This column is still written by a human

THE Agence France Presse (AFP) published an interesting article last week about the use of algorithms to write news articles. The AFP article, which was written by a human, discussed how a group of new companies use algorithms or mathematical procedures run on computers to turn large volumes of numeric data into articles. A pioneer… Continue reading This column is still written by a human

Using technology to preserve, spread heritage

Gabii sa Kabilin or Night of Heritage offered Cebuanos last Friday the opportunity to visit museums and heritage areas until midnight. The yearly activity was started in 2006 by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (Rafi) and patterned after the Long Night of Museums in Germany. This year, however, the event had a tech twist –… Continue reading Using technology to preserve, spread heritage

Encourage hacker culture

Facebook kicked off its historic initial public offering by holding another of the company’s fabled hackathons, which are all-night events that gather the social networking giant’s employees to work on products outside their office assignments. Hackathon 31 was held on the eve of Facebook’s IPO and was a strong statement that even as it stands… Continue reading Encourage hacker culture

Running multiple WordPress sites? Here’s a service and plugin you should use

The maintenance of multiple WordPress sites can be tedious and time-consuming. The necessary tasks of updating plugins and themes and backing up your files and database site-by-site can take up a large chunk of your time, depending on the number of sites you manage. This is time better spent writing and blogging. WP Remote simplifies… Continue reading Running multiple WordPress sites? Here’s a service and plugin you should use

WordPress rides the open source juggernaut

Eight years after it was started by a 19-year-old college freshman as a blogging software, WordPress now powers 14.7 percent of the world’s top one million websites. It is used in 55 million websites. In his annual State of The Word address last week, WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg also said the open source content management… Continue reading WordPress rides the open source juggernaut

Forget PowerPoint, wow ’em with Prezi

DEATH by PowerPoint is illustrated by a slide portraying the complexity of American strategy in Afghanistan. “When we understand that slide, we’ll have won the war,” the New York Times reported General Stanley McChrystal as saying, sparking laughter in the room. The slide, which went viral last year, “looked more like a bowl of spaghetti,”… Continue reading Forget PowerPoint, wow ’em with Prezi

Quick review: Article sharing with Facebook, Google+

Google opened to limited testing earlier this week its latest social networking service. Google+. What immediately catches your attention when using the service is its stark simple and yet beautiful interface. It makes Facebook look like MySpace, said blogger Ron Galloway. Although Google is still actively developing the service (Googlers are directly engaging with users… Continue reading Quick review: Article sharing with Facebook, Google+

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 was… Continue 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 people… Continue reading Poynter lists tips on how to build an engaged audience

Microsoft launches Windows Server 2008 Foundation in Cebu

Microsoft Philippines launched this morning in Cebu the Windows Server 2008 Foundation, its server solution for small and medium businesses. Microsoft Philippines Geo-Expansion Lead Boy Bawal said the product will help small companies grow their businesses and boost their competitiveness. Windows Server 2008 Foundation is a server solution that allows a company with less than… Continue reading Microsoft launches Windows Server 2008 Foundation in Cebu