Month: December 2008

Christmas Wish List

Christmas Wish List

For now, I can only think of one thing. I’m so in love with THIS!

#1 Chery QQ3


Not that I will actually have one though. Where is Secret Santa when you need one? 😀


#2. Panasonic Lumix LX3

UP Lantern Parade 2008

UP Lantern Parade 2008

UP Diliman Centennial Lantern Parade
3pm December 17, 2008, Academic Oval

This year’s Lantern Parade is extra special. With UP celebrating its 100 years, its constituent universities (UPLB, UPM, UP Pampanga) will be joining with their own floats. Watch the live webstreaming of the event:

  • rtsp:// (using Quicktime Player)
  • (with your choice of browser)

I will most probably be posting some videos here after the event. Anyway, here are the other events for UP Diliman’s Pasko 2008 Celebration.

School Teacher on F/OSS and the Law

School Teacher on F/OSS and the Law

This is hilarious. A school teacher from Austin, TX confiscated some Linux (HeliOS) Live CDs from her students. She then emailed the founder Ken Starks, and here’s a snippet of the email:

…observed one of my students with a group of other children gathered around his laptop. Upon looking at his computer, I saw he was giving a demonstration of some sort. The student was showing the ability of the laptop and handing out Linux disks. After confiscating the disks I called a conference with the student and that is how I came to discover you and your organization. Mr. Starks, I am sure you strongly believe in what you are doing but I cannot either support your efforts or allow them to happen in my classroom. At this point, I am not sure what you are doing is legal. No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful. These children look up to adults for guidance and discipline. I will research this as time allows and I want to assure you, if you are doing anything illegal, I will pursue charges as the law allows. Mr. Starks, I along with many others tried Linux during college and I assure you, the claims you make are grossly over-stated and hinge on falsehoods. I admire your attempts in getting computers in the hands of disadvantaged people but putting linux on these machines is holding our kids back.

This is a world where Windows runs on virtually every computer and putting on a carnival show for an operating system is not helping these children at all. I am sure if you contacted Microsoft, they would be more than happy to supply you with copies of an older verison of Windows and that way, your computers would actually be of service to those receiving them…

Head over to HeliOS blog to read Stark’s reply/reaction.

Linux – Stop Holding Our Kids Back at HeliOS Blog
School Teacher Accusing a Student and Open Source of Breaking the Law at nixCraft

CalDAV: Sync Google Calendar and iCal

CalDAV: Sync Google Calendar and iCal

Thank you Google!

For some time now, I’ve stopped using Google Calendar in favor of iCal. I used to “try” manually syncing them before through, well, the export/import method. I finally got tired at some point, and although third-party tools came out eventually, I was satisfied with my local calendar setup.

Now i’m glad CalDAV is officially out, and such hassles are out of my way. The steps from Google Support page are as follows (yep, that simple!):

  1. Download the set-up tool here.
  2. Open the tool and enter your Google Account username and password.
  3. Click Sign in.
  4. Select the calendars you’d like to add to iCal (Note you may only add calendars for which you have ownership privileges), and click Add to iCal.
  5. Add your email address to your Address Book card by selecting Add Email. You’ll be prompted to add your email address only if your address is not already in your Address Book.