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Postby red1 » Mon Jul 26, 2004 11:49 am

I learn about alphabets at 6, listen to a story about a fish that got bigger and bigger until they have to crane it out of the pool. But before i finish, they took me out and place me in a primary school, where i learn arithmetic, and before i could finish they took me out again and put me in another school where i learn additional maths. And before i could finish (never seem to reach that elusive 100 marks) they put me into science class where i now have to cope with 3 branches of the great disciplines, Biology, Physics and Chemistry. And when i see the amount of pages i have to count, i ran off to a village where there is no such subject and settle for some economics. In the village i saw how plain and humble a farmer's life is. So i quit school.
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about this site

Postby red1 » Mon Jul 26, 2004 11:49 am

You can put my site as a workshop reference. However its difficult for me to reveal certain corporate details as some of the clients in there demanded anonymity. And some want privacy. So you can say that what I have is a bit limited but can still provide insights into what happened during implementation.
I try to give a more exact expose of relevant issues and problems encountered during our implementation.
My focus is not so much on techincal as this is covered elesewhere and by others such as started by Marco (compilo). My focus is on implementation know-how, experience, and development process.
You can tell me what is actually needed in this respect. So that it fired my imagination and so I can be more creative.
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THE CREATIVE MIND – Not so an ERP one.

Postby red1 » Mon Jul 26, 2004 11:50 am

Others may ask whats my direction vis-à-vis Compiere Inc. Well I can say that first I m individually independent in the sense that I like to be my creative self, and have my own territory that is in my circle of control – which is just my website.
Two, I do not want to compete with Compiere’s business, (if I am looked upon as a business concern) as I think its unethical that they have provided such fantastic software, and trying to earn decent, well-deserving and legitimate income thru their consultancy, training and manuals. My manuals are subconsciously checked as not to trade into their waters.
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TEACHES BY THE PEN,

Postby red1 » Mon Jul 26, 2004 11:51 am

About writing, it is clear from looking at the tons of books in the world, that no one can possibly monopoly the nature of content needed by readers. For example another book for dummies on crimping RJ45s or how to nailpolish your toes, or even how to cook rice – I believe will have its exclusive and fanatical audience. I know of one guy who read and keeps only Edward de Bono’s books. Thus, each distinctive writing approach will have its value. Copying another person’s approach wont give much credence to the author. I have seen Compiere’s approach, and I see its value as a bible for the masses. But a commentary on the bible will be interesting. Along the way people will write faith-healers, urban legends, even myths, or even anti-christ stuff.
Thirdly I love to share openly. I will even be proud if people earn money from services based on my documents. However I do not think that they would want to infringe my copyright, i.e. selling my documents when its free. However, they already can distribute it again freely and even sell it if they value add it considerably and not remove my name-sake from its intellectual property statement.
If I do get references from them, I will share royalty and commissions with them.
Having said this doesn’t mean that that is the line I m drawing vis-à-vis Compiere’s position. Some may concide, but the principle of professional ethics is uppermost. Then there is friendly and moralistic ethics. I will have to give back in the forums and bugs section. In a way it is also a form of advertising myself again, which is both legitimate and collaborative community spirit. There should be friendly competition for such contribution and I notice there are many who do climb on each other in helping newbies but still lacking in the particular area I am focussing on. If my territory ever gets crowded I will just migrate to JBoss forums and be rather servilistic to Marc Fleury – my other idol in the OSS. Actually JBoss looks crowded, but again I see a thin red line where my territory is undisturbed, hehe. Which is writing some faith-healers and an implementation commentary.
Do I worry that someone will copycat me? Wow! By all means do so, and I will be that person’s fan! Look at science fiction writing. Can anyone copy Isaac Asimov or even Carl Sagan? They are prolific and they write profusely – meaning non-stop. Asimov has his opus of 100 stories! I read them and its thrilling. If anyone will copy him, I want to know. And if I find another obscure book of him, I will buy it.
The same goes with paintings. Who doesn’t know the value of Van Gogh or Rembrandt? Writing even on a dry subject as Compiere is an art. Even so when it is dry, haha! You can easily wet a dry earth, cultivate it, nuture it, and garnish it into a GardenWorld.
My nature and my talent cannot be taken away from me. It can be copied, which is again self-advertising, and flattering to say the least. I have that creative urge and like others, I let it off in my own novelistic way. Actually, *sniff*, I wanted to be a Harold Robbins *sniff*. Imagine all the attention from the ladies *sobs*.
Writing is an art that is so difficult, more difficult then making a movie. I have done some local movies, and they are easier as you have many elements to use. In writing, you only have words. No non-verbal cues, body language and voice tones. All that has to be painted by words and words alone. Actually the reader’s mind is the weapon. So books makes money and will keep on making money. Then you may say, why give it free? How can I now hope to sell any if they are free?
Well I learn this idea from TheServerSide.com. I myself downloaded free pdf books from there and an author said in there that printed hardcopies are still a functional commodity and it will sell better if people already seen the softcopy. Hmm, how strange but true. I also observe in my local MPH bookstores where the public is allowed to physically hold the books, flip them, hours on end, without even asked to buy them. The books get soiled and yet the bookstore provide luxurious area and seating (including leather sofas!) to further encourage such actions!
But the reality is that buyers form queues to get the books of the shelf into the comfort of their homes when they get hooked. Hmm, a devilish subtle link there eh? Well it conform to the Nth amendment in whatever constitution.

