Engels started playing with Linux® in 1991 and obtained his Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE), Red Hat Certified Instructor (RHCI), and Red Hat Certified Examiner (RHCX) certifications in 2002. He is in charge of Bluepoint's Total Linux®, Linux Kernel Internals®, Perl & Python Programming, and Extreme PHP curriculum and instruction development.
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Elvin Joseph Sanico was one of the best professors I was privileged to have at the UP National Institute of Physics in Diliman. His use of the continuity equation for steady one-dimensional flow to prove the "silent waters run deep" axiom was really cool!
In loving memory of CPT Mario B. Mortega Sr., USAFFE, VET (1920-2004)
SSL Version Control
Saturday, Dec 20, 2014, 3:30 PM
Firefox 35.0 displayed this error while accessing Google today:

Secure Connection Failed

An error occurred during a connection to The server rejected the handshake because the client downgraded to a lower TLS version than the server supports. (Error code: ssl_error_inappropriate_fallback_alert)

SSL Version Control to the rescue:

SSLv3 is now insecure, and is soon going to be disabled by default.

In the meantime, you can use this extension to turn off SSLv3 in your copy of Firefox. When you install the add-on, it will set the minimum TLS version to TLS 1.0 (disabling SSLv3). If you want to change that setting later, like if you really need to access an SSLv3 site, just go to Tools / Add-ons and click the "Preferences" button next to the add-on. That will give you a drop-down menu to select the minimum TLS version you want to allow.
Thursday, Sep 5, 2013, 8:41 AM

Flutter is a $20 wireless ARM development board with over 1 km (half-mile) range; secured using 256-bit AES encryption; built with Open Source hardware and Open Source software. Exciting times ahead!
December 21, 2012
Friday, Dec 21, 2012, 12:21 AM
Still here...
1 Thessalonicenses 4:11
Friday, Jun 22, 2012, 11:11 PM
"et operam detis ut quieti sitis et ut vestrum negotium agatis et operemini manibus vestris sicut praecepimus vobis"
Makabuluhang Pagbabago
Thursday, Mar 1, 2012, 5:18 PM
"Sa panahong namamayagpag ang diskursong umigkas mula sa damdamin lamang at pinalamutian ng hilaw na paghusga -- nanlilibang upang makapanlinlang -- kailangan nating palaguin ang tribu ng mga manunuring gumagalang sa kakayahan ng mamamayan na magpahalaga sa bagay-bagay na mapagmulat, mapagpalaya, at mapagbuklod ... lalo na sa yugtong labis na nagwawalambahala sa kapakanang pambansa ang mga nasa kapangyarihan at pinalalawig ng iilang piling uri sa lipunan ang pagkalakal sa kinabukasan ng sambayanan."

Lamberto E. Antonio
14 Pebrero 2012
Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012, 2:05 AM
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Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012, 6:29 PM
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Steve Jobs (1955-2011)
Thursday, Oct 6, 2011, 8:00 AM

"No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011, 5:00 PM
I was a reluctant panelist at today's public hearing for HB 1011 aka FOSS Act of 2010. Some folks did not do their homework and there was a lot of classic FUD going around, which I thought went out of fashion ten years ago.
Perl Programming
Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011, 8:17 PM
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Thursday, Aug 11, 2011, 8:11 AM
Live migrated 20 virtual machines from US to UK in under 5 minutes. Yeah!
Sunday, Aug 7, 2011, 1:16 AM
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Linux Day
Monday, Aug 1, 2011, 1:08 AM
Linux® Day is a global celebration of Linux's 20th anniversary. Join the network and start making plans for August 27, 2011. Check out for more information!
Matthew 11:28
Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011, 12:00 AM
Do you do as I do sometimes - take my burdens to the Lord and carry them all away again? God gives us one part to do. He doesn't give us the whole job.
KGPU - Augmenting Linux With GPUs
Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 12:35 AM
Psylocke designed a GPU computer with almost 200 effective cores for her ECE 12 (Computer-Aided Design) subject a few days ago. Her teacher thinks it's impossible to build such a machine.

For the record, we have an actual unit at home.

ASUS, Dell, and Microway (among others) have been offering similar products abroad for a while now.

Aside from the usual GPGPU applications (Psylocke used TeraChem), we also explored KGPU:

"KGPU is a GPU computing framework for the Linux kernel. It allows Linux kernel to call CUDA programs running on GPUs directly. The motivation is to augment operating systems with GPUs so that not only userspace applications but also the operating system itself can benefit from GPU acceleration. It can also free the CPU from some computation intensive work by enabling the GPU as an extra computing device.

