March 13, 2007

All Good Things Come to an End..

Posted in Computers, Information, IT, Technology at 1:31 pm by The Pisay CQers

Yeah, everything does come to an end. TV shows, movies, stuff like that. Along with love, marriage, friendships and eventually, life. They all come to an end.

The same goes for our little blog reporting about the results of our escapades.

Well, this survey took up a lot of our free time. Lots of sweat, blood, tears and talking, and going from place to place surveying people for the sake of our project and the curious public that just happens to pass by our little corner (the web has a corner?) of cyberspace. This survey has enlightened us on a small part of what our country is going through in this topic.

Conclusion: People do use the internet, to an extent, for reasons as numerous as the people themselves. The CQ stated in our previous post, Final Results, gave an average of a 150+ Connectivity Quotient. This number isn’t bad out of a total of 200. However, we were surprised about the strangely low scores in Gateway. We interviewed practically all kinds of people. Here, we may hypothesize, that the youth is more in-tune with the internet than their elders. The elder population has gotten used to older methods of data transfer like landlines and snail mail. They are slow to adopt newer technologies as they are content with present ones. Though in our country, almost everyone has a cellular phone and primarily uses it for texting to communicate, most people are happy with their simple, two-color, call-and-text-only phones. We interviewed mostly students in our other outings into the University of the Philippines (UP) and the Ateneo campus (High School). These people literally blazed through our survey answering yes to all 4 questions we threw at them, save a very few number. The youth are not content with older methods and are quicker to adopt newer technologies. These people, we believe, want their information lightning fast and a source that they can access on the go. The internet is going from traditional desktop/laptop access to smart-phone and PDA access. We emphasized the fact that people who adopt newer technologies push the envelope of technological advancement. The advancements made on higher tech will lower costs for older technologies, making a reasonable internet connection (Dial-Up is still internet!) possible for the masses. The faster the internet becomes a necessity for people, the faster it’ll develop and lower costs.

So yes, we do believe that the flat world is accessible to everyone. Maybe not in this generation, it takes time.

March 10, 2007

We Come from a School…

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:43 pm by The Pisay CQers

The Philippine Science High School, tis where we study. We went through rigorous testing in order to enter this school. Though not as prestigious as private schools in the NCR such as the Ateneo or De La Salle, we come to Pisay as the supposed top of the grade school batch in the entire country. Yep, believe it or not the students writing these blogs and making these videos are suppose to be the cherry on the chocolate syrup on the cream of the crop of this country.

This place isn’t exactly the place you might imagine it to be- a school with clean white corridors, students in white on their seats listening intently to their lessons or taking examinations seriously, all within a neat and moderately sized compound. Far from this, my friends. We do wear white for uniforms, however but this school is perilously underfunded. The students here do get allowances from the government in addition to the fact that we are scholars, but the facilities are- well, not so good. Chipped yellow walls, rusting school chairs, laboratories that are equipped to an extent but need us students to clean them annualy as a requirement, audio-visual implements that malfunction every now and then, computer labs that can’t accomodate an entire class (15 PCs for a class of 30). This is Pisay.

So.. Do you think this school and it’s students can connect to the flat world?

Well PJAY and their class along with all the classes under Sir Martin were split into distinct groups and were required to survey the school, from the freshmen to the faculty. We made short questions answerable by a yes or no for the students and opinion questions for the faculty. The data we are to present now may be considered more accurate for the location as compared to other results as they are more detailed and have more questions. These surveys and interviews came back and we scored them as we saw fit. The results were around the ranges of 130-170 out of 200, with very few oddbal results either going very low, or very high. Do the math and you’ll get the 150 CQ Average of our school.

So it’s a number.. So what?

Well, this is probably what’s in your head as we talk about this Connectivity Quotient and stuff. (Read the earlier posts! It’ll help you figure things out, specially the very first few posts) 150. What does the 150 mean? Out of 200, 150 isn’t bad, thats around 75%. Meaning our school is connected to an extent but not completely connected. We do have our library, and dear God, it’s a life saver. Research at a (I think) shared DSL connection, it’s not fast, but it gets the job done. People come and go, vying for a computer to use as they are limited (around 8) researching, recieving project files from those of us who have the privilege of using the net from the comfort of our own homes and the like. The adaptation of newer technologies is also quite formidable, having a cafeteria armed with WiFi trancievers- plus it’s free! Though it’s only accessible to people with laptops, PDAs or high-end cellphones- this brings about one of the problems of increasing the availability of the internet– Cost.

