Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Methanol-powered cellphones...

...will be available by 2007 and they will be produced by NTT DoCoMo Inc. --- a mobile communications company in Japan. It was said that methanol-powered cellphones last three to four times longer than lithium-ion batteries. Amazing, isn't it?. Looks like we will now be spared from the annoying chore of frequently recharging our phones when this technology comes out.

Actually, the need to prolong the number of cellphone usage emerged when this so-called "one seg" service came out. This new service is used to view digital TV broadcasts on mobile devices such as cellphones and car navigation systems. Since all of us need more than two or three hours to watch TV, lithium-ion batteries would NOT stand up to the challenge. The solution: insert an 18-millimeter cartidge of methanol in a fuel cell, attach it to your cellphone, and you're good to go.

So far, this one-seg service is not apparent here in the country at present. We are still caught up with the 3G thing. Oh well, I guess anytime next year, this one-seg service and methanol thingy will tear down the lithium-ion-battery standard we are employing at present.

Meanwhile, let's take a look at one of the Nokia N-Series phones: Nokia N71. I wasn't able to see it, but my friend told me that the PBB Teen Big Four has just been given a lovely Nokia N71 last night. Wow! This phone is intended to provide a decent music support through excellent music playback. It has a 5-band equalizer, an FM tuner, and support for MP3, AAC, eAAC+, and WMA formats.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Miscellany: Let's talk about mobile phones

I remembered years ago when I watched Swordfish, a movie starred by Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry -- stars of the $120M grosser (for its first week) X-Men:The Last Stand, that I was amazed to see Hugh Jackman's character using a Nokia 5110 --- a model considered to be inferior and not something to be proud of during that time --- thanks to the social status peeps have managed to associate to mobile phones. Anyway, there I was confused and at the same time amazed by the "practicality" of the Americans in their cell phone preference: choosing functionality and durability over appearance, and popularity. That was what I thought, until I read about this article: The Euro-Asian Cell Phone Conspiracy.

Now that's something.

Speaking of phones, though it hasn't been fully utilized by the thick portion of cellphone users, the advent of 3G mobile phones has already created another source of social dilemma, which might hinder their mainstream distribution. According to Guardian Unlimited, Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen has just banned the use of 3G mobile phones due to the fact that they can be used to promote pornography and would lead to the exploitation of women and children. This is where the high-quality video display presents a disadvantage.

That is quite saddening. But I guess I can't blame him for doing so. He must have had a very good reason behind such act.

Meanwhile, a new mobile phone is about to come out next week in the US. Motorola's Moto Q is something a hardcore mobile phone enthusiast would certainly want to have. With its QWERTY keyboard, Windows Mobile 5.0, thumbwheel, d-pad, 1.3 megapixel camera, MiniSD, Bluetooth and other exciting features, who wouldn't want to drool over this kind of stuff.

Oops. Be right back. Got to get a hanky or a tissue to wipe this thing off. [Grin]

Saturday, May 27, 2006

3G Mobile Phones

According to 10 Meters, 3G is:
3G stands for "third generation." It is aimed at delivering high-speed services and is targeted to offer access speeds of about 144 Kbps, later moving up to 2.4 Mbps. 3G will allow for mobile-based bells and whistles --- like graphics on your cell. ETA: within two years.
while the Future Look has this definition:
3G Networks will offer services and capabilities that just a few years ago were confined to science fiction. Handheld devices no larger than today's mobile phones will allow you see as well as hear the person you're talking to, access the internet at high speed and use sites specifically offering fast, useful and fun information.
Mobile phones have continually developed to the extent that they are posing a threat to personal computers, especially now that high-speed internet browsing is included in their cool set of features.

Here is a mobile phone carrying tons of functionalities including the third-generation features in its slim and sleek package.

Sony Ericsson W900i

Tagged as the best music player phone as of January 2006, The W900i is Sony Ericsson's first 3G phone with the Walkman(TM) branding and a phone that simply does everything!

Just take a look at these awesome features.

