Section 19
  1. I agree that laws are just tools and can be used either for good or evil. Appropriate tools, however, should be given to responsible people at the correct time. You would give crayons to toddlers to let them express their creativity. You wouldn’t give a gun to teenagers to settle arguments. For me, our government is not mature and responsible enough to be provided with the encompassing powers provided by section 19 (takedown clause).
Cyber Libel
  1. Libel before the Information Age is a serious offense worthy of being treated as a crime. Due to the “one-way” nature of the traditional mass media (radio, television), paninirang-puri places the victim in a very disadvantageous position since he has limited power to let other people know his side of the story. This poses serious threats to his reputation and character. With the advent of the Internet, and with laws requiring traditional media to print or air the responses of the “aggrieved” party, everyone has been granted the power to make and rebuke claims, leveling the playing field. As such, the Internet somehow neutralized the advantages that traditional mass media personalities once exclusively enjoyed.
  2. To summarize:
    1. Traditional Mass Media Era: Journalists, writers, news anchors, politicians and other “traditional mass media personalities” acquired great powers since their words can reach the masses
    2. Libel is used to control the powers of traditional mass media
    3. Internet Era: The power of traditional mass media personalities were greatly diminished due to availability and accessibility of venues (e.g., the Internet) to express one’s thoughts and ideas
  3. What should have been done? De-criminalize libel and treat it as a civil offense
    What was done?  Impose harsher penalties for libel committed using the Internet, in effect, try to discourage people to openly express their ideas using the Internet.
  4. Why was this done? For Sotto’s reasons on why he inserted “proposed to include” libel, I can only guess. Maybe he is a psychic and foresaw that he will be greatly lambasted in the cyber world in the coming months (he inserted this on January 2012, he became major Internet “sensation” around August). It should be noted that the effects of this insertion was already pointed out by Rep. Raymond Palatino as early as March. So it may be an oversight on the part of the other lawmakers (Cayetano, Escudero, etc.), but it is not a forgivable one.
What Now?
  1. If we have a business with ineffective (and some grossly inapt) managers, what do we do? Do we just close our eyes and let them still run the business? As owners, do we retain these managers even though they do not give the results that we need?
  2. The answer is obvious, common sense, actually. We will know next year if Filipinos finally acquired one.
I'm currently "semi-addicted" to several games in Steam including Civilization V, Hero Academy (also available in iPad), Dota 2 (big noob in this game), and Might and Magic Heroes VI. PC games sure have gone a long way from the time I started playing around the early '90s. 

It was my kuya Ron who introduced me to computer gaming (actually, to computers, in general). The first PC game that I remember playing is Scorched Earth.

Scorched Earth screenshot
In this game, you control a tank and try to blow up your opponents using a variety of weapons (similar to Worms). Your arsenal includes MIRV (Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry Vehicle) missles, Napalm Bomb, and the famous Nuke. You can also use defensive and support items like shields and parachutes.

MIRV attack!
In school, one of the few available games is Adventures in Math run using GW-BASIC. The player is set inside a castle and his goal is to find the exit. To open doors and pick up treasures, the player has to answer math problems from simple addition/subtraction, to complex multiplication/division questions.

Nice graphics! =)
Here's a screenshot of the game "in action":

Aside from Adventures in Math, one of the most educational game that I enjoyed back then was Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?. It introduced me to a lot of difficult English words and different places around the world. I remember playing this game with a big Webster dictionary and concise encyclopedia beside me. BTW, I still play this game once in a while using DOSBox, and there are still A LOT of things that I still don't know! Good thing it's a lot easier now to search for those pesky landmarks! =)

Ha ha ha!


All images in this blog, unless specifically identified, were searched using Google, and are the property of their respective owners.
As much as I hate don't like Microsoft, I have to admit that, so far, I like the performance of Windows 8. I have been using the new OS for almost three weeks now and it was able to run all my programs with minimal issues and impressive performance. The only "major" problem that I had was installing and running Diablo 3. I was able to fix it by running the installer and the game in Windows XP compatibility mode:

Diablo 3 Compatibility Settings
Here are some screenshots of the game:

Game Launcher (with some portion of our pre-nup pictures in the background!)

