The other day I wasn’t able to login to my Facebook account and I was like, “So Facebook shuts down, too? Despite having many servers?” Well, so even Facebook has maintenance mode, why not? Everything’s not perfect, right. Right?
Yay! This is to celebrate my Zion who has recently reached 1.1k+ reads on Wattpad! Haha. Well, not much but this number is already an achievement to me and to Zion, hooray! Thanks to my solid supporters and readers, my dearie friends, Jowee and Blessie! And to all readers of Zion, the Pursuit of Positive Crime.
Behold, Zion is still on the run!
You can read Zion here–if you haven’t check it out yet, you will miss a portion of your life! haha.
So, I just bought another domain name. Haha. My other writing site is called WriteForACause.Org, and I bought it two years ago. This time, I bought a new domain from Automatic: http://www.ninesilos.com. This web address now points to my WordPress blog, which was previously addressed as : http://www.ninesilos.worpdress.com. This will be my extension of my writing career, and perhaps my ramblings about my work, the workplace, workmates, my city and other personal and professional matters.
Is Buying Your Own Domain Name Important?
If you’re just a blogger who wants to blog to express yourself, or a student who wants to post your school ramblings, then you don’t actually need to buy an exclusive domain name. WordPress allows you to blog as much as you want without buying your own domain, and it’s for FREE. However, if you’re a professional someone and wants to have a website which you can call your very own, buying a domain name is better because it makes your website or blog more professional.
Also, in buying a domain name it gives you more privileges, like for example, if you want to monetize your site then of course you have to get your own domain name, because most advertising companies want it that way. If you want to monetize your blog, buying domain name is important, simply because it’s one the requirements.
Additionally, by getting your own domain name you’ll increase your traffic. It’s like you’re saying to the search engines: “Hey, you, I’m legal! Come and find me.”
So, is domain name REALLY important?
Yes, it is. But it depends upon the kind of website you want, or the “lifestyle” of your blog. Whether you buy your own domain or not, is eventually up to you.
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SONA 2013: The Project Noah
Technology is not only for comfort, but also for prevention and security.
I wasn’t able to watch the full SONA of our honorable President Benigno S. Aquino III that was held last July 22, 2013, but instead, I read the full text version. In his fourth SONA I did not miss to notice that before he ended his speech he stressed out several times that this SONA is not his, but our SONA. Although it is intended for the public in the first place, saying it with such sincerity is a different thing, it gave assurance and hope to Filipinos that his achievements while on his term is not his alone, that each one of us has our own contribution to it.
In his speech I have identified at least two ICT related projects. The first one was about the Project Noah. President Aquino mentioned that this project came to exist for the protection and benefit of all Filipinos, particularly the protection and prevention regarding disasters and other natural calamities. This project, as I have thoroughly researched it, will harness technologies and management services for disaster risk reduction activities offered by the DOST through PAGASA, PHIVOLCS, and the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), in partnership with the UP National Institute of Geological Sciences and the UP College of Engineering.
But what really is Project Noah? And what are the components behind it? This project is the response to President Aquino’s call to a more accurate, integrated, and responsive disaster prevention and mitigation system, especially to determine the high-risk areas throughout the Philippines. This project is a technology-based system and it has the following components:
- Distribution of Hydrometeorological devices in hard-hit areas in the Philippines
- Disaster risk exposure assessment for mitigation – light detection and ranging project
- Enhancing geohazards mapping through LIDAR
- Coastal hazards and storm surge assessment and mitigation
- Flood information network project
- Local development of Doppler Radar Systems
- Landslide Sensors Development Project
- Weather Hazard Information Project
How Can Project Noah Improve the Quality of Life?
As we can see, the Project Noah isn’t an ordinary project. It’s a big ICT project that could save thousands of lives from natural disasters. Not only lives can be saved, but also the businesses and physical assets of the country. Though this project isn’t yet completely done, we can already see that this will help a lot in disaster prevention. Let us face the fact that a lot of Filipinos die when there are strong storms, landslides, and floods, especially those people who are residing at very mountainous areas. We have lots of casualties especially in Manila when there’s a heavy flood. Students are at risk when heavy storms appear. Families are traumatized and some even lost their beloved houses whenever a typhoon is coming their way—not to mention that a person might have died. Business transactions are cancelled and businesses are at minimal profit typhoon after typhoon. But since the Project Noah was launched, we can see that little by little, our problems and fears about deaths and disasters are diminishing. Technology, therefore, is not only for us to have an easier, comfortable life, but technology is also there so that we can use it to our own advantage and safeties. Technology is not only for comfort, but also for prevention and security.
