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Zune HD .01 Slider Case

November 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Zune HD owners who have been disappointed at the dismal selection of cases for your most excellent portable media player, rejoice! There is a new product out there called the .01 Slider Case, aptly named because the product is a slider that is – you guessed it, .01″ thick. What you won’t believe, though, is the price: $5.00. So for the price of a McDonald’s meal (if you’re a cheapskate like me who orders only from the Dollar Menu), you get the protection that your glorious gadget rightfully deserves.

Check out the video review below:

By the way, did I mention that it has a built-in screen protector? You can get one (US PayPal only) at

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Manny Pacquiao on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

November 4, 2009 Leave a comment

Oh, the things I miss when I turn in early! I went to bed earlier than the usual 10:30 because I spent the previous night cleaning after my poor daughter who had gastroenteritis (I believe the the technical term for it is alternately “the shits” or sometimes, “the runs”).

As such, I missed out on the premiere of the remake of that ’80 show “V.” ABC will post the video of the episode on Saturday, November 7.

More important than that, and I have been kicking myself in the head about this for about 90 minutes now (yeah, thinking AND typing can be quite difficult after that), I woke up to find out that Manny Pacquiao, my Philippines’ own “National Fist,” guested on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Of course, I only found out when I checked Facebook on my G1 (yep, still works and I’m still content with it despite my onboard memory complaints) while sitting in my porcelain throne at 4:45 as my daily ritual goes.

How could anyone not love him? Well, except perhaps for Floyd “Big Mouth” Mayweather. I am kinda pissed, though, that Jimmy Kimmel didn’t even bother mentioning his credentials/achievements. A simple Wikipedia search would elucidate:

“Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao (pronounced /ˈpækjaʊ/, /pa’kjaw/ in Cebuano and Tagalog; born December 17, 1978), more commonly known as Manny Pacquiao, is a Filipino professional boxer. He is the former WBC lightweight world champion, WBC super featherweight world champion, IBF super bantamweight world champion, and WBC flyweight world champion.

He is currently the IBO and Ring Magazine light welterweight champion, and is rated by Ring Magazine as the #1 pound-for-pound boxer in the world. He has also held the Ring Magazine titles for featherweight and super featherweight divisions.

For his achievements, Pacquiao became the first Filipino and Asian boxer to win five world titles in five different weight divisions. In addition, he is the first boxer to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes.”

Thank Tim Berners-Lee and Vint Cerf (and DARPA) for the internet. Meanwhile, dirty politicians who receive campaign contributions from the telecommunications industry *cough* Sen. John McCain *cough* have sponsored a bill to stop the FCC from making rules so these bastards can stop us from enjoying life’s little pleasures. Please, go to

On Net Neutrality, the so-called “Internet Freedom Act,” and the “Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2009”

November 3, 2009 Leave a comment

Something terrible is afoot in both Houses. War hero Sen. John McCain has sponsored S. 1836, a bill to prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from further regulating the Internet with the oxymoronic name, “Internet Freedom Act,” which, true to form, uses the good-ol’ FUD technique the GOP is known for, brings up memories of the Patriot Act. He said, “Internet Freedom Act of 2009 that will keep the Internet free from government control and regulation… It will allow for continued innovation that will in turn create more high-paying jobs for the millions of Americans who are out of work or seeking new employment. Keeping businesses free from oppressive regulations is the best stimulus for the current economy.” Yeah, smooth talk in favor of capitalism and laissez-faire, right? Wrong. It is nothing but plain and simple double-speak from a self-confessed tech newbie (when asked if he is a Mac or a PC, he said, Mac or PC? “Neither, I am an illiterate that has to rely on my wife for all of the assistance I can get.”) who also happens to be the biggest recipient of monies from the telecommunications industry (see Surprise: McCain Biggest Beneficiary of Telco/ISP Money), which, in turn, will benefit from this bill.

This bill has a counterpart in Congress sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, the “Real Stimulus Act of 2009”, which would prohibit the FCC from “needlessly imposing regulations on the Internet…” and that the FCC’s efforts to enforce net neutrality would “ironically… make the Internet less neutral by allowing the FCC to regulate it in the same way it regulates radio and television broadcasts…” Bull-f’in-$417. These bills would enable the telcos to do as they please, and they have been trying to propose tiered internet plans and throttle internet usage, and their convenient excuse is that it is unfair that peer-to-peer file sharers and child pornographers, who use up massive bandwidth (not to mention commit crimes, atrocious and the not-so-atrocious) as compared to normal users, get to pay the same rates and enjoy the same unfettered access to the internet. Well, how about normal users who subscribe to podcasts (audio and/or video)? Normal users who pass the time (and kill a few brain cells and burn their retinas very slowly) by watching video clips on YouTube? Skype and other VOIP users? Smartphone users? These normal people consume vast amounts of data as well.

