I Got FREE Stuff from Bitly and LightDims


Some people don’t believe that you can’t get FREE Stuff on the Internet. You can. AND, two of them arrived in the mail last night.

bitly stickers

(1) Bitly stickers. Bitly, a URL shortener service, ran a sticker campaign last August to promote their bundle feature. A bundle is simply a group of links. AND as a registered user, you can have several of these bundles. In my case, I ONLY have a Java bundle.

bitly bundle

Don’t get me wrong. The bundle is a COOL idea, but I don’t like it. The screen just takes up so much whitespace. What I’d really like is just rows of links, in a compact format. That won’t stop me from using bit.ly as a URL shortener though. They do a good job with that.

AND, Bitly also does a good job with Customer Service. Aside from the stickers, they also sent a handwritten note talking about my Java bundle. I’m touched. Totally unexpected, but THUMBS UP, Bitly!

(2) LightDims stickers. What?! Stickers again? Yeah, there’s just something about stickers (especially brand stickers), that makes me want to collect them. BUT, this one is really, really special. They’re not your grandfather’s stickers. These are LED Light Blockers from LightDims, which I got for answering a survey. Yay!

lightdims stickers

You know LED? Those energy-efficient lights you see in nearly all gadgets like TVs, cellphones, and what-nots? They’re lovely, and they have a purpose – like telling you where they are in the dark. BUT these LED lights can be really annoying, especially when you’re trying to sleep. AND that’s what these LightDims stickers are for, so you can cover those lights. Brilliant, no? PERFECT!

I swear I found something like this in a mall in Cebu, but I’m not so sure. If you know where I can find them, PLEASE let me know. You can never have too many of them in different shapes! But if you can’t find them, and you really want them right now, try LightDims, or my favorite geek shop on earth, ThinkGeek.


CoderDojo Cebu Needs Mentors for Dec 1


WHAT: CoderDojo Cebu v2
GOAL: Mentor / Advise on USC students’ projects
WHERE: University of San Carlos – Talamban Campus
WHEN: December 1 (Saturday), 2012. 2-5PM.

Unlike CoderDojo Cebu v1, which unfortunately has not been blogged about, v2 will not involve tech talks. Instead, Mentors (who could be you) will be advising around 12 teams on their projects, which are implemented either in: Android, C#, PHP, or something else.

If you join as Mentor, you will work with other Mentors to advise teams. You will go over their design, and see which areas can be improved. You can talk about their implementations (technology), or their functionalities. But you don’t have to be exhaustive; you don’t have all day.

If you join as Mentee (aka Student), you can ask anything (tips, questions, etc) from the Mentors. Heck, you can even ask for their numbers. Kidding. If you want to focus only on a specific area in your system, that’s also fine. Just come with an open mind. More importantly, don’t be shy to ask the Mentors. [Not to be racist, but this will be a USC-students-only event. So if you’re not on the list for v2, you can’t join. CoderDojo Cebu is working on similar events for other schools. So, watch out for it!]

While this event is meant to be serious, it is not “pressured”. For one, the students will not be graded. It’s just a venue for the “veterans” and the students to meet and talk in a casual environment, while learning from each other.

As amazing as CoderDojo Cebu v2 sounds, the group still needs more Mentors (YOU!). So if you’d like to volunteer, just go to their Google Groups, and post in the threads. If you don’t want to be a Mentor, but still want to help one way or another (or contribute to the discussions), just sign up all the same! Just tell them Geff Chang referred you, so you get approved. Unfortunately, there is no referral fee. DEADLINE to join Mentorship for Dec 1 (Sat) activity is Nov 27 (Tue)  10PM. SORRY for the really, really short notice!

And just in case you ask, CoderDojo Cebu also has a website, and a Twitter account @CoderDojoCebu.

Lastly, YES, there will be SNACKS.

Directory Opus Discount Code for Black Friday


Directory Opus discount code

Directory Opus, the BEST File Manager and Explorer Replacement for Windows, is offering a one-day discount code: BLACKFRIDAY12.

I bought a Directory Opus Pro Single license. From AUD69, it is now AUD34.50 (PHP 1,541.78). Directory Opus rarely offers discounts. So, grab this while you still can!

Here’s a screenshot of Directory Opus 9.5; current version is 10.x.

