A Semi-Charmed Life: Mike's Journey

Learning things from scratch ...

Friday, February 27, 2009

Warning signs of Stroke

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke... totally . He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.


Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps, STR . Read
and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S *
Ask the individual to SMILE.

T *
Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)
(i.e. It is sunny out today)

R *
Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue

NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue.. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other
, that is also an indication of a stroke.

posted this so that others can have some understanding, i had experienced
some of these and it is scary enough, hopefully i can remove this in my body!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I am at 90% of changing my career life

I've seen so many people in the enterprise world for doing a job to what they applied for, yes they are earning as expected, but how about the joy and interest of it? the progress for you as an individual? I cannot ask someone about how was you day as a @#$% and they ended up saying stressfull because of my tasks and my manager. That is very common for the corporate world. I just wanted to point out that i am still a nobody / rookie / novice in many things. But in general i can say that i learned alot and still am, many of which i wanted to know more, but due to the fact that i am in a position of an "employee" ,new programmer, i can't complain yet,because it is going to be the company's plan for their success. Most of my work done are from Turnovers,small outsource modules and POC just one entirely new project in which i was(i was pulled out) because they need someone to fill in to an existing project in w/c they put the person to a new one) happy. Anyway i feel the same way as the new fresh grads like me are also doing these surprising tasks.

I am almost a year working as a Software Engineer (Jr.) but i can say that i know little things from many technologies i had handled because they are not giving me(i dunno about the others) the time to really get to know something in particular ,i heard they need us to be Multitasking ! they maybe right but i think they are short of developers or got too many projects and the worst of all turnovers are a big problem pass it on - pass it on, you get to code and make designs in a project you haven't started or don't have an idea out of it? nuff said you get the idea!

From this i want to understand the entire thing (start from scratch with a team just like me before in one of the projects - you know who you guys are) and in the end i can do almost anything with it without any big problems. I don't know if i am saying this w/o offending others that i felt frustrated and didn't think of this before i get into the war. But i think maybe i am a person in which i wanted to do a specific kind of work,start from scratch,or work with a certain kind of person or company? Wait the cool things in w/c i am working are : I like the environment,the free-form acts inside the office, the uniqueness of the workplace and the people behind it but the rules of getting to understand ever SE to what they wanted to do , and listening to them , and eventually will happen (i don't know if i am correct with this) is something different. Only 1 TM in our office sure knows what is our needs and wants. Maybe if that person didn't come nothing will change and the worst part many of which(SE) will be gone by now.

So i can say that that something is running in my mind from last month(got shifted from 3 quick projects) that i wanted to see myself outside the box, look for answers to the questions that im asking about myself. Soon i'll get to know the real me and pursuing the career i maybe missing or just missed!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Ditched Windows?

Last Thursday , i had encountered a cool, virus crashing every exe within windows os, all the development stuff was not working anymore, i got some deadlines to meet and work within the following days, i told myself this is very annoying and i need to think fast, i decided to install and switched to Ubuntu Os
(w/c i was thinking long time ago) where my officemates were already using it. I Backed up everythin in my maxtor storage and Installed Ubuntu.

I asked for help to my colleagues, to do this and that , right now i did installed some of the development tools in Ubuntu and getting comfy with it, the only thing i need is to "install windwos xp" because i think there are some things that are really windows dependent. im still thinking how to solve the problem of GRUB because they told me that i did first installed ubuntu and then i wanted Windows? it is going to be a problem my colleagues told me.

Still need to learn alot with my new OS , its capabilites and downside.

I can say that i am now officially in Open - Source community doing open source work hell yeah!

The favorable Android Dev Phone 1

After all the struggles i did, i am now officially convinced that i might wait for Google to put the Philippines in their official list for us to buy their ADP1 and buy and sell free and paid apps in the market. Frustrating it is now the end of Q1 of 2009 is almost going to end.

Fortunately i have seen some sellers in Ebay about them selling their ADP1 ( why are they doing that?) so last 30 mins ago i did placed a bid $290 (highest now) plus the Philippine shipping cost is $100++ too heavy for someone like me , to be honest i am just going to borrow some money for this device, really wanted it!

so we'll see if i would win or get a device from somewhere / someone!

PS: And to how am i going to pay the money back hahahah

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

What to do Next?

"Successful, contented people do not waste their time doing things they don't like or leave them hopeless. Continued to exposure to a bad job and nasty boss can ravage the mind and body with stress related ailments and so it's absolutely imperative that you get out under your own power before you die with your tie on." - the one

Just thinking about these words in terms of my current status in my life. Maybe someone out there already had this feeling and how did they cope with it? are they doing good now? did they made the wrong decision?

It is only the person with good intent and interest to himself/herself knows what to do next!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Android pause for coding or what ?

Just purchased Professional Android Application Development book at Amazon. Waiting for my friend now to get back here in the Philippines.
Still thought i could buy the Android Developers Phone 1 but my credit card limit is low, and besides how am i going to pay it in the long run?

From October in which i started to know more about and doing apps, to presenting it at Google DevFest Manila, to pausing it for an Enterprise Project , then i was pulled out and then got back to a new Android project, after a week of UI designing and reviewing of Android, got pulled out again for an enhancement product working on SAP.

Whew! i am still looking at updates and news currently i found out Android SDK 1.1_r1 so i updated my eclipse and local sdk. I guess i will code Android for spare time for now!