Farman & Ben Hagan, giving us a full insight on the new and great evolutions of Alfresco 3.4 (and above) in the Social Content Management era. I will also be giving a talk about latest CMIS (and the recent OpenCMIS 0.3.0 release) evolutions and how you can leverage them with Alfresco.

Most of the event will be held in the English language, but for all my talks I guess we can of course be a bit more flexible and go for Italian 🙂

So, if you did not do it already, please subscribe to this event and join the most interesting Alfresco technical event and first Alfresco Developer Conference in Italy!

See you there!

Italian fascists are pushing back and they are not too far

Sorry to have such a eye-catching title, but that’s not cool, way not cool.
After coming back from a nice business week in Italy, once again appreciating the good weather, people and food of my city, Rome, I sadly had once again to see how my beloved home country, Italy, is going in a direction I really was fearing.

Recently, Berlusconi’s Italian government has started the legalization process for a best practice of Italian of Fascism: during those 20 years, self organized fascist citizen patrols were referred as  “squadre” for a phenomenon called “squadrismo”, meaning having a sort of non military vigilantes all around the Italian territory. Those phenomenon shortly lead to the diffusion of Blackshirts which performed politic cleaning, opening the road for the state Fascism and the march on Rome.

The government, constantly leveraging old racist fears, was almost forced by Lega Nord (the secessionist north Italy party) to legalize local “Ronde” (patrols) by the so called “Camicie Verdi” (green shirts),  which are mainly northern Lega Nord followers who desire to promote some old fashioned self social security model.

But what has convinced me it was the time to post about what was just a dangerous and annoying thought until now, is the fact that the Italian National Guard  (very similar to Mussolini’s Italian National Republic Guard), a neo-fascist NPO managed by ex-convicted characters and ex-army figures is claiming to have at least 2k people ready to be sent in the street in complete legality when the new security law will complete its approval process going back to the Senate.

It does not take a genious to see where this is going: Berlusconi already had a 5 years bullet-proof legislation in which he consolidated media control and economic power, now it’s time wants to complete his masterpiece, Italy under his complete power, before the end of this one. Not that I was not expecting it, maybe I was just not expecting it to happen so fast.

I don’t think I’m an alarmist here saying that we need to do something for our country, Italy, and especially if you live abroad like me, this can be very difficult if we approach it in the classical italian way: each one on his own, and let’s hope in a better future. We need to create a critical communication mass to tell the world what’s actually going on in Italy, have international attention on the topic so that this and the many other neo-con and neo-fascist activities of this government are stopped.

I really see not that much difference from what’s going on in Italy and what happened so many times in the past and all over the world: Berlusconi might be a bit more charmy and wearing italian clothes, but, world, don’t let yourself fooled. He’s just a very smart guy, doing his own interest and driving

I’m sure Mr. Obama won’t , in the day of Berlusconi’s visit to the White House, he should ask him something like :

How come, Mr.Berlusconi, you’re trying to legalize and re-create that fascist movement my country has spent so many lives for helping you in eradicating it?

In general, everyone Italian and foreigner, should ask himself:

what is the big difference between what’s going on in Italy and the pattern we have learned from history on how most dictatorships have begun?

Sorry but I can’t see any: here we have media control, fear based politics (communists or immigrates or you tell me the next one), army deployed all over italy (for security reasons), now we also have legal Fascist “squadre” that in a short time are going to give you a warm welcome when you go to Italy.

A refreshing touch of history, back to the latest dark age of our country. A blog post is the least anyone should do (still searching for something more effective) to spread this message, raise critics and move public opinion towards a modern view of society, instead of digging in too-recent-to-be-forgotten extreme political measures.

I’m seriously worried.

Back to the cold…no sorry, hot and humid. But that’s Netherlands and we’ll have to live with that :)

Yesterday night I flew back to The Netherlands from my (first bunch of) holidays, finding (expectedly) the typical, so too typical, dutch rain and  (pretty much less expectedly) a oustandingly hot temperature but far more humid than the weather I just left: I’ve been in fact  to the best place ever to have vacation, guess where…Italy of course 😉

And particularly I enjoyed Ponza, a wonderful island between Roma and Napoli,  in the so called Pontine islands. Special time, relaxing time, during which I realized what was probably inconsciously already motivating my last years decisions to expatriate from Italy and work in Holland, and that is:

Italy is the country of your (or my) dreams when it comes to holiday, relax, well being, easy life, good food and emotions; wherever you go you will find sociality and nature, fun and good mood no matter what.

Holland is instead the ideal place to work, to do your (or my) business in the most optimized possible way, offering a noticeably positive balance between quality of life and quality of work, and a wage/tax conditions people of my same age/education in Italy can only dream about.

But warning: don’t let homesickness gets you mistaken, don’t think that you miss Italy 100% until you come back there and just gave a fast glance at what’s going on down there, the sad staticity so well depicted by the Ecomonist (not exactly one of those “communist” newspaper Berlusconi keep on threatening Italians about) and in general the stressed (because money is running out) but still boastful country in which people keep opening mortgages to go on vacation, almost at the point not to eat to save money to show out a little bit.

“Not too bright folks, not too @$%#!ng bright”
(just to quote a genius men called George Carlin, recently passed away, as he would have hated to say he was dead 🙂 )

So I realized that until things don’t change, Holland or any other real country (sadly under too many POVs)  is the only solution to have a rewarding fair career which does not overburn you, that maks you feel capable of moving, of evolving.
But then as soon as I can have holidays, well, then no comparison is possible: sun, seaside, culture, landscape variety (can’t stand anymore flat low land 🙂 ), colors, food, family, friends, mood, empathy and too many other things make Italy the place where I really would like to be.

To everything there’s a season, said someone in the past. And I probably found it out now.