Monday, June 1, 2009

Offline

Finally, here's another post for you to read. And this post is just to inform you that I'll be offline for a couple of weeks. My offline life gets busier. If you have any question in mind, you are free to fill my blog with lots of queries, comments and violent reactions.

I'm looking forward for lots of interactions the next time I go online.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Blue Digital System's Lithium Laptop

Aside from ASUS EEE PC Laptop, Blue Lithium is one of the laptops on my wish list. The features are just enough for my document-creation and some low-spec computer games. I also think Blue Lithium can handle my daily computing session, better than my super-ancient desktop PC (an Intel Pentium 450-MHz-powered).

Though, I also spend computing sessions with a Gateway desktop (Intel Pentium II – 400MHz) and Dell GX400 (Pentium III – 799MHz). I know. I really do know. Do you know? Hehe. I mean, do you know how much I wait for these desktops to finish my tasks? Not that much. I only use office suites, not-so-demanding photoshop, basic dreamweaver and some application testing. I do not know much about 3D Max and any other animation development applications.

What do I expect from Blue Lithium? I have an average expectation from Blue Lithium and any other product from Blue Digital Systems. The brand name is not yet well-known and is not recommended by my colleagues. But, they don’t give it a bad comment, as well. It’s not because it’s a Philippine brand. I don’t look at a product that way. I just check the features and read reviews of the product. So, I don’t have a colonial mentality or nationalism in mind. I expect it to be light and really portable with good battery life. I am also expecting it to be better than the desktops I worked on. I also expect it to emit less heat. Its processor VIA C7-M 1.6GHz promises low-power consumption and the manufacturer also promises the same. Of course, I do not expect this thing-a-majig to do intensive computing and multimedia management. Anyway, I am not into that department lately.

And what attracted me to include it into my wish list? If you heard about global economic crisis, then you know one of the factors. If you say it’s not the price, then you are wrong because it’s really the price. Haha. I searched the Web and found it for only Php25,000! Then I saw it in a local computer store with a lower price. Second, the Optical Disk Drive included. I do not know, yet, how to install using USB. I am still a CD-install-man and I considered my unorganized files on piled-up CDs. I need to access them once in a while. Third, I considered its 12.1” wide screen LCD. My colleagues told me about using a laptop for long hours. Small screen is not suitable for long computing sessions. Other features are almost the same with other laptops – WiFi, Card Reader, 3 USB ports, etc. If all features are well, this is an optimum laptop when it comes to portability and performance.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Regional ICT Congress 2009 - Day Two

Finally, the long-wait is over. My summary for the second day is here! Oh, that's after a month. Remember? The second day was February 6, 2009. Okay, let's start.

The first day - Regional ICT Congress 2009 - Day One - wasn't enough to handle all of the scheduled speakers. So, the last speaker for the first day, delivered his speech on the second day. I supposed he was Mr. Cesar Tolentino - not sure, since I wasn't paying enough attention, sorry guys. He is the Research Director of the Game Developers Association of the Philippines.

A relative of one of the organizer also gave a speech. He was a former employee of Accenture. I think this part needs another post. I can do that after requesting for his slide presentation.

Next was Mr. Aurelie Alcantara Peralta. Presently he is a member of the faculty in Pangasinan State University, Urdaneta Campus. He is highly skilled in web development, employing various technologies in his projects. One of his projects, is the official website of Pangasinan State University.

As I can remember, he talks about current web designs. I can only remember some. I didn't learned my lesson from the first day - take notes! Back to the web designs, one of these is letterpress. In letterpress, some words, especially the title of the post or name of the blog appears to be pressed - it's self-explanatory. Magazine-like design is also widely used on many websites. So, the design resembles the common design of magazines - colorful background, more graphics, and looks like shiny. The other one is PNG transparency. This design uses PNG formatted photos which can handle transparency. As usual I forgot the others. I am encouraging others to share what I missed. I'll also try to contact Mr. Peralta for more highlights. Wheeh, I hope he'll feed me with useful information. Hey, I almost forgot the title! It's "Latest Trends in Web Development".

Lunch pack! Where is our lunch pack?!! My stomach was yelling those words at 1 PM. They haven't gave us the lunch pack, while most of the delegates are finished eating. I thought there is no available for us. My impatient side and humble side was in a conflict that time. Fortunately, our lunch pack arrived. Whaaa! I hid so that they would not see a voracious organism satisfying his hunger.

If the first day was graced by the singers, the second day was filled with loud cheers, pumping music, and super-duper-toink dancers. They really have the talent and some of them almost gone wild. Haha, or it was just my exaggerating gray matter. The dancers were from different participating schools. One that caught my attention (and, I think everybody's) is the girl from University of Pangasinan. He really made me laugh-out-loud. Four thumbs up for her. I'll just borrow my brother's two thumbs, haha.

