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MSU-IIT student wins IBM Linux Scholar Challenge

http://news.inq7.net/infotech/index.php?index=1&story_id=31491

Filipino software developer wins IBM Linux Scholar tilt

Posted 00:33am (Mla time) Mar 24, 2005
By Erwin Lemuel Oliva
INQ7.net

FILIPINO software development talent shines once again.

Jan Stevens Ancajas, a student of the Mindanao State University-Iligan
Institute of Technology, was among the grand prizewinners of the 2004
IBM Linux Scholars Challenge, INQ7.net learned Wednesday.

Ancajas was among 20 winners from all over the world in the yearly
challenge hosted by the computer giant IBM.

The Filipino developer’s program entry described as “Dynamic DNS
solution for a campus network” was cited as one of the best software
programs developed by a student.

This IBM-hosted contest solicits entries from students all over the
world. Each winner will receive an IBM ThinkPad T-Series with Linux
and will also have the opportunity to qualify for one of the three
Summer 2005 internships at the IBM Linux Technology Center.

Wow! =D Congrats!

(Oooooh, envious…)

E-Mail from Miguel A. Paraz

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Living with ratpoison

I use the wonderfully minimalist
ratpoison window manager.
Unlike most window managers, ratpoison leaves my shortcut keys alone.
I can do everything without lifting my hands from the keyboard.

The important parts of my ~/.Xsession are simply:

emacs &
exec ratpoison

This is my ~/.ratpoisonrc

banish
escape F11

Whenever I start up X, I get Emacs in full-screen mode. I can use F11
c to create a terminal window. If I need to refer to another
application, I use F11 :split and :hsplit to arrange my screen. F11
:only returns to my one-window layout.

ratpoison doesn’t deal well with window-y applications like the GIMP,
but that’s what the :tmpwm command is for. I usually switch to FVWM
with :tmpwm fvwm when I need to use GIMP, then exit FVWM to return to
my ratpoison environment when done.

Great stuff. Glad Clair’s checking it out.

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The conference was so much fun!

My laptop wouldn’t talk to the projector, so I did my Knoppix talk
without slides. I forgot to give people my e-mail address. Whoops.
Still, I have a few contacts, and I guess that’s a good start. Most
people had already tried Linux, so I went for the
evangelization-of-others angle instead, although I threw in a few
benefits for newbies.

I misplaced Vahid’s index card, but I know he’s a Ma. IT student at
USC. I should write to him about repartitioning.

Chatted with Lawrence and Justin over dinner. Turns out they’re both
into Stephenson and other SF stuff. (Thanks to Baryon for introducing
me to those books!) I think I convinced Justin to try out Emacs.

It was tons of fun geeking out and swapping stories. Lawrence is a
treasure-trove of business experience and geek stories. =)

Tired from a long but absolutely fun day. Good night!

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Major new contacts from the open source conference

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Official website for OSC-Ph 2005

Official website for open source conference to be held in Cebu on March 14 and 15:

http://www.secure.net.ph/ossa/

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Clueful cybercafe in the Philippines

Clair wrote:

Sessinet in Dilimall =) It’s on the second floor of Dilimall. It is
across Red Fox (the photo shop). It’s the net cafe with extra study
tables so students can study/do their homework while waiting their
turn in the net cafe.

They currently use Firefox as the default browser but they have had
customers who want IE. They plan to use Open Office soon. And after
a while use Linux for their OS =) One of the computers in the shop is
currently dual boot Windows XP and Debian Sarge.

E-Mail from clair ching

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