Wednesday, August 28, 2013

I Live In The Philippines

I've been blogging for several years now and few people know I live in the Philippines. That link is actually a visitor's guide to the country. I think it will do more good to first time visitors who are trying to get a feel of my country to read about it here than the Wikipedia version.

The Filipinos are the most welcoming group of people you will ever see. Most natives understand English and speak it as a second language.

The Philippines is made up of 7,100 islands but the three major islands are Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. I live approximately 30 kilometers  north east of Manila the capital, in the island of Luzon.

It mainly rains from June to October and major typhoons pass through the islands around August to September. The hottest and most dry months are March and April.

Foreigner friends often tell me how could everybody be smiling when they always hear of the problems of poverty and inequality among the Filipinos. It's my opinion that we smile as a sign to anyone that they are not a threat to us. Our smile is a sign of peace.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Come and Discover Linux

What's the most compelling reason to switch to Linux?

It's low maintenance. I don't have anti-virus software because I don't use it. I don't use it because I don't need to. I don't "defrag" my hard drive because the linux file system doesn't need to be defrag'd like Windows. It is stable. The Linux operating system is used in 95% of servers in the world for a reason. There will be bugs in any computing system. So the question should be how long does it take to fix a vulnerability. In the open source world of linux, anyone can look at the code and try to fix it. The more transparent the code is the more likely that bugs would be discovered and fixed.

It's very customizable. The packages are modular. You can customize everything even the kernel. There are hundreds of distributions for every use and circumstances. You can try different desktop environments that will suit your need and personal preference. The more you go deeper into linux the more choices and options are available to you.

If you are new to linux  then congratulations. You are about to begin a voyage of discovery. You are going to find computing fun again.

Monday, August 26, 2013

From Minix To Linux

Happy Linux Day to all.

Head on out to a series of postings by Linux Torvalds in the months he was trying to come up with "something new" using minix. This is one of those things that boggles the mind looking back. I mean ask yourself this questions: What if he failed? What if he decided otherwise? What if he wasn't able to send those emails out? What if nobody responded?

From: Linux Torvalds to the World, I Need Help

What if nobody responded?

Years after that call out to anybody for help in 1991, Linux is thriving. It is in 95% of servers, the fastest supercomputers use it (well almost all). It is in our smartphones and tablets. It is even in our desktops and laptops.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Happy Linux Day

I've been using Linux since I got my own PC however I started using it full time (meaning at home, work and play) in 2006 only. It's a differentiation I would like to talk about.  Also Happy Linux Day, August 25th.

I know about linux since the late 1990s, and play with it by installing it on my old machines. I think the word that I should use is tried to install. Back then, I was just happy if I see the log in screen at all. I tried Slackware, Mandriva and PClinuxOS.

Around 2004-ish, I was using Opensuse on a laptop I borrowed from a friend and came across a brand new distribution called Ubuntu. I was happy with Opensuse and during that time it was the prettiest in the Linux world.

Ubuntu came to be the most popular distro around 2007, and by that time I have installed it on all my machines. At home, my PC and laptops display the brown (some say orange) color of the background / desktop. Linux is already dominant in the server, but in desktops and laptops it lags behind Windows. Why? In servers, we install our own operating systems and software. You can't say that in laptops especially. When you buy your laptops it's pre-installed with Windows, most commonly. Consumers, end users, won't be installing operating systems even if they buy a no OS laptop, they're going to ask somebody else to install their preferred OS. So in this business environment, Microsoft has the upper hand because it controls the manufacturers and make deals with them. Linux doesn't have such power and resources.

Linux is open source. It is free to use and modify as you please. It is the linux developers' gift to the world.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

It's Been 6 Years - Here's To the Next 6

Some times I could not find the right words and some how you forgave me. I appreciate your feedback and I'm happy for the praises. There were times I felt guilty for not having the time to post more frequently. I hope that I'm making it up by blogging on and trying my best.

This is one of the best things about the Internet. Its ability to empower individuals to reach his friends.

Thank you very much for following me all this 6 years.  :)

Friday, August 2, 2013


High school students correcting twits from their favourite celebrities, edit posts to correct errors, these are the ways the Internet correct its mistakes. From spelling to grammatical errors, nobody is spared including middle aged retired school teachers.

Be honest. Be courteous. Accept that not all will be gracious and acknowledge their mistakes.

I fancy the white liquid erasers of the past. I heard that typewriters are coming back. But I reckon it's all nostalgia and not practical. You can't roll back time.

I know you can delete the mistakes but I fear there's a hidden log within that records your edits. At some future date, the machine would be sitting in the judge's seat pouring over my error logs and eyeing me with disappointed eyes. I did not turn my auto correct on.

Update Gnucash 2.6.16 --> 2.6.18

It's a long road to this update. It isn't a normal update at all. I had to manually compile goffice0.8 and webkitgtk as well as gnu...