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Do it Anyway

April 25, 2011 2 comments

The following came from a good friend. I found it worth re-posting, so here it is… 😀

1. The version found written on the wall in Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta: Do it Anyway.

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

 

2. The Original Version: The Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent M. Keith.

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds. Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.

Give the world the best you have anyway.

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Categories: Ideas and Philosophy

RH Bill and the Poor

April 23, 2011 1 comment

I think the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill is the defining issue of our generation.

They don’t say it, but most people I know think the RH Bill is important so that we can control the growing population of the poor. It is said in the context of concern over the poor’s inability to feed more people that they introduce in this world at the poverty level.

That said I just have to ask the following questions: What do we think of the poor anyway? Do we see them as vermin whose population we need to control if not totally eradicate? Are we being selfish at denying the poor the right to procreate and introduce life into this world? By virtue of not being poor, does this give us more right to have more children compared to them? Do we fear the growing number of the poor – do we actually feel threatened because of their number?

It is true that people should be responsible in bringing life into this world. It is true that there are many more mouths to feed in families that unfortunately don’t have the financial means to make that consistently happen. It is also true that many people will not help these poor families feed themselves. It is true that poverty is an ill, and it doesn’t help anybody and everybody in many ways if more people are wallowing in it. But the RH Bill is so NOT the answer to this problem! A group of U.P. faculty, students and former students put up an online petition outlining all the scientific reasons why contraception is bad idea and what our government should focus on instead. I would have also signed the petition if I were from U.P.; nevertheless I totally agree with their position on the matter.

Ultimately what we need is Responsible Parenthood. What the RH Bill espouses is Planned Parenthood, and the methods it seeks to employ goes against everything that God intended when He created the physical union between a man and a woman.

I only have questions. I don’t have the answers. What I do believe in my heart is that the RH Bill is not the solution to help the poor in our country. The help our poor need is going to be something else – I wish I knew what it was and could implement it, but admittedly I don’t – and not the RH Bill.

Each day I fear we come closer into enacting this stupidity into law… May God help us all!

On a side-note: Since Her founding, the Catholic Church has always been and will forever be a counter-cultural institution. She’s not here to win a popularity contest; the Church is here to preach the truth of God and His law of love. The Catholic Church has always been under attack for one reason or another whenever Her truths do not agree with popular opinion. The Catholic Church has traditionally advocated against contraception; She will never back down or compromise to it because this is against the Will of God. So be it, then.

Dear God… This is Your fight, not mine; I’m merely Your messenger. May You find a way to enlighten the hearts of Your people concerning the truth of this matter.

Jesus, I trust in You!

Experience: The Measure of Success

April 21, 2011 7 comments

How does one define success? Obviously there’s more to life than success at work – the most important of which is a successful relationship with God and one’s neighbor. But I want to specifically talk about success in one’s career. How do you know that you’re doing very well at work?

At least from my experience, you know that you’re successful if people ask for you by name when they need something important done. When that happens it means that you have arrived at the point wherein people have a certain comfort zone – a strong confidence – that you are the best person for the job and you will do the needful to get it done.

Training and book study are important, but ultimately nothing teaches better than gaining experience applying what you know, and learning new things as a result of the challenges one face. To make an exaggerated example: If you plan to go to war in Afghanistan, who will you send – Sgt. John Rambo, or a fresh officer graduate of the PMA? With all due respect to the newly-minted officer, my priority would be to get Rambo as part of my assault team; just having him around will almost certainly assure me that half the battle has already been won.

I’ve had my share of combat experience. For the last two years I’ve dealt with the intricacies of building and supporting a vendor application. I thought that was bad, until I had to deal with another vendor application in my current assignment which was significantly more challenging; the problems that I had to deal with in my previous assignment looked like a minor annoyance compared to what I had to deal with for this assignment.

It is because of combat experience that we become more valuable resources to our companies. I am more valuable (and marketable!) now, with the additional experiences I gained from my new assignment, compared to where I was 12 months ago.

Every new challenge is an investment to one’s long-term success.

One of my college professors once said (more or less), “so what if you know how to solve the problem? If you’re not the one given the opportunity to solve it then what’s the point?” Some people will actually fight to be the one to have the responsibilities one might have for a particular problem because they recognize the long-term value they can get if they can just invest their time and energy to it.

