Monday, December 15, 2008

the one with DotA Wallpapers

Is it just me or is this the game we all want to play, haha! ^_^ For all you DotA fans out there, here are five loading screen wallpapers. Credits go to mercurialxen, artgerm, and kunkka. Thanks for the artworks. ^_^

Thursday, December 11, 2008

the one with Moonstar88 Music Videos

Presenting, all the Moonstar88 music videos from their first two albums, Popcorn and Press to Play, plus their music video from RoK On! Music Inspired By Ragnarok Online. I have uploaded these videos on my YouTube account about 2 years ago. I know that there are sites that can extract and convert the flash video (flv) used by YouTube into another format, but I still want to share with you the original files I used which is in movie file (mpeg) format. Kuya Pao gave me permission to share and let other people download the original files I used in uploading the videos about a year ago, I just don’t have the time to look for a nice online storage facility and upload it. Anyway, download link(s) will be posted after each video. Enjoy! :D

Moonstar88 - Torete

Download Link
(Right click, then "Save Target As" or "Save Link As")

Moonstar88 - I'm Sorry

Download Link
(Right click, then "Save Target As" or "Save Link As")

Moonstar88 - Untamed

Download Link
(Right click, then "Save Target As" or "Save Link As")

Moonstar88 - Sulat

Download Link
(Right click, then "Save Target As" or "Save Link As")

Moonstar88 - Ang Pag-ibig Kong Ito

Download Link
(Right click, then "Save Target As" or "Save Link As")

Moonstar88 - PagIbig Ko Sa Iyo

Download Link
(Right click, then "Save Target As" or "Save Link As")

*If there are broken links, please report them by making a comment, thanks.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

The Return of the Comeback Post AGAIN!

It has been 4 months and 4 days since my last post. I know I mentioned in one of my posts before that I should have prepared reserve posts or scheduled posts for instances like this, but I still don't have time even for that simple thing. So, what are my reasons for neglecting my blog this time? I spend my whole summer vacation with my family, some relatives and friends like last summer and after that, I spend more than two months in doing our thesis. Those two reasons are forgivable, right? Come on, family, friends, and thesis, what other things can you think of that will consume most out your free time, haha! :D

Monday, May 05, 2008

Mac Games and More!

The following is a paid review:

Looking for mac games to install on your new Mac or on your old Mac that need some new, fun, and exciting mac games? is just the website for you!

Mac games and more is a website that showcases different shareware and freeware games for mac. Some of their shareware games are Warblade, Plant Tycoon, Deluxe Poc Mon, and Global Warning. Not all of these shareware games can be bought through the site as some have links and some don't have that will take you on where you can buy it, but demos of this shareware games can be all be downloaded through the site. Some of the freeware games they offer are Frozen Bubble, Name That iTune, Kiki The Nanobot, and Gold Miner Joe for mac. These freeware games are ready for download at the website.

Are you wondering why it is called Mac Games and More? It is called mac games and more because it does not only showcase mac games but it also showcase different shareware and freeware softwares for mac. It also have a mac blog, that complements the site, which talks about anything related to mac like its hardware, software, updates to these hardware and software, gadgets, and other stuff about mac and other apple products. Visit the site at if you have the time and browse through the site for those games that you want on your mac!

Friday, May 02, 2008

the one with the 4 surveys

There are 4 surveys in this post:
1. Breakup and Learn
2. Haircuts
3. Get me there
4. Charity from dNeero-ites

Enjoy! :D

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Share My iPod Songs: Paramore - Riot!

This is the second post of my back-to-back Share My iPod Songs featuring Paramore. This post will feature their their 2nd and latest album, Riot! This album includes their latest single, and one of my favorite songs today, That's What You Get. Other songs I like in this album are Hallelujah, Misery Business, and crushcrushcrush. You can download and listen to this songs and other songs in this album below.

Artist: Paramore
Album: Riot!

1. For A Pessimist, I'm Pretty Optimistic
2. That's What You Get
3. Hallelujah
4. Misery Business
5. When It Rains
6. Let The Flames Begin
7. Miracle
8. crushcrushcrush
9. We Are Broken
10. Fences
11. Born For This

Share My iPod Songs: Paramore - All We Know Is Falling

It's been awhile since I last made a Share My iPod Songs post. So this time, I will make a back-to-back post featuring my favorite non-local band today, Paramore! This is the first one or two posts and this will feature their first album, All We Know Is Falling. There are many songs I like in this album like Pressure, Brighter, Whoa, and My Heart. Download and listen to this album and see for yourself! :D

Artist: Paramore
Album: All We Know Is Falling

1. All We Know
2. Pressure
3. Emergency
4. Brighter
5. Here We Go Again
6. Never Let This Go
7. Whoa
8. Conspiracy
9. Franklin
10. My Heart

Monday, April 21, 2008

the one where I went to Puerto Galera!

