How to encode movies for playing in your cellphone

I used to scoff at the prospect of watching movie clips in your cellphone. After all, who’d want to watch something in very small screen when you can always watch it on your PC or TV. I’ve watched 3GP movie clips in various phone demos and did not find it something to drool over.

But after watching movie clips in mp4 format, I found that I don’t mind watching movies in smaller screens–especially during times when you have nothing to do like waiting for an appointment or while traveling. Clips in mp4 format have better resolution so I went ahead and converted movie clips I wanted to watch on the phone.

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Multi-tasking in the Sony Ericsson K750i

After days of using it, Iím getting to see why the K750i is such a great phone. I tried taking photos using the 2-megapixel cameraphone and found that the quality of the photographs equals, if not exceeds, the Kodak point and shoot digital camera I was using a few years back.

The phone can also serve as a decent music player. It can play MP3 and AAC files. It has an integrated FM radio. The phone also serves as a good portable flash drive.

You can continue writing and sending messages while using the phoneís music player or FM tuner. You can also continue listening to music while taking photographs. The music stops for a second or two, though, when you click on the shutter button.

Did Budoy actually say gerger on Pinoy Big Brother?

Cebu’s reggae king Budoy of Junior Kilat is one of the celebrity housemates in Pinoy Big Brother and boy will he make this season interesting. I’m not a regular viewer of the program but I’ll be tuning in this season because of two Cebu-based housemates: Budoy and Angela Calina.

Suspicions that Budoy will sanitize his act for Pinoy Big Brother promptly vanished a few seconds after his introduction last night. He sang his version of the Big Brother theme, reworking the lyrics to sing about his entry into the program.

And at one point, when he was hugging one of the program’s host he said “Wa koy sa kung maka gerger ko ani.” I was only half listening to the broadcast because I was still finishing a news page but this made me stop everything I was doing. Everyone in the newsroom laughed. Gerger is a euphemism for sex. It’s one of those gayspeak words that have gone mainstream. Being a euphemism, it doesn-t sound as vulgar as kayat, though. I’m not good at translating but what Budoy said, for me, was: don’t blame me if I get to make love here (in the show?). I’m not as sure but he could also mean: don’t blame me if I get to screw her (the host). Any other bisdak who was able to hear what he actually said?

And when the host said hinihikayat after Budoy said a lot of people would be texting for him, Budoy actually told her it was bastos. Good thing she didn’t ask him what kayat meant.

Best web portals for mobile phone themes

I got a Sony Ericsson K750i as gift. Iíve always been a fan of Sony Ericsson phones starting with the R320s (which my wife won in a raffle a few years back). The first thing that I did when I opened phone package was to change its themes.

The K750i displays animated themes. My previous phone, the T630 uses themes to control its appearance and I must have tried close to 30 before I settled on the Firefox theme.

For mobile phone themes, I check three sites:

Zedge is, in my opinion, the best repository of mobile phone themes. It offers a lot of themes in various categories and for various phone models: Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Alcatel, LG, Motorola, NEC, Pantech, Phillips, Samsung, Siemens etc.

In order to download themes, wallpapers, ringtones, games and applications from the site, you have to register for a free account. Your free account allows you to download 20 items (ringtones, wallpapers or applications) everyday. You can either download the item into your computer for sending to your phone via Bluetooth, infrared or data cable or you can add it to your account for downloading via

If you plan to visit only one site for your mobile phone enhancement needs, then Zedge is the site for you.

Lasyk is a network of sites for various Sony Ericsson phones. Instead of having everything under one site, they organize the site into sub-domains based on the phone model so if you want themes, ringtones, games and wallpapers for your Sony Ericsson t630, you can go to

Esato also has great themes and other mobile phone goodies but it doesnít offer as much as the two previous sites. It has a discussion forum, though, that has been helpful when I tried looking for solutions to various mobile phone problems.

Busted: Newspaper photo reveals married man’s affair

It was a picture of domestic bliss-a couple taking their child to a picnic in a public park in Cebu. The pair was laughing and appeared to enjoy an afternoon away from the demands of work and pressure of urban life.

The problem was the man wasn’t having a picnic with his legal family, he was spending time with his mistress. When his wife saw the photo in Sun.Star she had a heart attack (she’s okay or so the man says). The man called up the photographer to ask why he printed it when it was “obvious” that the woman was too young to be his wife. He also said he and his mistress had been able to hide the affair from the wife for so long “pwerte namong tago ani” (we really tried to keep this a secret).

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