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Presentation at Y4iT in UP + PhMoDev

I recently did a presentation in UP during the Philippine Youth Congress in Information Technology (Y4iT) 2010. I talked about mobile apps development across different platforms, as a representative of the Philippine Mobile Developers (PhMoDev) group. I encourage fellow mobile developers & enthusiasts in the Philippines to join our group. Let’s talk about developing mobile apps & games, testing different mobile devices (like smart phones & tablets), and other geeky mobile stuff. Remember: the future is mobile 😉

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Not-so-Smart Bro

Words cannot convey my utter disappointment with Smart Bro right now:

FYI, my connection has been very unreliable since May. I’ve called them several times & sent them a couple of aftersales requests through their Smart Connect website, but still no improvement. I don’t like being ignored..

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Wow, how time flies! It’s almost Holy Week, and Easter Sunday is only 2 weekends away. That weekend also marks the public debut of Apple’s iPad. In the spirit of the season, I’ve decided to hold a giveaway here on my blog. So what are the prices at stake? DeskWhiz promo codes, WalletWhiz promo codes and.. the Starcraft Anthology.

For the younger readers who may not be familiar with Starcraft, it is generally regarded as one of the greatest games of all time. For those already familiar with the game, it definitely brings back memories of countless hours playing through the original Terran, Zerg & Protoss campaigns, then blasting through the Brood War expansion pack.

DeskWhiz & WalletWhiz are iPhone apps developed by my company, Numlock Solutions. DeskWhiz is an all-in-one digital photo frame application, while WalletWhiz is a budget application with a unique calendar interface and traditional categories interface. Both are available on the App Store, and are compatible with the iPhone & iPod touch.

The giveaway will have 3 winners chosen by random. The giveaway ends on Sunday, April 4, 2010, at 2359 GMT +800:

  1. First prize is a valid, unused digital key for the StarCraft Anthology available through the Blizzard Store, and 1 promo code each for DeskWhiz & WalletWhiz.
  2. Second prize is 1 promo code each for DeskWhiz & WalletWhiz.
  3. Third prize is 1 promo code for either DeskWhiz or WalletWhiz (choice depending on winner).

So, what do you have to do to win? First, leave a comment below, sharing your favorite memories of playing through StarCraft. Or, you could let me know why you’d want to win a copy of StarCraft, DeskWhiz or WalletWhiz. Then, after you leave a comment, tweet the following text (or something similar), as long as the link & hash-tag are retained:

“Join the Tech Adok Easter Giveaway! Starcraft Anthology, DeskWhiz & WalletWhiz. Comment & RT to join: http://bit.ly/aLznsb #techadok”

Please make sure that you leave a comment before or after you tweet the link & hash-tag. A link to the tweet would also be helpful. Also, please note the following:

  • An account with the Blizzard Store is required to use the digital key & download the StarCraft Anthology. Signing up is free.
  • StarCraft Anthology is a digital product. No media or packaging will be included.
  • A US iTunes account is required to claim the promo codes for DeskWhiz & WalletWhiz.

Feel free to pass the word. Join now & share the love 😉

UPDATE: After a best-of-6 RANDOM.ORG showdown, the winners of the Easter Giveaway are:

  1. thomasmmm (1.83) – Starcraft Anthology digital key, promo codes for DeskWhiz & WalletWhiz
  2. gianveterbo (2.00) – Promo codes for DeskWhiz & WalletWhiz
  3. jamoraquai (2.17) – Promo code for WalletWhiz

Please check your DM stream, I’ll send the prizes as soon as possible. Thanks for joining! 😉

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Join the Tech Adok Easter Giveaway! Starcraft Anthology, DeskWhiz & WalletWhiz to be given away. Please leave a comment & RT to join. #techadok

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PLDT myDSL or Sky Broadband?

Pretty decent

Pretty decent

Wow!

Wow!

 

I’m currently on a 15-day trial of  Sky Broadband. Even though my current plan with PLDT myDSL offers decent download speed, I get disconnected from their PPPoE server a couple of times a day. It’s very frustrating. I already called them to request a migration to the new DHCP-based servers but, according to the CSR, that’s not available in my area. So, when I found out that Skycable offered a free trial for their rebranded Internet service, I said, “Why not?”

This is the second day and I’m very happy so far. Everything seems to be faster and the connection is very reliable. Naturally, I got the trial plan equivalent in price to my current myDSL plan to ensure a fair comparison. My only concern is that, based on the test results above, the upload speed is much slower. Also, there’s very limited feedback online regarding the quality of Sky Broadband’s service, so I’m not sure how reliable the service will be once a couple of subscribers in my area get Sky Broadband as well.

Anyone here who has been a long-time Sky Broadband user? Your feedback would be most welcome 😉

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Whoa, it’s been a while since my last full entry. I’ve been glued to my laptop for the past week for the sake of a new business venture. My partners & I are developing a LAMP-based accounting system, so I’ve begun to get my hands dirty with Linux. For the not-so-tech adoks out there, LAMP generally stands for Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP. Since my sister-in-law is a mini-expert on PHP & MySQL, I’ve decided to focus on Linux & Apache. So, my goal is to become a full-fledged Linux-Apache systems administrator in a year’s time. The good thing is that, instead of being totally stressed out, I’m really REALLY excited.

The first thing that I had to decide was the Linux distribution of choice for my self-study. I mentioned in a previous post that I’ve tried different Linux distributions before. My former distribution of choice was Fedora, the community version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux or RHEL. I used to work for the local Red Hat partner, so I was exposed to its growth as a distribution. I also tried SuSe & Novell Desktop after we became a Novell partner. When I left the company & ventured on my own, I became out of touch with Linux since my succeeding business ventures weren’t IT related. Now, after nearly two years away from the industry, I feel like I’ve come home.

There have been a lot of new & exciting developments since then; Fedora Core is now at version 6 (Zod) and a relatively new entry called Ubuntu has become the most talked-about Linux distribution. Their tag-line says “Linux for human beings” so I guess they focus on making Linux very accessible to non-techies. This review gave me a nice overview of the two distributions, so I decided to try Ubuntu 6.10 or Edgy Eft. Two words: simplicity rocks!

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It’s been a sloooow week for yours truly in the blogosphere. I’ve been catching up on my uber-favorite animated series, Naruto – I can’t wait for February 15 when the so-called fillers will finally give way to Shipudden. I know that many Naruto fans will just tell me to read the manga instead, but it always gives me a kick seeing the hyperactive ninja “in the flesh” as he unleashes his mighty army of Kage Bunshin on hapless foes. Dattebayo!

Naruto on Wiki

Moving on, here’s a link to an article on All About Symbian about first impressions of Nokia’s N95. I envy Rafe Blandford since he has his hands on an actual N95 which, IMHO, is the ultimate smartphone available today. I still prefer my E61’s QWERTY keypad but I can’t help but want HSDPA, GPS and S60 3rd Ed Feature Pack 1. Actually, the first two features aren’t too important – just cool – but FP1 is definitely a must-have. I hope that Nokia will send an FP1-enabled firmware upgrade for E61 owners within the next few months. Please Nokia, please 😀

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