In the cloud? What if it goes up in smoke?

I wrote this column in Google Docs, the Internet search giant’s free online office suite. I thumb-typed a rough outline on an Android device—a Samsung Galaxy Tab—before I finished the first draft on my favorite desktop, which runs Ubuntu Linux, and edited the final piece in my office PC, which runs Windows XP. All theContinue reading “In the cloud? What if it goes up in smoke?”

Start up, get ready to go

The excitement was palpable in last Thursday night’s meetup among Cebu startups at the office of the Cebu Educational Development Foundation for Information Technology (Cedf-it). So was the sense of optimism. Members of the TechTalks.ph community, which is hosted in an account with meetup.com, gathered to meet other members with the arrival in Cebu ofContinue reading “Start up, get ready to go”

Nokia launches 2 ‘feature-rich’ dual-SIM phones in Cebu

Nokia Philippines launched in Cebu yesterday the Nokia X1-01 and Nokia C2-00, two phones capable of working with two subscriber identity modules (SIM) cards at the same time. Nokia Philippines corporate communications manager Nikka Abes said the two phones will likely be available in Cebu in June or July. Abes said that while it mayContinue reading “Nokia launches 2 ‘feature-rich’ dual-SIM phones in Cebu”

Showing Windows the door: the case for open source

THE warnings are ominous. The Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team (PAPT) is strengthening its campaign against pirated software and cautioning businesses that refuse to have their software inspected that they will “face legal sanctions unless they show proof that they are using licensed software.” The warnings come even as PAPT found rural banks, universities and hospitals usingContinue reading “Showing Windows the door: the case for open source”

Samsung Galaxy Tab gets updated to Gingerbread

I just upgraded my Samsung Galaxy Tab (Model GT-P1000) to Android 2.3.3 or Gingerbread. Ever since Samsung announced the tab was getting Gingerbread, I’ve been regularly checking whether the firmware was already available for the Philippines. Gingerbread offers a streamlined user interface “for simplicity and speed.” Here’s a listing of the firmware’s improvements. “The userContinue reading “Samsung Galaxy Tab gets updated to Gingerbread”

CSS cheat sheets as Android apps: stop taping printouts on your cubicle walls

I need to work with CSS/XHTML often enough that I’d need a reference but rarely enough to make me memorize the damned properties, selectors and syntax. I used to print out CSS/XHTML cheat sheets and tape these on my cubicle wall for easy reference whenever I was working on a website. Just as I wasContinue reading “CSS cheat sheets as Android apps: stop taping printouts on your cubicle walls”

Poynter lists tips on how to build an engaged audience

Poynter associate editor Mallary Jean Tenore lists tips for online journalists to build an engaged audience online in her post “5 small steps journalists can take to build a bigger, more engaged audience.” The post provides great pieces of advice on getting the word out on your article like letting your news sources and peopleContinue reading “Poynter lists tips on how to build an engaged audience”