Downloading videos from YouTube to play in your phone

Serendipity brought me to the YouTube page of the video of Bob Dylan’s first concert performance with an electric guitar. The high-quality BBC video clip shows the crowd at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 booing Dylan before he launched into an electric guitar version of Like A Rolling Stone.

In the YouTube page were links to a playlist of Dylan’s Newport performances, including his earlier acoustic work when he was the aural embodiment of the voice in the wilderness.

I have most of Bob Dylan’s albums but none of these high-quality BBC clips on YouTube of his performances. After hours of repeated listening, I wanted to download the video clips into my phone to listen whenever I wanted to.

Bob Dylan playing in my Sony Ericsson P1i.
BEST LOVE SONG, EVER. Bob Dylan plays Love Minus Zero/No Limit in this video clip that I’ve downloaded and converted to play in my Sony Ericsson P1i.

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Smart unveils netbook with built-in Smart Bro connectivity

Smart Communications Inc. has launched the country’s first netbook with a built-in high-speed broadband connectivity through Smart Bro.

Smart , in a press statement, said Smart Bro wireless broadband modems now come embedded on certain units of the Asus Eee PC 904 GO. The built-in modem allows the Asus Eee PC 904 GO to access the Internet through Smart’s nationwide HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) network. The network offers speeds of up to 2 mbps in key cities in the country.

The device, the company said, will allow users “a complete, ready-to-run Internet experience in an all-in-one device, right out of the box.”

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Ateneo de Manila University project wins Smart Sweep Innovation and Excellence Award

A STUDENT project that uses social networking, short message service (SMS) and Smart Communications Inc.’s money transfer to gather relief goods for communities hit by disasters won this year’s Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program (Smart Sweep) Innovation and Excellence Award.

The student team from Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) won P500,000 for themselves and P500,000 in grants for their school last Saturday at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

Charese Olmoguez (right), student team leader of Ateneo de Davao, explains to Smart SWEEP judges how her group’s search and rescue management system, which uses global positioning system (GPS) and geographic information system (GIS) data, works. Ateneo de Davao won second place in last Saturday’s Smart SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Award. (PHOTO FROM SMART PUBLIC AFFAIRS)

The Smart Sweep Innovation and Excellence Award was dominated by Ateneo schools, with ADMU taking the first and third spots and Ateneo de Davao University taking second place.

The ADMU team of Marc Ericson Santos, Adrian Khan, Carlos Miguel Lacson and Marty Peterson Tan was mentored by Ronell Sicat. The team created an integrated system that allowed people not only to donate online but to also invite friends in their social network to donate to their communities of choice. The system also tracks the donations.

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5th Smart Sweep Innovation and Excellence Award: Notes from the sidelines

(This is for my column on Tuesday, March 17)

BY THE TIME this column gets printed, we’d have known whether a group of students from the University of San Carlos (USC) made Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program (Sweep) history by being the first Cebu team to win the Innovation and Excellence Award.

We’d have known whether a group of high school students from the Science and Technology Education Center (STEC) in Basak, Lapu-Lapu City made Smart Sweep history by winning the first Doon Po Sa Amin (DPSA) Learning Challenge (I was jut told that they did—Charles Pascual of STEC won the contest).

But by the time I was writing this, I just came up from breakfast where I saw a group of students, among them some of the USC and STEC members, eating breakfast in a muted, definitely non- student type of way. I know the reason for the behavior. They’re geeks and later in the day, Smart Sweep will be announcing winners of the Innovation and Excellence Award and DPSA Learning Challenge. Nerves  make anyone behave.
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