Hello readers, I didin’t update this blog for very long time so I cleaned up the backend by removing unused modules, remove features and remove the comment system so I can write little more evil story >)
@jingjingmaple requested me to write blog about #nlcX which is the 10th Thai national Linux competition. Now enjoy.
I was very excited for the last round of #nlcX since I didn’t see my competitor in the second round. I expect that there must be a tough competitor so the night before the first day, I spent 1 hours with the WebAdminTools.
Here’s the rule of the game:
* **Jigsaw:** 8×8 tile. The first person that hit the button in each round can open up a tile. Once the point for that question reduced to 1 the referee allow 2-5 tiles to be open. If you got only the category clue and guess it correctly, you got 10 points *(this only happened in the client competition for the picture of Linus Torvalds with Windows 7 and young @MrChoke)* but if you open a tile and answered correctly you got 5 points. 2 tiles open for 4 points and so on until 5 tiles or more open then you will get 1 point. If you answer it incorrectly or didn’t answer, you got -1 point.
* **Property:** 5 properties. The first person that hit the button in each round can open a property. The scoring method is like jigsaw question. Once 5 properties are opened but the one who open the last property cannot answer correctly, everyone receive -1 points. *(Happened once)*
* **Hands-on:** Do as the question say in computer in front of you then hit the button. The first one who can do it correctly got 2 points. Note that in the server competition since I answered most of questions the referee decided to give the second person 1 points. In client competition there’s multiplier which someone from the referee or the crowd will pick a ping-pong ball with number written on it such as 5. The score of that question would be multiplied by 5 to get 10 points for that question.
At the first day, the game is boring. Jigsaw picture leeching everyone’s points (incl. me) and property question have only one block that narrow you, the rest is like “Open source software” “GPL license”
But there still a hands-on quiz which I got many of point from these questions. At the end of first day, I got 21 points. Other competitor have less than 10 points and many have minus point.
On the second day, hands-on quiz is lot more harder and LinuxSIS is now involved. I do many task by “hacks” such as editing /etc/hosts (LinuxSIS use bind, which doesn’t read /etc/hosts unlike dnsmasq which I prefer)
One of the property question on the second day have this attribute “product of NSC” which I can’t think of any except mine project. It ends out as NSC is misspelling and in fact it’s ISC. When all 5 attributes are uncovered, the person at number 5 answered bind and got the point, even the question is wrong.
Another annoying question is a jigsaw picture which I can’t remember which one. Someone opened up a 3rd tile (2 point left) and I know what it is. A girl (and the only girl) managed to hit the button before me and opened up another tile (1 point left) which made the guy that opened the 3rd tile know what it is and he got the point.
At the last day, I find out that advanced competition question isn’t hard at all and I can answered most question (while some LinuxSIS questions are related to LinuxSIS which I don’t have knowledge in) and I got the 1st price in this competition and 15k baht.
I planned that my 15k this time will go to Palm for a Palm Pre Plus GSM (not released yet) and probably a Touchstone dock but I feel I can’t wait anymore and might grab a GSM Pre.
In the second day, I’m lucky that #nlcX server round is in the morning so I can watch #codejom. Codejom is much like Google Code Jam: You got a question from the server and a test case. You do anything to solve that test case and return the result to server. (Note that I wrote “do anything” because the server only needs correct answer so you can use any programming language or even OpenOffice.org Calc)
Codejom competition is quite fun. The competitors are “floating” in water, displayed on large projectors. When they done a question, their username will float up by one rank and when new question is released every one of them will be submerged by one rank. At the almost the end of the game many teams stuck at the bottom of screen (submerged by have 10 undone questions in stack)