BA 183.1 · SchoolStuff

World War III: Web Browser Wars

What were man’s greatest discovery and invention? Was it when he discovered the use of fire, or when he was able to communicate people from afar by the use of telephone? Or when he invented a thing called the computer?

The emergence and development of the age of the Internet– a revolution which changed and continues to change the way our world “works, plays, communicates, shops and even falls in love” (John Heilemann)

Like any success, everything has a story. Behind the things we have today on the internet, there was a story about David and Goliath (modern version).

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It was 1993 when a group of nerds coded a software called Mosaic, Mosaic was a gift to humanity which enables the ordinary people to use the Internet other than the geeks and scientists. This software shows a lot of potential in dominating the market but they don’t have the resources (eg. money). This is when Jim Clark came into action and invested a lot of money for Netscape Communications Corporation. By 1995, Netscape’s Navigator was the popular choice of browser in the marketplace.

Sensing how David (Netscape) climbed its way up and dominated all the platforms, there usage share increased, but that success threatened Bill Gates’ Microsoft.This is when Microsoft created the Internet Explorer 1.0, a pity moment for Andreessen, Clark, and the engineers because Microsoft introduced Internet Explorer 1.0 to the public. This is a huge U-turn to the competition where the “giant” gets up and reclaim the throne. (It’s difficult to compete against the monopoly giant considering Netscape’s limited resources.) Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) lagged Netscape’s Navigator for their browser was bundled to their Windows Operating System.

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By 1998, Netscape lost the battle of browser wars. Microsoft won for their pricing strategy and Netscape was left with no remaining serious competition to its market share.

Today, Internet Explorer’s market share has been eroded by other competitors who are much equipped to match the “giant”. The emergence of new browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Safari took place.

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This 45-minute minute video is an eye-opener to everyone of us – that despite the success of the web business today, we faced a lot of challenges including competitors. We learned also how to cope up with competition  and be resilient and flexible when the situation arises.

 

2015. · DexielgetsSerious · Diary · SchoolStuff

Choosing the right thing. #College

College results from big universities are out. But the real question is: where should I study?  I can see myself 4 years ago. I was in grade six, the last year in elementary and I need to decide where to study in high school. My friends and I got plans as we count off the days before our graduation. We planned that we should study at the same school and be bffs forever. But it didn’t happen anyway. Because I choose the other way. There were four of us: Me, Dianne, Windee, Jam.. Jam went to London and lived migrated there for good, Dianne and Windee went to the same school at our place while I studied at the public high school in the nearby town. It was pretty difficult at first because I don’t know a single person there. I’m not sociable and I dont look friendly so I bet people are afraid to approach me.

Here I am, back again. Standing in the middle of crossroads, uncertain which part to take. Should I choose the university where my friends choose? I know I would really be happy there. I passed the entrance exam and the school excelled in the course I wanted to take up. I don’t need to be sociable really because I already have friends with me. I dont need to adapt to the environment. OR should I take the road which leads me to UP? In this road, Im going to be walking alone. I’m going to be alone because Merrah choose the other path. I don’t blame her really, it’s her choice. I know this road would soon help me reach my goals and dreams in life. But am I brave enough to take the risk? To dace the challenges that’s ahead of me? To adapt to the urban life with no friends and new native language to learn to?

The answer is yes.

 I am willing to take the risk and face the challenge. I didn’t choose UP because it’s a known school and everyone dreams to study there. ( Well, I guess they’re part of my criteria in choosing) But I wanted to meet new people, discover myself a little bit more, and finally come out of the bubble. I wanted to be more independent and know more about my weaknesses and strengths. I know the decision is a bit hard but I know this is for my own good. I may have doubts in my abilities like shall I pass the university or what but hey I don’t want to just choose the other thing without even trying what it feels like to be in UP. I wanted to taste a part of it and when I say I could no longer handle the pressure of it, then I can quit. Lucky for me my parents didn’t pressure me on which university I should choose. God, thank you for giving me supportive parents. As what I quoted from ze mom earlier when she asked me where to study, and I answered Im gonna try UP she smiled and told me “Then we’ll support you and try with you as well.” Well, not try with me literally but you know the thought of being with me all along the way to college. it feels great,srsly.

