who’s afraid of the big bad blog?

01/21/07 at 4:50 pm | Posted in CNET Asia, Tech | Leave a comment

Here’s an excerpt from my latest blog entry for CNET Asia:

As you may know, two popular Malaysian bloggers have been sued by the pro-government Malaysian daily New Straits Times for defamation–and one of these bloggers happens to be my fellow CNET Asia blogger Jeff Ooi, whose personal blog Screenshots has gained a following for its commentaries on the political situation in his country.

I’ve yet to meet Jeff personally, but he has always impressed me with his coverage of the IT scene in Malaysia, and more so by his courage in expressing his political views over at Screenshots. The tagline of his Screenshots blog is very apt: “Thinking Allowed. Thinking Aloud.”

First off I’d like to wish Jeff good luck and express my support. I’d like to give the aggrieved parties over at the New Straits Times the benefit of the doubt, but it’s hard, really, not to think this is an attempt to silence bloggers who have expressed views critical of the administration.


say hello to the real filipina youtube star

12/25/06 at 6:25 pm | Posted in CNET Asia, Tech, Videos | Leave a comment

Merry Christmas. everyone!

Haven’t been able to blog lately for CNET Asia but here’s my latest post. I’m a bit late to the party but I love Happy Slip/Christine’s work and I’m glad she was featured in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Check out Mike Abundo’s blog post for more on that.

Check out this hilarious video clip. And visit www.happyslip.com for more information.

mascots gone wild

11/6/06 at 5:01 pm | Posted in CNET Asia, Tech | 1 Comment

Check out my CNET Asia tech blog entry “Mascots gone wild.”

Here’s an excerpt:

What do you do if you’re a company with a kid-friendly image, only to find to your horror that a video clip of your mascots is circulating on YouTube?

I’m not referring to one of the many innocent clips of children’s parties featuring these mascots, but rather of them doing their own rendition of “my humps”–and I’m not talking about The Black Eyed Peas song.

Read the full story.

do you want more frickin’ pirates?

11/3/06 at 1:10 pm | Posted in CNET Asia, Tech | 1 Comment

Here’s an excerpt from my latest CNET Asia blog entry:

How frustrating is it, particularly if you’re tech-savvy, to be willing to shell out good money for digital content, only to be stymied by the fact that this online service isn’t available yet in your country?

I’m sure many users across Asia are experiencing this, just as I’m sure many Internet users are using BitTorrent and other peer-to-peer apps to download files, many of them illegally.

By denying users a legal alternative for downloading content, are companies just encouraging more people to become pirates?
I’m really torn over this because while years ago I made a public stand against piracy and stopped buying bootleg discs of any form–whether games, apps, music or movies–I also think DRM as it exists today is mostly stupid. And what’s an even more bitter pill to swallow is that even when you’re willing to play by the rules, it so happens they don’t want you to be part of the game.

Read the full story.

heaven is a conveyor belt filled with sushi

10/25/06 at 9:51 pm | Posted in CNET Asia, Tech | 1 Comment

Here’s an excerpt from my latest CNET Asia tech blog post.

Sure, connoisseurs may balk at the quality, but there’s something wonderfully hypnotic about seeing one plate of sushi after another rolling past your eyes as they revolve around a conveyor belt.

Add to that a touch of high-tech with Samsung LCD monitors and an interactive menu, and this Japanese fastfood outlet at The Fort in Bonifacio Global City not only sated my hunger but also satisfied the geek in me.

Read the full story.

the sweet life in india

10/18/06 at 4:15 pm | Posted in CNET Asia, INQUIRER.net, Tech, Travel | 3 Comments

That’s me on the right having breakfast with Lawrence Casiraya (left) of ComputerWorld Philippines and Tham Yuen-C of The Straits Times’ Digital Life.

Here’s an excerpt from my INQ7 Infotech column piece:

NEW DELHI, India — I’m writing this column piece while on a bus that’s nearing the end of an almost five-hour journey from Agra — where we toured the world-famous Taj Mahal — to the Indian capital of New Delhi. I’m using OfficeSuite’s word processing app on my Nokia N90.

