Pro Bono On The Accounting Side…

October 10, 2007

Maintaining a site for keeping lecture notes and solutions to exercises and problems takes about eight to twelve hours a week. That’s because a lot of new pages need to be set up,  prepped for the first time. It could could go down to eight hours a week as things move forward.

In tandem with maintenance, I’ve also set up a database backend specifically for the exercises. What this basically means is I’ve partially created a database-backend app with a web front-end for automating some of the accounting procedures. It’s not up-and-running yet, but it will be ready in the coming week or two.

I’ll open this project to the public once it is ready. This one is going to be Pro-Bono (free) as this will greatly help me in my studies, going forward. So, if you want a free-ride on your accounting system, especially if you’re a mom-and-pop store, a team-operating-on-a-dime, or even a smallbiz who wants to save that penny. My suggestion is to get on this project once it is ready.

I’ll take care of the nut-and-bolts, you basically plug-in the numbers and run reports. That’s basically the deal. It’s as easy as any accounting firm, except this one is free.

Send me an email, if you’re curious enough to know what’s going-on behind this weblog, though.

 OK, see you later.



May 16, 2007

Every morning, Sam takes a walk down to the park before turning left at the corner. Sam takes the morning newspaper, clipped under while the left hand holds the coffee. The elevator door opens leading into the company lobby at the 48th floor of the tallest building in town. Carrying a shoulder strap leather bag, he places it on top of a wooden table, plugs the cable to the ethernet, flips the cover before touching the On button. The screen opens up with a splash screen showing an image of a penguin with a logo at the bottom–Linux.

Sam is not alone, he is only just one of the many who use Linux as their primary environment. He is joined by his officemates who run standard OEM machines provided by several companies. The Chief Technology Officer also carry a notebook loaded with Linux.

“All of our notebooks here run Linux,” Sam said. “A lot of our applications run natively on several hardware configurations, although we still use other OS for legacy applications such as Windows and MacOS,” added Sam.

It wasn’t long ago, thirty years to be exact when computing was done on a different level. The economics of software development were different, a product of a system that has long been replaced by a new paradigm. “My parents told me they used to pay a lot and they bought in pieces,” Sam said. “At that time, before the great correction, my parents had to endure a lot from creating programs that may infringe. They fought hard against those who seek to subvert the true essence of the law and they won,” added Sam.

Sam and his company are now enjoying the fruits of those who fought for freedom. It wasn’t because they believe the old regime will stay the same, they believed on the idea that they could be free to use and share the works they produced. A new culture emerged from it and is now considered the majority culture.