One November Years Ago

I can remember November as the month where I would visit my Father and other relatives at the memorial park. I’ve prayed there so many times that I felt it too familiar that I just wanted to have my father to appear and talk to me in my dreams.

There’s one November however that changed my impression of the month. On November of the year 2005, was the 4th Iligan City Computing Fair (ICCF). For the first and last time, I was competing in that fair but unlike in 2004, when I joined the programming competition, I was joining the Cisco networking challenge together with my wife. It was the first time that contest was held in the annual computing fair.

The contest is consisted of two rounds: computer-based exam and hands-on activity. Only the top two teams in the computer-based exam round can proceed to the hands-on activity round. In the computer-based exam, my wife and I were able to garner the top spot through our combined points (I think I got over 400 points out of 800). With that, we get to go to the next round. The main challenge is to setup a network based on the scenario provided to us. It involves calculation of the subnets, preparing the LAN cables (which includes crimping, making cross and straight through cables), setting up the routers and switches up in the network racks (if that’s what you call them) and lastly configuring the networks, IP addresses of the various interfaces and some other networking configuration. My wife did the preparation of the LAN cables and the subnet calculation while I did the hardware setup and networking configuration.

It was one close fight against Philippine Science High School of Lanao (not sure if it’s Lanao but I do know it’s a Philippine Science High School). We feel the pressure is more on us since we’re already college students competing against high school students. I think the deciding factor of it all is the correctness of the subnet calculation. My wife had a more accurate calculation even though we weren’t able to get the correct subnets that’s why we got the win. Kudos to my wife! Now that’s what I call teamwork. I did my part in the 1st round while she made the winning move in the 2nd. =)