Modern GPUs can be used for more than just graphics processing; they can run general-purpose programs as well. While not well-suited to all types of programs, they excel on code that can make use of their high degree of parallelism. Most uses of so-called "General Purpose GPU" computation have been outside the realm of systems software. However, recent work on software routers and encrypted network connections has given examples of how GPGPUs can be applied to tasks more traditionally within the realm of operating systems. These uses are only scratching the surface. Other examples of system-level tasks that can take advantage of GPUs include general cryptography, pattern matching, program analysis, and acceleration of basic commonly-used algorithms."

Really cool stuff! Visit for more information and a white paper on KGPU.

And oh yes, impossible is nothing.
Recalled to Active Duty
Monday, May 23, 2011, 5:23 PM
I'll be handling Total Linux 41 this June:

Lock and load!
Mark 13:32
Saturday, May 21, 2011, 12:00 AM
But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
Microsoft Will Acquire Skype
Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 11:59 PM
Posted by Tony Bates at

"I’m excited to announce that Skype and Microsoft have entered into a definitive agreement whereby Microsoft will acquire Skype for $8.5 billion US. It is an exciting day for all of us at Skype – we’ve taken a significant step towards realising our vision of making the world a better, more connected place.

I believe this acquisition is the very best way to extend Skype’s reach and will allow us to bring real-time video and voice communications to more people around the world than ever before. The combination of Skype and Microsoft will directly benefit all of you who use Skype by ushering in a new era of generative ways for everyone to communicate.

What I love most about this company are the people. Not only the team here at Skype and our partners, but everyone like you who uses Skype every day – you are the people who have made Skype what it is.

Subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, Skype will operate as a new business division of Microsoft, and I look forward to working with the team as president of Microsoft Skype to write the next chapter of the Skype story. Onwards!"

Let's see how things go from here...
Android Applications Development
Monday, Mar 28, 2011, 3:28 PM
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Sunday, Jan 9, 2011, 11:30 AM
After using Gitosis for almost 3 years, I have made the switch to Gitolite ... and it über rocks!
Cancion Mortal
Sunday, Jul 25, 2010, 12:01 PM
Ilang panaginip
ang namamalaging matiim sa isip,
lalo kung malimit
na sa kamatayn gumalaw ang hugis.

Nasa kalimitan
ang lundo ng kuro: Sumukob sa malay
mo silang pumanaw
upang ipatawag ka na ng libingan.

Ayaw mong mahulog
sa pakahulugang likha ng pagtulog
habang sa bulaos
ng mutyang lunggati ikaw nakatutok.

Mahabang oras
ng nangungulilang buhay at pangarap
na umaliwalas
ang itugon mo muna sa pagtawag.
Monday, Jul 19, 2010, 12:00 AM
Linya sa 1 berso ng Tatay tangi niyang alay:

Kapanahon ko kahit sino, maging sanggol o sentenaryo.

Maligayang pagtanda, anak!
Busy Day
Sunday, Jul 11, 2010, 11:59 PM
It's been a busy day today.

Psylocke, Phoenix, and I drove Magie to the airport for her morning flight to Hiroshima, Japan. She will be representing the Philippines in the 12th Asia Pacific Networking Group camp as Full Fellow and Local Camp Vice-Chair. We miss her already.

Before going home, we dropped by at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio to visit Lolo Mayong's final resting place. As usual, it was a very comforting retreat.

I met up with some relatives at Holy Cross memorial cemetery late in the afternoon to commemorate Tito Bob's 2nd death anniversary. I always try to be there, especially since he was like a second father to me.
Net to Info
Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010, 3:26 AM
Due to our previous domain name registrar going AWOL, I am switching from to effective today. Scheiße!

Lesson #1: Stay away from the,,, and syndicate!

Lesson #2: ICANN needs more teeth!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 11:13 PM
Fedora 13 has been released:

Congratulations to the Fedora Project!
Monday, Jan 18, 2010, 8:02 PM

Psylocke passed the UP College Admission Test! She may take up her first choice, BS Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BS MBB), at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. Congratulations Psy!
Saturday, Jan 16, 2010, 3:11 PM

Psylocke passed the Ateneo College Entrance Test! She has been awarded a 100% tuition and fees scholarship for BS Chemistry with Materials Science and Engineering (BS CH-MSE) at the Ateneo de Manila University in Loyola, Quezon City. Congratulations Psy!