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My Oldest Searchable Internet Post

NCSA Mosaic

I came online via dialup BBS (300 baud modem) around 1985-86, then email around 1993 with my employer at that time (Micronics Computers Inc). But I truly became an Internet web surfer on WWW in 1994, first using dialup (9600 kpbs) via Linux shell (Pine text browser) and then eventually via Graphical UI Mosiac and then Netscape (SLIP/PPP, 14.4kbs~56kbps dial up). Switched to ISDN (digital dial up, 128kbps) in 1998 and was hooked downloading MP3 music in 1999-2000 (Napster!). Then upgraded to DSL (384Kkbps) when we moved to Tracy in 2001.

Below is the oldest internet post I can find of myself. Dated April 14, 1995. This is the actual call for discussion and votes that was posted in Usenet for the creation of the group rec.music.filipino. It was eventually created and became a hangout for Filipinos to discuss Philippine music. I can still recognize many of the names who voted, if you are on this list and happen to come and see this post, please be sure to say hello by leaving a comment :)

(Update) I have since discovered an older post dated March 17, 1995 replying to a post regarding expiring Green Cards:

PNNS NEWS: Pre-1979 Green Cards To Expire March 20

In article <[email protected]>, JSh…@ix.netcom.com says…
– show quoted text –

The deadline has been extended for another year…


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[email protected] Jose, CA–SILICON VALLEY
//”The only regrets you’ll ever have when you’re
gray and old are the risks you never took”//

===========================

From [email protected] Fri Apr 14 17:41:35 1995
Path: uunet!bounce-back
From: [email protected] (Benjamin Totanes)
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups,soc.culture.filipino,rec.music.misc,alt.music.world
Subject: RFD: rec.music.filipino
Followup-To: news.groups
Date: 11 Apr 1995 18:06:19 -0400
Organization: NetGate Communicaitons
Lines: 83
Sender: [email protected]
Approved: [email protected]
Message-ID: <[email protected]>
NNTP-Posting-Host: rodan.uu.net
Xref: gs2.UU.NET news.announce.newgroups:6590 news.groups:144334 soc.culture.filipino:48761 rec.music.misc:176959 alt.music.world:5194

REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION
———————-
This is a formal Request for Discussion. Please distribute it on all
platforms that might be interested. This is not a call for votes–do not
try to vote now. This RFD is being posted in compliance with the guidelines set
in the “How to create a new Usenet Newsgroup” FAQ regularly
posted to news.announce.newgroups. Please refer to this article
if you have any questions about the Newsgroup creation.

You are strongly encouraged to participate in the *discussion* about the
possible creation of the newsgroup “rec.music.filipino”, in the
sole newsgroup intended especially for this purpose: news.groups. All
follow-ups have been directed to news.groups. Please stick to this Usenet
convention and post your contributions to our discussion in that newsgroup.
Please do not post or cross-post your discussion contributions to other
newsgroups.

Proposed Group: rec.music.filipino
Alternative names: soc.culture.filipino.music
Status: unmoderated
Distribution: world-wide
Proposer: Benjamin Totanes <[email protected]>

Proposed Newsgroup line:
rec.music.filipino All types and forms of Filipino music.

CHARTER
——-
rec.music.filipino will be an unmoderated discussion group on all
aspects of music originating from the Philippines. This can include,
but is not limited to, Opera, Kundimans/Haranas, Pop, RAP, New Wave,
Liturgical and any form: Instrumental, Vocal/Choral, etc. Exchange of
non-copyrighted materials will be encouraged including lyrics sheets,
guitar chords and piano music sheets.

The intended audience for this proposed group would be wide ranging,
>from beginning students, to those studying in College or University,
to professionals involved in teaching, performance, and the persons
simply interested in knowing more about the richness of this
culture. Because of this diversity, this group has the potential to be
enormously useful, as experts can post opinions and comments on
addressing particular situations encountered by others.

If the group is successfully created after a positive vote, details
will be sent to various Music Colleges and Organizations in the
Philippines including the University of the Philippines College of
Music.

RATIONALE
———

Filipinos are mostly musically inclined. They also easily adapt many
types of music to give it a Filipino “flavor”. The time has come to
gather all the talents and share this with the world.

PROCEDURE
———

Please post any responses to this message to only to the Usenet
Newsgroup “news.groups.” If you use the followup feature on your
newsreader, this should happen automatically. ALL discussion about
the merits of this proposal should appear on news.groups.

