Adobe Production Studio Roadshow in Manila

\"AdobeAdobe is coming to Manila on Thursday, 13:00 – 18:00 April 6, 2006 to showcase the new Production Studio suite. The roadshow will focus on new Adobe Creative Suite Production Studio which is cattered for web developers, flash creators, corporate video production, wedding video production, short film makers, web and print designers who want to add motion to their portfolios.

The roadshow will be held at Grand Ballroom of New World Renaissance Hotel, Makati City. You may register now in order to reserve your seat. Take note, there are limited seats only! It is first come, first serve.

The half-day seminar will focus on three different sessions. The first session is an Overview of Adobe Production Studio for all who wants to take an in-depth look of the powerful new features in Adobe Production Studio like Dynamic Link, Clip Notes, Live Trace etc. The second session is about Producing Video for Web, Mobile and Traditional Video which will feature an in-depth high end demo covering a more professional set of features including flash video workflow. Web developers, Flash animators, video producers, and short film makers shouldn\’t miss this. Lastly, an Introduction to Adobe After Effects will be demonstrated using industry standards on motion graphics and visual effects.

I\’m sure you\’re all excited about this roadshow because it\’s very rare to have this kind of opportunity to rediscover Adobe Create Suite. You may visit Adobe for more information about Adobe Create Suite Production Studio.

Dubbed as \”The complete post-production solution\” Adobe Creative Suite Production Studio Standard includes After Effects 7.0 Standard, Premiere Pro 2.0, Photoshop CS2, Dynamic Link and Bridge while Adobe Creative Suite Production Studio Premium includes Adobe After Effects 7.0 Professional, Premiere Pro 2.0, Photoshop CS2, Audition 2.0, Encore DVD 2.0, Illustrator 2.0, Dynamic Link and Bridge.

Links:
Manila Roadshow: Register now! (April 6, 2006)
Adobe Creative Suite: Production Studio
Adobe, Creative+Suite, Production+Studio, roadshow, Manila, Philippines

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PLDT MyDSL New Speed?

Am I the only one who doesn\’t feel or experience any changes? I\’m currently using MyDSL Plan 1995 yet I still get around 512 kbps downstream / 256 kbps upstream. It was unannounced but supposedly the new speed of Plan 1995 is 765 kbps upstream / 368 kbps downstream. Yeah right…

I\’ll try to contact PLDT customer support soon to inquire about these new speed changes.

Btw, if you ended up here and wonder what\’s the customer support number of PLDT MyDSL, it\’s 172375.

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New Intel Logo

\"NewAfter 16 years of marketing campaign, Intel\’s tag line \”Intel Inside\” is now on its way out.

With the approach of 2006 and the impending release of Intel\’s new processor Yonah early next year, Intel had re-examined all the logos of its range of processors. And for the first time, the new desktop processor won\’t bear the name Pentium. All Yonah processors will be referred according to the number of core in it. A Yonah processor with one core will be called Intel Core Solo while a dual core Yonah will be called Intel Core Duo.

The new Intel Centrino, featuring the new Napa and Intel wifi chipsets, will also adopt the new logo scheme. Mobile processors with Dual cores will be called Intel Centrino Duo while other processors such as Pentium 4, Pentium 4 HT, Pentium 4 HT Extreme, Pentium M, Pentium D, Celeron D, Xeon and Itanium 2 will also adhere to the new logo design.

Some online newspapers had reported that the word \”inside\” was allegedly dropped; however, when you look at the new logo set, the word \”inside\” is still there.

Links:
Neowin.net: Say Goodbye to \’Intel Inside\’
x86-Secret.com: Intel Core, Centrino Duo et logos (French)
PhotoBucket: New Intel logo from x86-Secret.com (101.1 KB)
Intel, Intel Inside, processor, logo, Yonah, Centrino

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Why AMD’s clock rate don’t equal Intel’s

Recently at Digg.com, an article was submitted about the comparison of AMD clock rate vs. Intel clock rate. I know this for years already but for those who don\’t know the facts yet, it\’s good to read the article.

