Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Vostro A840 Laptop for Your Growing Business (and more!)

With today’s economic crunch affecting most businesses around the globe, entrepreneurs and businessmen alike try to find ways to cut cost. One way is to utilize affordable solutions that deliver and address basic computing tasks on a budget – with Dell’s Vostro models.

You can stay productive and focused on your business in the office, on the road, or at home. The Vostro A840 laptop delivers the technology you need to execute everyday business tasks no matter where you are. It’s compact and easy to take anywhere. Integrated Wi-Fi, modem, and Bluetooth options keep you connected and in sync for on-the-go collaboration. It is easy to deploy and manage for out-of-the-box productivity. And it is pre-configured with core office productivity applications and no annoying trialware.

Dell Vostro A840 is just right for your growing businesses - affordable, reliable and worry-free.

Through its Philippine subsidiary DELL Philippines, it is set to be accessible and be able to provide services to all Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs). And at this start of the year, DELL Philippines brings in good news with Dell Vostro A840 Bundling Promo. For every purchase of Dell Vostro A840, customer is entitled to (1) unit LG KP105.

LG KP105 is a bar phone with a colored monitor, FM radio capable, dual band and has a mobile tracker. Its suggested retail price is 1,999.00 pesos, but LG KP105 can be yours free when you buy a Dell Vostro A840.

Promo Mechanics / Claiming Directions:

This promo is open to all buyers of Dell Vostro A840 laptops from January 15 – February 15, 2009 nationwide.

For every purchase of Dell Vostro A840, customer is entitled to one (1) unit of LG KP105 mobile phone.

To claim your free LG KP105 mobile phone, fax or email the following documents to First Tier Branding Solutions Inc.

Sales Invoice and Official Receipt

Cut out of the laptop’s serial number sticker found in the box

Valid ID (SSS, PRC, Driver’s license, Passport, etc.) and Contact Information

First Tier Brands contact information are as follows:

Tel Nos: (02) 856.2375 / (02) 383.1651

Mobile Phone: (0922) 836.5191

Fax No: (02) 856.2375

Email Address:

Address: Unit 1610 BSA Suites Carlos Palanca Street

Legaspi Village, Makati City

Note: A customer representative will contact the claimant/s on claiming instructions.

For Metro Manila customers, please claim your mobile phones at First Tier Brands office. For provincial claimants, First Tier Brands will send the item via courier service. Delivery charges will apply and will be shouldered by the claimant.

All claims must be received on or before April15, 2009. Redemption period is until May 15, 2009 only.

Unclaimed mobile phones will be forfeited in favor of Dell Asia Pacific – Philippine Representative Office SMB Group with prior approval from DTI.

In case of disputes, Dell Asia Pacific’s decision in concurrence with DTI shall be final and non-negotiable.

All employees of Dell Asia Pacific, participating dealers and other promo partners/third parties, including their relatives up to second degree of consanguinity or affinity, are automatically disqualified from joining the promo.

Per DTI-NCR Permit No. 0067 Series OF 2009

* Note: Some parts and the images in this article are part of the product's press release and are copyrighted with the associated brand. Copyright laws apply.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

PHP Roadshow 2009 - UP Diliman Leg

University of the Philippines academic association - UP ACM (The Association for Computing Machinery) - UP Student Chapter and the PHP Users Group - Philippines (PHPUGPH), in cooperation with Orange & Bronze Software Labs, Ltd. Co., bring you

PHP Roadshow 2009 - UP Diliman leg

Date: January 31, 2009
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Venue: Lecture Hall, UP Department of Computer Science, Velasquez Street, UP Diliman 1101
Tentative Topics:
-Basic PHP -Basic MySQL and Database Modelling -CakePHP -Introduction to CMS/Joomla -Advanced CMS/Drupal

Admission is FREE!

Limited seating is available. Please pre-register here . Pre-registration is open until today (January 29, 2009) or until all slots are filled up. For more inquiries, email

Orange and Bronze Software Labs, Ltd. Co.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Samsung Supports a Greeener Industry

“As technology continually evolves, so will your digital lifestyle. When you upgrade your consumer electronics, you will need to recycle your old products – responsibly” states Samsung’s Recycling Direct website which promotes end-of-life recycling programs.

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. recently announced in Las Vegas a number of award-winning products and technologies that are designed to contribute to the growth of ‘greener’ consumer electronics and appliances industries. Samsung’s new products include innovations that reduce the impact upon our natural resources, and help consumers lessen their environmental footprint while enjoying the best available digital entertainment and home life experiences. Some of their products were displayed last Jan 8-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Energy- Efficient Products

The new 9000, 8000, 7000 and 6000 Series build upon the success of Samsung’s first and second generation LED HDTV models. These cutting-edge TVs use LEDs as their primary light source, rather than traditional Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps (CCFL). The Samsung 6000 Series was also honored with an Eco Design Award in the 2009 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards.

