NTT DoCoMo to buy 7% stake in PLDT

Ignoring the fact that i loathe PLDT (and SMART Philippines) , companies that reap Millions of pesos from a business model that is sometimes built on deception, the news that DoCoMo, (one of the most advanced Mobile Communications Network company around) is buying 7% of PLDT makes me somehow hopeful and excited for the local mobile technology scene. 3G is indeed on its way.
PLDT also said it would enter into "a strategic partnership" with Smart Communications and DoCoMo to enable Smart to offer DoCoMo's i-mode service to Smart's subscribers, among other things.
See, i'm hopeful enough to even believe that that "strategic partnership" means something. sigh.

Btw, i really enjoyed reading Aissa's convergence post. :)

Google Toolbar 4 Beta

Google Toolbar 4 Beta

IE only though. (booo!) I'll call this Google toolbar, the cutesy-icons edition. hehe. What i like -- Google Bookmarks (yes, there is a Google Bookmarks service) integration, gmail integration (drop down access to your inbox items) though still broken as of my test time, redesigned user interface, and Instant suggestions (google suggest in steroids).

Also, you can now add buttons developed by by third party developer and companies to directly query their search services. (eg., slashodt, orkut). Here's the buttons gallery. I'm excited to have this on my firefox installation....

Link - official Google Blog post about the new toolbar

Google Censorship in China

This issue has been going around for a while now, but we've been too busy at work so I wasn't able to blog about it.

Google is now censoring, at the pressure of the Chinese Government, and Google is taking a beating from bloggers, something that Google was expecting to happen.

This sucks, and I wish Google didn't have to do it. Although my knowledge of the entire issue is not entirely comprehensive, I believe in the idea of a democratic web of information. Damn the Chinese Government. and shame on Google, Microsoft and Yahoo for bowing down

I just read the google blog and Google's statement on the China issue. Posts from a company's official blog can be taken as a pure PR BS or a true statement of their company's ideals and beliefs, depending on how you read it. That being said, here's my take on it....

The admission on the company's part that that their action was a compromise of what they believe in
Filtering our search results clearly compromises our mission...
is something that I admire. This is a sign that Google clearly understands the gravity of the decision they made and that they are being transparent about it.
...Whether our critics agree with our decision or not, due to the severe quality problems faced by users trying to access from within China, this is precisely the choice we believe we faced. ...
The blog post also stated that the Gmail and Blogger services will not be offered to the the Chinese version of Google:

No, we're not going to offer some Google products, such as Gmail or Blogger, on until we're comfortable that we can do so in a manner that respects our users' interests in the privacy of their personal communications. And yes, Chinese regulations will require us to remove some sensitive information from our search results. When we do so, we'll disclose this to users, just as we already do in those rare instances where we alter results in order to comply with local laws in France, Germany and the U.S.

Read the rest of the blog post.

Disclaimer: This is the official google blog that I am pointing to. Depending on how well you are versed with the issue, reading it might not give you the most objective perspective on the matter. Read and research more on your own...

Living a not-so-secret double blogger-life

online... what do yo think?

Listening to: Rock-A-Bye by Orange and Lemons

Still working...

back to blogging

Was able to fix my messy code, trying to become a better OO programmer. I'm stuck though, and I need google, but Angel's still busy coding, so I can't use (or even share her connection). A very nifty thing though --at long last I was able to setup our adhoc wireless network. Coolnees. Dang, 'twas kid stuff really, I just didn't tried it earlier coz i never really thought that 'twas possible.

We're supposed to eat dinner 3 minutes ago, but (surrprise,), angel still coding... I'm done with my break.

Okay, i don't think she's gonna remember about the dinner soon, so I might as well go ahead and code too. I won't mention dinner again...

Listening to: Lihim by Orange and Lemons

Weekend update

Monday morning. As always, (very) late for work again. Our boss called at 11 in the morning to tell me that he would be out of the office by the time that we would be arriving at the office, so he just reminded me to just use mey keys to the house (angel and I both have copies of his house's keys.. ain't that cool? ). But I was still at LB then, still struggling to leave for work, because Sam was still awake and it's just too hard to leave with him not sleeping.

Sam, which grew a lot in one week while I was away, has been making really big progress in his fight against the disease. First, the SMA's progess has actually plateued, which made his neuro think that sam's probably got an atypical Type I or even, type II SMA. In fact Sam's a lot healthier and stronger now than when he was first diagnosed with SMA, which is the exact opposite of what's supposed to happen to children like him who's aflicted with SMA, which makes him really special. Then again, every parent think of their baby as someone special, and I guess that's every parent's right.... ;) Although Sam's weaker than most of other babies his age, if you know how bad his disease is, seeing him being very very active is a very big miracle already. Next, Sam's resistance to pulmonary diseases has been pretty strong, even when he had a very bad case of colds, he has still shown an amazing resistance in keeping his lungs clean. And this weekend granny and mommy han showed their big surprise for me: With assitance to his upper body, Sam's now able to keep his head straight, with only occasional support to his neck. I was just so happy seeing him do that, Having accepted the fact that our son will no longer be able to achieve his physical milestones. It's funny how when things are taken away from you, you learn to appreciate them in a very special way, no matter how little they are.

