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I took up Bluepoint's Total Linux course last 2002 and time and again, what I've learned are still relevant today. Why? The course was developed with security and performance in mind.

In less than two months, I was able to learn the best practices in setting up Linux as a server: installing Linux at a bare minimum; removing standard and unnecessary programs, files and folders; protecting critical files and folders; compiling server software and the Linux kernel from scratch with optimized settings and necessary features only; installing servers in a jailed environment; designing and implementing a paranoid firewall.

Aside from the hands on lecture, we also had the toughest practical and written exams.

This quality training helped me obtain a score of 100% in my RHCE exam last March 2005. The first person I thanked was of course, my instructor, Engels Antonio of Bluepoint Institute.

- Chivas Sicam
Senior Science Research Specialist
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Summer Geek Camp 2009
Sunday, Apr 19, 2009, 11:59 PM


Bluepoint Foundation, in cooperation with Saudi Investment Group & Marketing (SIGMA) and Asia Pacific Networking Group (APNG), successfully held the 2nd Summer Geek Camp from April 17 to 19, 2009 at the Loreland Farm Resort in Antipolo City.

Taking off from the great success of our 1st camp in Tagaytay last year, Summer Geek Camp 2009 was an Enterprise 2.0 boot camp for software developers, system & network administrators, and information managers. It was also a local APNG camp.

Enterprise 2.0

Web 2.0 technologies and techniques like wikis, blogs, tagging, social networks and mashups have entered the workplace - breaking down information boundaries and providing greater collaboration for the enterprise.
Boot Camp

Participants learned the fundamentals of how their organizations can leverage Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing to increase productivity, grow revenues, spur innovation, and lower costs.
Attendees

Senior Technologists including CIOs, CTOs, VPs of technology, IT directors and managers, network and storage managers, network engineers, enterprise architects, communications and networking specialists, directors of infrastructure.

TRACKS
There were 3 working groups: System and Network Administration, Software Development, and Information Management. The use of Open Source tools and technologies were integrated into these learning sessions. Topics covered:

Web 2.0
Software as a Service (SaaS)
Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX)
Extensible Markup Language (XML)
YAML Ain't a Markup Language (YAML)
JavaScript Object Notation (JSON)
Representational State Transfer (REST)
Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP)
Xen Virtualization
Cloud Computing

According to a research whitepaper by IDC, a global provider of market intelligence, instant messaging is set to replace email as the preferred form of business communication by the second half of 2010.

Participants learned how to build their own Linux-based, enterprise-grade IM server during the camp.

Cloud Computing allows the low cost deployment of massive amounts of IT resources on demand and in real time.

Participants learned how to build their own Linux-based Elastic Compute Cloud in this camp.

AGENDA
Summer Geek Camp was a community building event. In the spirit of Free and Open Source Software, participants shared resources and took part in activities and the running of the camp.

TIMEDAY 1DAY 2DAY 3
07:00WAKE UP CALL
07:30BREAKFAST
08:30MORNING CIRCLE
09:30TEAM BUILDINGFINAL PRESENTATION
10:30BREAK
10:45TECHNICAL SESSIONCLOSING CIRCLE
11:00
11:30
12:00
12:15LUNCH
13:00ASSEMBLYTECHNICAL SESSIONSWIMMING
13:30ORIENTATION
14:30
15:30BREAK
15:45PLENARY SESSIONTECHNICAL SESSION
16:00
17:00
18:00FREE TIME
19:00SWIMMING
20:00DINNER
21:00EVENING PROGRAM
22:00

VENUE
Antipolo City is approximately 26 kilometers east of Manila. Strategically located along Colaique, the 8-hectare Loreland Farm Resort puts the city's major attractions within easy reach. The Antipolo Cathedral is only 3 kilometers away from the resort, while the Hinulugang Taktak falls is a mere 7 minute drive.

REGISTRATION
Registration fee was only PHP 5000 (USD 105 or EUR 82) per attendee, inclusive of food (3 meals & 2 snacks daily), accommodations (1 bed per person, air conditioned room with cable TV, hot shower & bath tub), and access to the resort's 8 theme swimming pools from April 17 to 19. Registrations were accepted until April 13, 2009.
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