-Jonathan Elevazo

150. Like what Jan said, this number is good enough. Even though it’s good enough, this number can be improved. Due to the high speed of change of the “flat world”, its improvements come out of nowhere and are hard to keep track of. To keep track of it, you have to always be updated, and that’s the problem with Pisay. Before we know it, our technology is going to be outdated, our CQ is going to drop and we won’t be able to keep up.

-Lizabeth Ann Franco

You might ask, what is the relation of our survey and the question we are answering. It is because the students and faculty of Pisay come from all walks of life. Some of us come from a rich family, while others not so rich. We just collected information from different places, as basis on why we came up with that number.

150. This number is so special to the Philippines because it shows how connected we are to the flat world. Which means, we are not even close to being connected to it. I may sound mean, but it’s true. 150 out of 200 may seem big, but it’s not big enough for us. It just says we can connect, that’s all. We cannot completely share what we know, nor can we know what is shared by others. Either way, we cannot completely see the facts prepared by others due to our lack of connectivity. Thus, ruining the purpose of connecting if we won’t get any of the facts.

As we asked our questions in Gateway, I was hurt. It was not because they were so annoying and impolite to me, no matter how polite I was to them. Actually I was hurt, but I was more hurt because I asked so many people, and several of them told me that, “Don’t ask me. I don’t know the internet.” So many people told me that and most of them are old. But doesn’t wisdom come with age. But since they don’t know how to connect to the flat world via internet, how could they share what they have learned through their life? Every life has a different story to tell, and every story has a lesson to share.

-Priscilla Nicole Bacungan

And so we end our updates. We, PJAY, are happy to have this project. Through this project, we have learned more about our country, and our possible future. We hope you have felt the same way. We thank you for reading this blog and we thank you for commenting *hint hint*.

PJAY

This post will update until all 4 members of PJAY have shared their opinions. Until then, stay tuned. And please- YOUR opinion is welcome as well! Comment! =D

March 9, 2007

Final Average CQ

Posted in Information at 9:14 am by The Pisay CQers

Gateway: 114

UP: 184

Ateneo: 176

Average: 156

These are the final results of our Survey.

The one with the lowest CQ is Gateway. We think that this is because when we interviewed people in Gateway, we interviewed randomly. We asked people who passed by, people who were in Starbucks and people in some stores. They were from different walks of life and they were of different ages. Their age is an important part of the survey because some of the people who were old weren’t familiar with the Internet and if they were, didn’t use it.

On the other hand, UP and Ateneo had almost the same CQ because almost all the people we saw and interviewed were students, to which Internet was an essential part of life, and a few teachers who know more or less about the Internet and use it. Also, in UP and Ateneo, the students who were interviewed were young and almost of the same age.

Comparing the average CQ of Gateway, UP and Ateneo to our hypothetical CQ, the actual CQ is almost the same. Even if they do match, we realized that our hypothetical CQ is wrong. It is wrong because considering the results in Gateway, it was lower than expected. Also, taking into consideration that the other two places where we interviewed people were schools, with young people who are more exposed to and more aware of the Internet, will not be able to show the other age groups and other people with different backgrounds.

Also, the survey wasn’t completed because of safety reasons. Yana’s , Prissy’s and my mom didn’t allow us to go to the other strategic locations planned, namely Sta. Mesa, Greenhills, Cubao and Quiapo because they thought that it would not be safe for us to interview people there.

With these aspects in mind, I think our actual CQ is good enough, but can still be improved. This is so because with the fast-paced development of the flat world, our technology will be outdated before we know it. The only people who could catch up would be the people with enough resources to do so. The resources being the ability to connect to it anytime the person wants to and the money to buy the technology needed.

