Showing posts from January, 2009

Losing Uncle Lando

At exactly December 25, we received a call with which our mother had answered. Suddenly my mother was shocked and told the caller that she’d be there. She ran up to my dad who was taking his afternoon nap at the sofa and told them they had to leave. I was just in the computer struck frozen with the fact that our dearest uncle has passed away.
Days before we have been visiting him in his home. He was bedridden but was alive and well, in the inside. He didn’t like the taste of “malunngay” so my aunt would have it blended with his tasty nutritional drink. And from what I’ve heard when he was still undergoing treatment in the States, he was a smart patient. Someone who takes note of what time he takes his meds and quizzes the nurses on what effects does this cause him.
And so he was buried not far from his daughter’s grave which had died as baby. I could always remember him appreciating an article that I had written that I had published on the net years ago. He was the kind of uncle who i…

Smith, Robinson, and Jones brain teaser

For our English class, our teacher made us answer this test for 30 minutes and man did it take a toll on all of our educationally stagnant AMA brains. Here’s the problem:On a train, Smith, Robinson, and Jones are the fireman, brakeman, and the engineer, but NOT respectively. Also aboard the train are three businessmen who have the same names: a Mr. Smith, a Mr. Robinson, and a Mr. Jones. Using the clues below, can you determine the identity of the Engineer? 1. Mr. Robinson lives in Detroit.
2. The brakeman lives exactly halfway between Chicago and Detroit
3. Mr. Jones earns exactly $20,000 per year.
4. The brakeman's nearest neighbor, one of the passengers, earns exactly three times as much as the brakeman.
5. Smith beats the fireman in billiards.
6. The passenger whose name is the same as the brakeman's lives in Chicago. Thankfully, after thorough discussion with my classmates and a good friend’s good judgement (Thanks Nido) I was able to answer that it was Smith. Bu…

Windows Live Writer Review: Blog your heart out!

“With the release of its Windows Live Writer (beta) tool to the public, Microsoft has tried to make it simpler to bring content—be it maps, photos, or video—onto your blog.
What is this? Windows Live Writer is a free standalone download to your desktop, only 5MB in size. It requires you to have the 23MB Microsoft .NET Framework.
“When initially setting up the tool using its wizard, it will ask you what type of blog you'll be editing. It of course is preset by default for editing Windows Live Spaces pages, but with a single click you can choose to use it with most any blog publishing tool (you can also always return to the Weblog menu and add or edit other blogs you'd like the app to work with)…
In addition to Spaces, the tool has also been designed to work with Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress, and others…
What should make Writer popular is its ability to be used with multiple blogs; its developers have tried to integrate or provide for imitating the many blog style…

how to effectively delete a file

I am a subscriber to Microsoft’s TipTalk blog on MSDN and an astounding entry made its way to my feed reader last December 19 that what you think is deleted is retrievable.Even if you have deleted a file, cleared the history and cookies and deleted it from the recycle bin, you’re good as clean. But I should’ve known better. I’ve just learned that hackers could actually retrieve those files again. What deleting in Windows does is that it just makes it hard for the average PC user to find the file again. More about it below:“What you've actually done is remove a particular file from the disk's index. The file itself still exists on your hard disk. For the average person it's harder to recover, but an experienced programmer (or hacker) could easily locate the file. Previous or temporary versions of the file might also be saved under different names. You need to go one step further and overwrite your data. Lum recommends you back up everything you want to keep on your hard dri…

Flipping everything - your desktop, your browser

I noticed there is this new animation scheme inspired by Vista's Desktop Management known as Flip 3D feature where you could scan through windows as if they were real papers.

Flip through Firefox tabs with FoxTab
"FoxTab ... brings innovative and attractive 3D tab management to Firefox. Firefox users can now benefits from a new level of web surfing experience.

FoxTab enables grouping, filtering, closing and switching between tabs quickly and easily."

Flip through opened windows with WinFlip

"WinFlip is very easy to use. Simply unzip the file (no installation required), launch the program and you're ready to go. If you want to use it instead of the standard Alt+Tab, press the Windows key+Tab combination. All your active apps and opened windows will be displayed in an attractive 3D environment, where you can flip among them by pressing Tab repeatedly or choose a certain window by pressing the key associated with it.WinFlip worked fine during our t…

Google Redesigned

Did you ever think of redesigning Google apps yourself? Boring and everything simple wraps our award-winning web applications known as Internet Giant, Google. Now a Firefox Add-on is here to save our eyes from soring as you can change stylesheets on the fly everytime you visit Google.

Try it yourself here.