  • 3G video calling and streaming
  • Media player
  • FM radio
  • 2 megapixel camera with autofocus, 8x digital zoom and camera light
  • Video camera
  • VideoDJ(TM) video editing software
  • Display: TFT, 262,144 colours, 240 x 320 pixels
  • Sound recorder
  • Speakerphone
  • Voice controls
  • Ringtones: MP3/AAC format
  • MusicDJ(TM) software for creating your own polyphonic ringtones
  • Messaging: SMS, MMS, Instant Messaging, E-mail
  • 3D Java(TM) games: embedded & downloadable
  • Wallpaper, screensaver & themes
  • Picture phonebook
  • Personal organiser functions plus File Manager
  • XHTML web browser (supports CSS & JavaScript)
  • WAP 2.0, GPRS, HSCSD, GSM Modem, 3G
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB, infra-red, Fast Port
  • Memory: 470 Mbytes plus Memory Stick Duo(TM)/Memory Stick PRO Duo(TM)
  • Vibration alert
  • Triband plus 3G (UMTS)
  • Size: 109 x 24 x 49 mm
  • Weight: 148g
  • Talktime: 2 hours (3G) - 8 hours (2G)
  • Video calling: 1.5 hours
  • Battery standby: 300 hours (3G) - 370 hours (2G)
Users gave this cool stuff excellent reviews. No wonder.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Wooden Memory Sticks

The era of floppy disks is finally booted off, perhaps long before this post is created. Thanks to USB hardware, we don't have to bear with the constant inefficiency and the irksome storage capacity these disks possess. Optical disks such as CDs, DVDs would have been much convenient too if we don't have to use things called writers, burners, whatever. Well, with the presence of USB devices, all of us can carry more data in a considerably small package.

Yes, I am talking about our beloved memory sticks, flash drives, thumb drives, USB sticks, and whatever names we call this cute little tools. They are truly life-savers. Now, aside from getting the latest high-capacity USB flash drives, the trend also involves getting the coolest and hippest, if not the weirdest, memory sticks available.

The picture on your right, which was taken from OOOMS before performing some lousy cropping actions in Photoshop, depicts one of the innovations that propped up in the USB realm. Isn't it nice to have someone wonder why a piece of wood is attached in your system chassis? Your mother would probably freak out seeing this seemingly foreign object getting its way down to your computer system. An incident such as that is just precious! Isn't it?

I guess I'll have to begin digging in and find out where else can I purchase one of these lovely things. Ciao...

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Watch out for YM Worm

Instant messaging is truly a helpful tool that enables us to talk to our friends who are situated miles away, in real-time. We have MSN Messenger, Google Talk, AOL IM, and probably the most famous among them all, Yahoo! Messenger. Nah, that is not a well-researched claim, though. I just said that because YM is what I and my friends are actually using ever since. Eventhough Skype is already here, it seems that we can't get our hands off YM as of the moment.

Anyway, too bad for YM users, a certain worm dubbed as Yhoo32.eplr is said to be running through Yahoo's insant messaging network and is tormenting users by leading them to adware and spyware sites, and by producing migraine-inducing music. Read complete story here.

It is imperative that any malicious link that is embedded within an instant message must be avoided because that is how the worm is triggered. Never trust any forwarded message! Especially if that message contains something like ''please help..i asked Yahoo! and AOL to give me one cent every time you forward this message to somebody"...or something to that effect.

That sort of thing somehow irritates me, you know.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Windows Vista hardware checklist

Isn't it very nice to know that your old Pentium 3 computer can still be used to take advantage of the features of the much-awaited Windows Vista?

Vista Capable PC Minimum Requirements:
  • 800 MHz processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 20GB HDD
  • SVGA- and DirectX 9- compliant video card
That's it? I thought Vista would be much of a resource hungry software. But, good thing that it isn't.

However, Microsoft does not give all the goodies to such a low-end machine. Users who want to take advantage of Vista's Aero glass, a new user interface providing a translucent effect for Vista's menus and desktop, will have to own a Vista Premium Ready PC armed with these specs:
  • 1 GHz processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 128MB video card
  • 40GB HDD
  • DVD-ROM
Looking at the specs, it isn't that much. A high-end P3 will still do, I suppose. Intel and AMD must have been disappointed knowing that users won't be worried about upgrading hardware now that these requirements were made open to the public. Well, bad for them, and good for us.

By the way, will Intel-based Apple Mac computers be able to run Vista too?

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Windows Vista might not come out after all

Many were disappointed when Microsoft announced that Windows Vista, its newest operating system that promises exciting and cool features, won't be released until 2007. I guess Microsoft is doing some final touches to the software in order to make it as bug-free as possible, and avoid the mistakes that it did with its previous operating systems. After those refinements and polishing, Vista will be released next year, with utmost performance and helpful tools that guarantee user satisfaction. That is, if Symantec would allow such thing happen.

Symantec has filed a suit against Microsoft over infringement on its patented technology in Windows Vista and Longhorn Server. This suit asks for damages, as well as an injunction that would stop the release of both operating systems.

Read complete story.