Ever since this Project Noah was launched, a lot of rain gauges are installed especially in the most vulnerable locations. And by the end of this year there will be at least 400 water level monitoring stations that will provide a better picture of the Philippines’ surface water in relation to flooding. Through this, flooding in the country can be carefully monitored and can easily signal the residents every time there is upcoming danger alert. Residents have much time to prepare their important things and evacuate immediately to a much safer place. Project Noah also uses LIDAR technology and computer-assisted analysis, of which will be completed by December next year. This helps to identify exact prone areas to landslides and thus, alert the residents around that area.
From the time Project NOAH was launched, a total of 525 automated water level monitoring stations and automated rain gauges have been installed in 18 major river basins throughout the country. We also continue to modernize our weather detection technology, with Doppler radars, tsunami detectors, and alerting sirens. – President Benigno S. Aquino III
Using this Project Noah, they can accurately predict the rainfall and can provide correct and timely warnings, therefore, the communities can prepare themselves accordingly. The major aim of this project is, after all, to SAVE LIVES. I believe that this project can do better than that, and in the near future, we will see more happy faces, more investors, and more tourists. Business will become better and better. Traffics caused by floods can be prevented and thus, making the business and daily tasks as smooth as possible. No longer will we suffer from tremendous loss of lives, no longer will we suffer from heavy traffic and transaction failures. In this way, the quality of life is therefore improved.
SONA 2013: Integrated Transport System
Heavy traffic means economic loses. Less traffic means more business!
In President Aquino’s fourth SONA, he also mentioned another ICT related project. It’s about the Integrated Transport System in Manila. Heavy traffics? No way, the President is doing his best to minimize this problem in as much as possible. Patience? Yes, we all need that. Projects like this are not done within a blink of an eye, alright.
We all know that Manila is a crowded place, like any other capitals of the world, much less in ours however. According to President Aquino, our economy loses an estimated 2.4 billion pesos every day because of Metro Manila traffic—wow, a big, big amount of loss, isn’t it? In order to prevent more economic loses, and in order to improve the traffic that may cause failures of other areas of our lives, Integrated Transport System came to light.
The project aims to maximize road usage by reducing vehicle volume and improving traffic flow along Metro Manila’s major thoroughfares, particularly in EDSA. They also aim to eliminate provincial bus traffic within Metro Manila, thus they do not add to the congestion, providing a smoother traffic than ever before.
Through Integrated Transport System, LIFE and BUSINESS becomes easier. If the traffic problems can be lessened, it only means that business is increasing. Heavy traffic means economic loses. Less traffic means more business!
That’s how this project can improve the quality of life of every Filipino citizen! Well, if there are more business because of this less traffic, then our economy will increase! Our country will become rich in no time—okay, wait, that’s exaggeration.
Factors are those things that influence a person in his field of work, studies and his way of life. Everyone has a factor. Everyone needs something that will serve as his or her motivation to produce an outcome or product out of something.
Steve Jobs, like everyone else, had succeeded in achieving his dreams not because he was selfish or just perfectly genius. He was a successful man because there were many factors that contributed to his success. And there were factors as well that contributed to his failures as a technopreneur.
“I don’t want you to think of this as just a film – some process of converting electrons and magnetic impulses into shapes and figures and sounds – no. Listen to me. We’re here to make a dent in the universe. Otherwise, why even be here? We’re creating a completely new consciousness, like an artist or a poet. We’re rewriting the history of human thought with what we’re doing. That’s how you have to think of this.” — Steve Jobs
As I have watched the movie “Pirates of the Silicon Valley“, I was surprised by the life of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. Let us, however, focus on Steve Jobs first. This reflection will let us see what the factors are that contributed to Steve Jobs success and failures.
Ability to see a gold through a rock.
Steve Jobs was, according to his friend Wozniak, never like us. He was the kind of person who always saw things differently, so his level of thinking was never ordinary. One of the factors that contributed to his success was his level of thinking, his different approach and the way he saw things in a different way. Most of us when we see a delicious egg pie on a table we think of how delicious the pie must be, we think of wanting to eat the pie and how hungry we are. That’s how we usually think. Steve Jobs, however, was the kind of person who had thoughts beyond that. He was that person who wondered who had baked the pie, what the ingredients were and how they were made, and most importantly, if the pie would be salable enough to produce a profit. That’s how Steve Jobs thinks. That’s how he saw things differently. While most people think how hungry they must be, Steve Jobs thinks how to make something to satisfy their needs. In a way or another, Steve Jobs eyes’ had the potential to see some valuable gold behind a stupid rock. This one factor had contributed a lot to his success in his career.
