Friday, January 15, 2010

reBlog from thor78: Sheep Gives Birth to Lamb With a Human Face! | The Daily Inquirer

I found this fascinating quote today:

Now this is disturbing! A sheep in a Turkish village just gave birth to a mutant lamb with a human face!thor78, Sheep Gives Birth to Lamb With a Human Face! | The Daily Inquirer, Jan 2010

You should read the whole article.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

iPod Touch and Nano - Spanking New! Again!

With the 3G iPhone hype finally stabilizing, Apple discreetly releases more product update in the form of the updated iPod Touch and Nano. Both of them are already feature-packed and now Apple makes it so much better! Read on!

iPhone's Polished Stainless Steel and other design changes
The iPhone get even sexier and better to hold and ogle at! That's polished stainless steel used for the countoured casing! Apple seems to have learned its lesson and listened to customer feedback on the iPod Touches battery lifespan! And oh yeah,  a built in speaker - which is great for easy listening without the headphones.

More Music, Video and Games!
 Now capable of runnning for 6 hours of video and 36 hours of music! The battery bump now allows owners to play even more complicated games that make use of the built-in accelerometer. You can now play racing games sans the stylus and tilt your iPod touch to steer! 

But wait there's more, the Nano!
Now this is improvement! Enter the Musical Genius! The Nano analyzes your music and creates a playlist of songs that it thinks goes well togother! Maybe even playlist you never thought would click! Also utilizing the built-in accelerometer, you could now do some nifty stuff with the Nano. Shake it up a bit, it shuffles your music. Tilt it 90 degrees and you can view the album cover art and even select the album you want to listen to. Do the same with your pictures and view your pictues in portait and landscape. And of course - GAMES!

The iPod Touch starts at $229 and the Nano at $149! You can visit Apple's store to see the other variations.  

Monday, September 15, 2008

My new SITE! FTW!

I recently bought my own domain! YEAH! 5 years too long at that! HAH! :D My own domain was always on top of the things I promised myself I'd buy once I got a stable job! Here's the link to my personal site: [Ron]Notepad[/Ron]!

Useless posts and content :P
I don't really have any specific content to put up, so at the moment my site serves as my online scratch pad or my Notepad as I like to call it. Maybe a few posts about my violin lessons/escapades or maybe some photos of me if you guys re interested. haha :D

More shameless redirects
If you missed the link to my site you can click this again: [Ron]Notepad[/Ron]
I do hope you get to read of my worthless posts and subscribe to my feeds! :D

Friday, September 12, 2008

The iPhone get it's much needed tune up!

Tired of the dropped calls and your iTunes is taking forever to backup? Or is your iPhone's short battery giving up sooner than expected? These and many more bugs are prime targets for Apple's new  iPhone 2.1 Software Update released today (09/12/2008) .

Update Contents
Here's the update content list from Apple's iPhone software update site:
  • Decrease in call set-up failures and dropped calls
  • Significantly better battery life for most users (most users? WTH)
  • Dramatically reduced time to backup to iTunes (FAIL)
  • Improved email reliability, notably fetching email from POP and Exchange accounts
  • Faster installation of 3rd party applications
  • Fixed bugs causing hangs and crashes for users with lots of third party applications
  • Improved performance in text messaging
  • Faster loading and searching of contactsImproved accuracy of the 3G signal strength display
  • Repeat alert up to two additional times for incoming text messages
  • Option to wipe data after ten failed passcode attempts
  • Genius playlist creation (Which means?)
Updating Process
To update your iPhone, you MUST have iTunes 8 installed - you can get it here from Apple's iTunes Download Page. Once you have iTunes 8 installed you simply connect your iPhone and select it using iTunes, select the summary page and click on update! While your iPhone is being updated, keep your grubby hands off for a while or you'll end up with a shiny looking brick. :D

Happy Updating!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Pimp your iPhone with Wraps and Accesorries!

Lucky or wealthy enough to get your hands on an iPhone? Wrap it up in style with these two great looking iPhone cases to protect your "precious"! The case shown above is from DLO, a company that specializes in accesories like iPod to iPhone cases, earphones and so much more!

With the 3G iPhone different size specifictions you'll have to get wraps tht fit your 3g iPhone, don't make the mistake of buying an old iPhone wrap! Here's one from More Thing:

Or if you like to savor iPhone sexiness, but still want a wrap you should check this out tranparent protector: 
The ultra slim design can keep the beautiful shape of iPhone 3G and transparency material will show up the Apple logo on the back. Our silicone products are made of 100% pure silicone, no alternative materials (such as TPR) is added. Pure silicone is odor-free, strong, anti-static, dust proof and ultra slim that is perfect-fitted to your devices preserving the original features and shape with good looking and protection. And completely safe with U.S. 21 F.D.A. Regulation Part 177.2600 (rubber articles) standard.
If you have cash to burn, why not dress your iPhone in an equally expensive Louis Vuitton iPhone case! The leather case fetches about $1250... Why not buy another iPhone eh? :D
AND Finally, we all know the iPhone's battery can go by sooo fast, especially if you're are an application maniac! The charger can be a drag at times, so why not get an emergency battery to prolong those precious hours you have with your iPhone?  

