The importance of learning English

Posted February 16, 2010 by aquini
Categories: Free speech

Quite simply, in these days, if you learn English – and the sooner the better – you are statistically much more likely to have a more prosperous life. In fact, people can even raise their earnings if their ability to speak English is raised from “not well” to “very well”. Meanwhile, improving English language skills can bring you new career opportunities it can also bring you a lot of extra opportunities to expand your own horizons, giving you the chance to become a true citizen of the world.

Furthermore it is not simply wages that are affected by English language skills. In our globalized world, the way business are done or the way news are widespread or even the way people get in touch to each other is also substantially improved with stronger English skills.

It is undeniable that English language is becoming global. During the twentieth century, numerous technological inventions and developments, such as the telephone, fax, electronic mail, internet and much more, have facilitated communication between people worldwide and the language that is used most is English. From this fact, it can be understood that English language is a vital mean of communication for people all around the world. We really can realize that English became very important as a language when we get aware that there are far more non-native speakers of English in the world today than native speakers, and also is estimated that about 20,000 English words spread into other languages every year. Brazil is no exception to statistics like these, as many Brazilians in various fields of work are using English to communicate with their peers of other nationalities.

This fast-moving globalized world in which we live today is endeavoring us to be on equal par with people in the leading countries of the world, putting us under considerable pressure to work with English. In order to survive in a scenario like this, we have to be effective and efficient regarded to our communicational skills in English.

There is just one best way to deal with this situation: To learn English – regardless of what your official language is.

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Future Perditions

Posted January 8, 2010 by aquini
Categories: Free speech

It seems to me that most people have to believe in some extraordinary, or supernatural, pieces of information in order to make plans or pursuit goals. A few weeks ago, at job, there was this little discussion about 2012, a new movie released this summer that resembles to an ancient Mayan prophecy about the end of the times. Well, I have to tell you that some colleagues of mine, who watched the movie, were kind of astonished about the disruptive future predicted to happen by the end of 2012. It was really amazing to see a bunch of so-called knowledgeable people buying Hollywood crap as truthful and possible to happen. However, the most amazing thing wasn’t the end-of-the-world belief itself, but the plans that were being made for that specific future portrayed in the movie. While ones were planning to make fortune, saying when the moment arrives they will invest on falling market shares — because the stock prices certainly are going to fall due to massive selling — to resell the stocks when they get higher rates after the world not really ends,  others were planning how they will spend their last moments.

It is unbelievable how people react to predictions like these, isn’t it? How they come up with that ideas? Why they make up such dummy plans, based in complete nonsense information? and Why they were unable to plan their lives ahead, before they got aware of the doom? Like I said at the beginning paragraph, some people have to believe in extraordinary facts before they can really start to do things in their lives. In my opinion, these people just don’t realize that forecasting how life is going to be like years from now is a very dodgy business. They simply ignore the fact that in situations like these, it becomes far way easier to be making wrong decisions and loose all your life’s work (even your life, maybe), than be getting the right way and find the golden pot.

Neither will the world be ending by the end of 2012, nor the Mayans had said that. What really happen is that each generation has its future fears that turn out to be groundless when uncertainty and doubt are taken over by rationality and reason. Our age’s recent fear of world total destruction is based on a very interesting fact about the Mayans culture: They had precise calculations to far distant periods in the future on their calendar, but it doesn’t go to dates beyond 21/12/2012. This single and interesting fact, in my opinion, has created this end-of-the-world theory. However, this theory can be refuted with ease: The Mayans did not predict the end of the times by the end of 2012. Due to their exposition to Spanish conquerors in the early 1500’s, the entire Mayan civilization ended up extinguished by that time. So, before their extinction, they just didn’t have enough time to proceed their calendar calculations, considering periods of time beyond 2012.

So, my friend, bear in mind if futurology were an exact science, there wouldn’t be so many issues on Earth — once we could predict them with great accuracy. Do not believe in things without check the facts by yourself and don’t make conclusions based on what others told you without research for concrete facts that can support the story. Double check every piece of information before you plan the moves ahead, this is the only way to avoid to be taken in by evil people who only want to deceive you transforming their future predictions in your future perdition.

