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January 2010 Geek Events

January 2010 Geek Events

I can see a trend forming here…

I wanted to write separate entries for these equally worthy events that happened for the past month. But as it is, January was again as busy as ever. I don’t think I have time to periodically update this blog anymore. Nothing new about that piece of news though, as I’ve been really on and off here since the beginning. Anyway, here’s a peek on 4 cool/informative/interesting events I’ve been to for January. What a way to start the year!

Wireless and Rural Connectivity Technologies and Start-ups (January 06)

My first event of the year was about wireless infrastructure! It was held at the UP TechnoHub on January 6.

The first session of the Kape+Teknolohiya series of talks hosted by the Ayala Foundation and UP-ERDT was graced by Prof. Eric Brewer, PhD. He’s a lecturer at UC Berkeley who also founded Inktomi (now part of Yahoo’s search engine) and built USA.gov (under President Clinton).

In the morning, Dr. Brewer discussed about long-range wireless technologies and its implications and benefits for rural development. He discussed about their research WILDNet (Wifi-based Long Distance Networks) as a low-cost solution for developing countries/regions such as the Philippines. I am impressed when he showcased their achievement as having the longest distance with stable wifi link. From the paper Beyond Pilots: Keeping Rural Wireless Networks Alive [link], they “were able to achieve a total of 6 Mbps bidirectional TCP through- put (3 Mbps each way simultaneously) over single-hop 382 km WiLDNet link between Pico Aguila and Platil- lon in Venezuela.” Ain’t that cool?

Anyway, I noticed that the efforts are nothing new in the country. I remember some two years ago that UP EEE had some OVCRD-funded wifi deployment in the Batanes area [read here]. What i didn’t know was that Dr. Ramos (EEE professor) was part of Dr. Brewer’s research project.

If there is more to be gained with this talk, it’s the labor that Dr. Brewer is spending to spread the awareness that such efforts of providing Internet connectivity to rural areas can in fact change lives and improve communities. He has shown examples in India and Ghana on how it was utilized in medicine and the results were spectacular. More so, the talk opened up opportunities for more discussions with CICT on possibly extending the Batanes project to more rural areas around the country.

In the afternoon, Dr. Brewer talked about his startup company – Inktomi – which started as a simple project at Berkeley. Inktomi was a search engine acquired by Yahoo! It was an interesting talk, where Brewer detailed the rise and eventually fall of the company. It was the perfect kind of talk for a venue like the TechnoHub, being the business incubator of the University.

PS: I so wanted to ask him for mentoring at UC Berkeley! 😀

Event Announcements HERE and HERE.

Asiasource Reunion (January 09)

What else can i say. This was pure fun! Alright, not exactly. The week leading to it was a struggle, since we (the AS3 peeps) are the ones organizing it. BUT we were able to pull it off anyway with everyone’s effort.

Asiasource Reunion gathered the alumni from Asiasource 1, 2, and 3 and their friends at the G2VC Innovation Center in Ortigas. It was a night of games, sing-along, photoshoot, speedgeek, and food pinoy-style. It ended up a successful reunion, although we missed some friends. Anyway, part 2 is coming up soon so do watch out for the Magic Sing Rematch.

1st North Luzon FOSS Conference (January 18-19)

I think this deserves a separate entry, one which I can’t simply do at the moment. Suffice it to say that I was super impressed with the organizers. With little preparation time leading to the event, they were able to attract interesting participants, come up with a sufficient line up of talks for the program, and provide free food and freebies. I was here as part of the Philippine Open Source Network (POSNet). Some of us presented talks on FOSS Success Stories and did lectures on some FOSS applications. It was 2 days of fun and learning. North Luzon is FOSSified!

Mozilla PH Community 2010 Kick-off Planning (January 23)

Met with the Mozilla PH Community, lead by Regnard Raquedan, for the planning session at The Old Spaghetti House (TOSH) in Technohub. It was a simple gathering which started with great food. Everyone knows that an event with great food makes for great outcome. And so it did. The group came up with very exciting line-up of activities for the year, some in conjunction with other Open Source events while some are self-hosted. I can’t post the line up here yet, so do watch out at the Mozilla PH Blog. You can also join us up at the mailing list here.

NOTE: Pics to follow. I want this out there in the void/internet asap.

Geeky Social Month

Geeky Social Month

The past month has been totally event-filled. After Asia Source 3 Camp, I found myself “fully-booked” and out a few times every week – either attending geek events or working on personal matters. That atop a pile of work made the last month of the year a very hectic one. Good heavens the streak finally ended Friday night, after the stressful coverage of the Lantern Parade. Anyway, just to recap, here are some of the geek events me and my active Dilnet kids have attended. (Each is deserving of a separate post, but it’s too late for that now.)

Five Years of Firefox in Manila! (Nov. 21)

High five! It is the fifth anniversary of Firefox. The event was held at the Fuller Hall, Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Makati from 3-5pm. It was organized by Mozilla Philippines Community in cooperation with Globe Telecom and AIM. Some 70 open source and firefox fans are in attendance.

Speakers include Allan Caeg (Mozilla Philippines Community Coordinator), Regnard Raquedan (Mozilla Philippines Community Leader), RenRen Gabas (Mozilla Campus Reps) and Sherwin Sowy (Globe Labs Head of Future Applications). Some interesting facts i gathered from the talks:

50% Mozilla Firefox shares in the Philippines
75 number of languages Mozilla Firefox is available
100% believes that it’s the best time to switch to Firefox!

Yeba! The Philippines is such a huge force. Altogether, let’s take back the web. Celebrate with Firefox.

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How-To: Setup IPv6 Connectivity using DD-WRT

How-To: Setup IPv6 Connectivity using DD-WRT

I was bored. Plus it was planned long before anyway. [Why just now? It’s either i have other things to do, or I had to let go of the completely-configured AP to deploy somewhere else.]

So here’s how i set-up an IPv6 connectivity using Tunnelbroker and a Linksys WRT54G running on DD-WRT firmware.

I. Setup an account in Hurricane Electric’s Tunnelbroker.

  1. Signup for an account in TunnelBroker. Be ready to provide information, such as your valid email address. The password will be delivered to your email.
  2. Once you have logged in, click “Create regular Tunnel” under User Functions in the left-hand side of the screen. NOTE: you can also create BGP tunnel (haven’t tried yet)
  3. In the “Setup IPv6 Regular Tunnel” page, input your static public IPv4 address. Note that this should be reachable via icmp before it can be added.
  4. Select the server closest to you. I chose Hong Kong. Then Submit.
  5. Check the Tunnel Details for your newly created tunnel. You are allowed to create a maximum of 4 tunnels for your account.
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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

How-To: Change Hostname

How-To: Change Hostname

I swear, i always forget how to do this even though i’ve done it for the nth time. For my sake (and maybe a few others out there), here are several ways on how to do it.

But first check your hostname. It’s normally set to localhost.localdomain. To do that, use uname -n or simply hostname.

Now to change to your desired hostname, the easiest way is to use the hostname command.

> hostname server1.irrashai.net

Normally it does the trick. But if it doesn’t, edit /etc/hosts and add the ff line. server1.irrashai.net server1

Then edit /etc/hostname and add your hostname. Don’t worry if the file doesn’t exist, just create it.

Next edit /etc/sysconfig/network and add


Finally, this last trick is very useful if all else fails.

echo server1.irrashai.net > /proc/sys/kernel/hostname

There! Now i don’t have to use google when i have to do this.