Archive for March, 2007

Where are the Pinoy Open Source Developers?
March 27, 2007

I was a Pinoy Open Source Developer, years ago. Now, I’m trying to get back, to contribute to the open source tools I use for work.

Where are the Pinoy Open Source Developers? A few years ago this was a topic at PLUG. The discussion back then was that Pinoys are too busy working. If they have free time, they would rather get a sideline for extra income. (I already brought this up earlier: what’s next in Pinoy tech.)
Now that there are jobs that pay you to work with open source (common with Linux system administration), is getting paid to work on the code itself far behind? There is at least one local company where people paid to hack on open source code, but this is just maintenance work as far as I can see.

Is there a Filipino company that will dare build a product as open source? Or less dramatic: build a components product out of open source components?


The Lives of Bloggers
March 20, 2007

The Philippine Blog Awards finalists are out: Main Category and Special Awards.

After going through Pinoy Blog contestants, I was reminded of my bad old habit. Blogger envy. Wishing I had the lives of other bloggers.

Of course this is not healthy. What causes it? Part is self-ageism – I feel old! Compared to the bloggers of today. Some of  them 13 years old and below.  What if I had the Internet at that age?

Of course, “the grass is always greener,” and blogs don’t tell all.

Where are the Pinoy Developer Bloggers?
March 19, 2007

I went through the Philippine Blog Awards entries. The Technology category has a number of web design, photography, and even open source blogs.

But no developer blogs. Where are they? Or they don’t know about the contest?

I don’t know many Pinoy Developer Bloggers. Some are hosted on Others are aggregated at Pinoy Tech Scene. The rest – there is no comprehensive list or aggregator.

March 6, 2007

So I’ve been BlogAwol. Not posting. Not even reading much. Much less joining the band of bloggers going to the beach.

I had to beg off from joining the organizers of the Philippine Blog Awards. I will help by sponsoring and judging.

I’ll be coming back. Slowly.