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Sunday, July 31, 2011

You Want To Do This

A big shoutout to this blog I literally stumbled upon a few minutes ago: Flipnomad.com

The idea of selling all your belongings, quitting your job and then backpacking all over the world is one thing that lingers in the mind like a gallant flea on a hot summer afternoon. 

Who does this, right? 

Rich single people that's who. 

I guess, if ever I would do this, it would have to be a family trip on a comvee ala Wild Thornberrys.   





My youngest son would be Donnie the wild boy. And all of my daughters would be Eliza, so they say.

I, of course, would be the impeccable Nigel Thornberry and my wife would be the wonderful Marianne.





While dads and moms do wish that they could go away for awhile, I've gotten used to being with my little munchkins 24/7.

Kids, they kinda grow on you.

But enough about me and Nigel Thornberry. Go get yourself a backpack

Large Extreme Pak InvisibleTM Pattern Camouflage Backpack
 

Online Games

Let's say that you know that you're going to live for 60 years.

World of Warcraft Battle ChestThe initial 20 of those years are spent on the early stages of life. Let's call it the accelerated learning stage.

The next 20 years is spent on working and applying what you've learned. This does not go to say that you will stop learning, work experience is a vital component of learning in our later years.

If you're lucky, the remaining 20 years should be for retirement and maybe even travel. Some opt to not retire and continue on working for 20 more years.

Horsehead Nebula Print Art Poster Print, 29x22

Computed,

20 years is more or less equivalent to 7,304.84 days

20 years = 175,316.26 hours
20 years = 10,518,975.3 minutes

Horsehead NebulaNow let's say that you play online games 1 hour every day. If my computations are right, that's 7,304.84 hours in 20 years or 304.37 days.

It's almost a full year out of the 20.

The question is, what is the value of your time spent on online games?

Well, it's relaxing, it's fun, it soothes ourselves from the daily stresses of life and some would say that it helps us face the next days of stress.

But what if you are not employed?
What if you don't have a job?

I thought about leaving this in an open ended way but decided to take a stand. There's nothing wrong with playing. There's nothing wrong with enjoying yourself 1 hour every day - but if you are like me, and if you see your life as a project - then engaging yourself in an activity that does not produce any tangible result is next to nothingness.

We are engaging in nothingness. Think about that, it's an insight that's so obvious that we really don't see its simplicity.

So what?

Your life could be different. You could have a purpose. You could do something. You could be of use to other people. Your potential could be maximized.

NASA - The Horsehead Nebula Print PosterRemember this: the ones who created the game are benefited more than the ones who are playing and paying for it.

It's your choice.

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Measure Of A Man's Success Is Directly Correlated To His Willingness To Have Uncomfortable Conversations

Many people become discouraged and defeated when they fail or make a mistake.  This can be applied to anything and any field.  Some people may even give up on their dream, because of hearing “no” too often or feeling like a failure.  This life philosophy is also a sales strategy.  For those who are very successful at sales, they know the secret of embracing “no” and refuse to allow any failed sale discourage them.  The key is maintaining a positive and optimistic mindset no matter what.  One more “no” is just one step closer to success!  Everyone can utilize this philosophy in order to overcome fears of failure and rejection.

The first part of this philosophy involves changing your views on “success” and “failure.”  Most people imagine themselves in the middle of “success” and “failure.”  From here they can only move in one direction.  One path leads them to success, and the other path leads to failure.  By doing everything they can to avoid failure, while moving towards success, they leave no room for obstacles along the path.  The simple truth is you cannot succeed in anything without facing some sort of a struggle.  Everyone will face at least one failure.  A person does not pick up a guitar and play it perfectly in the beginning.  That person will tune it incorrectly, accidentally play the wrong chord, forget how to play the next cord, etc.  When that person does not let this get to him and persists on the journey to mastering the guitar, by embracing his failures he eventually becomes a professional guitar player.  That person has attained his success.

Therefore, this concept of moving towards either success or failure must be thrown out the window.  The proper mindset is to imagine yourself to the left of “failure” and “success.”  This way you move through failure until you reach success, which is the destination.  With this mindset, the person accepts and understands there will be obstacles, mistakes, and some failures along the journey to success.  He/she takes advantages of these problems, using them to strengthen him/herself.  In simple terms: Success is the destination.  Failure is how you get there.

Now, you should understand that the first mindset is merely impossible and unrealistic.  Failure is a requirement on the road to success.  Remember that failure is not a possibility.  In essence, failures are the most important part of attaining a goal.  In addition, by understanding this concept, you can now have a more optimistic and positive attitude as you pursue your goal.  Whether you are learning guitar, a sales person, or a doctor, you will greatly benefit from this simple philosophy.

