Sunday, June 27, 2004

One-Up-Manship: Competitors and Consumers

The day Google dropped the Gmail bomb, everyone was taken by surprise. At a time when email providers, Yahoo and Hotmail, were cutting back on the features afforded to their respective free accounts, Google decided to go the other way. And its competitors were caught with their pants down.

A month later, Yahoo announced that it, too, would be increasing the storage capacity for its users. Not long after, Hotmail followed suit.

Likewise, competition between cellphone service providers in the Philippines is driving them to start providing their clients with more and more imaginative and appealing features. With an estimated 30 million cellphones in a country of 76 million, cellphone service providers are stumbling over each other to hold on to their shares; and perhaps carve out a bit more in the process.

Just recently, PLDT has announced that they will be doubling the bandwidth allocation for their DSL users. Rumors about bandwidth increases have been circulating around in e-groups for PLDT DSL users for quite some time. One contributor made an observation that in many areas in Metro Manila, there are already more than four broadband Internet providers duking it out. Early adopters and loyal customers were the first to feel the benefits of such intense competition. Rate reductions were announced, technical support became more responsive, and faster and better broadband was promised. All because of competition.

To be continued...

Monday, June 21, 2004

Sour Grapes

Now we know who to blame for them steel spikes. This guy should also be tried for multiple attempted murders. Who knows how many people could have been injured or killed with that stunt?

He's lucky that not many people here can drive faster than 80 kph.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

I Never Thought of It That Way.

Here's an interesting piece written by INQ7's Michael Tan. He based his piece on a film, "A Day Without Mexicans (Un Dia Sin Mexicanos)" He writes:

... the world has become a quieter place since the Filipinos disappeared. It isn't just the silencing of work and office equipment formerly handled by Filipinos; no, it seems there's much less laughter now that the Filipinos aren't around, both the laughter of the Filipinos and those they served.

Without even knowing it, the world has become dependent on Filipinos; with some exaggerations, of course. But still, the contribution of the Filipino to world cannot be denied.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Your Mom Didn't Complain.

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This is a strip from Penny Arcade. No longer a rarity with online games, voice over IP (VoIP) has become an accepted form of communication between team members and even enemies. Trash-talking has indeed taken on a new form. Comments about sexual preferences, religious and racial backgrounds abound. And with the increasing number of broadband users both here and abroad, this scene will become more common.

Lucky for us, there's always the mute button.

Sunday, June 13, 2004

Nene: Canvass legality may still be questioned

Can you get this? They spent nine days debating about trivial details. It's a wonder they didn't include nose picking and butt scratching schedules. And now this guy's practically saying that since it took too long to canvass the votes, the legality of their actions will be questioned. How's that for a kick in the balls?

Saturday, June 12, 2004

With Steady Hands and a Lot of Patience.

Several months ago, my wife, Micki, told me that several people were making some money on e-Bay selling fully painted Warhammer figures. Even if I have no plans of selling them off, I figure that they'd be worth collecting. So we bought a couple of kits, and after this current project, I'm going to start working on them.

My current project is the 1/35 StuG III by Tamiya.

Project's almost done.

Weathering and detailing are the only things left to do.

It took about a week to assemble the main parts.

I figure, a couple more weeks and she's done.

Oh well...

It's time for a bit of cleaning, again...

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Just foolin' around.

"A hazy day by the bay"

"Talk to the hand."

Note: Click on the pictures to view the hi-res version.

Monday, June 07, 2004

Good Bargain

Hong Kong, one of the best places to go shopping.

I just got a new digital camera for a price that, alone, is worth the price of the plane fare. Haggling aside, the list price is a lot lower than what can be found anywhere here in the Philippines. What's even more astonishing, or disappointing, is that the memory cards are less than half the price they sell it for in stores here.

Oh well, here's to free trade.

It's been a busy week for me, and now, I can finally get some much needed rest.