Recent studies of data captured by the Kepler telescope revealed that there are around 20 billion Earth-like planets in the Milky Way Galaxy. This translates to around 20% of planets in our galaxy that may be hospitable to life. To be considered Earth-like, a planet should be around one to two times the size of the Earth and must be located in the "Goldilocks" or habitable zone. The habitable zone pertains to the region around a star wherein planets would have the right temperature (or more precisely, "atmospheric pressure") to support liquid water on the surface.

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Though this doesn't automatically means that there is intelligent life on those planets, this basically gives us a billion reasons to believe that, indeed, we are not alone in this galaxy. Take note, the 20 billion estimate is only for our galaxy. I assume that there would be significantly more outside our home galaxy.
One of our national heroes, Jose Rizal, is also currently considered as the Father of Philippine Comics due to his "Matsing and Pagong" which is the first known comic strip created by a Filipino. It was first published in 1884 in a magazine called "Trubner's Record".

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Learn more about Rizal's comics in this website. It contains low resolution pictures of some of Rizal's works.
This afternoon, I saw a post in Facebook regarding my favorite Pinoy comics character, Combatron! I made a little research and discovered Project Combatron, which has scanned copies of the comics. Since I was so happy, I decided to clean the first issue and come up with the following:




I also learned that Combatron will make an official comeback soon! Yey!

While reading the news yesterday, I came across an article about the Halloween episode of The Simpsons. The article focused on the third segment (Homer3) of the show wherein Mathematics was depicted to cause horrors to Homer and other members of Springfield. It (news article) then goes to mention Belphegor's prime, which did not make it to the show. The author noted that this is a "terrifying number" suitable for a Halloween episode of The Simpsons.


The number is 1,000,000,000,000,066,600,000,000,000,001.

Belphegor's prime "is named after one of the seven princes of hell (Belphegor), because it has 666 at its heart and 13 zeroes either side of the number of the beast". It is a prime number, which means that except for one and the number itself, you cannot divide it without getting a remainder.

By the way, the seven princes of hell are:
  1. Lucifer: pride
  2. Mammon: greed
  3. Asmodeus: lust
  4. Leviathan: envy
  5. Beelzebub: gluttony
  6. Satan: wrath
  7. Belphegor: sloth
P.S. Information about Belphegor and the seven princes of hell are not canonical.
Thank you.

This is the first and foremost sentiment that I want to express to you for being the best soon-to-be-mom for our baby. And when I say best, I mean, really the BEST. From reading pregnancy books and blogs to preparing/buying all the things that our baby should have, you make sure that everything is ok before our beloved baby comes out. For that, I am truly grateful.

Sorry.

I want to apologize for the times that I failed to sufficiently provide my support to you. I know that carrying our baby all the time requires great effort and patience (physically, emotionally, and psychologically), and though I could never come close to what you go through as a mother, I promise to be always there for you and for our son. I promise to work hard to be able to provide for all our needs and some of our wants.


I love you.

You are the best thing that happened to me. Everything that I plan for, everything that I achieve, is all for you. I am very happy that you are the one I will grow up with, and I am eagerly looking forward for that. I love you, now and forever.
It's been a while since I last posted a "real" blog entry here, which is basically because I haven't found any time to stop and do some idle thinking. Isip-isip din pag may time. Currently, most of my time are spent on work, travel (to and from work, hindi bakasyon), check-up for baby, shopping for baby, shopping with baby's mommy (=P), preparing the house for baby's arrival, watching TV series (just finished seasons one and two of Sherlock), playing computer games (Injustice: Gods Among Us), and sleeping, in no particular order (though my wife would probably point out the last two activities as the most time-consuming).

Work is great, so I'll leave it as is. Travel is, as usual, so stressful especially during rush hours. Bakit ba kasi hindi pa palitan ang mga bus, jeep, FX, at tricycle ng mas efficient na mass transportation system? Baby shopping is wifey's favorite past-time since she became pregnant. It's amazing what having a future baby can do, she even stopped minimized shopping for herself! I'm so proud of you, hon! =)

Here is a video of our beloved Dotty. Seeing his/her heart beat is truly one of the best experiences in the world. Kahit sobrang liit pa lang nya ngayon, nakakatuwa na kitang kita yung pag galaw nya sa video. Malikot na bata, mana siguro sa tatay. Hehehe. Since six weeks pa lang sya, hindi pa kayang marinig yung heartbeat nya. Ok lang, babalik naman kami ulit after one month. Sobrang exciting!

Kaya sa mga friends ko sa Facebook, humanda kayo sa sunod-sunod na posts tungkol kay Dotty sa mga susunod na linggo. Walang pakialamanan, stage-dad ako e. =)

Playing while mommy is in Dagupan.

So proud of my dear wifey again! She was featured in Make up by Gold's video that is played in Gold's booth during wedding fairs.

Here's the post from Bridal Book.

