Saturday, January 21, 2006

i n0ticed dat its dificult 2 tsansfer new techn0logies!

(Put content here 0n how I can develop technologies that will speed up technology transfer) >>Read more

What kind of technologies do we need to develop?

- The internet began based on curiousity on networked computers.
- The developers were jokers too but very serious in the ideas
- The Internet which is a very sophisticated network right now did nit
evolve overnight, it even started with simple protocols such as FTP
and simple browsers such as the Gopher. It would mean to say that any
system or product cannot be produced at one sitting. It evolves! But
the dedication, vision and perseverance of the people behind the
Internet are really insurmountable. How were they able to come up with
such big ideas! Is it really just out curiousity or God teach them to
do it?
- If we are going to trace the evolution of other communication
systems, the end-goal is all about making people live closer in one
world which besets boundaries, cultures, and geographic locations. But
the current technologies does not yet make the world a nice world for
everyone. Is there any ultimate technology that will really unite all
people in the world which would result in a new paradise on Earth?
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DOST-ASTI stresses necessity, benefits of open source

By Ronald James P. PanisSPECIAL PROJECTS WRITERTHE Department of Science and Technology/Advanced Science andTechnology Institute (DOST-ASTI) continues to stress the necessity andadvantages of adopting the open source concept, hoping that thegovernment, which still has to totally embrace the idea, will fullyimplement the system in its various agencies."The government is not solid in supporting open source, which maybedue to political and economic issues," said Engr. Edwin Viñas, ascience research specialist I at DOST-ASTI, who lamented the fact thatsome government agencies even promote commercial software such asWindows.During his session at the recently-held Philippine Open SourceConference 2004, Viñas said the government should consider the factthat "in the realm of information and communication technology opensource is the best platform for experimentation and development"because it allows "making something without (any) investment.""In open source, software development is a continuous process (as) itcan build upon the ideas and systems already available, therebyspeeding up the development and deployment of necessary solutions," hestressed.Viñas believes the government can save funds it direly needs by usingopen source because it will have the "freedom" to customizeapplications without violating any license."I believe I can be more productive if I use open source. As adeveloper, I can totally control and understand my applications if Iknow every detail of the platform I'm using. By understanding the coreof any system, one can develop applications suitable for one's needs,"he explained.Viñas practices what he preaches at DOST-ASTI where about 85% of thesystems are operating using open source. He disclosed that thedepartment is currently developing a highly scalable networkmanagement system dubbed "Pawikan" – that runs on open source. Pawikanis being developed by a group of engineers under the NetworkApplications Team of PREGINET. Pawikan features automatic networkdiscovery, topology mapping, fast SNMP data collector system,web-based user interface and SVG Weathermap system.NetMan is used to manage network devices and services by monitoringthe performance of the network, diagnosing network problems, andcontrolling behavior of network elements such as bandwidth andtraffic. At present, there are around 500 NetMan software, which is amixture of commercial and open source (covering 75%), available in theInternet.Viñas noted that "Pawikan" will initially be released in time with theA13 Autumn Meeting in Cebu City, slated on October 5-8. A13 isDOST-ASTI's research partner in Japan which is connected to the lattervia satellite together with other Asia-Pacific countries.Instead of installing commercial network management software tooperate its systems, DOST-ASTI deploys a family of Unix/Linux serverssuch as FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and Linux. FreeBSD and Linux Fedora are thedevelopment platforms that the department uses to run its NetMon(network monitoring) software.To bolster its research and development efforts, DOST-ASTI is focusingon one of its big projects called the Philippine Research, Educationand Government Information Network(REGINET). PREGINET is a broadbandnetwork that connects academic institutions, government agencies, aswell as research and development institutes nationwide. The networkserves as a channel for research and development collaboration amongthese local entities. It is also connected to several internationalresearch and education networks.As part of the R&D efforts ofDOST-ASTI, the NetMon software is being developed under the PREGINETwhich also serves as the testbed not only for network managementapplications but also with other network applications suchvideoconferencing, distance learning, bio-informatics, digitallibrary, and many others.
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Im not sure if I can really make somethingthat could be a legacy to the world....

With my current status, Im not sure if I can really make somethingthat could be a legacy to the world.... something that others willwrite about me when I grow old or when I no longer live.... somethingthat would stay in other's memory..... >>Read more

Friday, January 20, 2006

new approaches like services offered by Google!

"... new approaches like services offered by Google and the growth of dedicated consumer devices that make owning a traditional personal computer less necessary."

"... today’s most compelling products are Web-based applications that run just as well on Linux with the FireFox browser or OS X with Apple’s Safari browser as they do on Windows."

Google uses a network of 100,000 servers that uses Linux which is an open-source operating system. This only proves that successful business does not need powerful commercial servers but a team of computer scientist that can build an intricate network of computers forming a mainframe. Yes, it seems a mainframe computer, a networked PC as it can be easily described is becoming an important solution to today's problems in terms of access speed, bandwidth constraints, slow stand-alone servers etc. Now can we think of other systems that may use mainframe to benefit us other than searching the web?