If you truly desire to succeed in all areas of life, embrace this philosophy.  Change your outlook on the road to success.  It is impossible to avoid or ignore failure.  So, why make things harder on yourself emotionally by attempting to avoid failure altogether?  Instead, understand that you must travel through failure to reach success.  The more failures you are faced with, the stronger you become and the closer you get to your destination.  At the end of the day, you will feel a lot more satisfied with yourself and celebrate both your failures and successes.  Isn't that more appealing than lying in bed with your muscles tense stressing about your failures and contemplating giving up your dream?  The benefits of this philosophy will not only help you succeed, but make you happier overall.  Remember that: Success is the destination.  Failure is how you get there.

Please visit The Personal Development Company if you would like to learn more about Go for No! by Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz or other related topics

Friday, July 22, 2011

Free Seminar on Web Development

I love free seminars! 

That's one of the advantages of living near the city that I think should be brought more to the underprivileged areas here in the Philippines. That's actually a part of my vision for resort ville. Inviting guest speakers who could teach their knowledge to the children here, could inspire them to look forward to a promising future. 

Anyway, this web development seminar is located at the very heart of congested Metro Manila. I'll post the details verbatim:

From TiPidPc.com   

No fees. No mininum purchases. Open to all. Limited seats. No registration required. No certificate will be issued. 
FREE Coffee/Water by True Rated PC (bugsgunny / johnryorense)

July 23 (Saturday) :

11:00 am - 6:00 pm - Web Development - by the Pinoy Web Dev 

  1. Web Design Concepts and Principles - Dave Bryan Mercado aka anasazi
  2. Slicing PSD to HTML/CSS - John Michael Sales aka neojohan
  3. Cpanel Tutorial, and WordPress Customization Techniques - Rhomeo P. Hildawa Jr. aka _unbreakable69_
  4. Joomla Development (from 1.5 to 1.7) and Basic Security - Kenneth Estanislao aka QYUTdotCOM
  5. Social Media Integration - David Ralph Lleno aka SirDavid
Venue :

Activity area Techmarket 2011
Building 1 Eton Cyberpod E-life

Go here to check out the vicinity map.

Comic Con 2011 Goes Live

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Google Plus Is Us

Not just you, or me or him. It's about everybody's story and everybody's dream. 

Who am I? Nobody, but now I've made it a point to tell your story rather than just mine. 

What is Google Plus really about? 
  • It should not just be about web icons and personalities, but it is becoming like that. 
The thing is, they have the right to do whatever they want to do and talking about them just makes them more popular even if what they did was ethically controversial
  • Conversations. Talking with rather than talking at people.
  • Equality and Respect. Don't you love these two words? It's quite simple really, yet pristinely marvelous that we miss it.
In Google Plus Hangouts, everybody can talk and be heard. It's not a vodcast, or a webinar or a stream of a big raving social media guy - everyone can speak
  • A chance for the little girl or guy. Rebecca Black, love her, hate her, it's her moment. When is your moment? Anytime you want. Take it. Everybody can take theirs.
  • Should not be elitist. If it is going to be like that, then it will be a social network only for the elites.   

It's our turn. As much as we love you oh dear A-listers, you've been here far longer than any of us - and that's exactly the point. We're happy that you have made a lot of money out of our sharing and consumption and glad that you are now social media successes and legends. 

Your very farts and cutesy facial expressions are truly remarkable. 

I think, it's great that you have been making cash out of the Internet for more than 10 years now, but it's time that you made way for the little guys who are charting their own paths and making their way to their own dreams and destinies. 

You are privileged. 

To be in a position of advantage means that you can raise up the little girls and guys faster than they can do so themselves. We're sure that you're going to live up to your legend and make way for the next generation. 

P.S. 

There's plenty of room for everyone so smile :)



How to Streamline Your RSS Feeds [GUEST POST]

About the Author: Deborah Blair is a full-time writer with a passion for internet marketing, blogging, and time-saving devices. She also enjoys writing about health and wellness and is a regular contributor at aboutmedicalbillingandcoding.org.

RSS Feeds were created to keep you from bouncing all over the internet looking for updates on your favorite blogs, while building an audience for blog sites. If you are overwhelmed with the posts cluttering your feed, it may be time to set up some to integrate a few clutter management techniques.

Say Goodbye to Dead Relationships

While you may have been attracted by the first post that you read on a blog, if you find that you avoid reading one particular site’s updates, then it’s time to reconsider. Does this site represent your interests? Are you keeping up with the updates to this particular blog's feed? If not, you may want to simply take it off of your feed. No harm, no foul. Doing so will give you more time to focus on the blogs you still enjoy.