I went to Puerto Galera for the first time last April 11, 12, and 13. MSG, my high school barkada, have been planning this trip since March and I'm happy that it pushed through. We are about 24 or 26 in our barkada, about 11 or 12 came on the meeting 4 days before we left Manila, and only 7 came (Maruel, Arvin, Chan, Demet, Carlos, Jon, Dex) on April 11. It still fun even if we are just only 7 but it would have been great it all had come. Wishing all of you have been there with us, hehe! :)

Ok, I don't know where to start, haha! There are so many stories to tell, haha! I'll try to summarize what we did in those 3 days 2 nights trip. I'll just try to use an approximated time for the summary as I can't remember the exact times now. I will also be using tagalog so that I can summarize it faster. I'm not good in English, haha! :D

Day 1
2:30am: Simula ng paggising at gisingan.
4:30am: Kikita sa Tritran/Jam Bus Terminal sa Kamuning.
5:30am: Eto siguro yung oras ma umalis yung bus. Hinintay pa namin si Jon eh, hehe! :)
9:00am: Oras na dumating kami sa Batangas pier at sumakay sa boat.
10:30am: Yehey! Nasa Puerto Galera na kami!
11:45am: Salamat, nakahanap narin kami ng matutulugan pagkatapos ng lagpas 1 oras na paghahanap.
12:00nn: Kain muna ng tanghalian. Ilabas ang mga baong delata, hehe! :)
12:30pm: Nagsitulog kami, wala kaming mga tulog, haha! :D
4:00pm: Maglibot-libot, swimming, picture picture, swimming, maglibot-libot!
7:00pm: Kain muna ng hapunan. Hindi lang delata ulam namin ngayon, bumili ka kami ng barbeque.
7:30pm: Bonding pagkatapos kumain. Kwentuhan lang, wala pang inuman.
9:00pm: Libot-libot uli sa beach.
10:30pm: Balik na uli sa room. Gusto ko na maligo saka inaantok narin ako.
11:30pm: Oras na nagsimula na akong matulog.

Day 2
2:00am: Eto yung oras na nakatulog talaga ako. Ang ingay ni Arvin, Demet saka Jon eh. Ang kukulit, haha!
8:00am: Oras na ako'y nagising at kumain ng almusal.
9:00am: Nagswmimming kami nina Chan, Demet, at Dex. Tulog pa si Arvin, Carlos at Jon.
10:30am: Bumalik na kaming apat sa room. Tulog parin yung tatlo, hehe!
11:30am: Kain ng tangahlian tapos halo-halo.
1:30pm: Nagpahenna kami ni Jon.
3:30pm: Maglibot-libot, swimming, picture picture, swimming, maglibot-libot!
7:30pm: Kain ng hapunan.
9:00pm: Bonding sa beach. Inom ng Mindoro Sling at kwentuhan.
10:00pm: Nahihilo na ako, kulit kasi ni Chan eh, gusto yata ako malasing, salin ng salin ng Mindoro Sling kahit na may laman pa yung baso ko.
10:30pm: Naghahanap kami nina Arvin, Demet at Carlos ng cr tapos nakita namin ni Andrew Bongato. Nagbakasyon pala siya dito, hehe! :)
11:30pm: Balik na uli sa room. Antok na ako uli, hehe! :)

Day 3
8:00am: Gising na ako at kumain ng almusal mag-isa. Tulog pa silang lahat eh.
9:00am: Nagsimula na sila magsigising pero hindi na kami nakapagswimming kasi wala ng oras.
9:30am: Lumabas kami ni Arvin, Demet, Dex para bumili ng mga maipapasalubong.
10:00am: Bumalik na ako sa room para makapaghanda sa pag-alis.
11:00am: Biglang nagpakita si Mickey! Aba, nandito ka rin pala! Haha! :D
11:30am: Checkout na sa room. Naglalakad na kami papuntang beach tapos nakita nanaman namin si mickey. Picture picture muna tapos lakad na uli.
12:00nn: Nakasakay na kami sa boat pabalik ng Batangas pier.
1:30pm: Nakasakay na kami sa bus pabalik ng Manila.
4:00pm: Nasa Manila na uli kami. Sa Sm North na kami bumaba kasi nagugutom na daw sila, kain daw muna.
4:30pm: Kain sa Yellow Cab.
5:30pm: Uwian na...

There are some people asking me how much did we spent in our trip to Puerto Galera so here it is:
307Php Bus fare, Round trip
380Php Boat fare, Round trip
4500Php for a 4 to 5 person room (capacity of the room is negotible) for 3 days 2 nights

All in all, thats 307 + 380 + (4500/7) = 1330. A budget of 2kPhp to 3kPhp is sufficient not unless you want to ride a banana boat (200 per head), go island hopping and snorkeling (2kPhp?), and/or go Para sailing (1.5kPhp per head). I didn't factored in the expenses we use for our food because we brought canned good and just bought rice from the "carinderia" so I didn't really know how much we spent on food. All I can say is Puerto Galera is like a much cheaper alternative to Boracay, hehe! :)

So that's all. Pictures can be found at my Puerto Galera album, Arvin's MSG 7 Album, and Jon's mSg Puerto Galera album. Sorry for my crappy summary as I can't summarize it efficiently because, like what I have said above, there are so much to tell that I don't know where to start! :D

"Salamat sa Puerto Galera! Salamat sa inyo Puerto Boys! Mamimiss ko kayo! Salamat sa lahat! Grabe, ang saya!"

