The Polgar Family

No doubt the Polgar Family of 3 women chess players and their remarkable achievements could now be considered as one of the pillars of the great and rich history of chess.

Recently, ChessBase reported:

For four years, an Israeli film-maker has collected archive material never seen before, and produced a documentary for Israeli TV that is epic and historic, but also personal and intimate.

And here’s the trailer to the documentary film: Watch the trailer »

Why Not ChessCube?

As you read through this blog, you might notice that I’m not so fond of Chesscube.

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You know why? Because it’s so full of Flash. And you know what Steve Jobs has to say about Flash:

  • It is proprietary;
  • It has security problems and is the number one cause for Mac crashes;
  • Flash is a battery hog which doesn’t work well with mobile devices;
  • Use HTML5 instead.

And if you have kept up with the news lately, Adobe has removed Flash for Android from Google Play.

Now, have you seen a Chesscube app in the iTunes App Store or Google Play? There’s none, because they can’t do it.

That’s why I’m using an internet chess server like FICS for online play and Chess.com for correspondence chess.

Hiarcs’ Mac Chess Explorer is Now Available

Got a message today that Hiarcs’ Mac Chess Explorer is finally available:

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At last, after a very long wait, it has finally come for us to check out.

It comes bundled with Hiarcs 14 and costs US$59.95 for the single-core version, and US$99.95 for the Deep Hiarcs (multi-core/multi-processor version).

By the way, there’s also the PC Chess Explorer. But what the heck, we’re only interested in Mac here, right? Continue reading

DocScanner App – The Worst Update Ever in Mobile App History

DocScanner app for iOS devices is the number one example of a mobile app whose update has gone bad — indeed very bad.

When we talk about software updates (or upgrades), generally we expect improvements from the old version, may they be major enhancements in the interface and the whole software experience or just simple tweaks like bug fixes and/or patches.

But not in the case of DocScanner. In the Apple iTunes Store alone, the customer ratings has gone from a 4-5 stars to 1 star since the update from version 5.x.x to 6.0.x.

Before the update to version 6, DocScanner is one app I used to brag to peers and demonstrate the power of a smartphone, especially the iPhone. But now that great app is gone.

From my experience, here are the factors that convinced me this was the worst update ever: Check out the factors after the jump »

My most hated song gets revived, favorited, and liked

Sometimes I wonder, is it the end of the world yet?

I like music, and it could cover a wide range of genre. Depending on the mood, my taste for music could touch on country, rock, punk, pop, blues, hiphop, jazz, R&B, even classical and religious music. But most often, really, my mood leans toward being a little melodramatic.

Love songs are usually written and/or dedicated to a special someone, a parent, a child, a friend — just anyone close to your heart, someone you like the most, but NOT, really, not someone you should hate like the least.

And yet, the latter is the theme of the song, “Kunin Mo Na Ang Lahat Sa Akin”, originally by Jeremiah and recently revived by Angeline Quinto for the ABS-CBN program “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin”.

This music video alone has already garnered 1.5 million views and 2 thousand likes on Youtube. Check out the video after the jump »

Sky Broadband 10Mbps Advantage Plan

Was trying to log in to the Life At 5 Mbps website earlier, and I was greeted by this banner in the homepage:

By the way, the homepage I’m referring to is now redirected to consumable.skybroadband.com.ph.

It appears that Sky Broadband is now offering double the 5Mbps I’m currently subscribed to — at 10Mbps, but at a P300.00 premium, or a total of P1,299.00 per month. But check out the speeds I’m actually getting »

Rio Tuba Nickel Mining and Taganito Mining TV Ads

Advocates of anti-mining movements assert that host communities do not profit from mining activities in their area. That is not especially true in the case of Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corp. and Taganito Mining Corp. (both are subsidiaries of Nickel Asia Corporation), and other “responsible” mining companies in the country.

Below are the ads aired in various local TV stations in the country:

Taganito: Pamana ng Diyos, Pamana sa Bayan

Check out the Rio Tuba ads after the jump »