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August 01, 2007

Tips on Changing Custom Permalinks

Permalink TipsSeveral people have emailed me asking feedback about my recent change in permalink structure. Instead of sending the same emails over and over again, I thought I’d share some of the lessons I’ve learned with that recent experiment. The entire process was a great learning experience which gave me a few insights on the way search engines behave with these types of situations.

The discussion will primarily be focused on WordPress blogs but entire the idea will also be applicaple with any other stand-alone blogs, minus the plugins.

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August 01, 2007

Up to Php1K off with Auction.ph’s Coupon Mania

Discount CouponsGet as much as Php1,000 shopping discounts from the Auction.ph Coupon Mania today until June 2008.

All coupons can be availed and used in the Auction.ph site. Coupons will be available for download on numerous times of the day and the amount of discount will depend when you download it.

Here’s how to get one:

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July 31, 2007

Going Pro: Network or Indie?

I went to meet an old acquaintance last week who was pitching an idea to me. Our discussion revolved around the choice between putting up an independent blog or writing for a blog network. I explained that there are two sides of the coin when going pro — would you consider it a business or a career? To illustrate, I compared the advantages and disadvantages of the different salary models currently being used by blog networks.

Early this year, when I was still writing for BlogHerald, I wrote this little observation…

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July 31, 2007

John C. Dvorak, Om Malik on Blogging & Journalism

PC Magazine columnist and blogger John C. Dvorak together with Om Malik of the GigaOM Blog Network discusses blogging and mainstream journalism in the recent WordCamp 2007 (hosted by WordPress).

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July 30, 2007

Hack attack in progress

One of the ugliest thing that could happen to a blog or a website is getting hacked. For a person like me who runs his own dedicated server, this is a daily pain in the neck. We get hack attacks everyday, some by expert hackers but mostly script kiddies who take some scripts laying around somewhere and try to inject malicious codes into your site hoping to get access.

Since Friday, my blog has been targeted incessantly. You could be next! (Or you’ve already been, you just don’t know it yet.) So be wary.

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July 30, 2007

Pownce invites, anyone?

PownceJust got into Pownce, thanks to Jomar. Curiosity got the better of me and I signed up. You can check my Pownce account here, though there’s nothing much. The New York Times has a glaring review. Works like Twitter or Jaiku plus some more features but that’s it.

Anybody wants to try it?

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July 29, 2007

The Quad Cores are down by half!

I almost bought an AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600 (2.8GHz) 2 weeks ago. Good thing I waited. That time, the Intel Q6600 2.4GHz 8MB (Core 2 Duo Quad Core) was selling for a steep price of Php29,500. Well, that’s 4 cores in all so I thought the price was justified. That time, AMD announced its price cuts on all X2 and Opteron processors. Intel was supposed to follow suit after introducing their newer lines (E6550 at 2.33GHz, E6750 at 2.66GHz and E6850 3.0GHz C2D) running at 1,333MHz FSB with 4MB L2 cache.

Imagine my excitement when I checked the new prices today.

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July 28, 2007

The best Filipino Software Developers are headed for Singapore

An article at the Inquirer last night revealed that Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) has expressed alarm over the rampant recruitment of Filipino software professionals by Singaporean companies. Migs, opened up the discussion at PTB: Can Pinoy Software Companies Stop the Exodus to Singapore?

The obvious answer is no. And we all know why.

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July 27, 2007

Book 7: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Contest

Harry PotterThis is not a book recommendation. This is a book contest. Yes, get the chance to win the book 7 of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. After last Saturday’s brouhaha over the book launch, I got a barrage of spoilers from avid readers. Now that got me a little irked. How will I enjoy the movie now? So, I thought of a plan. Bury them story spoilers and I’m giving away the book as a deal (and no I didn’t read it!).

Wanna know how you can win this Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book? See mechanics after the jump.

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July 27, 2007

Digg drops Google AdSense in favor of Microsoft

Digg LogoIn an unexpected and seemingly unpopular move by Digg, founder Kevin Rose announced yesterday that it has dropped its Google’s Premium Publisher status to become a solid partner with Microsoft in the next 3 years. John Battelle’s Federated Media used to be the sole ad campaign manager for Digg, which draws in 146,630,000 page views per month.

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July 27, 2007

Get free e-Load from Auction.ph’s Barkada Txt


Free e-LoadYesterday, Auction.ph launched the 3rd installation of their popular Barkada Txt Promo. This SMS event allow users to get free e-Load credits (Globe, Touch Mobile, Smart, Talk ‘N Text, Addict Mobile, and Sun Cellular) or Auction.ph e-Money. Essentially, you get Php30 e-Load by referring new friends to join Auction.ph (up first 20 referrals only or Php600 of e-Load or e-Money for post-paid). Your friend also gets the free e-Load too.

Still interested? More after the jump.

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July 26, 2007

SERPs Update: Do custom permalinks work?

Several people have emailed me asking whether the change from the default permalinks to the new custom permalinks will have an effect on the blog’s search engine rankings, Page Rank and ultimately traffic. With over 1,700+ posts, I was a bit worried the results will be tragic. But I held my hopes up.

Only two days after I rebooted this blog with a new theme and change the permalink structure, I’m already seeing the results of the search engines re-indexing my blog. Now, I think I have the answer to this. See results after the jump.