Unless the discussion indicates a need to resubmit a new RFD, a call
for votes (CFV) will be posted approximately four weeks after the
posting of this RFD. Please do not post any votes now. When the CFV
is posted, instructions will be given on how to mail your votes to the
independent vote counter.

DISTRIBUTION
————

This RFD was (cross)-posted to the following Newsgroups:

news.announce.newgroups, news.groups, soc.culture.filipino,
rec.music.misc, alt.music.world

When Call For Votes (CFV) is issued, it will also be cross-posted in these
groups.

[email protected] Jose, CA–SILICON VALLEY

From [email protected] Tue Jun 6 00:07:16 1995
Status: RO
Path: uunet!bounce-back
From: [email protected] (Michael Handler)
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups,soc.culture.filipino,rec.music.misc,alt.music.world,alt.fan.lea-salonga
Subject: CFV: rec.music.filipino
Followup-To: poster
Date: 30 May 1995 23:22:36 -0400
Organization: Usenet Volunteer Votetakers
Lines: 127
Sender: [email protected]
Approved: [email protected]
Expires: 22 Jun 1995 00:00:00 GMT
Message-ID: <[email protected]>
References: <[email protected]>
Reply-To: [email protected] (Michael Handler Voting Alias)
NNTP-Posting-Host: rodan.uu.net
Xref: gs2.UU.NET news.announce.newgroups:6954 news.groups:151832 soc.culture.filipino:54200 rec.music.misc:180428 alt.music.world:5971 alt.fan.lea-salonga:288

FIRST CALL FOR VOTES (of 2)
unmoderated group rec.music.filipino

Newsgroups line:
rec.music.filipino All types and forms of Filipino music.

Votes must be received by 23:59:59 UTC, 21 June 1995.

This vote is being conducted by a neutral third party. For voting
questions only contact Michael Handler <[email protected]>. For questions
about the proposed group contact Ben Totanes <[email protected]>

RATIONALE

Filipinos are mostly musically inclined. They also easily adapt many
types of music to give it a Filipino “flavor”. During the discussion period,
many expressed sincere support and agreed that such a newsgroup would
enhance/complement other existing newsgroups such as soc.culture.filipino
and alt.fan.lea-salonga.

CHARTER

rec.music.filipino will be an unmoderated discussion group on all
aspects of music originating from the Philippines. This can include,
but is not limited to, Opera, Kundimans/Haranas, Pop, RAP, New Wave,
Liturgical and any form: Instrumental, Vocal/Choral, etc. Exchange of
non-copyrighted materials will be encouraged including lyrics sheets,
guitar chords and piano music sheets.

The intended audience for this proposed group would be wide ranging,
>from beginning students, to those studying in College or University,
to professionals involved in teaching, performance, and the persons
simply interested in knowing more about the richness of this
culture. Because of this diversity, this group has the potential to be
enormously useful, as experts can post opinions and comments on
addressing particular situations encountered by others.

If the group is successfully created after a positive vote, details
will be sent to various Music Colleges and Organizations in the
Philippines including the University of the Philippines College of
Music.

DISTRIBUTION

This Call For Votes (CFV) has been crossposted to the following newsgroups:

news.announce.newgroups, news.groups, soc.culture.filipino,
rec.music.misc, alt.music.world

This Call For Votes (CFV) has also been crossposted to the following
newsgroups. Please note that the Request For Discussion (RFD) was *not*
crossposted to this group:

alt.fan.lea-salonga

HOW TO VOTE

One vote counted per person, no more than one per account. Attempts at
ballot box stuffing or vote fraud will not be treated lightly.

**************************************************************************
*** IMPORTANT: _Addresses_ and _votes_ of all voters will be published ***
*** in the final voting results list. UVV voting on Usenet is not done ***
*** by secret ballot. If you don’t like this, don’t vote. ***
**************************************************************************

Send email to: <[email protected]>
Just replying should work if you are not reading this on a mailing list.

Your mail message should contain ONE (and only ONE) of the following
statements:

I vote YES on rec.music.filipino
I vote NO on rec.music.filipino
I vote ABSTAIN on rec.music.filipino
I CANCEL my vote on rec.music.filipino

If you vote ABSTAIN, your vote will be registered and will be shown in
the final results posting, but it will not affect the outcome of the vote.
It is intended as a form of symbolic protest, nothing more.

If you CANCEL your vote, all records of your vote will be purged from the
active results file, and your name and address will not be listed in the
final results posting.

ABSTAIN and CANCEL are nearly the same thing — the only difference is,
with ABSTAIN, your name and address are still listed in the final listing.

If you later change your mind you may vote again. Only your last valid
vote will count and will be published in the final results posting.

