Open Source Bill revamp – a slower, more practical pace maybe?

The world celebrated Software Freedom Day last September 15 and I saw that Chin Wong attended the event that was held in ASTI. In any case, his blog gives us a glimpse of Rep. Teddy Casino’s efforts in making open source software more widely-adopted in our country. To quote: For example, it gives government agencies three years to build up staff expertise in open source systems to 90 percent of their IT professionals. The bill also says 65 percent of the country’s IT professionals must be proficient in free and open source systems by this time, but it’s not clear how this will be achieved, since the law only compels public sector use of such systems. Within five years, the bill says, 75 percent of all existing government systems should be open standards compliant and all government communication and research data intended for public consumption and access will be in open standard data format. At the same time, 75 percent of all government systems should use free and open source software. Right now, with the limited information I gleaned from Chin’s blog entry, I’m more curious as to the details of the new bill. Personally, I prefer this slower pace because of practical considerations when it comes to migration. Also, this is more focused on how the government will be applying it to their workplaces not really including the private sector so for businesses that prefer to run on proprietary software, there’s that option and nobody needs to quickly figure out how to adapt. What happens next? Will this actually be approved? I do believe that the government must allocate the funds properly for operations. There are many schools which need to be repaired and sick people to be healed, and so on. We could only help but speculate at this point. Edit: Abe blogged about the Roundtable Discussion on the FOSS Act of 2007 to be held on September 26 in UP Diliman’s Malcolm Hall. Related posts: No related...

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Of headhunters and IT service companies

Recently, our office has been bombarded by calls from headhunters. Funny thing is that it seems to be that they’re calling our developers one by one. And it was practically one after the other. They’ve been declining the offers because they’re happy working with us and yet we still kept getting those calls from headhunters during office hours! Where the heck do these headhunters get info? From company websites, LinkedIn, etc. among other places perhaps. But for crying out loud, some of these headhunters even pretend they’re making personal calls, using aliases — one person has been mainly answering the phone and so she’d notice that the voice of the caller is the same. Aiya. I know that the IT industry is having difficulty getting developers because of the attractive opportunities in Singapore but I personally think that even though it’s somehow flattering that our developers are being called up, it’s annoying when those headhunters just can’t even do their recruitment discreetly. I think that people will look for jobs when they want to and if you’re a headhunter, you should try other methods rather than calling the person’s office number. Really. That or make arrangements with the company if you want to hire a person maybe for staff augmentation or what-not. But seriously, if a person is looking for another job, he’d call you or respond to your email or call some other time. Related posts: No related...

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Call for Papers OS Summit Asia 2007

There’s the OS Summit Asia 2007 this November 26-30 at the Cyberport, Hong Kong. It’s a joint conference between the Apache and Eclipse Foundations so there’s definitely a community of people who are passionate about open source and there’d be activities to interact and exchange ideas with each other. If you go to this con, you get the chance to meet up with interesting people in the open source community and the region in particular! And as it turns out they have a call for papers so it’s your chance to show what you’ve got to share. And I am pretty sure that there are folks out there who have bright ideas 😉 If you haven’t had the opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas because you’re busy with work and all that, maybe it’s time to take a bit of time to share your expertise with others in the open source community. Topics are: * ASF-wide projects such as Apache HTTP server, Tomcat, Struts, Geronimo, mod_perl and XML Web Services * Eclipse-wide projects such as BI and Reporting Tools (BIRT), Web Tools Platform (WTP), Eclipse Modeling Framework (EMF), Data Tools Platform (DTP), Equinox and the Rich Client Platform (RCP) * Programming languages such as Java, Perl, Python, Ruby and PHP * Web development technologies and techniques including security, performance tuning, e-commerce and J2EE * New technologies and trends such as Web Services and Web 2.0 * Open source community and business models, legal and marketing issues * Open source projects and activities in Asia, local efforts and case studies Deadline’s on July 13 and you still have time to submit your works. For more details, check out the OS Summit website page on the call for papers. Related posts: No related...

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Two days with the LG KU 250

I got a Smart postpaid line just the other night and I ended up getting the LG KU 250 because they still didn’t have the Nokia 6151 in stock. In any case, I already fiddled around with it. Here are some things I liked about it: It’s cheap! 😛 I got a plan 800 and I only paid Php 1200 for it. Hehe. It’s got a MicroSD card slot so I could just buy a 1Gig or 2Gig one from CDR King or wherever. I have 3G! Video calls are fun 😉 Bluetooth! 😀 😀 The 1.3 megapixel camera is ok too. If I am in a particular menu (like “Games and Applications”), I could just press left or right (directional keys) and I will go on to the menu before or after the menu I am looking at. Things I didn’t like about it: No bundled earphones So you really have to look for them… No bundled games. But that could easily be rectified by going to GetJar.com! No bundled MicroSD card. (Well, it’s a cheap phone… So I guess don’t expect much?) Can’t change the controls. The left and right control pads/keys seem to be permanently set to “My stuff” and “Smart”‘s browser. Being able to change that is what I like about Nokia phones. Bad keypad. It feels too flat for me. I have to look while texting. All in all, I feel ok about the purchase. Maybe it would make 3G more accessible to people and it won’t feel as if 3G is only for the upper classes, as it was apparent. But my worry right now is that I might not have much sources of batteries, cables and headsets for the phone so it might end up becoming quite expensive too. Between this and the Sony Ericsson K608i’s which were quite common last year, I’d pick the Ericsson for practicality’s sake. More parts, etc. And it has 3G too and a better overall user interface (shutter for the camera,...

