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Technology / Macintosh 1985 to 1989: Desktop publishing era
« on: July 22, 2010, 11:37:20 AM »
n 1985, the combination of the Mac, Apple’s LaserWriter printer, and Mac-specific software like Boston Software’s MacPublisher and Aldus PageMaker enabled users to design, preview, and print page layouts complete with text and graphics—an activity to become known as desktop publishing. Initially, desktop publishing was unique to the Macintosh, but eventually became available for Commodore 64 (GEOS) and IBM PC users as well. Later, applications such as Macromedia FreeHand, QuarkXPress, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator strengthened the Mac’s position as a graphics computer and helped to expand the emerging desktop publishing market.
The limitations of the first Mac soon became clear: it had very little memory, even compared with other personal computers in 1984, and could not be expanded easily; and it lacked a hard disk drive or the means to attach one easily. In October 1985, Apple increased the Mac’s memory to 512 KB, but it was inconvenient and difficult to expand the memory of a 128 KB Mac. In an attempt to improve connectivity, Apple released the Macintosh Plus on January 10, 1986 for US$2,600. It offered one megabyte of RAM, expandable to four, and a then-revolutionary SCSI parallel interface, allowing up to seven peripherals—such as hard drives and scanners—to be attached to the machine. Its floppy drive was increased to an 800 KB capacity. The Mac Plus was an immediate success and remained in production, unchanged, until October 15, 1990; on sale for just over four years and ten months, it was the longest-lived Macintosh in Apple's history.

The Macintosh II, one of the first expandable Macintosh models.
Updated Motorola CPUs made a faster machine possible, and in 1987 Apple took advantage of the new Motorola technology and introduced the Macintosh II, which used a 16 MHz Motorola 68020 processor. The primary improvement in the Macintosh II was Color QuickDraw in ROM, a color version of the graphics language which was the heart of the machine. Among the many innovations in Color QuickDraw were an ability to handle any display size, any color depth, and multiple monitors. Other issues remained, particularly the low processor speed and limited graphics ability, which had hobbled the Mac’s ability to make inroads into the business computing market.
The Macintosh II marked the start of a new direction for the Macintosh, as now, for the first time, it had an open architecture, with several expansion slots, support for color graphics, and a modular break-out design similar to that of the IBM PC and inspired by Apple’s other line, the expandable Apple II series. It had an internal hard drive and a power supply with a fan, which was initially fairly loud. One third-party developer sold a device to regulate fan speed based on a heat sensor, but it voided the warranty. Later Macintosh computers had quieter power supplies and hard drives.
In September 1986 Apple introduced the Macintosh Programmer's Workshop, or MPW that allowed software developers to create software for Macintosh on Macintosh, rather than cross-developing from a Lisa. In August 1987 Apple unveiled HyperCard, and introduced MultiFinder, which added cooperative multitasking to the Macintosh. In the Fall Apple bundled both with every Macintosh.
The Macintosh SE was released at the same time as the Macintosh II, as the first compact Mac with a 20 MB internal hard drive and one expansion slot.The SE also updated Jerry Manock and Terry Oyama's original design and shared the Macintosh II's Snow White design language, as well as the new Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) mouse and keyboard that had first appeared on the Apple IIGS some months earlier.
In 1987, Apple spun off its software business as Claris. It was given the code and rights to several applications that had been written within Apple, notably MacWrite, MacPaint, and MacProject. In the late 1980s, Claris released a number of revamped software titles; the result was the “Pro” series, including MacPaint Pro, MacDraw Pro, MacWrite Pro, and FileMaker Pro. To provide a complete office suite, Claris purchased the rights to the Informix Wingz spreadsheet on the Mac, renaming it Claris Resolve, and added the new presentation software Claris Impact. By the early 1990s, Claris applications were shipping with the majority of consumer-level Macintoshes and were extremely popular. In 1991, Claris released ClarisWorks, which soon became their second best-selling application. When Claris was reincorporated back into Apple in 1998, ClarisWorks was renamed AppleWorks beginning with version 5.0.

