Joel D. Pinaroc

Joel has been a media practitioner since 1996, starting off as a reporter and eventually becoming editor of a pioneering IT trade newspaper in Manila. He is currently one of the content producers of a Manila-based developmental website.

Melvin G. Calimag

Melvin G. Calimag is currently the executive editor of an IT news website in the Philippines. Melvin has been covering the local IT beat for the last 13 years. He is currently a board member at the IT Journalists Association of the Philippines (CyberPress), and also serves as a charter member with the Philippine Science Journalists Association.

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No room for e-polls failure

No room for e-polls failure

I hate to be an alarmist or an agent of gloom, but the fate of the country literally (I detest this word but I'll use it anyway) hangs in the balance with the automated national elections scheduled on May 2010.A failure of elections, as pointed out by various publications and law experts, would result in the Philippines not having a president because all the supposed Constitutional successors are either running for reelection or retiring.

published January 26, 2010 by

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Looking in a different light

Looking in a different light

I have an awful attention span and so I suck at reading books, particularly novels. I'm only good at reading magazines and newspapers, which may be quite ironic for a guy who strings words for a living.

published December 27, 2010 by

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Getting the votes online

Getting the votes online

No, this is not about next year's election, although the coming 2010 polls is generating a lot of buzz here not because of its historical value--it's the first automated elections for the country--but due to the various issues (the counting machines, for instance, haven't been delivered yet) and the gruesome election-related massacre that rippled across the globe recently.

published December 13, 2009 by

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Time to map out

Time to map out

Before anything else, let me devote a few words to the fallen journalists and other victims of the brutal massacre that occurred last week in the southern province of Maguindanao. It's the most atrocious crime I've ever seen in the Philippines--a big black eye that overshadowed the recent victories of Filipinos Manny Pacquiao (unprecedented 7th title in 7th weight division) and Efren Penaflorida (CNN Hero of the Year).

published November 29, 2009 by

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Changing of the IT guards

Changing of the IT guards

There's another strong storm coming to the Philippines this weekend, but I won't go into this topic again just like what I've been doing in the last three weeks. I'm hoping, however, that this approaching typhoon won't create as much havoc as the two previous storms did.

published October 29, 2009 by

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The PCs that the flood took away

The PCs that the flood took away

As a super typhoon prepares to lash the Philippines this week--the third time in a month--I ask for the indulgence of those who regularly check out this blog as I write about a topic related to the recent floods once again.One issue that has received considerable attention in the media in the last few days is about cars that were submerged and damaged at the height of the storms.

published October 21, 2009 by

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Tech and a nation's altered psyche

Tech and a nation's altered psyche

The sun's out here in Metro Manila, but the northern part of the Philippines is currently pounded by "stationary" typhoon Pepeng (also internationally known as Parma), bringing unprecedented flooding similar to what happened in the city about two weeks back.As everyday life in Metro Manila springs back to normal, it's hard to imagine that roads, cars, and houses were submerged in waters spawned by typhoon Ondoy (aka Ketsana) just a few days ago.

published October 9, 2009 by

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Sad saga of GSIS and IBM

Sad saga of GSIS and IBM

The pitiful battle between pension firm GSIS and tech giant IBM is nothing short of tragic. But, it's something that could have been easily averted if only the two camps exerted more patience and effort in resolving the issue.

published September 5, 2009 by

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A Google model for mobile advertising?

A Google model for mobile advertising?

The week is not over yet but it seems I've already exceeded my quota of interviews with IT executives. Most of them are mobile officials who came over to the country to attend the recently concluded IMMAP (Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines) conference.

published August 27, 2009 by

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Regulating the unregulated telecoms market

Regulating the unregulated telecoms market

It was on a plane trip back home from Singapore that I was able to grab a copy of a magazine (I can’t remember if it was Newsweek or The Economist) which featured a guy named Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel Prize laureate for economics in 2001.

published August 17, 2009 by

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A click farm in the Philippines?

A click farm in the Philippines?

Like most people I know, I had no idea what a click farm was. So when someone from the BBC sent an e-mail to me a few days ago inquiring about the existence of a click farm in the Philippines, the first thing I did was to look up for the meaning of the term.

published August 10, 2009 by

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