Monday, November 29, 2010

Naked Gun star Leslie Nielsen died at age 84


Leslie Nielsen, the actor of Airplane! and all of the Naked Gun sequels passed away at age 84. Nielsen died Sunday at a hospital near his home in Ft. Lauderdale where he was being treated for pneumonia. Thank you for the laughter.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Tech Friday: COMDDAP Expo 2010


COMDDAP or Computer Manufacturers, Distributors & Dealers Association of the Philippines will be having their annual expo this December 2 up to December 5, 2010. For those who are wondering what's this expo is all about, it's just the showcase of well renowned IT companies from all around the world. 51 companies will either display their latest product, or will try to meet their last quarter sales by selling their products in rock bottom prices. Expect the likes of Microsoft and Apple. Intel and AMD, and many many more. Details and event schedule after the jump.

COMDDAP Expo 2010
December 2 - December 5, 2010
SM Mall of Asia SMX Convention
10:00AM - 7:00PM

OLDEST PC HUNT
‘HUNT’ Mechanics

1. The ‘HUNT’ is open to

individuals residing in the Philippines excluding COMDDAP EXPO MANILA 2010 organizers and staff up to the 2nd degree of consanguinity; and
Philippine-owned and based private companies, government institutions, and ‘ non-profit organizations excluding those who are classified as part of the I.C.T. industry in all levels as distributors, resellers, representatives and agents of PC manufacturers, brands or services;

2. PC units to be entered in the ‘HUNT’ must be in its original form, not necessarily working, and with its basic original components intact;
3. The ‘HUNT’ entries must conform to the following definition:

Microcomputer designed for use by an individual at one time;
Comprised of the following components: central processing unit (CPU), internal memory consisting of RAM and ROM;
Capable of connecting to a data storage device (i.e. hard disc, floppy disc, cassette drives, CD/ROM/DVD, etc.) and input/output device.

4. Entry forms will be made available together with the contest rules in the www.comddap.org site. These forms must be accomplished in full and sent via (a) email to info@comddap.org or exhibit@comddap.org ; (b) faxed to +632 8156531; (c) delivered by postage to: The COMDDAP Secretariat, 7F SEDCCO Building, Rada Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City. Entries must be postmarked or dated no later than October 31, 2010.
5. All entries will be reviewed by the Organizers to ensure that no duplication of models or brands are entered. In the event that there are duplications, the first to submit their entry (to be based on the postmarked [if mailed] or date [if sent via email or facsimile] is qualified to join.
6. Qualified entry owners will be contacted by the COMDDAP Secretariat via telephone and email to confirm the entry.
7. The ‘Hunt’ PC entries are expected to be at the COMDDAP Secretariat Office on or before November 15, 2010. These units remain to be the sole property of the owners, as defined in the official entry form.
8. Qualified entries will be displayed (from December 2 to 5), judged, and awarded during the Opening Ceremony of COMDDAP EXPO MANILA 2010 event on December 2 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

Entry Process & Form
1. Download the form from www.comddap.org site.
2. Entries (included in the form) must be accomplished in full to include the following data:

(a) Owner’s Name;
(b) Complete Address;
(c) Contact Number/s;
(d) Email Address/es; and
(e) Full Description of PC citing the (1) brand; (2) Model; (3) Accessories/Peripherals included; and (4) Working or Non-working.
and
3. All entries should be accompanied with a photo that will show the unit in full clarity.

Judging Criteria

1. PC Unit’s state [completeness – main board and CPU; all components intact] – 70%
2. Age of PC Unit [launching date pf PC model in the market*] – 30%

Bonus points maybe given to working PCs at the time of submission to the COMDDAP Secretariat or of display (December 2, 2010).

NOTE: Old PCs that may qualify: Apple II, Commodore 64s, IBM PCXT or other 1st generation units, Altair 8800b, 1960 Digital PDP-1

COMDDAP AUCTION 2010
AUCTION MECHANICS

1. There will be a maximum of two (2) auctions per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, depending on the number of event participants who are willing to have their products auctioned off.
2. Items to be auctioned will be displayed either physically in the auction area or via picture in the projector screen with the corresponding specifications and suggested retail prices (SRPs).
3. The auctioneer will start the auction by announcing and describing the item to be auctioned starting with the agreed starting bid price.
4. Qualified bidders will be allowed to give their bid offer on the floor.
5. All of the offered bid prices will be displayed on the projector screen as the auctioneer conducts the bidding process.
6. The auctioneer will give three (3) opportunities for any bidder to give his last offer after which the bid process ends. Highest bid wins.
7. Each bidding has a maximum of ten (10) minutes to complete.
8. A Certificate or Confirmation Slip will be given to the winning bidder (after each bid) as a proof, and to be used for processing of payment and claim.

REGISTRATION PROCESS
1. For Activity Participants/ Vendors
a. Interested activity participants (limited to confirmed event exhibitors only) can submit registration form to the COMDDAP Secretariat, subject to approval by the committee in charge.
b. Items to be auctioned off should be submitted/delivered to the COMDDAP Secretariat, and PRIOR to the event dates. Vendor should indicate the starting bid price, and the suggested retail price (SRP).
2. For Bidders
a. Interested bidders should register at the Registration Counter, or the area designated for Auction Registration.
b. Daily Auction is open to both the exhibit visitors and the personnel of the event participants/exhibitors.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
1. The auctioned items that had a winning bid, should be paid in cash or credit card, or dependent on the vendor’s policy on the same day that it was auctioned off. Otherwise, the bidding exercise is forfeited.
2. Warranty of items will be based on the vendor’s policy.
3. 10% of the winning bid price will be “donated” to COMDDAP, which in turn will be added to the corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds of the event.

