Archive | January 2009

PhilNITS SW Training

Whew! Today is the fourth day of our SW Training…Easy, Average, or Difficult? Sensei keeps on asking us if we find the question easy, average, or difficult. Then he starts counting the hands of the people who raise their hands…Hmmm…

Our Japanese sensei is very dedicated. He tries so hard to make us understand…It’s pretty amazing that he has the energy to discuss from 9-5pm, for five straight days…And he’s a little old already. We are so privileged to learn from him (FOR FREE) and he speaks good (quite comprehensible) English as well… 🙂

However, I am still having second thoughts on taking the SW Exam (that’s the higher level exam after FE). And it’s really, really, more challenging than the FE Exam…Sigh… Why make life so hard? 😀

Here’s a brief overview on the PhilNITS SW Exam:

AM : 80 questions to be answered in 160 minutes (Multiple Choice)
PM Part (Fill in the blanks –> NO MORE CHOICES!)
PM Part 1: 1-4 Questions (to be solved in 1 hour), 5-6 Questions, 1hour
PM Part 2: 1 question only. Worth 100 points.

What’s the Computer’s Gender?

I am reposting this from MSU-IIT’s blogs (http://msuiitalumni.ning.com/profiles/blogs/computer-gender)…

A French teacher was explaining to her College class that in French, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.

House is feminine “la maison”. Pencil is masculine “le crayon”.

A student asked, “What gender is computer ?”

Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups male and female – and asked them to decide for themselves whether “computer” should be a masculine or a feminine noun.

Each group was asked to give four reasons for their recommendation.

The men’s group decided that “computer” should definitely be of the feminine gender (la computer) because:

1.. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;

2.. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;

3.. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later review; and

4.. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your pay cheque on accessories for it.

The women’s group, however, concluded that computers should be masculine (le computer) because:

1.. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;

2.. They have a lot of data but still can’t think for themselves;

3.. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and

4.. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.

The women won !!

Career…Decisions…Life…

Hmm…got this from a friend’s email..just might be helpful to you, too…

A group of graduates, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor.

Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite – telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee, the professor said: “If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the simple and cheap ones.

While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress.

Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases, it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.

What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups! Then you began eyeing each other’s cups.

Now, consider this:

Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life. and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of life we live.

Sometimes, by concentrating on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us. Enjoy your coffee!

The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.

Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.
Leave the rest to God.

-i don’t know who wrote this, but i find it really nice. =)

hmm…makes me think about the choice i’m going to make. it doesn’t hurt naman cguro if i’ll have a nice cup and the best coffee in it, right? hehe…

Learning Comes With A Cost…

This morning, while I was brushing my teeth, my upper retainer fell near the trash can. It was so icky. So I thought, I might as well “sterilize” it. Unfortunately, I had no time so I just left my retainers inside the glass…

So, a while ago, I had dinner and boiled water to “sterilize” my retainers…After about 5 minutes, I brushed them and tried to put them on.

AND THEY WON’T FIT!

I tried to “force” my lower retainer to fit until it was broken. And I just realized that it was made of plastic…and it was distorted…and I can’t use them anymore! And my dentist is in Davao City!

I just threw away my three thousand pesos…tsk2…

But Ate Caring only smiled and said, “Learning comes with a cost.”

Yeah, she’s right…

Guess what, plastic expands when heated (and retainers aren’t supposed to expand! Duh!… )
This fact actually cost me 3,000! Grrr…. Well, at least I learned something today!