E-profit: The "IN" Thing

As I was surfing the internet to find more information for my blog, I come across to a number of blogs which talks about earning through blogging. As a matter of fact, a close friend of mine also writes within this topic (check out his profile http://kirbitz.blogspot.com ). Pretty interesting, isn't it? Well, there's just one thing new bloggers have to know: making money takes a lot of time. Most advertisers want blogs that are old, or at least 3 months old. But hey, I just found out about Blogvertise, check this out.

Blogvertise is a website where advertisers and bloggers meet to make business. Advertisers look for bloggers that would best promote their products, while bloggers get paid after making a review of the advertiser's product. Blogvertise facilitates this kind of business. Bloggers don't have to look for advertisers for themselves, just register to Blogvertise and start earning from blogging.

For more of your questions about Blogvertise, just got to their FAQ for Bloggers. You will not only learn about their programs, you will also know how they operate. So what are you waiting for? Christmas? Register Now and get paid!

MacBook Air: the world's thinest notebook

Following their biggest hit on the world of technology, Apple Inc. now introduces the world's thinnest computer notebook ever built for users like us. Apple CEO Steve Jobs boasts the product's features during its press release in San Francisco, California.

With a 13.3-inch display, a built-in iSight camera, and a backlit "full-sized" keyboard, MacBook Air is less than an inch thick, 0.76 inches at its beefiest and just 0.16 inches at its thinnest to be exact. The new computer runs on an Intel Core 2 Duo with 1.6Ghz clockspeed. MacBook Air, which weighs only 3 pounds, also features a 1.8-inch 80GB hard disk drive, with an optional upgrade of a 64GB flash-based solid state drive, and a multitouch Liquid Crystal Display that allows you to expand your photos by just a two-fingered gesture, similar to the Apple iPhone.

This another Apple innovation however, does not have a built-in internal optical media drive. But according to Jobs, Mac users should not worry because they can download their favorite movies and music through the internet, and install new software via an optical drive of a separate PC or Mac. Furthermore, the company now finalizes its Movie Rental service on iTunes Store. This means that users can now rent movies online and watch them over their computers, but with an high-speed internet connection of course. Apple is partnering with 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Walt Disney, Paramount, Universal and Sony on the service, which will work on Macs, Windows-based machines, iPhones, iPods or Apple TV set-top boxes and will be available late February 2008.





Do We NEED the Apple iPhone?

After shocking the techno world, more than 6 months after its introduction on June 29, 2007, Apple Inc.'s revolutionary iPhone is still rising up to the occasion, making history not only on popularity but also in innovation. Although this might be true to many gadget enthusiasts, there are still a number of end users who know it only by name. If you think you're one of them, join me in reviewing this popular handheld wonder.

As advertised by its manufacturer, Apple Incorporated, iPhone boasts of four major features: Revolutionary Phone, Widescreen iPod, Breakthrough Internet Device, and High Technology. Let's now go through it one by one.

Revolutionary Phone

"iPhone is a revolutionary new mobile phone that allows you to make a call by simply tapping a name or number in your address book, a favorites list, or a call log. It also automatically syncs all your contacts from a PC, Mac, or Internet service. And it lets you select and listen to voicemail messages in whatever order you want — just like email."

This feature is very attractive to users who just use the iPhone as any other mobile phones out in the market (they are those just wanted the iPhone to increase their school popularity.) But for us Laytechs, this feature doesn't even compensate for its very expensive price.

Widescreen iPod

"iPhone is a widescreen iPod with touch controls that lets you enjoy your content — including music, audiobooks, videos, TV shows, and movies — on a beautiful 3.5-inch display. It allows you to sync the content from the iTunes library on your PC or Mac and access it all with the touch of a finger."

This sounds like your home theater is now a mobile phone. My question now is,"What are the video format currently supported by iPhone"? Take in mind that most Apple gadgets, including their desktops, have exclusive software which are all created by none other than Apple Inc. as well. If you're not too particular to videos, then why do you need a large screen display for your songs anyway?

Breakthrough Internet Device, and High Technology

"iPhone features a rich HTML email client and Safari — the most advanced web browser ever on a portable device — which automatically syncs bookmarks from your PC or Mac. Safari also includes built-in Google and Yahoo! search. iPhone is fully multi-tasking, so you can read a web page while downloading your email in the background over Wi-Fi or EDGE..."

