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.

In the local scene, some linky goodness:

  • Join the WikiPilipinas Filipina Story Contest being sponsored by WikiPilipinas and supported Noemi and Dine.
  • If you’d like to get a fresh and premium WordPress theme, McBilly is giving away a free Revolution Theme by Brian Gardner. Premium means it will cost you $79.95 to buy the license from Brian.
  • Lufthansa is discontinuing their flights from Manila to Frankfurt. Took this flight last December and was hoping I’ll be taking the same route this year when I get back to Cologne, Germany. Looks like I’m taking KLM via Amsterdam this time. I just wish I could try that new Airbus A380.
  • Looks like some avid HappySlip fans are going to stage a rally or something. What’s worse is that they’re blaming the bloggers who made it to the list for the confusion.
  • Ely asks why people hate “make money” blogs and websites. I agree that it boils down to usability and conflicts of interest. It kinda feels like MLM.

In foreign news, there’s some stuff I wasn’t able to cover last week but still worth the discussion:

  • Sun Microsystems announced the acquisition of mySQL. All along I thought mySQL is open-source! *heh*
  • Amazon will buy Audible Inc. (company that sells audio books and other digital content) for a reported $300 Million. After AmazonMP3, now this. Amazon is gearing up against Apple iTunes; and it’s getting a lot of support from the recording industry.
  • Shoemoney says “There is no customer loyalty in online commerce“. It shouldn’t be but current trends looks like it. Case in point: there’s just too many people jumping from NameCheap to GoDaddy to LiquidWeb to DreamHost to HostGator to 1and1 to PowWeb and back (whichever gives the best deals) — and it’s a proven marketing model online.
  • Netscape browser gets another month of lease in life. Why bother? My RIP still says 1994 – 2008.
  • After the 2007 4th quarter earnings report, Wall Street is unimpressed at Google’s performance. Stocks drop 8% and it’s now down to around $516 from $750 just a couple months ago. That has got to hurt. Yahoo! on the other hand is close to slashing over a thousand employees. Exciting times ahead. *heh*
  • Motorola has announced its intention of selling its mobile phone division. Farewell to the Razr!

It’s the month of February once again — time to put all those affiliates for flowers and chocolates out! IslandRose, where art thou?!

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

13 Responses

  1. Avatar for McBilly McBilly says:

    @Yuga. Yup. She’ll indeed fly to Cebu, among other places here in the Phils but no more meet and greet. :(

    By the way, I just noticed you get your real name as a domain name back! Congrats Abe! Did you pay a larger amount for it? :D

  2. Avatar for jamie jamie says:

    I guess it’s because some were way ahead with the news. Nabasa ko na sa comments ng blog ni Christine yung link ng Yehey. This was 2 days before Christine announced it.


    Also I think nakuha ko rin sayo yung link ng OurAwesomePlanet.

  3. Avatar for Goe D Goe D says:

    kelan kaya mapasama sa lists of honorable mention ang eBenTa.Com :), labs the HappySlip journey, MySQL/Suns weee, labs MySQL but I prefer if Suns buy/acquire PostgreSQL, most reliable than MySQL, made hundreds of $$$ of sales from audible last year, wow Amazon is buying it??, dun sa iba pa, no comments.

  4. Avatar for jhay jhay says:

    I really need to read up on those disgruntled fans of Happy Slip. :P

  5. Avatar for TJ TJ says:

    @yuga: hehehe… that’s ok… we may look like staging a rally anyway if we get there… hehehehe… even if we will be just there trying our luck and meeting some new friends hahaha…

    By the way.. nice site. :D

  6. Avatar for Ian Ian says:

    And now that there are plans for AmazonMP3 to go global, iTunes is in for some interesting times. Up next, videos — and not just lame 24-hour rentals.

  7. Avatar for Maruel Maruel says:

    Wow! WikiPilipinas featured in YugaTech! :D

  8. Avatar for Eugene Eugene says:

    Well, Sun apparently doing this (acquiring mySQL) to further bolster their geek cred in the open-source community. Like starting OpenSolaris, released most of their Java technologies under GPL, contributing servers and manpower to various open source projects, releasing OpenOffice.org, etc. Hehehe.

    It’s actually a good business move. If they own the ‘M’ in LAMP, then they can easily sell solutions for SAMP, i.e., Solaris, Apache, mySQL, and Perl/PHP/Python/etc. all running on Sun machines.

  9. Avatar for Abe Olandres Abe Olandres says:

    @ noems, will try my best to find time for it.

    @ TJ, sorry, forgot to the add the operative word *some*. I’ve rephrased the sentence so it doesn’t become a generalization.

    @ MCBilly, maybe she’ll by Cebu for her island tours?

  10. Avatar for McBilly McBilly says:

    Hi Yuga! Thanks very much for the mention of the contest. It would really be great to meet Christine in person, too bad I live in Cebu. Hehe.

    Props to everyone who made it to the top 100 list! Enjoy! :D

  11. Avatar for TJ TJ says:

    @yuga: I don’t know about others… but I’m not staging a rally or something… I just want to be there… with invites or not… I may not be inside the area but then again… if there’s a chance to meet her then why not, right?

    And please do read the other posts before generalizing as you have said in your second sentence… :D

  12. Avatar for noemi noemi says:

    Thanks Abe. Sana you contribute too! So you can have a free Filipina Shirt at the party.

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