The benefits of using LEDs include not only improved picture quality, but also reduced power consumption levels to easily meet the stringent new Energy Star® v3.0 guidelines. The LED modules are mercury-free, which makes for cleaner manufacturing and safer recycling when compared with backlight technologies currently available. In the LED HDTV line, energy consumption is reduced by 40 percent versus traditional LCD HDTVs of a similar size. The LED HDTVs also include a power indicator menu, and an optimized energy savings mode. In addition, these TVs require less material to manufacture and are thinner, reducing packing material and consumer waste. The smaller packaging allows for more units to be shipped and less fuel to be consumed at a time which potentially reduces Samsung’s carbon footprint.

As the trend towards delivering sleeker and thinner electronics products for consumers continues, Samsung has re-designed its Plasma HDTVs to use less material and less energy.

Convenient and Responsible Recycling

Samsung’s dedication to designing energy-efficient and environmentally safe products is complemented by the Company’s commitment to providing convenient and responsible recycling options for its consumers. Samsung Recycling Direct, launched on October 1, 2008, provides more than 170 fixed drop-off locations across the country, as well as recycling events, for consumers to bring their old electronics for recycling.

Samsung Recycling Direct will accept, for no fee, all Samsung-branded consumer electronics sold in the United States ranging from televisions, DVD and VHS players, audio equipment and home theater systems, to mobile phones, cameras, camcorders, computer monitors, printers, and peripherals. Non-Samsung-branded consumer electronics in the same categories will also be accepted through SAMSUNG RECYCLING DIRECT for a nominal fee paid directly to the recycler upon delivery of the e-waste. In addition, a growing number of fixed drop-off locations will be made available for Samsung-branded home appliances.

For a complete list of drop-off locations, and to learn more about Samsung’s respected recycling partners and standards, please visit:

About Samsung Recycling Directsm

Samsung Recycling Direct is Samsung Electronics America, Inc.'s new, convenient and comprehensive commitment to the recycling of consumer electronics throughout the United States. Samsung Recycling Direct is available in all 50 states and it enables consumers to recycle Samsung-branded and non-Samsung-branded consumer electronics sold in the United States, with the exception of home appliances. However, there will be a growing number of drop-off locations that will also accept home appliances. A full list of locations, including those that accept home appliances can be found at

* Parts of this article were sourced from Samsung-Ecogreen press release

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

UP Chinese Student Association (UPCSA) Celebrates Chinese New Year

The University of the Philippines Chinese Student Association (UPCSA) celebrates the coming Chinese New Year with their Cultural Week Celebrations in UP Diliman & SM Fairview.

This year's Chinese New Year falls on the 26th of January. UPCSA celebrates its Cultural Week annually and check the attached poster for this year's line up of activities to start the year of the Ox.

You may contact Madie Co at 0916-4120662 for more information about the Cultural Week celebrations

Sourced from Brian Ong.

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

New ASUS Eee Top Revealed

ASUS recently unveiled the new Eee Top ET16 Series that boasts of the full functionality of a desktop PC with a touch of the screen. It is equipped with a 15.6” slim LCD monitor with a touch panel from where a user can operate the PC by applying direct pressure onscreen with their fingertips.

Powered by Intel Atom N270, with hard disk drive space of 160GB, memory of 1GB, and packaged with Windows® XP operating system, it can be easily inferred to be a computer for the basic home user. It would be easy to use for new technology adapters since its windows based system and touch-responsive interface would surely make computing a convenient experience. Children would also have a great time with the interactivity provided by the single-touch screen using their fingers or pen input. Even old folks of the house would not have a hard time seeing the big icons on the 15.6” 16:9 wide panel LCD.
Strikingly a Mac look-alike, it however comes with a 1.3 MP camera, wireless keyboard, and mouse. It also comes at a cheaper price of Php 32,800. Not to be compared with the more affordable Eee family of laptops, this one seems to cater to the higher end of the market with its sleek design and packaged Windows® system for the common home user.
Other features include Eee Splendid™ Video Intelligence Technology, integrated Hi-Fi speakers and SRS TruSurround, ATI Mobility Radeon HD3450 graphics solution, and multimedia capabilities care of the Eee Cinema.