Create Categories

All of us have our favorite topics, so you want to make sure that these are separate from topics that pique your interest less frequently. If you love to cook, keep all your recipe blogs together. Blogs about books, politics, internet marketing, and humor can all have their own space. Creating categories will make it easier for you to find the information you really want.

Delete Old Posts

Let's face it – you were busy, sick, or maybe you took a vacation. During that time, you neglected your RSS feeds. You might have an interest in some of these articles, but there’s no way to get a fresh start without pushing out the old. Your life will not end because you missed a couple of posts. Start fresh and you'll be up to date in no time.

Control Your RSS Time

If you’re spending more that an hour a day reading your favorite blogs, you may need to thin your feed some more. Are there blogs that you’d be happy with reading once a week rather than every day? Which sites are as much a part of your day as coffee and the morning news? Mark the other posts as read and keep moving.

Use Your RSS Feed Reader's Tools

Some feeds provide keyword searches or statistics to help you find what you’re looking for and figure out what you read the most of. This can help you sort through big chunks of information quickly. Others have keyboard shortcuts to help you cut through material. Learn about your RSS feed reader's special features and use them to organize your reading time.

With a little bit of organization, you can keep your RSS feeds free of clutter, ensuring you’re spending time on the blogs and articles that are best suited towards your tastes. If you employ some of these tricks every few weeks, keep organized, and change your sites as your interests evolve, you’ll find that your RSS feed is indeed the time saver that it is meant to be.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Help Igor Choose Another Name

Igor needs our help. He has written a very promising fantasy novel entitled Betrayed, and would like to choose a pen name.

Igor Ljubuncic, that's his real name by the way, is the extremely hilarious and excellent Linux blogger who blogs at http://www.dedoimedo.com.

Igor, if you're reading this, I think your name is already as good as it is. Nevermind if the masses can't pronounce it. Your name is already unique as it is and keeps people guessing how they should pronounce it.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Google +1 and Search Engine Rankings

Ever since the release of the Google +1 button, the SEO world has been buzzing about how much this new social share button by the search engine giant would affect search results. Now, after Google+ was released a couple of weeks ago and quickly garnered 10 million users, it is easy to see that this is going to be a factor that we are going to have to take into consideration for a long time to come.

Many sites have not implemented the button into their blog or website yet (if you have not I suggest you do) but Google+ users are still using it to share over 1 billion pieces of information a day which is quite astounding. All of these feel good numbers are great and all, but how does it help us in the world of SEO?

SEOmoz embarked on this quest to see how much, if any, the newly implemented Google +1 button affected a website’s rankings in the search results. One thing that is a clear take away from the study is social shares from Google +1 along with twitter and Facebook help in the indexation of the site. Within a matter of hours the new page was indexed and showing up on the SERPs with only a few social shares.

But, we ask again, how does it affect SEO? 

Unfortunately the experiment was pretty inclusive in terms of search engine optimization. When twitter was used there was a direct ranking result for high amount of tweets but the Google +1 shares could not find a similar correlation.

There is something to take away from the study and to keep in your back pocket. First, if you want to get your pages indexed quickly, encourage shares across many social networks. Second, twitter and Facebook are still more recognized in the eyes of the search engines but this could change in a matter of months. If Google+ and the +1 button continue to grow exponentially as they have you have to assume that they will become more of a ranking factor. Also, Google being Google I could see them placing more priority on an in house product than a product that they are directly competing with like say….Facebook.

I would advise to implement the +1 button, join Google+ and keep a keen eye out for any new studies done similar to this one because I think that you will begin to see a change of tide when it comes to social sharing.

About the Author:
Corey Rabazinski is the co-founder of Orlando SEO consulting firm SEOhatch. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hangouts ARE Video Hashtags

Marjorie Clayman, a friend I met on twitter inspired me to write this blog post. She was expressing her skepticism about Google Plus being a game changer and I thought about what could convince her to think otherwise. 

Then it hit me like a flying +1 sign that hit facebook on the head.

The earliest time I remembered conversing with you Margie was at #blogchat founded by Mack Collier

Then it hit me again. 

#blogchat + Google Plus Hangouts = Video hashtags / Video #blogchat

I emailed, and hopefully did not annoy, a developer who may have some knowledge about this, and as of this writing, I'm still awaiting for his response. 

Think about it, a video chat room. 

Now, I'm not a programmer so I don't know how the heck this would work out. But among the features I'm thinking about is being able to broadcast the stream of a public hangout to the general public. (Sorry about the redundancy.

