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June 11, 2007

Apple MacBook prices drop 20%

As expected, the recent announcement of newer and faster MacBooks and MacBook Pros has certainly affected the unit pricing and has already trickled down to the local retailers here in the Philippines. Here are the latest retail prices of the MacBooks:

MacBook Prices

Mac Book 13 inch (white)
13.3″ TFT display
1.83 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
512MB (2x256MB) SD RAM
Combo Drive (DVD/CD-RW)
Intel GMA 950 64MB Video RAM
60GB HDD – Php59,990
80GB HDD – Php64,990

2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
1GB (2x51MB) SDRAM
Super Drive (DVD-R/CD-RW)
80GB HDD – Php74,990

Mac Book 13 inch (black or white)
120GB HDD – Php79,990

Mac Book 13 inch (black)
2GB (2x1GB) SDRAM
200GB HDD – Php99,990

With the higher-end MacBooks, previous prices were Php20,008 more expensive. That’s just over 20% price cut. A really huge drop if I might add.

On the other hand, the prices for the Mac Book Pro and the iMacs remained the same. Prices taken from Apple Center as of June 10, 2007.

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June 11, 2007

Folding @ Home Distributed Computing

Been running Folding@Home (FAH) for a couple of weeks now from two PCs – one on my 1.66GHz Core 2 Duo laptop and on my AMD 64 X2 3800+ desktop. If you have idle PCs around, you can be a part of this too:

Folding@home is a distributed computing project designed to perform computationally intensive simulations of protein folding. It was launched on October 1, 2000. By joining together hundreds of thousands of PCs throughout the world, calculations which were previously considered impossible have now become routine. FAH has targeted the study of protein folding and protein folding disease, and numerous scientific advances have come from the project. When launched, it became the second largest distributing computing project after SETI@home.

As a chemist by discipline, this project reminds me of the days in the lab mixing polymers, doing gas chromatography and operating the NMR machine. My thesis then was about polymers + capacitors = electronic nose.

Folding @ Home
Anyway, I though FAH was a good way to spend all those unused CPU cycles. Besides, the desktop is almost always on 24/7. Why not use it to contribute to something good?

If you’d like to contribute your CPU cycles, you can download the FAH client here. Even ATI Grahics Procesing Units (GPUs) and PS3′s cell processors can perform these tasks. Actually, the PS3 are the best (or most powerful) number crunchers out there in the wild.

You could also join me in the team rankings. My username there is “yuga” and the team name is Pinoy Bloggers with team ID: 74308.

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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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June 10, 2007

Asus Eee PC: the 7-inch, flash-based laptop


Intel and Asus teamed up to deliver one of the smallest and cheapest mobile internet devices around – the Asus Eee PC. Here are the specs:

Asus Eee PC 701

EeePC 701 Specification:
Display:7 inches
CPU & Chipset: Intel Mobile CPU & chipset (probably Centrino 1 GHz and up)
Operating System: Linux os Microsoft Windows XP compatible
Communication: 10/100 Mbps Ethernet; 56K modem
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11b/g
Graphic: Intel UMA
Memory: 512MB, DDR2-400
Storage: 4GB, 8GB and 16GB Flash
Webcam: 300K pixel video camera
Audio: Hi-Definition Audio CODEC; Built-in stereo speaker; Built-in microphone
Battery Life: 3hrs (4 cells: 5200mAh, 2S2P)
Dimension & Weight: 22.5 x 16.5 x 2.1~3.5cm, 0.89kg

It won’t replace your current full-blown laptop now but you have something very light to carry around for all your surfing and blogging needs.

Although the battery life is just 3 hours, it still beats a lot of regular 2-hour laptops out there. A full keyboard, less than 1 KG in total weight, flash based so there are no moving parts in the storage for a bump-proof ride, and wifi connectivity tops it all. The best part is the price is as low as USD$199! How cheap is that, huh?

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June 09, 2007

3 Days, 2 Nights, 4 Airports

No, this is not a holiday vacation package of some sort.

I can’t believe this is happening. I checked out of my hotel in Karachi last Thursday and it’s already Saturday and I haven’t reached Manila. I spent the night at Jinnah International Airport (Karachi, Pakistan) waiting for another flight to Bangkok as the scheduled one was canceled and I was not informed. I’ve also resolved to the thought that I will also miss my connecting flight from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Manila the following day.