Eee Top Windows XP Specifications


Eee Top ET1602

Eee Top ET1603


15.6” 16:9 wide panel

15.6” 16:9 wide panel


Single touch; accepts finger or pen input

Single touch; accepts finger or pen input

Operating System

Genuine Windows® XP Home with Express Gate

Genuine Windows® XP Home with Express Gate


Intel Atom N270

Intel Atom N270


945GSE + ICH7

945GSE + ICH7




Hard disk drive

160 GB SATAII 5,400 rpm

160 GB SATAII 5,400 rpm


Onboard graphics

Discrete ATI Mobility Radeon HD3450 graphics solution


10/100/1000 Mbps

10/100/1000 Mbps


Wi-Fi 802.11n

Wi-Fi 802.11n


4 W Hi-Fi speaker x 2 +

SRS Premium Sound System

4 W Hi-Fi speaker x 2 +

SRS Premium Sound System

Audio chip

High definition audio chip

High definition audio chip

Side I/O ports

USB 2.0 x 2, card reader

USB 2.0 x 2, card reader

Power supply

19 V DC, 4.74 A, 65 W power adaptor

19 V DC, 4.74 A, 65 W power adaptor



Embedded battery

Net weight

4.3 kg

4.4 kg

About ASUS
ASUS is a leading company in the new digital era. With a global staff of more than eight thousand and a world-class R&D design team, the company’s turnover for 2007 was 6.9 billion U.S. dollars. ASUS ranks among the top 10 IT companies in BusinessWeek’s “InfoTech 100”, and has been on the listing for 11 consecutive years. ASUS was also selected by the Wall Street Journal Asia as No.1 in quality and service in Taiwan.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

American President Obama Inauguration Party at Friday's Bonifacio High Street

New American president Barack Obama's inauguration was celebrated around the world in all TGI Fridays worldwide. Joining the party is Philippine's own TGI Fridays at Bonifacio High Street branch in The Fort, Taguig.

President Barack Obama's inauguration will be held in the US today, January 20, 2009 at 23:30hrs Philippine time as the whole of United States is in a festive mood. They see their new president as a symbol of hope and change amidst the looming recession and economic distress.

"Yes We Can!"

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

A Digital Book Geek Contest - Be the Book Geek of the Month

I got a comment/message from my old blog yesterday inviting me to join and help spread the word about Fully Booked's Book Geek of the month.

It's about a contest to be held this coming 4pm of January 22,2009. The first 25 Bloggers Book Club (BBC) members who can submit their complete entries with all the correct answers shall be qualified as contestants to the competition on the 31st of the same month at their Bonifacio High Street branch. The winner will be eligible for the finals come November and earn the glory to be called the "Fully Booked Ultimate Book Geek".

I was a little surprised at first as I thought that the request to spread the word about this event is counter-intuitive since I would statistically have more chance of being part of the first 25 submittions if there were less competition. So the fewer members who know about this means lesser competition and more chances of winning! Muwahahaha. =)

But that's just the devil on my left talking. =)

I decided to follow my guardian angel on the right and heeded the request of a Fully Booked fellow and probably another Blogger Book Club member as well.

So, Fully Booked Bloggers Book Club members, what are you waiting for?! Ready yourselves and join the fun next Thursday 4pm. If, for any reason you decide not to do so, don't worry, we wouldn't mind as much either. =)

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Friday, January 16, 2009

A Digital Fund Raiser: $3 Feeding Program Project For Cagayan De Oro Flood Victims

We were made aware of the recent flashfloods in Cagayan De Oro through the news broadcast. It has shown how the heavy rains and overflowing river affected around 80% of the barangays displacing a large number of people in evacuation centers.

Now, an impending food shortage, if not yet, is looming as warned by the local city government. In light of this, the Cagayan de Oro City Bloggers Group led by Chiq Montes intend to help through their Feeding Program Project.

An appeal for some assitance was made yesterday through an online community called Plurk saying

"$3 paypal for CDOCITY Flood Victims. Send it to!"
I personally know Chiq so you can be rest assured of the authenthicity of this endeavor.
They shall be using the money to purchase rice and noodles to be distributed over the weekend. If you are interested in helping out in this project, donations are accepted through Paypal. Please send them to


Food Shortage Feared in CDO Shelters
1 Killed 7 Missing in Mindanao Floods

Photo Credit on Blog Post: Himantayon

The Feeding Project will be documented as their way of showing their gratitude of which the updates will be posted here when already available.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Samsung's “Seamless Experience” at CES 2009

The next evolution of the seamless user experience – one of greater interactivity, more intuitive user interfaces, and fresh eco-friendly technology – debuted last week January 7, 2009 in Las Vegas at the 2009 International CES as Samsung Electronics unveils an exciting array of new products and features at the company’s annual press conference.

