Saturday, September 29, 2012

I have been exploring opportunities for working online.

I have been exploring opportunities for working online. I have been learning new words like Get Paid To (GPT), Paid To Post (PTP) and Paid To Click (PTC). There is a whole world of opportunities to earn little amounts of money gradually and supplement your income. Note: Do not lose your day job because of online PTP, GTP or PTC jobs. They are only to supplement your income. You also have to be careful out there. I have been doing lots of research and have learned how to steer clear of doubtful sites. You too can and should. Glitches: Paypal, one of the most trusted paying methods online does not support Nigerians. This can be a challenge when you have to open a paypal account in another country and ask someone to withdraw the money for you. Trust, confidence...these are words that are difficult to explain when practical issues come up. So if you seeking PTP, GTP or PTC jobs, you need someone overseas who can withdraw or transfer your paypal currency for you. Who will it be? Trust and confidence. :) Some sites I can recommend:

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Monday, September 17, 2012


A man and a lady are purportedly in love. The lady visits the man, cooks for him and spends the weekend with his family. After a month or two, where both persons have not seen themselves, the man did not make the effort and sacrifice to call her or go himself to her house. The lady feels cheated and betrayed.

A housewife goes to the market. She haggles with a shoe seller for some sandals. After some minutes, she pays the seller the agreed amount. He wraps the sandal on a nylon bag and puts the nylon into her basket. When she gets home, she discovers that the seller placed the wrong sandal into her basket. She is angry and feels defrauded.

A farmer works hard on his farm. He tills, waters and finally, when the planting season arrives he plants some okra seeds on his farm. Half-way to the harvesting season, he goes to the farm and finds out that the seeds are sprouting with much offshoots. He has begun counting this season's profits. When harvesting time comes, the okra plant did not produce any fruit. All his hopes are dashed to the four winds.

The three scenarios above illustrate dashed hopes and aspirations: something hoped for did not materialize, the material benefit was forthcoming but on the way was cut short or even when the material benefits arrive, it was not what one expected.

They are examples of what I have come to call the exchange principle.

I have come to appreciate the exchange as a basic principle of life; an action begetting a reaction. But the scenarios above are exchanges that turned criminal or which exchange was not completed.

Everywhere around you, you see an exchange going on. A secret to enjoying and living life to the full is to understand life's principles, not only what you were taught or have read, but what you discover yourself. One of mine is the exchange principle. It is like the “no free lunch” dirge. For everything you get in this life, wittingly or unwittingly, you have to give something back. I have never found one case where this has failed except:

Whenever there is an agreement or contract between persons, which implies an exchange, when the exchange is not completed, something criminal has taken place. Either one of the parties of the exchange stole the thing gotten, i.e was really a criminal, or one of the parties is a powerful figure such that he can subdue other parties and take something from them without giving anything back.

I have never found a case where the exchange principle has failed without a crime being committed.

If you continually take things from people without giving something back, whether agreed upon or not, then you are unknowingly committing a crime.

The issue is this: Could you really be accused of committing a crime? At what point are you guilty, or be declared innocent, even when the exchange principle is not completed?

It would take me time and lots of years of observation to answer the above questions, but one day, that issue will be solved.

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Saturday, September 15, 2012


I was reading a blog article recently, (forgotten the link), and a Manager remarked that soon most employees would have to learn reading code without even knowing how to program. It isn't a prophetic remark; I have seen that coming. I remember, years ago in secondary school, when we were taught Business courses, even if we intended taking science courses.

I was walking to the market when I overheard some conversation, in French, between two immigrants who came to work in Lagos. While English is the official language in Nigeria , where they were coming from, most probably Benin Republic or Togo, French is the official language.

Before the coming of our colonial masters, English or French were languages no one had ever heard of. Today, more than 80% of every African living in any country can speak these languages and some can write very well in it.

Professor Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate.

At the 60's, just when Nigeria became Independent, how many persons can boast of being able to speak The Queen's English? Mastering how to write in it was another Tale of two Cities . Today, after about three generations, Nigerians have won prizes for writing the English Language, even the highest of them all, the Noble Prize in Literature won by Wole Soyinka .

How does it work? Granted, education is at work, and so is acculturation, experience and I believe inheritance.

Would it work the same way with Programming languages?

I really didn't know if it would work the same way with programming languages. There is no one-to-one mapping between both fields, but they both serve as media for communication and soonest, I believe, there should be at least a smart phone that has as much power as a computer, if not a PC, in most homes in Nigeria. Would this have a pulling effect in making us learn programming languages as a medium of communication?

I know that it would involve much education, acculturation, experience and also, inheritance; but the basic problem is, do we take programming languages to be as important as foreign languages that they have to be learned?

I doubt so. Then, do we have to continue importing (or maybe downloading) most of the software we use, software which might not be fitted for our culture and educational needs?

Only time will tell.

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Friday, September 14, 2012


Three months after I installed a Windows 7 operating system (OS), bought from Ikeja, (the only place to buy an Operating System when you live in Lagos), I got a nasty message on my desktop: “This copy of Windows is not genuine.” Thanks to Microsoft Corporation, I was using its operating system to do so much work like surf the Net, log onto Facebook and check my email, so I owe them a duty to use a genuine Windows. But like most of you, I didn't have the money to procure a genuine Windows, and even if I had the money, I have never seen anyone who used a genuine Windows.

I didn't want to commit another crime of uninstalling and installing the OS all over again, so I allowed the message to hunt me for several days. One day, I decided to switch to Linux.

I have not been disappointed with the switch to Linux ever since. It made my conscience easier and my load lighter that, even if by using a dual-OS laptop I could claim I do not deserve a guilty conscience before Microsoft Corp., I also deserve an OS that I can understand.

Now I know why getting a Linux distro is so much difficult at Ikeja. I spent sixty hours (60 hours) downloading the 3.6Gb Fedora 17 distribution and about three thousand naira (N3, 000) for that OS. I think the money and time was worth it.

I have felt freer and even when sometimes I use the Windows 7 system to surf the Net, I do not get that nasty feeling down my nerves whenever I see that message again: “This copy of Windows is not genuine.” This time, I wonder if I was guilty as charged, or even innocent and wrongly charged.

We have much to be thankful to the open source community.

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