Skipping the part about getting up late on sunday morning (i was supposed to leave earl for LB), and the Pacquiao boxing match which i watched in the Atrium mall (and finished in the Tritran bus, thanks to Jaemark's heads up on which round Morales will finally go down), that's pretty much how my weekend went, which btw, was reduced to one day, because our project's deadline is getting nearer...

Right now it's 8:30 pm and I'm at my officemate's place in UP Bliss, working (before i started my blogging break) because there was no electricity back in the Office.

back to work...

Mystickies, Sticky notes for the web

Yes, you got your desktop stickies to remind of you some stuff. But what if you can put stickes on websites so that when you go back to those sites, you are reminded of the notes?now you can, with online stickies... no sharing of stickies yet, but it's coming.


The day after, for the scores...

A very good article summing up the issues and scores on this Feds-asking-for-search-engine-data hoopla, from SearchEnginewatch.

First, let me stand corrected here that as most people have agreed on, this is not really an issue of privacy, since there were no personally identifiable information given out (or request by the US Government). But this centers more on trust-- can we trust search engince companies (Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, AOL, AskJeeves, etc) to hold their ground in protecting their user's data? And for how long can they do that?

Okay, so the big 2 (Yahoo and Google), as well as MSN and AOL got the requests from the government. Everyone except for Google complied. There's a very importan point that I'm itching to nail down about all these happenings, but nothing brings it home better the way Danny Sullivan did:

Since Google first started growing in stature, people have wondered if (or when) they might start passing along private information to governments or misusing it for their own gain. The company has faced hyperactive attention in this space, while others, as I have written largely got a free ride from criticism. Moreover, the privacy freakout about Google was based on lots of "might dos" or "could dos" rather than "has done."

Yesteryday was a historic moment in answering some of those doubts. What might Google do, if faced with an unreasonable demand from a government agency? Google will push back And what might its competitors do, who have faced nowhere near the same amount of criticism? Comply.
I suggest you go ahead an read the whole article, but for those who want to know how Danny scored the search engine companies, here's his take:

Google - 9 pts
Yahoo - 4
MSN - 1
AOL - 1

These are more than mere scores though. Go read all about it.

MSN has a post on their Search blog that tries to explain their side.

Feds After Google Data


The Bush administration on Wednesday asked a federal judge to order
Google to turn over a broad range of material from its closely guarded
databases.The move is part of a government effort to revive an Internet child protection law struck down two years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court....

...The Mountain View-based search and advertising giant opposes
releasing the information on a variety of grounds, saying it would
violate the privacy rights of its users and reveal company trade
secrets, according to court documents.

Nicole Wong, an associate general counsel for Google, said the company will fight the government's effort ``vigorously.'' ...

First, I believe in the US Government's (or any other government in this matter) cause of protecting children from the darkest (and filthiest) corners of the internet. I will not pretend though that I have the slightest idea of how they plan to do it. But oh please, to the American government, why the hell don't you just do your own work of researching on the matter instead of taking the easy route of violating people's privacy and liberty online? For those of us who believe in the idea of network computing, this is a very critical issue that we should be watching. How safe and private are our data (gmail, google searches, private flickr pics, etc.) in the hands of Google and the other web companies? How strong can they stand against things like this -- blatant attempt to intrude into our online private life? Kudos to you Google, for standing against big brother.

Bush, magsama kayo ng bestfriend mo...

We all have some...

The three things I want to do/be this year to improve myself

1. Read more books
2. Value time more.
3. Be more honest and upfront to people.

Work Work Work

I love this day at work. I'm sure or boss would have loved it too.It's nice to be really productive... Ah the glory and victory of winning over one of my greatest weaknesses - the interweb.

I'm sure my team mate feels the same, though honestly I think she's always been more productive at work, somehow before we left the office tonight I felt that she was happy with our work too.

Thumbs up to us. Panget.

Seagate's Super Drive

Seagate's Super Drive: "

Need a bigger drive in your laptop? Seagate's 160GB notebook drive is just the thing for those of you ready to scrap your desktop PC. Being touted as the first 2.5-inch notebook PC disc drive to use perpendicular recording technology, the aptly-named Momentus 5400.3 drive is a 5,400-rpm drive that operates with 4,200-rpm power efficiency and the perpendicular recording makes the drive density larger by standing data bits on end on the disc, rather than flat to the surface. And all this promises not to drain your battery life. Weighing less than a pound, it's powered through a USB port and transfers data at 480Mbps.

