I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
— Pablo Picasso

Lessons Learned from Ma.gnolia Story

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Ma.gnolia was built with the Ruby on Rails framework four years ago when cloud computing services weren't offered. Moreover, Ma.gnolia is funded, developed and maintained by just one man. That fact alone is astounding because not too many people can create and manage a social networking site by themselves (although I am aware of some geeks who built social networking sites for others but didn't get any richer out of doing it.) He was just about to build a business model out of it but in the past few days, things just didn't turn out well for him. Although I am not a ma.gnolia user (I use digg and del.icio.us), I express my sympathies because in the past I had this illusion of creating a social networking site for young people wherein the app is both a publishing tool and a place for interacting with others. I was not entirely interested in adopting or replicating features of existing social networking sites because personally, I see no need for those features.

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Free Ubuntu Ebook

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I have been a Windows user for a long time. I have done both design and development work on a Windows Operating System. In 2004, a good friend told me that in the long run, no matter how attached I am to my Windows OS, I will eventually switch to Linux or Mac which is true. Sometime in 2004, I also got my first Linux book from a book fare in the Baguio Convention Center. I read parts of it and it scared me how things weren't very easy. That book may still be useful on understanding Linux but only a few chapters are relevant. Things have gotten easier in Linux with so many distributions released.

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Hello! I am Kat. I've been a developer for several years. When I'm not sitting down, reading and working for long hours, I am traveling to some place of interest.
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