“The Machine”

“The Machine”

THIS IS one bad ass computer, capable of calculating 640TBs of data in one billionth of a second. W.O.W!

Talking of extremes! Do you comprehend how big 640TB of data is?  A terabyte is of course 1,000 GB. If you have trouble visualizing how big 640 TB is, then don’t even attempt to contemplate one billionth of a second.

If this ever goes commercial, it can revolutionize computing.

And I’m surprised that HP is behind it. I’ve never been shy in admitting that I am not a big fan of HP, but this “machine” may very well change that.

Read the full story in IFLScience.

Featured Image credit: HP/Engadget

On Cloud 9

I’m quite pleased to have found this result of a recent Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) survey.

It validates my strong belief about the eventual mainstream adoption of cloud computing. In this survey, respondents cited lower total cost of ownership as the number one benefit of moving to the cloud, followed by anytime, anywhere access. The same benefits that I was hoping to reap for my organization when we went to the cloud several years ago.

I remember how, until just a few years ago, I used to get anywhere from funny to condescending looks whenever I would passionately talk about the merits and prospects of cloud computing.

I am among the few early adopters of cloud computing concepts, at least in the Philippines. And I did not just believe in cloud computing. I put it into practice. I did not take tentative steps with it, either. I went “all the way” from the onset. Whereas most other “cloud” proclaiming CIOs were cautiously testing the waters by running web-based applications on on-premise web servers, I have all of the mission-critical systems in my organization running efficiently, securely, and robustly in server farms in undisclosed locations probably on the other side of the world.

The naysayers had been warning me about security issues mostly, particularly data loss or data theft. Well it’s been almost 5 years since my organization crossed the rubicon and we are yet to encounter any serious security threat. There had been issues, I will not lie, but if you come to really think of it, they are none the worse compared to the myriad of issues I had to deal with prior to moving in the cloud, security among them as well.

So allow me to relish a sense of satisfaction as I can now truly say — “‘Told you so.”

Source: The Buyer’s Guide to Financial Management Software (The 10 Essentials of an Effective Financials Solution)

Tech Kids

THIS PHOTO was taken approximately one year ago, some time in December 2011.

Back then, our kids, Marielle (8 at the time) and Johan (6 at the time) would still borrow their mom’s and dad’s iPads or laptops whenever they wanted to play or look up something in Google or You Tube. Now we practically have to borrow our iPads from them. They have also grown so comfortable and proficient with computers that they automatically just google stuff that interests them. Read more

How are Smartphones Being Used?

I FOUND this interesting infographic early this year (2012). It was based on an actual survey conducted in the US some time last year (2011).

I wonder if this is still accurate? If I use my personal usage of my iPhone as basis I know that text messaging is no longer the primary reason I use my smartphone.

I tried to rank and break down (rough estimate only) my smartphone usage, as follows:

  1. SOCIAL MEDIA (Facebook, FourSquare, LinkedIn) – 20%
  2. E-MAIL, CHAT – 18%
  3. READING NEWS & FEATURES (News Sites, Tweeter, Feeds) 15%
  4. READING E-BOOKS – 12%
  6. TAKING PHOTOS – 8 %
  10. OTHERS – 3%

I wonder if it is still accurate and even proper to call smartphones as such. I am contemplating on proposing that we already drop the “phone” from smartphone and replace it with the more generic “handheld.”

But even smart handhelds may not last too long. I can imagine that in the not so distant future we may not even need to hold these devices on our hands.

So maybe we should start calling them the even more generic “smart devices”?


The Software Solution to Making Idiots Smart

HAHAHA I find this very amusing. It would be great if it actually works. With deft image manipulation I guess Photoshop experts can actually make idiots LOOK smart.

With more and more of man’s common and daily tasks being automated by technology I won’t be surprised if technology is actually making us more idiots instead of smarter.

Infatuated with the iPad Mini; Drooling over the iPhone 5.

I GOT to touch and hold both the iPad Mini and the iPhone 5 earlier this week, courtesy of my boss, Ed Delgado, who just bought his new “toys” in Singapore over the weekend.

The iPad Mini is so much lighter than expected. I knew all along it will be a lot lighter than the previous iPads (I have both the original iPad and the second generation iPad 2) but I didn’t expect it to be extremely light! Gee, it’s almost as light as my first-gen iPhone!

While in Singapore on November 8 Ed texted me to say that he just bought his new 16GB iPad Mini (WiFi) for just US375 and offered to buy one for me if I was interested. Read more

My favorite e-book reader

image credit: idownloadblog.com

I love reading my e-books on my iPad because to me it offers the best of many worlds insofar as reading books are concerned.

First, it feels a lot like reading a real book. Often I would even forget that I am reading on my iPad, so much so that I would try to grab the lower right corner to flip a page.

Second, it allows me access to any of my e-books on a whim.

Third it offers a lot of the sophisticated features: highlighting, bookmarking, built-in dictionary, font-size adjustment, etc.

And third, it is not just an e-book reader. It is also a browser, a gaming console, calculator, photo album, image editor, calendar, notes, and so on an so forth.

But the iPad is not my favorite e-book reader. Read more

Apple finally found a worthy challenger?

PRESENTING… (drumroll)… the PEAR!


IT TOOK me a while to figure out what was wrong with the supposed MacBook on Carly’s lap in the photo.

I was literally rolling on the floor laughing when it finally dawned on me that the logo on her “MacBook” isn’t that of a bitten apple. So I guess that is not a MacBook after all.

Very subtly funny.

Nice one, Carly!

Book Museum

WITH the dawning of the age of eBooks, libraries such as this huge one in Stockholm, Sweden will soon get a new name: Book Museums.

It will probably take many more years before all of the books in this gargantuan library will be converted to digital format. When they have been all digitized they will probably fit into a tiny chip and can all be made accessible from a single eBook reading device such as the iPad or the Kindle of our present time.

So what will it be like to go to a library in the future?

I am guessing that we will have to pay to get in. There will be guides to usher us around and explain each section. If we’re lucky we’ll meet the curator. She used to be called the Librarian.

There will be no chairs and tables. We are not supposed to sit and linger too long in one place. We are to walk around from section to section. In groups, usually.

Oh by the way, there will probably be a dress code — shorts, t-shirts, and rubber shoes are not allowed. Preferably, come in your cocktail dress.

Cameras and recording devices are not allowed.

And as the guide shows us the last remaining printed copy of a Kindergarten Text Book, there will be hushed “Ooohs” and “Aaahs” from the more sophisticated among us. A few, myself included, will probably be trying very hard to hide a yawn.