I have just mentioned in my blog entry the other day that Apple and Creative exchanged lawsuits just recently. Now it's another ballgame between two Billion-dollar companies, with Microsoft as the seemingly favorite entity on the receiving end of various lawsuits already.

Symantec is strong in its stand, and is quite confident on winning the case. If this happens, we might as well say goodbye to Windows Vista, and all its promises. Another huge disappointment, this would be.

Anyway, to add to the feeling of loss if that is ever realized, here's the list of nifty features that Vista promises to give to its end users.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Law of Interaction

I watched Da Vinci Code yesterday. And here's what I think about it.

Meanwhile, I never thought that Newton's principles would be applied in this lame categorical syllogism.

Creative sues Apple.
Apple sues Creative.
For every action, there's an equal and opposite reaction.

Newton's third law of motion : The Law of Interaction.
Nice. I just hope the Law of Inertia doesn't come to play in here as companies seem to never stop filing suits against each other huh.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Weird Case Mods in the Gizmo World

Gadgets, gadgets, gadgets!
Gizmos, gizmoz, gizmos!
Toys, toyz, toyz!
For the big boyz.

>> by an Anonymous named Geezmoh


If you think your system case mod is cool, then prepare to walk down the Hall of Shame because of these cool-and-weird case mods evah!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

TV and DVD Player

I have been thinking about buying a brand new 21-inch TV and a DVD player this month or next. The prob is, my budget is quite tight these days, and I still have to move to another spot [apartment?] as soon as the upcoming office transfer will be realized. Living alone supporting yourself is getting on my nerves, because it is just so exhausting to be always thinking about budget, budget, budget.

But since I am such a couch camote, I need to save up for a new television set and DVD player so that I would be able to spend Sundays at home and have some 'movies-galore!' sessions. My friend just told me he has 500 DVDs at home, and he is willing to let me borrow some. Nice [grinning at the thought].

My friend even gave me an advice about which DVD player to buy. He mentioned a brand name but I am not sure I remember it quite well. I think it's Minami? Not sure, but he told me that this player is not choosy as it plays 'all types' of DVDs available. You know what I mean about 'all types', don't you?

Anyways, goodluck to mahself as I squeeze my way out of this tight budget. Whew!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Not Another UMPC - Sony Vaio UX Micro PC


Isn't it lovely? That is Sony's newest device that would give some tough competition to Microsoft's Ultra Mobile PC.

Sony's new baby does have a hardware keyboard, and is powered by a full on Core Solo processor. It runs WinXP Pro and includes advanced features such as Bluetooth, WiFi, WWAN, and a fingerprint reader. Now that's way way cool.

Wait, Engadget tells us more about this sleek gadget:

Along with the front camera for video conferencing, there is a camera in the rear for snapping pics, and the UX also can plug into a VGA adapter for powering an external monitor. The 4.5-inch screen is capable of a 800 x 600 resolution and accepts stylus input. We're not sure if the UX has another pointer device, but the unit can be docked to allow for desktop use, including VGA, Ethernet, IEEE-1394, three USB 2.0 ports and AV out, so you can use a regular mouse in those situations. We wish Sony would mention their battery life predictions for this mini beast, but they did let us know that the UX will be out in July for around $1800.

Pricey, but very very nice.

Monday, May 15, 2006

To whom it may concern

Integrity is really diminishing these days. Before, I thought politicians are the only ones bluffing. Today, even those people you call friends have mastered the art as well. Too bad.

I am just sick and tired of people who make promises they can't fulfill.  It just pissess me off, you know? Especially if they tell me that they can't make it to our appointment when I have already arranged everything and even cancelled several things just because of our deal. Especially if I am already on my way there, or worst already there in our rendevouz and they will just send an annoying SMS saying that they are just tired, or that simply they changed their mind, or that they were not in the mood or something. WTF! I can't even believe I am putting up with peeps like these. Hearing their lame reasons makes me puke to death.

Anyway, it's not my loss. It's not me who lost integrity, trust and respect. It's them. I just feel sorry for them and for the people who have been very patient with them, helping them with their concerns and all. I just wish that they also learn to give back, and stop being so consumed about themselves. They act as if the world just revolves around them, not caring about how others feel about their indifference. They don't even know how to say sorry. As if sorry is enough anyway with all the trouble they caused me.

Well, sometimes that's just how life is. I just hope I learn anything beneficial from these circumstances, aside from not having to do anything with them anymore. I wish they would learn too, because they obviously have so much learning to do.

Forgive my rants, I just need a release.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

What you THINK is what you GET.

