Week 2: Review on the System Unit

The Inside of a System Unit || Photo from: damnsmalllinux.org

The Inside of a System Unit || Photo from: damnsmalllinux.org

After last week’s Ubuntu session, we moved on to one of the basic topics in Computer literacy, the System Unit. At the beginning of the class, our professor divided us into five groups with each group composing of five to six members. We were, then, made to pick a random topic from sheets of papers. Our group was randomly assigned a topic on the motherboard, the CPU, and the computer drive and drivers. We did a group effort to research about the subject for ten minutes, and chose one representative who will report it to the class.

When all of the representatives have finished reporting, Ms. Samaniego allowed us to have a brief review as preparation for the next activity which was identifying the parts of the system unit and their functions. As the first group, we were the first to undergo the test, and despite our anxiety, we passed it with a perfect score.

The second formal lab meeting served as a review of our elementary and high school lessons. However, I admit that it was not all easy because I have already forgotten some of the things taught back then. I found it fulfilling, though, that when a term is mentioned, I recognize it immediately and recall its meaning from the back of my mind. Having group mates to do the task with also helped with the retention, because they, too, have stock knowledge on the subject, and whatever it was I don’t know, they provide, and vice-versa.

xoxo, JM

  

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Week 1: Ubuntu and WordPress Explorations

The Ubuntu Environment || Photo from: arstechnica.com

The Ubuntu Environment || Photo from: arstechnica.com

After last week’s course orientation, I got so excited to start our lab meetings for IT 1, my reason being almost all of the topics in the scope were already discussed in high school, if not, I already encountered them in my constant software expeditions. However, being a Windows baby all my life, Ubuntu OS is something that I heard for the first time, so I was really curious about how it works. And thus, the exploration began. Along with the instructions from Ms. Samaniego, our lab professor, and the equal excitement of my lab classmates, I familiarized myself with the Ubuntu OS.

The Ubuntu environment was not difficult to learn. Actually, navigating through the interface was easy due to the organization of the different program icons and the ever-so-reliable search box at the upper left corner of the screen. What can I say, the OS is just like Windows, except it is free, open-source, and virus-free!

The next thing we did was to create a WordPress account, the very place I am writing at right now. The process was dragging because of the very slow internet connection in Room C-100, but we got through (well, most of us did). It’s ironic, though, that the connection in the Computer department is of turtle speed. Faster internet, please! Haha.

xoxo, JM

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The Real Miss Something

My name is Julliemirl Mendoza. I make people call me JM, but some have gotten used to calling me “Jul,” so now either of the two nicknames is fine. I am 16 years old and am currently on my first year as a BACA student in UP Los Baños.

OPPOSITE EXTREMES – I am a person of opposite extremes. At one point, maybe you’ll see me being quiet and shy, but then another time you’ll see me all crazy and talkative. There are times when I like to engage in conversations with different people, sometimes I just stand in one corner, merely serving as a spectator. Often I am playful and fun, but totally dangerous when provoked. Other times I dress as fabulously as a princess, sometimes I choose to look like freshly-boiled pasta – boring and bland.

MUSIC LOVER – I am, without a doubt, a solid music lover. I appreciate all sorts of sounds (from classical to metal, no really, you name it) and languages (Filipino, English, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and omg, Russian!). My favorite bands/artists are The Pretty Reckless, Sleeping with Sirens, Pierce the Veil, Evanescence, Chicosci, Never the Strangers, Hunter Hayes, Yeng Constantino, and Gloc 9. By the way, EXO is my no. 1 drug (omg yes, so cheesy!).

VARIED INTERESTS – I am the type of person who goes for anything as long as it’s interesting. Aside from being someone who is updated on the latest inventions and discoveries in science, I am an artsy person as well. I love reading books, but I don’t read new ones, only those old, beautiful ones which can be found in book sales (proud thrifty here!). I love sleeping (gosh, who doesn’t?) and I sleep whenever I get the chance. I have a passion for singing and acting, but I am yet to expose it. I like so many things, but one thing I definitely won’t like is Math (huhuhu, it hates me too, so quits! haha).

I have a great goal in life and that is to become something.

Get to know me more on my upcoming blogs! Thank you and have a great day!

xoxo, JM

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