Anything else may be rejected by the automatic vote counting program. The
votetaker will respond to your received ballots with a personal
acknowledgement by mail — if you do not receive one within several days,
try again. It’s your responsibility to make sure your vote is registered
correctly.

After the final results are posted to , there
will then be a five-day period during which the published vote list may be
corrected and any irregularities addressed.

OFFICIAL SOURCES OF THE CFV

The only official sources of this CFV are:
* The copy which was crossposted to
* Any copies which were sent to mailing lists by the votetaker (and *only*
the votetaker)
* One received from the votetaker’s automated mailserver

To obtain a copy of the CFV from the votetaker’s mailserver:
* Send email to <[email protected]> with

Subject: send filipino cfv

This is an automated function, so it does not matter what
your message body contains, as long as the Subject: line is exactly as
described above.

IMPORTANT: If you give anyone copies of the CFV, the copies must be whole
and unmodified. Distributing pre-filled in ballots or modified copies of
this CFV is considered voting fraud. If this occurs on a large scale or
causes voting problems or irregularities, the vote may be canceled.

When in doubt, ask the votetaker.

Michael Handler <[email protected]> Usenet Volunteer Votetakers (UVV)
Usenet Volunteer Votetakers WWW page: <URL:http://www.amdahl.com/ext/uvv>

From [email protected] Tue Jun 13 21:43:41 1995
Status: RO
Path: uunet!bounce-back
From: [email protected] (Michael Handler)
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups,soc.culture.filipino,rec.music.misc,alt.music.world,alt.fan.lea-salonga
Subject: 2nd CFV: rec.music.filipino
Supersedes: <[email protected]>
Followup-To: poster
Date: 13 Jun 1995 21:23:18 -0400
Organization: Usenet Volunteer Votetakers
Lines: 141
Sender: [email protected]
Approved: [email protected]
Expires: 22 Jun 1995 00:00:00 GMT
Message-ID: <[email protected]>
References: <[email protected]> <[email protected]>
Reply-To: [email protected] (Michael Handler Voting Alias)
NNTP-Posting-Host: rodan.uu.net
Xref: gs2.UU.NET news.announce.newgroups:7054 news.groups:153681 soc.culture.filipino:55713 rec.music.misc:181374 alt.music.world:6196 alt.fan.lea-salonga:343

LAST CALL FOR VOTES (of 2)
unmoderated group rec.music.filipino

Newsgroups line:
rec.music.filipino All types and forms of Filipino music.

Votes must be received by 23:59:59 UTC, 21 June 1995.

***************************************************************************
*** NOTE: This is the second CFV of two. If you have already voted and ***
*** received an acknowledgement of your vote in email from the ***
*** votetaker, you *DO* *NOT* need to vote again. If you have any ***
*** questions, ask the votetaker, Michael Handler <[email protected]> ***
***************************************************************************

This vote is being conducted by a neutral third party. For voting
questions only contact Michael Handler <[email protected]>. For questions
about the proposed group contact Ben Totanes <[email protected]>

RATIONALE

Filipinos are mostly musically inclined. They also easily adapt many
types of music to give it a Filipino “flavor”. During the discussion period,
many expressed sincere support and agreed that such a newsgroup would
enhance/complement other existing newsgroups such as soc.culture.filipino
and alt.fan.lea-salonga.

CHARTER

rec.music.filipino will be an unmoderated discussion group on all
aspects of music originating from the Philippines. This can include,
but is not limited to, Opera, Kundimans/Haranas, Pop, RAP, New Wave,
Liturgical and any form: Instrumental, Vocal/Choral, etc. Exchange of
non-copyrighted materials will be encouraged including lyrics sheets,
guitar chords and piano music sheets.

The intended audience for this proposed group would be wide ranging,
>from beginning students, to those studying in College or University,
to professionals involved in teaching, performance, and the persons
simply interested in knowing more about the richness of this
culture. Because of this diversity, this group has the potential to be
enormously useful, as experts can post opinions and comments on
addressing particular situations encountered by others.

If the group is successfully created after a positive vote, details
will be sent to various Music Colleges and Organizations in the
Philippines including the University of the Philippines College of
Music.

DISTRIBUTION

This Call For Votes (CFV) has been crossposted to the following newsgroups:

news.announce.newgroups, news.groups, soc.culture.filipino,
rec.music.misc, alt.music.world

This Call For Votes (CFV) has also been crossposted to the following
newsgroups. Please note that the Request For Discussion (RFD) was *not*
crossposted to this group:

alt.fan.lea-salonga

HOW TO VOTE

One vote counted per person, no more than one per account. Attempts at
ballot box stuffing or vote fraud will not be treated lightly.