It’s a cliche, but it’s moments when you don’t have access to your mobile phone that make you realize how much we’ve grown to depend on these devices. This point was driven home earlier today when we visited the Taj Mahal, the magnificent monument that Shah Jahan built in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.

The mobile phone is one of the electronic devices, apart from other items such as edibles and sharp objects that you can’t bring inside the Taj Mahal either for security reasons, since extremist groups have threatened to destroy the Taj Mahal and India’s other monuments and religious buildings, or environmental measures taken to preserve this centuries-old wonder that took 22 years to build.

Read the rest of my column piece.

That’s Bebi Reyes-Guzman, Small and Medium Business Segment head of the Personal Systems Group of HP Philippines, showing off the candy wrapper printed out using the HP Color LaserJet CM1015/CM1017 Multifunction Printer Series.

You could also check out my CNET Asia blog post on CNET Asia and my INQ7 Infotech article “HP unveils latest solutions tailored to SMB needs.”

paypal for the philippines… sorta

10/12/06 at 8:00 pm | Posted in CNET Asia, Tech | 1 Comment

Here’s an excerpt from my CNET Asia tech blog entry:

The Philippines is finally one of the countries recognized by PayPal.

Thanks to the heads-up from techie Migs Paraz, who posted it in the Yahoo! Groups PH-Cyberview, I’ve now also signed up for a PayPal account.

uniting asians through online games

10/4/06 at 8:49 am | Posted in CNET Asia, Gaming, INQUIRER.net, Tech | Leave a comment

Here’s an excerpt from my latest CNET Asia blog entry:

Five swords. Five heroes of the online gaming industry.

It’s somewhat fitting that Singapore firm Infocomm Asia Holdings (IAH) turned to movies for inspiration as it unveiled its ambitious plan to consolidate the market in several Southeast Asian countries and create what you might call an ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) for online gaming.

So there they stood at the end of the press briefing that kicked off the “One Market, One Asia–Uniting Asia Online” regional online gaming conference held on September 27 at the Boulevard Bar at the Red Dot Traffic Building. Five stalwarts bearing five famous swords. Well, replicas of the swords, at least.

For more on the event, you could also check out my INQ7 Infotech @Play column piece “One market to rule them all.”

Oh, and I want Hellgate: London. ‘Nuff said.

online press conference held to commemorate martial law

09/21/06 at 1:49 pm | Posted in CNET Asia, Tech | Leave a comment

Check out my latest CNET Asia blog post.

I blogged while participating in the online press conference. Kinda like what I did for the INQ7 Running Account during the Estrada impeachment trial and People Power 2, and, more recently, the Marine HQ standoff.

Here’s an excerpt:

As I’m blogging this, I’m taking part in a very interesting online press conference/Internet relay chat session to commemorate the 34th anniversary of Martial Law, which was declared by the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos on Sept. 21, 1972.

What makes this online press conference particularly significant is that it’s another example of how technology can be used to encourage political discourse and safeguard freedom of expression. It’s particularly apt considering that Martial Law sought to curtail these freedoms.

Guesting in what is being dubbed as the first in series of online press conferences being held by Philippine portal Yehey.com is House of Representatives Deputy Minority Leader and Bayan Muna (People First) Representative Satur C. Ocampo. Popularly known as “Ka Satur”, Ocampo was formerly a journalist, political prisoner and communist rebel, who was the spokesperson of the National Democratic Front during the peace talks in 1986 between the Philippine Government and communist rebels.

Read the full story.

cyberpress aims to make a difference with it

09/14/06 at 10:17 am | Posted in CNET Asia, Personal, Tech | 4 Comments

Here’s an excerpt from my CNET Asia tech blog post:

CyberPress (Information Technology Journalists Association of the Philippines) elected its 2006-2007 board members last night in a general assembly held at STI‘s iAcademy office in Makati City.

Founded in 1996 by then tech journalist and now Microsoft Philippines official Sam Jacoba, CyberPress is the country’s pioneering organization of IT journalists.

The idea behind CyberPress is that even though we work for competing publications and naturally want to outscoop each other when it comes to IT news, we could cooperate to achieve the common goals of making technical information accessible to more readers, educating the public on IT issues, and using technology to make a difference in the lives of Filipinos.

Read the full story.

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