This year’s offerings earned Samsung an unprecedented 46 CES Innovations Awards, reinforcing the company’s leadership position in visual display, digital music players and home theater systems, while highlighting Samsung’s growing commitment to environmentally-aware product development.

LED – Backlight in the Spotlight

Samsung introduced a new line up of LED TVs under the family of HDTVs for 2009 ranging from 40-55 inches that achieve previously un-reachable mega-contrast ratios.

All of Samsung’s LED TVs contribute to the company’s eco-friendly vision, consums 40 percent less power than standard CCFL-backlit LCD TVs, far below the stringent Energy Star version 3.0 requirements.
The TVs use low electricity and contain no mercury, while the neck and stand are made of eco-friendly materials. Included in this new line is the B6000, which is the slimmest of any LED TV on the market with tuner inside and features the world’s slimmest wall mount solution that reduces the gap between the TV and the wall to 0.6 inches.

“This new lineup of LED TVs represents the next chapter in Samsung’s global television leadership,” said Tim Baxter, EVP for Sales and Marketing - CED, Samsung North America.

About Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2007 consolidated sales of approximately US$105 billion. Employing approximately 150,000 people in 134 offices in 62 countries, the company consists of four main business units: Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business, and Telecommunication Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

UPCAT Results 2009 To Come Out Tomorrow

University of the Phippines College Admission Test (UPCAT) results for 2009 will soon be released through the UPCAT Results Online. The site will display the web version of the UPCAT results come January 9, 2009 (which eventually beacme January 17, by the way).

The UPCAT Results for 2009 will also be posted at the Office of Admissions by the 3rd week of January, 2009. It can also be retrieved and searched via WAP using your GPRS phones and WAP-enabled devices through

For other information about the UPCAT, visit here. For the main website, click here.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Of Clocks and Buttons - A Review of the Movie "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

Do you remember as a child wearing you parents clothing mimicking to be a grown up? Or wanting to be an adult as soon as possible during your teens so you could be independent and do anything you want? But now that you’re older, you somehow want to go back in time even just a few years, if only possible; or at least look like one with some medical help. Well, Benjamin's case is a little more complicated than that.

Of Clocks

Based on a 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is not your ordinary story. Neither is its main character Benjamin Button, played by Brad Pitt. He was born in his 80's. Yes, he looks just like your great grandfather with all the wrinkles and dry skin, but only as a baby. Getting younger at the age of six, he stands just as tall but still with white hair, arthritic knees and some cataract.

He was able to cope with his unusual condition early on with the guidance and love of the people around him specially his mother, Queenie.

Of Unbuttoned Buttons

The story unfolds with his growing up years, the first girl who caught his eyes, and other interesting people he met including his father who abandoned him. It is at this part where the story might have dragged a little. But it was something you wouldn't mind as you anticipate how young Benjamin would look like in the next scene.

After going through a number of adventures and a world war, Benjamin is now at his prime, no white hairs, and barely a wrinkle. The film even gave glimpses of Brad rolling a big man's bike and another by the yacht in the middle of the sea at mid day. Although I think they were not necessary for the movie, I believe the Pitt fans enjoyed them.

Of Realizations

He eventually found his true love back in the girl who first caught his eyes and now a woman named Daisy, played by Cate Blanchett. They were both very much in love and they enjoyed life. The uniqueness of their condition caught upon them when they were graced with a baby girl. Benjamin further realized that a father who gets younger in years as his child grows older would not be a situation he wants for his family. He left.

Tension arose as hopeful spirits wanting to hold on contradicts with the outcry for normality. The movie explored the importance of seizing opportunities, the essence of parting with loved ones, and the value of time - both in the normal and the backward sense.

Of Seeing

The movie is has 5 Golden Globe nominations including Best Picture and Best Director. It won as One of the Top Ten Films of the Year from the National Board of Review. Other casts include Taraji P. Henson, Julia Ormond, Jason Flemyng and Tilda Swinton. The film was directed by David Fincher from a screenplay by Eric Roth and presented by Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures.

Watch Benjamin Button to realize that life is worth living, to appreciate the age you're in, and be struck by lightning 7 times.


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Artists Sing for Red Cross

Red Letter Night was finally held 2 nights ago where various artists performed for the benefit of Philippine National Red Cross.

Organized by fellow artist-singer and Awit Awards-winner Dianne Elise, it was held at Fiamma along Jupiter St. where 3rd Avenue Band, fellow Awit Awards-winner Thor, and other artists performed.

