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Mar
19

China Blocks YouTube Over Tibet Videos

BEIJING – Internet users in China were blocked from seeing YouTube.com on Sunday after dozens of videos about protests in Tibet appeared on the popular U.S. video Web site.

The blocking added to the communist government’s efforts to control what the public saw and heard about protests that erupted Friday in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, against Chinese rule.

Access to YouTube.com, usually readily available in China, was blocked after videos appeared on the site Saturday showing foreign news reports about the Lhasa demonstrations, montages of photos and scenes from Tibet-related protests abroad. read more

Aug
1

Filipino Thriller

Author Rai    Category Society     Tags

This is a short clip of prisoners in orange jumpsuits from Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Centre dancing to the tune of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Fun thing to watch but on the more serious side, it shows discipline and cooperation inside jail. Definitely Filipino.

Jul
28

Software Freedom Day: Free As In Freedom

Author Rai    Category Linux, Society     Tags

Come September 15th, Linux users all around the globe celebrate the 4th Annual Software Freedom Day. This is definitely a day to say to the world that Free and Open Source Software does not mean free beer, but free as in freedom. Freedom to do what it is you need to do to accomplish something. Freedom to choose. Freedom to be heard.

This is a special day that Linux enthusiasts take time to spread good words about FOSS in local communities, educating the children and introducing it to those who are uninformed. Users also get to know each other in person, taking the Linux community from mailing lists and forums to personal and face-to-face discussions.

Groups do their share by participating in key notes speeches, fun activities and games and of course, giving away goodie bags (yay!). This is also a time to exchange ideas and distribute loads and loads of free and open source software kits :D .

Some Philippine groups have already registered to participate in the event and expect the big announcement sometime next month. You can check the SFD site to get the latest updates.

Jul
28

Happy SysAd Day!

Author Rai    Category Society     Tags

July 27th is celebrated as the 8th Annual System Administrator Appreciation Day. So to those who reads my blogs, make sure to send your sysads a gift or anything nice (tux plush sounds fun) just to let them know they are appreciated. :D

A sysadmin is a professional, who plans, worries, hacks, fixes, pushes, advocates, protects and creates good computer networks, to get you your data, to help you do work — to bring the potential of computing ever closer to reality.

And to those who are not so gifted when it comes to gift-giving, you can browse through the many Linux stuff in cafepress.com and hopefully you will find something to give to your ever so humble system administrator.

Happy SysAd Day!

Jul
26

Do We Still Need [P]LUG?

Author Rai    Category Linux, Society     Tags

A recent post in PLUG woke me up this lazy morning as I scroll through my email messages. This article discussed why are some of the online Linux groups have been inactive lately while some are non-existent anymore. A quote from the article:

A few years ago, LUGs enjoyed a heady heyday. If you were lucky enough to have a LUG close enough to drive to, you probably attended meetings regularly. Enthusiasm, both for Linux and the ideals for which it stands, drove an agenda full of exciting presentations, nights dedicated to getting a new distribution installed on your desktop, and lots of free stuff from companies like Red Hat, Corel, and SUSE, who wanted us to catch the fever.
Today, many LUGs have seen a slowdown in attendance, and some Linux events typically sponsored by local user groups have ceased to exist, such as the Atlanta Linux Showcase (ALS).

I agree with Paul Foster (Suncoast Area Linux User Group) when he said:

It’s like buying a new car. It’s cool-looking. It smells like a new car. A few months go by. You still like your car. But it’s now just your car. It’s what gets you from point A to point B. You don’t think much about it.

I remember how I, as a child, get so excited about my new toy. Whenever tatay or nanay buys me a new one, hours pass so slowly whenever I am at school, waiting for the 3:00PM bell, which signifies that I can finally go home and be with my neighborhood friends to show off my new mini-kitchen and new Barbie to go along with it. Ah, brings back memories.

Do you know that feeling you get about something new? I used to get this feeling with every new dress, new shoes, new book or even a new haircut. That’s what Linux is to me when I first started using it. Then I get used to it. Used Linux in office as my workstation OS, used Linux at home for testing and what-not, used Linux just to show off :D . Then slowly, that feeling faded away. Linux has become just Linux to me.

Being a member on the PLUG mailing list has made my mailbox a happy mailbox because of the fact that every single day, I receive email. And although it is not the email that came from someone I know, those emails made me feel as if I am with those who share the same interests as me. We share the same problems, share the same insights. Flame wars shooting every now and then but it is OK. Flame wars makes the mailing list seem like it is just an ordinary discussion and draws people attention that fires up the discussion (kudos to Gmail). When I have come to a dead-end, I send an SOS email and hope that someone has had my same Linux problem and got through with it.

I remember the time when I was so frustrated of making SAP run on Linux (it was my project back then to be proposed to a company who had plans of converting to Linux) and googling seems to be the dead-end, I asked for help from PLUGgers and after a day, I finally received answers to my frustration. Thank God for PLUG. The project never materialized. Lol.

PLUG may be just a mailing list to most of the people. A discussion group where you can ask questions or scout for talents. But for some, PLUG is not just an ordinary mailing list. It is a social interaction. A place where you can meet new people and be friends with those who have the same interests as you have. I have attended one seminar provided by PLUG and I have seen that some were already acquainted with each other.

Newbies will come out from time to time and ask questions on PLUG. But that will not guarantee that PLUG will be forever. PLUG may not be here to stay. But like living things, something new will come. And that is for sure.

As for me, as long as I use Linux, PLUG can always flood my mailbox. :)

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