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Re: [ossig] (Fwd) an email from a malaysian chinese from australia.

On Tuesday 28 October 2003 11:16 am, Tze-Meng Tan wrote:
> On Tuesday, October 28, 2003, at 08:33 AM, nsh@pop.jaring.my wrote:
> > ------- Forwarded message follows -------
> > From: "Tan CS" <tan_jcs@hotmail.com>
> > To: ossig@mncc.com.my, ...
> > Subject: an email from a malaysian chinese from australia.
> > Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2003 07:24:27 +0000
> >
> > p/s: for topics like Micro$oft or Linux or Business I.T student. Well
> > i am
> >
> > okie with both Linux and Windows O.S. (we actually has a subject named
> > Operating System that make the student compare the few operating system
> > for
> > pro n cons.), not like i support or anti anyone of them.(i do hate MAC
> > though)
> Hate is a very strong word, may I ask why? I don't think I can describe
> my own feelings towards windows as hate. Frustration is more
> appropriate :)
> I have three machines I use regularly,
> a FreeBSD server for open source stuff, it as also my firewall and dsl
> gateway
> a Mac Powerbook with OS X for work, email
> a windows 98 machine with a good graphics card for games - u can't play
> Homeworld 2 on Mac or FreeBSD
> I like them all for what they do best

OS class teaches mainly theory of OS. Some even asked you to write a small OS 
to complete the course.  Seems to me he really did not appreciate the class, 
as he would realise OS X is a good implementation of 2BSD and 3 BSD on top of 
the Mach Kernel. 

> > As for Business I.T student, i agreed with "Windows are turning
> > Business
> > I.T
> > graduate into idiots", i have friends who's doing Business I.T and they
> > are
> > learning ASP.net and Oracle SQL programming, and they think those
> > things
> > are
> > just a waste of time and won't help them much in the real world.Then
> > again,
> > none of us know what's the real world is gonna be like.
> You are right....
> I think the problem is Business IT is a "hmm, we can sell more business
> courses if we add an IT flavour to it" course. That is neither here nor
> there. Potentially it can be good if the course creators taught stuff
> which budding CTO's and CEO's can use to enhance their
> business....practical things like "how to save money and not be locked
> into proprietary vendor products" or "project management of IT
> projects" or "business cases for technology in <name your field>"...but
> they don't, why ? Earlier in your email you answered this question.

In a lot of schools, such courses are put consider decision information 
science. A lot of theory on data structure and relational mathematics were 
taught.   When I was in school Oracle on VMS was the main platform students 
were taught in. (mainly because it was given to them) Back then people do 
care about if tables are properly normalised.  Not sure about now, but if the 
intention is to teach students how to write SQL statements then something is 

> Cheers
> Tze Meng
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