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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Travel Factor 2009 Trips Launch Party Digitized

Travel Factor 2009 Trips Launch Party
Travel Factor 2009 Trips Launch Party

Last night, the Travel Factor 1Q Trips Launch Party was manila-digitized. Held at Club Industry in Tomas Morato, the place was by filled by 9pm and jam-packed came 10pm with 200 guests.

The event started with Travel Factor's new team members namely Leia Nagal, Tikoy Tan, Reg Mamaril and Ced Valera. Upcoming group tours and the year's first quarter schedule for 2009 were announced. Group tour packages are as follows: 2009's Surfvivor, Conquer, Snuba, Photoholic and Ultimate Beach Bumming Experience (UBBE). Travel Factor shirts and the event highlight - free Travel Factor trips - were given away as raffles.

Club Industry, Tomas Morato, Quezon City, Philippines
Club Industry, Tomas Morato, Quezon City, Philippines

Furthermore, a daring "Bring Me" game for-adults-only was held. =) Challenge items included six bottles of beer, a pair of board shorts, bikini top, a condom and a brief. Surfing rash guards and Sanuk sandals served as prizes. *Talk about what people would do for rash guards (me included)* =)

Party People
Party People

By midnight, major raffle prizes were already given away but the party continued until the wee hours of the morning.

This awesome party proves again that Travel Factor is not just an agency, it's a lifestyle! More cheers to Travel Factor's 2009 tours!

{Video Updates tomorrow!}

2009 Tour Banners
2009 Tour Banners

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Travel Factor New Year Kick-Off Party

Join, Travel Factor as they celebrate the new year and kick off their new trips and events for 2009 in New Year, New Trips launch party

Come dressed in your best beach threads and party the night away as they give out cool freebies and prizes.

Have a glimpse of the Travel Factor lifestyle!

Tickets are available for P250 (w/ 3 free drinks).
Club Industry, T. Morato (same building as Ratsky and CBTL)
8PM onwards.

For tickets, contact
Leia Nagal +63917-8475341 or Tikoy Tan +63917-8864480

Special Notes:
• Come as early as 7pm and get the P100 tickets with 1 free drink!
• Official Trip details for First Quarter of 2009 will be posted on the website on January 3, 2009. For inquiries, please email with the correct email subject: Destination - Date
• Check out the new Travel Factor blog.

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Friday, January 2, 2009

Red Letter Night Concert

RED LETTER NIGHT“ will be held on January 4, Sunday 8pm, at Fiamma along Jupiter St., Makati. It features Awit Award winner R&B singer Thor, 3rd Avenue Band, Miguel Escueta, 2008 Awit Award-winner Soul Child Julianne, The Out of Body Special, many other bands, and surprise celebrity guests.

Let us make a good start this 2009 by supporting Philippine National Red Cross attain its commitment to provide quality life-saving services which protect the life and dignity of indigent Filipinos in vulnerable situations.

Red Cross is able to respond to emergencies fast and efficiently with contributions made by the donors. But one aspect that is mostly overlooked is that donations are needed even before disaster strikes. If Red Cross had the proper preemptive funding, they could attend to victims of disaster before their situations get worse.

Catch the Philippines’ formidable talents in a one-night event to serenade and give breathtaking performances for the good of PNRC and its beneficiaries.

Tickets are available now only at P350 each. For ticket orders, you can e-mail or contact 09178711878.

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TV5 Shake Mo TV Mo! Caravan

Shake mo bagong taon mo!

Isang sumasabog na pakalog sa bagong taon ang hatid ng TV5! Maki-shake sa pinaka-unang Shake Mo TV Mo Caravan! Sa January 3, Sabado, makakasama mo ang mga TV5 celebrities, TV5 shows at sa Star City, ika-10 ng umaga hanggang ika-12 ng hating gabi.

Maki-shake kasama ang mga badang Sandwich at Imago! Mayroon ding mga palaro at papremyo!

Para sa mga detalye at libreng ticket, click na sa

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Digitizing Manila

Manila is now digitized. Events. Reviews. Technology. Feature Magazine.

Welcome to Digital Manila. This is the online magazine that caters to a wide array of happenings in and about the metro. From Manila hip events, to product highlights, to movie reviews, it can even be about your heroic local barangay chairman's wife's cousin who fell in love with a rising showbiz celebrity. You want it, we blog it.

Join us by subscribing to our feeds and be updated with the latest trivial news and event happenings around town, only here in new and rising - Digital Manila - digitized urban lifestyle.

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