Thursday, April 17, 2008

the one with the 3 surveys

There are 3 surveys in this post:
1. In The News
2. It's in the cards
3. Social Influence

Enjoy! :D

Monday, April 07, 2008

Medical Career Training

Looking for career training on the field of medicine? Look no further because Medical Career Training is here. Medical Career Training helps people or the visitors to their website to find up-to-date information on on a variety of medical careers and training programs nationwide. Medical Career Training has information on Healthcare Management, Holistic Medicine, Medical Administration, Medical Assisting, and Nursing.

An example of the a training program that they have information on is ultrasound technician. This training program is under Medical Assisting and is also known as sonographer or simply ultrasound tech. The information they provide includes the job description, work environment, educational and training requirements, salary range, and job outlook. A list of schools which offer this training course is also included so that you can select the ultrasound tech school that you want.

This is just one example of the many training programs they have information on. So, if you're looking medical training programs, just go to

Sunday, April 06, 2008

the one when I received my first Advercash payout!

I just received my first Advercash payout! I should have blogged about it last Friday but I don't want it to share limelight with my Smorty and PayPerPost payout post, haha! I cashed it out last February, a week or two after I made a post about the statuses of all the Paid To Click (PTC) sites that I joined, and it arrived in our mailbox just 2 days ago. I think they sent it last March and it took more or less 1 month to reach the Philippines.

So here's the proof that the check did arrive in our mailbox. Yeah, as you all can see, a little part of it is torn. I don't know why but it looked liked this when I opened the envelope. I hope I can still encash it without problems. Regardless whether it is in good condition or a little part of it is torn, this proof will be the 1st or 2 proofs. The 2nd one would be the money, receipt, or something that says the that I have encashed it and I have received the money. I'll try to encash it on Tuesday. Wish me luck!

Friday, April 04, 2008

Spring awakening

A survey about spring. I know we don't have spring here in the Philippines but I still answered it, haha! :D You can also answer it and post your answers on your blog(s) and/or you social network(s), like what I did here, so that you can share it with your friends.

the one when I received my first Smorty and PayPerPost payout!

I just received my first Smorty payout last March 25 and my first PayPerPost payout last March 30. I received $6 from Smorty and $20 from PayPerPost both for a single blog post. Like the first time I received my first ReviewMe payout, I'll also show you the proofs of Smorty's and PayPerPost's payout.

Blog Advertising - Get Paid to Blog

If you have a blog and want to make some extra money blogging, try joining Smorty and PayPerPost. You can join Smorty and PayPerPost by clicking the buttons above. For bloggers who want to sign up at PayPerPost, I also put a sign up form below so that you can sign up directly at this page.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Create, Share, and Watch LIVE Broadcasts on

You all know those online video and live broadcasting websites that lets you make a live show, right? Well, one of them. enables their users to create live broadcasts, record this live broadcast or live show so that other people can still watch it if they missed it, and schedule a show like a live tv. To make a live show, all you need is a PC or Mac, a web-enabled camera, and yourself! :) Isn't that easy online video broadcasting?'s interface is also easy to use and navigate so you will never get lost whether you want to make a live or just watch recorded shows. Try it, experience Live Internet TV now!

the one when I should have prepared reserve posts

As you can see, this is my first post after 14 days. I took a 4 day break from blogging from March 20 to 23 and became busy with all the school work including our failed thesis. I know this is bad considering that my blog is not popular and I should be consistent in making posts. So, for this not to happen again, I should prepare reserve posts when I have the time.

Reserve posts are posts that are made in advance and are ready to be published. This posts may have any topic you have in mind or posts informing your readers where you are and why you are taking a break. You can publish this ahead of time, before you have your break with the option of choosing the post date you want or publish it while you're on your break if you have any mobile device that can connect to the internet. I know some bloggers out there are also doing this because we can see that they are still updating their blog even if they said that they will have a vacation. So from now on, I'll try to make reserve posts if I had the time. :)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

the one with BlogBank's Blogspot problem

The following post is a copy of the comment that I tried to post on the article "Ad codes on Blogspot Blogs" on BlogBank's official blog. This post is also the one that I emailed to them to which Mr. Markku Seguerra replied to.


The problem that I see with this is blogspot refactoring the code for your ads and that refactored code does not work.

Sample original code:

Sample code that has been refactored by blogspot:

I refactored the code myself so that the code would still work even if blogspot refactor it.

Sample code that I have refactored:

Sample code that has been refactored by blogspot:

The ads are now working on my blog. I'm just wondering if what I did, refactoring the code, is permitted and, like marhgil's question, do you guys still properly track the ads, even if I refactored it?

Mr. Markku Seguerra's reply:

" Hi Maruel, thanks for trying to find a solution for this. I will be checking if tracking still works as intended and will get back to you right away. =) "

I think this problem also has a connection on whether you are using layouts or templates. I'm using layouts and I had the same problem like everybody else while marhgil uses templates and he does not have a problem and just copy-paste the code.

So, that's what I did. I just don't know if its ok to them that I refactored their code. I'm temporarily assuming that it's ok because of the smiley =) at the end their reply, hehe! :D Lets just wait for their next post about this issue. I hope they are still properly tracking the ads I placed.

