Just one year to go till the 20th! I’m writing this on March 29, 2013, which just happens to mark the 19th anniversary of March 29, 1994, the day when the PhilNet network first connected to the Internet via an IP connection to a Sprint gateway in California. Perhaps we should really reserve all the […]Read more "#PHNet19 : 19 years of Philippine Internet"
Since the 25th Anniversary of Philippine Cyberspace went by mainly unnoticed last August, I thought I’d get a head start on next month’s anniversary of the coming of the Internet to the Philippines by calling it early. Yes, the Internet turns 18 in the Philippines on March 29, 2012. It was way back in March […]Read more "The Philippine Internet Turns 18: Is Anyone Still Counting?"
Time was when New Year’s Eve would creep up and your phone would start beeping frantically as all the text messages would come in. The mobile operators’ SMS network tubes would clog up and it would be impossible to get an SMS in, edgewise – until an hour past midnight. Well that was then (maybe […]Read more "Did Asia Crash Twitter last New Year’s Eve? Apparently So"
Just when you thought it was finally safe to use your Macbook Air without slipping on a black turtleneck to show your bereavement, we’ve received word on Google+ from premiere Mac User Elbert Cuenca that Philippine Apple fans will be celebrating Steve Jobs Day at 5:30pm on October 14 at the Rockwell Tent by the […]Read more "It’s Steve Jobs Day at the Power Plant Mall, Rockwell on October 14"
Not only is everything here made in China nowadays, even our public officials are ripping off crackpot ideas from their Chinese counterparts. The DPWH Facebook page recently came under fire with this now historic Photoshopped image of three officials inspecting the post-Pedring carnage along Roxas Boulevard: This was such an obviously Photoshopped image (and a bad […]Read more "The Great DPWH Photoshop meme: Made in China, Imported to the Philippines"
On September 25, 2009, Typhoon Ondoy lashed Metro Manila and plagued it with wind, rain, floods and power failures. Mobile networks (mainly Globe) went down, causing communications breakdown. And social media took center stage as people plugged into the networks, reporting news, finding news, generating Tweets, Facebook updates, sharing media, and creating homespun disaster reporting […]Read more "Pedring 2011: Rain, Flood, Power Failure, Mobile Network breakdown, and Social Media"
For a brief moment at the height of Typhoon Pedring on September 27, mentions of Christopher Lao reappeared on Twitter , bringing the punsters – and the finger waggers – back out in the open. The term trended on Twitter for a brief moment, before receding and letting the more general #Pedring reign as a […]Read more "Pedring: The Return of Christopher Lao on Twitter"
It’s an accepted fact that as far as social media sites are concerned, Indonesia and the Philippines are usually at the top of the charts in almost any category in both the Southeast Asia surveys and the world rankings. Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare – you name it. Though I’ve yet to see results for Google+, it […]Read more "In the Global Map of Social Media Penetration, the Philippines & Indonesia are crushing it"
In March 2001, I pitched a story to the Inquirer. The 7th Anniversary of the Philippine connection to the Internet was coming up (the exact date is March 29, 1994). Would they be interested in an account of the events of that day? My idea was to retell the story in narrative form, similar to […]Read more "The Night Benjie Tan Hooked up the Philippines to the Internet"
The rollout of new java applications like Facebook for Every Phone has brought the spotlight back on “feature phones” – which in one way are the internet phones that everyone had (or still have) prior to to the coming of age of iPhones and Androids. Of course defining what a “feature phone” is in 2011 […]Read more "Rise of the Feature Phones: the “Dumb Phone” gets its due"