Friday, August 29, 2014

Financial Graphs : Something to Chew On This August

These are graphs for expenses from January to August of 2013 and 2014. I'm outpacing the

previous year by 27,000php. Repairs and Depreciation is up in 2014. Medical and SSS contributions are new in 2014.

Below are Income-Expenses-Gross Profit graphs comparing the same 8 month period for each year too.

Income is outpacing the previous year by 38,000php. However as stated above, expense is outpacing the previous year by 27,000php. The net positive difference is 10,400php. All these is for an 8 month period from January to August of their respective year. Let's see if the remaining months for 2014 is more productive.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Just Tried Linux And I'm Glad I Did

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<br>I've just tried installing OpenSuse and Fedora on my computer along
with Ubuntu. These distros are the top distros in the Distrowatch page
hit rankings. People do ask a lot of questions about which one they
should use in their computers. They are easy to install because of their
graphical installation tools. New users will find them friendly to
install and configure.<br>

<br>My experience in installing these linux distros is one of delight
and surprise. I have installed linux distros since 2004 and compared to
the present, that is like the moon landing while today' s affair is like
a party. I mean friends bring their laptops and do it together-like it's
a party.<br>

<br>As long as the wireless connection is holding and reliable, there's
no reason why you can't have a party and install linux.<br>

<br>I use Ubuntu. I use Unity. I have no problem with the dash and the
unity-search. You can turn it off if you don't want it. I think
Canonical and the Ubuntu developers did a fantastic job with trusty tahr
(14.04). It was sad when they had to drop Ubuntu One but the users have
other free alternatives anyway. <br>

<br>I am a happy user after trying out several outstanding distros that
represent the present crop of newly released linux operating system.
They are secure by default with no additional tweaking needed to make
them ready for the challenges of the web. <br>
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Webapps in Unity

So it has been 4 months since Ubuntu 14.04 came out. This is LTS and supported for 6 years by Canonical. The first mobile device with Ubuntu pre-installed is promised to come out later this year, 2014. It's time to check out how the apps perform so far.

It is a good idea. I use Gmail and Twitter and Facebook. Why not a webapp in a desktop?

So I start the Twitter and Gmail webapp. So far it has crashed my computer 6 times. Not a very good sign. On the other hand it does work but not as stable as opening them in Firefox.

Use my PGP key if you want to encrypt your replies/messages to me.
You are invited to also send me your PGP keys so we can communicate in private.

Happy Seven Years of Blogger

It has been 7 years since I first posted here in Blogger. I signed up for a Gmail account a week earlier then signed up for a blogger account afterwards. It felt empowering and a little overwhelming to open up my thoughts to the web. I had to find my voice and learn what I think is appropriate for the web.

2007 seemed so far away. I was using Ubuntu linux 7.04 and getting my feet wet in open source. I just switched from MS XP. It's another space expanding experience. From Internet Explorer to Mozilla Firefox.

I passed the 50k email count in Gmail last month. Google gave me 15GB of storage. It's mostly Gmail and photos. I remember when Yahoo gave away 1GB of email storage. I thought that was the coolest thing.

Mom is out of the country. She left October 2011. I have been managing our property for leasing since then. I have Imee to ask for help if I am swamped. It was difficult at the start. I am learning. I have been posting monthly graphics of cash and finances.

I want to apply for a new Meralco meter. R1 apartment and C3 share a single electric meter. It's difficult to convince tenants to accept shared or sub-metered spaces. They think you're doing magic math every month when the electric bill comes. I want to upgrade my computer. I bought this 2008 and I should have picked a better motherboard (with DDR 3). I can live with a core 2 duo but a 2GB RAM is getting to be unpleasant now.

My 1TB harddrive is almost filled (83-87%), mostly with tv series, films and music. This year I listened most often to Vampire Weekend, The Strokes and Beach House. I'm binge-watching "House MD". The last movie I watched is "Rush" and "The Avengers".

I plan to upgrade to an Intel i5 processor and an 8GB RAM. I want to triple my disk capacity. I plan to upgrade my internet plan to 10mbps. I'm looking at doing a home server.