The next speaker should be from Dir. Ponciano S. Catipon Jr. He is the current Provincial Director of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) - Pangasinan. That time, the topic was given to the OIC Dean of AMA Dagupan City. He is Mr. Randy Ventayen. The truth is, he delivered his speech very well. He tackled "Global Opportunities for IT Graduates and IT Businesses". I only heard the introduction, since I need to go home early. Hehe, it's not the curfew. But it's true, "strict ang parents ko," toinks!

If my gray matter serves me right, he stressed that we should, first evaluate ourselves on which area of study we are interested in and capable of. It's either on hardware or software (programming) side. Then, if its on programming, you should be highly-skilled on at least two languages. Highly-skilled on few languages is better than basic skills on numerous languages. In time, as you master the programming languages of your choice, you can easily handle the basics of other languages. Then you can decide to have intensive knowledge on that "new language" you've learned. I was hit by this idea. I tried to study anything that interests me. But it ends up nothing at all. I think if they ask me, "What programming language do you know and at what level?" I think I would say, "Uhm, Visual Basic 6.0 at the basic level". Toinks, that's very basic!

That ends the Regional ICT Congress 2009 - Day Two. However, some ideas still deserves another post. However (another one, hehe), I think I have to wait for the next "Latest ICT Trends and Technologies" and incorporate it to this one if it still applies. I can't wait for next ICT Congress. But, two-day congress is not enough to tackle all the latest... and as a realization, when it comes to the information generation, the latest will change overnight. As you close your eyes later and opened it tomorrow, there will be new trends and technologies. We can't discuss a one-day new technology, even for a lifetime. So, our resolve is to consider the breakthroughs in ICT Trends and Technologies.

Uhm, let me suggest. The next theme will be "Level Up for Region 1 with Latest Breakthroughs in ICT Trends and Technologies". Okay, you can ignore it, haha. Anyway, there are many better ideas there. Besides, I don't plan to join the organizing team of the next Regional ICT Congress.

Agyaman! Hope this post helps your craving. :) video

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Regional ICT Congress 2009 - Day One

As what the title says, I would like to share you the highlights (and some side comments) of what happened for the first day of the 2nd Regional ICT Congress 2009. With the theme, "Bolstering Region 1's Strengths with the Latest ICT Trends and Technologies", the 2nd ICT Congress features Robotics, Nanotechnology, Animation and Game Development.

Before the affair started, we - me and some 3rd year BS Math CIT students of PSU Lingayen - are outside the dome waiting for the program to begin. I was so uncomfortable when no co-instructors appeared. I know somebody's worried about the tickets, too, hehe. But we finally entered Dagupan City Astrodome, to keep the story of waiting-scenario short.

The program started with how it should start, except for the time-frame listed on the program. The first part of the congress appears like a singing contest rather than an ICT Congress, haha. But, to be fair enough, the singers can really sing. :) Yes, that's a complement to the organizer. There was also a question and answer portion after some speeches. Of course PSU Lingayen students can outwit other colleges and universities on that department, haha. They got 2 out of 3 prizes - with a consideration to the third, since the emcee thought that it's unfair. Wow!

The welcome address wasn't from Dagupan Mayor Al Fernandez. I forgot the name of the proxy. You can write on the comment on who was that. :) Followed by Hon. Monchito B. Ibrahim - Commissioner of ICT, Cyberservices Group. Then by the most-awaited (by the people around me), Senator Richard "Dick" Gordon, gave his talk.

I can only remember some of the commisioner's messages.

  • Manufacturing industry is now on India and China because of cheaper salary there.
  • Services is the ideal industry in the Philippines because of the abilities and qualities of Filipinos, like fluency in English, proficiency of different technologies and being hospitable.

Oh, I forgot the others. He showed some slides proving his statements. He also proved that IT is not that affected by global crisis. I already heard it from phil-jobs. It says that IT experts are the most wanted employees. (I really forgot the other ideas. I should have taken notes. Please share through posting your comments. Thanks!)

Senator Gordon, talked about the walls of Bagumbayan. :) He talked about the physical walls and the figurative walls. He imparted that Filipinos are naturally horizon-seekers. Filipinos naturally wanted to widen out, conquer the boundaries and learning more. But colonizers created walls physically and figuratively. The figurative wall is more destructive than the physical one. It discourages people to improve themselves and the community where they belonged. But according to Gordon, he already remove the walls from his mind, so that the seemingly impossible is possible. As usual, from a politician, he talked politics at some points. :)

Lunch break! They should have given more, since I was already starving when my lunch packed arrived.

