iPhone 4!

iPhone 4 is finally here! It’s not iPhone 4G or iPhone HD as what other have suspected, Steve Jobs named it iPhone 4. iPhone fanatics will surely line up again for this much coveted phone set to be released on June 24, 2010 in the US, UK, France, Germany and Japan. It will be released in 18 other countries some time on July, 2010. While I still can’t get my hands on these iPhone 4, it will be surely good news to some because iPhone 3GS will drop its price to $99. iPhone 4 will retail at $199 for 16 GB and $299 for 32 GB.

iPhone 4

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I hate you PLDT myDSL!

PLDT myDSL is giving me crappy service for more than a month now! I ditched Globe Broadband’s crappy service to avail of myDSL, one year subscription was great until now…

The sad speedtest.net result:

myDSL speedtest result

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Protect your personal information

In this day and age, almost every activity can be done online. From getting in touch with your friends thru chatting and email, promoting your business through social networks, gaining information from Internet forum, shopping online from e-commerce websites, paying bills, online banking and so much more. Most of the time, websites you go to requires you to register before you can use the services or before you can interact with other members like in an Internet forum. For some sites, you can get away with just your nickname and some fictional address like “paradise”, “heaven”, etc…, but websites like an ecommerce site and online banking requires you to put in your real name, complete address, credit card information, email address, phone number and other sensitive personal information. You may think that giving your personal information to your trusted company’s website is secure enough, but think twice, no matter how advance the technology is, Identity Theft is a Problem .

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Secure your home

How secure is your home? In these times, a home security system is imperative to ensure security of your loved ones and your valuables. Living in an exclusive, gated and guarded subdivision doesn’t spare you from being victims of robbery and intrusion. What’s worse is that some robbers not just get the money and material things they want but even kill their victims. A similar incident happened just the other day with Filipino-Canadian film critic Alexis Tioseco wherein Alexis and his Slovenian partnet, Nika Bohinc, were shot dead at their Quezon City residence because of violent burglary.

Home security system
Home security system

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Reasons why I need a remote access software

With the computer and software technology being too fast-paced, I can’t seem to keep up and be updated with the latest techniques. Things are different when I’m still in school because I’m confident with my technical know-how about computers. But with my busy lifestyle and with plenty of things on my plate, I don’t have time to delve into bloody computer complexities except maintaining my blogs and online shop. This is why a remote access software comes in handy especially for busy people like me.

access computers remotely from any part of the world

access computers remotely from any part of the world

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How to activate international roaming for Smart and Globe prepaid subscribers

I’m ready for my flight in Hongkong! Itinerary (check), traveling essentials (check), cameras and batteries (check), PLENTY of alcohol (check, a must especially with the swine flu scare). Part of my to-do-list is activate international roaming of my Globe and Prepaid sim cards so that I won’t miss important messages while I’m away.

How to activate Globe international roaming (activation is free of charge):

Text GROAM ON <startdate mm/dd/yyyy> and send to 2884

Example:  GROAM ON 06/01/2008

How to make calls while roaming:

Dial *131* + country code + area code (or operator code) + phone number + # sign.
e.g. *131*6327301000# if landline or *131*639178000000# if mobile and press SEND.

How to send text messages while roaming (Php 25 per SMS sent):

Use the International Number format when sending a message to someone: “+” + country code + mobile access number + mobile number.

Example: +639xxxxxxxxxx, and press SEND

How to reload your Globe sim card while roaming:

Dial *123*(Prepaid Call Card Number and PIN)# and press send. There is no space between the Prepaid Call Card Number and PIN. Press SEND.

Example: *123*0394466245495296# press SEND.

A message will flash on your phone – “Please wait while we process your request.” If reloading is successful, you will get a message via SMS “Your top-up is successful. Your new balance is now Peso xxxx.xx”

Customer Service Hotline when roaming:

Call the 24 hour Globe roaming support hotline at *131*6327301212# then press “CALL”. Corresponding charges apply for the call if you use your Globe handyphone.

