Thursday, March 12, 2009

Windows Explorer...

In Windows Explorer, you can sort files in more ways than you probably realize. Sure by clicking the clicking the "NAME", "DATE MODIFIED", "TYPE" and "SIZE" column headers, you can sort files by any of those criteria. But in XP and later, from the Details view you can click a column header to access more options for arranging your files, including by "OWNER", "KEYWORDS", or "PRODUCT NAME".

Friday, March 6, 2009

Alarm Clock

Why not make your PC your alarm clock? If you leave your computer on all the time, it's easy. There are number of free downloadable alarm clock applications available that will use any of your music files to wake you up. Just Google ""free alarm clock", and download a few to find one that suits you best. It certainly beats waking up to an annoying or obnoxious sound.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Ferdinand Marcos Has More 'Friends' Than Nixon, Evita in Facebook...

NEW YORK — The ghost of Marcos past is back and is haunting Filipinos all over the world in a very in-your-face way: Facebook.

“My hero," gushes Facebook user May.

Everything about the profile of Ferdinand E. Marcos is factual. But nowhere on his wall is anything he had written. Instead, the posts – now in the hundreds -- praise his greatness as president. There are some stray comments that are critical and some downright profane, but they are outnumbered by the superlatives. The way it works is that Marcos appears to be another Facebook user. His profile identifies his status as being married to Imelda Remedios Visitacion Romualdez-Marcos, his birthday as September 11, 1917, his hometown as Ilocos Norte, and his education as the University of the Philippines College of law ‘39.

“You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s (sic) gone," writes Rhea. Luke, whose friends include Aiza Seguerra, writes: “No one can beat what this great man did to improve the country." And from Abigail: “Despite the dictatorship, one of the best presidents in the Philippines. His brilliance created an impact not just in our country but in the international arena. Most of the republic acts are still under his regime... :) Love the brain of this guy!"

No surprises there. The Palo Alto, California, social networking website counts the most powerful men in the world, such as Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela, among its more than 175 million users – dead or alive. An average user has 120 friends, but not Marcos who has 4,152; a drop in the bucket compared with Obama’s 5,548,940.

In fact, Jose Rizal is only slightly popular with 6,808 supporters. But at least FEM has more followers than Lenin (3,579), Richard Nixon (3,687), and Evita (1,557). That Marcos loyalists are regrouping via the Internet is not the news. Anyone can be on Facebook and for whatever reason, including peeking at young boys in skivvies or sharing recipes for homemade bombs.

If social media guru Jesse Stay is correct, Facebook allows a user to “track social demographics." That’s what the Marcos fansite appears to be doing. Many of the supporters are in their 20s and 30s – too young to have lived through the horrors of the Marcos Dictatorship – and they’re from all over the world. Not one of the recent posts recounts the crushing poverty, the military tortures, the crony corruption, and the Imeldific extravagance. Let’s take shoes.

The Marcos dictatorship came crashing down in 1986 when a people power uprising chased the family and their cronies out of MalacaƱang. In fairness, the Marvos Wall is not all praises. Negative comments make their way every once in a while. One of them, Theterm, writes: “I will say he was fine at first until greed got the best of him. Viva Ninoy Aquino!" Raymund says it short and raw: “This guy is an a--hole."

Disagree with them? Why don’t you sign up for Facebook to connect with Ferdinand E. Marcos?

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Outage Hits Gmail Users...

A service outage left several users of Google's Gmail without their e-mail late Tuesday. Google's support site ( said the problem started at 1:30 a.m. Pacific Time (5:30 p.m. Manila time).

"We're aware of a problem with Gmail affecting a number of users. This problem occurred at approximately 1.30AM Pacific Time. We're working hard to resolve this problem and will post updates as we have them. We apologize for any inconvenience that this has caused," it said.

News items culled by Google on the service outage had headlines ranging from "Panic: Gmail turns into Gfail" to "Gmail Struck with Service Outage" and "Surfers hit by Gmail breakdown." -

Sunday, February 22, 2009

US Letter Takes Arrives 22 Years Too Late...

LA GRANDE, Oregon – An Oregon woman finally received an invitation to her nephew's high school graduation in New Jersey, but she may be a little late – it was in 1987.
Theresa Schlossarek, of La Grande, found the invitation last week in her mailbox. The envelope, which had been opened, was postmarked June 2, 1987, from Toms River, New Jersey, where her brother, Hermann Ilnseher, lives.

Ilnseher said the lack of response from his sister was noticed but dismissed.
"We just thought that she lived so far away, she couldn't come," Ilnseher said. "She usually would send money, though, so we did joke about that later on, that maybe she could send some and add interest for the years passed."

Peter Hass, spokesman for the US Postal Service's Portland district, called the delay "very unusual and very unfortunate." Hass said the envelope could have been stuck in machinery or misrouted and delivered to the wrong address, which would explain why it arrived opened. But he said no matter the age of the mail, "if it's postmarked, we're obliged to deliver it."

Schlossarek's nephew, Michael Ilnseher, now an assistant principal at an Atlanta-area high school, said he didn't remember his aunt not receiving an invitation. "I never realized something could be lost for 22 years like that," he told The (La Grande) Observer.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tiny Search Engine Alleges Google Abuses Its Power...

SAN FRANCISCO — A would-be challenger to Google Inc. said Tuesday it is suing the Internet search leader for alleged abuses that include illegally rigging its prices to thwart potential competitive threats. In a 38-page page complaint, LLC accused Google of manipulating its system for setting ad rates to make it too expensive for a specialty search engine called SourceTool to promote itself within Google's vast online marketing network.

In a press release, TradeComet said it filed its antitrust lawsuit in a New York federal court. Google said it hadn't reviewed the allegations as of late Tuesday, but the Mountain View, California-based company reiterated its belief that there are plenty of other online advertising options, including networks run by rivals Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. "As we have consistently made clear, the advertising market in which Google operates is highly competitive, and advertisers have a huge range of choices," Google said in a statement.

TradeComet's lawsuit is the latest legal action to allege Google has used its widening market power to create a monopoly that enables it to bully rivals or squeeze out Web sites that it doesn't like. Google processes nearly two-thirds of the Internet search requests in the United States and sells an even larger chunk of the text-based ad links that appear alongside search results and other content on millions of Web pages served up each day.

That clout spurred a government investigation that would have culminated in an antitrust lawsuit late last year had Google not withdrawn from a planned advertising partnership with Yahoo, which runs the Internet's second biggest search engine. New York-based TradeComet alleges Google stymied the growth of SourceTool in May 2006 when it raised the minimum bids on SourceTool ads that were triggered by specific search requests. Words that resulted in advertising costs of 5 cents and 10 cents per click soared to $5 and $10 per click, according to the suit.

The suit alleges the higher rates prevented SourceTool from promoting its search engine, which helps connect businesses looking to buy and sell products and services among themselves. TradeComet said its traffic plunged by 90 percent after Google imposed its new pricing terms.

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