You are what you think.

I agree. I think the lowest points in my life were those moments that I utterly lost confidence in myself. Waves of depression, stress and anxiety concerning my responsibilities and failures have always been the culprits of getting my self-esteem shrink to a size of a mustard seed. That would have been good if, like faith, a mustard-seed-self-esteem too can move mountains. But that wasn't the case. Carrying a 'mountainous' load, is more like it.

It's all in the mind they say. What you think about yourself affects the way you treat others, and vice versa. In the same way, if you're too occupied in thinking about how big the problem is, you might miss out on the abundance of the solutions available to solve it. For a pessimist like myself, this sure is a nice realization.

I guess I'll start out steering my mental vision to the bright side of life, with hope and conviction that things could lighten up a bit sooner or later.

The next time anxiety and depression attack, it is best to start digging what thoughts have crawled into our minds lately. More often than not, what destroys us is just what's inside us. Creepy, isn't it?

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Hardwork and Patience

Despite the discouragement I get when I see some of my friends not reaching their goals [as of the moment] in spite of giving it their all through hardwork and patience, I still believe that someday, somehow, hardwork and patience will get them somewhere.

This conviction, though not as strong as what most people have, has borrowed additional stamina from this funny and enlightening story of hardwork from Grandpa's blog --- a blog that offers humor and inspiration to the blogosphere.

Here is an excerpt from that interesting entry:

After that the HR manager said "You are engaged, give me your e-mail address and I'll send you the application to fill, as well as when you will start".

The man replied, " I don't have a computer, neither an email."

"I'm sorry", said the HR manager, "if you don't have an email, that means you do not exist. And who doesn't exist, cannot have the job".

The man left with no hope at all. He didn't know what to do, with only 10US$ in his pocket. The man then decided to go to the supermarket and buy a 10kg tomato crate. He sold the tomatoes in a door-to-door round.

In less than two hours, He succeeded to double his capital. He repeated the operation three times, and returned home with 60US$. The man realized that he could survive this way, and started to go everyday earlier, and return late. Thus, his money doubled and tripled day by day.

Shortly later, he bought a car, then a truck, then he had his own fleet of delivery vehicles. 5 years later, the man became one of the biggest food retailers in the U. S.


It is with situations like that that I also gain personal determination to believe that I would be able to do something that is quite great, or even grand. To some, this might qualify for a reach-for-a-star daydream or something, but it is truly uplifting to know that there are folks out there who finally attained what others thought as impossible feats. And that is all through hardwork, sweat, tears, and even blood.

I am aiming for something right now, and I am staring at that vision for too long now, as well as plowing my way to it. I hope this gets me somewhere too. With hardwork and patience, that is.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Naruto VS. Sasuke



Naruto has been one of those anime series that I really love to watch. It always never fails to bring out the kid in me. [Hala, tiguwang na jud diay? lolz]

Anyway, enjoy the video! c",)

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Randomness

Poseidon went into theaters yesterday, and I am coming inside one this afternoon to watch it. I have seen the trailer, and though I saw some scenes similar to Titanic's, I am excited about what Wolfgang Peterson has crafted for the viewers this time. Petersen's Troy is impressive, IMHO.



Anyway, a friend of mine has been whining about him not getting the job he wants despite his qualifications. He already sent his resume and all other documents for perusal, but it seems nothing is coming up. Finding the right job is especially hard these days, since just last March, thousands of graduates have joined in the quest for employment. Too many people, too little opportunities. But we are hoping that he will receive a call sometime this week.

Well, this is really it. Tough times, we are having. Good times, sooner we will have. Way to go, Master Yoda!

Till next time. Ciao.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Playstation 3 and other stuff



Shiny and silky Playstation 3's to be released this November.

Cool, aren't they? I am drooling over this stuff because that's all I can do, drool. Where would I ever get 600$ dollars to buy one of these? I don't even possess a PS2 model, though I sure would love to play Tekken 5 with that. But since, these kind of stuff is beyond the reach of my pocket, drooling, which fortunately does not cost anything, is a highly-welcomed chore.

Good thing, I was able to breathe some fresh air, as I finished the stuff that I needed to finish today, without those annoying and highly cumbersome power interruptions coming in the scene.

Looks like my day isn't bad at all. I'm glad. And now, I'm out. Ciao.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Everything went black

Contrary to what I heard from my co-workers who watched Mission Impossible 3, I found MI3 a very good movie. Here's my short review about it.

