Monday, December 31, 2012

All My Gadgets part 2

Three years ago I posted All My Gadgets just because I didn't have any idea of what to post. So now, I just do a sort of inventory and do a part 2 of the post.

1. Macbook - if you looked at my old post this was there. This is now 5 years old and still works fine for my requirements which is basically to surf the net. Battery still last about an hour an a full charge which takes 4 hours. Since I just use it at home and as a back up for my work laptop this works fine. Having 2 laptops actually saved me a couple of time when my work laptop conked out for some reason (2x due to hard drive failure - it's been ok for almost 2 years now).

2. HP Mini 311 - this replaced the Compaq laptop. I just used that Compaq for less than a year and it was replaced by this HP which is 3 years old. This was issued by the office December 2009. I had to replace the hard drive twice in October 2010 (covered by warranty) and March 2011 (not covered by warranty). I guess the HP hard drive sucked because the HD has been working fine since its last replacement.

This is my work laptop so I use it and carry it around everywhere. Given than I work from home and I'm always mobile this laptop is quite sturdy. I just had to replace the battery last Dec 26 since the old battery just lasted 30 minutes. Overall though this works for me and it hasn't conked out so I'll use it until it does - hopefully it gives me a few more years. I don't like changing laptops often - it's a waste of money to change gadgets in general.

3. Canon S2 - I used it to take the picture so it's not included. But I've had the camera for 6 years now and it still works. The view finder doesn't work when flat on the camera though but everything works fine.

4. Ipod Touch 2nd generation - it was new then, it's old now. Works for me. So, it's still in use mainly for music and my exercise (walking).

5. Mobile phone - I have a dual sim Nokia which cost about Php1,500 works very well for me. I had to buy this because my phone the Nokia 6220 died on me last February.

I got myself a Galaxy Note last May since I needed it for work but I actually just use it as a tablet. My sim though is a Freedom Plan from Smart where I hardy pay anything a month. Just got the line a couple of months back though.

6. Mares Dive computer - not in picture, but I still have it. Still works fine and I really find it useful when diving. It's a necessity when diving now - I forgot it once and I didn't enjoy my dives...I think I used up more air...

7. Sun Broadband - turned out I didn't need the Smart pre-paid broadband because Sun was quite reliable. I think it expired or something. I'm quite happy with Sun even though signal has sometimes been wonky.

9. TPLink wifi routers - I have 2 in the picture but I actually have 3 routers - 1 for the car, 1 for the house and a mobile router with battery I can carry around. This is because of my work which is essentially working from home but I'm usually out on meeting sa about 2x a week. being connected is essential so I need these. it's overkill but I though my router in the car died so I bought a replacement (only to find out I was able to fix the old router).

10. My laptop bag and camera bag are still the same.

11. X-mini speakers - this is 3 years old as well. This was supposed to be for client but we just took it hehe

I MIGHT target an Ipad Mini but I can't afford it yet or it's not practical for me to buy.

So there! Happy New Year!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Infographic: Time Spent on Social Media

Social media has truly become a daily part of most people’s lives, with usage patterns changing dramatically over the past few years. The editors of the Socially Aware Blog put together a great infographic outlining how social media is currently being used today (see below).  See my top 4 takeways below, along with where things are going to go in 2013.

1.  Time spent on new entrant Pinterest is almost 5x of that spent on Twitter  

Where it will go in 2013:  Time spent on Pinterest will only continue to grow as user base increases and it becomes the go-to place for visual inspiration. I predict time spent will at least double to 3 hours per month as people find it easier to cram in more ‘visual’ engagement versus reading.

2. Time spent on Facebook is 135x that spent on Google+

Where it will go in 2013:  While I don’t expect people to check-in to Google+ anywhere near as much as Facebook, the definition of time spent on Google+ will be blurry since any one who uses Google Apps (Gmail, Maps, Google Search, etc) or Android will be sort of always checked-in with the social layer being seamlessly integrated into their experience.  So, don’t expect Google+ to be a destination like Facebook is in 2013, rather think of it as something you are going to see a lot of as an amplification of activities you already do online.

Read more at 

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Latest 27 Social Media Facts, Figures and Statistics for 2012

Social Media Statistics and Facts 2012
Infographic by-

  • 25 percent of users don't bother with any kind of privacy control.
  • The average Facebook user has 130 friends.
  • More than 350 million users suffer from Facebook Addiction Syndrome.
  • 85 percent of women are annoyed by their friends
  • Links about sex are shared 90 percent more than any other link.
  • 750 tweets per second are shared on Twitter.
  • If Twitter was a country, it'd be the 12th largest in the world.
  • Two new members sign up to LinkedIn every second.
  • LinkedIn has 161 million members in more than 200 countries and communities.
  • There are more than 1 million LinkedIn groups.
  • The most watched video is "Gangnam Style" with 532+ million views.
  • The average visitor spends 15 minutes per day on YouTube.
  • 3 million new blogs come online every month.
  • 60 percent of bloggers are between 25 to 44 years old.
  • 20 percent of bloggers have been blogging for more than six years.
  • Professional bloggers maintain an average of four blogs.
  • Pinterest drives more referral traffic than YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn combined.
  • 97 percent of the fans of Pinterest's Facebook page are women.
  • Users spend an average of just fewer than 16 minutes on the site.
  • The most popular age group is 25-34 year olds, accounting for 27.4 percent of the user base.
  • There are 575 likes per second.
  • 25 percent of Instagram users upload more than three pictures.
  • More than 5 million images are uploaded every day.
  • The Google +1 button is used more than five billion times per day.
  • "Student" is the number one occupation of Google+ users.
  • Google+ is adding 625,000 new users every day.
  • More than 2/3 of its users are male.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Infographic: Negotiating a Social Media Plan

Avoid the "Butcher´s Syndrome". The point of the negotiation is the "quartering". We obligate the supplier to disaggregate services, rates, hours of dedication and we negociate by parts and delete what is considered as expendable.

