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Short term goals…

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TWO months of the year 2010 has passed and I think I am basically on the same “figurative” plane as I was before.

Not really though. I have been constantly reading articles about design from a guy who does make a lot of sense to me. I emailed him, and told him that I have learned a lot from what he has been writing. Some articles go back as far as 2006.

They are the fundamentals. The basics that I missed when I hopped on to the web design train some 8 years ago.

I used to read Jakob Nielsen then. But it seems to me like designing sites like would get me zero clients. 😉 Then again, the basics of what he has preached still holds true. That people don’t want to think when they browse a website.

And in the words I will borrow from mr Andy, “everything in context”.

Short term goals. Alright then. I must climb up this curve. This sine wave!

Well, I will focus, or at least try to focus on Digital djing, with my VCI100SE. Alongside with that, I would like to lose some weight.

Only time will prove that those two things may require only 2-3months.


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February 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm

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Happy Valentines Day!

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Happy valentines day to us all!. 😉 Hope you had a great time with your love ones.

Today also marks the Chinese New Year! 😉 Kung Hei Fat Choi… (spell check)

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February 14, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Simple buttons using Javascript/CSS

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Sometimes there is a need to change the “class” of an object to apply a different style to it. For example you have 4 css buttons, then you want one to be “Active”, maybe highlighted different from the rest. And when you click another button, the “Active” button becomes “Inactive” and a new button becomes “Active”.

I will show you how to access it using javascript.

First you need to define your styles, “.active” and “.inactive”

.active {
background-color:#FF0000; (meaning red)

.inactive {
background-color:#FFFFFF; (meaning white, all buttons should start with white)


There are two options to change a class for a certain document element

#1 setAttribute(“class”, “active”);
#2 className = ‘active’;

Button = a variable passed when we click a button. For example if we click the 2nd button it passes “Button02” as the value.

You can do this by onClick = “changeToActive(‘Button02’)”

Then in your javascript function will say

function changeToActive(x) {

document.getElementById(x).setAttribute(“class”, “active”);



function changeToActive(x) {

document.getElementById(x).setAttribute(“class”, “active”);


That’s it!

Remember that you need to set all buttons “Inactive” first so that they are all white. Then you choose which one to set as “Active”

I hope this works for you! Write me a comment or email me if you need help

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February 10, 2010 at 12:40 pm

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Color Test

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I took a color test this morning from Yahoo’s article about CEOs choosing a different color as the rest of us…

Here is the result… It did not mention that I would become a CEO though… OW!

Best Occupational Category

Self-Control, Practical, Self-Contained, Orderly, Systematic, Precise, and Accurate

These conservative appearing, plotting-types enjoy organizing, data systems, accounting, detail, and accuracy. They often enjoy mathematics and data management activities such as accounting and investment management. Persistence and patience allows them to do detailed paperwork, operate office machines, write business reports, and make charts and graphs.

Suggested careers are Administrator, Secretary, Printer, Paralegal, Building Inspector, Bank Cashier, Private Secretary, Statistician, Operations Manager, Financial Analyst, Bookkeeper, Medical Records Technician, Developer of Business or Computer Systems, Clerical Worker, Proofreader, Accountant, Administrative Assistant, Banker, Certified Public Accountant, Credit Manager, Store Salesperson, Actuary, Dental Assistant, Business Education Teacher, Food Service Manager, IRS Agent, Budget Analyst, and Underwriter.

Your very careful, conscientious, conservative nature gives others the confidence to trust you with handling money and material possessions. Structured organizations that have well-ordered chains of command work best for you.

Suggested Organizer workplaces are large corporations, business offices, financial lending institutions, banks, insurance companies, accounting firms, and quality control and inspection departments.

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February 9, 2010 at 5:30 am

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The Thing I Am Most Afraid Of

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It is funny when we remember the “things we are afraid of” when we were young. I was afraid of flying on an airplane, I could not trust that something that heavy is capable of flying. Although, frequent trips to the shore nearby where I can see them giant machines come flying about was enough assurance that .. well, they must be pretty strong.

I am still afraid of frogs though. Since I was a boy, up until today.

But grown ups have different views of the world. Sometimes not entirely better than kids, but for the sake of today’s discussion, let us just say we are now more concerned of the greater good. At least I can speak only for myself.

The thing that I am afraid of right now is the political scenario in my country the Philippines.

Yesterday’s news were buzzing with surveys for the Presidential and the Vice race. The survey says that the top candidates Noynoy Aquino and Manny Villar are “statistically tied”, because Aquino only has a 2% lead over Villar. And another candidate, Gibo Teodoro, aligned with current administration is starting to show some exciting stats as well.

I ask myself, my girlfriend, my kababayans in the office and some of my friends who they are voting, and none gave me a definite name. Familiar phrases like “Maganda sana kung si ano.. pero ganito din pala.. kay ano nalang ako”. Remember that our dear country the Philippines is still labeled as a “3rd world country”. We need a lot of catching up to do.

What I am afraid of is if that Aquino will win, some sectors will protest, will say “sikat kasi talaga” and end up not interested in his administration. The same might happen if Villar will win. Some will say, “mayaman kasi. kailangan talaga may pera pag tumakbo sa election”. And again, continue to live uninspired. I am not talking about 30 people, a hundred. I am talking about thousands if not hundreds of thousands of people giving the future administration a blank stare, and trust weaker than a baby’s hair.

A few scandals brought up by the still lingering spin doctors otherwise known as “trapos” will break that thread of a trust. It has happened before. It will happen again. The Philippines will elect someone, some get anxiously positive, others will criticize from the start and nothing gets done.

That is how and why the Philippines will lag in the global race. That is a big possibility. That is a very bad scenario. And that is what Iam really afraid of.

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February 3, 2010 at 10:45 am

New Edwards and Towers website!

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Edwards and Towers now has a purply-glossy new website. 😉

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February 3, 2010 at 5:38 am

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