WHAT ITEMS ARE QUALIFIED FOR AUCTION
1. Only items worth One Thousand Pesos only (Php 1,000.00) and over are qualified for auction.
2. All items to be auctioned off should be ICT related.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Review: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1


The two-part epic fantasy film based from the popular novel finally hit the screen. The reason behind the splitting of the final movie is to avoid truncating the novel. Is it worth it or the movie did not meet the expectations of the millions of Harry Potter fans? Read the review after the jump.

I was supposed to watch the film on IMAX 3D but both SM North and SM Mall of Asia were sold out until Sunday. So I settled down with the ordinary screening, but enough of that.

Just like the previous movie, some might like the latest one, and some die hard bookworms will not. The movie was made into a two part to avoid omitting a lot of scenes that was on the book as answer to previous complaints. But for me, who read the book (link contains spoiler) Some details were still omitted after all, like the events on Godric's Hollow and those on the Ministry of Magic. To be fair with J.K. Rowling and the film writer Steve Kloves, it was really hard to cram everything into 146 minutes. So let's just concentrate on the film shall we?

First off, the cinematography was new compared to previous movies. The dark, dangerous atmosphere was shown dramatically on the whole film. The over-exposed like film achieved a gritty, moody feel. No more beautifully colored garments and fabulously designed Hogwarts. All was left were quiet lonely places and dirty rugged garments as the three flee for their lives. The effects, especially those of spells were beautifully rendered (which makes me want to watch it on 3D if given a chance). The tale of the deathly hallows was remarkably presented in an ethnic-like presentation, which is new to the series. Radcliffe, Grint, Watson and the rest of the original cast acted a lot more maturely this time as they have grown with their characters.

If you were expecting a happy, fantasy film then this one will disappoint you. There were no scenes that reminisce school life. It's more like a suspense thriller, where the protagonists constantly chased every now and then. Expect some violence and some blood in some part of the film as Deathly Hallows departed from a children's fairytale into a serious film.

In the end, just like before, the reception of the film will be split down between the hardcore fans and the movie junkies. Watch it on 3D if you get the chance, it will be worth it.




Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Why isn't Siopao Master blogging a lot recently?


Some readers had emailed me (I have readers?! srsly?!) and was asking why am I not updating my site like I used to. Well some factors had prohibited distracted me from blogging. Find them out after the jump.

Reason #1

Been active with some events lately, the latest was the disappointing LG sale which wasted my whole Saturday. "Why haven't you blog about it man?", you might ask. Well, I kinda posted it on the GameOPS website. I wanted to add more traffic to my website, but I'd rather post it on GameOPS because I'm 100% sure a lot of people will read it (contrary to some people I know that believed that GameOPS is just a site being run by gay people and losers, poor morons)

Reason #2

Microblogging sites like twitter and plurk were aleady my outlet for some ideas and stuff. Heck, I can post something there even when I'm eating or doing some other stuff.Only those ideas longer than 140 characters are posted here on my blog. So yeah, blame them for the lack of content here (lol)

Reason #3

I'm not the type of blogger who post anything just to have some visitors coming here. I post what interests me and share it with all. I don't post hate content like someone who wrote a 6,000+ words blog which nobody gave a damn reading. I don't also made it checked by others for grammatical errors because I know my English (heh) So yeah, ultimately, my third reason is.. I don't blog crap.

Reason #4

Some of my older posts are still visited until today (like The Rise and Fall of Sandara Park and What Makes Me Proud to be a Filipino) So yey for traffic!

Reason #5

I'm just plain lazy

That is all.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Canon Photomarathon 2010


Canon held their annual photomarathon last Saturday at the SM Mall of Asia SMX convention wherein thousands of photographers joined to show off their skills and meet other shutterbugs.

As early as 6am, shutterbugs flocked SMX hall 1 as the Canon staff gave away the photomarathon kits. Eventually, everyone is wearing a read t-shirt especially made for the event. A matching cap was also provided to complete the get-up.



The program kicked off as the hosts welcomed everyone and explained the mechanics of the contest.



There were three themes and each theme was given 2 1/2 hours to complete (including download of the picture)



Photographers, pro or hobbyist alike scouted the whole Pasay, Manila and Makati to get that shot and win the grand prize.



A telephoto lens coffee mug was a sweet gift from Canon which made us happy despite being tired and hungry.



For a first timer like me, and an amateur photographer, the photomarathon made me loved photography even more. I will no longer limit my photography skills on toy photography and cosplayers, but find a nice subject, wherever, whenever.



Canon did a wonderful job in providing shutterbugs like me this opportunity to get out there and have fun.

You can view the entire gallery here

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Rurouni Kenshin coming to the PSP


Rurouni Kenshin's creator Nobuhiro Watsuki ended the series' manga back in 1999 and aired its last OAV last 2001. But fans rejoice, Kenshin Himura is back as a 2D game on Sony Playstation Portable. More after the jump

Rurouni Kenshin, popularly known as Samurai X in the Philippines will finally get its new game adaptation after 5 years.

Bandai Namco announced that the title of the game is Rurouni Kenshin, Meiji Kenkaku Romantan Saisen and is expected to come out in Spring 2011 in Japan and is exclusive to the Sony Playstation Portable.

Visit the official website

cross posted at GameOPS