"...iPhone introduces the most revolutionary user interface since the mouse, the most advanced software ever engineered, and true state-of-the-art technology that will change the way you think about a mobile device. With over 300 patents, iPhone is years ahead of any other phone available today."

If there are things that I envy iPhone, here they are. The last two, but certainly the most praised among the general features, the iPhone combines advanced internet browsing technology and rock solid durability in one. As i see it, no other mobile phone I know comes close to the browsing power of iPhone (Apple gadgets are famous of their fancy GUI.) And contrary to popular trends of high-end gadgets, iPhone features protective technology that helps the gadget last long (as compared to most gadgets now that are very delicate and sensitive to physical contacts.) These general features really pay off its expensiveness.

There you have it. These are only my opinion. It's up to you to decide.

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small but terrible

Have you ever imagined a portable Operating System that can process your documents, spreadsheets, presentation, browse and download from your favorite website , play games and your favorite music, or even burn your cds and dvds, and most of all, fits in your pocket? Well, imagine no more and just sit back, relax, and read this.

As I was reading some articles in one of my favorite sites (distrowatch.com), I have stumbled (again, lol) on some Linux Distribution (or distro) that are so light, yet so powerful. These Linux distributions are so small that you can even install it on a 50MB usb flash drive, but still remains as stable as other Linux distros available.

These distros can run very well on new computers, and even run fast on old ones with processors earlier than the Intel Pentium Series (just imagine how light that is). Just download them and burn them as a CD image (not as a file). The CD is a LiveCD, which can be booted from the boot menu (that's pressing 'Del' when you turn on your computer, then select your CD drive to be booted first). You can also install it on your hard drive, or even on a flash drive with at least 50MB of free space to make it work even faster. Whether the distro is on a cd or in a portable usb flash drive, you can boot it on every computer you use, then like magic, the computer just transforms like it was your own.

Let's see what portable Linux Distribution is for you. You can go to this site ">http://www.pendrivelinux.com/ to find out more about these Mini Linuxes. I have already picked two most common for you.

The first in line.....

Damn Small Linux (DSL)

DSL is a very light and versatile desktop oriented Linux operating system that can run in almost every computer in your home or office. Althought the recommended Random Access Memory is 128MB (what a very small requirement), it runs perfectly even with 16MB of RAM and you will be amazed how fast your computer will be.


SLAX Linux Operating System

SLAX is, it think, a better choice to users who look more on the looks. This system is running on a very beautiful Graphical User Interface (GUI) that requires only 128MB of RAM, although it is recommended to have 256MB to operate at full speed. Slax also requires more hard disk space of of at least 200MB compared to the 50MB of DSL.

Here you have it, your new portable PC. You don't have to worry bringing your system with you anywhere because DSL and SLAX are available for free (you just need a fast internet connection to download the CD image).

behold the wonders of LINUX

My blog entry entitled "The Other Look of My Computer" has drawn quite an attention to most of my classmates. Many of them are first time to hear about the existence of other operating system other than the traditional Windows. Some actually already know about Linux, but they have not yet encountered a friend or someone the personally know who actually uses the Linux system. If you think you are just like most of my classmates, behold and read this one.

Linux actually existed longer than we have thought. It was developed by then a young computer science student of the University of Helsinki in Finland, named Linus Torvalds, and shared it to the world wide web in the early '90s. Linux is an Open Source software, which means you can copy, modify, and even distribute it at a completely free of charge. Today, Linux has grown from a simple set of codes to a system that supports many critical parts of the World Wide Web. Windows may be what most end users use, but these users don't know that most of the Internet serves and even network firewalls are Linux based because of its sure reliability, unlimited flexibility, rock solid stability and of course, unparalleled cost.

For you who still can't imagine what Linux truly is, I have embedded a video clip which compares the latest Windows Vista and a Linux Distribution, the Ubuntu Linux (the one I installed in my pc).

This clip features the Advanced Graphical User Interface (GUI) of a Linux system. I'm still looking for some applications so that I can also record my Linux session into a video clip so I can post it here in the future.

I hope you enjoyed it.

