Monday, March 30, 2009

Portable Laptop Table

Did you ever feel waking up one morning too lazy to stand up but you hate to think that not connecting to the internet and not talking to your netizens could be fatal. Fret no more, here's a revolutionary tool that makes lazy people even lazier.For a steep price of $120, you can get a foldable and adjustable plastic that is good for telecommuting, reading books and magazines on the comfort of your own bed. Now that's relaxing.

via Sky Mall

Saturday, March 28, 2009

North Korea threatens US and Japan with its missle test

North Korea will test a long ranged ballistic missile near Japan and Hawaii which threatened US and Japan.

North Korea, which has informed international agencies of its plan to fire the missile between April 4 and 8, says the launch is a "satellite test" which it is entitled to make under international law.

North Korea is in defiance with the UN resolution establish last 2006 by the six-party talks.

Recent satellite imagery has shown that the North Korea has now assembled two stages of the three-stage Taepodong-2 missile on a launch pad in the country's northeast. Experts estimate that missile could be ready to fire within four days.

Japan has threatened to shoot down the missile if it crosses over Japanese territory, a move which Pyongyang has already said it would consider an "act of war".

Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, has warned any launch would threaten to end the six-party talks over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. The talks have been stalled since December in a dispute over how to verify its disarmament.

The US already deployed two warships with anti missile capabilities in the Japanese Sea which are ready to fire at the missiles when things go bad.

It is unclear if China, Pyongyang's only major ally which has held talks with senior figures from both North and South Korea in the last week, would support a US move to deepen sanctions.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

R.I.P. E.G.M.

The leading gaming magazine Electronic Gaming Monthly or EGM which I've been reading for the past 10 years pulled the plug as the recession took its toll.

EGM was closed on January 6, 2009, following the acquisition of the online element of the 1UP network by Hearst Corporation. It was announced that the January 2009 issue would be the final issue of EGM.The unpublished February issue, which would have featured the video game Street Fighter IV on the cover, will be released for free online.

Most of the veteran gamers mourned on the news as the "gaming bible" they once used in defeating that hard-to-kill boss or decided on buying the latest game release on the market. EGM spawned a lot of other gaming magazine internationally and locally. Expert game writers also came from EGM like Dan Hsu and that mysterious Sushi-X. I admit that EGM became a part of my gaming childhood and it will be missed.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Last Airbender Trilogy

The highly successful Avatar : The Last Airbender will have a movie trilogy that will start on July 2, 2010.

The fans of the series were expecting for the movie which was canned a year ago. This time, Paramount has budgeted $250 million dollars for the planned movie trilogy that will be shot in Greenland and Vietnam. Noah Ringer will play as Aang, Katara will be played by Nicola Peltz, Sokka will be played by Jackson Rathbone and Prince Zuko will be played by Dev Patel. The movie will be directed by M. Night Shyamalan

Earth Hour 2009

March 28, 2009 8:30PM-9:30PM. Where ever you are, what ever you do, turn off those lights and support Earth Hour.

Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.

In 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from. VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. Over 74 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday.

The Philippines will take part on this historic event as SM Mall of Asia, some buildings in Makati, Ortigas, Cebu, Bohol will switch of their lights and show the world that Filipinos support Earth Hour

We all have a vote, and every single vote counts. Together we can take control of the future of our planet, for future generations.

VOTE EARTH by simply switching off your lights for one hour, and join the world for Earth Hour.

You can show your support by clicking the button below.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Batman Dead

After 70 years of gracing the comic books. The creators of Batman finally decided to rest their hero.

Super Heroes dying is a current fad today, with Captain America dying on the hands of a sniper in New York last year, Superman from Doomsday last 1992 (which resurrected again). There are rumours that Batman will suffer a gruesome end when his sidekick Robin goes over to "the dark side" and destroys him in a terrible betrayal. Others speculate that Wayne may either retire from his duties or be killed by a mystery villain known as the Black Glove.

