The Birth of TechnoMaria

I’ve been blogging and using WordPress (free and self-hosted) for years, but all of my self-hosted blogs were created and installed by Kuya Andrew.

A few weeks ago, the UP ITTC and UP SITF invited me to speak at the Philippine Youth Congress in Information Technology (Y4IT), and my topic is WordPress. Easy, right? I thought so.

But I was challenged to step up and install my own self-hosted WordPress blog so I can fully understand how easy it is to do it. Why? So I can speak with authority, from my own experience during the Y4IT. I sure don’t want to embarrass the people who invited me by being inept. I want to give my best talk, using the best possible resources and doing the best research I could.

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LAN Party Xtreme 2008

Another component of the Davao Cyber Expo 2008 this year is the LAN Party Xtreme, also organized by DC Warez. 27 participants, some coming from as far as Iligan and Marawi hauled their souped up, ultra pimped hardware to the NCCC Mall of Davao.Some of the stuff there cost PhP100,000 – P300,000. EXTREME INDEED!

The LAN Party-goers also enjoyed some games such as the speed contest, and they got to compare notes with other hardware enthusiasts and even suppliers and industry people.

I’m not much of a techie (NOT QUITE, right?) but I was amazed at the sleek monitors, keyboards, ultra fast mice, giant mousepads, and pimped CPUs.

Til the next LAN Party. ­čśë

Photos taken using the N95.


I have never had a hi-tech phone. I have three phones (all Nokia) but none of them have a camera or any such things. For quite some time I have been eyeing a PDA phone because I badly need one to juggle everything I do. Testing an N95 8GB is the next best thing to owning my own PDA phone.

The N95 is a combination of the following:

  • an MP3 player
  • a handy video/multimedia player
  • a PDA (that’s Personal Digital Assistant)
  • a cellphone
  • a digital camera
  • a portable web browser
  • a super flash drive with 8gb memory

It’s so nice. Bigger than I’m used too but the features more than compensate for it’s bulkiness.

Here are some features I wish it had:

  • number screening
  • insert number for SMS messaging

The inbox also has a tendency to re-arrange the order of messages even if I sort and re-sort it by date the order of messages is still weird. And it doesn’t have pre-installed games, not even Snake. ­čÖü And no pre-installed themes.

But what the heck, I love the phone because it is very useful for many things and it can do multiple tasks at the same time. It fits my multi-tasking lifestyle. ­čÖé

Upcoming: N95 8GB Trial

See that beauty up there? That’s an N95 8gb phone. In a few weeks, a unit will arrive at my doorstep.

Unfortunately, I won’t get to keep it for long. WOM World is sending it to me to try out for a couple of weeks only. But I’m excited already.

Here are some of the reasons why:

  • It’s a “multimedia computer”
  • As the name suggests, it has 8 gb of INTERNAL MEMORY!
  • It has integrated GPS and Nokia maps
  • It has a web browser
  • The user can surf the net in portrait or landscape view
  • The user can connect via bluetooth, a USB 2.0 port, or wireless LAN (WiFi!)
  • It has a music player and an FM radio (but I don’t really listen to FM, BAH!)
  • It has a 5 megapixel camera (CAMWHORING TIME!)
  • It can shoot DVD quality videos for my new video blogging hobby
  • It supports RSS feeds

MY OH MY! I will be busy those weeks it will be with me! ­čśÇ

My ├╝Mobile

After weeks of hearing about the Manila launching, and after missing the Cebu launch, my ├╝Mobile SIM is now here. YEY! I was invited to the Cebu launch but uhmmm… couldn’t afford the fare, LOL! So I thought I wouldn’t get a SIM anymore.

But last week, I got a call from ├╝Mobile’s courier asking me when and where they could deliver my SIM. I got couple of confirmation SMS and calls yesterday, asking if I would be able to receive my SIM today. They reminded me to prepare a photocopy of my valid ID.

A few minutes before 3 pm today, they delivered my SIM. YEY!

And contrary to prior reports, the SIM works on a non-3G phone. I have tried sending an SMS to both Smart and Globe. Smart received the message right away. Globe… uhmmm, it has been more than 10 minutes, and it hasn’t received my SMS yet. But I’m not yet counting it as a ├╝Mobile problem since I just received a Globe to Globe SMS, 1 hour late. LOL!

I’m thinking of maybe junking my SUN SIM for my ├╝Mobile since 4 phones would be too much already. (YUP, I have 3 now. :P)

PS ├╝ = Alt+129 Reference Link

A Guide to Creating an Blog

So you want to have your own blog, but don’t really know how to make one?

Here’s a tip for all you aspiring Pinoy bloggers out there, sign up with is the perfect blog host for bloggers who want to have a personalized domain but don’t have the moolah for it.

Here’s a little step-by-step guide on how you can sign up for…

Step 1: Go to… type on your browser’s address bar or simply click on this link. Then, click on the Sign up now button!

Step 2: Fill up the online registration form.

After filling it up, you will see this…

Step 3: Log in to your email, and check your inbox.

(If the activation email is not in your inbox, check your bulk or spam folder.)

Open the actvitation email, and click on the activation link. will then activate your account and blog.

Step 4: TADAAA…

You now have an account and blog!!! CONGRATULATIONS!

Now some tips and notes for maintaining your blog…

Your Menu

Your Dashboard

The Pop-out Writing Box where you compose your entries
(Take note of the visual editing buttons for formatting. ;))

This is how it looks like when you “Turn Edit ON”

And this is how my blog looked like after some minor editing and after I published my first post!!!

Want your own blog? Sign up na… NOW NA at!

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Google Page Rank

About once a month, bloggers go into a frenzy because of Google Page Rank (PR) updates. Some are happy that they have increased PR, while others complain that they have decreased.

I, myself, have experienced the highs and lows of following my blogs PRs. But while I understand (A BIT) what it is, a lot still don’t quite get what it is and what it means.

Enter Blogie Robillo

It’s quite a simple view and explanation of what Google PR is. We do not mean to misinterpret or misrepresent Google or Google Page Rank. This is how we see it and how we interpret it. I hope we clarified things for people (like me) who never really understood what PR is.

Animoto: Creating Slideshows for You

You want to make an exciting slideshow of photos you want to embed on Friendster, Multiply, or your blog but don’t know how to?

Head to Animoto, sign up for an account and it simplifies slideshow making for you. You just upload your photos, upload your music (or choose from their audio library), and they make the slideshow, and the do the rendering for you. NEAT, HUH?

Here’s my first Animoto slideshow…

It’s not as I want it to be, but the process of making it was fuss-free.

So I chose my photos carefully the next time I tried it out…

Wooo… a better video! ­čÖé


Thanks to Jeric for the tip!
Photos by Me, Kuya Andrew, and Ms. Jojie Alcantara.

Microsoft Excel: Percentages and Absolute Reference Cells

Without further ado, here’s a video demo…

The video aims to provide a tutorial for Microsoft Excel users on how to:

  1. Format a Column to display percentage values
  2. Encode formulas to contain Absolute Reference Cells

I will explain more later.

Was it clear? Vague? Confusing? Please don’t hesitate to give your comments and suggestions.