**************************************************************************
*** IMPORTANT: _Addresses_ and _votes_ of all voters will be published ***
*** in the final voting results list. UVV voting on Usenet is not done ***
*** by secret ballot. If you don’t like this, don’t vote. ***
**************************************************************************

Send email to: <[email protected]>
Just replying should work if you are not reading this on a mailing list.

Your mail message should contain ONE (and only ONE) of the following
statements:

I vote YES on rec.music.filipino
I vote NO on rec.music.filipino
I vote ABSTAIN on rec.music.filipino
I CANCEL my vote on rec.music.filipino

If you vote ABSTAIN, your vote will be registered and will be shown in
the final results posting, but it will not affect the outcome of the vote.
It is intended as a form of symbolic protest, nothing more.

If you CANCEL your vote, all records of your vote will be purged from the
active results file, and your name and address will not be listed in the
final results posting.

ABSTAIN and CANCEL are nearly the same thing — the only difference is,
with ABSTAIN, your name and address are still listed in the final listing.

If you later change your mind you may vote again. Only your last valid
vote will count and will be published in the final results posting.

Anything else may be rejected by the automatic vote counting program. The
votetaker will respond to your received ballots with a personal
acknowledgement by mail — if you do not receive one within several days,
try again. It’s your responsibility to make sure your vote is registered
correctly.

After the final results are posted to , there
will then be a five-day period during which the published vote list may be
corrected and any irregularities addressed.

OFFICIAL SOURCES OF THE CFV

The only official sources of this CFV are:
* The copy which was crossposted to
* Any copies which were sent to mailing lists by the votetaker (and *only*
the votetaker)
* One received from the votetaker’s automated mailserver

To obtain a copy of the CFV from the votetaker’s mailserver:
* Send email to <[email protected]> with

Subject: send filipino cfv

This is an automated function, so it does not matter what
your message body contains, as long as the Subject: line is exactly as
described above.

IMPORTANT: If you give anyone copies of the CFV, the copies must be whole
and unmodified. Distributing pre-filled in ballots or modified copies of
this CFV is considered voting fraud. If this occurs on a large scale or
causes voting problems or irregularities, the vote may be canceled.

When in doubt, ask the votetaker.

rec.music.filipino Bounce List – No need to revote
——————————————————————————
[email protected] Maria T Ocampo
[email protected] Pebbles Salazar
[email protected] Rey Santos
[email protected] Raymund Fajardo

Michael Handler <[email protected]> Usenet Volunteer Votetakers (UVV)
Usenet Volunteer Votetakers WWW page: <URL:http://www.amdahl.com/ext/uvv>

From [email protected] Wed Jul 12 10:43:33 1995
Status: RO
Path: uunet!in1.uu.net!bounce-back
From: [email protected] (Michael Handler)
Newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups,news.groups,soc.culture.filipino,rec.music.misc,alt.music.world,alt.fan.lea-salonga
Subject: RESULT: rec.music.filipino passes 172:28
Followup-To: news.groups
Date: 11 Jul 1995 19:01:40 -0400
Organization: Usenet Volunteer Votetakers
Lines: 278
Sender: [email protected]
Approved: [email protected]
Message-ID: <[email protected]>
NNTP-Posting-Host: rodan.uu.net
Xref: gs2.UU.NET news.announce.newgroups:7122 news.groups:158843 soc.culture.filipino:58713 rec.music.misc:183261 alt.music.world:6689 alt.fan.lea-salonga:405

RESULT
unmoderated group rec.music.filipino passes 172:28

There were 172 YES votes and 28 NO votes, for a total of 200 valid votes.
There were 4 abstains and 2 invalid ballots.

For group passage, YES votes must be at least 2/3 of all valid (YES and NO)
votes. There also must be at least 100 more YES votes than NO votes.

There is a five day discussion period after these results are posted. If no
serious allegations of voting irregularities are raised, the moderator of
news.announce.newgroups will create the group shortly thereafter.

rec.music.filipino passed on Thu Jun 8 00:10:30 1995

Newsgroups line:
rec.music.filipino All types and forms of Filipino music.

Voting closed at 23:59:59 UTC, 21 June 1995.

CHARTER

rec.music.filipino will be an unmoderated discussion group on all
aspects of music originating from the Philippines. This can include,
but is not limited to, Opera, Kundimans/Haranas, Pop, RAP, New Wave,
Liturgical and any form: Instrumental, Vocal/Choral, etc. Exchange of
non-copyrighted materials will be encouraged including lyrics sheets,
guitar chords and piano music sheets.