After waiting for 13 hours, I was able to finally check in with another Thai Airways flight but to my surprise, it wasn’t going to Bangkok but Seeb Int’l Airport at Muscat, Oman. The damn plane was going the opposite way! From the plane, I saw the entire city devastated by what seemed to be lahar flow. Turns out there was a powerful cyclone (Cyclone Gonu) the day before and all flights thru there were affected.

suvarnabhumi-airport1.jpg
Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand. Sleeping at the airport is no fun.

After spending almost 8 hours in the plane from Karachi to Oman to Bangkok, we landed at Suvarnabhumi Airport greeted by Thai Airways staff with some more bad news. My alternate connecting flight was also fully booked. They got us a new sked from another airlines, Kuwait Airways, for a later date.

Tired, sleepy and cold, I’m waiting to check-in for our 12 noon flight to Manila. I’m praying really hard nothing unfortunate happens again.

Now, my only worry is whether I’d get my luggage when I arrive at the NAIA airport. Will all that changes in luggage tags, I sure hope I don’t end up losing another one.

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June 08, 2007

Yahoo! Mail Unlimited Storage

I was just checking my Yahoo! Mail today and I noticed it has finally upgraded my Inbox to unlimited. Cool.

Does that mean we’d bee seeing something similar to a GDisk storage soon?

How does unlimited storage work?

It’s pretty straightforward—users that follow normal email practices and comply with our anti-abuse limits can consume an unlimited amount of free email storage. This will apply to both new and existing users.

I guess that means “no”.

Anybody else still using Yahoo! Mail noticed the unlimited storage upgrade?

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June 08, 2007

Problogging: Business or Career?

In most of my talks about professional blogging, I’d refer to many types of them and explain the nature of their revenue source. However, two types of of probloggers are more prominent than others — the grassroots problogger (independent) and the career problogger (network blogger). While they may also be blogging part-time or full-time, the two differs in one major aspect.

The network blogger looks at his blogging activity as a career, the same way any 8-5 office worker sees his job in the company he works for. The best part of being a network blogger is that it eliminates the 8-5 routine and replaces it with telecommuting (or some would prefer to call freelancing/working-from-home) and still earning the regular monthly salary. However, there is danger that this source of income is regarded as just that — salary.

On the other hand, you have the grassroots problogger (the indies) which rely directly on their own blogs to generate income. The same flexi time benefits apply but in this case, there’s no fixed monthly salary to be had. The revenue at the end of the month will vary on blog performance (e.g. traffic) and volume of ad placements. This setup can be regarded as an entrepreneurial endeavor in a form of internet business.

So, you have two probloggers looking at their blogging income as either salary or revenue.

Yaro wrote a very interesting piece on “How To Leverage Blog Income To Build A Web Property Portfolio” in his blog and I can never more. However ones blogging income is derived, he advises that one use this income to invest on other ventures or web properties. I always wanted to be able to build a brick-and-mortar business from whatever revenue I generate from my internet ventures and hopefully translate the same success online to the offline world. I guess the term diversify comes to mind.

Back in 2003, when I was still working for Microsoft, I read Robert Kiyosaki’s book “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” and one tip he revealed there that I’ve always put to mind was “that I should not work for money but let my money work for me“. Hence then, I’ve taken that advise to heart.

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June 07, 2007

Last days in Karachi

Shisha The past week seemed to pass by so quickly and despite the very hot and humid weather, I managed to have some fun and see some places here in Karachi and back there in Lahore. Those huge mosques in Lahore are beautiful at night will all those lights flowing over the walls and we tried shisha (smoking device, also called huble bubble or hookah) from one of the popular night spots in the city called Cocoo’s Place. You’re basically smoking raw tobacco flavored with either apple, strawberry or mint. My lower jaw got swollen the next day from all that puffing.

They also made me chew paan which is betel leaf filled with half a dozen weird concoctions. I almost threw up, until they said it was okay to spit it out. I swear, after a few seconds of mixed sweetness and minty flavors, I smelled shampoo in there. I forgot to bring my camera so no shots here. Some of the guys here tell me to be careful when taking pictures, especially of women, or else I could get into some trouble. Thus, the camera is always tucked in the bag or stays in my hotel room.

