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Mabuhay Brendan Eich, Mozilla’s New CEO!

Mozilla announces the appointment of Brendan Eich, current Chief Technology Officer (CTO) as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective immediately.

Mozilla’s Alpha Nerd (according to CNet on this Q&A) became the CTO in August of 2005 and is known to be the Inventor of JavaScript.

I was fortunate enough to had met him twice in person: during MozCamp Asia 2012 (Singapore) and Mozilla Summit 2013 (Santa Clara, California):

Me with Brendan Eich during MozCamp Asia 2012 in Singapore.

Me with Brendan Eich during MozCamp Asia 2012 in Singapore.

Me with Brendan Eich during the Mozilla Summit 2013 in Santa Clara, California. He did noticed my Firefox shoes: "So, you're the guy with that pair of shoes?!"

Me with Brendan Eich during the Mozilla Summit 2013 in Santa Clara, California. He did noticed my Firefox shoes: “So, you’re the guy with that pair of shoes?!”

On behalf of the Mozilla Philippines Community, Mabuhay and Congratulations Brendan Eich on your appointment as CEO of Mozilla!

New Manila Airport Taxi Gimmick

My team and I had spent 26 hours in Cebu this weekend. Upon return to Manila, we opted to ride the yellow airport taxi and here are our observations (complaint later):

A colleague had Airport Taxi with Plate Number TYT611 (as indicated in the receipt below). He was charged PHP310 from NAIA Terminal 2 to LRT Buendia, where the provincial bus stations are. Scrutinizing the receipt, you will notice that the total distance indicate 17.533 kilometers. How can it happen?! From NAIA Terminal 2 to LRT Buendia, it is just 7.7 kilometers. The entire stretch of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) from Magallanes to the Alabang Viaduct is just 14 kilometers! We smell something fishy here …

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Now my cab ride … TYT283.

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A few meters out of the airport, the cabbie turned on the taxi meter. To my surprise, I could not see the running amount, only some numbers — not sure if they refer to distance or time we had traveled. I asked the cabbie why is that so, he said that it (the taxi meter) was altered that way to make sure that the receipt printer will work. I do not think I was charged over the usual price by the cabbie, but I rather find it unusual that he has a meter like that — no amount on screen; you will only know how much you will pay when we prints the receipt. Obviously, a cover was installed (black strip) in front of the LED lights to reflect the running amount. Poor passengers, you will not have any idea on how much you will need to pay the cabbie not until he makes a printout from the taxi meter.

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Dear MIAA General Manager Honrado, appreciate if you can shed light on these matters. Thank you and more power!

Unboxing the Very First Geeksphone Revolution in the Philippines

I consider myself an early adopter of technology. When Geeksphone released their Keon devices powered by Mozilla’s Firefox OS, I was among the first Pinoys to have the unit through the Mozilla Reps Program.

Then Geeksphone released a better Firefox OS device aptly called Peak, but I missed the chance to get that device. Then came middle of 2013 when Geeksphone announced that Peak+ (a better model than Peak) will be released soon and they opened slots for Pre-Order. I pre-ordered my unit. Just before July 2013 ended, Geeksphone announced that they are encountering problems with the manufacturer of the Peak+ model; later on the unit was discontinued.

Those who pre-ordered the Peak+ model (including me) were given three choices: (1) Full Refund; (2) Get a Peak (lower specs) model with some freebies; or (3) Wait for the next model to be released — with a promise that you shall be the first one to have it. I chose option 3.

Just before 2013 ended, Geeksphone gave hints in their website that the upcoming model will sport an Intel processor among other things. Then came the announcement of the Revolution mobile device.

GeeksPhone Revolution Specifications

I just came back from a workweek at Mozilla Paris and a package sent via UPS was waiting for me at home — the Geeksphone Revolution has arrived in Philippine shores and I am the very first one to have it here!

Box of the Geeksphone Revolution

Box of the Geeksphone Revolution

Back side of the Geeksphone Revolution box

Back side of the Geeksphone Revolution box

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Unboxed!

My Geeksphone Revolution booting up for the very first time.

My Geeksphone Revolution booting up for the very first time.

My very first Intel Inside mobile phone unit.

