Sunday, December 26, 2010

Running Out of Hard Disk Space – Part 1

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So your hard disk is full? Now what?

no free space hard diskAs I’ve said before, it’s useless to argue that you don’t have to worry about running out of disk space because you got the latest 2 terabyte hard disk. Wrong! I used to think I am a lucky owner of a 500 gigabyte hard disk. Soon enough I started downloading large files thanks to that feeling of comfort and reliance of having a hard disk with huge capacity. And now I am constantly mulling over on how to clear up some disk space without sacrificing the files I might need.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Are You a Download Addict?

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download iconTen years of living most of my life on the Internet has trapped me in the world of addiction. Download addiction, that is. Luckily, I passed through the steps and am now healed. I give before you the signs of your own addiction so that, one day, you will realize the wrong of your ways. LOL.

  • You know every nook and cranny of the Internet. From torrents to the online media hosting sites, you have a good list of sources to check for a file to download.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

How My Friend Appealed to Ateneo… and Succeeded!

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While I failed to convince Ateneo to give me a second chance, my friend on the other hand got lucky. Well, that and he provided medical certificates and the right references.

I was unable to meet the QPI for the school year 2007-2008 because of several reasons. There were events that I did not expect to happen that made it difficult for me to do so. One reason would be the quarrel I have with my parents. My relationship with them was not very good when I left for college. Being away from home, our relationship grew quite cold, and we then decided to seek help. In order to solve this we sought help from the guidance office. I was recommended to see Dr. Washington Garcia regularly in order to consult with this matter. Our family also sought the help of a Psychiatrist, Cynthia Leynes. I was diagnosed to have depression and was prescribed anti-depressant pills.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

I’m Expanding!

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After much deliberation I have decided to spread out and create additional blogs. Guess how many blogs I am going to maintain. Eight blogs. Yep, that many! Each blog is catered to a particular niche, which helps increasing their own loyal readership and getting known to search engines. All my blogs are actually up and running, though you will see little to no posts as of this writing. Also, I will never claim expertise in any niche. I just blog in the hopes that I provide a substantial source of relevant information.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

How I Appealed to Ateneo… and Failed!

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I was unable to meet the required QPI for the school year 2007-2008 mainly because of two reasons. First, I was constantly unable to concentrate and study properly in my room at Cervini Residence Hall. Two of my roommates and some other dormers would gather here and start smoking which is supposed to be a major offense but they somehow evade punishment.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Revitalize your Mind and Body

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  • Stay positive. Be optimistic. Don’t fret. Remember, things don’t always work the way you expect them to. Shit happens! But then some things just flow perfectly. Just don’t be so full of yourself.
  • Move it! Do not be cooped up in your home or safe zone for too long. Explore! Never think that you are too old to discover new hobbies and interests. The monotony of life simply is a slow process of self-destruction. >:)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Ideas for Plants vs Zombies 2

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While Plants Versus Zombies 2 might not be around the corner just yet, I'm wondering what the zombies are brewing to exact their revenge for the death of their ruler Dr. Edgar George Zomboss.

Homeowner seeks new haven (Left 4 Dead)

Sooner or later the homeowner (who you as a player assumes during the game) realizes his house and its plant is no longer up to the task of killing the zombies, which has inevitably outnumbered and overwhelmed them. After hearing word from other survivors, the homeowner explores the world for new species of plants usable against zombies. Perhaps a new home which grows the fruit of life?

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Jump Breaks for Feeds–New Blogger Feature

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Google has an early holiday present for us in Blogger: Jump Breaks for Feeds!  Now we can fully manage up to what content our loyal readers can read when they subscribe to our feeds. And it’s not just plain text, HTML and images are also enabled for additional customization.

CMF Ads Spikes – Do they work?

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From the start of my CMF Ads membership I was hesitant to pay for their ad services. After all, I registered as a publisher; ergo to earn cash online. Anyway, one of these services is called Spikes, which for a few cents guarantees a number of unique visitors. That’s unique visits and not just any returning page views.