Again, I remind you that the actual CQ is not the correct or complete CQ of Metro Manila, it is only a part of it, 2/3 of this part is the rich part (Ateneo and Gateway) and the third are of the well-off (UP). If we were able to go to the places said earlier, the not-so-well-off part of Metro Manila, the CQ will gravely decrease. The CQ would most likely drop to 100-120. Like the reasons a while ago, if 150 was bad, 120 would be worse. The tech would be barely or just enough and a little change or development in the flat world would leave us way behind. Also, another thing is that only young people know about this world. The older people who do know about it don’t use it, and that’s another problem.

Since we do know that our CQ is low, the problem now is how to make it higher. We have to expose the people to this world and help them learn use it. How to expose them to it is the question now.

March 8, 2007

The Gateway Post

Posted in Hotspot Trips at 2:09 pm by The Pisay CQers

Waking up early, the great and almighty Yana arrived at our group’s meeting place earlier than usual. Sadly, everyone ran late except Prissy, who found me an hour after my arrival. After hours spent at the dorms watching people play chess and work on their projects, Liann finally came. It was half past eleven. I went to Pisay at around nine.

Jan told us to meet him at Gateway, a mall near his house. Our other meeting place. (Wow, I make it sound like a rendezvous.) No sweat. On our way there, On our way there, us three got bored. Nothing much to say on our way there except for the fact that we talked. A lot. Yes, we talked a lot.

We were dropped off at Gateway, the entrance in between BreadTalk and Taco Bell to be more specific. Jan said he would met us at the food court earlier on. Arriving on the third floor, we began our search for a big, fat man in green. As expected, we didn’t have to look far. Upon further observing our surroundings, we got hungry. A few burgers from Wendy’s filled us up and we were set. With Prissy’s notebook and mechanical pencil in hand, we journeyed into the depths of the dark, dank halls of Gateway. Well, not really, but we did start our goal for the day. That is, to survey at least twenty people. We can do it! Fight fight! Or at least, that’s what I thought.

We divided the work, as usual. Jan had to interview five people, while Prissy, Liann and I had to survey fifteen. Shortly after that, Prissy made Jan survey ten instead. Why? He’s a man. “Liann’s a man, too,” he argued. Using this strategic plan, we succeeded. So I didn’t do much but I did the tallying. You should be thankful for that.

Going in, around and about Gateway was tiresome, yet fun. Halfway our goal, our group dropped by Starbucks. Frappucinos are love.

There was something I noticed among the people we surveyed. Most were young twenty somethings, some working and some still in college. Most did not have cellphones with internet access. A few people did not use the Internet at all. I expect a lower CQ from Gateway. There are less tech-savvy people out there. Perhaps our future in the “flat world” relies on the younger generations of our time.

Employees on duty refused to take our survey for business reasons. Shy people made surveying difficult. I can’t blame them, but it did make our job a bit challenging. After resting at Starbucks, indulging myself in my Vanilla Frappuccino and waiting for Prissy, we went off once more. Before that, we took a little bathroom break, as usual. Pay-per-entry comfort rooms can be such a pain.

After Jan abandoned ditched left us, there wasn’t really much to do. After adding up the total number of points we acquired for each question, us three explored for a while, refilled our stomachs and left Gateway. What can I say? We got bored.

In short, we ate, we surveyed, we went home.

Gummy penguins are so squishy. Squishy squish squish.

March 7, 2007

The Eventful Happenings on the Last Day of the Periodical Exams of Doom

Posted in Hotspot Trips at 11:43 pm by The Pisay CQers

A.K.A. The CQ of UP and Ateneo

School bells rung throughout the halls of the third floor of the SHB, where the periodicals were taking place. Periodicals, perios as we like to call them, were a quarterly terror. Thank the heavens above we only have to go through the grueling process four times a year. The bells were the signal for students and teachers alike. Pass your papers, our homeroom teacher instructed. As we stopped whatever we were doing, be it shading circles or doodling, we passed our answer sheets in an orderly manner. Finally, it was over. Over– It’s over.

And so the countdown to summer vacation began. It was only a week from now, and we all couldn’t wait to spend the rest of April and May with our Xbox 360’s. Well, Jan did. Before he gets his hands glued to that controller, us four had to face our second biggest obstacle in the way of our three-month break — Sir Martin. This is when we cue lightning, evil laughs and pipe organ music. The first obstacle is the intramurals next week, in case you were wondering. Though quite reluctant as we are, we do our best to make sure we get our work done. Don’t give me that “Oh really?” look. We work hard, I swear!