On to the next level, I'm thinking about integrating such a stream with ustream.tv

It's like a directory of hangouts, ala old school public chat room type where anyone could listen and then join in on the conversation.  

Somewhere out there is a developer doing this and making this a reality. I'm not a programmer nor am I very comfortable in broadcasting what I do on an hourly basis, so I'm floating the idea out in the open in the hopes that someone may like it and collaborate. 

Mack Collier's vision of having #blogchat 's was great because it brought back the "public" to the fora. It means, dan nobody like me can be heard just as much as everybody else. Everybody is an equal. 

Engagement is set on a new level. 

Having emailed Margie before I published this post, she expressed cautious optimism about the prospects of it, particularly for #tweetdiner. 

I think this is exactly the intention of Google, however there is a minor problem - only 10 people could join in a hangout, for now. I'll give an update if there are further developments.  

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Real Reason Why You Need Google Plus

I got inspired to write about this because of an article written by Rocky Agrawal who guest posted over at Techcrunch. Quoted, he mentioned the following insightful tidbits:
"Although I like a lot of the content I currently see on Google+, it has limited appeal. It also has a dangerous priming effect as new entrants either look at the conversations and mimic them or decide that this isn’t their scene. It’s like peeking into a party and realizing that the people who are inside are nothing like you."
I agree with some of his points particularly on "realizing that the people who are inside are nothing like you."

FRESH START

But then that's the point. Everything about Google plus is a fresh start at social networking. It's a chance to rebuild burned bridges spurned from the ashes of failed social connections, an opportunity to see social reality in a different light, to create a new sense of wonderment from our disillusioned social networking eyes and more importantly, an opportunity to engage more with others who are not like us.

It's more than just group video chat or being able to systematically organize our relationships, it's an altogether different paradigm of interaction.

TALKING WITH PEOPLE vs. TALKING AT PEOPLE

Agrawal also said,
"Paradoxically, the extent to which the constraints of Twitter stifle conversation helped its growth. Because real conversation is hard using Twitter (vs. just tweeting out your own story) there isn’t the expectation that people will engage with you in it. Because tweets disappear as the firehose continues to gush, it’s easier to ignore them. I know—I’ve done it.
This appeals to a lot of the people that have popularized Twitter: A-list celebrities, media outlets, politicians and megabrands. (Techcrunch, 2011)" 
My point of differentiation is strengthened by the fact that I'm a nobody in the tech world, I don't even live in America and yet I feel that I've somehow made the rudimentary steps of what can be called engaging in Google Plus.

Not that I'm not having the same engagement on twitter or on facebook, I am, but right now, the hype and the shiny new buttons make it feel like it was New Year in Times Square.



YOU DON'T HAVE TO LEAVE FACEBOOK TO JOIN GOOGLE PLUS


Some are still reticent to join Google plus because of the homey feel of Facebook with all the relatives and close friends in it. That is a very strong valid point so I'll take a different route from the other writers and  give you my humble advice: stay with Facebook but if you want to meet new people and broaden your horizons, connect on Google plus.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

I'm In. Google Plus

It took 5 invitations and a week before I could get in, but finally. Whew. It feels like being able to enter the movie theater after waiting in line for hours.



What worked?

Apparently, filling out your Google profile is the key. After staring and staring at Mark Zuckerberg's Google+ profile, trying to intuit what he's up to in his rival's social network, I decided that it looks very much like the old Google profile. So I filled it up.

Are You with Google or Against Google?




What struck me as a bit odd was Google's insistence that I link my Picasa account to Google+ or not join at all. Not that I'm keeping compromising pictures there but the freedom to choose is important.


There you have it, the first thing you'll see after all the dialogs run away.

Clicking on the fourth tab on the top (the grey circley things) would then bring me to this part of the site:

The ever famous Google+ Circle.


I've noticed that most of the people here are email contacts, but some are totally strangers. It makes you feel like you need to invite the ones who don't have faces yet. They need a Google+ account.

I suddenly remembered this drawing:

Hehehe. Well, I'm off to invite some of my friends and family to put in my circles. Fill out your google profile and wait for at least 2 days. If it still doesn't work, mail me :)


Internet Marketing and Piracy in the Philippines

Current Philippine News recently reported on a Nielsen study indicating that half of Filipinos who go online, have never bought anything on the Internet.

This is unsurprising given the state of IP law enforcement in the Philippines where pirated or boot legged DVDs run rampant across the nation. 

In an online market where digital goods such as ebooks, movies and video games are the best selling items, the Philippines is not particularly fertile ground. 