Not all hope is lost, however, as Rep. Rep. Edward Markey [D-MA7] and 8 cosponsors( Lloyd Doggett [D-TX25], Anna Eshoo [D-CA14], Maurice Hinchey [D-NY22], Jay Inslee [D-WA1], James McDermott [D-WA7], Joe Sestak [D-PA7], Henry Waxman [D-CA30], and Lynn Woolsey [D-CA6] sponsored H.R. 3458, otherwise known as the “Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2009.” Here is a summary, as written by the Congressional Research Service, a nonpartisan arm of the Library of Congress:

Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2009 – Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to set the policy of the United States regarding various aspects of the Internet, including access, consumer choice, competition, ability to use or offer content, applications, and services, discriminatory favoritism, and capacity. Makes it the duty of each Internet access service provider to: (1) not block, interfere with, discriminate against, impair, or degrade the ability of any person to use an Internet access service; (2) not impose certain charges on any Internet content, service, or application provider; (3) not prevent or obstruct a user from attaching or using any lawful device in conjunction with such service, provided the device does not harm the provider’s network; (4) offer Internet access service to any requesting person; (5) not provide or sell to any content, application, or service provider any offering that prioritizes traffic over that of other such providers; and (6) not install or use network features, functions, or capabilities that impede or hinder compliance with these duties. Requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to promulgate related rules. Prohibits construing this Act to prohibit an Internet access provider from engaging in reasonable network management. Requires the FCC to: (1) promulgate rules to ensure that an Internet access service provider does not require a consumer, as a condition on the purchase of any Internet access service, to purchase any other service or offering; and (2) take certain actions, including regarding private transmission capacity services.”

One way you can do your part is by heading on over to and taking part in this unprecedented movement to keep the internet free, as the father of the internet, Vint Cerf wrote in an article in the Guardian:

“The greatest strength of the internet lies in its flexibility. When Bob Kahn and I were developing the technological protocols that underpin it in the early 1970s, we made a conscious decision that the internet should be platform, and content, agnostic. So the internet does not mind whether it is transmitting information by satellite or fibre-optic cable or whether that information is useful only to internet-enabled refrigerators and surfboards (seriously).”

On Hoaxes and Forwarders

November 2, 2009 Leave a comment

I don’t know about you, but I am fed up with email hoaxes and people forwarding them without doing a little fact-checking. Sure, I do it all the time on Twitter (posting or RT’ing without checking it out for myself), but never with an email. It may be because I only email people I really know and don’t really care that much about my tweets, and besides, on Twitter, there is an impetus to stay current, like you know, real-time. What prompted this post is the following email I’ve just received (copied and pasted, unedited):


The Plan!

Robin Williams, wearing a shirt that says ‘ I love New York ‘ in Arabic.

You gotta love Robin Williams ……..Even if he ‘ s nuts! Leave it to Robin Williams to come up with the perfect plan. What we need now is for our UN Ambassador to stand up and repeat this message.
Robin Williams ‘ plan…(Hard to argue with this logic!)

‘ I see a lot of people yelling for peace but I have not heard of a plan for peace. So, here ‘ s one plan. ‘

1) ‘ The US /UK/ AUSTRALIA will apologize to the world for our ‘ interference ‘ in their affairs, past & present. You know, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Tojo, Noriega, Milosevic, Hussein, and the rest of those ‘ good ‘ ole ‘ boys ‘ , we will never ‘ interfere ‘ again.

2) We will withdraw our troops from all over the world, starting with Germany , South Korea , the Middle East , and the Philippines . They don ‘ t want us there. We would station troops at our borders. No one allowed sneaking through holes in the fence.

3) All illegal aliens have 90 days to get their affairs together and leave We ‘ ll give them a free trip home. After 90 days the remainder will be gathered up and deported immediately, regardless of whom or where they are from. They ‘ re illegal!!! France will welcome them..
4) All future visitors will be thoroughly checked and limited to 90 days unless given a special permit!!!! No one from a terrorist nation will be allowed in. If you don ‘ t like it there, change it yourself and don ‘ t hide here. Asylum would never be available to anyone. We don ‘ t need any more cab drivers or 7-11 cashiers..

5) No foreign ‘ students ‘ over age 21. The older ones are the bombers. If they don ‘ t attend classes, they get a ‘ D ‘ and it ‘ s back home baby.
6) The US /UK/ Australia will make a strong effort to become self-sufficient energy wise. This will include developing nonpolluting sources of energy but will require a temporary drilling of oil in the Alaskan wilderness. The caribou will have to cope for a while

7) Offer Saudi Arabia and other oil producing countries $10 a barrel for their oil. If they don ‘ t like it, we go someplace else. They can go somewhere else to sell their production. (About a week of the wells filling up the storage sites would be enough.)

8) If there is a famine or other natural catastrophe in the world, we will not ‘ interfere. ‘ They can pray to Allah or whomever, for seeds, rain, cement or whatever they need. Besides most of what we give them is stolen or given to the army. The people who need it most get very little, if anything.

