November 30, 2004

Thinko: Incentives for open-source adoption

November 30, 2004 - Categories: -Uncategorized

Let's say that I want to introduce to an organization that already has site licenses for Microsoft Office. I'd talk about it in terms of money: that is, how much people would save if they switched. I'd give them some time to try out in order to see if they can survive a year without Microsoft Office. It'll be up to them to figure out what to do with, but they can form support groups if they want.

Because site licenses depend on the number of seats, I'd keep a running count of the people who signed up for the program so that we can see the prospective savings. I'd pass those savings directly to the employees' monthly salaries so that they can see the effect. It'll cost more initially—think of this as the cost of training.

This makes the benefits of open source tangible and rewards people who are open to change.

I'd keep at least one Windows machine with Microsoft Office around so that people have somewhere to go when a client sends them something braindead. However, I would post a sign warning people about viruses, and do an anti-virus sweep frequently (every night?). The results of this would be posted.

Reflections on study methods

November 30, 2004 - Categories: -Uncategorized

I think I'm overdrilling the kanji. I need to finish the chuukyuu homework in less time, though. According to my timeclock (absolutely wonderful, that thing is!), this is how I spent my day yesterday:

0:38:30 Kanji lesson 25: Review
0:39:38 Take my laundry down and iron it
0:02:43 Kanji lesson 25: Second review
0:38:12 Kanji lesson 26: 1st pass
0:22:07 Dinner
0:31:04 Chuukyuu homework 13
0:06:35 Kanji lesson 26: 2nd pass
0:18:56 Chuukyuu homework 14
0:31:12 Kanji lesson 27: 1st pass
1:08:55 Chuukyuu homework 15

for a total of around 5 hours and much tiredness.

Perhaps I can use electronic flashcards instead, although I won't be able to sort it that easily. Instead of sorting, I can perhaps skip over stuff I already know. Using flashcard.el's Leitner method will result in overdrilling again. I should practice writing based on the reading, as that will also take care of making sure I learn onyomi.

Maybe I should make two passes per group of five kanji, then one pass through the whole thing. After that, I'll do the homework. Review is done as one pass of writing through the whole thing.

I'm almost out of word cards. I'll need to either stock up on them or think of an electronic way to do this. I need quick access to the correct answer and a way to keep track of my progress. I have to resist the temptation to hack up something quickly. I shouldn't be thinking about writing a program to do the job. (Once a programmer, always a programmer)...

Mmkay. As for optimizing my chuukyuu homework: I should probably fill the vocabulary part all in one go. If I keep the computer open, I can use it to look up pronunciation. I should also review all of the grammar using the web-based training notes, as they provide just the bare essentials. When in doubt, I can turn to the paper version.


- Get my Chuukyuu chapter time down to 20 minutes.

- Break down my kanji study time into the time it takes me to copy the

kanji down, the time it takes me to make a first pass and the retention rate of such, the time it takes me to make a second pass, and how much time until I feel reasonably happy with my progress.

- Use another method for my second set of kanji: groups of five in

between Chuukyuu questions. Track total time.

Japanese food event in the Philippines

November 30, 2004 - Categories: -Uncategorized
Invitation to Tabemono Fest
Juujiro J-Culture Organization, Inc.
cordially invites you to

Tabemono Fest: A Festivitiy of Japanese Cuisine
Saturday, 11 December 2004
at Crisanta Towers, Pasig City

program starts at 12:00 pm

there will be cooking demos, on-the-spot cooking contest, extreme ramen eating contest, free food taste and recipes.

entrance fee is P70.

for pre-registration and inquiries, email us at

Juujiro Officers

E-Mail from Anuerin Diaz

Kanji reflection

November 30, 2004 - Categories: -Uncategorized
0:08:46 Kanji 28: Copy compounds onto paper
0:05:16 Kanji 28: Practice writing, first pass ...
0:02:05 Kanji 28: Practice writing, second pass ...
0:03:14 Kanji 29: Combined pass
0:09:18 Kanji 26, 27: Review

Considering that it takes only 9 minutes to copy things down on paper, I think I'll continue using the wordcards. They're handy for reviewing, too. That means I need to go to Jusco and buy more. Three chapters of kanji fill up one word card ring, conservatively speaking. I need six word card rings for the rest of the book, and perhaps two for my review. I will buy 4 sets of 2 word card rings tonight.

