Aug 02 2008

WordCamp Philippines 2008

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wordpress wordcamp philippines 2008

I registered for the WordPress WordCamp Philippines 2008 and hoping to be approved in order for me to attend such event.

The WordPress WordCamp Philippines 2008 is the first in SouthEast Asia and organized by the Mindanao Bloggers.

It would be beneficial to me and to all the other bloggers who use wordpress as their blogging software.

Many thanks to the organizer, the Mindanao Bloggers and also to the following sponsors:

who made this event possible here in the Philippines.

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Jul 31 2008

Terry Childs – good or bad?

Published by under Technology

For the benefit of all readers, Terry Childs is the San Francisco, California’s FiberWAN Network Engineer/Administrator who is charged and accused of withholding administrative access to the city’s network and is now behind bars with a $5Million bail (too steep).

Based on the information I gathered online, Terry Childs has his own personal reasons why he did those security procedures.

“Mr. Childs had good reason to be protective of the password,” Crane said. “His co-workers and supervisors had in the past maliciously damaged the system themselves, hindered his ability to maintain it … and shown complete indifference to maintaining it themselves.”

from SFGate

It’s a good thing Childs cooperated by giving the codes/script/s only to the mayor (Gavin Newsom) himself when mayor Newsom visited him in jail.

“Even though the rest of the system’s administrators feared that Child’s actions might lead to very troublesome situation, the system seems to be working fine and there are just a few more glitches to fix in order for everything to return to normal.”

from efluxmedia.com

The case of Terry Childs just prove that Systems Administrators have a big responsibility and powerful on any system or network infrastructure, but can be controlled by implementing policies.

Top managements should also be aware of the existing system and network implementations and should assign to at least a minimum of two (2) technical personnels for all administrative accesses.

Documentations of access codes and regular drills can also minimize these kinds of problems.

So it is up for you to decide if Terry Childs is either good or bad.

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Jul 30 2008

$10M for Android Developer Challenge

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android developer challenge

Google is allocating $10 Million US Dollars for the Android Developer Challenge which is now on its second and final round. This is a big opportunity for software applications developers to show their talents and skills, and provide high-tech mobile apps which we hope will be freely available.

Back in my programming days, funding is really an issue when we develop certain applications. We normally end up in purchasing surplus/used computers and other technical equipments in order for us to operate and complete such projects. But with Google, you have the opportunity to be funded.

Android by the way, is an operating system/software platform for mobile handsets based on Linux which is an open platform. It was initially started by Android Inc. and was acquired by Google in 2005 with the Open Handset Alliance.

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May 12 2008

Bataan

Published by under Free2Roam

Last 27 April 2008, I was able to travel to Bataan in my motorcycle together with my motorcycle club, Xplorers Philippines, in order to attend (Day-2) of our club’s anniversary and the election of officers. The election of officers were held at the Transco Resthouse located in Bagac, Bataan.

Before we proceed to the Transco resthouse, we dropped by at the Dambana ng Kagitingan site, at the top of Mt. Samat in Pilar, Bataan for site-seeing and rest stop.

After the elections, we proceed to the town central to have some lunch and thereafter proceeded to Bataan Nuclear Power Plant and West Nuk Beach in Morong, Bataan wherein some of our members took a dip in the beautiful coved beach.

It was my first time to see/visit the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant and lucky for us, we were able to enter the compound briefly and took some pictures because one of our member is an employee of Napocor.

Many thanks to Jerom1 for the access and accommodation he had provided for the club, and congratulations to the new set of officers namely:

  1. Jerard aka Arco
  2. Randy aka MitlancerGSR
  3. Jerome T. aka Jerom1 and
  4. George aka Xolo

You can read the rest of the story and lots of pictures here in MotorcyclePhilippines forum.

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May 12 2008

iBlog4

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I had attended the iBlog4 summit which was held last 26 April 2008. It was my first time to attend such event wherein my wife who owned several blog sites, was the one who signed up for me.

Different topics were discussed from several speakers which are very informative and useful for new and old bloggers. Such topics were the following:

  • Blogging 101
  • Problogging
  • PhotoBlog
  • Online Comics
  • Podcasting
  • Blogging in the Elections
  • Legal issues
  • Filipina SEO and
  • Blogging on the countryside (Mindanao)

There were bloggers’ presentation in-between breaks from different topics. Lunch and snacks were provided free-of-charge. We even have free iBlog4 t-shirts before the event ended.

Many thanks to the organizers and the sponsors of the iBlog4 event!

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