2013 February Rants

This ain’t the usual post… just me venting out my frustrations through a medium I’m familiar with.

Philippine Copyright Law
So first let’s talk about how the Philippine Congress made us turn our backs, forced us to bend over and then raped us in the ass by passing a law amending Republic Act 8293. This law now prevents us to bring home music, videos, and books as well as stiffer penalties for copyright infringements. We already have a saner Copyright Law and then the senator decided to shit on it. Villar won’t get my vote this coming elections.

But do you know what all of this sounds like? SOPA/PIPA? You’re not wrong. ACTA or the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement used to force other countries to bow down to MPAA/RIAA wishes or risk being blacklisted as a trade partner. This has been going on for quite some time now, we just didn’t bother because we trusted our lawmakers to put the welfare of fellow Filipinos first. We were dead wrong.

Been having a hard time focusing these days. Seems like ADD/ADHD-like problem’s getting worse.

Personal Projects
The reason why the Outage Management System is still unreleased is because I want to do things right the first time. Once this project has been deployed, redesigning the database may not be an option for ECs. Another report requirement for CAPEX has been requested and this presented another redesign opportunity to our already fucked up database and backend code.

Another project in the works is WebGIS, though still in the conceptualization stage. I wanted to replace our DSLS with something more visual. Basically it’s ArcGIS on your browser… Though I still have no idea how well it’ll perform and how it’ll be received by my colleagues. We in the Radio Room definitely needs it. A prototype is already on with an OpenStreetMap layer and accessed/edited using QuantumGIS.

I’m really hoping for lesser distractions this week.

ToDo List
Still have over two hundred on my ToDo List. GTD did not help me, but Extensive Notes did.

Java and Android
I wanted to have another fallback skill in case I resign from my employ. I see creating Android Apps as a viable career. All I need is an idea for an app.

Bureau of Internal Revenue
And if I did start with my Android app career, I need to review our taxation laws and accounting. Apparently, BIR will start going after e-Entrepreneurs. If you’re selling stuff on eBay or on Facebook.. Watch out!

IP Address
I’m from Baguio, but my IP Address shows Cubao. I thought this would’ve been fixed by now. Nice one PLDT.

Being Social
I’ve already deleted my Twitter account. First they take third-party developers for granted, and now there’s a break-in. Goodbye Twitter, I really hope I can express my frustration in 140 characters or less.

Papercuts and Bug Jams. I’ll be installing Raring Ringtail once the torrents’ done so I can be more active in reporting bugs. In the mean time, Filipino (and other Philippine Languages) needs more love.

Ayt, that’s it for now… I guess.

Upgrading and Rooting Xperia Mini ST15i

So wifey got a new Android phone, an Xperia Miro ST23i – a welcome upgrade to her old ST15i. The timing’s perfect because I’m in need of another Android device. The problem is, ST15i’s still on Gingerbread. So I stretched my arms, cracked my knuckles, and got to work.

I thought it’ll be easy, after all, I’ve upgraded my GT-P1000 and Xperia ST27i before. But boy was I wrong. The most confusing part is wading through a lot of tutorials and trying them all out one by one. So I’m compiling this list to make it easier for those doing the same thing.

This is a two-part tutorial. The first one is upgrading to Ice Cream Sandwich – which is relatively simple, and the second is rooting your ST15i. If you don’t need root, then you can skip this part out. I only rooted my device for only one reason – to uninstall Sony’s crapware. And for a device that only has 400MB or so of storage for apps, every unnecessary stuff has to go. That means Timescape, TrackID, Lyrics/Karaoke extensions, etc.
Read more…

Weather Widgets

I spent a few hours trying out different weather widgets for my Samsung GT-P1000 – something that’s similar to the awesome animated Sony’s Weather Widget below:

Unfortunately, the closest animated weather widget doesn’t support my city. Most retrieves weather data only for US and Europe while other cities/countries are left out. *sigh*
Too bad the widget won’t work on non-Sony/Xperia devices. So I settled for Digital Clock and Weather, which works just fine for my tablet and it doesn’t eat up a lot of resources.

ScribeFire Next Fail

I decided to switch to ScribeFire Next. I like it’s layout and I have no issues posting to this blog. But I’ve been having authentication problems with Blogger.com. Oh it authenticates, but it won’t get past this:

Outage Management System Update 2

Just wanted to give a quick update on the Outage Management System that I’m working on and planning to release as an open source project – for the benefit of my electric cooperative friends.

I’ve suspended development… temporarily. My schedule for the past 6 weeks has made it really hard to code, taking in calls for 8 hours taxes the body and stresses the mind. And all I really want to do when I get home is either lie down or watch a movie – so coding after work is also out of the question. And if I do get a chance to fire up Vim, I usually work on our in-house OMS.

On the technical side, I’ve long ago scrapped Code Igniter and utilized Silex instead – a PHP micro framework. But to be honest, I’m also checking out Limonade, so I might change my mind yet again – even though I don’t want to since this project’s long overdue. I’ve also included an option to enable real-time updates via long polling for those monitoring incoming complaints, but it’s still buggy as hell. I haven’t even started with the interruptions module much less the ERC/DMC/NEA SAIDI, SAIFI, MAIFI reporting. I’ll post the project on Github when I deem it *cough* *cough* presentable. Heh!