November 26, 2004

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Hirai-sensei was about to assign us chapter 11 for web-based training
when I asked if she meant that we were to do it again. She was
surprised to find out that not only had we finished chapter 11, but we
had finished the entire module during our practical training. (We had
promised to do so!)

We’re angling for more vocab and reading/writing practice and less
funky grammar that we won’t really use at work, anyway. Other people
also felt that although the current way of teaching us was neither bad
nor too easy, it could be made more relevant. It was a lot of fun
discussing the curriculum with the teacher.

She still has to ask the Tokyo staff if our proposal is feasible, but
I certainly hope it will be implemented.

Linux in Japanese schools : Way cool!

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Things You Can Do to Help the Debian Tagalog Translation Team

eric pareja (xenos AT said:

Here are some things you can do to help.

First, get a recent copy of the debian installer tl.po. It can be obtained using Subversion or by downloading from

Next, you can do one of the following:

– a) read through the TRANSLATED messages and comment about good and bad translations to the debian-tl mailing list. if you think the translated message is good and doesn’t merit comment, that’s fine. if you think the translated message is BAD, then please comment about it on the mailing list. if you think that the translated message is a very good translation that can be an example for other translations, the please make a note to the mailing list also.

– b) read through the FUZZY messages and make suggestions about the translation. messages marked FUZZY are not the best translations yet.

– c) read through the UNTRANSLATED messages and post to the debian-tl mailing list with your suggested translation. I will fold the translation into the tl.po with a note in the comments about your work and then commit it to the subversion repository upstream.

Thank you and have fun translating!

Eric Pareja
Debian Tagalog Translation Team Coordinator

E-Mail from Eric Pareja

Responding to notetaking entry on Sim Gamboa III’s blog

The best system is the one you grow yourself. How do you take notes?

I mindmap a lot. Although mindmapping on paper is a lot of fun,
Freemind‘s keyword shortcuts lets
me mindmap nearly as quickly.

I haven’t opened Freemind in a while, though. Can’t be bothered to
switch out of Emacs. My talks usually start out as text outlines. I
don’t write it all in one swoop. I type random keywords, backtrack,
fill in, rewrite… Sometimes I pull out a sheet of paper and redo my
mindmap there, reorganizing it in the process. When I’m happy with the
sequence, it gets turned into slides.

For random snippets, I use Planner because it’s so easy to blog text
from my current window. People who use web browsers a lot might want
to check out Bloglines,,
QuickNote, and other Web annotation tools.

I think that making it easier to get stuff out of your head is the
first thing you have to do. You can worry about the quality of said
stuff later. ;)

As for the note about extreme programming: you might want to check out
David Allen’s Getting Things Done method. It emphasizes focusing small
accomplishments and reflecting. =)

– Freemind:
– Bloglines:
– QuickNote:


Starting patch from krid

(defsubst planner-task-open ()
  "Mark the current task as open."
  (planner-mark-task "_"))
  (let ((map planner-mode-map))
   (define-key map "\C-c\C-t\C-_" 'planner-task-open))

Paste contents: Raw Source | XML
@item planner-task-open @samp{_}
@defun planner-task-open
Mark the current task as open.
@end defun
@kbd{C-c C-t C-_}: @code{planner-task-open}.