On the marketing side, in an environment where ebooks are easily downloaded and pirated DVDs sold for less than a dollar each, how else could you sell services or goods to this country?

Until such time when Intellectual property laws are strictly enforced, Internet marketing in the Philippines would mostly focus on local goods and services and on niche markets. 

Existing business entities with a set paradigm for selling online would find their growth rates to be severely limited by this. 

There are many plausible explanations for this:

Picture Credit:
http://batchoyboi.blogspot.com
1. Baclaran-Divisoria mentality. Baclaran and Divisoria are both places in the Philippines where everything is dirt cheap. 

Why buy a $10 movie from Amazon, when you can just buy it in Baclaran or a roving pirate for less than a dollar? 

2. Ebooks. Books and literature has always been traditionally consumed by the middle class. Again, in an environment where the middle class is shrinking, and when the respect for intellectual property is very minimal, you won't be able to sell ebooks.

3. Nutritional Supplements. Multi level marketing outfits have invaded social media here in the Philippines and more often than not, nutritional supplements (mostly with no approved therapeutic claims) or business franchises for food carts are common fare on Facebook. 

However, since social media is the primary medium for conducting these transactions, most of the time sales of these are done on a person to person basis. The seller most often than not, is acquainted with her target market as a relative, work peer or friend. Thus, the sale is only consummated upon the physical transfer of goods and not made through online payment systems. In a strict sense, this is not an online transaction. 

SILVER LINING

The sale of services in the online world particularly through business process outsourcing is the silver lining to the potential of the Philippines as an online business center. 

Notable local startups who have 'made it' have done so in the form of Sulit.com.ph, IP EGames and countless other outsourcing services. 

Online publishing is a heavily competitive arena dominated by traditional media titans such as Inquirer.net, ABS-CBN and GMA News.  

Small and Medium Scale Businesses

Unlike in the US and Canada, much needs to be done for small scale Filipino businesses to thrive in the online world. For now, the online realm is just a medium for advertising and promotion. A fact capitulated upon and dominated by big brick and mortar businesses. Nonetheless, I am hopeful that a breakthrough could be in the horizon.  

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The Cure for Blog Addiction

People say that blogs are passe, that they're things from the past and that social networking is the new deal. But I personally don't believe that. I think that blogs will be a permanent fixture on the Internet until such time that people invent mental telepathy.

The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force

The core of blogging are people's thoughts. Sometimes, we tend to get caught up in the doldrums of normal every day life that we seek out something fresh, we seek out distraction and essentially, we seek out other people's thoughts. It somehow affirms our own sanity to know that there are others who think like us, others who differ from us and others who are just plain and simple, insane.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Zuckerberg on Joining Google+


A few posts ago, we wrote about Mark Zuckerberg joining Google's new social network Google Plus. There was a lot of speculation on whether the person really is the CEO of Facebook. Finally, a credible source finally confirmed through twitter that it's really Mark Zuckerberg. 

Friday, July 01, 2011

Mark Zuckerberg is on Google Plus

Clicking the picture will take you
to Mark's Google Plus Page

While scouring the web for people with Google Plus Invitations to spare, I found Danny Sullivan, who wrote about Jenny Lee, who tweeted about finding Mark Zuckerberg's Google Plus Profile.

Don't know if it's legit though. :)

Update: It appears that this is really Mark Zuckerberg based on the people in his Google Plus Circle:


1. Ben Barry - Related to Mark Z. in some way





People With Google Plus Invites

We know that you're looking for Google Plus Invites. In fact Google has had to temporarily turn invites off because there's just too many people who want to play around with it. 

Take heart, we're compiling a list of the people who have Google Plus Invites so that you could tweet, message, email and "kindly request" them for one. Don't forget the magic word!

Now we're assuming that the people on Google Plus also have invites, after all, it wouldn't make sense for them to be on it and not be able to invite anyone right?

Here goes!

1. Leo Laporte - @leolaporte
2. Gina Trapani - @ginatrapani
3. Alan Henry - @halophoenix
4. Robert Scoble - @scobleizer
5. Jeff Jarvis - @JEFFJARVIS
7. Mashable Contest - Mashable.com
8. Ebay - Google Invites for Bidding - BE VERY Careful there! Caveat Emptor!!!!
9. Matt Cutts - @mattcutts
10. Jennifer Lee - @jenny8lee
11. Mark Zuckerberg - What?!? Yep, Mark Zuckerberg is on Google Plus

I'll continue scouring the web for you, but if you appreciate my efforts I would be glad if you handed one to me, just mail me :)

If you have any tips about someone, feel free to hit the comment section!

 
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