TechCrunch Makes A lot of $$$

I\’ve seen how TechCrunch started from a small site by Michael Arrington that blogs about Internet startup. To read about its success is both exhilarating and awe-inspiring. It may not seem obvious but we\’ve come to another wave of dotcoms and TechCrunch is geared towards that direction to report the the latest scoops and development. It\’s something that I really envy when I look at Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. People can really get rich when they have the concept, network, guts and right timing to create something new.

I\’ve linked TechCrunch in a number of my entries I\’ve made here in my own blog and I\’ve also commented a few articles in there. To know that it makes more than 240K USD a month is just insane. How can a blog create so much money. It appears that Michael Arrington and his crew got a lot of creative juices to boot.

This is just one example of success story which represents how serious business the internet can be.

Source: Yes, some blogs are profitable – very profitable [via Digg]

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Company Secrets

I realized that there are so many things in the IT industry that are intentionally left in gray areas. That includes list of clients, systems infrastructure, softwares, and other technologies. That\’s not new. Everyone who have taken economics 101 should know that trade secrets are very important to have an edge to competitors and protect the company from prying eyes. It\’s also discussed in professional ethics. However, having just exposed myself to the real working environment, I just realized how serious IT companies are in hiding secrets. I\’m talking about IT companies in the Philippines in general but this should apply to all companies.

One thing that strikes me is the 10 things that companies should be monitoring in the web as suggested by Pronet Advertising. What disturbs me are #6, #7 and #8 in the list. Others are pretty obvious. This should be a warning to all employees out there who leak information about their company\’s secrets carelessly.

Pronet mentioned about the industry \”hang outs\” which includes blogs, message boards and review sites. Be aware that popular message boards like pinoyexchange.com, tipidpc.com and MMORPG forums are most probably included in A-list of industry hang-outs in the Philippines.

Employee blogs are probably monitored by employers as well. If you are not aware, some people are sued because of what they type in their blogs. Scary? Not really. Just be sure to double check that all your statements are not libelous. If you want to be extra careful, do not even mention anything work-related in your blog at all especially if it is too sensitive to be published in web, let alone in your personal blog. IMHO, these things are better left in your conventional [paper] diary, not blog.

Social network is both a blessing and a curse. For instance, any member of friendster.com and myspace.com could easily search members of the entire social network. Companies can easily track your profile and conversations with other people. When you leave comments to other people\’s blog you sometime leave a link to your personal blog. That\’s aweful if the company can aggregate these information and found out that you are leaking out company secrets that are not meant to be revealed. Call me paranoid but these are all possible.

If there\’s anything you can do to totally conceal your identity in the internet, then do not create a personal blog to hide yourself in the obscurity. Do not reveal your name easily. Do not give out personal information in the public. Plain and simple. I can continue discussing the probability that some companies are monitoring their employees\’ activities but there are so many things you can do in the internet that these companies are probably not aware of your activities yet. However, they may find out your blunder in the end and you might lose your job.

You can argue that these are all invasion of privacy. However, the moment you use the internet, privacy becomes a gray matter as well. To avoid any repercussions, be discreet and professional in the web. Know your limitation and use your knowledge wisely.

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SMART WiFi Rebranded, SMART Bro

\"SmartSMART WiFi gets a new name — SMART Bro. Smart Comunications Inc. has unveiled on April 21, 2006 in their press release that its fixed wireless broadband will be now called SMART Bro – Amazing Wireless Broadband.

I don\’t know what\’s the reaction of current SMART WiFi subscribers about this news; however, what I\’m sure about is that there are still complains about SMART broadband service. Some reported that the increasing number of subscribers in SMART broadband services had adverse effects on its service quality. Lately, SMART started improving its network facilities by installing upgraded routers (not new?). The network backbone was also upgraded up to a capacity of 10 Gbps but the exact number of core backbones is unknown. Let us hope they have added redundant WAN links in between core backbones to avoid frequent disconnections and limited connectivities.

It\’s also a relief that Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) will stop rebranding the same wireless internet service. From now on, PLDT will be reselling SMART Bro in place of myDSL-W instead. That\’s practical and more consumers-friendly because getting rid of the 2 annoying brands (SMART WiFi and PLDT myDSL-Wireless), the consumer won\’t be confused about the true meaning of DSL and Wifi anymore. At last, PLDT and SMART heard the voice of IT professionals and stopped playing with the hype of WiFi and DSL branding.

If rebranding this old service will bring about changes, let\’s hope for the best and wish every SMART Bro subscribers the best of luck.

DISCLAIMER: I\’m NOT affiliated with SMART and/or PLDT at all.

Btw, are you aware that there\’s Smart bro (not the wireless broadband service). It\’s a tabbed browser from Mind Vision Software… eeerrrr?

Links:
Go to SMART Bro official website
Smart: SMART WiFi is now SMART Bro
Smart+Bro, Smart+WiFi, PLDT, MyDSL

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Java in Manila ’06 Redux

\"JavaYesterday was Java in Manila 2006, the 3rd programmers conference organized by Sun Microsystems Philippines, Inc. It was fun and I believe that it is worth the money I spent. However, I have some disappointments. I\’ll discuss it along the way. For now, I\’m going to summarize what happened inside Rizal Ballroom, Makati Shangri La Hotel where the event was held.

