Announcing: Mobile.Exchange.Ph

The latest in a series of Exchanges, Mobile Exchange, is the first daily blog – magazine featuring the latest developments in the Philippine mobile gadget scene.

Everyday, Mobile Exchange will feature a gadget, accessory, service, tips, reviews, video or event, ranging from Cellphones, PDAs, Software, Laptops, Desktops, and varied other devices. All posts include hi-res pictures and complete descriptions. Sponsors will provide where these can be bought and prevailing prices.

Mobile Exchange’s aim is to become the main source of information about gadgets and devices. Our goal is to help consumers make informed decisions on the often confusing world of consumer technology.

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J Angelo Gets It Done

Congrats to J Angelo Racoma for his successful efforts to bring Paypal into the country!

Angelo is humble about it, as per his entry:

We think it�s good that PayPal has again enabled its services here in the Philippines. This will enable Filipinos here to purchase goods and services online. However, the functionality is still very limited, and we are still not able to use the service for our intended purpose, which is to receive funds. We think this is a bigger aspect, since being able to receive funds online will greatly benefit Pinoys who need a quick, cheap and (relatively) safe means to receive money online from here and abroad.

It�s not perfect, but it�s a good start.

I agree, and congratulations are in order to him and those who helped.

I’m screwed

  • My PC is rebooting all by itself. I used a super duper cleaner on it in a majorly fashion yesterday, and although the motherboard looks sparkling new now, it’s still rebooting, so I’m in for it. Plan A is to replace the power supply, which is my best guess culprit, and buy a new [tag]automatic voltage regulator[/tag] / [tag]uninterruptible power supply[/tag]. If that doesn’t work, then it’s time to look at new motherboards and RAM. No my finances aren’t able to handle this right now. When is it ever.
  • Please take a look at the new photos I put up at You look at those things and you think how precious they are. Thing is, there are tons more where that came from, but many are untitled and un-signed. I’ll put up a page soon saying that if there are any folks who want to contribute details to the untitled pics, to let me know.
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Aug – Sep are the most beautiful times of the year. Barops. How Terrorists and the government can help one another, and other troubling thoughts.

I just turned off the TV after watching people like former National Security Adviser Roilo Golez, the head of the PNP group in charge of Aviation safety, and some Airport chief person lambast a recent event where a security expert boarded a Davao plane and easily put together a bomb.

According to them, the reported �security breach� could adversely affect the country�s economy and tourism industry, and someone said �Tourist arrivals might go down and that could adversely affect our economy�. Golez said that the expert should have confirmed with the Authorities first, before conducting the test, presumably so they would be more prepared. The PNP guy said �Pinahiya kami nang walang laban (We were embarrassed without being given a chance to give our side),� according to here.

You know what? I agree! While we’re at it, the best thing to do imo, is ask all the terrorists, to please register themselves with the Philippine Government, and kindly inform us whenever they plan to undertake civil unrest, kidnappings, suicide bomb attacks, beheadings, crashing planes into buildings, and all sorts of activity that may be described as ‘terrorist’ or ‘terrorist-like’.

Continue reading Aug – Sep are the most beautiful times of the year. Barops. How Terrorists and the government can help one another, and other troubling thoughts.

Bulletpoints du Jour

  • I’ve got two appointments today, a presscon in the afternoon, a meeting before that, the press launch of a new Nokia phone in the evening, two articles to write start and one to re-edit (yes ‘re-edit’ since i’ve already edited it and now i’ve to do it again). Yet here I am blogging away using time I could use for better purposes. Haay.
  • I’ve a new blogging project I’m seriously giving thought, and I’ve no doubt it’d be interesting, but unfortunately I’m spreading myself too thin. Movie Exchange isn’t moving (hadn’t had time to watch) and I’m starting to concentrate on Ballex, given the UAAP and the Fiba World Championships are coming round.

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From here:

An iPod and two mobile phones are the latest must-have accessories for status-conscious British office workers,… according to a survey released on Wednesday.

(The people who surveyed) branded the people in the survey as GOSSIPS (Gadget Obsessed Status Symbol Infatuated Professionals), a contemporary version of yuppies–the acquisitive young urban professionals of the 1980s.


Number 1. When I was in my late 20s (and 30 lbs. lighter), I was corporate, dressed it, went out a lot, and earned well into ‘yuppie’ territory. However, I’d hate anyone calling me one. Why in heavens name would anyone want to be called that? Everyone knows the moment someone niches you, you’re obsolete.

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What is wrong with teens these days?

Lone Mage posted this today, where he finds something wrong about this link:

Teenagers who listen to music with explicitly sexual lyrics start having sex sooner than those who prefer other songs, a study found.

Whether it is hip-hop, rap, pop or rock, much of popular music aimed at teens contains sexual overtones. Its influence on their behavior appears to depend on how the sex is portrayed, researchers found.

Songs depicting men as “sex-driven studs” and women as sex objects, and with explicit references to sex acts, are more likely to trigger early sexual behavior than those where sexual references are more veiled and relationships appear more committed, the study found.

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