Six years from now, hopefully by God’s grace, Im not gonna regret this decision just like I didn’t regret choosing MVTS other than that school in our place. It’s time for me to meet new people and discover myself and of course, making my dreams turn into reality. Orede quod habes, et habes. Believe that you can and you will. 🙂  

So, it’s 36 days before graduation day and I couldn’t help feeling a bit excited and sad. But well, parting ways with friends is a part of life and not forgetting them is the golden rule of true friendship. 🙂

So, here I come college. University of the Philippines in Visayas (Unibersidad ng Pilipinas sa Kabisayaan) here I come. May the stars align and may the odds be ever in my favor. Forever BSA. ❤

 A quote to ponder: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

DexielGetsDramatic · DexielgetsSerious · SchoolStuff

University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT)

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I can still remember that day when I decided to apply for the college entrance exam just for an experience and without thinking that I would be able to pass it. I just wanna try since the exam was free of charge. I didn’t even review because I know to myself that time that I won’t pass it.

The day of the exam was a blast. There were hundreds of UP-student aspirants who crowded the entire SMC. The test was quite difficult too. I can still remember the time when I was just having a mini-picnic while my seatmates diligently solved the math questions.

And then, here goes the results. Ruining my Monday evening since I spent nearly 2 hours searching for my name plus the slow internet is such a hassle. I PASSED UP! I PASSED UP & my life change. Just that very moment, I think all my plans for college changed. I planned on going to IIT but then opportunity only knocks once and suddenly 75% of me says to get the opportunity and study to Ilo-ilo. It isn’t a selfish thinking right? I wanna study to Ilo-ilo since the course I passed is also related to my dream course?

God knows what but I think I just made a decision but still Im waiting for the other college entrance tests. :))

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2015. · SchoolStuff

Pressure Cooker.

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It’s the very first day of this year yet here I am multi-tasking. I have many things in mind; our SIP which is still undone and lacks for data, our upcoming division-level journalism contest and our exam. Well, the exam and the journalism dates had a conflict and the teachers told us to take the exam after the contest. But the problem is, we get to review the lessons alone. Self-studying they say.  wuuuut? So Im a bit pressured ehy.

2014. · DexielgetsSerious · Diary · SchoolStuff

Paranormal Experience :0

Something scary slash terrible happened today that made every hair in my body stand. It’s almost November 1 and scary things started to frighten people and spirits… they’re just here watching us.

My friend and I went home late since I cleaned the classroom and she waited for me. We then went to the bus station but unfortunately there were no bus so we decided to take the tricycle. The vehicle was loaded with passengers- my friend and I occupied the front seat, a nurse and a student occupied the backseat,  the driver, the teacher, and 3 other passengers, one is a  girl maybe on the age of 11, on our side.

Before the driver started the engine, he asked the little girl where will he drop her. The girl then replied, “Sa Sudlon ko kol.” She said she will stop at some place named Sudlon, which is situated maybe 10-14 minutes drive from the terminal. It’s getting dark outside and it’s cold too since it rained earlier. The motorcycle was now in Blancia, it’s a barangay with few houses near the highway and is surrounded with many trees.

Passengers were minding their own business- I am scrolling at my cellphone while others are just quiet. And then we came to a stop. I paused on what Im doing. We stopped beside the highway, with tall trees in between and no sign of any houses and there were no streetlights as well. The driver then asked the little girl, “Diri raka day?”  He asked the girl if this is where she’s gonna drop and the little replied, “Dili man diari kol. Unahan paman amoa sa may mangga.” The girl told the driver that she’s not dropping there because their house is farther to the place where we stopped. She said her house is located near a mango tree and it’s suppose to be the next succeding barangay the motorcycle is about to pass. The driver was dumbstruck and the teacher who sat beside me said, “I really heard a small voice a while ago.” She said she heard a little girl’s voice saying the word,”Diri lang ko.” I never heard it so I was shocked and scared. The boy who’s sitting at the back of the driver remained silent for a while. He then asked the teacher if the voice was loud enough to be heard or not, the woman said that it’s not that loud. The boy then said to the group that he heard something, a very soft voice saying to the driver to stop the vehicle at that place.

We remained silent at that time. Well, I guess, someone accompanied us that time :3 Happy Halloween!