The Macintosh Portable was Apple's first portable Macintosh. It was available from 1989 to 1991 and could run System 6 and System 7.
In 1988, Apple sued Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard on the grounds that they infringed Apple’s copyrighted GUI, citing (among other things) the use of rectangular, overlapping, and resizable windows. After four years, the case was decided against Apple, as were later appeals. Apple’s actions were criticized by some in the software community, including the Free Software Foundation (FSF), who felt Apple was trying to monopolize on GUIs in general, and boycotted GNU software for the Macintosh platform for seven years.
With the new Motorola 68030 processor came the Macintosh IIx in 1988, which had benefited from internal improvements, including an on-board MMU. It was followed in 1989 by a more compact version with fewer slots (the Macintosh IIcx)[40] and a version of the Mac SE powered by the 16 MHz 68030, the Macintosh SE/30. Later that year, the Macintosh IIci, running at 25 MHz, was the first Mac to be “32-bit clean,” allowing it to natively support more than 8 MB of RAM, unlike its predecessors, which had “32-bit dirty” ROMs (8 of the 32 bits available for addressing were used for OS-level flags). System 7 was the first Macintosh operating system to support 32-bit addressing. Apple also introduced the Macintosh Portable, a 16 MHz 68000 machine with an active matrix flat panel display that was backlit on some models. The following year the Macintosh IIfx, starting at US$9,900, was unveiled. Apart from its fast 40 MHz 68030 processor, it had significant internal architectural improvements, including faster memory and two Apple II-era CPUs dedicated to I/O processing.

Don't rush everything in your life, just take it slow take it in a time. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

Technology / Windows Phone 7
« on: July 22, 2010, 10:28:36 AM »
Windows Phone 7 is the next version of the Windows Phone operating system developed by Microsoft, which plans to release it by October 2010.[2][3][4][5] Microsoft's goal is to create a great and predictable user experience by redesigning the user interface, disallowing partners to modify or replace it, integrating the operating system with other services, and strictly controlling the hardware it runs on.[6] Microsoft officially unveiled Windows Phone 7 during Mobile World Congress 2010 (February 15)[7] in Barcelona and revealed additional details at MIX 2010. Microsoft released a technical preview version of Windows Phone 7 on 18 July 2010.[

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For whatever reason, Nokia’s Dutch outpost is showing off a C6 variant that’s been up-spec’d to 8 megapixels with dual flash, a 3 megapixel bonus over the existing model — a phone that still isn’t widely available in all markets. This kind of has a whiff of something Nokia would do; they’ve done it in the past by gently massaging the N85 into the N86, for instance, but so soon?

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LONDON (AFP) – A "cute" primate so rare it was thought to be extinct has been caught on camera in the forests of Sri Lanka for the first time, scientists said Monday.

The Horton Plains slender loris is a small, nocturnal animal which can grow up to 17 centimetres (six inches) long with big, bulging eyes.
Endemic to Sri Lanka, it was first discovered in 1937 but had only been seen four times since then.
Scientists last caught a glimpse of the primate in 2002, and believed the elusive animal had since died out.
But field researchers, working with the Zoological Society of London, managed to track down the mysterious creature in the forests of central Sri Lanka.
In a world first, they were able to take pictures of an adult male slender loris sitting on a tree branch.
The field team was able to capture one of the creatures and give it a physical examination, the first time that has ever been done, before releasing it back into the wild.
But experts warned that deforestation in Sri Lanka -- largely blamed on the drive to create tea plantations in the region -- was now the biggest threat to the loris.
Craig Turner, a conservation biologist at the ZSL, said their natural forest habitat had been divided up for farming and logging use, cutting off the "very cute" animals from their partners.
"The forest has now been fragmented into a series of small islands," Turner told BBC radio.
"They can't move to one another, they can't mate, breed, so it has real implications for the future persistence of the species."