Negotiating a Social Media Plan

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

Monday, August 20, 2012

Advice for Budding Entrepreneurs: Don't Give Up

Understanding the investment process in Silicon Valley used to require membership to a very exclusive club of investors, plugged-in media and experienced entrepreneurs. Adeo Ressi wanted to change that.
After starting seven successful companies that generated more than $2 billion in shareholder value, he was faced with diminishing equity with each new company he would start. In 2007, Ressi unveiled the anonymously backed to improve the relationship between investors and entrepreneurs.
In 2009, Ressi launched the Founders Institute, an early-stage startup accelerator for budding entrepreneurs. The institute as launched 550 companies in 27 cities across five continents.
When asked to share his best advice for budding entrepreneurs, Ressi reminded us to stay true to the mission and customer value.
“It truly is always darkest before the dawn in entrepreneurship. Don’t throw in the towel even when it seems the worst… It’s part of the journey of success.”

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Infographic: Startup Must-Haves: Perseverance and Optimism

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook

If you are thinking about starting your own business, you need to have the stamina of a marathon runner. And once you start your career as an entrepreneur, a glass-half-full attitude will serve you well as you face a continuous stream of problems to solve and questions to answer.

Full article from

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Future Augmented Reality Technology?

This is a little radical and I don't think people would like to have tiny gadgets embedded in their eyes but there are some aspects of the video which futurists (at least the makers of this video) seem to include - gamification. This is why i'm posting this as a reference.

Sight from Sight Systems on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

What is Branding?

This is advertising material for a school but it shows some interesting stuff on branding....

Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Social Media Revolution 2012

This isn't the latest (posted Oct 2011) but there are still some updates worth looking at. I've been posting previous version of this on my earlier posts.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

If you live without fear, anything is possible...

I schedule my posts a few days to a few weeks in advance. As I write this, I have a lot of fear and apprehension on where I am right now. Quite ironic since I just came from vacation in Boracay which should have rejuvenated me but the opposite happened. I find this video very timely and I hope it encourages me (and the few people who follow my blog) to just go for it!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

NCDV 'Drag Him Away' Campaign

Note below was copied from the YouTube post.
The National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) has launched an interactive billboard campaign at Euston Station to raise awareness about how people can intervene to help put a stop to domestic violence. The campaign, which launched 30 April 2012, runs on JCDecaux's large format e-motion screens and encourages passers by to get involved in the advert by controlling the scene using their mobile phone.

Created by JWT London, "Drag Him Away" features an abusive domestic situation between a man and a woman with the call to action "USE YOUR PHONE TO STOP THIS NOW GO TO AND DRAG HIM AWAY." Users can either enter the web address or scan on the featured QR code to start interacting immediately. The participant is able to control the characters by dragging the man away from the woman and onto on that adjacent billboards. The screens then synchronise to urge people to report any domestic violence situations to the NCDV so that they can intervene on the victim's behalf.

Produced by Grand Visual, the revolutionary campaign runs on the Agent platform which enables mobile and digital out of home interaction.

NCDV would like to thank JWT and Grand Visual for all the hard and exceptional work which has been put into this campaign.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Infographic: Advertising People are Not Normal

Those who work in advertising often wonder if they live in a sort of bubble. You wonder, are civilians as active on social media and as inclined to pay attention to what brands are doing on Twitter, and is the rest of the world as preoccupied with that award-winning ad campaign that industry types can’t stop talking about?

See complete article here from

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Entrepreneur Rollercoaster

I feel my entrepreneurial journey is quite unique. I've essentially been going at it alone for the past 2 years. Yes, 2 years I've survived not getting a salary from a company but scrimping on small projects to get me through. Saying I'm alone is not an exaggeration. With the first company I set up I was able to invite people to join and some people even wanted to join but with less than 50% commitment (I'm being generous here may 30% for some 0 for others) to make it work nothing has come out of it YET. I place yet, just because we may never know, maybe this year...

In any case, I was also able to start another company where the guys are more committed. The thing is though it's all on sweat equity with two of the guys employed and the other though fully committed has another company to look after as well. Not that I'm not guilty though, I need to get some money which takes some out of it and working alone has it flaws. Sometimes you do get distracted (get tired or lazy maybe both).

This roller coaster ride described is the pits. It's your mind that plays tricks on you. You can be very optimistic at times and hopeless, helpless most of the time. I think the thing here is simply DON'T QUIT!!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Google Releases "Our Mobile Planet" Data

Newly released data from Google and market research company Ipsos supports what you already know: The burgeoning landscape of mobile marketing is poised to explode as consumers increasingly rely on their smartphones for entertainment, to shop, and to search online.

See full article from here.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Video | Wilson Miner: When We Build

Here's a great talk for creative guys. There's a lot of interesting stuff here..