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Thank you, Opera! (UPDATED!)

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Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2009 | By Alexis | In

LG Viewty KU990

I've been using Opera ever since I landed my hands on my very first PC (and Java-enabled mobile). My experience on Opera has been truly fantastic! I wouldn't use it as my exclusive browser if it weren't that great! But unexpectedly, I have received more than the best internet experience that anybody could ever have. I also received great Opera stuff, thanks to the Opera Campus Crew! Thank you, Opera Software, for the following:

  • A cool Opera laptop/messenger bag - my prize for being one of the most active members of the Campus Crew for the June-December 2008 semester. All I need is a laptop to use the bag!
  • A 'Moods of Norway and Opera' shirt - for being one of those who contributed great ideas to the last Campus Crew brainstorming chats. It's a limited edition shirt!
  • A black Opera Campus Crew uniform shirt
  • Opera pens and notepads
  • A bright red Opera umbrella - my prize for being one of the Campus Crew to receive 50 affiliate points when Opera 10 was released. Perfect for rainy Philippines!
  • A red Opera notebook - Bundled with the affiliate points contest. It's large! The thing is, I don't usually take down notes during classes.
  • A red Opera hooded sweater - a prize for being one of the gold members, January to June 2009. 
  •  An Opera baseball cap – still for being a Gold member
  • An LG Viewty KU990 Mobile phone with HSDPA and a 5.1-megapixel Schneider-Kreuznach lens- another Gold member prize. At last! A replacement for my good ol’ N70 that gives up its last breath everytime I go online for only an hour!
  • An Opera "Browse Me" shirt + Opera lanyard + button pins + Norwegian candy - for winning in the Christmas Quiz of My Opera 
  • A brand-new Nintendo DSi gaming console with Opera browser- my first handheld gaming console after the brick game! A gold member prize for July to December 2009
  • An embossed Opera Software portfolio - perfect and beautiful for carrying documents while doing business, a gold member prize for July to December 2009
  • An Opera Software 2GB USB Flash Disk - every person who uses the computer daily needs a flash disk, and I have lost three of those already. Thanks, Opera! Just in time!

Thank you, Opera Software! These stuff gives me more and more reasons to love Opera!

If you are a student or an educator who is passionate in promoting web standards and Opera browsers, visit the Opera Education website and join the Campus Crew now! To check out the latest happenings in the Campus Crew, go to the Opera Campus Crew blog.

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The Real Nationalism

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Posted on Wednesday, November 04, 2009 | By Alexis | In

Pilipino Ako! Thanks, beddytearTM
It may have occurred to some that Filipinos are some of the most nationalistic people that this world has ever seen. Filipinos take pride of having a democratic nation that usually hits international news headlines that tells of stories of Filipinos who are willing to exchange their lives for a free nation, a nation that peace-loving people have always dreamed of. Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Ninoy Aquino, yes, nationalistic Filipinos who exchanged their lives all in the name of the Philippines, a nation that few have loved, a nation that many have pretended to love.

The socio-economic conditions that continue to worsen by the day may be the very reasons for the rapid day-to-day decrease of Philippine nationalism. Any middle- to lower-class Filipino who may happen to be asked on what they feel about the current state of their beloved native land, an instant answer would be an answer of disappointment. It is sad to note that despite the rapid industrialization of the country, the poor become poorer, and the rich become richer. An even sadder fact is that the rich who become richer are not Filipinos, but foreigners who fill up their pockets with products of Philippine soil and Filipino sweat, and leave the poor people behind with only wages that are never enough to fill up stomachs with real food and minds with real education.

Shampoos and the 'No Tears' Formula

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Posted on Saturday, October 10, 2009 | By Alexis | In

Philippine Pesos

It's has been sometime already that I realized that human eyes and shampoo do not go well.

If only all shampoos in the Philippine market are those with the 'no more tears' formula, I wouldn't be complaining to the multinational companies existing in the Philippines what churn out sachets of Rejoice shampoos and even got Filipinos into tricking that those sachets do really have 20% more in the sachets (unfortunately, I believed them).

The title of this post may also be "the government is not for the people". Well, the citizens, that is. But the difference is, Filipinos have fully-realized long-ago that the Philippine government was never for the Filipinos. By the way, there's no point in discussing this issue, as all of us already complained about the government. If only all the officials in the government are those with the 'no pockets filled' attitude, everything will be fine. But the thing is, they're not.

The Plight of the Submersible Flashlight

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Posted on Wednesday, October 07, 2009 | By Alexis | In


Nowadays, the world is getting filled with products that are either destined to improve our lives (though sometimes unnecessary in the first place), or to ruin it.

No other invention has revolutionized the speed on how people move but the wheel. Technology has brought us wonderful, and some not-so-wonderful creations, that are the products of either incredible human minds or by uncredible mad scientists whose joys in life are to churn out useless, expensive stuff.

Indeed, inventions and the innovations in such inventions have created better lives people on Earth. Sadly, there are some technological advancement that has never served their intended purposes in the first place. Mobile phones with cameras were perhaps created by the inventor with wonderful sunsets and happy family smiles in mind. Who could have thought that the camera-phones could be used to shoot the latest video scandal to flood the cyberspace?