Thursday, September 03, 2009

Day 1107: An Opportunity to Change Your Life

Filed Under: Personal Musings

Please bear with my writingrambling as I formulate my Philosophy of Life

What's your life like?

Ever since the dawn of humanity, a huge majority of people live lives that they don't want.

In this modern age and for most people, everything is money based, it's about money - or the lack of it. What can we do? That is how we were trained ever since we walked this earth.

My pragmatic and street smart grandmother used to say that the only thing that is illegal in this country (and probably in this life) is "to not have money". Harsh but it may have a sprinkling of truth in it.

Let's take for example, travelling. Nowadays, to get from point A to point B, you either:


1. You walk, then you ride a bus, train, tricycle, jeepney, pedicab, or motorcycle
2. You pay for the bus, train, tricycle, jeepney, or motorcycle

or you have your own car:

1. You pay for your car for 5 years
2. You pay for car registration, insurance, etc
3. You pay for gas for your car
4. You pay for parking
5. You pay the highway toll fees
6. You pay for maintenance


I've got to admit, that most of my life has been spent in front of a computer. I can't help it, I love computers, but now I don't want it to be my daily activity. I guess that the same thing must be true for most of you who are reading my blog. You work in front of a computer, earn a little (or much), then when you have enough money, you spend a vacation somewhere where you have to lose all your money so that when vacation time is over, you can start work again to earn money for the next vacation.


Are you stuck in your life?

Take heart, I know a lot of people who are "stuck" in their lives. I know a man who got separated from his wife, remarried, now has 3 kids, unemployed and now has Tubercolosis. I tried to help him. But he is stuck on his mindset of misfortune and suffering. I know a man who has 8 kids, lives in the slum, lost his job when his boss died, didn't have an education, couldn't find work now, has to feed 9 mouths (as we say here in the Philippines), and is stuck doing very odd jobs barely eating three meals a day.

Sadly, like those two guys that I mentioned, it's just a reality that most people have to bear and forget. It is what it is - our so called modern lives. The economical system that we have right now, leaves out a lot of people in the fringes.I believe that it should change, but as of the moment, I don't have any suitable alternative for it.


You're probably scratching your head by now and you are probably asking, 

"Get to the point, Dan, what are you selling? I thought this was a blog about Ubuntu and Open Source and Free Software and ..." 

I'm not selling anything (at the moment, maybe later, jk), I'm writing this because I feel that at the age of 27 I should have done more, seen more and experienced more. I owe it to myself. But most of all I owe it to my wife and kids that I share with them that experience.

"So are you stuck in life?"



I am stuck, because I chose to be stuck. However, I could change that with a snap of my finger. 

Say what, in fact, I am going to do so, tomorrow September 4, 2009. Friday, Philippine time.

"So, what are you rambling about - I thought this was about Changing my life?"

Well, it is. 

But I can't change your life. You change your life. I'm not a self help guru like Bo Sanchez and his Get Truly Rich Club. I am not going to tell you to shell out a *few* bucks so that you can change your life.

What I am going to tell you is what I am about to do to change my life. So that together we'll see if this thing will work. 

Let's face it, anybody can say that they found the secret formula to "success, life, business, richness, or love". I don't buy that. And I'm definitely not going to buy a guy's ramblings on CD on how to change my life. Heh. If you ask me, those secrets should be free, freed and spread out to everyone like fire on dry grass if it is what it is. 

Paying for it, is just plain silly and outright contradictory. Why should you or me pay to change our lives? Isn't that the whole point - to not make money the center of our lives? Well, if paying for those things actually changed somebody's life, then good for them. But personally.... Ohhhhh, nevermind.

"Hey What has Ubuntu Have to do with This?"


Well, I'm using Ubuntu as my Operating System to connect to the Internet to write this blog. 

But in a way, maybe it does have an influence on my writing. Hmmm, let's see. 

Ubuntu means, "I am who I am because of who we all are."  

Maybe in a way, in my writing, maybe I could help you change your life (for better or worse).


If you got this far reading my dissertation, thank you - for giving me the sublime pleasure of knowing that you care about what I think. *sob*

I hope that what I wrote and what I will write in the future, could impact your life, in a good way. 

I don't know what the future holds, but I am sure that what I am about to do will change my life. 

I am going to build a chicken farm in the province starting tomorrow. 

Don't laugh. I know. I know. 

It's not really going to be a chicken farm per se, you see it was is a small and humble private resort. There's a pool, some cottages, lots of trees, the locals are unsophisticated, life is simple, and so on and so forth. 

Think of this as dannybuntu's simple life.

I'll be doing part of the work with my crew, and we will use whatever that is there for us to use - most of - it is lumber. 

This will be an adventure for me for sure. 

I'll be back in a week or two.

"Now wait just a second here, you said there was an opportunity to change my life..."

There is, you already have it within you. You just have to figure it out on your own like I am going to do. 

There's not much really I could do to help you change your life and circumstances. Unless, you want to help me build a chicken farm.... Hahaha.  

I can't pay you though. Hahahaha.

But I can give you chickens. :)

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Day 1106: The Best Cloud Storage Solution I've Come Across - ADrive 50 GB Free Online Storage


Res Ipsa Loquitur.

Oh I forgot to mention. It runs perfectly on Linux using Java.

I tested one of my folders which has my law school archives. It has about 441 files of SCRA cases and other miscellaneous word documents. Total size of files is 112.47 MB and it will take about an hour to upload them all. Not bad, not bad at all.

Hands down, you can tear my mustache apart, this, undoubtedly, absolutely, whips the competition to oblivion.

They beat Microsoft and Google to it. (Microsoft's Skydrive has I think 25 GB, but no adequate Linux interface - Google's Gdrive is just a rumor at the moment.)

I think I should stop telling, you should try it on your own to see. Absolutely awesome.