December 11, 2004

From Doc Mana: We made it to the finals!

December 11, 2004 - Categories: !Uncategorized

I am very proud to announce that Ateneo de Manila University’s
programming team, “Res cogitans”, made it to the
ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals
which will be held in Shanghai, China, on April 6, 2005.

The list of finalists is available from,

http://icpc.baylor.edu/icpc/finals/Status.asp

The team won second place in the Asia-Manila regional programming
contest on November 12, 2004, and solved 7 out of 8 programming
problems, the same number as first place winner, University of
Tokyo’ team, “Squeeze”. Ateneo’s team was also declared
“Philippine Champion”.

I believe that this is the first time a Filipino team ever made it to the
ACM-ICPC World Finals, since the contest started in 1977.

Oh wow! Oh wow! Oh wow! Oh wow! Oh wow!

See, I _told_ you they’d do Really Cool Things…

E-Mail from Pablo Manalastas

Open Source Conference 2005 / Tokyo

December 11, 2004 - Categories: !Uncategorized
■『オープンソースカンファレンス2005』開催概要
開催日時:2005年3月25日(金)・26日(土) 10:00-17:00
開催場所:日本電子専門学校 7号館(東京・大久保 2004と同じ会場です)
主催:オープンソースカンファレンス実行委員会
      OSPN(Open Source People Network)

ARGH! I’ll miss it!

E-Mail from Hiroshi Miura

On call centers

December 11, 2004 - Categories: !Uncategorized

Nix wrote about his unsavory experience with call center recruitment
at
http://voidphoenix.blogthing.com/2004/11/23/can-you-smell-the-bs/#comments .

The excerpts make me really nervous about what people in the
Philippines are getting themselves into. I’m glad Nix had the critical
thinking skills to spot the dodgy segments and walk away, but what
about all those people who are grabbing at straws?

What can I do to make things better?

Evolution as a Planner user

December 11, 2004 - Categories: emacs

(Posted to emacs-wiki-discuss some time back.)

Me, I started by using Planner+Remember to scribble down random
thoughts and put them somewhere publishable. It’s kinda funny. Here’s
the very first entry I have on 2001.11.02:


 .#1 Playing with planner (linux, emacs)

 Today's been a busy day. I don't suppose I can get planner to nicely
 work with all the rest of emacs, can it? I rather like emacswiki...

 Alright, seems to be fine. Planner's actually pretty nifty. I'll pop
 the description into my remembrance agent index on the next scan, I
 suppose; maybe it'll be useful.

 I wonder if I can get the wiki to recognize non-wiki words. That would
 be pretty nice.

 Off to dinner with me now.

Used it for a week, then stopped using it. Resumed on 2002.06.20,
having discovered remember-mode and the joys of blogging. For two
months, used planner as a blog.

Then my 2002.08.17 epiphany note:


 .#1 Planner is actually quite useful. So is emacs-wiki.

That was when I started really using tasks. They were linked to
project pages, but I didn’t have Gnus integration then. The first time
I created a task based on an e-mail message seems to have been
2003.07.31. Almost a year of using Planner as just a blog, and that
was before planner-rss.el!

It took me another 8 months to realize that it would be a good idea if
I could make a task from an e-mail message _and_ assign it to a plan
page. My first such task is on my 2004.03.12 entry. (That’s this year!)

Somewhere along the way, we added a few modules for integrating with
other parts of Emacs, so we moved to more flexible URL handling. The
number of modules increased even more. People add stuff to link to
whatever they use frequently. For example, I added the planner-erc
module so that I could keep track of who asked for what planner
feature on #emacs… ^_^

So don’t worry, you don’t have to start with a really funky Planner
config. Use whatever you feel like using. Feel free to ask questions.
If something is missing, we’ll try to see if we can hack it in. =)

By the way, you don’t need to remember the history of planner. I
didn’t realize I took _that_ long to come up with obvious tweaks until
I, err, reviewed my planner files in the course of writing this
message. That’s why this community is such a wonderful, wonderful
resource. People come up with all the coolest things… =)