The intended audience for this proposed group would be wide ranging,
>from beginning students, to those studying in College or University,
to professionals involved in teaching, performance, and the persons
simply interested in knowing more about the richness of this
culture. Because of this diversity, this group has the potential to be
enormously useful, as experts can post opinions and comments on
addressing particular situations encountered by others.

If the group is successfully created after a positive vote, details
will be sent to various Music Colleges and Organizations in the
Philippines including the University of the Philippines College of
Music.

***************************************************************************
*** The following results posting is Copyright 1995 Michael Handler and ***
*** Sub Rosa Software, Inc. Usage of the following list or any part ***
*** thereof as a mass mailing list or for any other purpose without the ***
*** express written consent of the votetaker is strictly prohibited, ***
*** and may be enforced by law. ***
***************************************************************************
(In other words, don’t use these email addresses as an advertising mailing
list or to send them all surveys asking them why they voted the way they
did. You’re only going to get people pissed off at you.)

rec.music.filipino Final Vote Ack

Voted Yes
——————————————————————————
[email protected] MABINI M. CASTRO
[email protected] Miguel A.L.V. Paraz
[email protected] Alex Vizconde Dorupa
[email protected] Filipino Community Computing Sector
[email protected] Michelle Calderon
[email protected] Jose L. Acosta
[email protected] Albert Santa Romana
[email protected] Aimee Manosa
[email protected] Archie Medrano
[email protected] Anna S. Ocampo
[email protected] Ramon C. Canumay
[email protected] Melissa P. Aluquin
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected] Amparito Clapano
[email protected] Vic Boss Paredes Jr.
[email protected] M. Dawn Banks (813) 253-7616
[email protected] BEN GODFREY
[email protected] Douglas P. Shannon
[email protected] Bobby Factura
[email protected] Ben Totanes
cacas[email protected]
[email protected] Odie Calima
[email protected] Pinoy Tv!
[email protected] Paul Castro
[email protected]
[email protected] Celvin V Samson
[email protected] Chuck Gardner
[email protected] Joey Santos
[email protected] Christoph Epping (CIP 88)
[email protected]
[email protected] Mel Cruz
[email protected] Theresa Ocampo
[email protected] Samuel P. Mallare
[email protected]
[email protected] Daniel S. Lewart
[email protected] Daisy Aya Asuncion 372-2216
[email protected] David Anderson
[email protected] Donato S. de la Cruz
[email protected] Kristine M. Ocampo
[email protected] Eric Manguiat
[email protected] Cepe, Emmanuel
[email protected]
[email protected] Seb Koh
[email protected] Cynthia Endriga
[email protected] MISS MARIACHERYL G DOMINGO
[email protected] Eric Liwanag
[email protected] E Tan
[email protected] Ed Udani
[email protected] Eugene Poral
EW::MRGATE::\”A1::FIDLER.DICK\””@ewir-wr.robins.af.mil
[email protected] Oredroc
[email protected] Bernard B Floresca 708 979 2080
[email protected] Paul Fontelo
[email protected] Franklyn Bandolon
[email protected] Eric/Genny
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected] Glenn D. Aguilar
[email protected] George Son Keng Po
[email protected] Gabe G. Guevarra
[email protected] Aykol
[email protected] Hannah Pia Baral
[email protected] Joey Fuentes/5146
[email protected] heidi
[email protected] RemoteIP
[email protected] James Gryga
[email protected] Alicia Jandoc
[email protected] jessie
[email protected] Juan Belisario
[email protected] JADE CADELINA
[email protected] J.M.Cruz
[email protected]
[email protected] j.figueroa-student-ele-acacia-95058588
[email protected]
[email protected] John E Wynn
[email protected] John Oliver Sy Tanbonliong
[email protected] Jonboy
[email protected] Jorge Pastor
[email protected] Josefina Tuason
[email protected] JOSEPH DEAN PINGOL
[email protected] Jim Ayson
[email protected] Jorge C. Satorre III
[email protected] John S. Jacob
[email protected] Joey Tuason Jr.
[email protected] Justine Leon Uro
[email protected]
[email protected] Larry Roa
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected] Hermelito Go
[email protected] Justin C Lloyd
[email protected]
[email protected] REY MAGNO
[email protected] Dario B. Magpantay
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected] ZGR81
[email protected] Remel V. Mendoza
[email protected] Meg Mendoza
[email protected] Melecio Estoque
[email protected] Marissa B. Harding
[email protected] Michael Merillana
[email protected] Timothy Kelly
[email protected] Mihali Felipe
[email protected] Maria T Ocampo
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected] Whats Up Doc?
[email protected] Mylene Manongdo
[email protected] Nick Cabison
[email protected] Nigel Allen
[email protected] Nestor C. Buenaflor
[email protected] Nick Ingegneri
[email protected] nina rojas
[email protected] Oliver
[email protected] Ordonio Riza S
[email protected]
[email protected] Jose N Loyola
[email protected] Paul Schmidt
[email protected] JOSELITO M CRUZ
[email protected] MR J M CRUZ
[email protected] S MILLER
[email protected] Pietro Reyes
[email protected] Brian O’Donnell
[email protected] Pebbles Salazar
[email protected] ==quizon==
[email protected] Rey Santos
[email protected]
[email protected] Raymund Zapanta
[email protected] Rodrigo A. Dar
[email protected]
[email protected] Raymund Fajardo
[email protected] Roderick Que
[email protected] Robert Martin A. leyba
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected] Richard P. Lozada
[email protected] Rebecca San Agustin
[email protected]
[email protected] Timothy Joseph Harvey
[email protected]
[email protected] Melody C. DeGuzman
[email protected] jowell sabino
[email protected] Sarah Jane M Po
[email protected] Salvador SABANAL
[email protected] Steven E. Asercion
[email protected] Ted C. Gonzalez
[email protected] Karen Go
[email protected] Scott W. Morrical
[email protected] Tim Taylor
[email protected] Coralie J. Allen
[email protected] John R. Tegtmeier
[email protected] Tomomi Itakura
[email protected] Tony Castillo
[email protected]
[email protected] Thomas E Smith
[email protected] Denz J.Demiar
[email protected] Lyrka Sikat
[email protected] Dennis Allen Carr
[email protected] victoria manankil
[email protected] Virginia Evano-Williams
[email protected] Celeste Ward
[email protected] Warren G. Custodio
[email protected]
[email protected] Walter Schneider
[email protected] Wilfredo G. Tabada (\”WILL THE THRILL\”)
[email protected] none
[email protected] DR CEFERINO F BAGUE
[email protected] MR NESTOR ENRIQUEZ
[email protected] Sonny Dionida