My very first Intel Inside mobile phone unit.

The Geeksphone Revolution comes with Android installed by default. After a software upgrade (while still on Android), the option to install Firefox OS will appear. Now, here are some screenshots of the Geeksphone Revolution running on Firefox OS 1.3:

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For those asking where to get a Geeksphone Revolution (priced at EUR222 when launched on the 20th), just go straight to http://shop.geeksphone.com/en/

My Geeksphone Revolution's Home Screen on Firefox OS.

My Geeksphone Revolution’s Home Screen on Firefox OS.

 

Walkathon Around Paris, France (Part 1)

Every time I visit a place for the first time, I make it a point to explore the sights by walking — Bob’s Walkathon as what some of my friends call it.

Yesterday, 14th of February 2014 marked the first day of my weekend in the City of Lights — Paris, France. I am here for the Mozilla Reps (ReMo) Leadership Meetup (LeMe or #ReMoLeMe for hashtag purposes).

Touchdown Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) Paris, France after more than 17 hours of flight time! Took the Roissy Bus from CDG to Paris (travel time: 45 minutes).

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I arrived at the Holiday Inn Paris Opera (along Grands Blvds) minutes before 1000H and I was told that my room will not be available until 1400H or so (hotel check-in time is 1500H). So I decided to leave my luggage at the hotel and started exploring the city, walking. Using the hotel’s FREE WiFi, I checked on the fastest route to The Louvre — a straight walk along Rue de Richelieu. Some 20 minutes after, I reached this famous museum.Good thing I already bought my 2-day Paris Museum Pass at the airport, as the queue at the entrance of the Louvre is quite long.

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The queue going inside The Louvre. But if you have a Paris Museum Pass, just go straight at the entrance and flash the pass to the security personnel — avoiding the long queue.

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If you have a Paris Museum Pass, you will just tell others “What queue?”

The Paris Museum Pass will allow you hassle-free entry to most of the museums in the City of Lights (to include The Louvre).

The Paris Museum Pass will allow you hassle-free entry to most of the museums in the City of Lights (to include The Louvre).

Going inside the museum reminds me of that scene from Angels & Demons. But my real intent in going inside The Louvre is to see Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. The Louvre is so big that the reception area is comparable to that of a convention center somewhere near the Manila Bay.

Locals will tell you that not all of these peeps are tourists. Some are pickpockets.

Locals will tell you that not all of these peeps are tourists. Some are pickpockets.

After passing through a couple of galleries, I finally reached the place where the Mona Lisa is displayed.

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The downside of being a tourist on your own: nobody will take your photo. I learned that taking "selfies" is no joke and it is a talent, which clearly I don't have.

The downside of being a tourist on your own: nobody will take your photo. I learned that taking “selfies” is no joke and it is a talent, which clearly I don’t have.

That’s one item off my bucket list: seeing the Mona Lisa right in front of my eyes. Thinking that the weather might get worst, I hurriedly went out of the Louvre Palace and started walking back to the hotel. Being adventurous, I decided not to take the same route from the hotel to the Louvre, instead I took the side street thinking that it is parallel to Rue de Richelieu — but I was wrong. I walked the stretch of Avenue de l’Opera and after a couple hundred of meters, I have this feeling of being lost (in Paris). I saw a Starbucks with a WiFi sign — good, I will be able to navigate back to the hotel.

So, my French name is Robon? Makes sense: Robon, the father of Robyn.

So, my French name is Robon? Makes sense: Robon, the father of Robyn.

I don’t know if I am jet-lagged or my Android mobi is not cooperating, but Google Maps is not helpful at all — I cannot locate with Holiday Inn Paris Opera is! So I decided to navigate back to the Opera House (Opéra Garnier; where the Roissy Bus Stop is) and I know that the hotel is just a kilometer away from there. Eventually, I managed to reach the hotel just in time to check-in.

Not bad. Walked a total of 3.9 kilometers under a 6C weather.

Not bad. Walked a total of 3.9 kilometers under a 6 degrees Celsius weather.

Google Maps told me that I walked a total of 3.9 kilometers that afternoon. Not bad, owing to the fact that I was walking under a 6-degree Celsius weather.