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Friday, October 29, 2004

Bye-bye Globe, Hello Sun!

Please update your phonebooks. I've switched to SUN! Yes, the signal strength is comparable to Globe's when text was still free, and sound clarity is definitely not up to par as compared to the two big telcos in mobile communications, but for a measly Php250, for 30 days, you can call and text fellow SUN subscribers for free! The Prepaid SIM pack is Php150, and SUN loads you up Php100 for 3 months. And since I got the SIM card this October, I have a 15-day trial of their CTU(Call and Text Unlimited) plan free! Talk about laying it all out there. Digitel is really fighting hard for market share.

Anyway, I guess it's time to spare you the infomercial babble. :) My numbers now are 0918-902-5800 (office line) and 0922-471-2278 (SUN). For my fellow SUN subscribers, text me your numbers! :)

Friday, October 22, 2004

Back to Sports: Red Sox Make History

I was never a baseball fan as I found the sport too inert. But any sports fan has got to appreciate what just happened a few hours ago.

The Boston Red Sox won the American League pennant against the Lakers of baseball, the New York Yankees, after being down 0-3 in the seven-game series.

This wasn't supposed to happen. No one expected the Red Sox to win the series, much less come back from being down 0-3, the only professional team in all of sports to do so. But with a bit of luck, and with a lot of support from their loyal fans (report: 76% of Boston tuned in to Game 7 against 43% of New York's TV viewers), they did it.

I can't give justice to Boston's accomplishment, but I can refer you to someone who can: a lifelong fan of the Red Sox, and my favorite sportswriter right now: The Sports Guy from ESPN. Click on for his Game 7 review.

Congratulations to the Red Sox!

*Thanks to Markku for the correction. Sabi ko nga di ako baseball fan talaga e ;)

Monday, October 18, 2004

Got Symbian?

The office just recently issued Nokia 6600s and I was lucky enough to be assigned one. My current phone being a Nokia 6210 (stuff the guffaws, I did have a color-screen phone… for a full 6 weeks, before it got lost/stolen), I was instantly amazed by the capabilities of the new-generation Nokia. Its Symbian OS opens the possibility for various software to be installed in your phone. WAV ringtones and themes are just the tip of the iceberg, baby! Do you know that you can actually play Super Mario on your Nokia? What about turning it into an MP3 player? A weather forecast generator? A remote control for your TV? Well, without further ado, time to share some things that will help you maximize your Symbian Phone!

1. Does your phone run on Symbian OS?

First we have to make sure that your phone runs that OS! If you own a Nokia 6600, 7650, 7610, 9210, 3650, N-Gage, SE P800, or P900, then we’re on the same page Ü. Check out http://www.symbian.com/phones/ for more info. In any case, if your phone is a bit more "technologically challenged", stick around, because these principles can still be applicable...

2. Do you have a way to connect your phone to your computer?

This means that you need to have either a USB connector, an infrared port, a bluetooth dongle, or at least a memory card reader to download the files to your phone. For proud owners of Nokia 7610s, your phone comes with the USB cable and the Nokia Data Suite. Make sure you use it, because you don’t know what you’re missing if you don't. If you’re not as blessed, you’ll need to buy the necessary peripherals. Both available at most cellphone stalls and Cyberzone stalls, the IR port (Php1,600-1,800) is cheaper than the Bluetooth connector (Php2,000+), but Bluetooth is much faster and more reliable (generally). So gogogo buybuybuy! :)

3. Do you have the files to install to your phone?

There are many possible sources of downloading files, aside from bluetoothing files from your friends (you leech, you :p ), or paying your friendly neighborhood cellphone hawker for them to do the dirty deed for you. FYI: You don’t need to pay for it! Where do you think the guys at Virra Mall get their stuff anyway? Over the Internet, of course!

A tip before we continue: For programs, games and themes, you will ultimately need a .SIS file or a .JAR file. If you download a *.zip or a *.rar, you need to uncompress it using the proper software until you see the .SIS or .JAR. You can get WinZip
here and WinRAR here.

There are 3 basic site types for downloading your themes, apps, ringtone files, or games. One is directly from the official website of the app that you want. This site for a freeware game
(Frozen Bubble for Symbian phones) is an example. Looking for these sites take major Googling powers, plus you have to know what you’re looking for. But at the very least, you’re sure of the file you’re downloading, in terms of stability and safety versus viruses. Unfortunately, most of these sites want you to pay for downloading their files, so of course we need a better option. A cheaper option if you may. ;-)

The easiest option is to join a mailing list dedicated to sharing apps and ringtones. One only need to put in "Nokia 6600" in the
Groups Search Bar, and you can now choose from a plethora of email communities that’ll provide you with the latest ringtone. An obvious disadvantage is the volume of mail you receive may be too much for someone who doesn’t check his mail at least twice daily. 15-20 messages a day can flood your mailbox, and that’s on the average. And also, you can’t just look for the file that you want. You have to request for it over email, wait for it, and hope someone hears your prayer.

Which brings us to the last option: Websites and forums dedicated for all phone-related concerns. One example is
i-forum.org. For frequent forum users, this is the way to go. For those unfamiliar with the forum setup, this can be a reason to start registering your nick in! You can search for files, browse through topics that can produce what you’re looking for, and download every conceivable app on the planet. Of course, it can be trying at times (not all the posts are useful, to say the least), you may find yourself browsing endlessly and still you won’t find the file you want. But it’s still the way to go.

One last thing: if you got your phone from Globe, Smart, Sun, or Islacom, and you want to unlock it, THERE IS A PROGRAM IN THE INTERNET that enables you to do it! And of course, its FOR FREE! Jeez, and the Greenhills guys charge Php500 for open-line-ing your phone. Try this site:
http://www.unlockme.co.uk/dct4free.html. Google is a wonderful thing. ;-)

Friday, October 08, 2004

Just One Question.

My goodness, I've been so busy at work I couldn't find the time to blog! Imagine that, hehe. But since I [never] want this blog to be a journal (or worse: a diary [shudder]), I just leave you with one long-winded question:

De La Salle University is a Catholic/Christian School, right? It was founded by a St. John Baptist de la Salle, with a quest for religio, mores, cultura*? Espousing values above all else?

So why did they pick a dealer of death, an Archer, to represent their school?

Just a curious question...

*religion, relations with fellow person, right appreciation of one's traditions