Back to the program. Dr. Elmer P. Dadios, discussed about Robots and featured the school where he is teaching - De La Salle University. He showed some thesis of his students regarding robotics.

He also discussed four types of robotics - Six-legged, four legged, two-legged, and humanoid robots. The six-legged, is of course has six legs coordinated with each other. Same thing with four-legged and two-legged robots. The humanoid robot, though, is a bit more complicated. It has an upper body, needed to be considered by the engineers. They should take it for consideration, since it added weight. So, a sensor for gravity is needed. You also need to compute for the center of gravity to make the robot have a sense of balance.

I was (and the crowd, hehe I almost forgot the crowd) entertained by the dancing robot, haha! Three thumbs up to the makers! If I have three thumbs, haha.

Mr. Wilson Chua was next. Through web conference, he talked about the themes, "Blogging: The Social Marketing Tool" and "Social Software Innovations in IT Industry". Though, I really did not understand much about the blogging. I thought he is going to teach us how to improve our page rank or even how to create readership on our blogs or how to earn through blog. He talked more about how to search on google, especially for job seekers.

One of the interesting part of the first day is Ms. Marie Grace Dimaranan's speech. She discussed "Animation and Game Development". She is the President of the Animation Council of the Philippines Incorporated. She presented the missions, visions and current projects of ACPI. She encouraged the delegates to pursue Animation if they really wanted to. She showed the possibility of having such career.

The first step is to determine ourselves if we are in Creativity or Technical side. On Creativity, the person should be good in drawing. On Technical, the person should have the still on existing technologies concerning Animation - 2D, 3D, and Flash animations.

Oh, I'll be back next time. I am already starving. I'll make updates on this Regional ICT Congress 2009 - Day One if I can remember the other ideas. And wait for the Regional ICT Congress 2009 - Day Two! I'll also try to upload the photos of the said affair.

Thanks for parking in. :) Please leave a comment. It is always free. :)

Updates still ongoing. :)

The dancing little robots.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Regional ICT Congress 2009 - Day One

As what the title says, I would like to share you the highlights (and some side comments) of what happened for the first day of the 2nd Regional ICT Congress 2009. With the theme, "Bolstering Region 1's Strengths with the Latest ICT Trends and Technologies", the 2nd ICT Congress features Robotics, Nanotechnology, Animation and Game Development.

Before the affair started, we - me and some 3rd year BS Math CIT students, from PSU Lingayen of course - are outside waiting for the program to begin. I was so uncomfortable when no co-instructors appear. I know somebody's worried about the tickets, too, hehe. But we finally entered Dagupan City Astrodome, to keep the waiting-scenario short.

The program started with how it should start, except for the time-frame listed on the program. The first part of the congress appears like a singing contest rather than an ICT Congress, haha. But, to be fair enough, the singers can really sing. :) Yes, that's a complement to the organizer. There was also a question and answer portion after some talks. Of course PSU Lingayen students can outwit other colleges and universities on that department, haha. They got 2 out of 3 prizes - with a consideration to the third, since the emcee thought that it's unfair. Wow!

The welcome address wasn't from Dagupan Mayor Al Fernandez. I forgot the name of the proxy. You can write on the comment on who was that. :) Followed by Hon. Monchito B. Ibrahim - Commissioner of ICT, Cyberservices Group. Then by the most-awaited (by the people around me), Senator Richard "Dick" Gordon, gave his talk.

I can only remember some of the commisioner's messages.

  • Manufacturing industry is now on India and China because of cheaper salary there.
  • Services is the ideal industry in the Philippines because of the abilities and qualities of Filipinos, like fluency in English, proficiency of different technologies and being hospitable.

Oh, I forgot the others. He showed some slides proving his statements. He also proved that IT is not that affected by global crisis. I already heard it from phil-jobs. It says that IT experts are the most wanted employees. (I really forgot the other ideas. I should have taken notes. Please share through posting your comments. Thanks!)

Senator Gordon, talks about the walls of Bagumbayan. :) He talks about the physical walls and the figurative walls. He imparted that Filipinos are naturally horizon-seekers. Filipinos naturally wanted to widen out, conquer the boundaries and learning more. But colonizers created walls physically and figuratively. The figurative wall is more destructive. It discourages people to improve itself and the community where he belonged. But according to Gordon, he already remove the walls from his mind, so that the seemingly impossible is possible. As usual, from a politician, he talked politics at some points. :)

Lunch break! I hope they gave more, since I was already starving when my lunch packed arrived.