Hamburgers and French Fries

A very short survey, having only 3 questions, about hamburgers and french fries. That's an easy $0.45 or Php18 for just answering a 3 question survey and additional $2.05 or Php82 if you share your answers by posting it on your blog(s) and/or social network(s)!

the one with the 100EC Credits going on 200EC Credits

I've been constantly dropping my Entrecard for 3 weeks now with an average of 60-80 drops per day. As you can see, its not that much as 60-80 drops is just the 20%-27% of the total drops you can make each day which is 300 drops, but two weeks ago, the cost to advertise on this blog through Entrecard hit the 100EC credit mark. That means that even if I don't drop my card that much, a large percentage of the entrecarders, which I dropped my card, reciprocates a drop. I also noticed that the same entrecarders drop their card to me everyday and have become, sort of, like, my regular droppers. Thank you regular droppers, haha! I've been also trying to drop on every entrecarder that have dropped on me for the past week so the cost to advertise on this blog is now going to reach the 200EC credit mark. The downside to this is I don't receive many ad requests like before but that's ok because I'm still happy for the Entrecard traffic I'm receiving! :D

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Weather -- It's Everywhere!

Whether you are in the city, the province, another country or anywhere in the world, weather will always be there. It will never fail to follow you wherever you go. So wherever you are, I'm inviting you to take this survey, whether it is sunny, rainy, cloudy, stormy, windy, or whatever weather you have there right now. You can post your answers on your blog(s) and/or you social network(s) so that you can share it with your friends. Hope you have a fine weather out there!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Smorty, a Blog Advertising Network

The following is a paid review:

Smorty is a blog advertising network that connects advertisers to bloggers and vice-versa. Smorty's services benefits both the advertisers and bloggers. Advertisers can sign up at Smorty, start ad campaigns, and distribute it to bloggers while bloggers that have signed up at Smorty wait for these ad campaigns, write opinions about it, and get paid to blog. It's a win win situation for both advertisers and bloggers alike.

For advertisers, the first step is to sign up and open a blog advertising account. After opening a blog advertising account, create an ad campaign. Create a topic for your ad campaign, think of the keywords you want to be used for this ad campaign, and provide the links to be used for the keywords. Wait for Smorty administrators to review and approve your ad campaign. When you ad campaign is approved, it will be distributed to bloggers so that they can review your site and the services that it offers. Once the bloggers are finished with their articles, you can now review their blog posts and decide if the description, keywords, and links you have provided have been followed. After the the blog posts have been approved, all you have to do is sit down and watch as your site climb the search engines and receive traffic.

For bloggers, the first step is to sign up and open an an account. After opening an account and signing up as a blogger, submit your blog and wait for Smorty administrators to review and approve it. Once your blog has been approved, you're now ready to receive tasks associated with the ad campaigns that are suitable for your blog. Smorty will email you these suitable ad campaigns and you can login to your account to accept these tasks. Make a blog post taking into account the keywords that should be used and the links that are provided to be linked with those keywords. After making the blog post, go back to your account and enter the details of the blog post you have made and wait for its approval. You get paid for blogging after your blog post have been approved. Bloggers are paid weekly through PayPal.

So if you're an advertiser and you wants to advertise on blogs or if you're a blogger who wants to blog for money, Smorty is just the site for you!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Pics -- Capture the Moment and the Soul

This is an interesting survey that revolves around pictures, digital pictures to be exact. Take the survey and learn something about yourself like how many digital pictures did you take last month, what do you do with the pictures you have taken, how much do you worry about losing them, and etc. This is just a short survey, about 9 questions, so I did not get bored answering it. Take the survey post your answers on your blog(s) and/or social network(s) so that you can share it with your friends.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

the one where I ask for tips with

Leave a tip!

I was blog hopping and Entrecard dropping last month when I find out about at ReapMoneyOnline's blog post entitled "Tip It to (us!) has finally launched!". I signed up last March 1 and I just happen to be busy so I haven't told you guys about this (if there are really guys reading this blog, haha!)., "The easiest way to turn content into cash" as what their website have described it, allows people to tip some money to show their support for a particular cause, a person, a website or a specific article or content in that website. Giving and getting tips is easy with You can give tips by clicking a button or a link on a website that will bring you directly to their tipjar. All you have to do is supply an email and the amount you want to tip. You can also give a comment if you want. If you don't have an account yet, will provide you one through the email you have given. You don't have to sign up before you can give a tip. You can also give a tip to any domain you like even if they haven't signed up yet. Just construct a URL in this form, (e.g. To get tips, just sign up and put buttons and links to your website that links to your tipjar. Easy, isn't it? You can visit their FAQ page and blog for more info.

I think what's great about is that they enable their users to give tips in tiny amounts, as low as $0.01. I think this would be great for me because I don't want to put a "Buy Me A Beer" link on each post because I know it won't work like my "Make A Donation" button. I think people hesitate to give tips using these because the minimum amount of $1 is too high. They will likely to give tips with the amount that won't hurt their PayPal accounts, $0.01, haha!

I will be giving my first tip, or should I say first tips, to 4 websites. $1 each for Macuha and Yugatech for all the things I learned there, $0.10 for Entrecard for the bringing me to ReapMoneyOnline and $0.10 for ReapMoneyOnline for the info. I hope they'll accept it. Anyway, it will go back to me if they don't want to, hehe!