Ever make this off-the-cuff comment? \”AMD is only clocked at 2.8GHz, while Intel is at 4.0GHz! Intel is much faster.\” Learn why it\’s not such a good idea to say that in the company of those who know.

Link:
Geek.com : Why AMD-MHz don\’t equal Intel-MHz by RickGeek

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New FreeBSD Logo

\'FreeBSD\' It\’s really sleek. I like it… it resembles Beastie in many ways but this new logo is simple yet devilish like the red devil mascot (Beastie is the red BSD daemon).

Someone says it looks like a pokeball (the ball used to catch Pokemons) LOL. :P

Anyway BSD is an acronym for Berkeley Software Distribution, which is the name the Berkeley CSRG (Computer Systems Research Group) chose for their UNIX distribution way back when.

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IBM’s 60th Birthday

\"IBM\" Last Tuesday IBM (International Business Machines) celebrated its 60th birthday. It\’s proabably one of the most innovative company in the history of computing.

Some of IBM inventions includes the programming language Fortran, magnetic storage, relational database, DRAM cell, RISC chip architecture, fractals, superconductivity, Data Encryption Standard, and more.

IBM has received 29,021 patents in the last 12 years, more than any other company or individual in the world.

Source: News.com [ via Slashdot ]

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Ending Microsoft’s Cowboy Spaghetti Code

\'WindowsHaving studied Total Quality Management this quarter, I\’m aware that Microsoft is notorious for not implementing the processes that would produce the best quality output. Problems could be always patched over anyway. Microsoft\’s softwares, let alone Windows, are historically known to be vulnerable to plethora of bugs. So what gives? One remarkable person stirred several changes in Microsoft for good. His name is Jim Allchin, senior Microsoft Corp. executive.

In the past, Microsoft let thousands of software engineers create their own code. As the chief architect, what Bill Gates does is filter those programs that produce the least bugs to get into the base code of Windows. Engineers would stitch those chunks of codes to create the intended program afterwards; hence, inadvertently creating spaghetti codes. Programmers literally browse thousand lines of codes if a bug pops up, making bug hunting a nightmare.

Google, Apple, and other open-source companies impose threat to Microsoft\’s monopoly in software market. For instance, Google introduced its Gmail service out of the blue, competing with Microsoft\’s Hotmail service. Mozilla Foundation introduced Firefox with features that Microsoft planned for Longhorn, reducing Internet Explorer\’s popularity. There are many more companies that produce quality softwares and compete directly with Microsoft products. As these companies continue to grow, Microsoft had to continuously improve to catch up with the pace of development.

Jim Allchin proposed a change to the way Microsoft create codes. Microsoft should stop doing the same practice it had used in building old versions of Windows. The company must create software that would function like Lego blocks — having a single function and were designed to be connected onto a bigger piece. Microsoft had to be rebuilt from scratch in order to make it work. To make Allchin\’s plans successful he had to get Brian Valentine and Amitabh Srivastava for help. Before the team proceeded with the plan, they gathered different opinions about the challenge and most engineers were willing to change. It was a good sign.

The team of Mr. Srivastava automated the testing that had used to be done by manually. If a feature had too many bugs, it would be rejected. If engineers had earned too many bug counts in his codes, they are put to \”bug jail\” and banned from writing new code. After all, the goal was to get engineers to do it right the first time.

Mr. Valentine is the enforcer of the challenge. Sometimes engineers would resist the new methods of coding. He said to one coder, \”Is your code perfect? Are you perfect? If not, you should shut up and support this effort.\” In any case, good coding practice needs enforcement.

Windows Vista beta 1 (codename: Longhorn) was announced on June but it was rescheduled on July to make Longhorn more like Lego blocks. From experience, the programmers expected tens of thousands of bug reports from Windows Vista beta 1 but they got a couple thousand bug reports only. It was a sign of improvement.

Provided that the new processes would be followed religiously by all Microsoft software engineers, Windows Vista should be able to exhibit a leap of improved level of quality.

Based on: The Wall Street Journal

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