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September 02, 2014

What is GLONASS?

We often see GLONASS listed on the specifications of most mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, but it’s arguably one of the useful features that some of us often take for granted or know little about. So we pay tribute to this unsung feature and give you guys a brief overview of what it is and what it does.

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June 17, 2014

Movie and TV spoilers on social media – What’s the deal?

So you’ve seen the season finale of Game of Thrones. There were just so much intense scenes that happened and you feel like you need to share it to everyone. So what’s the first thing you do? You go to Facebook and tell the whole world that the scene where (insert character name here) dies was just too unexpected and it totally blew your mind! Well, congratulations. You just spoiled all the fun for those waiting the whole day to get home just so they could watch it. Continue Reading

April 04, 2014

What happens when an HTC One gets run over by a bus?

So my friend has a 2013 HTC One and while she was walking the streets of Singapore yesterday, she accidentally dropped her phone. Now I’m pretty sure most of us, if not all, have experienced that argh! feeling when you drop your phone, but it gets worse. What’s that sound approaching before she even gets the chance to pick it up? A bus. Continue Reading

April 24, 2010

Philippines takes World’s Best Spammers title?

One of the greatest advantages the Philippines have in the world of BPO is that we got really cheap labor and we’re relatively very good in English. That’s why we’re one of the top suppliers in the call center industry. And it doesn’t stop there.

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July 05, 2008

Iran drafts Death Penalty Bill for Bloggers

The Parliament of Iran is discussing a draft bill that criminalizes “establishing weblogs and sites promoting corruption, prostitution and apostasy (abandonment of one’s religion).” This is on top of a long list of crimes punishable by death.

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March 26, 2008

Tech Events, more Awards and an Ad-Supported Free WiFi

Cute, small and cheap laptops are in so every manufacturer wants to jump into the bandwagon. Here’s a collection of tech news links and Makati’s version of San Francisco’s free wifi city.

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March 13, 2008

What to NOT blog about?

Ed Kohler of Technology Evangelist wrote a quick post about “what not to blog about”. Some of the items on his list grabbed my curiosity…

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February 01, 2008

February Fresh Friday’s Picks

Some fresh news and old links for this 1st February Friday. And despite my being a fulltime blogger for over 2 years now, I still feel Friday’s are the best day of the week.

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December 26, 2007

Post Christmas Round-up

Tons of stuff to blog, too little time to blog about them individually so here’s my post-Christmas round-up instead.

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December 02, 2007

Blogging from Gummersbach

Just arrived here at Gummersbach, a rural town off Cologne, Germany. That’s after more than 22 hours on air and and on the road. It’s a chilly 8 degrees outside, raining. Blogging will be sparse in the next two weeks. Left my mobile phone at home so email is the best way to contact me.

October 30, 2007

Seeding Blog Ideas and other Links

Two of the most recent blog ideas pitched to me have become an almost instant hit in the local webosphere. When the authors of these blogs came up to me and pitched the proposal, I knew right then it would be a success. I’d like to share their stories here so to inspire others.

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October 23, 2007

TechCrunch raking Php10 Million a month

The TechCrunch blog was launched in June of 2005 and in just 2 years, they’re the world’s #4 blog (Technorati Popular) and maybe the 2nd most influential (after Engadget).

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October 22, 2007

Going to MBS and Other Side Stories

Will be in Davao for the 1st Mindanao Blogging Summit this week-end. Hope to catch up with people. It will be a busy sked as we have another business agenda the same week-end. Will probably hit Cagayan de Oro City next month too for another Business Blogging series.

More on that next week. Here are some more side stories:
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October 12, 2007

Does your blogging get you into trouble at the office?

Recent chit-chats with several bloggers gave me a growing impression — Does your blogging get you into trouble at the office?

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October 06, 2007

Isn’t that journalism?

I got asked this same question on three different occasions this week. Isn’t blogging already a form of journalism? I said, it could be but not all the time and not for all bloggers.

I know we’ve talked about this topic before. What’s your take on this? As a blogger, do you consider yourself as a journalist? (If so, at what point did you feel you’re doing journalism already?)

September 23, 2007

Gimme some juice!

Marc and I were shopping for some suit last week in anticipation of next month’s SEMCON 2007 and Aaron Wall’s wedding with his would-be Filipina wife. While discussing details of the conference, I told him that he should be blamed for locally popularizing loaded terms such as link juice, link love and link bait. He replied, “that’s why I don’t blog anymore!”, or something along those lines.

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September 14, 2007

Early Friday morning round-up.

