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Social media is not as easy or brainless as you think it is. Especially when you’ve spent a fair amount of time on it for things that you’re really passionate about. The more you use it, the more you want the workflow—the experience—to be better.

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The Many Hats of Front-End Engineers

Allen Rabinovich of the YUI team says a front-end engineer has many hats. One must be an engineer, an anthroplogist, an artist, and a writer, and to a lesser extent, a paranoid and a futurist. Even if this isn’t up your alley, the talk is insightful and inspiring for conference speaking—he used one long slide of doodles (instant sketchnotes) revealed portion by portion. Transcript here. (via)

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Google’s Plain Whine, Microsoft’s Ho-Hum Press Release, Yahoo!’s Funky Yodel

The story so far: Yahoo! is in a rut, Microsoft wants to buy it for $44.6 billion, and Google is worried that the Internet’s “openness and innovation” may cease to exist if the two make a deal. Scary times. Update (08/13/09): Yahoo! and Microsoft have agreed to join forces in search. Update (05/04/08): Microsoft gives up on its bid. Here’s a good coverage and a timeline of the whole thing. […]

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Yahoo!-powered Adobe PDFs: Advertising in Retrograde Motion?

Correct me if I’m wrong when I say putting Yahoo!-powered advertisements inside Adobe PDF files stinks a bit like the ad-ridden Opera browser. Except that since 2005, Opera has thrown out the pay-for-an-ad-free-version. So is Adobe going backwards and doing what Opera has done ages ago? Not quite. These pay-per-click ads will be contextual, like Google Adsense and Yahoo! Publisher Network. Publishers also stand a chance to earn from this, […]

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Real(ly Long) Names, Short Nicknames, and the Consequences of Your Online Identities

I have a long name. Three first names: Adelaida Sophia Marie Three-syllable middle name: Figueras Three-syllable surname: Lucero It is exactly the reason I have a very short nickname, Ia. Though some people have difficulty pronouncing or spelling it. In elementary school, I grew up writing “A. Sophia Marie” as shorthand for my first names so it would be quicker. Plus I knew at least two classmates who also had […]

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2007 Philippine Elections: Will Online Campaigns Work?

Will online election campaign tools win an election? The answer to his own question was no. Regnard Raquedan protests. Here’s my take (on the topic bloggers will most likely analyze for the rest of the 2007 Philippine local and legislative election campaign season because it’s good linkbait and shows just how much they love the Internet, and are therefore supposedly knowledgeable about it). While I disagree with the elitism mentioned […]

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Another Reason Apple iPhone Will Suck—For Filipinos

Apple fans the world over are probably having parties to celebrate the announcement of the Apple iPhone (not the Cisco one). The status messages of my buddies on Yahoo! Messenger are babbling about doing anything they can to get their paws on one (even if it takes a lap dance, one of them said!). But I’ve already read several shortcomings of the iPhone as well as counterarguments to those. And […]

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What, No Holiday Post?

Still, a belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to y’all! I seem to have been too distracted by other things to come up with a post for this blog. I do have some things in mind but they’re too short for full length posts, so I stared at my blog for several days and pondered on whether to install some sort of asides (side-blogging) feature. Obviously, I haven’t (I […]

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