How to activate Smart international roaming (minimum balance of Php 100 is required to activate roaming):

Text ROAM ON and send to 333

How to make calls while roaming:

Enter the number you wish to call following the format:

+ Country code Mobile code Mobile number (Example: + 63 919 1234567)

Press Send.

Wait for the confirmation message: “Pls. wait, we are connecting your call… Pls. answer when the phone rings.”

Wait for your phone to ring (do not use your phone while waiting for the call back service). Answer the call. You will hear a ringing tone at the end of the line. Wait for the destination number to pick up.

How to send text messages while roaming:

Use the International Number format when sending a message to someone: “+” + country code + mobile access number + mobile number.

Example: +639xxxxxxxxxx, and press SEND

How to check your Smart load balance while roaming:

Type “?1515” and send to 214.

How to reload your Smart sim card while roaming:

Text RELOAD <14-digit Card PIN> and send to 1510

I switched! Blogspot to WordPress migration

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I am happy to announce that http://badudets.blogspot.com/ is now https://www.badudets.com/. I’ve been contemplating about it since November of last year, but I don’t know where to start on getting my own domain and web hosting. Some advices I got from the comments is to get a Filipino web host so that communication during site downtimes is easier. Besides, let us support our own Filipino web hosts because I believe Pinoys are one of the best web hosts in the world. My other dilemma at that time was on how I will move my blog from Blogspot to WordPress. I love Blogspot because it’s free but a lot of bloggers swears by WordPress for the endless things that you can do on your blog. And guess what, I’m a WordPress convert now! My decision was influenced by Earth and Mommy Ruby who promised that the migration will be easy as pie, and for a technically-challenged person like me, that’s all I need to hear.

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SlogBite: see the best before the rest

Want to increase your site’s exposure and drive more traffic to your site? Then, SlogBite is for you. It will be officialy launched on March 1, 2009 and it will be fun to be part of the first members of SlogBite. Why the name Slogbite? Here’s why:

I have a real problem with sites that try to dictate what is a blog and what isn’t a blog. The lines between site and blogs have gotten more and more blurry as of late. As a blogger myself I like to expand the horizons of what is possible and I don’t want to be constrained. I feel that most bloggers are the same way. Getting back to the name; you take the first letter of “Blog” and the first letter of “Site” transpose them and then combine the two words and you come up with “SlogBite.” To me a SlogBite is a web presence.

Joining is easy, just fill out an entry form, choose if you want to belong in the “A”list or “B” list. I’m an A-lister so I have to install a SlogBite widget on my sidebar, for the B-listers, a SlogBite badge just like I used above should be installed. See my SlogBite widget just below my chatbox on the sidebar, isn’t it pretty? Well, widgets and badges are colorful and users can choose one that’s appropriate for their sites. What’s even nice with SlogBite is that you can list your blog or sites in two or more categories as long as the category is fit to your blog. Just follow the instructions on how to add your sites into specific categories. The site has a number of categories and a regional blog listing too, you can also request for a specific category if the list is not enough.

Technical support is fast, Mel Kaye answered my email just few seconds after sending it. I hope they can improve the site’s interface though, especially the Tag Cloud because it takes so much space in the page. Overall, the site looks promising on helping sites/blogs to socialize, drive traffic and maximize exposure.

See yah at SlogBite! And oh, please don’t forget to put me on your Referring Site URL: http://badudets.blogspot.com/.


What happened to Google?

As I was doing my routine Internet surfing hours ago, I got alarmed when all of my searches in Google showed the warning: “This site may harm your computer”, in Filipino (“Ang site na ito ay maaaring makasama sa computer mo”). Duh? I checked some of the sites and these are the usual sites I visit but only just now it showed a malware warning. I used Yahoo on my searches and none of the search results showed “This site may harm your computer” warning.

At first, I thought it’s my computer having a virus but it’s a glitch on Google’s part. Apparently, problems occurred on their malware filters, Stopbadware.org being down. Good thing Google is up again! Back to regular surfing!

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