I’m off to Philippine Science High School in a couple of hours for the Future Summit entitled “Technology: Where are we taking it? Or is taking us?“. So, while I’m away for the larger half of the day, I’ll leave you with some interesting readings and snippets around the sphere.

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September 13, 2007

Would you sell you 3-month old blog for $18k?

If you just bought a new domain and put up a blog three months ago then someone wants to buy it from you, would you sell it if they offered $18,000?

Most people would. This one guy didn’t bite it.

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August 10, 2007

Wash, rinse and repeat…

They say that if you have a proven and tested way of solving things, get on with it and don’t deviate from the usual approach. But what if that doesn’t solve it? Well, think outside the box. Just don’t re-invent the wheel.

See more tidbits after the jump.

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August 06, 2007

Bye, bye Fake Steve Jobs

Fake Steve JobsAs some of you might have already read the breaking news lately, or even blogged about it, the real identity behind Fake Steve Jobs (FSJ) has been unmasked.

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. All the fun, humor and mystery will cease to exist for readers of The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs now that he’s been outed.

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July 01, 2007

Take Down or Update?

Here’s a nice discussion that cropped up yesterday while doing that post on the iPhone. Jayvee suggests I should take down the post because my theory was incorrect. Take down the post means I should delete the entry or put it back in draft.

However, I believe that (just like my archives which are full of grammatical errors and typos) they should be left published for posterity sake. I don’t subscribe to the practice of taking down posts unless they pose a security threat to me or to someone else, the court of law orders me to do so, or if it violates privacy statutes.

I believe the best way is to update the post at the end and explain the revision. That way, readers will know the original story, the alpha and the beta version and then the final version. *heh*

So, what’s your take? Do you just update or you take down posts?

June 10, 2007

Blog hopping, alive and unscathed!

I’m back, sort of. Blog hopping, replying to emails and catching up on a lot of readings. I dozed off right after I arrived home yesterday and after an almost 72 hours of grueling, un-amazing trip.

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May 02, 2007

Pinoy Travel Blog on RPN 9

As mentioned earlier in our BoBCast (Episode 7), my other group blog (Pinoy Travel Blog, Best Tourism Website) recently won the DigitalFilipino.com Web Awards 2007 along with fellow bloggers Marc, Noemi & Manuel. Check out the really nice trophy that came with it.

I also had a quick interview on RPN 9 (video c/o Janette). Hopefully, that got us more readers over there. :)

April 20, 2007

Would you read your own blog?

We did a special episode of the BoBCast here at Punta Fuego. Will publish it when I’m done uploading the MP3 file.

One of our discussions there was “If you were just a blog reader, would you read your own blog?” While most of us would immediately shout out a resounding “yes!”, I’ve asked several other bloggers and surprisingly some of them replied they probably would not read their own blog. (This question is different from “do you read your own blog”. The question focuses more on the idea that if you were just a blog reader, would you regularly read your blog and subscribe thru its RSS feeds.)

So, why would some blogger not like to read their own blog if they were just a blog reader? Here are some thoughts:

  • Your blog is too personal. Unless the blogger is interesting or you know them personally, it’s hard to relate and follow their blog.
  • You like writing rants and raves BUT you don’t like reading them.
  • You primarily blog for the money. Some bloggers write about stuff not because they like the topic/niche, BUT because it’s a hot one that could bring in traffic.
  • Your blog is not exactly relevant to you but your intended audience. This is especially true for blogs used as a marketing tool — you like to sell but you don’t like to be the one buying what your selling.

There might be other reasons out there why a blogger does not automatically become his own blog reader.

April 18, 2007

Benefits of a Top Alexa Ranking

Michael emailed me about his new link list of Top Philippine Blogs based on Alexa rankings. His list included three of my blogs — #1 Yugatech, #2 Motorcycle Philippines and at #15 PinoyTechBlog.

We’ve already discussed before why Alexa isn’t credible in tracking the visitor reach though at one time I suggested that it could be used to check your blog growth. Still, I think there are some benefits to this, not only in the virtual world but in the real world as well.

The other day, I visited the office of Solar UIP after they invited me for a meeting for a possible partnership. Apparently, they’ve been scouting the web for top websites with demographics they think are within their target market. So, for their upcoming movie Transformers, we’re going to do some online marketing over at Motorcycle Philippines (bikes == transformers?).

When I asked why they wanted to do such campaign they replied that as the authorized Philippine theatrical distributor, traditional tri-media campaigns are a standard and saturating the new media is the next logical step.