My Level 52 Demon Hunter
The "dual personality" issue is, surprisingly, really not a biggie. I was able to use my laptop comfortably without dwelling too much in Metro/Modern UI. All it takes is one additional click to launch the Desktop UI and I'm back to my familiar and much-loved interface. Even the lack of the Start button and Start Menu was also not a major issue for me. Once I found the "shut down" button (btw, it's in the charms bar, click settings > power), I really had no need for the start menu.

There you are!
Finding a program that is not in my desktop or taskbar is also easy, just click the start key (on your keyboard), or click the lower-left corner of your screen (where the start button/start menu is usually located) to open the Start Screen. Start typing keywords for your program and Windows will search all related applications. Unlike my experience with previous Windows, searching programs in Windows 8 is significantly faster, much like Google Instant (shows results as you type).

Searching for Startcraft...
I haven't really spent much time in Metro/Modern UI simply because there are very few applications that currently support it. Aside from Microsoft's own applications (e.g., Mail, Calendar, Contacts), the only Modern UI app that I have are Google Chrome, TED HD, and ARMED!

The Modern UI Chrome will automatically be installed once you install the desktop/normal version. I installed ARMED! because it is one of the "top games" in the Store, though personally, I really think that it's not a good game. This goes to show how very few apps are currently available for Win8's new interface. I believe (hope) this will improve once the OS is launched commercially this month.

There is, however, one Metro app that I am currently enjoying. This application is none other than... tan-tada-dan... Microsoft's face-lifted Solitaire game!

BTW, to close Metro apps, "drag" the app from top to bottom (or simply press alt-F4)
The download size is quite big (around 150mb) for a "simple" card game. It is, however, technically a "collection" of solitaire games comprising of the familiar Klondlike, Spider Solitaire, FreeCell, Pyramid, and TriPeaks. You can also change the "theme" of your cards which gives your deck a very nice "look and feel".

Klondlike with Western Theme
Note: while writing this blog, I noticed that the "xbox games" application is now working. This app previously shows a "not available in your region" notice. Now, it shows the following games in its "spotlight":

Hey, it's working now!
It seems that the games at the bottom row (from Gears of War 3 to Kinect Sports 2) are exclusive  Xbox360 games, while the other apps can be played in Windows 8. I'm going to download Adera (Free - 218mb) and Pinball FX 2 (Free - 124mb) and try them out later.

Note again: I read somewhere that Windows 8 will be released this month without full support from manufacturers (e.g., drivers are not yet fully available). I think I'm quite lucky since everything is working fine with my Asus laptop using the Windows 7 drivers.
Wala namang tinatanaw...

Just finished installing and "skimming" through Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows 8. Overall, I think it's good but not great. Two key factors that are glaringly different from previous versions of Windows are: (1) the new "Metro/Modern UI", and (2) the lack of Start Menu in "Desktop" interface.

Windows 8 is due for commercial launch on October 26. Developers and manufacturers, however, were already provided with Released-to-Manufacturing (RTM) version of the OS last August 1.

Install time is pretty impressive, just around 30 minutes of installation and configuration, from putting the DVD in the drive to being operational and in ready-to-use state. This includes formatting and partitioning of hard drive, installation of OS, setting up a new Microsoft account, and customizing the user interface (keyboard, language, background image, color scheme). (Note: I read in Techradar that installing the OS using USB, Solid-State Drive (SSD), and probably a faster Internet connection, in a Core i5 PC takes up just 15 minutes).

Since I don't have a USB drive with enough capacity (donations accepted), and no budget for an SSD (subsidies appreciated), I burned the OS in a DVD and used it to install in my machine:

Processor: Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M (2GB VRAM)
Storage: 750GB  

Initial boot screen during the installation is quite bland, just a black screen with the new Windows logo:

The boot screen appeared for about 1 to 2 minutes. Next step was to enter the product key and select a hard drive and partition to install the system. Since I have an existing OS and I can't upgrade it to Windows 8, I decided to just delete all the existing partitions and let Windows create new ones.

