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TechTutor 2 – Cloud Computing for Education

The Internet is rapidly improving the ability to communicate and collaborate with others. It has tremendously allowed content to grow growing at an exponential rate, available to a broad audience, and anyone can contribute. It also made a huge growth in low-cost and free technology for social interaction, publishing, collaborating, editing, content creation, computing, etc. And because of these developments, internet technology is benefitting a lot of students in their learning stage.

Cloud computing, in a nutshell, is a way to provide computer applications to users without the need for those users to purchase, install, or support software on their local computers and/or servers. Cloud computing provides Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), meaning not only is the software hosted on a remote computer, but data are stored remotely too.
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First A(H1N1) incident in Philippines confirmed

First A(H1N1) incident in Philippines confirmed
by: Jerry Liao

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque confirmed that the Philippines is now included in the list of countries with A(H1N1) virus.

A 10 year old girl who flew in with her parents last May 18, 2009 (Monday) was the first case of A(H1N1) in the Philippines said Duque.
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Globe Duo – Two Become One?

Globe Duo – Two Become One?
by: Jerry Liao

Just recently, Globe Telecom introduces a new service called Duo, that allows unlimited calling to and from any landline number as well as unlimited calling to and from any DUO postpaid mobile subscriber. Duo is Globe’s answer to Bayantel’s Bayan Wireless Landline and PLDT’s Landline Plus, both of which require a separate, dedicated handset to work.

Let me discuss with you the rules first of Duo: Currently, its open to postpaid subscribers. Only available in NCR and Cebu only. Subscription to DUO Service is P399.00/30days on top of a Globe Plan. There is a three-month minimum subscription period and a pre-termination penalty of PHP 1,200 if you decide to quit before that time is up.

If this is the case, why don’t Globe just charged straight 1,200 rather than dividing it into three. What if the subscriber, after using it for a month decides to terminate it? The subscribers pays P399 for the 1st month, then pays another P1,200 for the termination? At the end, the subscriber pays P 1,599. Or after two months, subscribers pays P 798, then terminates it, subscriber pays the P1,200 for penalty, a total of P 1998. Why?
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Why Tiger Woods is world’s best

World number one golfer Tiger Woods wins his sixth Arnold Palmer Invitatonal by one point against fellow American Sean O’Hair. So why is Tiger the world’s best golfer? Let his game speak for itself:

Remembering Francis Magalona

Years ago, I got the chance to interview master rapper himself – Francis Magalona. I arrived ahead of our scheduled TV interview. I waited at their living room a bit nervous.

Francis welcome me with a smile, introduce himself to me (as if I don’t know him) and shook my hand.
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The truth behind the expiration of cellphone credits

Last week, the Philippine Congress conducted an inquiry as to why mobile phone prepaid cards comes with an expiration date. Representatives from Smart Communications, Inc., Globe Telecom, Inc., and Sun Cellular were there to grace the ocassion. One lawmaker asked why the expiring prepaid mobile credits? Do they rot? Do they spoil? Do they curdle?

You know that if you buy a P100 prepaid load, you have to consume it within a certain number of days, if not it will expire regardless of how much is left in your credit.
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A Shattered Future

An 18-year old girl was side-swiped by a speeding vehicle somewhere in the North here in the Philippines. The girl (accompanied by their professors) was on her way back to Manila with her classmates from an out of town school engagement.

On their way back, the entire contingent decided to make a stop over to have their dinner (around 7pm). Since there were a number of students who attended the trip, the restaurants on one side of the street were occupied at once. So the group of this girl decided to have their dinner in a restaurant located at the other side of the street.
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The Philippines 40 Richest

According to Forbes, the Philippines’ 40 richest are worth a total of $14 billion, down from $17 billion in 2007 and $16 billion in 2006.

The Philippines’ 40 richest are as follows:

1. Henry Sy & family – $3.1 billion
2. Lucio Tan & Family – $1.5 billion
3. Jaime Zobel de Ayala & family – $1.2 billion
4. Andrew Tan – $700 million
5. Tony Tan Caktiong & family – $690 million
6. John Gokongwei Jr. & family – $680 million
7. Eduardo Cojuangco Jr. – $610 million
8. Enrique Razon Jr. – $525 million
9. George Ty & family – $435 million
10. Inigo & Mercedes Zobel – $430 million
11. Manuel Villar – $425 million
12. Emilio Yap & family – $420 million
13. Vivian Que Azcona & family – $360 million
14. Beatrice Campos & family – $325 million
15. Luis Virata – $270 million
16. Oscar Lopez & family – $240 million
17. Andrew Gotianun – $235 million
18. Alfonso Yuchengco & family – $200 million
19. Mariano Tan & family – $195 million
20. Manuel Zamora – $130 million
21. Menardo Jimenez & family – $129 million
22. Gilberto Duavit & family – $127 million
23. Alfredo Ramos – $126 million
24. Jon Ramon Aboitiz & family – $125 million
25. Felipe Gozon & family – $110 million
26. David Consunji & family – $105 million
27. Rolando & Rosalinda Hortaleza – $90 million
28. Eugenio Lopez III & family – $85 million
29. Betty Ang – $80 million
30. Tomas Alcantara & family – $75 million
31. Lourdes Montinola & family $68 million
32. Salvador Zamora – $67 million
33. Philip Ang – $63 million
34. Wilfred Steven Uytengsu Sr. & family – $55 million
35. Enrique Aboitiz & family – $50 million
36. Frederick Dy – $49 million
37. Bienvenido R. Tantoco Sr. & family – $45 million
38. Jesus Tambunting – $40 million
39. Manuel Pangilinan – $39 million
40. Marixi Rufino-Prieto & family – $30 million

I remember a friend of mine once said – “the poor have their problems, but the rich have their own as well, and believe me the problems of the rich are much bigger than the poor.”

If this is true, my question to all of you is “Who wants to be a billionaire?”