Here's looking to number 8.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Robin Williams In Good Will Hunting

Robin Williams died at 63 August 13 2014, rest in peace.

The most memorable scene in Good Will Hunting is this screenshot of Will and his shrink (Robin Williams). Matt Damon plays a math genius with personality flaws. Robin Williams shows him his file and past life and tells him "It's Not Your Fault". Over and over again until Matt Damon's character gets it. 

Robin Williams earns his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in this role. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

GNU Radio controls the ISEE-3 Spacecraft

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E-mail of the Day.
I am glad to hear we are doing this. Salvaging an old satellite from way back 1978 moving it closer and reusing it using open source technology.

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Subject:     Free Software on the final frontier: GNU Radio controls the ISEE-3 Spacecraft
Date:     Fri, 08 Aug 2014 16:41:21 -0400
From:     Free Software Foundation <>
Reply-To:     Free Software Foundation <>
To:     Donato Roque

Hello Donato,
The ISEE-3 spacecraft
An original drawing of the ISEE-3 spacecraft from the 1970s.

The International Sun-Earth Explorer-3, or ISEE-3, was launched in 1978 by NASA to monitor activity on the sun. After three years of observation, NASA repurposed the satellite, which soon became the first spacecraft to visit a comet. The mission ended in 1999, when NASA abandoned ISEE-3 to orbit the Sun, despite the fact that twelve of the satellite's thirteen instruments were still working.

In 2008, when it was discovered that the satellite was still transmitting a signal and would fly close to Earth, NASA realized that they no longer had the funding or equipment to reinitiate contact. So a volunteer group of scientists, programmers, and engineers organized the ISEE-3 Reboot Project <>, which was crowd-funded with over $150,000 in donations, and set out to contact the spacecraft, fire its engine, and bring it closer to Earth to resume its original mission.

To do this, the group turned to GNU Radio <>, a free software toolkit for implementing software-defined radios and signal processing systems. Modifying the software to communicate in the 1970s satellite protocol, members of the reboot project were able to gain access to the spacecraft and fire its thrusters in early July, and will soon attempt to move the satellite into an orbit close to Earth.

You can support GNU Radio <> by making a donation through the FSF's Working Together for Free Software Fund. To get more involved, attend the annual GNU Radio Conference <>, to be held this year between September 15th and 19th in Washington, D.C.

The successes of the ISEE-3 Reboot project demonstrate the importance of developing, maintaining, and promoting free software. With dozens of contributors and thousands of users, GNU Radio is written to be shared, learned, and improved by anyone, anywhere -- unlike the lost proprietary communications equipment used by NASA.

This is the second time we've lauded the use of free software for space exploration in the last two years. Read our 2013 blog post <> about the choice of GNU/Linux as the operating of the International Space Station.

"This openness to inquiry, collaboration, and 'standing on the shoulders of giants' is at the heart of all science," wrote John Gilmore, a founding member of the GNU Radio project, in an email to the FSF. "The GNU Project has institutionalized those principles in a vast community of software authors and users. And GNU's legalized freedom and sharing [...] enable many people to use it and contribute to it -- such as these volunteers."

Alex Patel
Campaigns Intern

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Back To Thunderbird

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I took my desktop beyond the normal defaults today and paid for it. I
removed Evolution Mail. I could not fix the multiple instances of
profiles in my account, calendar and contacts. It has to be the
installation of the unstable version that messed up Evolution. I
purged the ppa and installed the latest stable version but Evolution
Mail wasn't the same again.

I downloaded Thunderbird and started it. I have my Gmail back and
Enigmail is working fine.

I figured that in 6 weeks a new Ubuntu version will be ready for
download and testing along with a new stable version of Evolution
Mail. I can wait for it no sweat.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Self-worth Test


Did you have somebody to hug you and kiss you?

Did somebody called you to come inside when it rained?

Did you cry when all you have of them is their picture?

Income And Expense Chart (July,2014)

Except for the slight increase in Income, July and June 2014 is telling the same story.

Expenses are stable at 25k monthly. I don't think I'll make my 80k annual gross profit projection but we'll see.

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...