Workshop: Integrating Computer Science and the Learning Sciences

Ateneo de Manila University’s Dr. Didith Rodrigo and her graduate students conducted a workshop entitled “Integrating Computer Science and the Learning Sciences” for students and faculty of the Computer Studies Division and guests from PSITE last Saturday, January 21.

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Ateneo de Davao Team at ACM-ICPC Asia-Manila Regionals

ACM ICPC 2011An All-Boys Team and an All-Girls team were sent by the university to compete with 73 teams all over Asia in the 2011 ACM-ICPC Asia-Manila Regionals last Dec 1-2 in UP Diliman, Quezon City. The members of the “Blue Cafe Mocha Boys” team were Reinald Kim Amplayo, Yancy Vance Paredes and Melvin Loquero. Also, from the “Blue Caramel Macchiato Girls” were Felicia Rose Garcia, Ylujean Sarmiento and Darling Cathyrene Villas.

The day before the competition, we got a chance to visit Ateneo de Manila University and travel the streets of Manila with our backpacks and luggage before reaching University Hotel where we stayed for 3 days and 2 nights.

The opening ceremony which was held in the “Ang Bahay ng Alumni” was a fun-filled experience for all of us. We got to see the other teams during the Photo sessions on stage with Mr. Raffy Saldana. While eating our snacks, we were also entertained by two jugglers who exhibited their skills in juggling using balls and hats. Yancy was one of the lucky participants who got a chance to have a one-to-one juggling tutorial on stage!

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Linux turns 20 this year

Major milestones in Linux over the past 20 yearsIt’s hard to believe but Linux turns 20 this year.

Back in August 25, 1991, University of Helsinki student Linus Torvalds sent out his famous message:

I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones.

From that simple introduction, we now have an operating system that is in use throughout the world today. It runs on desktops, servers, supercomputers, and mobile phones. And best of all, it’s (still) free.

Linux: you’ve come a long way, baby.

For more information on celebrations commemorating Linux’s 20th year, have a look at Linux Day and Linux Foundation.