Pants on The Ground

it’s official, american idol’s Larry Platt and his very own “Pants on the Ground” is now the newest internet viral sensation (with over 2mil viewers as of now)

so let’s all sing, “Pants on the ground, pants on the ground, looking like a fool with your pants on the ground.” 🙂

ePayment in the Philippines

undoubtedly more and more IT PINOYs are showing confidence in transacting online.

in response to the clamor for better, faster and safer online payment, it has been reported that payment gateways are eager to make Philippines reach the “cashless society.”

inquirer.net reported that both Mozcom’s PayEasy and AsiaPay follow the same principle as that of PayPal (perhaps the most reliant online payment facility today). ECPay on the other hand would want to focus on overseas workers by linking their service with schools, hence parents will be able to directly pay their children’s school and hospital bills.

“This is also a nifty service especially for OFWs since they will know where their hard-earned money is going,” Aguilar said.

for those who don’t know with ePayment, we can use the Internet to communicate with other merchants and banks to allow for smooth transactions. what this means is that you don’t have to write a check, swipe a credit card or handle any paper money; all you have to do is enter some information into your Web browser and click your mouse!

found this nice article about the state of efinance and epayments in the Philippines by Janet Toral of digitalfilipino.com, read it and be informed.

Symantec Lists Top Threats in Internet History

in time for the 40th anniversary of the Internet, Symantec have just rolled out a list of the “Top Web Threats in the History of the Internet.”

At number 10: Morris (1988), Robert Morris claims that he wrote the worm in an effort to gauge the size of the Internet (duh!), unfortunately it had a bug that infected computer multiply times and thus came the “Denial-of-Service” attack.

9: Storm (2007), at the center of a denial-of-service attack was http://www.microsoft.com, where during Symantec’s test on an infected machine, it sends out almost 1,800 e-mails in a five-minute period.

8: Sasser (2004), this worm exploited vulnerable network ports, meaning that it could spread without user intervention.

7: Blaster (2003), just like storm, this caused a denial-of-service to windowsupdate.com, which included the message, “billy gates why do you make this possible? Stop making money and fix your software!!”

6: Code Red (2001), Web sites defaced by the phrase “Hacked By Chinese!”

5: Nimda (2001), within 22 minutes, Nimda became the Internet’s most widespread worm (yeah that fast!).

4: Slammer (2003), a worm that was mistaken by some countries to be an organized attack against them.

3: Melissa (1999), i thought this story was quite amazing… see Melissa was an exotic dancer, and David Smith was obsessed with her (and also with writing viruses). this virus was so know it rocked the internet world between 1999 and 2005.

2: Conficker (2009), the newest kid on the block yet promising to be the worst. the Conficker worm has created a secure, worldwide infrastructure for cybercrime. the worm allowed installation of softwares to infected machines and many have yet to figure out what it would do!

last and the least, perhaps the most dear to us IT PINOYs, is the I Love You virus. who wouldn’t open an email from someone telling they love you. well, many got fooled! by May 2000, 50M infections had been reported, which included The Pentagon, the CIA, and the British Parliament. certainly nothing for us IT PINOYs to be proud about but, hey it landed us on the IT map!

read more [abcnews.go.com]

40 Years of Internet

Happy 40 Years – Internet!

September 2, 1969: two computers at the University of California, Los Angeles, exchanged meaningless data in a first test of Arpanet (an experimental military network). who would have thought that this first “connection” would eventually revolutionize the world?

i’m so glad there’s internet!

read more on [3news.co.nz]

A Call for Broadband Service Honesty

by the end of 2009, the number of broadband users in the Philippines would have reached 2M, this came in a recent statement by Catanduanes Representative Joseph Santiago who by this, urged companies offering these services to be truthful in marketing their connection speeds.

“They should be able to deliver minimum Internet connectivity at par with, if not superior to their advertised speeds,” said Santiago, who was also a former chief of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). he further added, “It would be totally unfair, even highly deceptive, for them to aggressively promote their services by assuring this or that Internet access speed, only to fall short of their promise.”

finally, someone has the guts to raise this concern…. hopefully they do something about these false marketing and broadband connection issues…

read more [inquirer.net]

Facebook/Youtube – a Perfect Excuse

a study shows that the internet (used for fun) while @ the office makes us better employees! now really?

the Univ. of Melbourne reported that surfing during office hours increases productivity (amen to that!)

that employees are 9% more productive than those who do not surf while @ work (amen again!)

Brent Coker, the study author says that Workplace Internet Leisure Browsing (WILB), helps sharpen workers’ concentration (yeah sharp minds, i have that!)

“Short and unobtrusive breaks, such as a quick surf of the Internet, enables the mind to rest itself, leading to a higher total net concentration for a days’ work, and as a result, increased productivity,” Coker added. (i couldn’t agree more)

now, if i could only get my bosses read this post and approve our youtube and facebook access, i bet they’d get more out of me, hmmm i might be so productive i’d win employee of the year! haha

image and story more @ [reuters.com]

pinoy bloggers!

to begin with, i’m amazed @ how many PINOY blogs are out there right now... i remember writing my first blog five years ago and i swear i never thought how big of a hit blogging would be to all PINOY’s!

the somehow sad thing however is just like before, right now while searching through the web, i haven’t found a blog that focuses on the PINOY information technology (IT). i actually found one (PINOYIT) but it hasn’t been updated for two years now, sayang ‘tol!

so why an IT PINOY blog?
all PINOY programmers are still subscribed to newsgroups and forums to get their programming questions answered… up to now PINOY’s still doesn’t have it’s own major reference point for programming or computing concepts. what else have PINOY’s accomplished? how much have we contributed to this industry (which undoubtedly have been good to us) can we even contribute something?

i attended the SUN Tech Days held last june here in manila, and the sun peeps actually posted a question and a challenge to us IT PINOY’s. aside from the infamous “I LOVE YOU” virus a local created and put IT PINOY’s in the map, will a PINOY be able create the next google or a youtube? will it even ever happen? hindi yung gaya-gaya puto maya ha at gumawa lang giggle or youtsup?! i mean how can an IT PINOY help revolutionize this industry and not just mere consumers.

i hope this blog will be a good start to answer that question.

and i can’t do it alone, i believe there’s too many brilliant IT PINOY practitioners out there (even far better than me) so feel free to post suggestions for topics and let’s discuss it here.