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July 26, 2007

Flying the Chopper

One of the things I’ve always wanted to do (and this is on my secret “to do” list) is to be able to fly a chopper or even a 2-seater civilian plane. I know, I have to get a license for that and the flight schools are too damn expensive. But, it doesn’t hurt to dream.

Yesterday, I did just that. No, scratch that part. I did something close to that. We flew a chopper in Tagaytay. Let me share with you some of the photos I took. Pictures after the jump.

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July 26, 2007

The 1st JesCom Media Convention

JescomI’ve been invited to speak at the first media convention series by the Jesuit Communications in Ateneo along with fellow bloggers Manolo Quezon and Prof. William Yu CISS (Yam, haba na ng name mo bai! :D). The seminar series will start on August, every Saturday for 4 weeks and is geared towards non-profit organizations and individuals.

I’m posting the announcement here. Maybe someone might be interested to attend this series:

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July 25, 2007

Will Eskwela replace the class reunion?

Eskwela.comAfter over a dozen invites, I finally gave in and tried Eskwela.com. We had a sneak preview account before it was launched last year but it was way deep in the beta (or was it alpha?) version to really try out and write a fair review. A recent assignment (Friend Request) prompted me to revisit the site. Unlike before, the bugs have been sorted out and the site loads quite fast (not sure if that’s good or bad as an indication of visitor usage) and according to Alexa, site usage has been steadily climbing.

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July 25, 2007

Loving the new Flock 0.9 browser

Flock LogoSince, the initial release of Flock, I’ve been slowly liking this Firefox-based browser. It’s the second most commonly used browser in my laptop, next to Firefox. My only gripe before was the utter lack of 3rd-party plug-ins or extensions, a feature I find essential for better browsing experience.

Just recently, the new version release of Flock (version 0.9) has much improved and I’m liking it even better.

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July 24, 2007

Smart launches myTV

Just came back from the official launch of Smart myTV, the new mobile TV service in partnership with 360media (and MediaQuest). They designed the NBC Tent at the Fort with picturesque booths representing situations/locations where myTV could be enjoyed — on the beach, the golf course, at the bus stop, coffee shop, living room, and inside the car (which I think is a potential road hazard).

Smart Mobile TV
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July 24, 2007

YugaTech CSS reboot!

yugatechThis has long been overdue but we’ve finally moved on to a new blog design. For the past 2 and a half years, since the last reboot and move to WordPress, this blog had sported the heavily-modified Connections theme, prolly the most kick-ass opensource theme of that time.

Today, after about 7 months of sluggish progress, I present you the new YugaTech theme. This 3-column design was inspired by K2 and GlossyBlue themes.

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July 23, 2007

Yahoo’s aggressive move on Mobile Search in Asia

The internet portal launched its mobile search service, dubbed Yahoo! oneSearch in Asia last May 2007 which included countries such as India (Idea Cellular), Indonesia (PT Telekomunikasi Selular), Malaysia (Maxis Communications), the Philippines (Globe Telecom), Taiwan (Taiwan Mobile), Singapore, Korea (LG Telecom), Thailand and Vietnam. That’s nearly 100 million subscribers base according to Yahoo.
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July 23, 2007

Digital Tour on Studio 23 is off the air

DTourLast night, tech TV show Digital Tour on Studio 23 aired its last episode according to Rain. ABS CBN’s dedicated forums for the show did not contain any updates as to why the show was junked not does their official section page on the network’s website.
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July 22, 2007

Google, Ask, Yahoo, MS and other Search News

Google just bought ImageAmerica, their 7th acquisition in the last 2 months alone, which includes Panoramio, Feedburner, geospatial photo-sharing service PeakStream, online presentation software Zenter, DoubleClick, communications security company Postini and VOIP phone aggregation portal Grand Central. ImageAmerica is in the high resolution aerial cameras industry — for higher-quality and better Google Maps, I suppose.
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July 22, 2007

OLPC brings porn to 3rd world kids

OLPC brings porn to 3rd world kidsWhat? They didn’t thought it would come down to this? Hook up any PC to the internet and 99% of the time, it’ll end up will some sort of pr0n one way or another. Apparently, the One Laptop Per Child Project is no exception.

Reuters reports that Nigerian students that have recently been beneficiaries of the OLPC project got too curious with the internet:
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July 21, 2007

Here’s why bloggers need proper PR Disclosures

Bryanboy throws in the towel on Globe Visibility. I’m a bit embarrassed, considering I was the one who hooked him up with the Globe guys. To be fair though, I also referred him to the people from PLDT WeRoam. In that same entry, the B alludes to the apparent silence of tech bloggers who are also Globe subscribers:
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July 21, 2007

Fight cancer with Black Hat SEO

This video interview of of Rand Fishkin, CEO os SEOmoz.org, tells the story of a certain guy called G-Man who’s been contributing to the SEOmoz website.


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July 20, 2007

Globe caps Visibility users to 5GB a month

The other day, we had a meeting with a Globe executive to finalize details of an upcoming project (that’s for another story though). During our meeting, I stirred our discussion to some juicy stories and they were candid enough to share some information (which I believe is bloggable since I wasn’t asked to sign an NDA *hehehe*).

I was told that new Globe Visibility users will be capped at 5GB of usage per month. The current monthly service fee for their mobile broadband solution (3G/HSDPA) is still at Php2,000 plus some activation fee. The cap is now included in the fine print but the existing subscribers will retain the eat-all-you can feature (unlimited).
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