Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Free Blackberry Storm from Globe Promo?

My officemates asking me for confirmation about a flyer of Globe's latest promo offering "free" blackberry Storm for all their existing plan holders for just P700/month

It turned out the plan was just access to Internet using Blackberry Storm and not the phone itself.

Sounds too good to be true...no fine print on the brochure.

Don't bother calling Globe hotline about it, you won't get the new phone for P700/month on top of your postpaid bill.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Nettop ng Bayan: Cheap PC from Intel, CICT

Nettop ng Bayan program is a continuation of a previous project by the CICT and Intel called the “PC ng Bayan" and made available cheap computers for the masses sans the OS.

The new Nettop ng Bayan 2.0 specifications and features:

Atom N270 microprocessor chip
an 80 Gigabyte hard disk (HDD)
RAM: 1 Gb of memory
Price: P10,800
Monitor: 15-inch widescreen LCD monitor (costs usually around P4,000-P5,000 if bought separately)
Operating System: none bundled unless distributors has packages for Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7

Where to buy Nettop ng Bayan Cheap PCs: at your favorite computer stores

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Latest News Cory Aquino Death Hoax

Some people just can stomach spreading false rumors about Cory Aquino has died from her long bout with cancer.

The false news was spread last week for unknown reasons by unknown persons.

Latest news about Cory Aquino is that she's still confined at the Makati Medical Center and that daily novena masses and healing masses are being held at the Makati City Hall and lunch masses at Greenbelt Chapel.

If you happen to pass by Makati Med, you'll also notice yellow ribbons tied to posts there.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Comelec Source Code Review of Election Software?

A step in the right direction, that's what I call the recent news about the Comelec asking for advice fro IT and Information Security exports in the Philippines on how to conduct code review for the automated election software it will be using for the 2010 elections

Manual Code reviews, something quite unheard of in the Philippines, is offered as a service by a lone company (as far as i know) and they're really having a hard time marketing such Source Code Review Services besides their relatively easy to market Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing Services.

Source Code Reviews are necessary in information security to eliminate or at least minimize the risks of security flaws, bugs and even backdoors installed in programs by developers and programmers, particularly the common programmer unaware of secure programming practices.

After code review and intense scrutiny, the code should be at least signed to verify if it's not tampered or else we have another case of "dagdag-bawas" in the midst of the May 2010 Philippine National Elections-- election cheating to the next level!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Michael Jackson "A Place with No Mame" MP3 Download/Torrent

While driving on the baha streets of Manila caused by tropical storm Isang, I heard on the radio the leaked of a previously unreleased song by Michael Jackson, who died recently.

The song's title "A Place with No Name" with lyrics and tune similar from America's "A Horse with No Name," one of the first songs I learned how to play in my rusty guitar.

MJ's former manager, who's also managing America, said MJ has permissions from America for the use of the tune, so it's not plagiarized.

If you're looking for a copy of the song, MP3 downloads, torrents or streaming, just go to TMZ.com where MJ's unreleased song was leaked.

Good luck!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

BPI ATM and BPI Express Online are Offline!

If you're a Bank of the Philippine Islands client and needed to withdraw money from your payroll these last few days chances are you'll find yourself unable to withdraw from your ATM card even transact online via BPI Express Offline

according to my reliable inside sources, BPI is really having problems with their ATM switch that's causing timeouts, disconnections and the off-line messages as well as error messages and login problems on BPI Express Offline. There are reportedly many consultants handling the problem.

No official word and press releases yet from BPI but I don't think they're very good at handling media people much like the way Metrobank downtime I blogged about sometime ago that mainstream media didn't pay attention too due to the media savvy PR people.

