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Bill and Doc V

Brave new world

April 1st, 2014

IT was great to see Dr. Rodolfo Villarica, the Father of the Philippine Internet, after so many years. Doc V, who was instrumental in building the infrastructure that connected us digitally to the rest of the world 20 years ago, spoke toward the end of a conference called “Your Internet, Your ...

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Google Glass

Don’t be a Glasshole

March 25th, 2014

A GIRL walks into a bar wearing Google Glass. It sounds like the start of a joke, but Sarah Slocom, a technology writer, wasn’t laughing when two annoyed women confronted her and a man ripped the device off her face at the Molotovs bar in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury area last month. Slocom ...

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Tim Berners-Lee

25 years on

March 18th, 2014

“HOW did your generation survive without the Internet?” The plaintive question came from my daughter, who had sent me a text message from Surigao, where she was staying at a house with no Wi-Fi access, suffering, no doubt, from a bad case of Facebook and Skype jones. I chuckled at her question, ...

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Doctrina Christiana

Historical treasure trove

March 11th, 2014

WHERE would a student of history go to find a copy of Doctrina Christiana, the first book published in the Philippines? Published in Manila in 1593, the catechism in Spanish and Tagalog was also the first book printed in Tagalog and the only 16th-century source showing the Filipino alphabet. The only ...

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Elementary OS log-in

Elementary OS

March 4th, 2014

FOR some strange reason, the latest version of Ubuntu (13.10) would not install properly on my aging Acer Aspire One netbook, which I have used in the past to test different versions of Linux. This seemed to present the perfect opportunity to try out Elementary OS, a free and open ...

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What the font?

February 25th, 2014

I’VE been fascinated by letters ever since I received a set of calligraphy nibs as a gift when I was in grade school. I vaguely recall attaching the nibs to a pen holder and dipping them in ink to explore how beautiful letters could be formed. With only a slim ...

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Evernote elephant

A place for all your notes

February 18th, 2014

ON the cork board in front of me, I pin all sorts of notes, reminders, receipts, photos and calling cards. While this analog system has a certain chaotic élan to it, it isn’t all that efficient, especially when the board gets filled up and notes start to cover each other. I ...

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Canva screenshot

Quick and easy design for everyone

February 11th, 2014

WHEN creating digital art, my weapon of choice is usually Gimp, a free and open source image manipulation program that runs both on my Mac and Linux PC. This preference for cross-platform tools means I rarely use Adobe Photoshop because it doesn’t run natively on my Linux desktop. As powerful and ...

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