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Friday, January 2, 2015

2014 in Summary and Goals for 2015

The year 2014 has been fruitful for EDGEKIT Computer Systems and we're very grateful first of all, to God who provides for our personal and professional needs, to my sons, Joshua Mari Francis and Faith Lawrence, and to my better half, Angelique Therese, who inspires me to be better as a father and a person, and to family and friends too numerous to list here.

Within 2014, we have (1) contributed in the Australian Aid project with the University of the Philippines Open University by volunteering to help install Android educational apps for the Samsung Galaxy tablets in Cavite and Rizal provinces, (2) participated as a sponsor and hackathon judge in the PhilRice initiated Agri-Hackathon in Nueva Ecija, (3) conducted a seminar in cooperation with ACTS Computer College of Infanta, Quezon, (4) participated as a resource speaker for the 2014 Software Freedom Day in Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Manila Campus, and last but definitely not the least, (5) we conducted the first ever 40 Hour PostgreSQL Boot Camp Training in the Philippines for the faculty and students of the Computer Science Department, College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science (CETCS), Taguig City University (TCU) right before December ended.

Some of the participants of the PostgreSQL Training in Taguig City University

This last activity would not have been possible without the visionary leadership of Mr. Reynaldo Alvez of the Computer Science Department and the very supportive university community under the able supervision of the CETCS dean, Dr. Visitacion Crisostomo, and the TCU President Aurelio Paulo Bartolome. This training also prompted us to develop a complementary Unix Training courseware.

For 2015, EDGEKIT Computer Systems hopes to provide more relevant and up-to-date technology platforms and training resources designed for the tertiary computer courses and technology enthusiasts.

EDGEKIT Computer Systems' blogging from 2015 moving forward focuses in no particular order on (1) Operating Systems, (2) Data Structure and Algorithm, (3) User Experience, (4) Databases, (5) IT Infrastructure Architecture, (6) Computer and Network Security, (7) Software Development, (8) Startup and Business Ideas, (9) Education, (10) Agriculture, (11) Embedded Systems and Electronics, and (12) Practical Disaster Readiness a.k.a. Doomsday Preparedness.

We look forward to serve the community better.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

What Firefox OS Can Do Better

While Spider-Man's words of wisdom is true that "with great powers come great responsibility," it's also undeniable that "with great challenges come great opportunity." Having to create a new platform from scratch, Mozilla FirefoxOS is definitely facing competition from incumbents iOS and Android, with Windows Phone slowly squeezing its way through. The opportunity presented to Mozilla FirefoxOS is that they started with a clean slate, much like BeOS had the chance back in the mid-1990s.

If history is to teach you anything, the blunder BeOS made was that they kept playing on the hardware field dominated by the then incumbents, Microsoft and the Apple before the return of Steve Jobs. BeOS shifted too late to the internet appliance market, and slowly dissolved in obscurity when sold to Palm. FirefoxOS in contrast has successfully defined a hardware reference implementation, though it's not positioned to compete with iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Come to think of it, FirefoxOS is not even aiming at Blackberry's fractional market share. What does FirefoxOS bring to the table then? What does FirefoxOS stand for? Is FirefoxOS a mere hobbyist mobile platform? Most importantly: what can FirefoxOS do better?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bootstrap for ASP.NET MVC: A Book Review

If you're cooking up modern, responsive web applications using C# and .NET on the Windows platform, there are three main ingredients to the recipe: (1) the new improved, vitamin-enriched ASP.NET MVC (version 5 as of this writing), (2) Visual Studio 2013 (the latest and the greatest right now), and last but definitely never the least, (3) Twitter Bootstrap (at version 3.x as of the moment).

Having been fans of Bootstrap for responsive web application development and having reviewed books on using Bootstrap and on extending it, we're very honoured to review Pieter van der Westhuizen's "Bootstrap for ASP.NET MVC." It's just hot off the press last August 2014, published by Packt, available in paperback and e-book version, and best of all, reasonably priced with code samples.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

EDGEKIT Supports Software Freedom Day 2014 and Will Talk on OpenBSD

In its continuous commitment to free and open source technology, EDGEKIT Computer Systems will provide presentation on OpenBSD in the Software Freedom Day 2014 celebration at Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Sta. Mesa campus on 20 September 2014.

This Software Freedom Day (SFD) event is proudly organized by Computer Professionals' Union, they have successfully organized SFDs since 2008.

The planned SFD celebration last 20 September has been cancelled due to flood and severe weather condition in Metro Manila and neighboring towns and cities, Software Freedom Day 2014 has been re-scheduled to be held on 8 November 2014, still at the same venue. See you there!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Agrikathon: The Agriculture-Oriented Hackathon of Northern Luzon

EDGEKIT Computer Systems is very proud to sponsor the upcoming Agri Hackathon, or more endearingly called Agrikathon since it's conception early May this year, to be held at PhilRice in Nueva Ecija from 29th to 30th of August this year. This was organized by PhilRice with the major participation of Mobility or Mobile IT for Youth.

Based on the sold out tickets, this is already a success. On our part, this is more of a sequel to the Bigas2Hack event we attended last year. We sincerely will miss Smart Communication's absence on this event, the presence of Microsoft Philippines and Eqela would be very welcome co-sponsors of the event.

Check out the rules of the hackathon here and hope to see you all there.