So if I ever produce enough content, then I simply bunch them together and probably put it to Amazon.com. The most important value is that – IF I EVER COVER MUCH GROUND – in this subject matter, I can rewrite my own Black Book! – now that the Bible is already written. And if someone beats me to it, there is always a RED BOOK – hahaha! I can go on and on, you see. I, like you, have only one capability – a creative mind. Just that I don’t do bank jobs or massage parlours .
One last thing. When I write, and now I probably can hope to understand others who do the same, it leaves a distinct fulfilment that beats watching sugarbabes. Well. Almost. Depending on the weather and what kind of food I ate yesterday.
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BIG FISH IN SMALL POND? Or BIG fish in big pond?

Postby red1 » Mon Jul 26, 2004 11:51 am

Some may ask, why not keep this market difficult and exclusive so that we, the ones who know the techie stuff, will prosper?
Not only is that selfish and uncivilised, it is also wrong and flawed in analysis. The pond been so huge cannot give us any value if there are no equal critical mass of players. Giving a rural tribal chief a rolls royce in a country where there is only a single tarred road from his palace to his beach resort, and only a single gas station, will ensure that the rolls royce, the road and the gas station will stop functioning overnight. It wont become a marketplace, the fundamental building block of civilisation and commerce. How many streets you have come across that exhibit this simple phenomenom? A row of shops that caters only for strapons will draw a global market instead of just the town.
I read a MAD style joke where one shop calls itself the best in the country, another will say it’s the best in the world, and the last shop merely call itself, “the best of the block!”
Try asking your neighbour if he knows Compiere. He most probably says “No”, and then try asking him if he knows anyone who has bought accounting or ERP software, and he most probably jump on you with endless lists of references. So how to make him our advocate? By having an ubiquitous presence of practitioners.
Look at Linux. Its free. It’s the potential nemisis to the stratospheric wealth of Microsoft. Yet not everyone downloads it. What more installs it, what more uses it. For the precise reason that there is not enough practitioners around to assist when you are in trouble. Now, lets say that there are a thousand Linuxians in your town. Your whole block will get it installed. This creates a multiplier effect of users that will greatly fill the one thousand Linuxians professional time – an assured career path.
So is it with Compiere. I look forward to the day that my country has one thousand Compierean experts. Then I can be the pioneer of the best. And when those thousand spawn a bigger ocean, I can be the pioneer of the best of the best.
Even if I don’t, just been one of the guys is safe enough as by then the ocean will be falling out with SAP and Oracle carcasses, that the blackhole effect requires an Nth degree guru.
Look at the amount of programming graduates in the offering. 2 in a 100 can only concentrate on Java. Another 2 percent of that can only focus on business app. From there another 2 percent may probably get to Compiere. So the odds of greatness are for anyone who focus on a particular framework.
There is someone I know who focus on a sunset brand called Baan ERP. There are about 50 users of Baan now in Malaysia. He is the only expert that offers technical consultancy. So he is a lone, but well-fed and happy fish in a small pond. From these extremities, like the chinese always say, “If it moves, it can make money”. The accepted explanation why the chinese bets on anything that moves!
Another way to have it is if all industry uses Compiere. Then not only the dionsours are buried, a thousand layers of abtstraction will occur onto Compiere that one can become an eye surgeon, one a dentist and another its anesthesist and the three can never collide. The dinosours probably wont die as I believe they will evolve to something lighter such a hummingbird. Which many of them are in the process of doing. SAPdb is Open Source. Oracle just plunge its embedded licence price by another 50%, Microsoft is giving away its MSDos7.2 as open source, the list will not stop. The animals are moving to higher ground. Its survival of the mind rather than the bulge.
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The Best of the First....

