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  • Difficult choices
  • Networking
  • Adphoto notes
  • A fun-filled day: part 3. At Pipers
  • Fixed the network connection
  • Where to find entries

Difficult choices

UToronto is offering me admission.
An interesting startup is recruiting me.
Choices are always difficult.

I would like to defer my U of T admission a few months—a sem at
most—and try out the startup. Having my cake and eating it too. I’m
excited about the opportunities. I want to learn about the business
side of things. I want to see a startup try to get all the way to
shipping a product. I’m looking forward to picking their brains.
Lawrence and Luis have worked on other startups before, and they’ve
been quite successful. I want to learn why. I also want to put
together a little investment kitty I can use for myself in the future.
I think the business experience will enrich my research work and make
me even more valuable to the department.

I was going to post a long entry thinking through some other factors,
but posting it as I had originally written it would be doing a grave
disservice to my mother. Initially I was frustrated by her lack of
enthusiasm and her skepticism (although not straight disapproval).
Silly me, of course! Not only is my mom a very savvy business person
who’s just reminding me to do due diligence (and indeed I will e-mail
the former companies of the guys heading the startup), but she’s also
my mom, and although she’s not entirely keen on the idea of my being
away, she knows it’s a selfish feeling and won’t let that stop me from
going.

Conclusion: I have an ubercool mom who is handling all of these things
far, far better than other moms can be expected to.

I really, really love her.

So I’ll check this thing out. If the guys pass whatever tests I can
think of _and_ the UToronto people say OK, then I’ll sign up with them
for a stint. If not, I’ll head over to Canada so that I can get
started right away and come home soon.

I lurv my mom.

1匹の猫を別とすれば家は空っぽだった。 The house was empty except for a cat.

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Networking

The network tester I bought yesterday was very useful. Celine and Yaya
suddenly lost network connection, and the tester quickly showed me
that both cables going to the first floor had been significantly
damaged. I showed Jun how the network tester tests individual wires.
We think rats might have chewed on the wires. Jun will rewire the
connection going downstairs. I gave him the wall mounts, networking
jacks, cable reel, and network tester: he’s all set to do some major
networking stuff.

Celine didn’t receive some mail Mom sent her, so I confirmed that the
server had plenty of free space and I sent another test message.
However, my mom’s default settings with Globelines didn’t work.

To prevent its mail servers from being used for spam, Globelines
requires users to check their Globelines account before allowing them
to send mail through its servers (POP before SMTP). I didn’t want to
save my mom’s Globelines password on all the computers that needed to
send mail. On 2005.03.03, I installed another network card in our
IntranetServer and configured it to check my mom’s Globelines account
regularly. This worked without a hitch because I had assigned
addresses to keep the two networks separate.

When they plugged the wireless router in, though, the factory defaults
conflicted with my addressing scheme. I suppose she had luckily
managed to avoid those problems for a while. Still, fixing it was
just a matter of sitting down and configuring the router properly. I
set the router password and the wireless security settings as well.

We’re still not done arranging for Mom’s flight to Canada. Argh.
The printer’s annoying, the website’s somewhat frustrating… Mrph.

彼らは熱烈にいがみ合っている。 They fight like cat and dog.

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Adphoto notes

  • 1. What must a sales person be, have, know or learn to be effective in sales?
  • 2. Difference between sales and marketing functions; sales vs sales management
  • presentable; pleasing personality; approachable
  • communications: spoken, written English and Tagalog; negotiation; good listener; presentation skills; computer literacy/savvy
  • ethics
  • training: product knowledge: equipment, services, photographers’ skills and expertise; sales, presentation skills
  • job description
  • familiarization with company (people, facilities, policies, organization structure, presentation/sales kits (images, spiel/script)
  • clients: know clients and their requirements; who? territorial assignments
  • pricing
  • competitors
  • performance
  • employment contracts

training: when?

  • as soon as hired
  • continuing training
  • periodic

lack of training

  • not productive
  • short of knowledge
  • lack of confidence
  • wrong information
  • not professional
  • train, keep
  • train, lose
  • not train, keep
  • not train, lose XX

Why do clients get Adphoto?

  • quality of work
  • support service
  • good food
  • Lucas
  • fast delivery
  • high tech
  • good reputation
  • facilities
  • we go to them

what do we need to train: (materials)

  • portfolios
  • list of equipment and usage
  • photographers’ profiles
  • list of clients
  • pricing guidelines / rate sheets / stock photos / equipment rental / studio rentals
  • company policies
  • sales policies
  • job descriptions
  • reports / forms / analysis: billing (per qtr, per client, per …), collection, cost estimate, job, sched, delivery receipt. frequency, volume, value.
  • workflow
  • corporate profile
  • services
  • supplies
  • performance evaluation
  • advertising and promo materials
  • employment contracts

Action:

  • 1. prepare a training manual
  • 2. prepare a training program
  • 3. update old employees’ employment contracts, job description
  • 4. look for someone to handle sales training

「ええ、かわいい、ちいさな、ふわふわしたねこですよ」年をとったおばあさんが言いました。 “Yes, a sweet little fluffy cat” said the very old woman.

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A fun-filled day: part 3. At Pipers

My mom and I are out clubbing.

Ish.

Well, we’re at Pipers on C. Palanca St. in Ayala, and we’re waiting
for the stand-up comedy show to start. If it’s nice, I’m probably
going to look into attending a comedy workshop. Good for public
speaking practice. ;)

猫は椅子の上にいますか、椅子の下にいますか。 Is the cat on the chair or under the chair?

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Fixed the network connection

Celine was having terrible problems with her network connection.
Initially I thought it was because Quickbooks couldn’t handle the
cascaded switch configuration, but with packet loss of over 50% and
only two hosts connected to the switch, it didn’t seem to be a
resource problem. The high packet loss meant that Quickbooks was
practically unusable. When I took my laptop down to the lobby for
diagnostics, I couldn’t even ping the server. The tester lit up the
lines in the right order, although one of the cables didn’t have a
working pin 1.

After some poking around, I threw my hands up and crimped one of the
spare cables according to the standards. (Good thing we had spares!)
Lo and behold! It worked! I should leave a wiring diagram in Jun’s
networking toolbox.

Does anyone have a 110 punch tool for terminating wall mounts? I
expected the wall mounts to be self-terminating like the patch panels
in the dorm, but that wasn’t the case. PC Express carries wall mounts,
but not the tool for terminating them—go figure!

おしゃべりの人は、いつもの秘密をばくろしってえは他人の利が愛を冒している。 A talkative person is always letting the cat out of the bag and jeopardizing the interests of others.

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Where to find entries

My mom noticed I hadn’t been updating this blog. If you’re looking for
some news on my life, they’re over at
http://www.livejournal.com/~sachachua/ . Many of the entries are
friends-only, but so far I am fairly liberal with the definition of
“friend” and will probably add you if you want. =) Set up an LJ
account at http://www.livejournal.com and add me to your Friends list;
I routinely check to see if anyone new has added me.

That way, I don’t have to clutter up
the tech-related aggregators like Pinoy Tech Scene
with my sentimental mush. ;)

私は先月新しいコンピュータを買いました。 I bought a new computer last month.

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