In the Philippines, there are more mobile phones than PCs. Yahoo messenger and chatrooms and other wap sites are already being used but the cost of availing of this services are quite expensive and not all of the current mobile users have access to this new technologies (i.e., MMS). Certainly, mobile technology will not eliminate the use of PCs. Mobile phones can be used as portable data storage or as portable identity card or a portable terminal connected to an office computer or mainframe. As mobile phones becomes installable just like computers, combining portability of mobile phones and the computing power of computers and mainframes, people can be more productive in their offices.

Today, most of the software companies sells software products in CD and some are being downloaded on the net. And these software performs a lot functions that are different to other software installed in each device. The problem is the cost and difficulty of ugrade. To upgrade a Windows, for example, you need to buy or download a new software package and install it in all PCs/devices. Download upgrades are up to now still constrained by the bandwidth of the communications lines especially on dial-up networks. One solution to this problem is to provide a unified user interface (UUI) to all PCs/devices. Imagine opening a 3D browser and you can play movie/music while you update your database and at the same time you compose your document all in the same user interface. All individual components of the UUI can be updated in one time and you dont need to update one by one. Imagine a user interface that opens all types of files that you encounter on the net. This setup needs a central applications server where clients connect to access the UUI. Since LAN is high-speed, user access will not be that difficult. Update of the server maybe done after office hours or whenever there's a new update on the software. Right now, LTSP(Linux terminal server project) is similar to this but still the user needs to learn all different types of software.

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Evil technologies turns out to be good!

I've come to think that the Internet started started as a network communicationssystem designed for the military or defense. And military or defense purpose isnot a good purpose even from the very start. Maybe, some evil was behind the person doing the ancient Internet research. And evil-powered activities, as always, are easy to be carried out by humans. What Im saying is that If you wantto think of something, think as if it will benefit the devil! This way, you canhave a dark power to do whatever you think. Then, when you're finished, yourealize that what you've done is for good! >>Read more

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Why Filipinos haven't really developed any technology?

Filipinos are present-minded people; they barely think of the future. What's important to most of the Filipinos are their present situation and if what they are doing are not giving them any happiness or not seeing the fruits of their labor in a month or year, they'll give up.

One thing i remember is that there are things that we do that may not have significance at present but will be so much important in the future. So we should not feel discourage if there are things that others take importance to what we do [>> Read diary].

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

The Possibility of Humanoids to Come True

Today, advancement of technoloy has a very big chance of succeeding in the creation of the what we call humanoids. But not all necessary techniques have been found. There are a number of things to be researched about the atomic structure of every living things apart from its relationship in non-lving things.

First of all, we should make advanced research on the much smaller and complex part of lving and non-living things. This is where microelectronics enter. We should know how biologically, every particle especially the elements and compounds are interconnected or combined to form life. I know that the composition of non-living things is just the same as in the non-living. The only difference is that in living things the combination of these particles are in such a way that it performs a certain function -- like moving, thinking, etc. However, I still doubt that there is really a substance of life which gives life to every human child that is being born. But if there is really a substance of life, what and who are the one producing it? Therefore, if there a substance of life, it is very much impossible for us to create a humanoid that's just like an ordinary human being.

Another thing that we should be able to find out is about the process of growing or development of a hman being. Is it really a product of cell division? or another else? Human development is very much amazing--- its organs, functions, movements and its way of adaptation to the environment. At first stage, when a person is still in his mother's womb, a fetus is like a small animal which has a very big head. Yes, its about fertilization and zygote!

These things are so important to be studied also. It is really astonishing how every fertilized egg grow to form finally into a perfect structure of human. Who is the one that directs the cell if what will be the first, second, and next organ or structure to form? Aside from this, a fertilized egg is so small at first. It is not yet moving nor doing or thinking, can all these things be attributed to the what we call DNA? Or something else?

Isn't it that the growth of organs and parts of a human fetus is a step-by-step way? Maybe, every cell when subdivides, there is already a pre-determined rate of cell division. And maybe this growth is not only controlled by itself but also by the place where it grows. Does it depend on the what we call quilibrium of the system?

You know, although I'm not aspiring to be a doctor, but I'm thinking about all these things because all these things are not yet being talked about or studied by health scientists. It is very wrong to study only the whats and whos of certain thing. We should aso study the Hows and Hows of a certain system or thing. Because these things can give us a lot of insights about science and technology. Studying human being is a very good foundation to build a certain machine especially industrial machines, robots, electronic eyes etc.

For example, if we know how exactky how our eyes work and its composition, we can already replace the bulky cameras at present. Have you every asked yourself if why human eyes are twin or meaning identical? Whay can't we have just one eye?

Come to think about it.
It's a good treasure!

Taken from Unthinkable Thoughts Vol. 2
Written last June 23, 1997 / BSECE 3B
Encoded this January 11, 2006

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Building New Technologies for the Earth

This blog contains the ideas of a person who wants to prolong the life of the Earth by building new technologies and systems.