I will be putting links and buttons on this blog so that you can tip me if you want or you can also tip me now, haha! So, do you like my article? Want to leave a tip! :D

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

the one where I asked help from PayPerPost's Support Center about my Google PageRank

It has been 3 days now since that Google slapping incident and my PageRank is still 0. I submitted a ticket to PayPerPost's Support Center hoping they can answer my questions about reserving opportunities given the current status of my PageRank.

Here is the actual ticket that I submitted:

Ticket Description
Topic: PPP Posties (Bloggers)
Topic Details: Reserving Opportunity
Summary: I think I received a "Google Slap".
I think I received a "Google Slap" and my PageRank suddenly decreased from 2 to 0. Does this mean that I don't qualify anymore for Opps that require a PageRank of 1 or more? Those Opps are just few, what should I do?

Here is their reply to ticket:


Looks like this indeed happened to many users at the beginning of this month. I understand your ticket yet, there is nothing we can do. I have noticed several tickets this week with the same issue. It seems mid post or while working on an opp, the posters PR dropped, no longer making them eligible to submit the opp after they had written it. This is because said opp required a larger PR then the user has at time of submit. This is no one's fault, and all we can say is sorry that the post became unavailable due to reasons beyond our control. Google has decided to drop PR w/o warning and it is affecting all our users. To answer your question, yes, you should not be eligible for opps that require PR1 or more. We are actually in the near future moving away from PR to yahoo back link rankings so this should not happen again. Sorry for any convenience and thanks for understanding!


As what I had mentioned before about that Google slapping incident that happened to me, this is happening all throughout the blogosphere and I'm not alone. It's a good idea that PayPerPost is moving away from PageRank and switching to Yahoo back link rankings because all those blogs that are selling links will eventually receive some slapping from Google until all those blogs have a PageRank of 0 and nobody would ever qualify for an opp that requires a PageRank of 1 and above, haha! I think we can ask for reconsideration (I just don't know how, hehe!) but giving us our PageRank back without us ever asking is nicer, hehe! At this point, I'm not really worried now that I lost my PageRank, unlike the first I find out about it, but ironically, I still want it back.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

the one with my Disclosure Policy

This policy is valid from 04 March 2008

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. For questions about this blog, please contact Maruel P. Alimboyao (maruel[dot]kyle[at]gmail[dot]com).

This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation.

The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post may not always be identified as paid or sponsored content.

The owner(s) of this blog is compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner(s) of this blog receives compensation for our posts or advertisements, we always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers' own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.

This blog does contain content which might present a conflict of interest. This content may not always be identified.

To get your own policy, go to

Monday, March 03, 2008

the one when Google slapped me

I think Google slapped me. I'm not really sure if Google did this to me directly or some of the sites linking to me got a "Google Slap" or "PR Slap" but my PageRank just suddenly went down from 2 to 0.

It happened yesterday. I logged in at my account at PayPerPost and when I was checking out the opportunities that I'm qualified to take, I was surprised to find out that there are no opportunities that I can take because I'm not qualified for any. I was qualified for about 10-12 opportunities the last time I checked before that. I think the PayPerPost's PageRank checker is telling the truth because I also checked my PageRank at other sites like, iWebTool, and Smart PageRank and my PageRank there is also 0. Well, Blog Flux seems to say that my PageRank is still 2.

I know that this is happening all throughout the blogosphere but this is the first that it happened to me so, for the meantime, I'll just observe my PageRank for a couple of days. Maybe its a mistake and Google will give me my 2 points back. I hope its a mistake. I don't want to write a letter of reconsideration, haha!

Friday, February 29, 2008

Get The Right Training

I had many, about 4 (and more than 2 is many), training courses before related to web development and computer programming. I did complete all those 4 training courses and I can say that I'm knowledgeable about the topics covered in those training courses. I can't say that I mastered all of it because there are some topics I don't like and need some refreshing to do and there is this one course that I didn't learn that much or didn't learn what I expected to learn because of the instructor but overall, I had a great time taking those training courses.

Training courses are sometimes not really required in a job but taking these training courses could be an advantage. There are many training courses offered everywhere and there are websites like Avand that can help you and your company find training courses in your area. Some of their popular courses are Sales Training, Plumbing Training, and Management Training. If the course you're looking for are not in their list, you can contact them discuss the courses that your company will need so that they could add it to their list. Check out their website if you have the time. Good luck!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Share My iPod Songs: The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - Don't You Fake It

This time on Share My iPod Songs is The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus' first major album, Don't You Fake It. Songs I like in this album are Face Down, Damn Regret, Your Guardian Angel, and Disconnected. If you haven't heard this songs before, you can download and listen to their album below. Enjoy!

Artist: The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Album: Don't You Fake It (Deluxe Edition)

1. In Fate's Hands
2. Waiting
3. False Pretense
4. Face Down
5. Misery Loves It's Company
6. Cat And Mouse
7. Damn Regret
8. Atrophy
9. Seventeen Ain't So Sweet
10. Justify
11. Your Guardian Angel
12. Grim Goodbye
13. Face Down (Acoustic)
14. Disconnected

I signed up for PPP!