9) Ship the UN Headquarters to an isolated island someplace. We don ‘ t need the spies and fair weather friends here. Besides, the building would make a good homeless shelter or lockup for illegal aliens.

10) All Americans must go to charm and beauty school. That way, no one can call us ‘ Ugly Americans ‘ any longer. The Language we speak is ENGLISH..learn it…or LEAVE…Now, isn ‘ t that a winner of a plan?

‘ The Statue of Liberty is no longer saying ‘ Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses. ‘ She ‘ s got a baseball bat and she ‘ s yelling, ‘ you want a piece of me? ‘

If you agree with the above, forward it to friends…If not, and I would be amazed if you DELETED it!!

Now, all it takes to verify this (or most forwarded email, for that matter) is to go to and/or, two reputable sites where you can, if you fancy, you truth-seeker, verify the, well, veracity of most tales going around the interwebz. Go check this one out for yourself– Sure, sounds like a logical plan, and some parts of it make sense (okay, maybe the part where they strung some letters together to make words make sense–it is mostly haughty and high-handed, like a sober Rush Limbaugh on a bright sunny day picnicking at the park, perhaps), but don’t use Robin Williams’ name to make a statement. All I ask of you is to check it out. You’re already online anyway.

On Suffrage and Suffering

November 2, 2009 Leave a comment

“Toute nation a le gouvernement qu’elle mérite.” (Joseph De Maistre, 1753-1821) which literally translates to, “Every nation has the government which it deserves” has been in my mind ever since I read about Le Cirque, Bobby Van’s, and Pres. GMA’s gustatory adventures. I humbly submit that this quote is applicable (valid?) to our country’s situation for two reasons. One, the poor and/or uneducated voters would vote for any candidate who: doles out a few bucks (I still don’t understand why they can’t just promise to do it and then turn around and vote with their conscience. Are we really that honest?), or issues grandiose statements that range from alleviating poverty to curing cancer. Two, a lot (if not most) of educated citizens are apathetic. I have had conversations with my friends who refuse to vote or take any part in the political process and I almost always end up frustrated because they refute anything I say with pronouncements like, “Wala namang mangyayari kahit na bumoto ako, sayang lang ang oras ko!” or “Kahit sino pa ang maupo e mangungurakot lang ‘yan.” It is quite apparent that they have been jaded, which I understand, but at this point, I usually get too emotional and accuse them of treason and I suppress the urge to bellow, “Off with their heads!” and “Hoy, mahiya ka, ang taumbayan kaya ang nagpa-aral sa iyo!” if they hailed from U.P. Quite frankly, I am not equipped to handle either case.

The recent disasters and the government’s lackadaisical (no, despicable) show of recovery and relief efforts should be proof positive that we need, if not deserve, better leadership. Whenever I bring it up, however, I am met with the usual response of “Tama na ‘yan, walang magagawa ang sisihan,” which is quite reflective of our culture. But how else would we ponder and make a better choice after committing egregious errors? After we have overcome these trials and tribulations, can you please stop and think hard before you cast a vote? That is, if you’re going to vote, of course. If you take a look at the front runners among the presidentiables, Sec. Gilbert Teodoro had the perfect opportunity to prove himself by simply taking charge. After all, he has the resources of the government at his disposal, not to mention the now-known fact that he can commandeer a helicopter, that is if he was really serious about rescuing anybody besides his own family. Then came the buzz about GMA’s lavish expenditures and the allegedly missing P800M emergency funds and now, the grand LWUA bash feted by Pichay purportedly to impress his big boss.

According to the articles I’ve read, the “wais” Manny Villar was probably the first one to take action by dispatching (conspicuously labeled?) dump trucks and distributing relief goods. People, however, were quick to douse him with a cold shower of Marikina floodwater by taking pictures of said props, este, accoutrements and thusly implied criticism (Can you say cynical?). Like I said: “wais.” He wouldn’t be that rich if he didn’t know how to take advantage of any opportunity that presented itself. If you think about it, he and Willie Revillame are a perfect tandem of people who are expert at taking advantage of anything and anybody.

I do not know what to say about Noynoy in this regard. Has anybody even asked him about his mother’s CARP crap and the farmers who were gunned down? (Do yourself a favor and read Man, the temerity to get in front of the camera and proclaim his candidacy. Now that’s what I call cojones. I think only Bongbong Marcos can stand next to this guy. Oops, now that I think about it, I don’t think this will be such a good idea. Back to the topic at hand… what has he done besides meet with Erap to discuss the 2010 polls? Not only that, what has he really accomplished?

Erap, Chiz, Jamby, and Lacson? Please. They need their heads checked and their egos exorcised (not just excised).

But, as in elections past, who else? Are my friends who shun suffrage right in the end? Do we really want to leave this important decision up to everybody else? I think it is time for Bishop Bert Mercado and Nicanor Perlas to show their mettle and show us that there are better alternatives. After all, better is what we deserve.


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