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Geek girl at work: Sacha Chua’s laptop as a billboard of sorts!

Check out Sacha Chua’s business proposal. You could use the lid of her ultraportable laptop to make your pitch. Sacha’s going to BarCamp Earth Toronto and she’ll be meeting the probably the geekiest people on earth 😉 Might as well take the chance, eh? Awesome Update: Orange and Bronze already has space on Sacha’s laptop. I wonder who’s next 😉 Update Aug 26: WordPress also bought space! Neat! Digg the story too 😀 Related posts: No related...

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Registration for Y4IT now open

Looks like the people behind Y4IT have opened up the registration for this year’s event. Last year, there were over 7,000 participants. Can you imagine? That’s quite a lot. The three-day event will be held in UP Diliman. There will be simultaneous sessions in the following venues: UP Theater, UP Film Institute and UP Bahay ng Alumni from September 13 to 15. Looks like there will some interesting talks like bioinformatics (The site mentions that the speaker will be from UP Manila. Could it be anyone from the CHITS team?;)), software engineering and best practices, digital photography (speaker is going to be from PH-Photo) and mobile games to name a few. There will also be job fairs and discussions of some academic papers. It would truly be something to experience. I could just imagine how much fun and learning everyone would have there. Interested? It’s time to sign up for Y4IT then. The deadline for registration is on August 15. Related posts: No related...

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Online Web apps and responsibility

Right now there is a slew of web apps. From onlinespreadsheets to word processors and scrapbooks.  When I was still in school, collaborating with groupmates who had different schedules was done through passing on files on diskettes and also via email.  We didn’t IM much because our schedules were that disjoint.  Nowadays, there are online word processors that allow sharing of files and editing as well – akin to the wiki, but not quite. The academic year will begin again this June and maybe there are already a number of students who are using these tools to work on their group reports.  But here’s the thing that get me: if these apps could be used for collaboration in terms of making group reports and papers easier, it could also lead to an easy way of massive copying of papers and all that.   Imagine having just one person with a shared document viewable to the public. I realized that some of the defaults on these collaborative tools is that the files are publicly visible instea of private then choose how you would share them.  Nothing would stop people from plagiarizing, if they really want to do that.  But of course, it just made me think that a lot of the times it boils down our individual use of technology.  I forgot how many articles I have read blaming technology for some evil things but tools at the hands of people could be used for good or for evil. Related posts: No related...

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Making the most out of SMS and calls?

I don’t really know how to analyze the promos of the mobile companies. All I have noticed is that lately there are promos that make calls cheaper and same thing goes with SMS. I actually am currently using Smart’s service wherein you text 15 to a certain number so you can SMS in an unlimited number for 24 hours since activation. For people whose contacts are mainly in the same network (like myself), this gives my Php 15 a better deal in a sense. For a time, I envied Globe subscribers who had calls that are charged by each second. People are social creatures and deals like these are very tempting. That is one of the reasons my friends, for a time, used other sim cards from other networks just so they could talk all they want. However with such promos, there’s also the abuse that comes in. This gets me thinking of the kind of culture that is indirectly being propagated by the promos.  Then again, it is possible that whatever kind of culture we already have is being highlighted by these promos. I personally do not SMS that much. Maybe there are people who would SMS a hundred times with that flat rate promo.  I actually keep count of the  number of messages I have sent and it would be normally around 30.  A relatively low count, right?  But still that did double the  amount of SMS I could send for the same amount. Related posts: No related...

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Firefox bus

I felt a twinge of envy when I saw several pictures of the Firefox bus in India. I wonder if I would see one here in Manila. If not a bus, maybe a jeep? I recall someone telling me that we humans are such visual creatures. Establishing brands could be done by bombarding us with all sorts of media. It could be print, visual or through songs (think of all the songs that give you the so-called last song syndrome). I recall reading about Internet cafe proprietors setting the IE icon as the icon for Firefox so that users would still click on it and use Firefox. It is going to be one heck of day when I see a Firefox bus or jeep here. And I hope that I have a camera when I do. I better 😛 Related posts: No related...

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Project Gutenberg, Proyektong Gutenberg ng Pilipinas

You love reading? You must have heard of Project Gutenberg. That’s where I got some copies of classics like Daddy Long Legs. What I didn’t know is that there is a local Project Gutenberg – Proyektong Gutenberg ng Pilipinas. Through an email on the debian-tl mailing list, I learned of this project. This is the page listing the books about the Philippines in Project Gutenberg. As the site says though, there’s still so much work to be done and if you’re interested you could get started on it by joining the proofreaders’ group. Related posts: No related...

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