Karachi is the most commercial city with, I was told, over 14 million residents — one of the biggest in the world. The metro is along the coast of the Arabian Sea and I was able to visit one of the public beaches (Clifton Beach). I would have wanted to take my first camel ride but I guess the horse was good enough.

Clifton Beach

That’s 14 million people and I rarely see any foreigners. It felt a bit weird noticing when people gaze at me — well, a bald man in a hair-loving society sure does attract some attention.

Burial Shrine

We also dropped by one of them burial shrines of their saints. I had another picture of me beside one of the carpet-covered coffins but it was a little odd standing in there smiling at the camera while people around you are praying and making offerings.

I’m supposed to fly back to Manila last night but there are no available flights so I will have to wait until Friday morning. I didn’t want to go back to Lahore for an earlier schedule for fear of losing my luggage again.

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June 07, 2007

Site Hacking and Contingency Plans

Every once in a while, I’d receive text messages or emails from bloggers and website owners asking for advice whenever their site is hacked. Being a blogger myself running dozens of sites and also a web hosting provider, hacking/cracking and other exploits are not new to me. We’ve experienced them on so many occasions and on just so many levels. More often than not, it is hard to explain how the site was hacked. It’s even harder to really trace down the hacker and what damage has been done.

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June 06, 2007

Fast 50 Magazine names Globe & Smart as Innovators

In a quick entry over at PTB, Globe Telecoms and Smart Communications were the only 2 companies included in the 6th Annual Fast 50.

Globe Telecoms was cited for it’s mobile wallet system, G-Cash, while Smart was heralded as the telecom in a sachet due to the success of the e-Load system.

Interesting figures mentioned there includes Globe G-Cash generating USD$100 Million (~Php4.6 Billion?) in mobile transactions a day while Smart is selling USD$80 Million (Php3.68 Billion) of e-load credits monthly.

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June 06, 2007

Movable Type turns 4, goes Open Source

Just yesterday, the beta version of Movable Type 4 was released sporting so many new features and a brand new look. I have tried MT but that was years ago and since they started charging for licenses, I moved away and never tried it again.

Movable Type

Along with this new version, they also announced the Movable Type Open Source Project (MTSOP) which will allow 3rd-party developers to create their own GPL-version of MT and modify it for their own use.

I believe this move is a step to gain back more support and interest for MT considering the industry is all eyes at WordPress and Automattic. I reckon that if they didn’t fork it like this, they’ll bleed off all their paid clients someday. Well, it’s beter for everyone and maybe this MTOSP could draw back more users back to MT.

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June 05, 2007

Amend the 2000 eCommerce Law

Looking back at the lawsuits I had to go thru in the past, I feel that there is a need to amend the 2000 Philippine eCommerce Law (RA 8792).

My case was that of libel on the internet and it cannot be denied that the nature of my involvement in that case strikes worry and concern among fellow online publishers and web hosting providers alike.

My legal counsel, Atty. Fred Pamaos, discusses the case in detail in his 6-part series entitled “Anatomy of an Internet Libel Case” — Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6 (unpublished).

Despite the fact that the case against me was already dismissed, there is still a looming concern that a similar one could be lodged anytime considering that fact that we host thousands of websites, forums and blogs. It would be a nightmare to monitor all of them for potentially the same circumstances.

Likewise, personal blogs may also be exposed to such harassment law suits and even how silly they may be (remember, anybody can post libelous statements in the blog comments), one can only imagine the total waste of time, effort, and money just to go thru these proceedings. Yes, they may not succeed nor see a day in court, the trouble of getting a legal counsel and making personal appearances in the fiscal’s office on a weekly basis can take its toll.

It is obvious that the eCommerce Law was passed in haste to address an urgent issue at that time but it has been seven (7) years hence and we need a stronger bill to protect internet service providers, web hosts, bloggers, forum owners, webmasters and internet users in general.

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June 05, 2007

Google blocks Yahoo on Default Search Settings

Heard from the TWiT podcast that PC maker Dell made a deal with Google to load up all new Dell PCs with the Google Toolbar, PC Search and Web Search along with a co-branded homepage. Obviously, this co-branding is all about advertising and Dell and Google will share the profits from revenues taken from this.

