Thursday, July 31, 2008

About studying computing and salary

I've talk with a nice guy who's working in a call center. He's working and studying Computing Engineering at the same time... and he's studying almost the same speciality that I'm studying.

It makes think about why to keep on studying. If that nice guy ends his degree right now he would came to the IT market and if he would be hired as a IT degree he will earns as much as he earns now as a call center operator. Sad.

Don't get confuse. I firmly support the study. But it's a pity that someone with a high degree has to start from a so unfair salary. On the other hand, when he takes experience enough and improve his salary, unfortunately, he still paid under his preparation or skills...
There's no Fog Creek Software or Google company alike in Spain as far as I know...

So, what's the sense in studying a degree in computing? You may is pointless if you're thinking in achieve a good salary. But there're people who studied 'cause they like it. Is it a vocational job so? I don't think so. And if someone starts as a vocational it may end up in some different positions, burned out after a couple of years.
In my opinion you has few options:

  • Being vocational worker while you can
  • Start up your own bussines
  • Work with FOSS and get paid for it


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Fedora problems with dvd-slideshow and how to solve them

I've just returned from our holidays in Florence... nice city by the way, very nice in deep.

Since I've carried my DSLR Olympus E-510 with me I've done several photos, now I'm involved in the post production job

I wanna some photo slideshow that keeps amused my family on the TV so I search some software for Linux and I found that (in my opinion) most mature and proper software seems to be dvd-slideshow and it has just one but; there's no GUI for more complicated command line options, it really doesn't matters to me but may to you.

Installation and dependecy problems resolutions are not complicated in Fedora. The only thing I've to take care is to specify -p and -mp2 options in command line. The first one, -p is for generate PAL video output and the second one -mp2 is for generate mp2 audio since it crashes if try to let it with mp3 by default although I got the propers codecs installed.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Object Oriented Programming passed

Finally I received a phone message with my subject note... and it has been passed with the minimum note to pass it but done.

Now time to try a little relax and plan how its going to be the next semester. Probably I choose two subject for the next six moths instead of follow just one subject. Maybe I'll choose English III plus Information Engineering... don't know really, I've got to meditate on this a little bit...