I signed up for PayPerPost last month and my blog or should I say this blog got approved for Marketplace Opportunities just 8 days ago. This blog was not approved immediately for Marketplace Opportunities because it does not meet the specific requirements that is indicated in their Terms of Service. Fortunately, PayPerPost updated their Terms of Service and made some changes to it like bringing down the minimum blog age to 30 days with at least 10 pre-existing posts from 90 days with at least 20 pre-existing posts. I just started making posts again on this blog just this January 2008 and making 20 posts of original content is not that easy. So, thanks to that change in their Terms of Service! Haha! :D

I learned about PayPerPost just last month when I'm searching for paid-to-blog services. I have read many testimonials about PayPerPost, about how it can help you monetize your blog and generate extra income if you're a blogger and create buzz and promote your product or services if you're an advertiser. I also read that PayPerPost strictly implements word of mouth ethics and I like that because it informs the audience of the blog of the connection of a certain post with the blog. Having read all of that testimonials and making sure that its not a scam or something, I signed up for PayPerPost.

This is the first Opp that I took and I know this will also be your first when you join PayPerPost because this post is like the welcome Opp when you're approved for the Marketplace Opportunity and it pays a nice amount of money, hehe! I will earn a$20 just for this post, isn't that a nice extra income for just a single post, haha! :D

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

the one with Google AdSense's Updated Terms and Conditions

I've been wondering what are the changes that Google AdSense made into the updated terms and conditions ever since I saw that Google AdSense Online Standard Terms and Conditions Accept Contract page. I don't want to read it all because its so lengthy, the deadline for accepting it is until May 25, 2008, I just want to take a quick look at my account and I just don't have the time to read it all that time.

Luckily, I remembered today that Google AdSense has a blog, Inside AdSense, so I checked it out hoping to find out some information about this matter. There's a post there entitled "Updated Terms and Conditions". The post says that most of the changes to the Terms and Conditions fall into two broad categories. The first category is future products and features and the second category is privacy requirements. The post also says that the changes are not limited to those two categories because they also made small changes throughout the Terms and Conditions so it's a good idea to review them thoroughly before accepting.

I think I'll just have to read it all sometime. There's a "Remind me the next time I log in" option that I use now but I know I'll choose the "Yes, I have read and accept the above Terms and Conditions" option anyway in the future because if I choose the "No, I do not accept the above Terms and Conditions" option now, I will not be able to continue using AdSense until May 25, 2008 and who wouldn't want to accept it? We all love our AdSense, right? Hehe! :D

You can read the full article from the official AdSense Blog here:
Inside AdSense: Updated Terms and Conditions

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Make A choice, Any Choice

I took another survey today at dNeero. I had fun answering this survey because its short and the questions are entertaining. About the last question, yeah, that's the most important decision I made today, haha! By the way, you can also answer the survey and post your answers on your blog(s) and/or social network(s).

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

the one when the thesis crunch time begins...

The thesis crunch time begins today so I will not be able to make new posts the way I did these past few weeks. I can still make short posts during weekdays like this one but making long posts requires a lot for me so I will just make it over the weekends, granting that I don't have any thesis related activities. This will be my blogging schedule until the thesis is over. I hope I don't get bored doing the thesis and stick to my blogging schedule. Good luck to myself and good luck to our group!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Get it going with dNeero

I signed up at dNeero and this is the first survey I took. You can read the survey and my answers to it below, although I can't say that all of my answers are true. I can't think of anything to answer for some questions like the "favorite flower", "favorite adult drink", and "favorite everyday drink" questions but you will also notice that some questions are answered honestly and deeply like "most afraid of", "favorite colors", and "want to do before I die" questions. Anyway, you can also answer the survey and post your answers on your blog(s) and/or social network(s).

Sunday, February 17, 2008

the one with the Smart Bro Plan 799, The Plug-it Anywhere Broadband

We just picked up our Smart Bro USB modem after two weeks of waiting for our Smart Bro Plan 799, The Plug-it Anywhere Broadband, application to be approved and an additional week of waiting for the USB modem to be available.

Dibidi Dibidi?

Ang liit lang pala talaga nung USB modem, hehe!

It is presented in a dvd-like case which contains the USB modem, data cable, sim card, Smart Bro USB Modem Quick Start (blue), and HSDPA USB Modem Quick Start (white).

The data cable has 3 plugs. One plug is for the USB modem (the small one) which the two quick start guides refer to as plug 1, another one is the one that connects to the PC (normal size with male connector) which the two quick start guides refer to as plug 2, and the other one is, I think, for extra power supply (normal size with both male and female connectors) which the two quick start guides refer to as plug 3. From what I understand, the Smart Bro USB Modem Quick Start says that you must attach plug 2 to the female connector of plug 3 and insert the male connector of plug 3 to the PC while the HSDPA USB Modem Quick Start says that plug 2 is the one inserted to the PC and plug 3 is just used to ensure that there is enough power supply. Medyo magulo sila noh?

The sim card is Smart Gold but it has a sticker that says "PLUG IT". Maybe they'll also release a sim card exclusively for this Smart Bro plan?

As I have mentioned above, there are two quick start guides. The Smart Bro USB Modem Quick Start is like a summary of the HSDPA USB Modem Quick Start. They have almost similar contents except for some of the illustrations, features, and notices mentioned.

