June 27, 2005

Make a difference

June 27, 2005 - Categories: Uncategorized

You are all invited to attend the New Volunteers Orientation of Hands
On Manila on Tuesday, June 28th at the Powerbooks Megamall, Bldg. A,
beginning at 6pm. Hands On Manila is a non-profit organization that
coordinates a wide range of flexible volunteer opportunities around
the Mega Manila area. There are no skills required so whether you
want to do a feeding program with street children, teach some basic
baking skills, tutor Math and English, or conduct a badminton sports
clinic, there’s something for everyone.

For inquiries, please call dondon marquez or abby pacquing at 843-5231,
843-7044 or email homla@info.com.ph

コンピューターを使える人を探しています。 We are looking for somebody who can use a computer.

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June 27, 2005 - Categories: Uncategorized

Marcelle’s laptop (a Compaq Presario 2500 with 60GB of hard disk
space) succumbed to malware. I’m helping him out so that I can play a
few days of Sims 2 on his laptop. ;) To avoid future problems with
Microsoft Windows reinstallations, we’d like to make separate
partitions for games and data. That way, the next time he has problems
with Windows, he can just wipe C: and scan the other two drives.

Unfortunately, Compaq’s QuickRestore System Recovery CD makes one
NTFS partition that occupies all of the space on the hard disk.
PartitionMagic would’ve done the trick, but its hefty price-tag
just isn’t worth this one-time use.

Linux to the rescue. I’ll be installing Ubuntu on Marcelle’s laptop
anyway so that he has a relatively safer system for browsing the Web
and posting blog entries. When he’s in a strange network, he can use
Linux to protect himself from the worms and malware that would just
love to reinfect his computer.

Ubuntu’s based on the popular Debian GNU/Linux distribution, and among
other things, it contains a tool for resizing NTFS partitions without
losing any data. You don’t even need to defragment your hard disk
before resizing it. I had to run chkdsk from the Windows recovery CD
to take care of a persistent error in the filesystem before I could
use ntfsresize, but resizing it was easy after I took care of that
problem. I followed the suggested usage in
http://mlf.linux.rulez.org/mlf/ezaz/ntfsresize.html and set up the
partitions just the way I wanted them.

Hooray for Linux! Microsoft Windows might not anticipate my need to
organize data the way _I_ want to, but free software gives me the
tools I need to do what I want.

今やノート型コンピューターは弁当箱と同じくらいが一般的だ。 Now note computers are as common as lunch boxes.

John Sturdy writes:

If only I had known about Ubuntu being able to do the resize for you
— I’ve just spent a rather sore week setting up an uncooperative
Windows machine as dual-boot, using a variety of tools including
Partition Magic, parted, and others!

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Cool, another Emacs geekette

June 27, 2005 - Categories: Uncategorized

Svaksha is another Emacs geekette. She passed
by my blog and left an encouraging note about voicing one’s thoughts.

コンピューターは、たちえ緩慢にせよ大きな変化を引き起こした。 Computers caused a great if gradual change.

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June 27, 2005 - Categories: Uncategorized

My mom’s amazing. Her interest in organizing information helped
professionalize the advertising photography industry here in the
Philippines. She told me how they exchanged forms with other
photographers, sharing with them the format for the cost estimates so
that clients would be able to find information easily.

Many of the forms we use haven’t been shared with other people in the
industry. I wonder when they’re going to do another forms exchange to
help other photographers learn how to manage their work? I really
admire the way my mom keeps looking for ways to improve the workflow.
Now we’re getting client call reports from the account executives. Way

I want to get into that sort of stuff. I want to learn how to identify
the kind of information we need to capture and design the forms to
make it easier for people to write things down. My mom’s still working
on finding a balance between asking for too little and too much
information. People skip fields if the form asks for too much
information. Hmm…

US laws say that blank forms aren’t protected by copyright because the
forms do not contain information in themselves. I wonder what our laws
say? Anyway, this is cool stuff. I want to do things like the D.I.Y. Hipster PDA templates

何社製のコンピューターをお使いですか。 What make of computer do you use?

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Geeksta rap

June 27, 2005 - Categories: Uncategorized

Wired: Rap Marketing Comes to Nerdcore

Well, whaddaya know. =)

優れたコンピュータでもチェスではあなたを負かせない。 Even a good computer can’t beat you at chess.

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