Anyway, our work was temporarily disrupted by a sudden blackout. It took almost an hour before the lights came back. That was pretty annoying..grrr. The thing is, the power shut off just when I am about to click Submit after finishing off an article in one of my blogs. The Submit button suddenly disappeared when the screen turned black, while the lights went off. My work was not saved as expected, and I had to redo everything. What the ****!

Some days are just not as good as you want them to be.

Till next rant.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Sunday Morning Rants

I woke up very early today despite the fact that this is supposed to be a day off from work. It's Sunday after all. However, my body clock told me, as it normally does, that I need to get up at 5:30 in the morning. I refused. I wanted to do some mental manuevers in order to somehow stop my "system clock" from acknowledging real time, so that my body would go back to sleep again. But my attempts failed. When I realized that it is futile to resist, I just got up and showcased my faithful obedience to the routine that I myself, instinctively created.

Good thing the office is open 24/7 so I headed there, grabbed a chair when I got in, and started my surfing sessions. And then everything started to feel right. Surfing the net I think, is beginning to become one of my most favorite pastimes, second to Videoke I suppose (lolz).

I came across this funny video of the Grim Ripper prank. Just bear with the mispelled words in the title though. I could feel the horror that these poor folks felt when they saw Grim Ripper's reflection on the monitor. I could hear them say to themselves, "Has my time come? Is this the end of me? Right here? Right now?" Well, it sure did start my day right, somehow.

I am going to watch Mission Impossible 3 after lunch today. This is one of the rare occasions when I am about to watch a movie without even having some reasearch about it. I think I just have to get the details right from the big screen, and judge the movie through my own perspective and standards. Sometimes, trailers and critics can give you false expectations that can terribly disappoint you. I want to avoid that right now, and would love have my viewing experience untainted by any outside influence.

I also have to fetch a friend today in the bus terminal. It would be best to have her come with me and watch the movie together.

Hmmm, I guess I didn't wake up this morning in the wrong side of the bed after all. This day sure is going to be fun.

Till next time :-)

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Me: Fully Loaded

I arrived at the office without the slightest idea that I would be dealing with a 'monstrous' (that's how I described it to a friend of mine) task in line with my writing job. So, there I was; a lil bit shocked about the whole thing, but as soon as I came back to my senses, I realized that I need to focus on how to create a plan of attack (the same thing I said to my boss in an email). It seems I'm in a middle of war or something.

Anyway, another writer is coming in next week, so I guess we have enough manpower to carry out the job. So as I was doing my task, I also couldn't help but peek through a lot of things on the net to get to know about what's up with the world I'm livin' in. There, I managed to write a short reaction to an article I read somewhere in Inquirer. I hate politics, but since I can't do anything about it so I somehow just need to be informed as well.

Mission Impossible III is now showing but I will take care of that tomorrow. I have to deal with the Man of Steel first and good thing, Superman Returns full trailer is now available. You can access that right here. My good friend Couch Camote is also glad that Superman is back in action.

Hmmm, I also listed some job openings in a call center nearby and thought it might help my batchmates and other IT graduates out there who are looking for a job.

Man, it's like I have done so much today, haven't I? That feels good. At least, I wouldn't be much of a sluggard as I used to be most of the time. It's a great feeling to be of use to the world, for a change.

Now, hey got to go back to work. Till next time.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Got nothing to say but,

I watched The Wild last week, and here's my very short review about it.

Since, I have just created this blog and since I find myself having nothing to write about, I'll just have to repost this entry I made in my denzramblings blog - a blog that is going inside the trash because of this new blogsite.

Here it is:

I wonder when will incidents like this stop.

If Arroyo does resign, will the country be better off? And who will replace her? Will the replacement be good enough in order for the people to put this oust-the-President attitude to a halt? Or he/she will again, sooner or later, face the same amount of anger and hatred, peeps regularly reserve for Presidents?

I don't know. I am confused. It seems to me that ousting the President, if that is ever realized, still generates the same kind of uncertainty and confusion that we are now in as of the moment.

I am amazed by the sheer determination and courage of those who march in the streets. It is not an easy thing to stay under the heat of the sun for long hours with all those heavy hearts and banners/plackards with you all day long. You end up getting hoarse at the end of the day, plus the fact that you don't get the results you desire actually. It is really not easy.

Labor day is another day of marching in the streets, shouting for alleviation from poverty and fighting for civil rights. Later when I open the TV for some news, the same kind of scenario will be showcased.

I guess I better get used to this kind of thing already. There is no indication that this is going to stop sooner. Even Gloria's ouster doesn't give that assurance.

Till next blog entry c",)

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