Notable people who use Emacs

November 30, 2004 - Categories: emacs

Shamelessly stolen off comp.emacs. You can see it at

- Richard Stallman (founder of Free Software Foundation) is an Emacs user. Hint: He is the original author of Emacs, after all. :-)

- Yukihiro Matsumoto (creator of the Ruby programming language) is an Emacs user. Hint: He said so in a post to ruby-talk mailing list. Quote from "I wrote ruby-mode.el; I live in Emacs; I program in Emacs; I debug in Emacs; I read mails in Emacs; I wrote MUA for Emacs."

- Jeremy Zawodny (author of "High Performance MySQL") is an Emacs user. Hint: He wrote Emacs Beginners' Howto (

- Andrew S. Tanenbaum used elle. It is some clone of emacs. Then

he moved to emacs. He said so in his homepage. "Which editor do you use for producing books? I used to use elle, a stripped down emacs clone, but I finally decided to take the plunge and move up to full emacs."

- James Gosling, father of Java, currently CTO at Sun's Developer Products Group, uses Emacs. Hint: He wrote a C-based Emacs implementation in 1981 (the code portions of which became GNU Emacs). ... Uh, no. He was one of the reasons that the GPL and copyright assignments were invented. His code had to be removed from Emacs and substantial portions rewritten by Stallman, because he refused to let his stuff get distributed by the FSF.

- Jamie Zawinski, one of the main coders for Netscape Navigator and one the founders of the Mozilla Foundation, uses Emacs. Hint: He wrote Lucid Emacs. There's an Emacs timeline document on his website, ... So you can bet your sweet *** that he is not using Emacs, but rather XEmacs (which is the successor of Lucid Emacs).

- Guy Steele. Co-inventor of Scheme, author of "Common Lisp the

Language", co-author of the Java language specification, first person to port TeX, served on the standards commitees for C, Fortran, Common Lisp and Scheme. And finally designer of the original Emacs command set.

- John McCarthy. Inventor of Lisp, one of the founders of AI

research. (proof:

- SF writer Neil Stephenson uses Emacs for some of his books "I use emacs, which might be thought of as a thermonuclear word processor."

- Donald Erwin Knuth (creator of TeX) is an Emacs user. Hint: See that Fvwm2-config and its screenshot.

- Eric "ESR" Steven Raymond is an Emacs user. Hints: Author of "Learning

GNU Emacs". See also this:

Notable people who don't use Emacs

- Larry Wall (creator of Perl) is NOT an Emacs user. Hint: His geek code for Emacs ( decodes as: "I refuse to categorize myself on Emacs. Emacs? I don't even know what that is..."

- Tim O'Reilly is NOT emacs user. He uses vi:

- W. Richard Stevens (RIP) was NOT Emacs user. He used vi. Hints:

- Paul Graham, author of several Lisp books, designer of Arc, founder of Viaweb (which became Yahoo! Store), ironically uses vi and NOT Emacs according to . More proofs needed.

Study reflections

November 30, 2004 - Categories: -Uncategorized

It doesn't take that much time to make kanji wordcards or look up grammar points in my textbook, so I won't see significant improvements if I moved to the computer for reviewing.

Similarly, kanji study passes don't take that much time and I absorb things well after a few passes, so I don't have to formally break things up into smaller sets. Here's how I currently do things:

- 1. Write cards for the chapter.

- 2. Do one pass of writing immediately after.

- 3. Do another pass just through the mistakes until I'm happy with them.

- 4. Do another pass through the chapter kanji.

- 5. If I made any mistakes, go back to step 3. If not, put the deck

away for a while.

I have problems remembering the readings now, though, so I should probably go back to doing reading first.

Wow. I'm done with my homework, and it's only 9:08! I have some time to focus on my JLPT-specific review.

Time division

November 30, 2004 - Categories: -Uncategorized

Hah. Instead of ploughing ahead with my Japanese proficiency test review now, I plan go to sleep at 11 and wake up at 6:30. Then I will review my kanji, then go through the kanji I need for the Japanese proficiency test. That gives me time to relax in the evenings. Very important if I don't want to lose my head.

Linux certification

November 30, 2004 - Categories: -Uncategorized

Rommel Feria said about the LPI certification exam:

Sacha, we can have another one for March - no problem! Just get 14 other people to take the exam with you. :D

Yay! Can people wait for me? =)