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June 05, 2007

Open invite to Alpha Test a new web 2.0 site

Been contacted by one of the local PR agencies a couple of months back requesting if I could look into a new social website. Though I haven’t really seen the site yet, I was told it it will be a social-networking site similar to MySpace or Friendster.

Users can sign-up for their own profile page. They can upload photos, post blogs and interact with other members. We also have a section for artists where they can post their mp3, videos and info on the site. The artist’s profile page also aggregates all the content users upload by tagging.

This website is for a specific brand of mobile phone so I’m a bit curious on how (if ever) any of their existing or upcoming units will be integrated with this website. I can’t mention the brand and the site as of the moment but one can always speculate. ;)

Anyway, I was also to extend the same invitation to anyone out there. You don’t need to be a blogger to try it out not you have to write a review about it if you are one. Just an opportunity to check out the site, try it out and possibly send back a feedback about it.

In exchange for the time and effort, the company will be sending out tokens/give-aways worth Php500 (not sure if GC or cash). :D In any case, if you’re interested, just leave a comment with your email and we’ll add you to the list. First 20 to 25 people will receive the tokens.

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June 04, 2007

Accessing GMail via POP

I’ve already consolidated all my email accounts into GMail and while I only need one login to access all emails, it’s always full of new ones and I end up not being able to answer all of them in a timely manner. This gets worse if I’m away on a trip as I don’t get to go online as often as I want.

So, I realized that during the times when I don’t have access but just hanging around on the airport or on the plane, I could have rummaged thru the emails, answer them, save as draft and send them all off whenever I get the chance to be online. That’s where POP email makes real sense.

Here are the settings if anyone wants to try it:

In GMail, go to Mail Settings -> Forwarding & POP -> Enable POP for all mail

Server Settings

Username: username@gmail.com
Server Name: pop.gmail.com
Port: 995
Security Settings: SSL

Outgoing SMTP: smtp.gmail.com
Port: 587
Security Authentication: TLS

Settings for Firefox Thunderbird 1.5 can be found here. All other email clients, here.

Problem though is that I could set the client to leave messages in GMail. The Email Troubleshooter indicates one should have to download the emails in order for it to work properly. Hope I don’t regret downloading all of them 1.1GB of emails later on.

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June 04, 2007

LG KU250 is cheapest 3G phone


First heard of this line of 3G phones (LG KU250) a couple months back during a dinner meeting with several Smart executives and MediaQuest President Doy Vea. They mentioned that this LG phone has been chosen by the GSM Association in their “3G for All” campaign. Their February press release indicates at least 12 GSM operators will be introducing this model in their respective networks.

LG KU250

Globe Telecoms was also there with their CEO being quoted saying:

As the first to commercially launch 3G & HSDPA in the Philippines, we at Globe Telecom are most excited with the announcement of the “3G For All” winner in this Congress, as this breakthrough initiative of the GSMA will enable us to improve handset affordability, one of the barriers to 3G service adoption in the Philippines. We believe that there is a huge un-served, mass-market segment in the Philippines which this “3G for All” initiative will address; we look forward to 3G becoming a mass-market proposition within the next years. We commend the GSMA in its efforts to support the industry with a timely and effective market intervention ensuring that the price gap between 2G and 3G handsets is being narrowed by the delivery of this affordable, feature-rich 3G handset.

Inquirer.net also posted the news the other day that Smart made an announcement on the LG unit. The unit will retail for P6,290 (around USD$130) though I think they’ll be much cheaper in Greenhills and street stalls. Before this, there wasn’t any 3G capable phones out there that sells less than Php10 that I know of. On top of the 3G capability, the LG KU250 supports GPRS (but no EDGE), 10MB shared memory and external micro SD card slot, bluetooth and USB as well as a 1.3MP camera.

Second inline from the GSMA recommendation is the Nokia N6151 which has an almost similar features as the LG one but I guess the price was the major deciding factor.

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June 03, 2007

Thanks to our sponsors

Just making space to extend my thanks to our sponsors:

TextLinkAds : for the opportunity to earn more revenues for my blogs without compromising a lot of real estate space and usability. Revenues from link ads and post-level text ads are growing by the month.

Text Link Brokers : a good marketplace for link advertising and compliments well with TLA.

Ikobo : an international remittance service who have been with us for quite some time now.

AdAuction : a fairly new affiliate program by Auction.ph for bloggers and website owners. Read my official endorsement for AdAuction here.