We haven't tried using it yet so we're hoping that it will turn out fine just like their Plan 999 have done for last, I think, almost 3 years now. If you're asking why did we chose to apply for this plan, well, we all have our reasons, hehe! We did look into the issue of "it is just the same if we just use our 3G/GPRS capable cellphones as a modem", "the 40 hours is not free because that's what you paid for your Php 799", "not all areas are covered by Smart 3G and connection to those areas will just be in GPRS speeds", and other issues that's concerned with this plan. If it turns out just fine, eh di ok, good, magaling. If not, we have 24 months to suffer, unless we really want to discontinue it and pay them or something because we are still in the lock-in period. Anyway, I'll just make another post, maybe next week, after we have tried it out. Sana talaga ok 'to... haha! :D

Friday, February 15, 2008

Share My iPod Songs: Powerspace - The Kicks Of Passion

This is my first blog post from my Share My iPod Songs series of blog posts and it will feature Powerspace's first album, The Kicks Of Passion. This is one of the first albums that I downloaded when I bought my first iPod last December 2007. I liked their Alternative/Power Pop/Pop Punk sound (don't ask me about these genres because I can't really explain it clearly, hehe) and this album has the most played songs on my iPod. If you want to know more about what their music is all about, just download and listen to their album below.

Artist: Powerspace
Album: The Kicks Of Passion

1. Prologue: Adam Beckett
2. Quarantine My Heart (Baby)
3. Powerspace Snap Bracelet
4. Right On, Right Now
5. Amplifire
6. Be Aggressive
7. This Is Not What You Had Planned
8. Dancing In The Future
9. Choose Your Own Adventure
10. It Smells Like Electricity In Here
11. I Met My Best Friend In Prague
12. Sleep, Everyone...

Monday, February 11, 2008

the one with the wonderful Project Wonderful!

I signed up at Project Wonderful last February 1, 2008. I submitted this blog immediately after I signed up so that I can also be a publisher, but it got rejected so I'm stuck being an advertiser. I want to become both an advertiser and a publisher so that even if I'm winning bids and my funds are being decreased, I can also earn and pay off my winning bids at the same time. Self liquidating is the term, right?

Anyway, I made this post because, at last, this blog have been approved and I'm also a publisher now! I can now start putting ad boxes on this site and start selling ads with Project Wonderful. As you can see, I'm still experimenting with the type of ad boxes and the location on where should I put them. I think they should be optimized so that I would know how much will I really earn from them. The minimum amount that you can withdraw is $10, so if you want to withdraw funds monthly, the minimum you had to make is $10 monthly. I currently have 4 ad boxes, three 125X125 and one 468X60. If I could earn $0.09 from each of the 4 ad boxes everyday, that's a total of $0.36 a day, I could earn $10.8 a month and be able to withdraw funds monthly. This is just the minimum so my goal now is to reach $0.09 each per ad box.

I'm still new on being a publisher but I hope I also earn a couple of bucks from Project Wonderful. I'm happy I signed up at Project Wonderful! I hope I reach my goal! This is great, Project Wonderful together with Entrecard will offer many great oppurtunities for this blog!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Feedburner's FeedFlare™, the classic problem of Blogger's sidebar shifting to the bottom of the page, and my stupidity

Let me tell you a story, a story about my stupidity...

But before I start the story, I want to discuss first what I know about the classic problem of Blogger's sidebar shifting to the bottom of the page. This problem is very irritating if you let it get to you. You may want to punch the monitor of your PC or throw your laptop away. I wouldn't do that of course but I have been tempted to do that even if I love our PC and my laptop. Anyway, there are two possibilities why your sidebar shifts to the bottom of the page. Its either a post extends beyond its designated width or something in your sidebar extends beyond its designated width. The solution to this problem is to review the contents of the two columns, or three if you have two sidebars, and identify the contents that are causing the columns to expand.

Ok, here's the story...

I signed up for Feedburner so that I can easily manage my feed, see where my content goes after I publish it, know how many people are subscribed to, attract new subscriber and other reasons why people would sign up at Feedburner and burn their feed. As a new user at Feedburner, I'm excited to try out the services that they offer. I first tried out FeedFlare™, which allows publishers to easily build “interactivity” into the content they create, making it simple for subscribers to tag, email or share their content with others, and it turned out ok. After that, I tried out their Monetize services and which makes use of Google AdSense.

This is where my stupidity starts...

I thought that this service will display AdSense ads on the first post of my feed and it got me thinking, "Wow! Is that really possible? I can put ads on my feeds now? That's great!". I have installed the script that FeedFlare™ uses so I'm good to go, I just have to active the service. I activated the service not knowing that it doesn't display ads on the first post of my feed but it display ads on the first post of my site. I didn't know this at first because I didn't read the description of the service thoroughly. The effects of the services are not seen immediately so I took a break from my blog after that.

After 2-3 hours of break...

I visited my blog and I saw this horrible looking page. The sidebar space is still there but its content are all at the bottom of the page. It's still in its right arrangement, its not scattered and it has maintained its form. It is not just in the right place. I consulted Blogger's Help and found the answer, which is the one I discussed earlier before the start of the story. I also looked at the Blogger Help Group at Google Groups.

Here is where all that crazy debugging starts...

