agja breakfast

I’ve been invited to guest tomorrow on Studio 23’s “Breakfast” show to talk about the Asian Gaming Journalists Association and the need to promote responsible gaming among the youth.

I’ll be there with fellow AGJA members Erwin Oliva, who’s also from hackenslash/, and Ed Geronia of GamesMaster Philippines.

The show starts at 6: 30 a.m. but I’m not sure what time our segment will be. Anyway, if you’re awake, maybe you can catch us there.

I just hope I’m awake, hehe.

the new msn

I was in Singapore on Sept. 27 to cover the media briefing held at The Regent Singapore that unveiled the new MSN homepage and strategy.

Here’s an excerpt from my INQ7 Infotech article:

WITH last week’s announcement of the restructuring of Microsoft Corp. into three divisions, the MSN portal has gained greater visibility as the Redmond, WA-based giant pledges to further embrace the Internet and deliver on the promise of software-as-services.

“First, clearly there are areas today where it would be better for customers to have better integration between MSN and Windows. The second thing is that the rest of the company really wants to get the benefit of the knowledge that has accrued to MSN in the last years, such as a greater understanding of the advertising-centered business model,” Michael Rawding, corporate vice president of MSN Global Sales and Marketing of Microsoft Corp., told in a one-on-one interview after the media briefing on the new MSN homepage and services held in Singapore on Sept. 27.

Rawding was responding to the impact of the Microsoft reorganization on the role that MSN will play in the company’s strategy. On Sept. 20, Microsoft announced that it would restructure the company into three divisions, each headed by its own president, who will directly report to Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer. The software giant also announced that longtime Windows architect Jim Allchin, who as a member of the Senior Leadership Team is responsible for setting the direction for Microsoft with Ballmer and chief software architect Bill Gates, will retire after the scheduled launch of Windows Vista (formerly codenamed Longhorn), the successor to the Windows XP operating system, toward the end of next year.

Read my INQ7 Infotech article.

chess, mate?

Me and Sam among the chess pieces on the giant outdoor chessboard. The funny thing is that the Island Cove site describes them as “almost life-sized chess pieces,” in which case they should be as small as the ones in regular chessboards, hehe.

Of course, what they mean is that they’re almost as big as real people. Still, they’re beautifully carved pieces from Paete, Laguna, which is a source of pride for Filipinos for the craftsmanship of its wood sculptors. Posted by Picasa

island cove

Ellen, Sam and I spent the weekend at Island Cove in Cavite. We had fun even though it was raining Saturday afternoon. We were still able to check out the butterfly farm, aviary, zoo, crocodile farm and other attractions at the resort.

Thankfully, it was sunny Sunday morning. Here are Ellen and Sam at the hotel courtyard fountain. Posted by Picasa

back from sing

Just got back from Singapore last night, after attending the launch of the new MSN. Will write an INQ7 Infotech article about it, which will include some interesting comments on the Microsoft reorg and Google.

Had a great time in Singapore, thanks in no small part to the always charming Priscilla Tan of Octagon, the PR firm of MSN in Singapore. Also met Octagon VP for Singapore Amanda Osborne, and it was great to see Adrian Lee again. He’s the lead for MSN Southeast Asia’s Information Services, and I met him and Priscilla last May during the ITJourno Asia Forum held in Bintan Island, Indonesia by MediaConnect Asia.

Had a really enjoyable conversation with Priscilla Monday night over drinks — she’s also a book lover and you can read about some of the stuff we talked about in her blog entry.

damn the spam

My blog’s getting spammed a lot lately, mostly with comment spam, which I’ve been deleting. Now I’ll have to take measures to prevent this spamming.

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about comment spam (or blog spam or link spam):

Link spam (also called blog spam or comment spam) is a form of spamming or spamdexing that recently became publicized most often when targeting weblogs (or blogs), but also affects wikis (where it is often called wikispam), guestbooks, and online discussion boards. Any web application that displays hyperlinks submitted by visitors or the referring URLs of web visitors may be a target.

A spamblog is an automated weblog that exists solely to send spam (particularly comment or trackback spam) or to facilitate the sending of such spam.

Adding links that point to the spammer’s web site increases the page rankings for the site in the search engine Google. An increased page rank means the spammer’s commercial site would be listed ahead of other sites for certain Google searches, increasing the number of potential visitors and paying customers.

Check out the Wikipedia entry.