December 10, 2002

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Microsoft and wasted PR opportunities

Back to Microsoft. I really, really hope they push through with the wireless thing. I don’t understand why Microsoft isn’t very actively courting us. C’mon, if I were an evil empire and I wanted to ensure my hold on the future generations, I’d get them while they were young. I’d give freebies, training, cool gadgets, lots of publicity… Microsoft’s a large company with plenty of budget to spare. We just won an international competition – you think they’d take advantage of that wonderful PR opportunity. I suppose their marketing is losing their edge. ;) Of course this is all just personal opinion, since our school obviously believes in Microsoft enough to go for the Academic Alliance and that .NET stuff, but still…

If you think about it, many of our classes are too vendor-centric. Take Contemporary Databases (translation: Oracle), or Enterprise Java Programming (guess), or even Intro to C++, which was actually pretty okay if not fairly boring, and had a sliver of MFC tacked on at the end but didn’t cover other toolkits). On the plus side, we do actually have Systems Programming, which is Unix-based thanks to the strong push of people like William Yu, Sir Marco and Doc Mana if I’m not mistaken. w00t!

(Update 2003.09.24: Come to think of it, we’re remarkably not vendor-centric – at least the classe I’ve taken.)

Anyway, I really should be going to bed now. My roommate has borrowed my alarm clock again – it’s apparently the loudest in the dorm… =) Hopefully I’ll remember to wake up tomorrow. Good night!

Gadgets

Must find a way to clean mouse point.

Ah, yes, the wireless card. =) I am a very lucky girl. My parents got
me a wireless card for my Christmas gift (in addition to my beautiful
subnotebook, of course). One of the things I really like about my
parents is that they won’t actually wait until Christmas to give it to
me, since I can very well use it before then. =) I have clueful
parents.

Got my wireless card working. There was a bit of confusion about eth0
and eth1 – turned out to be my fault. Once I had gotten my dhclient
all sorted out (I was mistakenly calling it from intuitively, and that
turned out to be a Bad Thing), it Just Worked. For reference, I’ve
got a Linksys WPC-11 Instant Wireless card. It’s supposed to be a
Prism2, so has limited functionality but can act as a wireless access
point with the hostap tools. Coverage in Faura is not bad, but I
haven’t checked other areas for decent signal. Should improve if
Dr. Sarmenta manages to get Microsoft to agree to blanket the campus
with wireless access points.

Speaking of Dr. Sarmenta… He was in a meeting earlier, so we didn’t
have ThesisProject class. I want to change advisors. ;)

Marcelle’s blog

Someone I know referenced me in his blog. Marcelle – remember him?
Right. I never could quite figure out why he was going nuts over the
fact that I’m simply not the kind of person who can arbitrarily become
best friends with people, and certainly our lack of intersect would
make it rather difficult for us to get to know each other. Anyway, he
seems to have dealt with that issue fairly well. His blog is over at
http://www.mistervader.blogspot.com , and is – as he admitted in
e-mail – fairly angsty, although I find it really just more concerned
about things like Otaku Boards (http://www.otakuboards.com), which I’d
visited but haven’t really felt at home in. I am surprisingly less
anime-centric than the stereotypical geek, I suppose.