I’m a horrible, horrible liar.

At half past twelve, us four plus five other classmates of ours left Philippine Science and headed toward our destination with the help of my magical rainbow-colored school bus. I mean a Toyota Revo. It would be really cool to own a bus like that, though. Three of the aforementioned five were to be dropped off at PHILCOA, while the other two were to work on their Pisay Meets World project at our location as well. Unfortunately, they forgot their materials for filming, especially the most essential tool – their camera. The pair, camera-less thus project-less, was forced to tag along.

After a drop-off at PHILCOA, we went to our first destination. We went to the University of the Philippines.

University of the Philippines was grand, and not the pretty type of grand, the massive ‘Oh my God I can’t walk this place from end to end without dying of exhaustion’ grand. As we entered the campus, we saw many, many, many roads. It was like one big labyrinth. They led to the libraries, stores, cafeterias, classrooms, multi-purpose room, dead ends, and probably to the end of the world. No, not really, but that would be fun though. Anyway, as soon as we stopped at the Sunken Gardens, we got off the car and started walking. Oh, and the white dude took a picture of the four of us before we started walking. And so, we started flying to where the air is clean and pure, and where people wear pink hats. As nice as that sounds, we didn’t. We just ended up waking to UP Sandigan, which is just a few meters from where we got off.

There were a few university students there, working, cleaning, doing something there. And you know what; they were so nice- really nice- maybe because we’re smaller and cuter than them (Sorry, Jan) or maybe because they saw us in uniform. It was probably the uniform, but being small and cute is nice too. They answered our questions immediately, so we immediately got the information we want. They also asked from what school we came from. They were so nice.

And so we walked around to find more people to survey- and walked, and walked, and walked. And in all honestly, we got nowhere. We almost entered in the engineering area before we were told “You can’t enter.” And Kevin, who just tagged along also found a paper which said “Buy me” on the ground.

The campus can be rather confusing if you don’t know where you’re going. Our group went around in circles before we finally gave up and reunited with the Toyota Revo purely by chance. The guys scrambled for the vehicle and set off for UP Hotel. After being lost and tired, being in the car was so nice. And so we went to Katipunan.

Of course, we cannot and shall not survey the citizens of the Philippines on an empty stomach. Among the choices we had literally lined up before our eyes, we opted for the cheapest joint we could find. McDonald’s McFish Fillet and Sprite float combo tasted so heavenly. Honestly, why wouldn’t it at such a bargain? Those were the best eighty pesos Liann and I have spent on that day. Four small apple pies and a bathroom break later; we were ready to go to our next stop, which was apparently just across the street.

We entered the cafeteria of Ateneo HS, waiting for Jan’s batch mates, whom he shall interview. The cafeteria was so big and so pretty, I swear! And the waffles are amazing! It’s so sweet with chocolate syrup and whipped cream on it. It was like a taste of heaven. I’m hungry just thinking about it. And when Jan finally interviews a few of his rich batch mates, we went outside to find more batch mates he’s familiar with. And the landscaping was breathtaking! Everything in Ateneo was awesome. And we were just in the HS area. Oh how we wished the three of us were guys so that we could go and study there.

We also went to Ateneo GS, so that the guys could interview their old teachers. During our stay there, we spotted every Pisay student’s dream. This applies to those who are Tech students only. The guys were so happy and a feeling of nostalgia washed over them as we walked around there.

A Pisay student’s dream come true

A mini-table clamp for each student. All of us were in such bliss when we spotted this. Here is another photo in reference to size.

Jan leaves and it was back to Pisay- AWAYYY!!!

March 6, 2007

The Connectivity Quotient (CQS) Survey

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:15 pm by The Pisay CQers

Since we already told you what the connectivity quotient (CQ) is, we will now show you what you need to do to get it and how to compute it.
There are three things you need to do:

A) Create a survey
B) Carry out the survey on a representative sample of the population or place
C) Assign values to the indicators and compute for the CQ

Creating a survey
When creating a survey, one should have in mind what she/he wants to know. Our most important indicator or what we need to know the most is the use of the internet.

