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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

#InternetForAll

I am hesitant to believe that the recent purchase of SMC telco assets by Smart/PLDT and Globe will improve the quality of Internet service in the country but I’m hoping I’m wrong.

I hope this recent development will help resolve the issue of #SlowInternetPH and to provide #InternetForAll Filipinos.

InternetForAll

Saturday, February 27, 2016

HOOQ, iFlix or Netflix?

Netflix recently launched its Philippine division. Netflix is very popular in the US and we’ve handle quite a number of calls from customers that streams movies and TV shows via Netflix. Prior to the launch of Netflix Philippines, two other companies launched their online streaming service – iFlix and HOOQ.

All three companies offered a month of free trial so that we could experience watching TV shows and movies the legal way. So I did try all these streaming services and I believe iFlix is the best of the 3.

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The picture gets pixilated at higher window size on HOOQ. Another problem with HOOQ is that, it’s only offered to new subscribers of Globelines. Grandfathered customer like me (who still has the old plan of 7GB/month) must update to their new plan in order to get HOOQ. It’s also not offered as a stand-alone package, unlike iFlix.

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HOOQ uses Silverlight, which is a Microsoft product that works on Internet Explorer. HOOQ is not yet compatible with Chrome.

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The video quality of iFlix is better than HOOQ (that goes pixilated when viewed in higher window size.

HOOQ 3iFlix

iFlix offer more TV shows and films than HOOQ or Netflix.

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iFlix is available for P129 pesos a month.

Netflix

Netflix requires a credit card so that you could enjoy the free trial, unlike iFlix and HOOQ. The titles that I like are fewer on Netflix than iFlix.

Netflix shows

Netflix shows are not yet personalized to the Philippine market. Also, it’s selection (the ones I like) are fewer than iFlix. Lastly, the subscription per month is more expensive than iFlix.

Netflix Price

The lowest Netflix subscription is at P370 pesos, followed by P450 and P550 per month, depending on the number of devices and HD availability.

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

How To Do An IP Release and Renew

Sometimes, if you have multiple devices at home, you’ll encounter ip address conflict. This is when releasing and renewing an ip address comes in handy. This is also helpful in reconnecting your computer to your local network (modem or router). It’s similar to rebooting your computer to gain a new ip address from the router without the boot time.

Sometimes, you also need to do a manual ip address release and renew like if there’s a power interruption, you moved your desktop computer to a new location, you have a new router or you you just need to reconfigure you home network.*

On your Windows computer, you can search for CMD (the shortcut for Command Prompt) and when you open it, you’ll get a black window that is similar to DOS (of the past).

ipconfig all

ipconfig

Do an ipconfig or ipconfig/all on command prompt first. You can also type ipconfig(space)/all which also works but of course, you want to give the simplest instruction to your customers.

ip release

Type ipconfig/release on command prompt. Again, it works even with a space between ipconfig and / but again, simplest instruction works best. You can advise customer that it’s just one word – ipconfig/release.

ipconfig renew

Finally, type ipconfig/renew to gain a new ip address from the router.

Would you believe that this Windows command has a Macintosh equivalent?

Mac OS X Yosemite, Mac OS X Mavericks and Mac OS X Mountain Lion*

  1. Close any open Internet applications (web browsers, email, etc.).
  2. Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu, then click Network.
  3. Select your service that uses DHCP (such as Ethernet or WiFi) in the network connection services list.
  4. Click Advanced.
  5. Click TCP/IP.
  6. Click Renew DHCP Lease.
  7. Open a web browser and attempt to connect to the Internet.

*Source

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Windows 10 Coming This July 29, 2015

So I got the confirmation email today regarding my reservation of the Windows 10 upgrade available starting July 29, 2015. A few days ago, I got a pop up notification on my taskbar on how to get Windows 10 upgrade for free.

Windows 10

Yes, it’s a full version of Windows 10, not an upgrade, and it will require 3 GB of download space. Among the features of Windows 10 includes:

  • Designed for speed and ease – Windows 10 starts fast, resumes fast and comes with more security features. It will also have an ability to snap up to 4 things on the screen at once.
  • Amazing new features – including Cortana (personalized digital assistant), all-new browser and built-in apps like Photos, Maps, Messaging, Music and Video
  • Apps, Games, Films and Music – new features available from the Windows Store.

I wonder why Microsoft skipped the Windows 9 and just proceeded with naming their latest Operating System as Windows 10. Do they consider Windows 8.1 as Windows 9? Also, Microsoft has a history of 1 OS failing after a successful one. Take Windows XP for example. It’s a successful operating system, followed by Windows Vista, which is considered as a failure. Next came a successful Windows 7 followed by a failed Windows 8. They fixed that failure in Windows 8.1. Hopefully all major issues by Windows 8 and 8.1 are finally addressed in the upcoming Windows 10.

I can’t wait to try the new Windows 10 Operating System.

Windows 10 b

Register now for a free Windows 10 upgrade

Windows 10 c

The interface looks like a refined version of Windows 8.1

Windows 10 d

Windows 10 is designed for speed and ease of use.

Windows 10 e

Cortana – personal digital assistant – is just one of the features of Windows 10.

Windows 10 f

Every Windows app you’ll need is available at Microsoft Store.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Strong Password

There’s an upcoming movie called “Black Hat” starring Chris Hemsworth and it will be all about hacking, cyber crime and crippling the international banking system. It’s very relevant to us since we’re part (and working) in the digital world.

As a way of promoting the movie, they released this very informational guide on how to create a Strong Password. I hope everyone has one.

Strong Passwords

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Upcoming Job Fairs This July

A lot of my friends are currently unemployed right now and I’m doing my best to help them. I’ve been revising their resume and sending these to BPO companies. Good thing there are 2 upcoming job fairs this July – 1 in SM Megamall (which is very accessible from our current location in Pasig City) and the other 1 in Marikina City.

I’ve been suggesting to my friends to try applying in BPO companies since the hiring process is fast (just 1 day). I hope they’ll land a job soon.

Job Fair July 8-9, 2014 Megamall

This job fair in SM Megamall on July 8-9, 2014 is mainly sponsored by DZRH.

Job Fair July 16-17 Marikina

This job fair in Marikina Riverbanks is mainly sponsored by BPO Hot Jobs and OFWHJ.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

How To Delete Browsing History In Chrome

The Google browser Chrome is quite popular these days that we are getting quite a number of US customers calling in regarding an issue with their browser. As a general rule, when we can ping the website but it still can’t display the website, we reset the browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari) to the default settings.

Deleting browsing history is the same as clearing cache and cookies. How do we delete browsing histories in Chrome? Follow these simple steps:

1. Open Chrome, erase everything on the address bar, and type: chrome://settings then press Enter.

2. Click on Show advance settings

3. Click on Clear browsing data

It’s that simple. I hope this will help my newbie co-workers.

 

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