Archive for September, 2007

Google and PayPal Cause Peso To Strengthen
September 28, 2007

I’m no economist, but I’d like this to happen. The twin development is all over the Internets – Google Adsense allowing Western Union payments, and PayPal enabling payments to PH accounts (and paying credit cards? how’s that, by crediting?)

So, more money flowing into the Philippines through the Internet Economy. I hope we don’t get “PaypalSucks” type stories, though.


IT Globalization: A Two Way Street
September 27, 2007

A curious pair of stories coming from the same interview:

In the first article, Fermin Taruc wears his Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) hat and complains about an effect of globalization. There is job mobility for the Filipino programmers, who can move to Singapore and meet the demand there.

In the second article, Taruc wears his business hat, as Managing Director of a software firm – Gurango Software. This company has been busy acquiring foreign companies and moving their back offices to the Philippines. This is globalization as well, this time in his company’s favor. What about those people abroad (in the US I guess) who lose their jobs due to this move?

Personally I think the answer to “losing people” to Singapore and other places is developing the Philippine talent pool. I put the “losing” in quotes since when IT professionals move abroad, they may be lost to the company who used to employ them, but still may be a net gain as they pick up experience and skills from situations unavailable in the Philippines. Even if they don’t come back home, physically, they still have influence over the Filipino developer community.

Philippine Interconnectivity Story
September 26, 2007

I want to talk about the story of Philippine Internet interconnectivity. The Philippine Internet hasn’t achieved a fully local setup where traffic from one network to another can avoid passing abroad. This was a pressing concern of mine back in my previous career in Internet services.

I first wanted to document this when the Do we actually have broadband in RP? and how’s your DSL in the Philippines topics came up three months ago.

Little did I know that the topic would become a matter of national interest, and not just a play topic of IP networking geeks. This is thanks to the ZTE “broadband scandal.”

In summary, there have been many attempts to put together Internet exchanges. Two were telco-run: the Philippine Internet Exchange by PLDT, and the Manila Internet Exchange by Eastern Telecoms. There was a Globe Internet Exchange, but this was an IP transit provider and not an IX. There was also the “Come On Route Everybody” (CORE) of PHnet.

Recently, the PHOpenIX has been the latest service (or attempt?) at this.

I don’t know the actual operational details or status of these systems.

It’s ironic that the ZTE story revives this old interconnectivity story, because it’s politics – commercial politics, not national – that have hindered the interconnectivity attempts of the past.

I’m not even sure how useful local interconnectivity for ordinary users because most people use US-hosted services (e.g. GMail) or host their content in US hosting sites (which I am doing with this blog.) Back in the day I was trying to push the development of PH-hosted content and applications but that didn’t work out. Now with Web 2.0 economies of scale, the prospects of hosting stuff in PH are next to nil.

Easy Upgrade to WordPress 2.3
September 26, 2007

I upgraded this blog to WordPress 2.3 in a few minutes.

I used the Subversion installation method, since I have a Unix shell – this blog is on a Virtual Private Server. It also helps that I use svn for work so I am confident in using it.

All the plugins work.

Now with tags, I should be able to organize my thoughts. I won’t be forced to fit my post into the available categories.

I just need to fix my theme to support tags, or, look for a new one.


I got a new theme for WordPress 2.3 compatibility, but still no tags. I followed how to add tags instructions and I put it in right away.

I also upgraded my FeedBurner plugin using the FeedBurner Quickstart for WordPress.

Now, all I need are… posts!

I Give Up. Indefinite Blog Leave.
September 10, 2007

I’ve been saying – I’ll revive this blog. I’ll think of something to write. But nothing.

Many things to blame it on. Twitter – so easy to post one liners. Facebook – a lot of time goes in there now. Other blogs – it’s so easy to comment there instead. Work – there goes my concentration.

I’d like to write but inspiration doesn’t come. I haven’t been posting here anyway. I might as well admit it, my blogging muse has left.