Apple a day

For the geeks this is old news...

Apple delivered yesterday the first macs with "Intel inside". The new Intel-based iMac and the rechristened MacBook (formerly known as Powerbook)... i didn't get it at first, but yeah, Power is no more, at least for Apple (and at least for now), hence the the name. It's gorgeous. I'd just point you to the macbook page in so that you can savor it more.

They updated Mac OSX, iLife 06 was launched, with a new slick new addition to the suite - iWeb. A web-authoring tool with support for all your web 2.0 stuff and goodness (podcasts, photocasts, rss,). As always, its tight integration with the rest of the iApps is one of its best features. iWork 06, which i hope fixes Pages seriously.

And the best gift for the geeks is a very funny and amazing strike of chance. On the day that Apple launched its first intel-powered macs, the company's stock price closed at 80.86. Okay, if you need help, 8086 is intel's 16-bit microprocessor that gave rise to the x86 architecture. (from wikipedia)

Macworld time

you know what that means... the time is nigh for the judgement day, for the rumors, that is. To lift form
somewhere else, Steve jobs is my homeboy. hehe. To all zealots and fans... enjoy!


And to keep the meme going....
I'm supposed to pick the first line of my first post for each month. Kind of a "walk down the memory lane" of 2005.
January a glimpse on the future of copyright. be prepared. before you got run over.

No post!

No Post! Thesis?

Gmail just turned 1! Now we have 2GB of mail storage (woopeedee!).

Planning a redesign. So i decided to use the simplest template that I could get as a placeholder.

The unthinkable can happen. According to Cnet News, Apple is dumping IBM in favor of Intel.

[Samuel Mark T. Gamis]: more...

Praying Mantis Eats Hummingbird (Bird Watcher's Digest)

verge: "angulo ko"

While preparing to uninstall OpenOffice1.1 from an ubuntu installation...

A few days ago sam discovered his left hand.

Angel's cork board. Priorities, priorities...

Video and Pack

updated: added the links

I miss the feeling of a fanboy -- patiently waiting for news about a favorite company's rumored announcement, just in case some little juicy tidbits of information leaks out early... Yesterday while at work (alone!), i hit on tech.memeorandum to get the current buzz on technology. I was expecting hardware to dominate memeorandum pages, since as it's CES week.... but surprise (well, I guess not really), Google ruled tech.memeorandum yesterday. So what's the buzz about? Google Video Store and Google Pack (Pack is already live, the Video Store is not yet). Google Video brings Google to the Video-content distribution race, but not without its own set of disruptive features, the most notable of them I guess is how Google plans to split the revenue - 70/30, in favor of the content producer. Also, the decision to use DRM for the content is up to the content producers, but the technology is already ready, from Google, of course.

Item no 2: Google pack. From the website:

Google Pack is a free collection of essential software from Google and other companies. The software in the Google Pack helps you browse the web faster, remove spyware and viruses, organize your photos, and more...

Google Pack also takes the hassle out of downloading, installing, and updating software. You can download and install the entire Google Pack in just a few clicks. And the included Google Updater helps you discover new programs and keep your current software up to date.

The pack includes the following Google softwares: Google Earth, Google Desktop, Google Toolbar for IE, Picasa and the new Goole pack screensaver. Additional software: Mozilla Firefox with Google Toolbar, Ad-Aware SE Personal, Adobe Reader 7, and the one the I'll definitely install (coz it's the only thing in the pack that I don't have, besides the screensaver hehe): Norton Antivirus 2005 Special Edition. update: more software are available if you go to the add/remove programs page.... there's Trillian, RealPlayer (bleh), the new Google Video Player, and a GalleryPlayer for HD (hi-def) images..

I like what John Battelle said about Google's recent announcements:

Google is now officially a Really Big Company, and is acting like one. Diversify your revenue streams, for one thing. Leverage and consolidate your core strengths, for another. And protect your vulnerable flanks, for yet another.

And to throw in a bit of Prince Of Egypt OST wisdom, (since it's what on my iTunes playlist now), "You're playing with the big boys now...'

A couple of links:

Engadget's live coverage of Larry Page's keynote. "The mob is in full press, even more than the older crowd of Gates groupies the other night" cool.

John Battelle's take on the Google announcements

Google Logo for Braille

this is the coolest Google Logo ever... Happy Birthday Louis Braille!

Btw, Happy New Year everyone, and sorry for not blogging for a while...