Philippine Business News / Who will be the Senate President?
« on: July 16, 2010, 11:10:15 AM »
Labing-isang araw na lang, magbubukas na ang sesyon ng Kongreso. Mistulang tapos na ang boksing sa Kamara dahil nakatitiyak na raw maging si Speaker si Sonny Belmonte ng Quezon City. Pero sa Senado, suspense pa ang labanan sa Senate presidency.

Alam niyo ba na ang mga kababayan nating may kapansanan ay dapat ring makakuha ng 20 percent discount sa drugstores? Dahil iyan sa Magna Carta for Persons with Disabilities o PWD. Pero reklamo ng PWDs, hindi pa rin sila nakakakuha ng diskwento. Kaya't nagpasya na ang grupo na magreklamo!

Philippine Daily News / Pro or Anti Birth Control?
« on: July 15, 2010, 04:54:10 PM »
What do you want? for me Pro! even though the Catholic churches dont want this birth control. I think this is the best way than Aborting the Child.

Travel and Tours / I want to explore the beaches of bohol
« on: July 15, 2010, 02:09:37 PM »
I just want to know what are the best beaches in bohol?. because I love bohol and I love beach so please give me some place to chill at bohol. Thank you so much.

Philippine Daily News / Basyang leaves 23 dead, 77 missing - NDCC
« on: July 15, 2010, 11:34:33 AM »
MANILA, Philippines - A total of 23 people have been confirmed dead and 14 injured as tropical storm "Basyang" (international name Conson) leaves the country, the state's disaster coordinating agency reported Thursday.

The National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) reported 3 more possible fatalities in Quezon province as of 6 a.m.

The NDCC said search and rescue operations are ongoing for 77 more people, who were reported missing at the height of the storm.

Majority of the missing persons are fishermen, whose boats capsized as the storm lashed strong winds.

The NDCC listed seacrafts that capsized or went missing at the height of the storm.

 - 3 fishing boats with 48 people onboard near Balesin Island in Quezon province (3 reported dead, 18   missing)
 - Tugboat Side Winder with 9 crewmen in the vicinity of San Nicolas Shoal in Manila Bay (It was towing a barge that sank off Sangley Point, Cavite when it encountered trouble)
 - LPG carrier 'Deborah Uno' sank in Mariveles, Bataan (the captain was found dead but 8 crew members were rescued alive)
 - fishing vessel Alicia with 6 men onboard sank in Mariveles, Bataan
 - 3 motorized boats with 11 fishermen went missing off the Eastern Pacific of Bagamanoc, Catanduanes (all fishermen remained missing)
 - a motorized boat with 8 fishermen went missing in Pandan, Catanduanes (all fishermen rescued)

More casualties

The NDCC said a total of 12,798 families (64,246 persons) were affected by "Basyang." It said that as of Thursday morning, a total of 1,526 families were still inside 37 evacuation centers.

The storm destroyed a total of 370 houses and partially damaged 2,904. At least 14 people have been reported injured.

Based on reports from the local government units to the NDCC, the storm affected a total of 194 villages in 52 municipalities in the National Capital Region and the provinces of Aurora, Bulacan, Bataan, Pampanga, Laguna, Rizal, Quezon, Cavite, Batangas, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, and Catanduanes.

The NDCC said only a few major roads in Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog, and Bicol are either partially passable or impassable.


The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines confirmed a Luzon-wide blackout after its transmission lines tripped at the height of the storm.

The NDCC said power in the Ilocos region have been fully restored and 80% in Central Luzon. Camarines Norte in Bicol region remains powerless.

Power in portions of Metro Manila have been restored.

Power distributor Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) said it is eyeing to restore power supply in 85% of its franchise area by late afternoon of Thursday.

The Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) on Wednesday said it is eyeing to restore power supply in 50% of its franchise area before the end of Wednesday, while the country's energy chief added it should increase to 85% of the power distributor's coverage area by late afternoon of Thursday.

Introduce Yourself / Notable Boholanos
« on: July 13, 2010, 11:58:31 AM »
Carlos P. Garcia - 8th President of the Republic of the Philippines (1957–1961)
Jose A. Clarin - Senator & Senate President ProTempore, Republic of the Philippines (1916–1935)
Juan S. Torralba - Senator, Republic of the Philippines (1931–1937)
Olegario B. Clarin - Senator, Republic of the Philippines (1946–1949)
Cecilio Putong - former Secretary of Education (1952)
Ernesto F. Hererra - Senator, Republic of the Philippines (1987–1998)
Oscar B. Glovasa - 1968 Bar Topnotcher
Lauro Mumar - Philippine Basketball Hall of Famer
Bernard Fabiosa - former PBA All-Star player
Roman "Yoyoy" Villame - Singer/Songwriter
Dr. José Abueva - President, University of the Philippines (1987–1993)
Napoleon Abueva - Sculptor, National Artist
Cesar Montano - Entertainer (Award-winning Actor, Director, Producer)
Anna Maris Igpit - Bb. Pilipinas-World 2006
Luke Mijares - Singer and former lead vocalist of South Border
Nonito Donaire Jr. - World Boxing Champion
Rich Asuncion - Starstruck Finalist of GMA 7 and Bb. Pilipinas 2009 1st Runner-Up
Cathy Remperas- Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up housemate
Mutya Buena- Filipino-British Pop Singer, member Sugababes
Jerome Sala- Search For The Star in a Million 2005 Grand Champion/ABS-CBN
Msgr. Manuel Morgia Mascarinas, D.D. - First Boholano Bishop

Introduce Yourself / History of Bohol
« on: July 13, 2010, 11:54:15 AM »
The people of Bohol are said to be the descendants of the last group of inhabitants who settled in the Philippines called pintados or “tattooed ones.”  Boholanos already had a culture of their own as evidenced by the artifacts dug at Mansasa, Tagbilaran, and in Dauis and Panglao.
Bohol is derived from the word Bo-ho or Bo-ol.The island was the seat of the first international treaty of peace and unity between the native king Datu Sikatuna, and Spanish conquistador, Miguel López de Legazpi, on March 16, 1565 through a blood compact alliance known today by many Filipinos as the Sandugo.
Spanish colonial period
The earliest significant contact of the island with Spain occurred in 1565. In that year on March 25 (March 16 in the Julian Calendar), a Spanish explorer named Miguel López de Legazpi arrived in Bohol to look for spices and gold. After convincing the native chieftains that they were not Portuguese (who raided the islands of Mactan in 1521), he made a peace pact with Datu Sikatuna. This pact was signified with a blood compact between the two men. This event, called the Sandugo ("one blood"), is celebrated in Bohol every year during the Sandugo Festival. The Sandugo or blood compact is also depicted on Bohol's provincial flag and the Bohol provincial seal .
Two significant revolts occurred in Bohol during the Spanish Era. One was the Tamblot Uprising in 1621, which was led by Tamblot, a babaylan or native priest. The other was the famous Dagohoy Rebellion, considered the longest in Philippine history. This rebellion was led by Francisco Dagohoy, also known as Francisco Sendrijas, from 1744 to 1829.
Politically, Bohol was administered as a residencia of Cebu. It became a separate politico-military province on July 22, 1854 together with Siquijor. A census in 1879 found Bohol with a population of 253,103 distributed among 34 municipalities.
Because of the Spanish colonial period, several municipalities in Bohol have names of towns in Spain like Getafe. This municipality is sister city with the Spanish city of the same name. In Getafe, a street is named Isla de Bohol (Island of Bohol), a unique name for a street in Spain.
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