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March 19, 2008

Very First MP3 Player Turns 10

Before there were iPods, there were MP3 players. The very first one was launched this Month on CeBIT in 1998. The iPod on the other hand, is just barely 7 years old.

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March 18, 2008

Audit your Disk Usage with WinDirStat

So I had my Asus Eee PC migrated to Windows XP by a friend the other night so I can include some of my favorite Win tools in it.

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March 17, 2008

Results: Reader Demographic Survey

First, thanks to everyone who join our mini-survey. The numbers are in and I’d like to share with everyone the results. This is the first time I had something like this and results were pretty interesting.

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March 17, 2008

Yahoo! Buzz blows away Digg traffic

Digg has now one less buyer to court. Today Yahoo! Buzz released some of the traffic numbers they’ve been sending out to selected publishers in the blogosphere — and the number are all time record highs.

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March 16, 2008

Google introduces AdSense Ad Manager

Late this week, Google announced that they’ve completed the acquisition of DoubleClick (after EU approval). They also launched the AdSense Ad Manager which, IMO, made the DoubleClick purchase a brilliant move.

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March 16, 2008

Poll: What’s your blog’s typical CPM level?

I previously wrote about how to compute your effective page CPM. Our new poll is about the blog’s average CPM level.

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March 15, 2008

NBN ZTE Project: A Closer Look

Now that the Bill of Quantities (BoQ) of the controversial ZTE National Broadband Network Project by the Philippine government has been released, I was asked to take a look and see what I make out of it. Here are my findings so far.

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March 14, 2008

More Price Drops; Canon Promo Lens Sale

Bumped into Art Samaniego of Manila Bulletin during the Nokia N82 Adventure II launch this afternoon and he casually mentioned that there’s a new Canon Lens Sale promo going on at Digital Zone. So I dropped by at dZone on the way to my next meeting.

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March 14, 2008

YugaTech Blog Readership Survey

With the growing number of blog advertising interest, I’d like to request regular readers here to take some time to answer this quick survey. This is a really short one and won’t take more than 60 seconds of your time. It’s also completely anonymous. Thanks!

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March 13, 2008

Has Google AdSense lost it Mojo?

Over the last 3 months, there has been numerous reports on a sudden drop on paid clicks. This was caused by Google to reduce the clickable area of the ads last November 2007.

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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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March 12, 2008

Malu Fernandez gunning for Master Link Baiter of the Year

I’m amused with people who speak their mind and exercise their freedom of speech whether or not they’re correct, morally upright, or just plain misguided. At least, they stand and own up to their words.

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March 12, 2008

Thanks for the Tip!

Most RSS readers of this blog would have seen the “Buy me a beer” link I recently installed as a plugin for the feeds. It uses Paypal to receive small amounts of tip from readers. Problem is, Paypal fees are still high that tips in the range of a dollar doesn’t do any good.

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March 11, 2008

Gecko UMPC, the $300 Laptop

Everyone’s into cheap ultra-portables now. ECS and MSI already announced their versions. This new one is called Gecko (designed by Norhtec) — an energy efficient, rugged, and highly compatible laptop. Check out the pics and specs after the jump.

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March 11, 2008

Larger Monitors, Better Productivity

And I thought it was common knowledge that the more screen real-estate you have, the more work you can do for the same amount of time. A published article from the Wall Street Journal says it true, but to a certain number of inches.

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March 10, 2008

How to Compute Effective Page CPM

One of the most common confusions about online advertising amongst bloggers is how to compute for their ad rates. I’ve previously wrote about how to create an advertising rate card and how to analyze conversions or ROI, but the truth is not all page views are created equal.

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March 10, 2008

ECS G10IL and MSI Wind PC to compete with Asus Eee PC

You know a product is hot when other manufacturers start to make competing versions of it. The Asus Eee PC is one of them, so it’s not a wonder why ECS and MSI are touting their own cheap ultra-portables.

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March 08, 2008

Top 10 Things about the Asus Eee PC

In the last four weeks after I got hold of an Asus Eee PC, it has become my tag along personal computing device. It has served me well and here are some of the nitty gritty details I’d like to share about it.

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March 07, 2008

Digg Sale might end up with Microsoft or Google

Rumors leaked to TechCrunch suggested that both Microsoft and Google are preparing a bid to buy out Digg.com. I’ve previously discussed why Digg would want to sell but to whom it would sell is another question altogether.

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March 07, 2008

On Wedding Photography

In the last couple of months, I have had some photoshoot experiences with covering wedding-related photography. Many pros I’ve talked to say it’s the most challenging of all types of photography because it combines so many other genres — street journalism, portraiture, sports, etc.

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March 06, 2008

Dell Latitude XFR D630 vs. Panasonic Toughbook CF-30

It’s the battle of the fully ruggedized notebook and Dell is calling on Panasonic for the toughest laptops in the world. Meet Dell Latitude XFR D630 and the Panasonic Toughbook CF-30 — both a mouthful and vying for the most indestructible, anywhere, anytime commercial notebooks.

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March 05, 2008

Thank you, YugaTech Sponsors!

I’d like to take this spot to thank our sponsors/advertisers here at YugaTech for their continued support.

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March 05, 2008

Lessons in Optimizing a Really Huge Blog

Up until now, I haven’t had any close experience doing server-side optimization of a highly-trafficked blog. When I say “highly-trafficked”, I mean it’s like being on the front page of Digg all day, 7 days a week.

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March 05, 2008

Netvibes upgrades to Ginger

My favorite startpage, Netvibes, has just upgraded its service to the new Ginger platform. This practically adds a ton of new social networking features to the personalized startpage and opens it up to the public.

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March 04, 2008

Use Smart 3G, Win an Asus Eee PC


Been getting this text messages from Smart for week now. I usually automatically delete SMS alerts but this one is some kind of contest/promo for their Smart 3G service. That prompted me to pause and check the message.

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