From there it was just a matter of clicking the "Next" button until the end. =)

One key observation: similar to buying a new phone or tablet with iOS or Android, I was asked to register or use an existing Microsoft Account (this can be hotmail, windows live, etc.). This can be used to synchronize the user's settings, files, and applications, among others, with his/her other Windows 8 devices (including ARM-based devices such as tablet PCs). I think this is MS' big offensive against iOS and Android, which is clever but a little bit annoying (I'll explain later). MS is basically leveraging its huge market share in the PC industry to gain ground in the mobile/tablet arena.

Since the OS now caters to two markets, Windows 8 provides two user interfaces: first (and default) is Modern UI ("code named" Metro UI during development), while the second is the classic Desktop UI, sans the Start Menu.

I'll describe the Desktop UI first. It is basically the classic user interface we've been using since Windows 95, icons in the screen and the ever-useful task bar. What's missing, though, are the Start button and Start Menu. If you hover your mouse in the lower left corner of the screen (where the Start button was usually located), you will see a preview of the "Start Page", or in other words, the Modern UI. Clicking here will basically open the Modern UI. Installing applications using the Desktop is basically the same as in previous versions. One difference, however, is instead of creating entries in the Start Menu, tiles will be created in the Start Page for the application.

Look Ma, No Start Button!
Modern UI is, imho, optimized and intended for use in tablet PCs using touch screen input. It provides users with big tiles representing applications and settings. In fairness, applications designed for the Metro UI are quite "nice" and "polished". The annoying part: if an application is not Metro-optimized, it will switch to Desktop UI before running, which gives me the impression that I am working in two different environments/computers.

The Start Page
Aside from this "dual personality" issue, I'm very satisfied with the performance of Windows 8. Start-up and  shutdown is noticeably faster compared with my Windows 7 machine (with similar specs and applications installed). I like the integration of different accounts (e.g., Facebook, Google, Twitter) into one "Contacts" application where I can quickly see my address book (Google) and friends (Facebook) in one page. Updates from my Facebook and Twitter can also be seen in one page.

I'll continue testing the OS and (hopefully) post another update soon.
Hi Kambal,

Maraming scenarios ang pumasok at lumabas sa isip ko kung papano ko i-execute ang event na to. Iba't-ibang lugar, iba't-ibang mga tao, iba't-ibang gimik at pakulo. And then I looked at the core of our relationship and identified kung ano ba talaga ang pinaka-reason kung bakit tayo masaya. Marami na tayong pinagdaanan, marami na tayong mga away at bati. Marami nang "big bang events" na talagang umukit sa relationship natin.

Pero on top of those rare big events are the simple and seemingly ordinary things na para sa akin, mas nagbibigay kahulugan sa pagsasama natin. Simple things like riding the MRT, eating Red Mango, watching movies, shopping, and shopping, and shopping =). In addition to those simple things are the people around us, most notably our Smart family, who are very close witnesses (and sometimes, key players) in our love story.

In the end, I chose to have these simple items to remind us that though there are big events that make our relationship colorful, the small things are those that make it meaningful.
Mahal kong kambal, ako'y dinggin,
Sa aking pangungulila, iyong sagipin.
I have just finished reading Freakonomics (and currently reading its sequel, SuperFreakonomics) and learned A LOT regarding different topics and subjects. Core to the book's theme is the power of incentives to the different aspects of a person and society in general. To give a brief glimpse of the contents of the book, here are the topics per chapter, as copied from Wikipedia:

  • Chapter 1: Discovering cheating as applied to teachers and sumo wrestlers, as well as a typical Washington DC area bagel business and its customers
  • Chapter 2: Information control as applied to the Ku Klux Klan and real-estate agents
  • Chapter 3: The economics of drug dealing, including the surprisingly low earnings and abject working conditions of crack cocaine dealers
  • Chapter 4: The role legalized abortion has played in reducing crime, contrasted with the policies and downfall of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceau┼čescu
  • Chapter 5: The negligible effects of good parenting on education
  • Chapter 6: The socioeconomic patterns of naming children (my least favorite topic)
Depending on my laziness meter, I may post subsequent Project TILT posts under this theme. =)