Back to the program, Dr. Elmer P. Dadios, discussed about Robots and featured the school where he is teaching - De La Salle University. He showed some thesis of his students regarding robotics.

He also discussed four types of robotics - Six-legged, four legged, two-legged, and humanoid robots. The six-legged, is of course has six legs coordinated with each other. Same thing with four-legged and two-legged robots. The humanoid robot, though, is a bit more complicated. It has an upper body that is needed to be considered by the engineers. They should take it for consideration, since it added weight. So, a sensor for gravity is needed. You also need to computer for the center of gravity to make the robot have a sense of balance.

I was (and the crowd, hehe I almost forgot the crowd) entertained by the dancing robot, haha! Three thumbs up to the makers! If I have three thumbs, haha.

Mr. Wilson Chua was next. Through web conference, he talkes about the themes, "Blogging: The Social Marketing Tool" and "Social software Innovations in IT Industry". Though, I really did not understand much about the blogging. I thought he is going to teach us how to improve our page rank or even how to create readership on our blogs or how to earn through blog. He talked more about how to search on google, especially for job seekers.

One of the interesting part of the first day is Ms. Marie Grace Dimaranan's speech. She discussed "Animation and Game Development". She is the President of the Animation Council of the Philippines. She presented the missions, visions and current projects of ACP. She encouraged the delegates to pursue Animation if they really wanted to. She showed the possiblity of having such career.

The first step is to determine ourselves if we are in Creativity or Technical part. On Creativity, the person should be good in drawing. On Technical, the person should have the still on existing technologies concerning Animation - 2D, 3D, and Flash animations.

Oh, I'll be back next time. I am already starving. I'll make updates on this Regional ICT Congress 2008 - Day One if I can remember the other ideas. And wait for the Regional ICT Congress 2008 - Day Two! I'll also try to upload the photos of the said affair.

Thanks for parking in. :) Please leave a comment. It is always free. :)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

College Colleagues

Now that I am back in the academe, I am starting to miss the times I was with my college colleagues. A picture is worth a thousand words, right? So, let this pictures explain... and some captions, too.


CIT boys. Yakyakers is a subset of CIT boys, and CIT boys is a subset of CIT Sphere. Therefore, Yakyakers is a subset of CIT Sphere. Hehe. Matagal nang hindi nabubuo 'tong group na 'to ah.

One of my friends since high school. He was also a co-department in college. He took ComSci and I took Math CIT. So, there's a possibility that we can be workmates. :)

The BS Math graduates - Pure and CIT - along with the Chairman of Math, ComSci and ICT Department and some professors. Wheeeh, can I graduate again?


Stairway to the department... sep, xy, cors, dais, nel, josie, ronnie

Same location... proxy ko si Steph :

Monday, January 26, 2009

ASUS EEE PC Laptop

Ultramobile PCs are keeping the computer sales industry humming amidst the global crisis still soaring down at a significant rate. Who would have not noticed that? Yes, that! Both global crisis and the market value of UMPCs.

One of the early bird when it comes to real PC portability is the ASUS EEE PC laptop series - oh, even the system unit for ASUS EEE PC desktop is light (and bubbly? hehe).

So far, the screen size of this series comes from 7 inches to 10.2 inches. Some versions comes with SSD (solid state device) that promises to give you be safer than hard disk. You can also get an ASUS EEE PC laptop with an Intel Celeron 900MHz processor or an Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz - Now that's an attempt for optimized portability and capability. It goes with its tagline "Easy to Learn, Easy to Work, Easy to Play".

Having this in mind, ASUS EEE PC laptop is one of the laptops on my shortlists. As for any product there are pros and cons. Of course, portability is what this device boasts. Though, I cannot expect this little device to do most of the tasks I load to any PC, without a hang-up or anything related. Presently, I spend most of my computing tasks with a Gateway PC, featuring a 400MHz Intel Pentium II processor, wheew! Wonder how both of us survive our computing session? At my end, I felt like it does everything too slow. At its end, it hums like asking for a rest. Perhaps a rest in peace - or at least passing it to less demanding user, wahaha.

Aside from this PC, would you like to suggest something on my list? Include some full-featured yet cheap PC... I mean the price, haha! The comment is open for everyone. Thanks in advance. :)

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Sep Chronicles 2008

Sep Chronicles 2008 is a combination of usual and unusual episode in my existence. But, of course, you do not know what is either usual or unusual – it’s my first Sep Chronicles year-ender (or year-opener, hehe). As of this writing, it is 10:00PM, December 31, 2008. I am writing at home without internet connection. It means, I can not post it right away. But, if you are reading this, it means it is not one of the numerous unpublished articles saved on my super-ancient computer :) .

