I went to Ateneo early this morning, fully intending to just say hi and then go back home to revamp the network. Doc Mana somehow managed to talk me into joining the students for the morning contest, and I'm very glad I did so.
Yes, Eric and I lost. We solved only three problems compared to the four problems Allan, Mark and Miguel solved. Knowing how rusty I am, knowing how uncertain the dynamics were, it was a no-win kind of thing—but I went and joined it anyway, just for kicks.
I think it turned out really well.
I think we all won.
Winning isn't just a matter of points. It's not a matter of beating someone or keeping your reputation intact or whatever. It's nothing like that at all.
So, yes, the next generation beat me. Yes, they had one additional person, but that doesn't make their achievement any less cool. Heck, if you're going to go for absolute ranking, Eric solved more problems than I did. I solved one on my own and made a passable attempt at another; he solved two problems completely.
Someone just looking at the numbers will not understand why I enjoyed that contest so much. I loved it, every single moment of it: from scribbling tentative solutions and working through them with a pen, frowning at stubborn bugs... Yes, even until the last few minutes when I was, like, gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.
It was fun.
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!
E-Mail from Miguel A. Paraz
Congratulations to the teams who competed in the recently concluded Java Cup and Quizzardry competitions! The Java Cup was held last 3 Mar 2005, while the Quizzardly was held the next day, 4 Mar 2005. The teams competed from those sent by DLSU, iAcademy, UPD, AMA, FEU, Chang Kai Shek, and UA&P.
The said events were part of the 20th Computer Science Week of the University of the Philippines, Diliman, and were both organized by the UP Association of Computer Science Majors (UP CURSOR).
Champion: Ateneo 3
- Miguel Arguelles (4 CS)
- Allan Espinosa (3 ECE)
- Michael Tan (2 CS, alternate)
Second runner up: Ateneo 2
- Joseph Noel (4 CS)
- Paul Rivera (4 CS)
4th place: Ateneo 1
- Erik Uy (4 CS)
- Charles Yeung (4 MIS)
- Ramon "Akie" Mejia (3 CS, alternate)
Champion: Ateneo 2
- Mark Punzalan (3 CS)
- Vanessa Gonzales (3 CS)
- Randolph "Zippy" Espinosa (3 CS)
Second runner up: Ateneo 3
- Erik Uy (4 CS)
- Marc Lihan (3 CS)
- Erwin Lee (3 MIS)
- Ealden Escanan (3 MIS)
- Gil San Pedro (3 CS)
- Robin Yu (1 CS)
Ealden Esto E. EscaÃƒÂ±an
Outgoing CompSAt President
E-Mail from Ealden Esto E. EscaÃƒÂ±an