Directory Opus

Breaking Rules at Gawad Kalinga Cebu Run 2012


gawas kalinga cebu run 2012 medal

It’s amazing that I completed today’s fun run, despite the negativity I was generating. I broke 2 basic rules of running (AND I do not encourage it).

  1. I did not have enough sleep. For the past 3-4 days, I barely had a good night’s rest. Last night, I only had 5 hours of sleep. But still, I pushed myself to wake up when the alarm sounded at 3:15AM. I was still so tired and sleepy, and the Lipovitan did not really help. 15 minutes into the run, I was already breathing heavily. After an hour, I just wanted to drop the race, and go home and sleep. Fortunately, last night’s motivational “Never give up” success secret from an attendee at the Digital Influencers Marketing Summit slapped me in the face. If you are going to run long distance (21K, in my case), you need to have a good rest beforehand so you feel fresh, and ready to conquer the road.
  2. I tried out new gear. I bought a New Balance 890 v2 during the Ayala Center Cebu sale a week ago, but didn’t try them out for a long run yet. I wore them to work, and ran 1.5K with them TWICE without any pain… until today. During the half part of the race, my left toe started to hurt. It’s probably just a lacing issue, so I’m going to adjust that on my next run. In case you ask, the New Balance 890 v2 doesn’t feel heavy like the Adidas Supernova Glide 4. It’s responsive and comfortable enough, but it doesn’t provide the coolness (air) I get from an Adidas Climacool Ride. At 40% off, it was a good buy. Now, if you don’t want surprises during a race, never try out new things (food – you don’t want LBM, gear, etc.) without at least testing them during your practice runs, so you can adjust any discomfort (or get at least used to it).

Violations aside, I’m just glad I finished the Gawad Kalinga Cebu Run 2012 in 2 hours and 50 minutes. Overall, it was OK. They had good hydration intervals, and two of them were Powerade, though none of them were cold. One thing I didn’t like in the race was the lack of distance markers. My GPS died after 6K (I must have pressed a button on my phone), and I didn’t bother to track after that. So I just relied on time, and turning points. Now, turning points are scary markers, because sometimes they are not placed in the middle of the race. So when I saw that I was already 2 hours at the turning point, I thought I’d finish in 4 hours, which was understandable given how tired and sleepy I was. So, minus points to the race organizer for not providing distance markers.


Digital Influencers Marketing Summit Cebu on Nov 24


Did you know that CUSTOMERS can make or break a company? Of course, you do! That’s BASICS.

Imagine if you went inside a restaurant, and you didn’t like their food. Worst, you didn’t like their customer service! Now, are you going to come back to a restaurant like that? The adventurous side of you might say “maybe”, but chances are you won’t.

If somebody mentioned the name of that place, you’d probably tell them about the food poisoining you had there (OK, I’m exaggerating), and dissuade them from going there. But the bottomline is, you’re either going to shut up, or say bad things about that restaurant.

OR if you’re feeling bored, like I am right now,  you could BLOG about it. This is where things get tricky because the Internet is such a BIG, BIG place where you could have hundreds, or thousands of readers. And those readers, could make or break that restaurant.

Can you now see how powerful an experience can be if you put it out on the Internet (with facts, I hope)? You put out good words, and you influence people to experience it for themselves. You put out bad words, and you create an “issue”, which you hope will get the right attention so it can be adressed. Hopefully.

NOW, this is the part where I introduce you to Digital Influencers Marketing Summit Cebu, a one-day session where several speakers talk about influencing people through the Internet.

One of the topics includes Elections 2013, which is something I am interested in. US President Obama made use of Social Media to win in the recent elections. Did you know that his Facebook page had more Likes than Romney’s? Now, will using Social Media and advocates for the local elections have an impact? We’ll see.

WHAT: Digital Influencers Marketing Summit Cebu
WHO: Entrepreneurs, Marketers, Advertisers, Influencers, Brand Advocates
WHEN: November 24 (Saturday), 2012 9:30AM – 5:30PM
WHERE: Conference Room A & B, SM City Cebu
COST: PHP 1,000 (Includes Conference Kit, Certificate. NO FOOD)
HASHTAG: #dim2012

Digital Influencers Marketing Summit Cebu is major-sponsored by Elance, a site where you can find freelance jobs. No, haven’t tried it yet.