It was not until I accidentally clicked on Buy Spikes did I discover if Spikes worked at all. Well, it did. I think it did. And I have some proof to say so.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

SM Advantage

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Last week, after purchasing some new mattresses at the department store of SM City Cebu  I also made the effort of signing up to SM’s loyalty program called SM Advantage. Loyalty programs entice consumers to return to the same store in order to rack up points. Rewards, rebates, freebies, and benefits await customers in exchange for being bound to one store.

What makes SM Advantage unique from other gimmicks of other malls and stores is its vast array of choices to gain points. For instance, you can gain points when you buy gas at Petron, check in at partnered hotels, and dine in at partnered restaurants.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Java: Fibonacci & Inverted Pyramid

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Fibonacci.java

This class displays numbers following the Fibonacci sequence. A Fibonacci number is a number which is a sum of the previous two numbers in the sequence. By definition, the first and second numbers of Fibonacci are 0 and 1, respectively.

The number of numbers depends on the user's input. An integer is expected to be the input. The code will not catch errors and will instead terminate upon wrong input.

import java.io.IOException;

public class Fibonacci {

public static void main(String[] args) throws IOException {

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Faith

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To delve further into faith is to be lost for unknown places to be found. In McCabe's article about faith found in his book “God, Christ and Us“ is a study of three possible definition of faith, one of which is extensively discussed by the author. Faith can be treated as a notion to believe without skepticism, as a means to belong, and as a firmly held belief of what we hope for.

Warning: This is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it for the radical believers. Maybe I am just exaggerating. :-) But do consider you are reading a composition made by a free thinker.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Google Chrome 8 Built-in PDF Viewer

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With its latest stable release, version 8.0.552.215, Google Chrome finally has a native PDF Viewer. No longer will the browser need to use Adobe’s own Reader PDF Plugin for internet browsers. It is actually automatically disabled upon updating to this latest Chrome version.

Lightweight and Fast

Chrome PDF Viewer takes away most functions that it is pretty much a barebones viewer. Only four buttons – used for zooming – are present side by side at the lower right portion. Practically they are useless since you can zoom and scroll up/down quicker using your mouse scroll wheel and the Ctrl key.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

First Thoughts on NSTP-LTS

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I actually planned on taking a lighter burden of required non-academic courses in college. I’ve had enough experience in Citizenship Advancement Training (CAT) that tells me not to continue my military training through Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). I wanted to prioritize my academics first, and choosing ROTC could make me sacrifice again my time for it over my studies, even though I’ve had fun during all those CAT training. So with my impression of doing a less energetic course, I was not up to attending the first general assembly of National Service Training Program (NSTP), under the NSTP module called Literacy Training Service (LTS). I somehow settled in my designated seat and waited for the program to start. I kept myself entertained by talking to my seatmates. I became aware that this seemed to be commonly done by my fellow sophomores all around the meeting area, especially when the college vice president stopped in the middle of her speech just so the students will notice her. I wondered how many of us are actually interested in community outreach programs and literary services.

It was the first time I met my NSTP formator, an approachable young woman who was still able to willingly teach us all about the course even after handling other classes before us. I knew that our adopted school for literacy training was located and even named after the place commonly understood by many as purely a dumping site of Metro Manila. I, for one, did belong to these discriminative people. One of my classmates, who lived there, was asked to describe the situation of the school. I actually smirked (which makes me look bad of course) when she talked about the stench of the place. Previously, my friend and I made jokes about it and how we are going to regret choosing this adopted school. But she did correct us that the school wasn’t so bad in terms of the surroundings, how far it was located from the garbage sites. She did mention though how small the place was and the number of students who still can’t read at a certain age. The fact about the inability to read made me assume these students will be our tutees. I was not happy about it when I had been expecting of teaching a set of older and more knowledgeable kids.

I was absent during the first skills training. During the second training, my classmates demonstrated how to teach young kids about the “left and right.” How they acted and taught was nothing short of excellence. But if I were to teach the kids that way, I thought I might as well fail this course. I was worried because I don’t get well along with kids.

During the first insertion, it was a good thing to feel when I saw the school, with the air and surroundings clean, despite the awful smell we had to endure during the trip. The kids present were naughty and carefree as I expected. I surrendered to the fact that I have to adjust and try to mingle with them the next meeting when I am supposed to start teaching them.