I arrived 20 minutes before 8 o\’clock. I immediately went to Shangri La to find where my schoolmates were. The delegates were already claiming the goods included in the package such as the event ID and a bag filled with brochures. Within few seconds I saw Victor, KC, Tina and Jed at the stairways. After I claimed my package, I joined them and we went upstairs. The light breakfast was served and I lead them for getting the food. I\’ve attended several conferences and I know it\’s useless to get shy. The food is served for all of us anyway.

The corridor is filled with exhibitors. There\’s a yellow stub included in the bag given to us and we were supposed to get the stub signed by 12 major sponsors on the exhibit. Completing the stub entitles the delegates for one raffle ticket for the raffle draw later on the afternoon. I completed mine for about an hour. It\’s really silly that most delegates put their attention on the exhibitors first, rather than the main event. I\’m not sure if it caused the event to be delayed but the event was already behind schedule even before it started.

Matthew Thompson did the keynote speech. It was interesting but I already saw those facts and figures from Sun\’s website already. After his speech, there were 2 demonstrations. I don\’t really understand what the other speakers where trying to say. And I don\’t have my eye glasses so everything is quite blurred at the projector screen. I could only understand Sang Shin even though he has a very oriental accent. Apart from him, I couldn\’t appreciate most of the speakers so I\’m quite disappointed at the presentations.

The whole afternoon was a battle between boredom and patience. I enjoyed not because of the talks but because of the food, accommodation and the booths at the hallway. Some exhibitors even gave away softwares and informative brochures about Sun products. I also wanted to finish the conference because I wanted to join the raffle draw. If I go home earlier and I\’m not present when my name was drawn, I couldn\’t get the prize. Unfortunately, the raffle draw finished and I didn\’t get any prize. The consolation prize to all delegates who completed the feedback and Sun Developer Network forms at the end of the conference was a cool Java sport shirt. I think it was good enough for waiting until the very end.

Overall, Java in Manila 2006 is a success. I think that most professional Java developers really appreciate this yearly event. If the speakers had been more appealing to listen, it would be more inviting. I\’m looking forward to attending another Java in Manila next year. Let\’s hope it would be a better experience :)

Philippines, Manila, Sun, Java, Solaris

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Java in Manila is Here

\"JavaJava in Manila is finally set on Apri 25, 2006 at Rizal Ballroom, Makati Shangri-La Hotel from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

The event features Java™ EE, Java™ SE, strategy design and practices, Java™ IDEs, Java™ and .NET interoperability, Solaris, and more! For the complete agenda, visit this link.

Java enthusiasts can also join the coding challenge where participants can win prizes. And here\’s more, all delegates will get discount vouchers on Java certification exams, More than 50% discount on Java & Solaris training through Sun\’s accredited training centers, Java sport shirt and a change to win cool prizes such as Java 2-in-1 Jackets, iPod Shuffle, USB thumbdrives and more!

Links:
Java in Manila
Philippines, Manila, Java, J2SE, J2EE

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MeasureMap joins Google

\"MeasureSo rumors were true after all. Google just acquired MeasureMap which I have blogged about several times. I was surprised when I read the news. It\’s still in private beta and yet Google bought it. For several weeks MeasureMap had several glitches and bugs. I had experienced a fair share of trouble with it lately. It\’s in alpha stage anyway. Regardless, it\’s an interesting acquisition because Google had previously acquired Urchin, which track website statatics as well. Later on it was called Google Analytics. Having MeasureMap and Analytics, Google have a complete arsenal to gather lots of data on blog traffic.

Now that MeasureMap joined forces with Google I hope that the web app will improve in performance and speed. I\’m also excited about the new features that might come out soon. I\’m sure that most beta testers are eagerly anticipating the effects of this acquisition. Congratulations to MeasureMap team! :)

Links:
MeasureMap
Google Blog: Here comes Measure Map
TechCrunch: Google Buys MeasureMap
Measure+map, Measuremap, Google, analytics, blog+traffic

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Adobe Acrobat 3D Roadshow in Manila

\"AdobeThere\’s another Adobe roadshow scheduled in Manila on 7th of April 2006, just a day after the Production Studio Roadshow.

Adobe Acrobat 3D can publish, share, review, and mark up 3D designs in Intelligent Documents. It\’s designed for engineering and technical professionals in manufacturing industries such as automotive, aerospace and industrial machinery as well as the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) market.

The Acrobat 3D roadshow would begin with an overview of the new Acrobat 3D followed by a short cofee / tea break and finally, an actual collaborative workflow demo of Acrobat 3D. This sounds very interesting because these kind of tools for collaboration and 3D presentation is very new in the Philippine market today, as far as I know. I\’m not sure if the industry in the Philippines will embrace this kind of tools for their projects. It is something to look forward to.

The venue for the event is yet to be announced but you may already register in the event. If you work in one of the aforementioned industry you should check out what\’s in store for you.

Links:
Adobe Acrobat 3D
Manila Roadshow: Register now! (April 7, 2006)
Adobe, Acrobat+3D, roadshow, Manila, Philippines

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