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Blogging and Tweeting

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Blogging has been around for quite sometime now. But what is twitter? What is that blue bird icon doing in webpages?

My opinion is that, twitter is the new – blogging, bookmarking, rss feed – system.

It basically gives you instant info. Like MJ’s death was quickly spread around twitter, amongst my followers/ and people i follow group. And as a “Trending Topic”

SO i thought, should I continue blogging? or Just tweet my thoughts out. Say what I wanted to say within 140 characters. Naah Id rather blog about it. I will just make twitter a means for people to get to my blog.

Wel if you want to follow me. just click http://twitter.com/erikbriones

But like this blogs and my previous ones, my twitter updates are all dependent on my mood to write. Sometimes there are stuff to read there, sometimes it is as boring as hell. (but is it really boring there?)

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July 21, 2009 at 11:48 am

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Wikipedia v.s. a British art gallery

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Wikipedia is facing an issue regarding the use of digitized painting from the National Portrait Gallery (NPG). A wiki volunteer uploaded thousands of high-resolution images, which the NPG i think claims sole ownership from.

This is another web-copyright issue in my opinion.

Read more here

Wikipedia painting row escalates

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July 20, 2009 at 7:29 am

Man charged with 23 quadrillion dollars for a pack of cigarette

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Well, that’s a proof that cigarette is dangerous to your health! Buying a pack is even more hazardous than actually smoking it. Lol.

An odd news indeed. Visa admitted the glitch. Read more here http://www.bostonherald.com/news/offbeat/view/20090715nh_man_charged_23_quadrillion_dollars_for_smokes/srvc=home&position=recent

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July 16, 2009 at 5:33 am

Another Plane Crash! – Iran, 168 feared dead

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There seems to be a lot of passenger plane accidents/mishaps going on this year. Well I have not really followed “airplane crashes” from previous years but 2 Airbuses (Boeing planes) are already down, and now this one in Iran.

The main problem with a plane crash I think is it’s “survivability”. Compared to a plane crash, ships on fire or sinking will yield more survivors. That is just an observation. The crash in Yemen a few weeks ago has only one survivor. A 14 year old..

read more about the Iran plane crash from CNN news here.

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/07/15/iran.plane.crash/index.html

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July 15, 2009 at 1:47 pm

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Creative 404 Pages

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Missing pages need not be boring! 🙂 For years we know as web designers we can control 404 pages to redirect users to proper pages. Here are some of those not-so-standard and very creative 404 pages

From WebDesignerDepot
http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2009/07/50-creative-and-inspiring-404-pages/

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July 14, 2009 at 5:17 am

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Apple’s 9.7-inch ‘netbook’ to debut in October for $800?

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Could be an early gift for me.. Got this from Engadget

by Thomas Ricker, posted Jul 13th 2009 at 7:33AM

It’s back. The Quanta assembled Apple netbook rumor that kicked off in March with a Commercial Times report calling for a Wintek-supplied touchscreen has returned… with a fever. China Times has now stepped in with a claim of a 9.7-inch touchscreen netbook to debut in October. CT claims that Wintek, and Dynapack have all received orders direct from Apple while Foxconn (not Quanta) will be the main manufacturer. It’s still unclear whether the reported device takes on the traditional netbook form-factor, goes convertible like the T91, or is a 9.7-inch slate like a giant iPod touch. In fact, the Chinese-language report translated into English refers to it as “Apple’s netbook (or a “tablet” as many call it)” only adding to the confusion. Regardless, we find it hard to believe that Apple would just follow the industry trends here. Then again, Sony did announce the VAIO W after rebuking netbooks as a race to the bottom thus leaving Apple as the only major without a low-cost netbook in its portfolio. But $800, if true, prices whatever this is right out of netbook territory — ultra-portable anyone?

http://www.engadget.com/2009/07/13/apples-9-7-inch-netbook-to-debut-in-october-for-800

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July 13, 2009 at 1:33 pm

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Sending a Mail to Multiple Recipient using Mail Merge

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This morning I was in a situation where I need to send one email to multiple email addresses that are in an excel sheet. There were like 3000+ recipients which I tried to send to. I used MS Outlook 2007 and added the recipients in Bcc so that they would not know who I sent the other mails to. The sending however failed. I think there are limitations set by an ISP or whatever.

The solution was Mail Merge. I took my lunch, and googled for the solution.

This example is from my own experience using Office 2007. It may not be literally applicable to other versions. (disclaimer)

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1.) From the Menu click “Mailings”
2.) Click Start Mail Merge and choose Email
3.) Add Recipients, it is helpful if you have an Excel sheeet of the Email Addresses on ready. Or any portable db you can grab data from.
4.) Insert in the Document the body of your email, what you want to say etc.
5.) Click Finish and Merge > Send Email Message
6.) You will be prompted with a final “look” of your header email.
7.) Once it is starting to create the Mail Merge, you will notice your MS Outlook starting to fill up with items. Especially the Outbox and Sent Items.

I know it is not too detailed but I hope it helps.

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July 13, 2009 at 12:08 pm