This is what we asked when we surveyed people:
1) Do you use the internet for research?
2) Do you use the internet communication services such as YM or email?
3) Do you use the internet just for fun/entertainment?
4) Can your cellphone access the internet?

After that, we gather our information then tabulate for easy viewing and compute for the CQ. The highest possible CQ is 200. 

March 5, 2007

Digital Noise

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:03 pm by The Pisay CQers

Busy streets, noisy jeeps, rushing cars…This is Quezon City.

Before PJAY sets out on the quest of the CQ of QC, we like any other scientist must make a hypothesis to begin with. And you may wonder, what is our hypothesis?

We propose that the CQ of QC is not high, maybe along the lines of 150. If you’re wondering why, or even if you’re not, we’ll tell you- Quezon City may be the center of everything in Metro Manila, but  there are simply too many people who cannot connect to the world- sad, but true.

The National Capital Region, or NCR is the center of Philippine development– the seat of power, the vaults of gold. People from around this nation look to it for opportunities into prosperity, sadly, all they find here is demise and poverty. Job’s aren’t plentiful nor are they in excess, the opportunities come and go..

Despite all the sari-sari stores (variety/general shops) that offer electronic load, prepaid cards and the like… Despite all the internet cafes, practically filled to the brim with people after school hours when the distractible youth go and play online or multiplayer games- The internet, or the flat world, is still a long way from a reality for many people. Some may not even know that it exists.

The connectivity quotient we plan to measure is based on the things we mentioned in the earlier post. It can not be measured by the sheer number of people who use, or don’t use the internet. Though many students use this tool for research, communication or entertainment- the major factor we are looking for is the ability to take this technology as they go. “The internet: unwired.” We believe that though a lot of people use these technologies, they only use them in internet cafes and their home or office PCs/Laptops. Emerging technologies such as EDGE, HSDPA, 3G and WiFi allow advanced cellphones to take the internet with you. WAP is a moderately aged technology and is a primitive form of the latter technologies but also achieves the same needs, a bit slower though.

March 4, 2007

An introduction

Posted in Computers, Information, IT, Technology at 1:52 pm by The Pisay CQers

The halls of the Science and Humanities Building during mid-February had that usual Pisay charm to it, with students cramming for projects due a day later and teachers lounging around while making sure all the work gets done. It was a typical day for four ordinary sophomores; namely Prissy, Jan, Liann and Yana. We frolicked along the dull corridors, skipping fancifully while leaving flowers on our path. Not really, but we made it all the way to our Social Studies teacher’s cubicle. As a group, we proposed an idea. For what? A little something Sir Martin has concocted for our brains to digest and act upon.

Unfortunately, that idea was turned down.

Two proposals and an intelligent-sounding speech from Jan later, our teacher gave us the thumbs up.

We four make up PJAY, a group we have formed for our Pisay Meets World project. As PJAY, we have tasked ourselves to find something we have yet to discover. The CQ of Q.C.

And so we celebrate the birth of our new blog. Let us rejoice.

Okay, merriment over. Let’s get down to business.

First of all, what is CQ?

CQ [see-kyoo]

noun

  1. The “seek you” in the ICQ.

  2. The code letters transmitted at the start of a radio message indicating that the massage is meant for all receivers and requesting a response.

  3. The third and seventeenth letters of the Roman alphabet placed side by side, with the C being at the Q’s left side.

  4. connectivity quotient: the measure of a location’s ability to communicate with and connect to the world.

In this project, the fourth meaning applies to the CQ we are searching for. The connectivity of the Philippines is what we are after, but we like to start small. PJAY will begin their journey in streets of Quezon City, the largest city in Metro Manila. In order to measure the connectivity quotient of the vicinity, we will visit places we like to call hotspots. At these hotspots, we will be surveying people – collecting data, so to speak. Each update will include a summary of our trips to these locations, our observations and results of the survey conducted in that area. We may even include a video now and then.

Watch us as we slowly unravel our nation’s potential and efficiency in the flat world. More to come soon. Stay tuned for further updates.