Thursday, August 29, 2002

Infotech focus (a phase in 2002)

Have just revamped the concept of this blog to focus only on Infotech developments in the country. Stick around to find more about tech developments in the country.

Infotech is my first domain and website on the Net. The only problem I had with it is that I always end up being confusedly identified with Manila Bulletin or Inquirer. Oh well....

Jhermie Cheng (aNaNoVa) is on board with us. Expect her to update this site more often as she covers local IT events regularly.

Wednesday, August 28, 2002

Bouncing members (2002)

Have been very happy lately for the DigitalFilipino discussion group bouncing list is now stable. From 200 bouncing members, was able to bring it down to less than 20. Oh what a relief! I hope the day will come when the discussion group will achieve the 2000 membership mark.

As we are celebrating our 3rd year anniversary this September 17, allow me to recall how started. I was reading the book, Digital Darwinism, when the name suddenly hit me. The next day, while attending the launch of MyDestiny Internet cable service, I decided to use one of the computers in the event and register the domain name.

Was very proud of the name and knew that this is going to be the start of something very serious.

Tuesday, August 27, 2002

Craig Barrett visits the Philippines (2002)

After 2 years, Intel Corporation CEO Mr. Craig Barrett came to visit Philippines again yesterday with a very tight schedule. This time he launched Intel's key education initiatives to help realize the Philippines’ bid to become a premier Knowledge Center in the Asia Pacific region.

He said growing productivity and remaining competitive in the world's digital economy requires a skilled Filipino workforce trained in leading-edge computing and communications technology. The Philippines must use education, especially math, science and engineering education, to build a strong workforce that is equipped to compete in the digital economy.

With these opening move Intel showcases its different projects at the event, among these are:

Intel Computer Clubhouse in Cavite

The Intel Computer Clubhouse is a program where youth ages 8 to 18 have access to technology equipment and mentors to develop technology and life skills that encourage self-confidence and foster creativity. The venture was joined by Ayala Foundation, Inc. Co-vice Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala II which according to Barrett that commitment shows the positive impact companies and organizations can have by working together.

Intel Innovation in Education

The Intel Teach to the Future program has trained some 12,000 teachers in the Philippines and is on track to train a total of 20,000 teachers by end of 2002. These teachers will be able to effectively integrate computer technology into classrooms to improve student learning and achievement in all regions of the country.

The challenge now is to build a knowledge-based economy. This Intel's initiative will help boost the education and digital capability of the Philippines. I believe that a knowledeable workforce and a strong digital infrastructure are the foundations of the future.

Sunday, August 25, 2002

Intel Celebrates Independence (2002)

Yesterday, I was at the Rockwell Powerplant Mall to visit the Intel Celebrates Independence mall activity. The event is from August 23 to 25 showcasing the latest notebook computers from Asus, Dell, HP, and IBM running on the Intel Pentium 4-Mobile Processor. The Intel powered laptops are available in full-size to thin-and-light models with speeds of 1.4 GHz to 2.0 GHz.

I remember my first laptop was a Leo computer back in 1996. Then followed by an NEC, Toshiba, and now an IBM i Series. My regular problem with laptops is its disappointing battery life. What caught my attention is that these Intel powered laptops claimed to have this Enhanced Intel® SpeedStep® technology resulting in longer battery life. Well I guess I wouldn't know whether it is true until I get the chance to use it fully. The cheapest Intel Pentium 4 powered laptop is from Asus worth 79,000 pesos. (Darn, I remember paying for my laptop the same amount 3 years ago.)

The mall became a wireless hotspot through the participation of ePLDT Blink, the first publicly deployed wireless high-speed Internet connectivity service. Take your laptop with you and visit their hotspots to get connected. If you don't have a Wi-Fi card, they will lend you for free.

Our Internet lifestyle is getting better everyday. Wireless Internet and affordable Pentium 4 powered laptops, at last! (can't wait to upgrade soon.)

Friday, August 23, 2002

Working on Filipino Internet User Report (2002)

After finishing my Cebu and Davao CMM training programs, it was a relief to be home and finally get the chance to attend to some DigitalFilipino stuff like updating articles and making follow-up on several business proposals. Am currently finishing the Filipino Internet User Report, the 3rd issue of the DigitalFilipino StatsReport.