Having all that knowledge, I tested the contents of each column. I first tested the contents of the sidebar, removed some of the recent links or pictures I have placed there. After that I hit the refresh button just to see that there is no improvement at all. I then tested the column that contained my posts. I also removed some links and ads that I have put there. Ok, there is still no change. Then I tested my posts one by one as one of the users in the Blogger Help Group has suggested. I click on each permalink to see which post are affected. The first two or three posts are ok. Their individual pages shows the sidebar where it belongs. I noticed that there is this one post that causes some irregularity on the column. The contents of the column narrows down a little after that post. I clicked on its permalink and when I arrived at its page, the sidebar is at the bottom. I saved this post as a draft temporarily. I then reloaded the index page of my blog and my blog is back! It's back to normal! I'm so happy that time. I just decided to make that post a draft and show it anymore. I created a new post just to test if all things are fine and also to post that I have fixed things. I typed a sentence and publish it immediately. Then I arrived again at this horrible looking page! I deleted that post, created another one and publish it. The same thing happened. That goes on until I got to my 8th test post. I'm getting frustrated so I stop debugging it and take a break but I didn't deleted the test post so I can work on it after.

After 5-6 hours...

I can't sleep with my blog looking like that so I tired debugging it again. This time, I used Firefox's Error Console. I find two errors, the first one is an error concerning the script of FeedFlare™ and the second one is an error concerning the script of PayPerPlay. I first removed the script of PayPerPlay thinking that "Why would the script of FeedFlare™ cause all of this problem?". I reloaded the index page of my blog and saw that there are no changes. After that I didn't removed the script of FeedFlare™ immediately. I experimented with it. I move it from one line to the other observing if it will make a difference to the page but still no luck.

This is where the enlightenment comes in...

I still didn't removed the script and I logged in on my Feedburner account hoping to find the answer there. I activated some features of FeedFlare™ for my site because I noticed that there are no services activated for my site but I had the script pasted on the template of my blog. I reloaded the index page again and saw those the features and activated for my blog, the AdSense ads, and my sidebar in place! I'm surprised to because I didn't activated any feature of FeedFlare™ that displays ads. I read again the description of the Monetize services displaying AdSense ads because that is the only reason I could think why there would be an ad on my first post. I read it thoroughly then I said to myself, "How stupid am I for activating that feature even if I haven't read and understand what the feature does?". I deactivated the Monetize services but didn't solve the problem. I think the system is not updated instantaneously because when I reloaded the index page of my blog, the ads are still there and I want this to be fixed before I go to bed.

The end of this story is near...

I still didn't want to remove the script of FeedFlare™ because the features that I have put on my feed might not show up. I experimented with FeedFlare™ features and found out that if I activated features for my site, the sidebar will not shift to the bottom, but if I didn't activate any of it and I put its script on my site, then the sidebar will shift to the bottom. I then decided to remove the script hoping that it will not affect the features of FeedFlare™ for my feed. I reloaded the page saw that things are back to normal again! I removed the test post and publish again the previous post that was affected. I reloaded the blog again and its still ok! I also visited my feed and the features of FeedFlare™ I activated for it are still there! Hahaha! At last, I fixed it! I can go to bed now... ZzZzZzzzz...

The end...

Thanks you for reading. I know its very long for a blog post but I wanted to tell the story in detail so that you would not make the mistake I made or should I say the stupidity I made. I'm not a great story teller but I hope you understand my story. Just leave a comment if you have comments, suggestions, and/or violent reactions. Thank you again for reading.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

the one with all the 1st day Entrecard madness!

You all know Entrecard, right? I know most of the bloggers do, haha! :D Entrecard is the first and only free exchange network for 125x125 ads. Entrecard lets you advertise your own 125x125 Entrecard on any blog in the network, for free! You pay for this advertising with Entrecard Credits. You can earn these credits for free, this is why you can advertise for free, by visiting other blogs and dropping your Entrecard onto their widget. You can also earn if you put the widget in your site and let other people drop their Entrecard. Like the introduction video on their site said, "It's your internet business card".

I read that it started last November 8, 2007 but I just became aware of it by mid January 2008. I noticed a lot of blogs have Entrecard widgets. I don't want to jump into the bandwagon immediately so I waited for sometime and take a look at things before I signed up at their site. I should have signed up with Entrecard last week but I discovered Project Wonderful and got hyped up over it too. I'll just tell you the wonderful story at another post, hehe!

I'm happy with Entrecard and the benefits I get from it. I discover new blogs and new people also discover my blog. It's exciting to blog hop, drop your Entrecard, and get your Entrecard Credits. It's a little addicting and you can get credit crazy trying to earn more credits, haha! I'm also very happy with the free traffic that it brought to this blog. I signed up just 20 hours ago and I got 108 page views and 65 unique visitors, 60 of which are first time visitors and 5 are returning visitors. I know that's not a lot compared to the big and popular blogs out there but that's a big deal to me because that's the first time I get that much traffic in one day. That is a new record for my blog. I'm really happy and excited about Entrecard right now! Haha! :D

So what are you waiting for? Drop your Entrecard at my Entrecard widget. I also added my Entrecard inbox feed below the widget so anyone who drops their Entrecard get their Entrecard linked from my blog. I just don't know how often the feed reader updates its content because I notice that it does not show the new Entrecards right away when I reload the page when there are new Entrecards dropped. I will change my feed reader when I find a new one that is better than the one I'm using right now. Ok, that's all for now. Happy blog hopping with Entrecard! :D