It will not surprise me if I will be assigned to the next insane assignment that comes along. Such is the job hazard with name recognition and being good at what you do. You know what’s said about job rewards: “The reward of good work is more work.” However it is the experience that one will gain from dealing with new types of insanity that one learns new things and becomes more important in the long-term success of the company.

As difficult as a new assignment will be, do not be afraid to take on the challenges that it provides. Challenges, as difficult as they might be, are blessings in disguise because they are opportunities to grow and become better.

Experience is the best teacher, and the more you become good at what you do, the more successful you will be in the long run.

Jesus, I trust in You!

Categories: Ideas and Philosophy

The system cannot find the drive specified

April 21, 2011 Leave a comment

The other day, one of my team members had a problem accessing a mapped drive from an elevated Command Prompt in Windows Server 2008 R2.  It was successfully mapped and accessible from within Windows Explorer, however when attempts to open it via this elevated Command Prompt were done, we got the error message “The system cannot find the drive specified.”

We later discovered that using a non-elevated Command Prompt (no Administrative rights) would enable us to access said mapped drive.

So, what happened here?

The best explanation I could find has to do with the security tokens assigned to mapped drives. For security reasons, all devices are associated with an authentication ID (LUID), which is an ID generated for each logon session. Mapped drives are associated with LUIDs. Elevated applications have a different LUID generated during a separate login event, and as a result of this, cannot see the mapped drive. In other words, the LUID of the user is different from when that user elevates an application, and this new session loses access to whatever drives were created from the original, non-elevated LUID session.

The solution: If you need to access a mapped drive with elevated rights, then be sure that it is mapped in the first place using elevated rights.

Reference: Mapped Network Drives with UAC on Windows Vista by Chris Jackson – http://blogs.msdn.com/b/cjacks/archive/2007/02/19/mapped-network-drives-with-uac-on-windows-vista.aspx

JavaScript: Moving Images

April 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Here’s somethings I picked-up the other day. COPY and PASTE the following URL code in the URL bar of our browser. COOL! 😀

NOTE: If this doesn’t work (and it won’t surprise me), then COPY and PASTE this first in a text editor, and then re-type all the single and double quotes. It looks like WordPress has a way to re-formatting these to the “smart quotes” style such that the URL doesn’t recognize it, so re-typing these will remove such formatting.

Enjoy!

javascript:R=0; x1=.1; y1=.05; x2=.25; y2=.24; x3=1.6; y3=.24; x4=300; y4=200; x5=300; y5=200; DI=document.getElementsByTagName(“img”); DIL=DI.length; function A(){for(i=0; i-DIL; i++){DIS=DI[ i ].style; DIS.position=’absolute’; DIS.left=(Math.sin(R*x1+i*x2+x3)*x4+x5)+ “px”; DIS.top=(Math.cos(R*y1+i*y2+y3)*y4+y5)+” px”}R++}setInterval( ‘A()’,5); void(0);

Doing Something Rather Than Nothing

April 16, 2011 5 comments

Doing something desperate to solve a problem, even if it might be monumentally stupid, sometimes feels so much better than doing nothing at all, because it gives one the feeling that at least one is trying to do something.

Of course, the danger of doing something – anything – out of desperation is directly proportional to the magnitude of the stupidity of the action. It also doesn’t necessarily mean that one has full control over the situation, and one can be mislead into a false sense of being in control and handling it right. But at least it does provide some psychological comfort that some attempts are at least being done to try and rectify a bad situation. It doesn’t necessarily mean the problem will be solved, but at least there’s some attempt to do so.

Sometimes, just making the attempt can make all the difference.  Sometimes, something is still better than nothing.  I don’t know how or why, but my gut feeling tells me that this is so.

Dear God… Please help me do the needful in my life!

Categories: Ideas and Philosophy

On Being Talked About

April 14, 2011 1 comment

Fact of Life: We only talk about people who are interesting, beautiful, funny, exciting, popular, political, controversial, notorious, famous — in other words, there is something about the person that makes him or her worth talking about. Boring people are only mentioned in passing, if at all. So when you hear people talk about you, whether behind your back or directly, and whether the discussion is good or bad, consider it an honor because it means you are SOMEBODY such that they should give you that much attention.

And on that note… Thank you for making me more famous than I deserve to be. 😉

The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about. – Oscar Wilde 

Categories: Ideas and Philosophy