Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Attention Davao: Use Linux!

Alright, so the title of this post is a little misleading. But I thought I'd get that message out to all the people who attended my networking session this afternoon at the Marco Polo Hotel here in Davao. The seminar was organized by PC Magazine Philippines and sponsored by Intel and Microsoft. There's a small story here, so you'll have to bear with me.

I was in Baguio last Friday when I got a call from Art Ilano, editor-in-chief of PC Magazine Philippines. They were conducting the Davao leg of their IT roadshow for small- and medium-sized businesses. For some reason, Microsoft couldn't provide them with speakers for the sessions on security and networking, and could I please handle those topics?

Now, I was supposed to head back to Dumaguete on Monday but I hadn't been to Davao in months, so I readily acceded. Everything was all set. I got my plane ticket on Sunday, thanks to the valiant efforts of Aimee, one of the staff of Hinge Publications.

On Monday, I got a text message from Art that made me chuckle: Microsoft was one of the sponsors, and could I keep my talk "safe?" Ah, my reputation precedes me! Of course, I said, it's poor form to embarrass the sponsors. So no bashing of any sort; and I even resolved not to mention the L-word at all.

It's been a long time since I've been involved in any major seminar with lots of vendors. It was a pleasant experience to be sitting once more in the speakers' table and enjoying all the amenities afforded to speakers. I even made some new friends among the wonderful support staff of PC Magazine as well as with the folks from Intel and Microsoft.

It was just so liberating not to be having to sell anything, moreso because I could be completely honest and frank with the folks. I don't know, I always felt constrained to put the best foot forward when I was still working for IBM and Digital Equipment, and I think I sacrificed my flexibility and a bit of my honesty. Well, no more of that! All you get now is Dominique Cimafranca, unedited and unabridged. And if I don't know, I won't tell you "I'll get back to you" anymore; I'll just say "I don't know" and that's that.

My talk...well, let's just say I was pretty pleased with how it went. I spent most of yesterday afternoon, immediately after arriving from the airport, preparing my slides. I took a pattern-based approach and simplified things as much as I could. Audience response, I think, was quite positive.

I did promise not to mention the L-word, and I swear that I didn't. But I couldn't resist some publicity for open source anyway, and so I mentioned PHP, MySQL, and PostgreSQL.

And since I told everyone to visit this blog to download the presentation file, all those folks should be coming here soon. Maybe. And if they're reading all this, well, this is me, unedited and unabridged.

Yes, I promised to not to mention Linux so as not to embarrass the sponsor, but this is my blog you're viewing now.

Let me take this opportunity to say what I couldn't say earlier: use Linux! It's cheaper, safer, more flexible, and it's open! You might have a hard time getting used to it at first, but it's well worth the effort. And you won't have Microsoft and the Business Software Alliance breathing down your neck about your licenses.

Use Linux! It's good for you!

There, I've gotten that out of my system.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled program. Here's the link to my presentation in PDF format: Keeping Your Organization Connected: Networking for Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses.



  1. Sneaky!

    You're terrific! ^_^

  2. He he. Guess who I learned my lessons in sneakiness from?

  3. davao had its share linux users though its not that visible, we also get in touch with other linux user groups in some parts of mindanao

    you can visit lsgdavao at yahoogroups

  4. I wish i could visit you, while i was in philipinnes. I have contacted ewa.ca but they seem superficial, bigger then this world kind of org. kudo's to your presentation.