A short summary on Linux and Open Source Software scenario in Brazil

Posted December 16, 2009 by aquini
Categories: Free speech, Linux

Linux, and other open source software, have been strongly fostered by the Brazilian government over the last years. Its utilization has called even more attention due to efforts done by the Brazilian Culture Minister, and the Brazilian Republic President himself. The Brazilian government recommends and fosters the Linux and other open source software adoption among all of its agencies, departments and organizations (http://blueoxen.com/paper/foss-adoption-in-brazil/).

However, this mass adoption of Linux and OSS by the government is just a result of an older movement that precedes it: the growing of the Brazilian Linux and OSS community. Back in the mid-1990s ordinary people managed to create users and study groups, and they started to do business in a very very small scale. Some of those people, in 1995, have founded the first private company focused on deliver a Linux distribution. This company was named Conectiva, and it became widely known all over Brazil and Latin America (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conectiva).

Nowadays, Brazil has a wide and complex Linux ecosystem that embraces government agencies, privately held companies at all market segments, non-governmental organizations and a very huge number of users groups spread all over the country. However, despite OSS being widely used in Brazil, even after so many years the model of open source software development (and OSS business) is still not so understood by most Brazilian authorities, businessmen and end users. There still are those who see in OSS (specially in Linux) a way to cut costs off or just lower their budgets down. It seems that still lacks, to many of us, a better understanding about the way of development in OSS works and how to do business with it.

I’m back to the field!

Posted March 9, 2009 by aquini
Categories: Free speech

After a little break, I’m back to the writing activities.

Some days ago I’ve read a book called “Pragmatic Thinking and Learning” by Andy Hunt, and some message like “In order to get better performances writing, one must writes a lot, about everything. Even if that same one thinks he is writing useless and nonsense stuff” (forgive me Andy… I know you’ve wrote that in a far way better than I) have compelled me to start to write, again!

I also know that I’ve already wrote something like that (at my very first post here), but I have to retold you that I’ll be writing here about things related to my routine… So, as far as I can I’ll be posting more often here.

Well, I hope you can forgive me if you start to read useless and nonsense crap around here… I’m just following some good tips!

Best regards!

Microsoft has serious plans to do away with Windows.

Posted August 6, 2008 by aquini
Categories: Free speech, Uncategorized

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Is it real? According to Mr Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols it seems to be true. He wrote two very detailed articles in his blog at ComputerWorld. He also has mentioned other essays on the same issue in his posts.

IMHO I think it is worth to read and make your own conclusions about the facts.

Here are the links to Mr Steven’s articles:

http://blogs.computerworld.com/microsoft_has_serious_plans_to_do_away_with_windows

http://blogs.computerworld.com/is_microsoft_getting_ready_to_kill_windows

How to make people love Linux

Posted April 30, 2008 by aquini
Categories: Free speech, Linux

Today when I was looking for some news at linuxjournal.com’s site I’ve read this article written by Shawn Powers. I really think that Shawn’s points are very good. If you work (or just have fun) with linux and enjoy it, you will see that it is a worthy reading! Take a break and read his article… I think that you will agree with him, just like me!

Hugs!!

About wordpress.com block in Brazil

Posted April 23, 2008 by aquini
Categories: Free speech

As I mentioned in my first post, wordpress.com was seriously threatened to be blocked here in Brazil due to a pre-trial judge.

The information is true (there is a trying to block web access to wordpress.com here). However I want to clarify that the blocking to entire wordpress.com domain wasn’t a decision from the judge as I said earlier, but technical misunderstandings from ABRANET, the organization that represents brazilians ISPs, to report to judge the alternatives to execute that specific blocking order.

The judge’s intention was only determinate the block of one specific blog that contained outlaw material. But ABRANET told that there wasn’t another way to accomplish it without to block entire wordpress.com

So justice have to be made, and the real stupid behavior was from ABRANET and not the judge!

Hugs!!