Voted No
——————————————————————————
[email protected] Karl Krech
[email protected] Christian Much
[email protected] Chris Stamper
[email protected] David W. Crawford
[email protected] Christopher Ward
[email protected] Ryan
[email protected] Eric Garbos
[email protected] Francis A Uy
[email protected] Gordon Engel
[email protected] Hasnain Khan
[email protected] Kim DeVaughn
[email protected] Lance K. Chun
[email protected] Lech Mazur
[email protected] David Maurice
[email protected] Patrick J. LoPresti
[email protected] Pierre Uszynski
[email protected] Paul Klose
[email protected]u Andrew Raphael
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NCSA Mosaic

NCSA Mosaic is the first Graphical User Interface for the World-Wide Web, NOT Netscape.  In fact, Netscape was based on Mosaic.  I think I still have a copy of this on a floppy disk somewhere :)

The Manager

old hands

old handsOne young man went to apply for a managerial position in a big company. He passed the initial interview, and now would meet the director for the final interview.

The director discovered from his CV that the youth’s academic achievements were excellent. He asked, “Did you obtain any scholarships in school?” the youth answered “no”.

” Was it your father who paid for your school fees?”

“My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.” he replied.

” Where did your mother work?”

“My mother worked as clothes cleaner.”

The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

” Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?”

“Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Besides, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.

The director said, “I have a request. When you go home today, go and clean your mother’s hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back home, he asked his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to her son.

The youth cleaned his mother’s hands slowly. His tear fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother’s hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother winced when he touched it.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fees. The bruises in the mother’s hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his education, his school activities and his future.

After cleaning his mother hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.

That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.

Next morning, the youth went to the director’s office.

The Director noticed the tears in the youth’s eyes, when he asked: “Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?”

The youth answered,” I cleaned my mother’s hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes’

“I know now what appreciation is. Without my mother, I would not be who I am today. By helping my mother, only now do I realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done on your own. And I have come to appreciate the importance and value of helping one’s family.

The director said, “This is what I am looking for in a manager. I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life.”

“You are hired.”

This young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and worked as a team. The company’s performance improved tremendously.

