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Calling All Pinoy MOODLE Admins & Users

I am a firm believer of the Open Web (isn’t that obvious)? I also believe that education must be available to everyone: anytime, any where and for free.

I fell in love with MOODLE way back 2003 when I started teaching Electronic Commerce in a local university. MOODLE (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) is a free software e-learning platform. Some call it as an LMS (Learning Management System), while some term is as a VLE (Virtual Learning Environment). For me, I don’t care what type of e-learning software MOODLE is called for as along as it is kewl (cool) and free!

Now, I created a Facebook Group to call all MOODLE Administrators and Users in the Philippines to be united. It is quite a surprise when me and my team visit campuses, where MOODLE is still an unfamiliar term.

Philippine MOODLE Users Group in Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/moodlephl/

MVP Announces FREE Mobile Internet to Smart, TNT & SunCell Prepaid Subs

Two days ago, MVP (Manuel V. Pangilinan, the Chief Bossing of the PLDT Group where Smart, Talk ‘N Text and Sun Cellular belong) posted this via Twitter:

Some speculated that the announcement will be related to either: new product offerings, MVP’s entry to the politics, or even the Philippines hosting the next FIBA World Championships. Hours ago, the announcement has been made:

So, what’s the fuzz about this FREE Internet Access for all Prepaid (take note) subscribers of Smart, Talk ‘N Text and Sun Cellular?

Smart representatives say this means users can browse the Internet, post on their social media accounts, update their profiles, and stream music and videos, among many others, using their mobile phones.

The offer starts from Friday until November 30. While the service is free, “it is finite,” representatives of the company said. Users can enjoy 30 megabytes of free internet daily. Once subscribers reach that limit, they will be prompted to purchase load so they can continue browsing the Internet. — via http://technology.inquirer.net/38876/pangilinans-big-announcement-free-mobile-internet#ixzz3EOFnfwrM

 

Could this be PLDT Group’s way to veer the nation’s focus from the NTC’s on-going inquiry related to the actual speed of internet in the country? For me, this is just a plain marketing stunt. Read more about this free offering (and its limitations) via this website.

 

UPDATE #1:

Smart Communications’ rival Globe Telecoms posted this via twitter hours after the MVP announcement:

 

Prepaid subscribers from both telcos are now considered to be winners (somewhat).

Maker Festival Manila 2014: Call for Exhibitors

Maker Festival Manila 2014

The Mozilla Philippines Community, the official Philippine community of Mozilla, in their aim to extend the Mozilla advocacy of promoting openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web, is organizing their biggest event this year titled Maker Festival Manila 2014 on Sept. 13-14, 2014 at the Glorietta 5 Atrium. This Festival aims to be the biggest gathering of makers— inventors, thinkers, enthusiasts and users to collaborate on how we can know more, do more and do better, with the help of the Web.

Designed after the open and collaborative format of the Mozilla Festival in London (http://mozillafestival.org), the Maker Festival Manila 2014 is the Philippine finale of the Mozilla Maker Party season for 2014, where Mozillians teach the Web and help make a generation of Webmakers (http://webmaker.org). The Festival aims to attract people from all fields and backgrounds and of all ages, because we believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to learn and create something for the Web or with the help of it.

Maker Festival Manila will feature people who have the most promising projects/project ideas which includes students, freelancers, inventors, developers and other technology enthusiasts to showcase their work and find other people they can work with. Themes include robotics, web literacy, web development, mobile app development, software development and digital media learning, among others. Project exhibitors and festival participants will not be charged with any amount to join this event.

Mozilla, a non-profit organization, is best known for the Firefox browser but they advance their mission through other software projects and engagement efforts to make the Web and its users know more, do more and do better. Locally, the Mozilla Philippines Community is composed of volunteers who organizes events and projects in line with Mozilla’s mission.

Interested exhibitors to the Festival may apply at the event’s official website, http://makerfestival.com. Festival participants may also register through the said website.

This event is in partnership with the Ayala Foundation, Inc. and Ayala Land, Inc.

Manila in Fragments WTA Architecture & Design Studio in La Biennale 2014

Metro Manila continues to witness major transformations on its landscape. What were once barren districts are now thriving with structures that host multinational companies and iconic commercial and residential developments.

Long-standing buildings from old avenues are being preserved through furthering its purpose and role in the growth of its provenance. The number of city centers, or at least those that are aspiring to serve as one, is on the rise—bringing together the live-work-play aspects in a single dense area to fulfill the promise of convenience and modern living.

Despite such renovations, the paths that identify the richness of Manila’s history are still visible— how the metropolis sprung from cohesion of small communities in the form of barangays, as well as the influence of the colonial era. Picturing these elements, when combined, the city has an immense contrast of edifices that help strengthen the character and diversity of its entirety.

These are just some of the ideas that make up WTA Architect and Design Studio’s installation for the Global Art Affairs Foundation Architecture Exhibition, a collateral event for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Carrying the theme Fragments: Uncertainties and Characters, WTA will be presenting the various cultural, social, and political influences that mold the urban character of cities in the Philippines, particularly that of Metro Manila. Dissecting Manila’s Urban Fabric “Our exhibit seeks to elaborate how uncertainty and informality allow for a greater growth and creativity,” shares Founder of WTA Architect William T. Ti.

Fragments Biennale 1

WTA Architecture and Design Studio is the first Philippine-based firm to take part in the Biennale. The firm’s participation aims to show the international community what is going on in the Philippine architecture scene.

“Fragments: Uncertainties and Characters” will show the city of Metro Manila as seen through the lens of the firm’s experiences, highlighted by a selection of WTA’s projects that are envisioned to create the biggest positive impact in the landscape.

Fragments Biennale 5

To date, the Venice Architecture Biennale is one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world that showcases architecture installations and large-scale contemporary art crafted by different artists and designers across the globe. The exhibition is held once every two years in Venice, Italy, and for this year, the show will run from June 7 to November 23, 2014.

OTS Aviation Security Advisory 10 JUL 2014

The Philippine DOTC-OTS (Department of Transportation and Communications — Office for Transportation Security) issued this memorandum instructing all airport authorities in the country to subject electronic devices such as laptops, cameras, cellphones, etc. to a separate x-ray screening.

This directive came after the US FAA made a similar instruction to all airports within their jurisdiction following the discovery of a plot of extremists (terrorists) to inflict harm on a US airline.

OTS Aviation Security Advisory 10 JUL 2014

A PC Virus Made All My USB Flash Disk Files Hidden!

Over the weekend, I went to several local shirt printers to have some swags samples done. For ease of file transfer (since not all suppliers are online, yet), my ever trusted USB Flash Disk did an awesome job of saving the artworks for printing.

However, this morning, when I tried using the Flash Disk (a 16GB one) it may seem that all of the files and folders therein got deleted.

The first time that came into my mind was to do a virus scan of the removable drive. Eureka! The PC Virus Scanner detected that the Flash Disk is indeed infected by a virus. So, after cleaning the Flash Disk, still the files and folders are nowhere to be found.

I fired up the Command Prompt (I am using a Windows 7 Professional machine) executed a DIR/AH (display directory — hidden files and folders) command and revealed that the files and folders were just hidden.

I tried to execute this command to reverse the files and folders from being hidden:

attrib *.* -h

but it didn’t worked. So I made a 5-minute review of my Windows Command Line, and came with this:

attrib -h -r -s /s /d k:\*.*

And that one worked! All of the files and folders in my USB Flash Disk are now visible from the Windows Explorer.