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Monday, March 31, 2014

Beyond Open Source: The Latest on Microsoft and Apple

To further boost the competitive edge,  after Microsoft outsourced their CEO post to India, closed-door discussions are on the way to purchase Red Hat and finally roll-out the long overdue and much ballyhooed vaporware codenamed Microsoft Linux.

Meanwhile at Apple, in a bold move to dispose old Intel-based Macs in preparation for the release of A7-based systems across the board, Steve Wozniak performs cameo role as the delivery boy.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Celebrate Packt Publishing's 2000th Title with Buy One Get One Free eBook

We would like to congratulate Packt Publishing for the 2000th book title milestone, and as part of the celebration, they have an offer you shouldn't refuse: buy 1 eBook and get 1 eBook free.

With IT topics ranging from desktop, web and mobile development to games, graphics, cloud platform and systems administration. The only hard part imaginable is to pick one eBook title of your choice and struggle finding and selecting from over 1,900 titles more for the free eBook.

What are you waiting for? Go to the Packt Publishing website, celebrate and grab their best offer yet.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Adventure in the Middle of the Snake Pit: PyCon Philippines 2014

It was only recently I realized how lucky I am to have attended the two-day PyCon Philippines 2014, the Python community conference, at the De La Salle University, Manila.

The two-day conference gave me the opportunity to again meet or see some of the IT personalities I respect and highly regard in the industry like Edison Go Tan, Evan Dale Aromin, Zak Elep, and Alvin Edwald Chan and Brian Paul Samson, both were volunteers and organizers of the event.

It's also been fortunate of me to have met Jayr Anes, coincidentally also a graduate school student at Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Web Application Development with Yii and PHP: A Book Review

We were again graced by Packt and was given the opportunity to review the second edition of Web Application Development with Yii and PHP by Jeffrey Winesett, which was released November 2012. Wait! What?! That is really 2012 and no typographical error, almost two years from now. You might be shouting expletives if I seem pulling your leg and reviewing a book over a year old.

When I double checked with the official Yii Framework website, it turns out that this book is for the Yii Framework version 1.1.12 which is about two versions away from the current version (version 1.1.14 as of this writing). What's so special about this book is that the Yii framework starting with version 1.1 is supported until December 2015. That means you get this book as an investment resource for Yii Framework 1.1.x development, and that means it's relevant now and beyond, make that 3 years after this book is published.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Fantastic Adventure at Infanta Quezon a.k.a. Becoming a Seminar Resource Speaker

I was fortunate to be asked to participate as seminar resource speaker on network and enterprise security; thus, an adventure in Infanta, Quezon ensued, particularly in ACTS Computer College, owned and managed by Mr. Ernesto Lim who I was fortunate to have meet and spoken with after conducting the seminar.