Batman #676-681 a.k.a. Batman R.I.P. revealed that the story details the attempts of the mysterious Dr. Simon Hurt and the "Black Glove," a criminal organization dedicated to corrupting virtue, as they attempt to destroy Batman and everything he stands for. Using a mixture of physical and psychological attacks, the Black Glove tests Batman's resolve, forcing him to temporarily adopt the crazed persona of the "Batman of Zur-En-Arrh." He is then led to Arkham Asylum to face The Joker. Seemingly defeated, Batman is buried alive by the Black Glove, a group that includes Bruce Wayne's girlfriend, Jezebel Jet, who has betrayed him. With the assistance of Robin, Nightwing, and the Club of Heroes, he turns the tables on his foes. In a final confrontation with Dr. Hurt, Batman is caught in a helicopter crash and feared dead. Six months later, a villain named Le Bossu tortures a Gotham City policeman, enjoying the freedom villains have now that Batman is gone. Suddenly, the Bat-Signal shines into his lair.

In March, April and May a three-part series titled Battle for the Cowl, written and illustrated by Tony Daniel will focus on the aftermath of the series and the battle for Gotham.Tied to this will be a three-part Oracle mini-series and a three-part Azrael mini-series and two bookends titled Gotham City Gazette that encompasses the changes in all of those series. In addition, five one-shots will be published focusing on key characters in upcoming storylines. These will feature Man-Bat, Commissioner Gordon, the Network, the Underground and Arkham Asylum.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Symantec's PIFTS.exe blunder

Symantec, the company behind the famous security solution Norton, had a bad update on their Symantec products, which led to millions of complains and internet meme.

PIFTS (Product Information Framework Troubleshooter) is a diagnostic program that Symantec periodically sends out to users to anonymously collect information such as the operating system and version number of the product being used in order to get a snapshot of its user base. The troublesome, unsigned PIFTS.exe file is no longer being distributed, but it never represented any kind of security threat, Kyle said. "If a user would have accepted it they should have been fine, and if they declined it they should have been fine."

Problems started around 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, when Norton Internet Security and Norton Antivirus 2006 and 2007 users started receiving error messages connected to a Symantec software update that tried to download a program called PIFTS.exe.

Around 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time, Symantec noticed that its Norton support forums were being flooded with blank messages that had PIFTS.exe in their subject line. Within three hours there were 600 posts about PIFTS.exe. The posts contained no text, only subjects such as "IF PIFTS.EXE WAS HERE, THEN WHO WAS PHONE?" and "OH GOD YOU GOT CHOCOLATE IN MY PIFTS."

Symantec began deleting the messages, assuming they were from spammers.

Soon the SANS Internet Storm Center had picked up on PIFTS.exe and noted that Symantec discussion-group messages were being deleted. Noting that messages mentioning the mysterious file name were being deleted from Symantec's support forums, SANS said that something "truly bizarre was going on."

By now, Norton users were becoming worried.
"Norton Users Worried By PIFTS.exe, Stonewalling By Symantec,"

Then the hackers stepped in. By midday Tuesday, criminals began posting malicious Web pages that would pop up high on Google searches for PIFTS.exe.

"With parts of the Internet flustering over the Symantec / PIFTS.exe debacle, hackers have set out to poison search engines in an attempt to cash in on unsuspecting computer users,"
wrote Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant with security vendor Sophos. Cluley said that three of the top five Google results for a pifts.exe search led to pages that redirected users to malicious Web pages, which tried to install fake antivirus software on victims' systems.

Late Tuesday afternoon, these malicious results were still turning up high in Google searches for PIFTS.exe.

"Of course, the fake anti-virus scan is not related to Symantec or the PIFTS.exe file," Cluley added.
"It's just that the hackers are using the interest surrounding that file at the moment to generate traffic to their dangerous Web sites."

4chan the community site that spawned a lot of memes added salt on the wound and almost all of their threads PIFTS.exe is part of the topic

Sunday, March 08, 2009

What If?

I was thinking, What if I'm not a teacher anymore, would my students still treat me the way they treat me now? Will they greet me when they see me? Will they still offer food if I see them eating? Will they smile and laugh when I talk to them? Will they still listen to me? Will they still drink booz with me? Will they still invite me in gimmicks? Will they still forward text quotes to me? Will they still chat with me? Will they still call me sir? Will they still touch my belly? Will they still hug me?Will they still love me? Are they nice to me because I'm their teacher and their grades depend on it? Or..are they acting what they truly feel? Maybe I'll find out soon...