Postby red1 » Mon Jul 26, 2004 11:53 am

In Malaysia, I m not the first to have downloaded Compiere. I come across many others. But for the sheer reason that they did not focus and constantly work on it thru thick and thin, they lose out on the many learning curves that goes with it. Many are preoccupied and cunningly allow me to go ahead to discover the bugs and only reap the fruits of my labour so to speak. But by they doing so, only enhance my reveredness and reputation. And by me constantly spoon-feeding them only render them ever more dependent on me. That’s the catch. When I help you, you got comfortable and do not have the benefit of the pain of learning.
The first person to teach me Eclipse and Java hands-on was a Bangalore friend. He was, and still is my much adored mentor in that respect. But came one day, when I was struck by a particular problem which is integrating Jasper into Compiere and making negative amounts displayed with braces instead, I consciously chose not to count on him. I wanted to stop the spoon feeding viscious cycle. I wanted to break in – become one of them. And I did it. It took me one long day to get it up and attached limb into all. Another two days to find the right braces replacement code. One after the other, I made my scores. Effectively transfering a java value from field to field in the database one cold early morning. Managed to open a cash drawer after 3 long hours of frustrating iterations. Reviving an Oracle crash instance after two days of staring at it.
And the sweetness of all these labours come in the forum, when some users actually said ‘thank you red1”. It was enough to make my day a thousand times over. I finally did it. I have arrived. I am now one of those guys.
And yet the most interesting part is I am and may not be, ever the best of the lot. The field is too wide, too many functionalities, situations and contexts. I can never answer all, and if I did, it wouldn’t be the most correct, or most appropriate. So this becomes a never-ending challenge. Nay, it is a lifetime path. Finally I have found an exhilirating trade that I can focus and never finish mastering. Sharing and giving away will only make me stronger and better. The more bugs I encountered, the more challenges I faces, only adds onto the philosophy.
There were times when I login onto the sourceforge forum and says to it, “Cmon! Big forum,.. challenge me! Give me a bug, a question, an issue… Of course, often the case, I shut up when I read the question. ”
You will notice my habit and style in the forums where I never seem to pose any question or request for help. Ok, I m aloof and proud, but its more that I do not want to be robbed of the satisfaction of solving it! Often people around me have to tolerate when I am stuck with a problem and flatly refused for help, and keep lobbing the same codes until I get it wrong – again! Of course common-sense sets in, but I get dejected. But when I was right, there were those who say that Compiere support may have met its nemesis.
So this dynamics and tension that occurs all around in the application and its community become my eternal marketplace. It has a marketplace, a critical mass, intrigue, it has enough bi-partisan spirit to become a little nation, and I, one of its ecentric citizens.
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Criticising The Maker...

Postby red1 » Mon Jul 26, 2004 11:54 am

You will have thought of this too. That we are ever capable and resourceful in criticising someone who has done it. No one can stop us, perhaps they do not consider it a necessity to do so. For criticising anything is certainly the easist non-profession. We can complain about just anything you do. The way you comb your hair, the way you eat your food, and even the way you shake your hand. It doesn’t involve much intellectual activity. And if it does, it is most probably not profund in its smoke path tracings through the electron screen chamber.
But yet many indulge in it, and so the rest just follows. This is probably why Intel locked up its top engineers underground for 3 years to come out with the groundbreaking itanium chip. No office politics, no congressional hearings, no road-side skirmishes, no drama. Just pure intellectual but harmonious effort.
That’s also the reason why isolation is recommended by IT textbooks to be the management consideration when handling programmers. The other practice is Pair Programming and Extreme Programming. Slow is faster. Direction versus strength. Its Tai Chi true and true.
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Postby red1 » Mon Sep 27, 2004 7:33 am

