Let’s Get Started

Hello, it has been a while since I updated this blog. I’m a little busy with college stuffs and something like that. And finally, I have came to the last year of my graduate study. After doing some consultations with some professors in my college, I got something as my research focus. Actually, it still at proposal stage, but I hope this will works, because so many people are counting on me about it.

So, I wanna implement MapReduce to optimize processing in automatic part-of-speech tagging (POS tagging). POS tagging is a process of assigning types of words in entire collection of text document. To make the process automatic, we can use some approaches that involves natural language processing techniques. Some approaches involve supervised learning, it means it needs to train the models with tagged corpus before we use the models to tag the real world text document. We can use MapReduce to optimize the learning and the real tagging process.

Since this is my first time dealing with (yeah) MapReduce and natural language processing, I feel a little bit anxious. Even, my anxiety is taking over my excitement already. Hearing this, maybe you’ll say how come I feel anxiety more than excitement. The answer is “I don’t know”, but I hope this will works out and I can finish the research on time. Oh, maybe because there is time variable. Well, if we don’t have time variable then when we will start to do the work?

Well, this is just me rambling around. Thank you for all the readers who have asked some questions, comments, and anything in this blog. I hope we can keep in touch. Wish me luck. I’ll write about my research little by little in this blog. So, be aware.. And let’s get started!!

HTML: Alternative to Presentation Program?

Here is the situation. You are going to do an important presentation in an international conference. You have made your presentation slides, it’s like the greatest presentation in the universe. You made the presentation using the latest version of Microsoft PowerPoint or OpenOffice.org Impress. You double checked your presentation and laptop right before you’re doing your presentation. Suddenly, out of nowhere, your laptop crash, error, bsod, or anything. You have no choice, you transfered your slides file to another computer that can do presentation. Unfortunately, the computer didn’t have the program that can open your slides. The computer has the older version of PowerPoint that couldn’t open your slides. Or maybe the computer using another operating system that your presentation program didn’t support. You’re panic and can’t think clearly. Everything went dark and suddenly you passed out. Continue reading

Wanted: Superman

Some days ago, there’s a vacancy offer in my undergraduate department mailing list. A company is looking for a programmer. I didn’t pay much attention to this email. Okay, here’s the email:

Mr. XXX, my office needs a programmer with this qualification:

  • Have knowledge in VB, Java, and PHP
  • Have any experiences as a programmer/developer for at least 1 year in IT division or in IT company or software house
  • Have an ability to give product presentation to potential clients
  • Have knowledge in CorelDRAW and Photoshop
  • Have knowledge in Linux
  • Have knowledge in building computer networks
  • Have knowledge in hardware

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Earn from Blog

About a year ago, I started an English conversation club with my friend in the college. Well, it’s not a real conversation club actually. Instead of doing direct conversation, we’re using instant messenger or irc. Later, I realized that I was doing it because of my own selfishness. I did it because I was lonely at my home, while my friends are on the other city. As expected, the club didn’t last in the long run. My friends became busier with their job and I couldn’t control them. Maybe they were eager to learn English, but they have their own business.

Now in my graduate college, I found that my classmates also trying to run an English conversation club. The great things about it, they are eager to learn how to speak and we can do it directly. We do it in Sunday morning under the tree in the campus’s park. I come twice and I started to love this club. And last day, we’re talking about my favorites: blog. Continue reading

College Students, Your Job Opportunities are in Danger

In my college’s department mailing list, there is an interesting discussion about the quality of IT bachelor degree in the workplace. There are some reasons behind that:

  • The bachelor graduate worker lacking practical skills. They can not answer a fundamental question that every IT or computer science graduate should know.
  • The bachelor graduate worker also lacking soft skills, like how to speak with the higher-ups and communicate with another workers.

As a result, the companies prefer to hire a vocational IT graduate. Why?

  • A vocational graduate sometimes have the practical skills that a bachelor graduate didn’t have. Computer science or IT is a wide spread knowledge. It means you didn’t have to go to the college just the learn how to program. It’s all over the clouds. So the learning materials are reachable to everyone.
  • Vocational graduates are easier to manage. Some of them have more respect to the higher-ups than the bachelor graduates.
  • The standard salary for the vocational graduates is less expensive than the bachelor graduates. Combine this factor with better skills and higher respect means that bachelor graduates’s job opportunities are in a grave danger.

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