Experiment 2 - signals


Experiment 2 is similar to the previous experiment. Before, we are just made to familiarize ourselves with Matlab and its basic mathematical functions. In this second experiment, matrices were now very useful because we were asked to graph elementary signals in STEM and STAIR functions of Matlab, and these signals can be represented through matrices. The difference now in this experiment from the first is that we are asked to give the amplitude, frequency, and sampling frequency of the signal. In getting these parameters of the given elementary signals, we were to code our own program that would yield these requirements. This programming, however, is a feature in Matlab. The use of programming commands such as “FOR”, “LOOP”, and “NEXT” are used now, and they still follow the if-then-else statements of basic programming.


Although we did not expect that programming is possible in Matlab, the syntax of the algorithm is just similar to that of what we previously learned, Visual Basic. Such previous knowledge about basic computer programming language is very useful. Not only the format is almost the same, commands are also close in Matlab and in Visual Basic. Previous lesson in Signal processing, such as the advancing and delaying of a given signal, are also helpful in this experiment.

I don't know if this is final. I think I need to edit it and add more explanations to it to give more emphasis to my points.

Pleas leave some comments. thanks!

Signals Laboratory Expertiment 2


%STAIR plot
T = 0:0.25:25
B = 2*sin(T)


%Unit function
n = -3:1:3
y = ones(1,7)


n = -3:1:3
x1 = abs(n)
n1 = n - 2

subplot(3,1,1), stem(n,x1)
subplot(3,1,2), stem(n1,x1)
subplot(3,1,3), stem(-n1,x1)

please leave some comments.. thanks!


the bad start

Just right before I lay down to sleep, around past half eleven o'clock, I scheduled my alarm clock to ring at exactly 6:30AM the next morning. But since my sleeping time was quite unstable because of the recent Christmas break, where I sleep around 2-3AM, I wasn't able to sleep right away. There were lots of thoughts running around my mind; which includes most of my subjects: electromagnetics, fluid mechanics, signals, and all my upcoming exams.


After that very uncomfortable sleep, i woke up past 8 in the morning! Oh no, this wasn't the start I was hoping for this new year, considering I had already 4 or 5 absences in my first subject every MWF. So I hurried my stuff before going to school, hoping I could catch within the allowed minutes considered as only late (that's 15 minutes after the start of the class, after this, I'm already late!). Moments later, I arrived to school safe and sound, and late!!! I arrived exactly 9:00AM, thirty minutes late, or already considered absent. This accounted to another unproductive Friday, not to mention my next class is 4:00 in the afternoon.

fast forward...

After that unpleasant incident, I found myself hanging with my classmates in the computer house, where we waited for our other peers so that we can start a DOTA match. Now that the cast is complete, it was time for some strategies here, gold earning there, and of course, hero kills everywhere. We actually finished playing after our eyes started to sore and our heads starting to ache, and good for us it only took us 3 hours now.

back to reality...

The long wait is over and I found myself now sitting at my chair, seriously listening to our Fluid Mechanics instructor. He asked about our short break, and as expected, most answered it was too short to enjoy. So my life went on, going back to books and notes, trying to survive another day in school.

the other look of my computer

During the past months, I was trying to explore more about computers, about hardware and software as well. With eagerness about these computer stuff, I found myself reading a book about computer operating systems, specifically on the Linux System. My curiousness rose when I read that most Linux enthusiasts claim that their system are far stable than the traditional Windows. Well, just like most Windows users, I do not intend to switch to another operating system, but I want to give it a little try...

There are a lot of Linux editions, called distributions. One of the more common distribution is UBUNTU, a Debian-based Linux disto (for more information just go to www.ubuntu.com). Trying Ubuntu Linux is so easy than I ever thought it would. It's actually free!!! Just got to their site and download the cd image. It's also a LiveCD, which means you can boot the CD, and try the Ubuntu System without even installing it. Isn't it cool?

I have some few screen shots here, taken from my own Ubuntu System...

This is the Ubuntu desktop. Pretty similar to windows actually.

Some opened windows, including Mozilla Firefox

I also got to update it free. Updates keep my system from known bugs that Ubuntu has discovered. By the way, are you tired of computer viruses? Well, in the Linux world, it's virtually virus free. It's immune to all windows virus, I don't even use an antivirus.

And these are the common programs when I use ubuntu:

1. Pidgin Internet Messenger - the all-in-one messenger

2. OpenOffice.org - the better alternative to MSWord

3. Mozilla Firefox - the safer choice in internet browsing

Windows may be the most popular OS in the market, but popularity does't really always mean to be the best. Linux gives me the option to see other things beyond tradition, things that sometimes really goes beyond our imaginations.

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