December 23rd, 2010

Happy Holiday Greetings

Wishing all my readers, friends and family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

May all your dreams and aspirations come true in 2011!

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December 9th, 2010

Blogfest 2010

Tomorrow I’m heading out to General Santos City for the Blogfest 2010 scheduled on Saturday. A number blogger friends from Manila are coming over to grace the event. I also look forward to meeting Gensan bloggers. I heard they eat a lot of tuna, like me. 😛

It’s been 2 years since my last trip to the city of Generals. There’s nothing like the feeling of becoming a tourist again!

See you there!

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December 7th, 2010

The Google Nexus S – Full Specs and Price

Google officially announced the successor to the Nexus One — The Google Nexus S, a sleek, contoured phone developed in collaboration with cellular phone giant Samsung. The Nexus S is the maiden device installed with the Android 2.3/Gingerbread OS, promising quicker performance, user interface refinements, NFC support, a new keyboard and text selection tool, Internet (VoIP/SIP) calling, improved copy/paste functionality and gyroscope sensor support.

One of the notable physical attributes of the Nexus S is its slightly curved body. The phone neatly tucks in the palm of your hand and facial contours, unlike many phones that feel like chiseled blocks of technology. The 4″ screen features a super AMOLED display, something that I have actually seen only in another phone, the Samsung Galaxy S (which is a good choice if you’re looking at prepaid T-Mobile phones). Super AMOLED makes looking at your phone a visual experience in itself. Icons and pictures are sharper in detail, and colors are much more vivid. The 1GHz Hummingbird processor is nothing to be scoffed at either; although coming from the same manufacturer, it’s even snappier than the iPhone 4’s A4 processor (hurrah!).

The Google Nexus S will be available in the USA starting December 16 and in the UK December 20. It will be priced at $529. I *hope* they won’t leave out the Philippines in their list of available countries this time.

Full specs are as follows:

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December 5th, 2010

Life With Ria is My Bloggers’ Choice Award Nominee

My nominee for the Philippine Blog Awards 2010 Bloggers Choice category is none other than my cousin Ria’s blog, Life with Ria.

Why? Coz not only does she write with passion, she’s also a great leader, spearheading initiatives to further the cause of Mindanao and the interests of its bloggers. Above all else, Ria is the winner in my books. 🙂

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December 3rd, 2010

Hedcut Portraits: Internet Tycoons

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg

Wordpress’s Matt Mullenweg

Apple’s Steve Jobs

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

Google’s Sergey Brin and Larry Page (this one I did a long time ago)

To create these portraits, I used most of the techniques that I outlined in my Photoshop Hedcut Tutorial.

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September 29th, 2010

WordPress Plugin: WP Pic Tagger

As somebody who dabbles in photography and blogging, adding captions to identify who or what are in my photos can sometimes be tedious. For the past month, I’ve been working on a WordPress plugin that allows me to add captions and tags to my pictures in a simple yet intuitive way. The picture above exhibits what this new plugin can do. It shows four people (I’m the second from left), each tagged with his or her name. If you hover your mouse over a face or name in the caption, it reveals the person’s name and position in the picture.

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August 12th, 2010

Google Pilipinas Zeitgeist for July 2010

Google published a list of the most popular news searches made by Filipinos last July, 2010. What’s different now is alongside this list, a video was produced by Pinoy Googlers to highlight it.

Here are the terms that made it to the top of our list:

  1. Pacquiao – No surprise there. The most famous international boxer is now a Congressman of the Philippines!
  2. Charice Pempengco – The Youtube sensation has been dodging rumors about being included in the cast of the second season of Glee, until she grew tired and admitted it on Twitter.
  3. Panfilo Lacson – The most wanted fugitive in the Philippines might just be able to come home now that GMA sits next to Pacquiao.
  4. Basyang – Ondoy definitely left a lasting impression on Pinoys after killing thousands last year and causing billions of pesos in damage. Basyang, the Philippines’ first typhoon in 2010, is nothing to scoff at either. It left about a hundred people dead and destroyed bridges and roads.
  5. 73rd Season of UAAP – College basketball addicts made a killing of their own when the latest season of the UAAP commenced.

