When you cover a motel fire, make sure you’re not a regular

A radio reporter was busted on air while covering a fire that gutted New Colon Lodge in downtown Cebu City last Feb. 16. The broadcast journalist was reporting live and conducting interviews when, I’m told, the seedy motel’s front desk clerk shrieked “suki!!!” Suki is what Filipinos call a frequent customer. I wasn’t able toContinue reading “When you cover a motel fire, make sure you’re not a regular”

Sony Ericsson unveils W200i, W610i, and W880i in Cebu

For a confessed Sony Ericsson fan boy, last Thursday’s unveiling of new Sony Ericsson models was a slice of heaven for me. The company launched three new Walkman phone models–the W200i, W610i, and W880i. The phones are expected to be available in the Philippines by the second quarter of this year. SEXY. I thought toContinue reading “Sony Ericsson unveils W200i, W610i, and W880i in Cebu”

Usernames, passwords of IT employment site revealed

ISAW or Internet Security and Warfare alerts users of a page in ITPros.ph that contains a listing of its members’ account details, including passwords, in plain text. ITpros.ph is designed to be “the Philippines’ key employment facilitator for the ICT industry.” The page is searchable through Google and when I went over its listings, IContinue reading “Usernames, passwords of IT employment site revealed”

Open source Valentine

It’s a hot date before the big day. Bayan Muna has scheduled a round table on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 13, at the Rajah Park Hotel function room in Fuente Osmeña to discuss free and open source software. Organizers are still finalizing details but I was told it’s open to anyone interested to discuss free andContinue reading “Open source Valentine”

Mobile Internet and Globe Visibility, a demo

In the run-up to Sinulog, the biggest festival in Cebu, I was invited to a demonstration of Globe Visibility, Globe’s HSDPA or High Speed Downlink Packet Access mobile Internet service. The service, marketed by Globe with buzz phrases such as “3G plus,” “better than 3G,” and “mobile broadband,” promises download speeds of up to 1.4mbps.Continue reading “Mobile Internet and Globe Visibility, a demo”

Mapping Cebu’s Wi-Fi hotspots

I’ve been meaning to map Cebu’s Wi-Fi hotspots for more than a month now. It is a project that I’ve kept putting off, mainly because of work deadlines and other tasks. For a while, I planned to set out–and was on the verge of doing so at least twice–and go through 4 or 5 coffeeContinue reading “Mapping Cebu’s Wi-Fi hotspots”