Friday, August 16, 2002

Featured in V Magazine Anniversary Issue (2002)

I finally got my copy of V Magazine anniversary issue yesterday at National Bookstore Greenbelt Makati.

Was shocked and expecting an ordinary article featuring an IT girl like me. However, the anniversary issue featured a lot of interesting and gorgeous men and women in showbusiness.

Somehow felt my story is out of place for the said issue. Nevertheless, it was an article feature worth remembering and keeping on my end.

Tuesday, August 13, 2002

CMM class in Davao (2002)

The event last week at the Traders Hotel went well and was fun. =)
We all learned a lot from it and am currently arranging a follow-up activity. I hope it pushes through.

Am now in Davao conducting an Intro to CMM class. Glad to see my schedules getting hectic again. As times are tough, all of us have to work harder to earn a living.

On September 17, will be celebrating its 3rd anniversary! Sana maraming pumunta sa party.

Just an update (8/23/2002): the training in Davao inspired me to come up with a program on Making the Philippines CMM Self-Sufficient.

Wednesday, August 07, 2002

Event coordination and Optical Media Bill (2002)

Whewwww! I'm now at Traders Hotel trying to finalize the necessary logistics for the APEC Tel E-Commerce Skills Standards Project meeting here. It is hard when you have delegates backing out at the last minute especially if the event was made exclusive in the 1st place. Contact's email is not reliable, messages not being sent across, what an event coordination dilemma. =(

On the other hand, things are getting pretty exciting on the discussion about the Optical Media Bill as one its drafters now part of the DigitalFilipino discussion group.

Tuesday, August 06, 2002

Inquiry on Del Monte products (2002)

Funny...I am beginning to wonder on what people think of me. You know why? I recently encountered an email from a researcher requesting for information. As I have a message board for researchers, I asked the person to post it there. To my surprise, I finally checked my researcher's board earlier and encountered this inquiry where I'm being asked for a price list of Del Monte products. Well, I answered it anyway.

Monday, August 05, 2002

DigitalFilipino matters goes here (2002)

Ok. Just some changes in this blog. From this point on, all DigitalFilipino related activities will be posted in this blog. While my personal related stuff and thoughts can be found in my LiveJournal. Am currently stuck at home finishing the 3rd issue of DigitalFilipino StatsReport.

Sunday, August 04, 2002

Dreaming of CMM (2002)

Been away for a week and just got back fully online today. Well you see, I left my laptop power cord at College of Saint Benilde last Saturday after my one hour speaking engagement for this Internet marketing class of PANA. I just got it earlier and am glad to be back in my normal surfing mode.

I was in Cebu the whole week (July 29 to August 2) to attend this Software Engineering Class. It was fun and learned a lot. I have to take it in order to prepare myself to the Introduction to Capability Maturity Model for Software class which I'll do in Davao and Cebu this next two weeks. I can now truly say that is not too late for anyone to be a student again and learn/review what they thought they know already. How I wish I've done it sooner. On the other hand, perhaps this is the right time for the experience that I had makes this training more suitable and meaningful for my growth.

You might be wondering why I'm attending this software training stuff. Well, if I'll be lucky enough, I wanna become a certified CMM lead assessor and trainor someday. That is the reason why I'm coming up and supportive of projects that will let me achieve such an objective. As they say, plan with an end in mind. When I first decided to help on the passage of the Y2K and E-Commerce law, my objectives were very short sighted. I just want it be passed in order for the entire industry to grow. I didn't think much of myself then for I thought that fate will take care of me. However, it is not true. The glory that I was hoping to enjoy were not meant for me. Such is the reason when I thought of helping the software industry grow now, it is more than just helping the country and the small software development shops, I wanna picture myself getting something out of it too. Although it won't come to me in a silver platter, but at least I have something to aspire for not only for my country but for myself. I think it's about time that I look at things that way.

Time is not my bestfriend right now. So many things to do. Have no more time for politics and bickering. I have a dream to catch.