Thursday, May 31, 2012

My tech journey (Part 3 of 3)

My Presario was with me until December 2009, when I bought a 13" Macbook Air look-a-like from MSI. But unlike the Macbook Air, this MSI thing was half as cheap, all-black, had stickers on, ran the highly unsuccessful and very slow Windows Vista (with a free upgrade to Windows 7), was made of plastic and ran on an Intel Atom processor (i.e. weak). I really only bought it for the looks and for its very light weight, but otherwise it was not so much an improvement in performance over my Presario. I should mention though that the Presario is still being used by my brother-in-law, while that MSI is still with my brother, although I would think he's using his iPad 2 more than that crap.

Monday, May 28, 2012

My tech journay (Part 2 of 3)

1995 also marked the first time I ever coded my first ever website. Well actually it was a website for this I group I belonged to back then. I made my own graphics on Windows' built-in Paintbrush app, wrote the HTML in Notepad, and previewed my creation on the Netscape Navigator web browser. This was the time of HTML 1.1, I believe. The web is now abuzz with HTML5. Between 1995 and 2000, I was able to play around and create some simple Visual Basic apps. In ca. 1997, I also got a part-time job updating the website of the Philippine Basketball Association, to publish scores just after game night ended and the scores and stats were in.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

My tech journey (Part 1 of 3)

I've had this thing for computers and technology since I don't know when. When we were young, we couldn't really afford computers. I remember we had just one color TV and actually it was my grandma's and it was in her room. She slept early so we could only watch TV until 7:30pm. Thankfully The Transformers were on from 7-7:30pm on Thursdays (to the best of my recollection) so we were still able to watch them. Saturday mornings are of course cartoon days, likewise.

Monday, May 21, 2012

No Chrome or Firefox for upcoming Windows RT

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Read the original article on GigaOM. I also heard about this buzz on Tech News Today's episode 499 on

Windows 8, as you might know now, will debut the Metro user interface on non-smartphone computing devices. Windows RT though, formerly known as Windows 8 for ARM-based touch tablets (whereas the normal desktop-capable Windows 8 is intended for both Intel-based traditional PCs or tablets), is not going to be running desktop apps. But even so, it is also said to be limiting 3rd party web browsers such as Chrome and Firefox from running on it, whereas it will only run Microsoft's own Internet Explorer and generally allow only limited functionality to 3rd party browsers. For Windows 8 (Intel-based), this is not an issue. The question is, what are Microsoft's reasons? Are they evil?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

So much Android

Good for the consumers that there are plenty of choices in terms of Android devices. Bad for most developers if they want to be on every Android device. For big-time developers like Animoca, they make sure their apps work on the roughly 400 different Android devices shown in the photo above. Among other reasons, I think this has lead to generally less developers and less quality apps for Android. Thus, the allure of other platforms.

Hey, I'm talking about both smartphones and tablets here, okay? Go ahead and claim that Android has larger market share in terms of smartphone platforms. I don't contest facts. But you know, I'll be quiet about smartphone model market share, smartphone profits, and tablets (platforms, models, or profits).

NOTE: I first read about this on Cult of Mac.

Monday, May 14, 2012

On rumors of a 7-inch iPad

There have been rumors about Apple releasing a 7-inch iPad, the latest article I've read being one on Cult of Mac. It has been rumored to be called an "iPad mini" as well, and more specifically could have a 7.85-inch diagonal display and look exactly like the Mini Me of today's current 10-inch (actually 9.7-inch), 3rd generation iPad. John Gruber, thru his Daring Fireball blog, mentioned an AppAdvice article about how a 7.85-inch size makes sense.

Friday, May 11, 2012

On Apple "iTV" rumors

There have been rumors about an Apple "iTV" - i.e. Apple's own take on the television that is expected to "disrupt" the TV industry, just as the original Mac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, and iPad have disrupted the PC, MP3 player, digital distribution, smartphone, tablet, and not to mention app market industries. This is my very brief take on those rumors.

The latest rumor I've read is this article from Cult of Mac. The new Apple television is said to have Siri and FaceTime capabilities, and it looks like the current Apple Thunderbolt Display (ATD), but with sizes ranging from 40 to 60 inches (whereas current ATDs are 27 inches in size).

Monday, May 7, 2012

Blog... START!

I've been reading more a lot about tech recently, and have even been blogging more tech-related stuff. I love it! So I thought, I should just have a separate blog from my personal blog (the RONJ-BLOG) that is all about tech. And so here it is. As they say in Japanese, "Hajimemashō!" (Let us begin!)