Just watch out for the latest news and updates once I confirmed it's BPI's Base24 switch that's acting up causing BPI downtime.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

How to Play Facebook Farm Town on iPhone, Nokia and other Mobile Devices

I had a strange request from a friend who bought a new Nokia cellphone just to play a Facebook app called farm Town. Since I'm not into social networking due to very busy schedules, i checked it out on facebook usiger my friends account
It seems Farm Town is a very famous Facebook application with many users. I tried to access it on the iPhone 3G that I have but can't see the link. I checked the Internet version and got to access Farm Town game on my Iphone 3G by visitng http://apps.facebook.com/farmtown/ but you need to install Flash Player on iPhone (or whatever mobile device you have in order to play it, that is if your mobile device is supported by Adobe Flash Player)

Now that i've known it's not dependent on certain packages or programs that permit it for mobile access, I need to access Farm Town again on the Nokia mobile phone, even other mobile devices like Sony Ericsson, Samsung, LG and others with wifi-fi or 3G Internet access features. (can you play Farm Town without an internet connection :P)

It seems facebook is also an addictive game, bbut I don't have time for virtual games. I'd rather visit my own farm in the future.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

LTO Car Registration Schedule, Fees, Charges and Tips

For those looking for car registration schedule in the philippines, these information i offered to you particularly if it's the first time you're going to register one at the LTO (whether LTO Head Office, LTO Makati, LTO Quezon City or any LTO office)
UPDATED January 2016
Vehicle registration schedules in the Philippines depends on the last two digits of the vehicle plate numbers.

the last digit identifies the month i.e.
1 January
2 February
3 March
4 April
5 May
6 June
7 July
8 August
9 September
0 October

the second to the last digit points to the week where you need to have it renewed at the Land Transportation Office:

1, 2, 3: first week of the month
4, 5, 6: second week week of the month
7, 8: third week week of the month
9, 0: fourth week week of the month

For example, if your plate number is ABC123, take the last two digits of your plate number to know you vehicle registration schedule. In this case, you need to renew your vehicle register in the first week of March (3 is for march, 2 is for the first week)

Late registrations fees apply even for just a day of delay and depends on the length of delay e.g. PhP200.00 for a week, PhP1000.00 after a month

Car registration requirements:

Xerox copy of OR and CR would be enough. And TPL insurance, you can get it from offices near or inside the LTO office itself, or you can bring your own. 400-600 usually. Plus emission test results from an accredited testing center. There should be one nearby. 300 bucks. And the right amount of money for the reg fee for your vehicle. Tip for the stencil boy too.

LTO Vehicle Registration Fees/Charges:

Registration fee depends on the year model of vehicle
Computer fee: PhP132.00
Third Party Liability:
Emission test

If you intend to register your vehicle at another LTO branch where it's not registered before, there's a charge of PhP100.00

Note: There are LTO renewal services being offered by some individuals that require no appearance of your car at the LTO but I have no direct experience with them so I can't qualify them as fixers or scams so beware.

The Land Transportation Office is located on East Avenue in Quezon City. To get to LTO from Makati, it's just a straight drive on EDSA going to Quezon City and turn right on East Avenue after passing Cubao. For commuters, the nearest MRT station is GMA-kamuning while Fairview-bound buses pass by the area.

Related Post:
LTO Drivers License Renewal
How Apply for Replacement LTO Drivers License

tags: how to get to LTO, driving directions to LTO

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Gmail Error on Firefox, Unsupported Browser?

Just today I'm having a problem again accessing Gmail at home here on my home laptop, the error message below pops up whenever I try to access Gmail on Firefox 3.0.10

"We've detected a problem

We're sorry. It seems there is a problem. Please try using Gmail with a supported browser. If you're encountering this error while using a supported browser, we suggest alerting your Internet Service Provider (ISP) that a proxy is failing to accept cookies on HTTP redirects.

Click here to return to Gmail. You'll need to sign in to your account again."

Since I'm still using Windows XP Professional at home and not the buggy Windows Vista in the office, I will be upgrading to 3.10.11 soon (the version that solved my ealier problem on Firefox Crashes in Vista.

