I grew up with Macs. The first computer I touched was a Mac. I remember the day Mom and Dad brought home a PowerMac 6100 (the equivalent of an entry-level Mac Pro back in the early 90’s). That was back in 1995 when the Internet took off in the Philippines with dial-up. For the first time I experienced what it was like to surf the net. Simple gaming and icon collecting were my hobbies on the Mac back then.
1997 ushered in a new era for Apple and Mac users with the return of Steve. The year after that my parents brought in a third generation iMac (the color was lime green for those who wanna know). It was pretty good and made life a whole lot better. It was the computer I’d use until my 2nd year in high school. That was also the time when Apple started working on Mac OS X, the next-generation iteration of its Mac OS and releasing it soon after.
In 3rd year high school I started using PCs due to the demands of school. Macs were cool but expensive at that time. It was also the time when everyone used cheap, relatively powerful PCs that were capable of cool stuff.
All through out college, I used a PC but then my second one gave in. Practicaly irreparable given the damage to the motherboard. Given the circumstances of not having a computer 4 weeks before thesis submission and not having one after I graduate (with nothing to use for freelance and startup), I had to make the choice of getting a new computer. So last week, Thursday, I bought my spankin’ new MacBook Pro which I’ll be paying with my own sweat and blood.
Mac OS X has matured with the latest incarnation, Leopard, and so has the hardware. I felt that it was the best time to switch back. And I don’t regret doing so.
After 6 years of using a PC for my everyday computing, it feels great to be back on the Mac. =)
Rumor has it that this new ice cream flavor is really, really, really good. Did I say really good?
Anyway, it’s for a good cause. It’s gonna fund research that is meant to address the disappearing population of honey bees which produce honey that is found in 40% of Haagen-Dazs ice creams.
I guess you can have your ice cream and save the honey bees too. I think I’ll grab one later while in Greenbelt.
Two things happened today that I feel will be life-changing.
First, I’m getting an entry-level MacBook Pro. I convinced my mom to let me use her credit card and I’m going to pay for it within one year. Paying for the laptop means I am increasing my independence from them. And having a Mac will not change my life but rather how I will be handling taking on debt.
Second, I’m joining FutureProof Asia. I formally told my boss and officemates during a meeting that I’m joining the company right after my OJT ends in mid-July.
What a Friday the 13th.
Two years ago I made the decision to shift to ICTM. I knew ICTM was a bit radical in its approach by having a more balanced curriculum with less programming and being more theoretical. It was a decision I have come to appreciate more as I approach graduation.
After taking our Research Methods (METHODS) class, I believed that we could get the best thesis award. Alas, ICTPROJ (thesis class) dawned and we couldn’t make it so we had to drop. It was clearly the best decision given the circumstances (short time-frame and slow development pace).
Fast forward to ICTPROJ (take 2) and we found the perfect solution to our dilemma of developing a Business Intelligence/Analytics application - QlikView. After presenting it to our thesis adviser, we got a thumbs up and even the prospect of getting that much coveted Best Thesis Award.
Things do work out… and I think that Best Thesis Award is within my group’s grasp. =)
“Buy on apples, sell on cheese” is an old proverb among wine merchants.
Taking a bite of an apple before tasting wine will make it easier to detect flaws in the wine. Cheese, on the other hand, is usually paired with wine because it is said to enhance the flavor.
I’ll take note of that next time I drink wine.
I called Globe’s Customer Service hotline and they told me that they’re still finalizing the deal with Apple. So the word is that Globe won’t be coming out with the iPhone 3G in the Philippines within the next 2-3 months. The one I talked to said they would be coming out with it “towards the end of the year.”
With that said, I’m buying my iPhone 3G from the US soon. =)
Capitalism is about having free markets and a comptetive environment for producers so that consumers can freely choose.
Articles on Inquirer.net and BusinessWorld show us that our legislators do not know the critical balance between foreign investment and local interest in our country. Foreign businesses have to make money just like every other business. At least they know that instead of Filipino commerce groups staying quiet on the issue.
Foreign investments not only gives a good amount of dollar payments to our trade balance, but it also provides employment for many Filipinos with jobs in a lot of industries especially in the high-tech sectors.
I really do not know why our senators reacted so bad (after the chambers of commerce of various countries wrote to PGMA about not repealling the EPIRA) and go as far as telling foreign businessmen and investors to get out of the country if they don’t like the business climate here.
So much for Filipino hospitality.
The House of Mondavi is the story of the first American wine dynasty’s rise and fall spanning four generations. It’s an awesome read for those involved in family business and those interested in Napa Valley’s wine history. After reading the entire book, I’ve come to learn more about family businesses. I highly recommend this book.
1. Once you mix family and business relationships, you can’t unmix them. If business takes an ugly turn, prepare for your family relationships to get ugly too.
2. A family business that goes public has to be prepared for the worst. Investors demand returns on their investments and those that can’t perform are severely punished. In the Mondavis’ case, they were forced to sell their shares thereby putting them out of the own business they started.
3. Families should have a united front and a clear succession plan. Incompetent family members who do not know how to run a business should not be put in place. Likewise, family members should be given specific roles in the business.
4. Patriarchs and matriarchs should hand over the reins of their company early on and simply provide guidance. If they hold on to power for a long time, their children do not learn anything. When suddenly they die, the children do not have the expertise because they only followed what their father/mother told them.
5. Your work is your lifestyle. It revolves around it. If patriarchs and matriarchs want their children and grandchildren to live the lifestyle they achieved (amidst all the riches and glamour in the wine industry), they should teach their children that it was born out of hard work and passion for the business. Those that do not learn this lesson ultimately fail in the 3rd generation.
6. Hire competent people and keep them to compliment the family business. If family members aren’t as skilled, there are always people available with a good amount of experience.
7. A family business that grows a lot will change a lot. Corporate culture will set in and the usual freebies & parties fade away. Professionalism sets in and appropriate controls are put in place to prevent overlapping authority.
Everyone hates to be the bearer of bad news, but that’s according to Petron. People have will have to deal with a 1.5 pesos hike per week.
All the more reason to accelerate work at home efforts for a lot of companies.