It was during the next meeting that I met Angelito.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Getting a Nokia X3-02 Phone Soon

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Last week, I received a call from a Globe customer service agent informing me that my monthly expense on prepaid load reached more than Php1000.00 – that’s around $22.87. I was hardly surprised since I spend Php220.00 for 5-day Internet access – well, at least I used to, until Globe decided to sucked the meaning of the word ‘unlimited.’ 

Anyway, the agent suggested that I should consider subscribing to a postpaid plan. For just Php999.00 a month, I can have plan with a reasonable amount of free calls and SMS messages within the Globe/TM network and to other networks, not to mention other possible freebie combination I choose. But the best thing that blew me away was the mentioning of Nokia X3-02, also known as Nokia X3 Touch and Type, that can be bundled with that plan; I badly needed a new phone.

Here’s why acquiring a new phone is must for me:

  • My old phone, Nokia 3110c, is a 2007 phone model. Three years is pretty much obsolete.
  • My old phone turns off sporadically without warning. It is especially annoying when I’m in the middle of texting and listening music.
  • With the new phone my Globe number, I can finally have a number on Sun Cellular. Everyone else is on that network – because of cheap costs – and I have been left out for too long.
  • I need a quick access to Twitter. What if I just heard the funniest punchline ever?
  • I want a smartphone on an entry level; nothing close to a full computer replacement. Blogging just isn’t the same on mobile.
  • In the most rare case that I can’t use a computer, a 3G- and WiFi-capable phone will have to do for my Internet activities.
  • I want touchscreen! LOL.

The offer to switch to postpaid was very tempting. However, a lot of obstacles are in the way: the two year contract, money,  if whether Nokia X3-02 can deliver. But most importantly, I wanted to know if the Super Surf for postpaid does not have the bandwidth limit. I don’t care if it means an additional Php1200.00 a month. I just want to be done with my Sun Broadband’s 3 month contract and their throttled Internet speed.

To be continued…

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Physical Fitness Program

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Undergoing a physical fitness program can help improve a person’s health, muscular strength, and so on. It can even turn that keg into a six pack, if you know what I mean.

Event

Diagnostic Test

Diagnostic Test

Summative Test

Summative Test

 

Result

Remarks

Result

Remarks

Knee Bent Curl Up

21 cts

Unfit

20 cts

Unfit

Sit & Reach

65 cm

Fit

66 cm

Very Fit

Bench Pushup

30 cts

Fit

30 cts

Fit

Standing Long Jump

150 cm

Unfit

150 cm

Unfit

Based on my results during my physical tests, I saw an improvement in only one physical component, flexibility. This means I need to formulate a fitness program where I can improve other components such as arms and abdominal strength and leg power while maintaining a very fit flexibility.

My Fitness Program

A. Abdominal Strength

Developmental Exercises

Intensity

Frequency

Duration

1. Bicycle Crunch

2 sets of 16 counts

3 times per week

3 months

2. V-Sit

2 minutes per day

5 times per week

3 months

3. Plank with Leg Lift

2 minutes per day

5 times per week

3 months

B. Flexibility

Developmental Exercises

Intensity

Frequency

Duration

1. Inner Thigh Stretch

1 set of 16 counts

2 times per week

1 month

2. Triceps Stretch

1 set of 16 counts

2 times per week

1 month

3. Kneeling Hamstring Stretch

1 set of 16 counts

2 times per week

1 month

C. Arms Strength

Developmental Exercises

Intensity

Frequency

Duration

1. Dips

2 sets of 16 counts

2 times per week

2 months

2. Biceps Curls

2 sets of 16 counts

2 times per week

2 months

3. Walking Push Ups

2 sets of 16 counts

2 times per week

2 months

D. Leg Power

Developmental Exercises

Intensity

Frequency

Duration

1. The Lunge

3 sets of 16 counts

3 times per week

3 months

2. The Squat

3 sets of 16 counts

3 times per week

3 months

3. Deadlift

3 sets of 16 counts

3 times per week

3 months

Test your own physical capacity and improve them by making your own fitness program. About.com has a wide array of exercises you can do to improve your body.

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