He had a great self-motivation.
Steve Jobs did not want to stay stagnant. He wanted a change. A change that would rewrite the history of how mankind thinks. He did not limit his self to change his country, or make impact to his local neighbors, no, Steve Jobs was never like that—he had set his mind to make a universal change. He wanted a revolution. To Steve Jobs, a change was not enough, he wanted to create a completely new consciousness. He had this thought pattern that was always one step ahead of us. And because of his self-motivation, his confidence grew like never before. Because he had so much protein in his brain, he used them up in a way that would benefit not only him but for the entire globe.
Determination and Focus
Another factor that benefited Steve Jobs was his level of determination and the ability to focus. Steve Jobs was a very determined person. Determination is actually a great factor that will aid a person in his technopreneurial skills. It was his friend, Wozniak, that built the computer, but it was Steve Jobs’ genius that sells it. If it was not for Jobs’ determination to make a sale, Wozniak’s computer wouldn’t make it on top. They’d not get rich. Steve Jobs became obsessive about computers, and he had a great determination to wipe out the enemy, IBM. When the bankers and business men turned down their loan request for their fledgling Apple Computers company, Steve and Wozniak did not stop there. There! That said it—Steve Jobs determination to pursue his dream did not end when other people rejected it, but instead, it led him to pursue even harder. Until such time a capitalist named Mike Markkula offered them the loan. It was the common used quotation, after all, ‘try and try until you succeed,’ isn’t it?
Steve Jobs, on the other hand, was a man on focus. Since he was a determined person he had envisioned himself to focus on his work, on his field, on his desire to achieve that change—that something that would advance the universe. And he did.
Steve Jobs determination made him a risk-taker. That was one of the factors that contributed to his success. He wasn’t afraid to grab the challenge, and he was always prepared to fail. But his determination to succeed was far more greater than his preparedness to fail, that was why, he effortlessly overcame the failure. If he allowed the failure to devour his dream, he wouldn’t be able to make it. Steve Jobs battled carefully. He was committed to an idea or any product to make it successful. Steve Jobs had his own philosophy when it comes to his field—he had his own vision, execution, and he had a focus without getting afraid of the possible risks. And because of these factors, Steve Jobs succeeded.
The People Around Him
The help he got from his employees, their hard work, their assistance, and their 90+ hours of work every week had contributed a lot to Steve Jobs success. If it weren’t for them, Steve Jobs couldn’t make it. Because even though he was a genius, Steve needed a workforce. He could not do it on his own. He needed a team. His team contributed a lot to his success.
Nonetheless, we all know that behind every success there is a failure. We all know of the success of Steve Jobs, and that how he became a history behind the Apple computers. But apart from that, Jobs, like every other technopreneurs in this world of technology, had also encountered failures in his life.
Prideful and too confident
In the movie Pirates of the Silicon Valley, we had seen how Steve Jobs had become too confident and proud of his ability, to the point that he unnecessarily humiliate his employees. Steve Jobs was a proud man, and well, he had the reason to become proud. But his too much pride and his too much confidence had also contributed to his failure in his technopreneurship journey. It is said that the pride of man is also the fall of man.
Lack of communication
He failed to communicate to his people, to his employees, and he failed to understand that they were also humans capable of making mistakes. Steve Jobs looked at himself, of what he had greatly done, but he failed to look at the persons…of their feelings.
He had the temper. And he was insanely great. His greatness did also lead him to his failure as a good leader. In fact, as I have understood it, Bill Gates was a greater leader than Steve. Bill Gates was a smooth talker while Steve Jobs was most of the time rude, if not harsh. We all have tempers. Steve Jobs had one, too. But because he was insanely great as other people describe him so, Steve Jobs’ temper was never like us. His temper and menace was one of the factors of his failures.
Steve Jobs was, of course, self-obsessed. To him his well-being was more important than others. He was too confident to the point that he refused to acknowledge his own mistakes. It was put on display when he denied his daughter. He did not acknowledge that his girlfriend was pregnant by him. It was more controversial since Steve Jobs himself was an orphan, in fact, he had spent much of his adult life looking for his real mother. This part of his life was one of the failures of Jobs.
Because he was self-obsessed, and too proud, and that he had a temper, they all contributed to his failure. Before he was successful, he failed. Steve Jobs, like everybody else, was once a product of a failure.