2008 is the year when I accepted a special assignment – a responsibility and a privilege in one package. There are about seven million people in the entire globe having this assignment. I tried to keep it up this year, but sometimes, I did not do my best in doing it. The good thing is, there is a way to go back on track. All I need to do is a good plan and how to implement the plan.

Sep Chronicles 2008 was unusually heartbreaking for our clan. I can still remember that 365 days ago (January 1, 2008) I woke-up at a hospital with my sister, watching over our grandmother. 2008 started with such circumstances. I had a chance to talk with my grandma – and it is unusual, especially embracing her at the end of our conversation. I am not that type. Somebody just sent her a hug thru me. But, whether you believe me or not, I was happy. But, I almost cried because I know she will be gone after some time. When she almost died, I cried even I know that she will… soon. Before the first quarter of 2008, she passed away. A worse situation happens. Another relative died unexpectedly. Reminiscing moments with her is painful, so I will just wrap it for a while.

2008 was the year when I realized the value of animals. I realized that they have been here for years to give comfort. It was the year when Tinker had two batches of offspring and Benshiro had legitimate offspring, hehe. The first batch (Benshiro’s) were Loglog (Logarithm), Shadow, Masha, and Pamper – that’s in order, by age! I saw Pamper came out from her mother. Believe me! I love them all. They are like pokemons from my pokemon crystal update! But, my most favorite was Pamper. Though, we have to give Shadow and Masha to our aunties. But, after some months Shadow died after eating detergent. After some months, again, Masha died because of loneliness, after our relative – who happens to be her foster parent – died. It was the time when her foster parent was situated to the cemetery. After exactly 15 days, Pamper was hit-and-ran and died of brain hemorrhage. Loglog was the only dog left. His dad, Benshiro, also died this 2008. Some foolish, merciless people hit him in the head to eat him. Though, we did not allow them to eat him. We do not know exactly who was responsible – their kabandaans seemed to cover them up – but we do have an idea. Some people act like animals – that’s a shame.

The second batch of puppies was born on November 19. I did not saw who came out first, so I do not know who the eldest is. So, in no particular order, they are Cimiento, Hollow, Palitada, Asintada, and Salandra. We are trying to take care of them, so that they will all survive. But, unlike the cuddly first batch, they are certified askals! Perhaps, they are like their father – and we do not know who he was. They breathe like askals, they smell like askals, they feel like askals and they act like askals.

Sep Chronicles 2008 was the first time that I stayed in Manila for almost a week just to apply for a risky job – a roving teller. Hehe. Okay, not that risky. After some weeks, a day came that they never called me up. So, I have to say, “Next” to welcome another employer, haha. I got that positive outlook thru an e-mail message. It says something like this, “Do not cry over a lost opportunity – the tears might blur the next opportunity in front of you”. Huhuhu. Toink! I shouldn’t cry. Whaaa!!!

2008 was also the year CIT Sphere gained a new member. You don’t know that, right? That’s because her profile is not yet on the beta site. But, we have one, really! I also redesigned the header of the beta site. The bad news for CIT Sphere was that, the organization name was stolen and was named to a web domain. (Grrrr! Nel, can you think of another term fit for CIT? I think you can, you already thought of sphere, hehe.) I also discovered the culprit, wehehe. I respect the person, so I can let it pass. Besides, I did not formulate the term sphere, it was Nel. :(

Hey, I almost forgot! Sep Chronicles was born this year! Sep Chronicles 2008 was also the first time I tried to generate an income thru blog. So far, I earned $1.29 this year. Yes! But, I cannot get it without earning $100. Toink! It is the same as not earning at all.

2008 was also the year, when I attended a free lecture hosted by the linux genius producer, hehe. I also got the chance to see the instructor who encouraged me to finish my studies. I felt like uninvited before one of the linux genius talked to me. But, I still felt like I don’t belong. Their brainpower is at the peak of human competence and my gray matter is below the mediocre level. No, I do not demean my poor self, again. I am just telling the truth and nothing but the truth, again.

More Chronicles 2008 statistics? Sent messages: 19,925 Receive messages: 15,935 (including the messages from Buddy Balance, hehe) Photos and Videos taken: 978 My weight: 103 pounds (I failed to gain substantial weight, I still resemble a toothpick) My height: 5’2” (that’s it forever – no more, no less)

It is now 11:29PM, December 31, 2008. Thanks for reading. :) Next year again. No. No! I don’t mean you are not allowed to visit this blog until next year! Haha. You can always come back for nonsense, messed-up, and out-of-your-world chronicles of a below mediocre organism named Sep. Simply Sep Chronicles.