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Thank You Lord

I just came home and got settled after a great day at the Dusit Hotel Nikko in Makati. I really had a great time talking in front of a small group of people (around 20 or 30 tops) about Beowulf clusters, where most of the attention was focused on the reasoning behind, and the technical aspects of building a Beowulf Cluster. I'm glad to see that people are really interested in this technology, and would very much like to work with clusters more in my career (or whatever else is ahead of me). As far as I can say, LinuxWorld 2005 is beginning to look more and more like a success not for me only, but for the organizers and also the participants.

I will be expecting emails and questions regarding how to setup and maintain (and even program) a beowulf cluster from the group soon, but more importantly I'm most interested in the possiblity of working with a Beowulf cluster in the near future. There are some organizations that I would like to get in touch with regarding the possibility of offering them a cluster solution for their organization's needs. I'm sure there are others out there itching to get on the Cluster Bandwagon, and I'm happy to be one of the designated drivers who will be able to take them to where they want to go. But this is all in His glory, and only if He wills it to happen.

I know that He has a plan for me, and that it's unfolding every day. I'm very very thankful that things are going well for me right now -- after the news Calen brought me in the afternoon before my talk. It gave me a renewed reason to believe that I shouldn't be working too hard for something that I'm not getting paid enough to do. Maybe in the first few weeks it was enjoyable, but now it's beginning to be a hindrance to my advance and growth. I might end ties with the company I'm currently working with for the day job after finishing the current project I'm working on, but that's unless I am given what I am worth to other people. I mean, if other people value me more, then I don't see any reason to stay with a company that doesn't value me as much.

As much as I would want to help the company improve, I believe the change has to come from within -- the people running a company should be responsible for the growth and direction of not only the company and the bottom line, but also the personnel and the services. If a business values its people and their contributions as their most important assets, then it should make the people feel as though they are part of the success of the company -- not by adding more pressure, but encouraging constructively the productivity and efficiency that a company requires. But once the company starts thinking that it's all about the money, then people get tossed aside and that's the worst thing a skill-dependent company can do to it's loyal people. It's just sad to see companies not growing because people wouldn't stay there for long.

Anyway, I have also come across a lot of interesting topics at the LinuxWorld 2005 Conference, but I have yet to attend one technical session. I feel more productive by staying at the PLUG booth and entertaining people as they come along and ask around regarding Linux and PLUG as the organization. Of course I'm not qualified (yet) to discuss most of the organizational topics, but It's really nice to rub elbows with and meet people from the list in person. It's putting a face to the name, and it's something very very rewarding.

I also thank God for the many opportunities coming up left and right regarding Linux, Beowulf Clusters, software development, among other things in the LinuxWorld Conference. It's like a very good reminder of the abundance that God promises his people. The myriad of opportunities, the people I get to meet, the new avenues open for exploration, and the many many new things to be learned and shared.

I just thank God for everything that's happening right now, and for everything that's still going to happen in the future. It's such a rewarding feeling when you put your trust into someone you know will not let you down, and shall be generous at times. It allows you to appreciate the small and the big things that are happening to you, and be thankful for everything that happens. Letting Him drive your life really leads to a lot of changes and good things. I just hope my friends will be able to see that in me, and I hope that He continues to work through me through my service to Him.

CHill...

PS. I was supposed to bring Yannie along for the LinuxWorld 2005 Conference but unfortunately I had to choose between getting on the bus already at the stop, or waiting for her to get to the stop and wait for the next bus. I was torn, but I chose to get on the bus so that I won't be late for the talk. I'll make it up to you baby, I just really had to choose quickly less I get late for the scheduled talk. I feel really bad, but I had to do something then and there. I certainly wished you where there too... But there's always next year. :D I love you Yannie! :D

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