I found out a secret of doing things.... If i really want to accomplish something i cannot do it like James Bond 8) .
I cannot be sitting in the plane with my hand up a pretty hostess' thighs, then have a gun pointed at my head, then jump out of the plane without a parachute, then landed in a boat with another pretty lady. And that's only the intro!

But Swordfish is worst!! :!:

For me i realise, that to accomplish one task really well. You need to have broadband, and a calm place. Starbucks is ok, girls to look at and no "Hi, the name is Bond,...".

And all you need is actually in the Web. Take things a step at a time. Don't do any other thing. Except to get up and let your blood go back to your legs, or ease yourself. Or refill the coffee.

When you are focussing on one and only one thing, there will be one outcome - success! :roll:

I will take my time to read the readme.txt and howto manual, line by line, not skipping to the next page even if i can't help it. That takes discipline - line by line. Over and over if i don't get it. I will stop a while, gaze around in relaxing way, wave at some pretty lady, wash my eyes if things get heavy, think slowly about the next step, then return to the keyboard.

Systematically. i will research more and do homework. If the build file speaks of another priest, i have to visit that temple and look up its scriptures, again in the same relaxed fashion. As long as i remember how i end up in the temple, i will know how to return to the starbucks cafe.

Then when i progress one more step into the limelight, i will step back, breathe in my success, and think more, gaze around more, do another homework, and bam! One more success.

Just that things may look slow and as if you have all the time in the world - but heh! it does give you more than if you try to be John Travolta's partner. Thats the nature of secrets of success.

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Postby red1 » Sat Nov 06, 2004 4:14 pm

I already read Linus describing his experience with Mimix a few days ago that explains the Mimix inventor (Andy Tanenbaum) as the orginator of what Linus used for the so-called Linux kernel.

However what happened with Linus is that he went on to become like a pop idol, due to the bazaar effect, which Richard Stallman or Andy Tanenbaum couldn't achieve, for been professors they didnt need to (their Cathedrals are safe and sound). They also do not have the same creative or idealistic urge, which Linus did by posting his codes into the Forum.

Just like me. I know that many others are better than me. But i keep on posting simple stuff, as i dont have a job, nor am i a professor enjoying teaching Phd students though i wish i were (serious!, but i was too poor to go into university years ago and got a job instead and never could get back in due to time and job pressure).

You also know that preseidential elections are won not on issues or merit, but rethoric and charisma - stuff that shines out in the Bazaar. Just like Hyde Park in Britain is famous.

Humans that shout well gets heard and on a fine day may get to be Emperor Napoleon!
For us, we have to look at the situation. We are not in an democractic anarchy but in a socialistc monarchy! Good codes must come from upstairs - from the professors. It was many professors work that brought about Linux. I believe that just like i believe that Einstein didnt discover Relativity. He just patented 3 papers, which was from many others works. He didnt have anything else! He couldnt as he worked in the patent office as a C clerk!

In short the Cathedral must come first before the Bazaar. I submitted a light-hearted question to the writer of Cathedral & Bazaar, Eric Raymond, yesterday with the question:

"So which comes first, between the Cathedral or the Bazaar? Did man worhsip first (when they saw fire)? or did they exchange first (when the caveman saw the other cavegirl is prettier)?"

I believe that Mankind must have a believe system first. A God. A direction. Then there is inspiration. Then there is product. Then there is trade.

The Bazaar is busy but its all about trade. Trading what? Trading goods that are finished. Linux traded in the goods which was finished. He rewrote it. So did i. My red1.org is rewritting what Jorg Janke did. He should get all the glory i got. I know that and i always return that benefit.

So we here are busy and rushing to finish the goods -MGSCM. This time i wont be just rewritting. I hope to at least contribute 1% or 2%, i want to be better than just a journalist. That's why i m so committed to MFGSCM. I am willing to throw away red1.org just to be 5% of MFGSCM knowledge.