Check out the video here:



Every time I see your face
My heart takes off on a high speed chase
Now don't be scared, it's only love
Baby, that we're falling in

I can't wait 'til tomorrow
This feeling has swallowed me whole
And I know that I've lost control
This heart that I've followed
Has left me so hollow
That was then, this is now
Yeah, you have changed everything

Every time I see your face
My heart takes off on a high speed chase
Now don't be scared, it's only love
That we're falling in

I would never do you wrong
Or let you down or lead you on
Don't look down, it's only love
Baby, that we're falling in

I'm standing in your driveway
It's midnight and I'm sideways
I have to find out if you feel the same
Won't be easy, have my doubts too
But it's over without you I'm just lost, incomplete
Yeah, you feel like home, home to me

Every time I see your face
My heart takes off on a high speed chase
Now don't be scared, it's only love
That we're falling in

I would never do you wrong
Or let you down or lead you on
Don't look down, it's only love
Baby, that we're falling in, falling in

All those nights I stayed awake
Thinking of all the ways to make you mine
All of those smiles will never fade
Never run out of ways to blow my mind

Every time I see your face
My heart takes off on a high speed chase
Now don't be scared, it's only love
That we're falling in

I would never do you wrong
Or let you down or lead you on
Now don't look down, it's only love
Baby, that we're falling in
Don't be scared, it's only love
Baby, that we're falling in
Have a very short time to post another PDJ. The situation: my sister asked me to add a background music to her PowerPoint presentation. I thought it would be extremely easy but I was stumped by a simple problem: the slide (which is set to move to the next slide automatically) doesn't move forward until the music stop playing. The solution: setting the playback properties to "Play Across Slides".
  1. Insert the music/audio:
  2. Click the "Playback" tab in the ribbon
  3. Choose "Play across slides" in the "Start" field under Audio Options group:
Below are the procedures needed to setup a network key (pass phrase) for your wifi:
  1. Log-in to your wireless router
  2. Find the "wireless security" (or equivalent) settings. Actual screen and wordings would be different depending on the brand and model
  3. Enable WPA/WPA2 encryption and set the pass phrase
  4. Save your changes and reconnect your devices to your wireless network
  5. Done!
Now for some specifics:
  1. To log-in to your wireless router, you need to get the IP address and the username/password of your wireless router. This is normally included in the manual of your router (as if anyone read this).
  2. Common IP addresses include the following:
    • 192.168.0.1 (for D-Link and Netgear)
    • 192.168.1.1 (for Linksys)
    • 192.168.2.1 (for Belkin and SMC)
    Common username:passwords for different brands are listed below:
    • admin:admin (for Linksys and D-Link)
    • admin:[no password] (for Linksys and D-Link)
    • admin:password (for Netgear)
    • You may visit this site for a more comprehensive list of router passwords.
  3. If you can't find the IP address of your router, or you want to make sure that you got the correct one, proceed with this step. Otherwise, you may go to Step 3.
    • Open the "Run" dialog box by pressing [windows key] + R. Type "cmd" (without the quotes) in the text box. Click Ok.
    • Type ipconfig in the command prompt
    • Look for the value of Default Gateway under Wireless LAN adapter. That is the IP address of your wireless router.
  4. Open your internet browser (e.g., Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome) and type the IP address of your router in the address bar
  5. It will ask for the username and password for the router:
  6. Once inside, look for the wireless settings (or equivalent) link and set the security mode to WPA/WPA2. Then input your network key/shared key. My screen looks like this:
  7. Save and reconnect your devices.
  8. You're done! While you are logged-in, you may also modify other settings to make your wifi more secure. I will probably make another post regarding this tomorrow (pag sinipag). =P
A few days ago, a friend of mine emailed me and asked what Android apps she can use for the following:
  1. Download Youtube videos
  2. View/edit Microsoft Office files (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  3. Download music/pics
  4. Create collage of pictures
Photo taken from this site
Here are my answers:
  1. TubeMate - this is not available in Google Play Store. Download from http://m.tubemate.net/ and manually install.
  2. ThinkFree Office (I think this is included by default in Samsung Phones). Alternatives are Polaris Office or Kingsoft Office.
  3. aDownloader (download using torrents).
  4. Ay wala akong alam na pangcollage ng pics. Hehehe. Si Jen tanungin mo jan, most naman ng meron sa iphone, meron na rin sa android.
On how to manually install applications in Android:
  1. Go to Settings -> Applications -> Unknown sources (this should be checked). Warning: Enabling this may allow malicious apps to be installed in your phone. Use with caution.
  2. Download/copy the app to your phone (file extension should be .apk).
  3. Browse and run the file using your phone's file explorer.
  4. Follow the instructions and the app will be installed.
Yey! After so many months, I finally got in the mood to blog! I'm finding it really hard to write here  since I normally do so when I'm sad or lonely or have no one to talk to, and I am not any of these right now (and in the foreseeable future) thanks to my beautiful and lovely wife.

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Last week, a friend of mine called me asking me for help to setup the security of his wireless network. He said that when he arrived home, there were quite a number of people with laptop in front of their gate, apparently using their wireless network to surf the Internet [in your face!]. So I guided him over the phone on how to make his wireless network require a security key (pass phrase) upon connection. After the call, I felt happy and that was when I realized that being an IT Help Desk could have been one of my dream jobs (if not for practicality reasons).

A few days later, another friend emailed me and asked for some advise on what applications to install in her new Android phone. When I told her about my friend who called me because of his wireless network, she told me that her wifi is also unsecured! That was when I got the idea of blogging about my IT Help Desk experiences.

So, in another effort (after Project TILT) to keep this blog updated and at the same time, improve my writing and technical skills, I will be sharing with you in subsequent posts some of my IT Help Desk experiences and the actual solutions/recommendations that I gave for the situation.

If you want to help me fulfill my dream job of becoming a tech support, please post your IT-related questions below and I will try my best to answer them! =)