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September 21, 2007

2008 Beijing Olympics and Other Links

I would have wanted to go to the 2008 Beijing Olympics next year but it looks like those much coveted tickets are very, very hard to get by so I’m scrapping that plan on my wish list for 2008 (that’s where all my Mabuhay Miles credits would have gone to).

On the other hand, I’d like to point you to Marcos Antonio Torres and his quest to be one of the 8 to participate in the Expat for Olympic Torchbearers. He’ll need all of your votes here.

olympic-phone.jpgIf you’re an Olympics fan and want to get some souvenirs for the event, check out this commemorative cellphone of the Olympics mascot Fuwa Huanhuan. Looks like a customized Series 40 Nokia phone to me.

And speaking of phones, the LG Viewty (LG KU990) looks like a nice iPhone alternative. I’ve been getting a lot of emails from people looking to buy the iPhone. Maybe I should put up an unlocked iPhone business on the side? Btw, Nokia also launched the first UMA phone in the world with the N6301. The Unlicensed Mobile Access phone is dual mode which can do calls over GSM and wireless LAN.

Jobert of World Famous in the Philippines has recently launched Coffee Spark, a Digg-style community powered by open-source software Pligg. Out of the box solutions like Pligg are cool as they allow people to think of new stuff and run it with very easily. It’s like WordPress as an all-around CMS.

A new blog, The SPICe Campaign (Stop Philippine Internet Censorship Campaign), helps promote awareness and provide information about Internet censorship in the Philippines.

On the CPU front, AMD just announced it will release three-core chips for the desktop next year. This is after they’re planned introduction of Phenom (quad-core) into the consumer market. Will these 3 core chips be a Phenom chip with one core disabled? Sounds odd they’d go back and do triple cores now. Maybe the quad-core market isn’t that ready yet. Or they want to recycle those quad-cores with one core busted.

Intel iPhoneOn the other side of the river, Intel will re-introduce the Santa Rosa Refresh which is an update to its current Centrino laptop platform. It’s a Penryn chip at 45nm technology. Intel’s Montevina mobile platform on the other had will also incorporate WiMAX support for laptops.

Also, check out Intel’s version of the future of the iPhone featured at the recent Intel Development Forum.

This week-end’s topic to ponder: Is Apple the new Microsoft? (Mike Elgan, Computerworld)


13 Responses to “2008 Beijing Olympics and Other Links”

  1. jobert says:

    Thanks for the plug, Abe.

    Really appreciate it.

  2. ernesto says:

    I want some goodies from Beiijing Olympics can’t wait 08/08/2008.

  3. ernesto says:

    I want some goodies from Beiijing Olympics can’t wait 08/08/2008.!!!

  4. Andre Marcelo-Tanner
    Twitter: kzapkzap
    says:

    dont think theres much software out there even in the server market that can take advantage of quad cores. still price drops on those would be great

  5. Kendi says:

    I love it….yes, love Olympic souvenirs.

    But before that, let’s help Marco in his quest. That way, the souvenirs will have even more significance. At least a Filipino won by making it to the top…. it shouldn’t be difficult, from nowhere, he’s now number 15…with a thousand more votes (which he can get even from one organizaion like a school or office), he’ll make it to the top 10.

    Go for GOLD. Love it….tell all as in all your friends, classmates and colleagues. We can make this happen!

  6. Marco Torres says:

    Luga, Karen and the rest,

    Maraming salamat sa inyo. We are now in no. 15 with over a thousand votes….today, with 50 more, we can be no. 14 already.

    Please keep forwarding to all your friends. Thanks to you a Filipino can carry the Olympic torch for the first time since the 1964 Olympics…at matagal tagal na yon.

    You can also try voting again, maybe at least once a day, sometimes it works.

    Thank you again very much for all the support! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

  7. Kathy Tolosa says:

    Dear Fellow-Filipinos,

    Thank you for making a stand and exercising your rights of suffrage…Let us not let this golden opportunity pass us by…Vote Marco Torres! Our most eligible candidate to represent us in the Beijing Olympics…We can make this happen!

    A toast to Marco! We believe in you. May God’s mighty hand uphold you… Godspeed!

    Peace and unity to us all!

    Kathy

  8. Alan Ocab says:

    Abe,

    Marco was my classmate at AGSB and I’ve known him for his leadership skills.

    Let’s all support him.

    He’s currently no.3
    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/torch_page.html

    http://www.gmanews.tv/video/12640

    FINAL VOTING IS OCTOBER 14, SUNDAY, MIDNIGHT

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