Remit2Home: another newly launched online remittance service similar to Xoom.

The same goes to Google AdSense, ReviewMe and Feedburner Ad Network.

Over at PTB, I’d like to thank our annual advertisers there too:

The Blog Herald – your international destination for fresh blog news and features.

Architel – an IT outsourcing company looking for work-from-home Filipino engineers

Cigar Outlet – smokes anyone?

Bellenza – the wedding specialists

If you’re interested in advertising in any of our blogs here or on our blog network, just contact me. ;)

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June 02, 2007

Nokia E61i vs. Palm Treo 750

Two new 3G/HSDPA PDA phones out in the market. The recently launched Palm Treo 750 against the revised and even better version of the Nokia E61i.

The highlights:

Palm Treo 750
Palm Treo 750
240 x 240 pixels @ 65k colors
128MB / 60MB persistent user storage
2GB microSD external storage
1.3MP camera
4 hours talk time / 250 hours standby
HSDPA/Bluetooth 1.2/ IR
300MHz Samsung processor
Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PC
Price: Php39,000++

Nokia E61i
Nokia E61i
320 x 240 pixels @ 16 million colors
60 MB of internal user memory
2GB microSD external storage
2MP camera
5 hours talk time / 9 days standby
3G/EDGE/GPRS/WLAN 802.11 bg/Bluetooth 1.2/USB 2.0
200 MHz ARM processor
Symbian OS v.9.1, S60 3rd edition
Price: Php24,000+

With the E61i is 37% cheaper than the Treo 750, the features above at almost close to each other. Though the Nokia model is slower in the processor (200MHz vs. 300MHz) and the connectivity (3G vs. 3.5G) compared to the one from Palm, the WiFi capability is a good addition.

I think I’m going for the Nokia E61i. What’s your pick?

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June 01, 2007

Mahalo: Human-powered search engine

Looks like Jason Calacanis beat Jimmy Wales to the finish line. Calacanis just launched the alpha version of his human-powered search engine, Mahalo.com.

Serial entrepreneur Jason McCabe Calacanis today launched Mahalo.com, a human-powered search engine, at the Wall Street Journal’s D Conference. The site is currently being launched in Alpha with the Internet’s 4,000 most popular search terms completed. The Santa Monica-based company hopes to reach 10,000 search terms by the end of the year. At that point it will enter Beta, and launch shortly thereafter.

The site is focused on the top English-language search terms, including verticals such as travel, products, news, entertainment, sports, food, and health. “Google’s mission is to index the world’s information; our mission is to curate that wonderful index,” said Calacanis. “It’s my belief that humans can play a significant role in the development of search results and we’re going to try to figure out exactly what that role is over the next couple of years. I am really looking forward to hearing what people think of the Alpha,” he added.

If anybody still remembers, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales was earlier reported to be developing a user-contributed search engine called Wikiasari.

But, why do I have this gut feeling these search model will not fly? Well, just look at the current state of Wikipedia and all that spam lurking around it. The bigger question becomes — can we really trust the wisdom of the crowd?

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June 01, 2007

Surface: Microsoft’s Coffee-Table PC

Remember that Warcraft 3 game you can play on a wide LCD table? Microsoft is making one (almost) just like that an is calling it Surface.

Surface is essentially a Windows Vista PC tucked inside a shiny black table base, topped with a 30-inch touchscreen in a clear acrylic frame. Five cameras that can sense nearby objects are mounted beneath the screen. Users can interact with the machine by touching or dragging their fingertips and objects such as paintbrushes across the screen, or by setting real-world items tagged with special bar-code labels on top of it.

Microsoft Surface is basically a multi-user, multi-touch coffee-table PC. Under the hood hides 5 infrared scanners, a projector and a wireless modem.

Microsoft Surface

And it interacts with your other devices seamlessly…

One of the most revolutionary aspects of Surface, though, is its natural interaction with everyday objects and technologies. When you place your Wi-Fi-enabled digital camera on the table, for example, Surface “sees” the camera and does something extraordinary: It pulls your digital pictures and videos out onto the table for you to look at, move, edit or send. Images literally spill out in a pool of color.

One should really see the video here at MSNBC to realize how cool this one is.