A child, who has been protected and habitually given whatever he wanted, would develop an “entitlement mentality” and would always put himself first. He would be ignorant of his parent’s efforts. When he starts work, he assumes that every person must listen to him, and when he becomes a manager, he would never know the sufferings of his employees and would always blame others. For this kind of people, who may be good academically, they may be successful for a while, but eventually they would not feel a sense of achievement. They will grumble and be full of hatred and fight for more. If we are this kind of protective parents, are we really showing love or are we destroying our children instead?

You can let your child live in a big house, eat a good meal, learn piano, watch on a big screen TV. But when you are cutting grass, please let them experience it. After a meal, let them wash their plates and bowls together with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you do not have money to hire a maid, but it is because you want to love them in a right way. You want them to understand, no matter how rich their parents are, one day their hair will grow gray, same as the mother of that young person. The most important thing is your child learns how to appreciate the effort and experience the difficulty and learns the ability to work with others to get things done.

Google Affiliate Network: Going, Going… Gone.

Google Affiliate Network


After checking my email today, I saw this message from Google:

An update on Google Affiliate Network

Google Affiliate Network

Google Affiliate Network

Important updates for Google Affiliate Network publishers and advertisers
Our goal with Google Affiliate Network has been to help advertisers and publishers improve their performance across the affiliate ecosystem. Cost-per-action (CPA) marketing has rapidly evolved in the last few years, and we constantly evaluate our products to ensure that we’re focused on the services that will have the biggest impact for our advertisers and publishers. To that end, we’ve made the difficult decision to retire the Google Affiliate Network and focus on other products that are driving great results for clients.Publishers can continue to earn revenue through the AdSense network. And marketers can take advantage of other CPA-oriented Google tools like Product Listing Ads, remarketing and Conversion Optimizer to drive valuable online sales and conversions. These areas are growing rapidly and we continue to invest significantly in them.

We’ll continue to support our customers as we wind down the product over the next few months. While we will no longer be adding new product functionality, we will maintain the platform during the transition period. We plan to disable publisher relationships from advertiser programs on July 31, 2013. Publisher payments will be disbursed for network activity generated through this date. We will continue to make certain functionality available through October 31, 2013 for retrieving reports, reconciling orders, and processing payments.

A huge thanks to all our advertisers, publishers and the team that has worked tirelessly on Google Affiliate Network over the past few years. We look forward to helping you grow your business in the future.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Sincerely,
The Google Affiliate Network Team

Well, I must say that it wasn’t a complete surprise. My personal experience with this part of Google wasn’t really that successful compared to the revenue I get with Adsense. I have tried Google Affiliate Network (GAN) for a few months, giving them literally hundreds of thousands of impressions on my busy blogs and not a single cent in revenue has gone my way. So after a few months, I decided to remove their ad codes and concentrated on Adsense exclusively (well, until last month when I signed up with another ad network that pays similarly).

It was a good run GAN, and hope that this means something better for everyone in the long run.

My Sleep Apnea and CPAP/CEPAP Machine


Do you snore very loudly that even your dog wouldn’t sleep next to you?  There are millions of people who snore heavily, and many of them have this potentially serious condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and are not even aware of it.  If your answer is yes to the previous question, then there is an increased possibility that you are suffering from this condition, too.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea? It is basically the relaxing of throat and nasal membranes during sleep, this blocks the air passages and deprives your lungs of incoming air through the nose or mouth. It results in the stoppage of normal breathing that ranges from a few seconds, to an extreme couple of minutes, usually occurring several hundred times a night! This leads to a lack of oxygen going to the brain and body, and could lead to heart failure, hypertension and other ailments.  However, the most common effect of Obstructive Sleep Apnea is fatigue. Even so, because a person with Obstructive Sleep Apnea does not really achieve a restful sleep, the condition usually results in daytime sleepiness that may turn into serious accidents while driving.

As long as I can remember, I have always snored very loudly. However, I never paid attention to the telltale signs that I may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea until only about seven years ago, when I decided to have myself checked just for the heck of it.

One of the most notable symptoms I had was that the back of my throat was always red and irritated. I was a choir member in church, and noticed that because my throat was tender, I frequently coughed when trying to sing the high notes. I didn’t realize at that time that the reason to this was because my throat was being blocked by the soft palate in my throat area.  The air was being forcefully inhaled by my lungs between the throat and soft palate which was blocking it,  and also caused my extremely loud snoring. Another sign was that I would suddenly wake up in the middle of the night, gasping for air. This was my body waking up because of air deprivation.  My lungs has not breathed in for an extended time that it had to wake me up in a hurry.  Also, since I seldom went into deep sleep, I never had enough rest.  I was tired even after the times I was in bed for seven hours or more.

