Ever since Pokemon Go was announced in March and eventually launched in July (initially in select countries), it has taken the world by storm. Social media friends have started posting their virtual Pokemon finds, along with their own punchlines, which in the process captured the curiosity of those who are uninitiated in the Pokemon Go world. Eventually, every one has to try it out! That, regardless of news about armed robbers using this same mobile game to find their victims.
So, what really is Pokemon Go?
Pokemon Go is a free mobile game for iOS and Android developed by Niantic. It is a GPS-based augmented reality game that allows players to capture, train and battle virtual Pokemon that appear throughout the real world. Although it is free, it supports in-app purchases for players who are maybe too lazy to go out and catch them outside their comfort zones and instead take some shortcuts.
This video trailer pretty much summarizes the game in less than 2 minutes: Continue reading
On the afternoon of June 5, 2016, armed with my Transcend Drivepro DP220, we traversed through Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR Tollway) northbound from Ibaan to Sto. Tomas. At exactly 4:52 pm, just right after we passed the Tanauan exit, we hit the end of the long queue leading to the Sto. Tomas toll barrier.
What followed next was a good 3 kilometers of traffic at crawling speeds for 48 minutes (which translates to an average speed of 3.75 km/h). Finally, at 5:40 pm, we got to pay for our toll fee.
I’ve documented that ordeal in the video that follows. Don’t worry, you don’t have to go through the same 48 minutes to finish the video, as I cramped it to about 2.5 minutes.
Imagine a good 1 hour lost just making our way to pay for our toll due. Perhaps, other people spend more time than that in Metro Manila traffic, but for a much better purpose — to get home or even to get to where they wanted or needed to go. Moviegoers line up to watch their favorite movies. Heck, calamity victims wait in line to get their share of relief goods. Now, isn’t it absurd to line up in such a long time for something that you have to pay for? Continue reading
Topgear.com.ph published the fuel economy test results of various cars in their article, “Department of Energy, Petron release results of 70-vehicle fuel economy run“:
Well, the numbers are finally out. A total 70 different vehicles from 22 car manufacturers took part in the government-sanctioned test, with varying results. Take note: The run was performed on a highway setting. Drivers embarked on the 280km drive from Angeles through SCTEX, TPLEX and back.
Among the vehicles fuel economy numbers, here are some important observations: Continue reading
Subaru Philippines (Motor Image Pilipinas, Inc.) has this Preventive Maintenance Service (PMS) guide for the Subaru XV, Impreza, and Forester:
Applicable to Subaru XV, New Impreza, Forester 2.0 i-L/Forester 2.0 i-P.
Click on the image to enlarge.
It is imperative that I have this guide handy as this would mean I need to earmark a better part of my budget (insert sad emoticon here) since my Subaru XV is due for 40K kms PMS soon. And this list doesn’t appear to include the cost of replacing the brake pads yet. Tsk!
Note: I copied this image from a post in the Subaru XV Club Philippines Facebook group. I re-posted it here for the benefits of all the other Subaru XV, Impreza and Forester owners in the Philippines.
Been receiving quite a few traffic to my Deuts Log post, but it’s quite outdated. Thus, I’m posting the updated schedule here:
Banks should be at the forefront of technology, especially in this internet age, delivering real-time data about their customers and their accounts.
The Philippine banks may not be as nimble in adapting the latest technologies in rendering their services as that of banks from other countries, but at least we know that the effort is there in trying to catch up.
Disclaimer: I currently own Metrobank, BPI and Security Bank accounts, although I used to own PNB, BDO, EastWest and even Equitable-PCI (before their merger with BDO) bank accounts.
From my experience, the first to offer the most reliable (in terms of security, uptime, utility, and convenience) internet banking service was Metrobank. I have to admit, though, that BPI was able to catch up and in my own opinion (sans the downtimes that recently plagued their online banking) offer the best internet banking experience, especially when coupled with the convenience in managing your investment accounts via BPI Express Online.
Today marks the 10th year of existence of Deuts.NET. I registered this domain name on May 17, 2006 — check the whois.
I’m sure we’ve seen better days in blogging, when I used to post a lot more often, and daily traffic was much better. Perhaps, those were the glory days of blogging — before Facebook even came around. Continue reading
It’s been like 3 years since I let go of my shared web hosting service in favor of WordPress.com and Tumblr for some of the domain names I own. Recently I wanted to pursue to develop my ChessHive project, which I knew WordPress.com won’t cut it because of so many limitations. In the case of Tumblr, though, I guess it’s because of too many spam Tumblr blogs that it no longer plays well along with Google Search.
Thus, the search for a cheap web hosting.
I thought, after 10 years of blogging and paying for web hosting (yes, this blog is celebrating 10 years of existence this month!), web hosting costs — specifically shared web hosting — must have gone down a lot. Oh crap, I was wrong! How? Check out why »
Have you been to Taysan, Batangas recently? Did you know that because of big trucks plying their roads on a regular basis, a large part of them badly need repairs and more often?
Here’s the video taken on 9 April 2016 to show you the sorry state they are currently in, especially as you traverse the road from Taysan Town Proper to Barangay San Marcelino of the same municipality.
This video was recorded using my Transcend DrivePro 220 dashcam. For more videos from this dashcam, subscribe to my separate Youtube channel.
Marco Arment enumerates the reasons, “Why the 2012 non-Retina MacBook Pro still sells.”
As we’ve progressed toward thinner, lighter, more integrated Macs, we’ve paid dearly in upgradeability, versatility, and value. There are many Macs to choose from today, but in some ways, we have less choice than ever.
When Apple introduced the 3rd generation MacBook Pro (MBP) back in the middle of 2012, it then came with the Retina Display and solid-state drives (SSDs) in lieu of the hard-disk drives (HDDs), but dismissed the optical drive altogether. Moreover, you cannot upgrade the memory (RAM) by yourself, it has to be pre-packaged when you buy it.
I own an Early 2011 13-inch Macbook Pro, and I’ll probably hold back from upgrading to the latest MBP in the near future. Why? Here are my reasons: Check out my reasons after the jump »