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May 31, 2007

21st Century Internet Kiosks

Saw this one while waiting for my connecting flight at Suvarnabhumi Airport here in Bangkok, Thailand. At first glance, you’d really think they’re just one of those typical metallic phone booths you see all around. A closer inspection can catch one’s curiosity a bit further.

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May 31, 2007

Flying to Lahore, again.

I’m off to Lahore, Pakistan today for another week of workshop. That’s actually 3 days in Lahore and another three in Karachi. This last couple of days have been an adrenaline-rush for me.

Right after I came back from Singapore last week, I had to go to the Pakistan Embassy to apply for another visa. Since I got my invitation on a very short notice, I wasn’t prepared with the right documents. Now, I needed a new NBI Clearance with DFA authentication. I thought, what’s that and why do I need that? I never needed that the last time I applied for a Visa.

So, I went back to Carriedo at the NBI head office to apply for another one. Since it was for travel abroad, it takes about 3 working days to process it (and I thought you can get it in a day now). I already used up all my NBI clearance including the personal copy so a renewal application is no use. I had to pull some strings to fast-track that. A friend of a friend who works there helped out and I was able to get it the following day.

Turns out the one I got still needs to go thru the Department of Foreign Affairs for authentication. I called in another friend/client who works in their legal department to help out. I got it a day after. Off to the embassy that Wednesday.

But, I’m leaving on Thursday so I was hoping for a miracle and a little gift to the officers inside would do the trick of an overnight approval. To my dismay, it didn’t work this time.

A few phone calls from my sponsors in Islamabad did the trick and before end of office hours yesterday, I got my visa.

Phew, why do I always get into such trouble all the time? Read my previous encounter here. Ok, there’s the boarding call now.

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May 31, 2007

Belkin Cushtop

First saw this laptop pillow last January during the Blog Parteeh. One of the sponsors (Microwarehouse) gave away a Belkin Cushtop. From then on, I’ve been looking to get one for my Compaq Presario V3000.

I found a couple at the Apple Store in Mall of Asia and they cost around Php2,100 each. A tad bit on the expensive side, IMO.

Belkin Cushtop

Belkin

Then I saw the same one on sale at the Challenger (Funan Digitallife Mall @ Singapore) and since I also subscribed as a member, I’d get an additional discount plus the GST discount and it was down to just Php1,500.

This pillow is really great. Tough but light enough on the lap which allows further elevation for line of sight. Most of all, the heat from the laptop is dissipated properly with more than enough insulation for the lap.

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May 30, 2007

What to do with unverified RSS subscribers?

I just checked my Feedburner account again and looked at the email addresses of those people who subscribed to my feed via the Feedburner Email Subscription. While I only have 421 active subscribers for that part, I discovered there are actually 1,147 total subscribers and 99% of them are unverified.

Email Subscribers

That’s 726 more people who subscribed but did not confirm their subscription. That means only 37% of those who inputted their email address actually did the final step of approving their subscriptions. So now, what do we do with these 726 pending subscriptions? Here’s some really obvious ideas:

  • Just click cancel, at least for the really old ones. The list shows the email account and the date when it first subscribed. If it was more than a month, maybe it’s time to purge them from the data base.
  • Wait a little bit longer. At least you know there are people actually trying to subscribe.
  • Email them personally. You can send them a personalized follow up email telling them that their RSS email subscription was not completed and they may re-subscribe again if the confirmation email is already lost or deleted.

You might want to check your Feedburner or Feedblitz subscriber details too and see if there are pending subscriptions to your blog as well. The email list is also good for checking out who have been subscribing to your feeds (hint: corporate email domains).

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May 30, 2007

Are two heads better than one?

Most bloggers I read that sports dual monitors on their desktop say that it’s good for productivity. So, when I found out that the Samsung 19″ 940BW I bought 5 months ago dropped to just Php11,500, I got another one exactly like it.

Samsung Dual Monitor

I already got a dual-DVI PCI Express card (Powercolor X1550) I got from the Funan IT Mall, all I need to do is hook it up on the PC, plug the two LCD monitors and my screen real estate will double to 2400 pixels wide and 900 pixels tall. Alas, the motherboard does not support PCIe so I will have to delay this new set up. The other monitor in the picture is hooked up on my laptop for now (where I’m watching the new series Masters of Horror).

And about doubling that productivity thingie, I think not. It’s even distracted me from doing all the work I need to catch up on.