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.

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