Luckily for many of us, Obstructive Sleep Apnea is now very treatable.  But it needs to be diagnosed first before the doctor can do anything. The first step I did was to seek out a sleep disorder specialist, so you need to seek a specialist close to where you live.  During your appointment, the doctor will schedule you for a sleep study. What this means is that they will ask you to sleep in their clinic with a whole bunch of wires and sensors attached to your face, arms and body. You will be asked to bring your normal sleeping clothes so you are comfortable, and sleep in the clinic until the morning. Some doctors will ask you to take home a monitoring device to attach to your finger while sleeping, and then bring it back to the office so they can retrieve the results.

at the sleep study for obstructive sleep apnea

In my case, I had to sleep in the clinic and came home at around 6:30 the following morning. I remember having a good sleep that night, even with the wires attached to me. I have to admit though that having a pretty nurse attending to you, and waking up to, made my experience a lot better too :)  Anyway, it turned out that I had Obstructive Sleep Apnea and, are you ready for this? I stopped breathing 435 times that night, and the longest episode lasted 90 seconds! This condition was considered ‘severe’.

a CPAP / CEPAP Machine


So now that I knew I have Obstructive Sleep Apnea. What now? The first thing that the doctor ordered was a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP or “CePAP”) therapy using a CPAP machine (see image). The easiest way to describe this CPAP/CePAP machine is that it is a small table-top device that continuously blows air into your nose through a hose to keep your nasal passages from collapsing. A CPAP machine is only available with a prescription and the air pressure settings are preset by the doctor. There are several CPAP manufacturers and models available, the CPAP mask that go over your nose are also available in different sizes.

There was one thing the doctor told me though, this is that I am stuck with this CPAP machine for life. I have to keep using it every night, during naps, and bring it with me during vacation. So even during our yearly camping trips, I brought my CPAP machine, powered by a 12v car battery.

The doctor also told me that as long as the CPAP therapy is working for me, I should be okay. There are however other options for other patients with a more severe condition which included surgery (trimming of the upper palette) to prevent blockage of the throat. But for the most us though, CPAP therapy should be enough.

CPAP MachineSo what does one look for to suspect if he/she has Obstructive Sleep Apnea?  If the person is experiencing the following,  make an appointment with an EENT (Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat) doctor :

  • Loud and chronic snoring
  • Choking, snorting, or gasping for air during sleep
  • Long pauses in breathing while asleep
  • Daytime sleepiness, no matter how much time you spend in bed

Children too, can suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Here is what to look for:

In addition to continuous loud snoring, children with Obstructive Sleep Apnea may adopt strange sleeping positions and suffer from bedwetting, excessive perspiration at night, or night terrors. Children with Obstructive Sleep Apnea may also exhibit changes in their daytime behavior, such as:

  • Hyperactivity or inattention
  • Developmental and growth problems
  • Decrease in school performance
  • Irritable, angry, or hostile behavior
  • Breathing through mouth instead of nose

Ever since I was diagnosed and treated, my wife has also slept well, since the CPAP machine stopped the snoring. Just imagine how grateful she has been :)  Also, I now dream regularly, rarely tired and sleepy at work, and can now sing the high notes without coughing.

If you suspect that you may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), consult your doctor. Also, visit these other resources:

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/tc/sleep-apnea-symptoms
http://helpguide.org/life/sleep_apnea.htm

http://www.cpap.com/

Song to Celia

Ben Johnson (1572-1637)

One of the poems I still remember from my high school days. It was an assignment in our English Literature class which we had to memorize and recite in front of class the following week. What a harrowing experience, since the girl I liked was  sitting not far from the front.  lol.  Now that I’m a lot more mature, looking back, I should have looked into her eyes while reciting this.  Instead, I stared blankly at the rear wall.  Sigh.

Ben Johnson (1572-1637)

Ben Johnson (1572-1637)

Song to Celia (published year 1616)
BY BEN JONSON (1572–1637)

Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup,
And I’ll not look for wine.
The thirst that from the soul doth rise
Doth ask a drink divine;
But might I of Jove’s nectar sup,
I would not change for thine.

I sent thee late a rosy wreath,
Not so much honouring thee
As giving it a hope, that there
It could not withered be.
But thou thereon didst only breathe,
And sent’st it back to me;
Since when it grows, and smells, I swear,
Not of itself, but thee.

Google Analytics April Fools Joke

space station

Google Analytics’ April Fools joke: I went to see my Google Anaytics stats and then I was surprised to see web traffic coming to my sites from… the International Space Station! Then I realized it was an April Fools joke by Google. LOL. See pic.