Friday, September 5, 2008

The Microsoft Philippines SQL Server 2008 Architect's Forum

I was at the Architect's Forum earlier this afternoon which took place at Dusit Nikko, Makati. Although database management or development isn't exactly my field of specialization - I attended to check it out anyway and to get the usual freebies (includes a Heroes T-Shirt, pen, pack bag and flyers!)  Hahaha! :D

Technical Event - Doh!
I thought the forum would be easily digested by my feeble brain, but sadly it failed to catch up during the break out sessions! The welcome plenary was given by Pepeng Rollan, GM of Microsoft Philippines and the keynote was delivered by Mark Souza from Microsoft Corp.

The keynote speaker enumerated the three development pillars of the SQL Server 2008 release as Trusted, Intelligent, and Productive. And after he briefly explained each pillar, three guys local Microsoft guys (Glenn Gamboa, Dindo Fernando, and Jojo Ayson) glady gave demos highlighting some of the key concepts of the pillars via the SQL Server itself, mostly executing scripts of TSQL and SQL. I did not get 90% of everything they said. :D 

Hungry... Misconeptions... Break Out Sessions...
Now at about 3PM, the breakout sessions started with the Grand Ballroom (where the forum was held) being divided to create another make-shift room to accomodate the other session. And now my stomach was grumbling as usual and I allowed it to take over, making me say stuff like "God, Microsoft rents out a great place but isn't serving any food yet!" and "I should have stay at the office!" AND "This is all they're serving coffee?!?". The first session (SQL Server 2008 SSAS enchancements) I attended flew by quite quickly, not because I thought the speaker (Nicholas Dritsas, Customer Advisory Team, Microsoft Corporation) was boring, but it was because my carbo deprived brain couldn't process anything anymore, that and the fact I didn't know squat about SSAS! 
By the time they announced that their would be another break before the next session AND the waiters start coming out with... SALAD! I told myself, "Better than nothing!", heck I gobbled the green salad in less than 2 mins! But after 5 min, lo and behold more waiters come out of the kitchen again with pasta in hand! I finally give Microsoft a pat in the back. Ok now I'll listen to your sessions! :D And I did, I knew enough TSQL and SQL to get what Michael Hotek (MCITP - SQL Server DBA) was saying about Database Auditing in SQL Server 2008. 

As usual Microsoft gets it right by developing powerful applications with customer convenience in mind. That's one of the main reasons open source development tools don't really hold any special place in my toolset, yes it may be free and it does have user support but it still takes a long time and requires more effort to code.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

FriendFeed! My latest addiction!

Can't help but post, like and comment everything! FriendFeed is a predictable byproduct of the Web 2.0 revolution, similar to Twitter or Plurk, but much more interactive on a grand and sometimes confusing way.  People get really addicted to FriendFeed and spend most of their time commenting, liking and posting (*Ahem* Mona N. *Ahem*), so just to be sure minimize you window size when your at the office!

How to Feed your Friends and be Fed
You start your time in FriendFeed building up contacts to subcribe and maybe post something yourself. But believe me, it's better to subcribe and interact first with your subcribed contacts, you'll get more exposure that way, meaning people would be more likely to comment or like your posts or shares. The more friends you subcribe to the more you get to discover about what they share via Twitter, Flicker, a Blog, and more! Here a quick glance at my subscribed contacts and the things they share online: 

Most of the updates happen in real time (thank you AJAX) so you won't have to refresh all the time. But if you're obsessive compulsive like me, you'll end up refreshing your tab anyway. :)

Widgets for your Sites
If you love widgets and and your website, but can't wait for the next update on FriendFeed - you can embed your FriendFeed status and current Feed via FriendFeed's embed. And if you like an additional to dd to your site's already overflowing badges you can get one too from FriendFeed!

So if your already on FriendFeed, hook me up to your list of subscriptions and see you there! This is my FriendFeed Link! +1 to me!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Sweetcron - The Automated Lifestream Blog Software

Another micro-blogging platform to rival Twitter, FriendFeed, and the rest - Sweetcron is dubbed as the Automated Lifestreaming Blog software created by YongFook. It operates something like FriendFeed, pulling selected content from your selected sites like Twitter, Flicker, etc. and automatically posting them to your blog hence the Automated keyword.

The Main Features Mapped Out (from Sweetcron's site)

Automatic Imports
Uploaded a photo to flickr? Bookmarked a new site? In a few minutes it will show up on your blog!

Easily Customizable
Edit simple templates to change the way your Sweetcron Lifestream looks. Default Sandbox theme included!

Self Hosted
Keep all your data safely on your own server and run Sweetcron via your own domain.

100% Free and Open Source
Oh and did I mention Sweetcron is extensible, too? Write your own php classes and slot them right in!

Now in Public Beta
Sweetcron is currently in public beta! Want to join the funz?

Lifestreaming Defined
According to Word Spy's entry is

an online record of a person's daily activities, either via direct video feed or via aggregating the person's online content such as blog posts, social network updates, and online photos.
If you use Facebook, I'm quite sure you're quite familiar with the term.

If you want to try it out head over to Sweetcron's site and register to get an email with the download, documentation and support URL's.