To me it was Mecca first as the meeting place of Abraham and his son, and the test from God before it became the trading post in the middle of the desert. Otherwise why a piece of empty sand becomes The Mecca?!
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My CV and My Family Photo

Postby red1 » Mon Nov 22, 2004 9:17 am

For those who ask what's dotted on my resume, pls look at http://compiere.red1.org/red1CV.zip

For those who wonder how my tribal offsprings look like can peek at http://compiere.red1.org/red1family.jpg

Just a note: I have never got a job from that CV in my 24 yrs marauding the concrete countryside. All my jobs are from cronies and other chieftains that i happen to chance upon.
About my business deals its the same too.

Thus i am looking forward to break this taboo by way of my website and see if the cursed Law of Cronyism can be replaced with the fabled Law of Hotmail.

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Nobel Prize for Open Source

Postby red1 » Wed Oct 18, 2006 1:12 pm

Recently someone in Bangladesh won the Nobel Prize for Peace. He is Yunus and the Grameem Bank that gives out microcredit to the poorest of the poor, without collateral so that hopefully they use the little sum to lift themselves out of abject poverty and repay the loan. Surprise is that they do - 99% of them.
Yunus started with a $27 three decades ago, and now the Bank has 5.72 billion loans to 6.6 million in (of all places) Bangladesh.

I see similitude with OS. By giving away info and contributions we somehow hope that we create a new liberation and way of 'banking' in software. The predicted surprise from me is that it will work returning to the depositors their ROIs.

I really meant here is a very radical way of expecting things. That is the big boys - namely MS, SAP, Oracle will be facing us not at their doorsteps, but in their living rooms. They will just fade away.

People may laud at such a wild outrageous suggestion. So much from today's relative thinking. But think again how Yunus could do something seemingly impossible. I believe its just simple arithmetic and technique.

The web is now the most powerful medium, that i call it the realest world. Some company slogan calls it, "The Web changes everything" . Another calls it "The network is the computer". Tim Berners-Lee calls it the "Semantic Web" where its all XML, not html - meaningful info, not apps.

I call it the ultimate frontier, the quantum of worlds, where knowledge becomes pure. It is seek without the owner present. Its just click, click, click.

Google proved something tremendous. It prepared a search engine that has no advertisment. It could beat Yahoo!, the incumbent and first mover. It turned NYSE on its head. It floated its IPO not thru the brokers but thru the web. There is something so devastatingly deep and true about the web that many are even unaware of.

It is a parallel universe. It exist in our remote living room and in the same mental space out of the room. Many are getting suck into this gigantic black hole and its getting blacker (?)

But what has it got to do with ADempiere? It has everything to do with ADempiere. Its the perfect weapon. Its no longer about ERP or about making money. Its no longer about giving away software or recruting the cyber-radicals.

Its about a cyber reality that is waiting to happen. It already is happening. Becoming no 1 is no longer the target when its now so within reach. The target shifts.

The USA getting involved into the Middle East crises in a big way these years also made me realised about how wars are actually fought. its all about the human spirit. Its all roses and no more about guns and firepower. Again, what has this got to do with us. Its pretty clear that the human spirit is the most powerful force in the universe. The web becomes the spiritual frontier because it removes all physicality that may be a barrier to it.

Few more years from now 80% of the world eventually opens up for the web - hundreds of millions more enters into it. Been Adempiere, hanging on to this outpost will just suck everything in. Just speaking about the Business Apps category, so Google need not have to worry. Not just yet.

The human spirit defies all economics. Give it the perfect crucible and it will reign. The web is an empire. Nor having an emperor is a boast. Its just the human story coming full circle.

The Mongols is somewhat the first Internet society. It tries to go from point to point - end to end of the flat world. It smashes every cathedral and castle it comes across, setting the commoners free. It assimilates into every superior culture it destroys, spreading Genghiz Khan's gene DNA along with it. History acknowledge them as the greatest empire that ever was. They are just horsebacks and archers at best. Compare this to us with just keyboards and passion.

This is not poetry nor philosophy. Its going to be history.
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