Note: I'm currently using Opera browser to access this blog since I'm using FF to check my main Google account. Remember there's no simultaneous login sessions on Google/Gmail unless you use a different browser.

Related Post:
Solution to Firefox Crashes in Windows Vista

Friday, July 03, 2009

Blogger Mike Chanco of Flesh Asia Daily Arrested by NBI for Allegedly Uploading the Hayden Kho Sex Videos

I am on leave today and just turned on the TV to GMA7 when a news flash trumpetted the video arrest of persons who allegedly first uploaded controversial sex scandal videos of Hayden Kho Katrina Halili on the Internet

The video clip showed the suspect, Jobert Lazarte, whisked away into a van by operatives of the National Bureau of Investigtion Anti-Fraud and Computer Crimes Division (NBI-AFCCD, the exact same NBI division where I used to "work" with as an "undercover agent" in my previous job to strike at "pirates of Manila").

Joebert Lazarte, including his brother and father, were invited by the NBI for questioning due to the allegation that they were the first to upload the controversial sex videos on the Internet on their popular Flesh Asia Daily (http://www.fleshasiadaily.com) blog site.

I got acquianted with JB (nickname of Jobert Lazarte) and Mike Chanco when they were looking for blogs to advertise websites of certain SEO partners (not FAD) on my main blog. I visited his blogs and found similarities with JB's blog templates and writing style on his Skirmisher (http://skirmisher.org) blog and Mike Chanco's Flesh Asia Daily (FAD). Such similarities were too noticeable that I already suspected Joebert Lazarte and Mike Chanco to be one and the same. I also read emails on PinoyBlogosphere yahoogroups that Mike Chanco bragged noone really knows who he really is and where he's at, I didn't tell him then what I suspected.

A few weeks ago I read on the Inquirer about the NBI's request for a court order for the ISP/Hosting provider in the US to divulge access logs (IP addresses and other personal information) for a website they suspect as having uploaded the videos that started the fire of the controversy where even the Senate dipped their already full hands in. The NBI performed technical surveillance on FAD and nailed JB in the process when the access logs were released.

This news about the NBI arrest of Joebert Lazarte just confirmed my suspicion that Jobert Lazarte is Mike Chanco and operates FAD in his home in Bacoor, Cavite. JB admitted uploading two videos on FAD but claimed he received them from anonymous senders/contributors.

How about you? If you're a blogger who also posted videos and pictures of the Latest Hayden Kho Sex Scandal Videos, better think about it. You might suffer the same fate sa JB.

UPDATE: latest news indicates Joe Bert may turn state witness against other porn site operators. He's only going to be charged first with possesion of indecent materials as there's really no law on pornography using the Internet. I've been waiting for the cybercrime law but self-serving senators and congressmen just put it in the backburner for years now ;(

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Post-dated Checks Jewelry Scam of Jose Manalo of Eat Bulaga

I saw this on the news and various blogs but sadly with most blogs, based on hearsays and not really journalistic reporting. The NBI already stepped in on the case to investigate the allegations that the wife of Eat Bulaga host Jose Manalo ran away with millions of jewelries without paying for them

Some of the jewelers include Violy Alipio, Roel Lumbang, Purificacion D. Naive, Annie Dizon, Naneth Ugaddan, Susan Escosma, Aida Latuc, Trinidad Romeo Egya and Elenita Pabalate who all claim Jose Manalo's wife Annalyn bought jewelries from them and issued post-dated checks as payment which later bounced.

I don't know about the businessmen but it's not really prudent to accept post-dated checks as payment, bad for cash flow, but apparently because she's the wife of a famous TV personality that's why they agreed.

Anyway, Jose, whose real name is Ariel Pagtalonia Manalo, was involved in the alleged jewelry scam since he's the signatory of the bounced checks.

This case is already filed in court that's why you can't read latest news report on this. Just let the justice take its course.