Mobile Philippines' November issue is out now with the sweetest Angel Locsin on the cover! Wondering what to do with that hefty bonus? Check out our Christmas Wish List, where we give you the choicest crop of mobile phones, MP3 players, laptops, accessories and digital cameras you simply must have, no questions asked. Curious about the fuss over Windows Mobile 5.0? Read up on our Primer on this cool number. Find out why the editors choose the Nokia E61 as the Pick of the Month; we're not spilling the beans right now, but let's just say that Treo and Blackberry may have a run for their money. When it comes to upgrading from a Dopod 900 to the Dopod 838 Pro, see what our writer gained and what he gave up for this upgrade. We also give you a glimpse into Stoplight TV's famous co-producer, Matt Yngson, who lords over roads and our list of fashionably geeks. We dish out a delightful array of tech toys and new products in our New and Notable section, while giving you reports on our real-life testing of the latest mobile devices. Mobile Philippines is the only magazine specializing in personal electronic devices from phones to music players to laptops. Grab a copy now from newsstands for just 100 pesos.
November 2006 Archives
A few days ago Poch, our GM asked us to unearth our archives of an old television show the company used to produce. Then known as Hinge Media Inc, we shot several shows of what was then known as MPH TV, which was the television show version of our magazine, which was then known as MPH.
These are the first three episodes of what was known before as MPH TV. For posterity’s sake we have uploaded three full episodes for you to enjoy and reminisce. The show aired on ABC 5 at noontime every Saturdays.The show was hosted by Jaymee Joaquin, Franco Mabanta and Paolo Soler and we went from Makati to Greenhills to a lot of obscure places. Memorable shoots were during Kai Huang's car set up in the GH parking lot and the fabulous interview with Dominique James. We've uploaded the first three episodes we did in our downloads section for everyone's consumption. I do hope you enjoy reminiscing with us!
As a subscriber to both Globe WIZ and Airborne Access, I haven't found the need to apply for a roaming Internet connection. Currently, there are three competing packages offered by Globe, PLDT and Smart with the following rates listed below as well as their advantages and disadvantages (taken from Pinoy Tech Blog): PLDT WeRoam Unlimited 3G/HSDPA Internet Unlimited WiFi Internet (via AirborneAccess) Unlimited GPRS/EDGE Internet Php2,500 setup fee Php1,700 monthly service fee (MSF) Free use of Mobile Data Card Globe Visibility Unlimited 3G/HSDPA Internet Unlimited WiFi Internet (via Globe WiZ) Unlimited GPRS/EDGE Internet Php2,000 setup fee Php2,000 monthly service fee (MSF) Free use of Mobile Data Card SMART 3G "Tingi pricing" at P10.00 per 30 minutes Weaker signal despite the "more coverage" Does not allow cPanel so forget about IMs and your own site's webmail * SMART 3G roadtest courtesy of YugaTech.
I exaggerate. But hey, it almost is. Once upon a time, a week before the Asian Crisis set in, I bought a black, Singapore-made IPC laptop. It was a pretty good unit for its time, save for the fact that the plastic casing seemed flimsy. It was a Pentium unit with 32MB of RAM, 4GB of hard disk space, an RCA Video Out port (a novelty, even today), and Windows 95. After a couple of years of usefulness, the unit got stashed away in some dark nook. Unfortunately, it turns out that it was a rather humid nook. Almost a decade later, I uncovered the laptop and, to my horror, was faced with crumbling plastic and a moisture-savaged LCD screen. I had this poor thing revived at SST Laptop n PC Shop at the Cyberzone of SM Megamall, and they did what they can to salvage the thing. Including replacing the dead LCD lid with one from a Toshiba Satellite. A dull gray one. It was the closest fit, I suppose. That, plus the putty-work that was done to salvage the disintegrating plastic, led to the monstrosity seen here. Note how the lid is much larger than the body. But amazingly, it works! My old Windows 95 booted up without a hitch, and memories flooded back as I saw old files and programs come to life. The shop did its best to make the unit look a tad presentable, eventually covering the horridly drab lid in black tape. Total cost: just a thousand pesos, which was a steal considering that they patiently puttied the thing together and gave me a replacement lid. After ten minutes playing with my Frankenstein laptop, however, I shut it down, tucked it away in lots of silica gel, and forgot about it. There simply isn't much that one can do on a computer that ran Windows 95, had no USB ports, and only had a floppy drive to let you extract its files. I know, I know, there's Linux. I'll get to it sometime...