Archive | August 2008

Browser Battle – Second Time Around

Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2
by: Jerry Liao

As of July 2008, Internet Explorer (IE7, IE6, IE5) captures more than 50% of the browser market, but Firefox is just around the corner with 42.6%. Safari has 2.5%, Opera has 1.9% and Mozilla has 0.5%. (

It seems Microsoft is deadset in maintaining its lead of even widening it by offering a much secure of their browser – Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2. Let us visit some of the new feaures this new version has the offer:
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A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Microsoft Launches Photosynth: Your Pictures in 3D
by: Jerry Liao

First there was the snapshot, and then came video. Now there is Microsoft Photosynth, a new service from Microsoft Live Labs that goes far beyond how you now view, experience and share photos.

You can share or relive a vacation destination or explore a distant museum or landmark; with a digital camera and your own creativity and inspiration, you can use Photosynth to transform regular digital photos into a three-dimensional, 360-degree experience. Anybody who sees your “synth” is put right in your shoes, sharing in the same sense of exhilaration and wonder that you did at the time, with detail, clarity and scope impossible to achieve in conventional photos or videos.

Imagine yourself beneath the Eiffel Tower or in the heart of Times Square. Now imagine being able to see that exact scene in an amazing new way. With Photosynth, you can look up or down, pan from left to right, zoom in, or pull back to reveal the full sense of where you were. Photosynth provides incredibly realistic close-up detail of a place as seen in the collaboration with National Geographic. Exclusive synths of some of the world’s most renowned locations, such as Machu Picchu and the Parthenon, were created using photographs taken by National Geographic.

An Entirely New Medium

Synths constitute an entirely new visual medium. Photosynth analyzes each photo for similarities to the others, and uses that data to estimate where a photo was taken. It then re-creates the environment and uses that as a canvas on which to display the photos. The potential uses of Photosynth can range from sharing experiences to storytelling and documentation:•
Share experiences. Think about the times you have been in the midst of a beautiful location or having a once-in-a-lifetime experience and wished you could share it with more immediacy and sense of place than still photos or video can capture. Photosynth puts viewers in the center of the moment and in control of how they experience it.

– Tell a story. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a synth composed of 20 or 50 photos makes visual storytelling as rich and compelling as a short story. Synths capture the totality of important moments in time, such as the anticipation and joy of an entire wedding party and guests at the moment vows are exchanged, or the elation of a child scoring a winning soccer goal as the fans cheer.

– Form a community. Synths can bring the best of your digital photos together with the best of everybody else’s. Imagine if you took a trip to Rome with your friends and each of you took photos of the Trevi Fountain. Later, you can tag and upload all of the photos from each person’s camera to create a synth of it. In addition, you can share that experience and your favorite places with others by embedding the synth in your profile on a social networking site.

– Educate or archive. If you want to re-create how you decorated your home for the holidays or how you planted your garden last season, the ability of Photosynth to provide intricate detail allows documentation impossible to achieve with conventional photos.

Using Photosynth

Getting started with Photosynth is easy:
– To begin, just take a few dozen digital photos — 20 to 300 photos are required, depending on the size of the place or object — with overlap between each shot, from a number of locations and angles.

– Next, download a small, free software application to your computer from This software works in concert with the Photosynth Web site, which is also a free service.

– Build your synth in just two easy steps: First, from the Photosynth Web site, click on Create and select the pictures you want to use. Then, give your creation a name and click on Synth, and Photosynth automatically creates and uploads your synth. In about the same amount of time it would take to upload the pictures to a photo-sharing site, you can enjoy your pictures in dramatic and detailed 3-D.

– The finished synth can be accessed from any Windows XP- or Windows Vista-powered computer with a broadband connection. If you want to comment on other people’s synths or create your own, you’ll also need a free Windows Live ID.

– Once created, synths can also be embedded on Web sites, blogs and social networking sites or virtually anywhere HTML can be edited.

The Storage Challenge

Data Explosion Is Increasing the Compliance Gap
by: Jerry Liao

According to a new report by analysts Forrester Research, businesses are exposing themselves to increasing operational risk and costs because of inadequate database archiving strategies. Archive store specialists Clearpace say that this adds to an increasing body of evidence that shows it is critical that IT managers place the same priority on the long term retention and retrieval of structured data, as they do on managing email and document archives.
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Ninoy Aquino and the Internet

As we commemorate the 25th death anniversary of Benigno S. Aquino Jr., I can’t help but wonder how could his fight against the dictator be had the Internet been available during his time.

Ninoy am sure will have his own blog, writing and sharing all this thoughts on what he thinks would be best for our country. Since Ninoy is a debater, a discussion forum will surely be somewhere in his websites – an open discussion about the country will be something Ninoy would enjoy.
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The Little Giant

Worldwide Mini-Notebook Shipments to Surpass 5 Million Units in 2008
by: Jerry Liao

Mini-notebooks are designed to be compact and mobile, for users to carry around, be productive even during mobile. They maybe small in size, small in appearance, smaill in components – but one thing is for sure, they are not small when it comes to their sales figures.

Mini-notebooks are an emerging category of mobile computing devices, with worldwide mini-notebook shipments on pace to reach 5.2 million units in 2008 and 8 million units in 2009, according to Gartner, Inc. The market is expected to experience strong growth, as there could be as many as 50 million mini-notebooks shipped in 2012.
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Social Networking Popularity Explodes Worldwide

Facebook numbers soar in Asia-Pacific
by: Jerry Liao

Social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, HI5 and Friendster has been gaining a lot of attention and popularity to users, especialy to the younger web audience. And it is not surprising, gaining new friends from social networking sites is not only exciting but fulfilling to most as well.

So just how popular are the social networking sites? Here’s a study release by comScore:
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A Change of Mind

Globe Telecom announce their new pricing for the soon to be released iPhone 3G. iPhone 3G will be released here in the Philippines on August 22, 2008 (Friday).

For prepaid:

– iPhone 3G 8GB will be priced at P37,599 (US$836) from its initial offering of P 41,899.00 (US$931).

– iPhone 3G 16GB will be priced at P43,799 (US$973) from its initial offering of P 48,889.00 (US1086).

The new pricing will apply to all subscribers—even to those who have made reservations.
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False Security

E-Passports Hacked in Minutes
by: Jerry Liao

Just a couple of weeks back, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced that passports with the electronic chips (e-passports) are set to be released this coming October. This after we complied with the international requirement for a machine-readable passport (MRP) set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

If everything goes according to plan, Filipino travelers will now carry e-passports that can contain more information about the passenger than an ordinary passport. I heard that Filipino diplomats and officials will have their e-passport starting October and to all Filipino travelers by December. So why are we even bothering to shift from a normal passport to an e-passport? Simple – because of SECURITY.
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