Watch the video:

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July 28th, 2010

I’m Going to WordCamp Philippines 2010

WordCamp Philippines 2010

As one of the organizers of WordCamp Philippines 2010, I’m cordially inviting you to be in attendance on October 2, 2010 at the College of St. Benilde, Manila, Philippines. A ton of awesome stuff is in the works, you can’t miss this one! Geeks in the form of bloggers, yuppies, developers, designers will converge in this one-day event. It is your chance to mingle with the local techie crowd. Categorized talks will keep you busy in the morning, followed by plenary talks in the afternoon, including one by Matt Mullenweg. As of this writing, our records reveal that only 60+ slots are available. Don’t wait till it’s too late. Register now!

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July 25th, 2010

My Top Ten Emerging Influential Blogs of 2010

Here are my nominees for the Top Ten Emerging Influential Blogs of 2010:

Project 52 Weeks – Mica Rodriguez’s project where she aims to create and showcase 52 new short films in a year. She’s doing a terrific job so far.

Kusina Maria – Ria Jose’s cooking blog. She shares her experiences in the kitchen cooking for her family and friends.

Tea, Completely – A blog of Andrew dela Serna and Aileen Apolo. Both of us are tea addicts and it’s only right that we blog about this addiction!

Davao Bloggers – Official blog of Davao City’s blogging community. Check this site out for our latest events and projects.

Avatar Media – Official website of Avatar Media, a new media company making its mark in Davao City. They are also this year’s organizers of WordCamp Philippines.

Plurk Designs – Lyle Santos gallery of excellently designed themes for your Plurk account.

Get Prettified – Brendel’s beauty blog with emphasis on practical tips and good buys.

Ganda Ever So Much – Orman Manansala’s entertaining and funny blog about life.

Mabuhay ang Bagong Kasal – Aileen and Jay De Jesus’s blog documenting their lives as a newly married couple. Offers tips on cooking, pest control (lol), gardening and a lot more.

Version Mine – Jay De Jesus’ collection of videos of popular song covers done by amateurs.

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July 3rd, 2010

How to Manually Update your Nexus One to Froyo

Today I said to myself, “I’ve had enough of the delays in receiving the over-the-air (OTA) Froyo (Android 2.2) update to my Nexus One phone!” My friend Aileen got hers weeks ago and it makes me wonder why because we got our phones only a week (or two) apart. Another buddy of mine Winston prodded me to update mine manually like he did. I hooked up my phone to my PC, did this and that, and presto… my Nexus One is *finally* up-to-date.

Here’s what I did.

1. I downloaded this 44mb Froyo update file to my PC and renamed it to “”.
2. I copied the file to the root/main/first level folder of my Nexus One’s SD card.
3. I turned off my phone.
4. I booted my phone to recovery mode by holding down the trackball, and pressing the power button.
5. Using the power button, I chose Bootloader from the menu.
5. Using the Volume button I scroll down and chose Recovery from the menu.
6. The phone will restart. The Android mascot appears on my screen beside a street sign with a big exclamation mark. I then press the Volume Up and Power buttons at the same time.
7. Using the trackball, I chose Apply
8. The phone will start updating itself. I waited about 5-7 minutes for it to complete.
9. The Android mascot will appear about two times more before the phone finishes the update and restarts.
10. When that happens, congratulate yourself for successfully updating your phone. 🙂

Now, the funny thing is during the initial power on, some applications will not work correctly. When I tried to use the Camera and Calendar, I got an error saying these apps are not installed. I also noticed that their icons were all wrong. I panicked, but I thought perhaps the update was still happening. And I was right. I waited a bit more until the apps got their old icons back, and they worked perfectly. I love the new camera. Its options are now onscreen, rather than in the clunky old side menu that I hated. The main interface didn’t change much, except for the Phone and Internet icons docked beneath the home screen. I noticed that the response of the touchscreen is snappier. I was expecting more live wallpapers, but didn’t find any. Too bad. I’m loving this update though. Hope you will too.

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