11 to 12 Java Questions

As I mentioned in my previous post, my wife and I spent a week in Portugal. On the previous post I covered the days in Salema which is a town in the Algarve area. I will now comment on our stay in Lisbon.

Lisbon continues to grow. We stayed in an area named “Barrios Altos”. The area is hilly, the streets are paved with cobble stones so as the sidewalks some of which do not seem to allow two people side by side. On many streets you have parking on one side and the other is shared by trolleys, cars, buses and delivery trucks. We loved the area which contains a mixed of houses, buildings, businesses and restaurants. It seems like the concept of zoning did not take off in Lisbon. That said, my wife and I loved the city, its people and culture and will be returning for more in a few years. Continue reading “11 to 12 Java Questions”

Porting MD5 Code

Last week my wife and I returned from a one week trip to Portugal. We had not been there in more than a decade. Some things have changed while other not. People continue to be very nice and helpful especially when you attempt to utter a few words in Portuguese.

We arrived in Lisbon and headed to the rental car office. In less than an hour from arrival we were heading south to the Algarve. We have watched a few YouTube videos by Rick Steves and had purchases one of his travel guides for Portugal. In more than one occasion Rick has mentioned that Salema is his favorite beach in the Algarve. By experience we now know why. It is a small town sitting on a relatively small bay with blue and green waters. The population is less than 300 people. My wife took a picture at a restaurant on the beach while the temperature was hitting 96 F and we were enjoying delicious fresh sea food and drinking Sagres beer. From our table we could hear people conversion and different languages. Our waiter was taking care of a few tables and was able to switch to the language spoken by the customers (English, French and German). We only spent two days and headed back to Lisbon. Continue reading “Porting MD5 Code”