29 June 2009

Official Launching of Regional ICT Tech Voc High Schools

Briefing on the Operationalization of Regional ICT Tech-Voc High Schools
and its Official Launching
Marikina Hotel, Marikina City
July 25, 2009
Mrs. Fatimar Macarona received the CBC-CLM from Dr. Ricardo M. de Lumen.

Participants from Region XI.







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25 June 2009

SSP Website of the Month and Community Choice Awardee (May 2009): Lupon Vocational High School

Lupon Vocational High School (LVHS) aims to “provide higher levels of academic excellence which implies the highest standards of knowledgeable and conduct which shall develop competent upright, knowledgeable, productive and socially aware individuals.”

To realize this goal, LVHS offer specialization curricula in technical-vocational fields. A significant subject in the LVHS curriculum is the Internet and Computer Fundamentals where students are trained on computing and web technology.

One proof of LVHS’ efforts in integrating ICT in its curriculum is the development of their school website, the winner of the Website of the Month and Community Choice awards for the Smart Schools Program’s (SSP) Website Competition.

LVHS teachers and students worked together to develop the LVHS website which is hosted for free by SSP. The LVHS website contains news and updates about the school and other pertinent information for the school’s teachers, students, and alumni.

The SSP “Website of the Month” Competition is SSP website’s rewards and recognition program for the SSP-hosted websites. Nominated websites are evaluated based on the content, website design, involvement of teachers and students, and website maintenance.

A “Community Choice Award” is also given to the nominee with the most number of votes earned in the Smart Schools Online Poll. For May 2009, the LVHS website, which earned a total of 150 votes in the online poll conducted from May 1-29, emerged as the most favorite school website. Other nominated websites for May were: Naga City Science High School, 2 votes; Aparri School of Arts and Trades, 1; Mt. Province General Comprehensive High School, 1; and Jose B. Cardenas Memorial High School,


Source: http://smart.com.ph/SmartSchools/Gimmicks/WOTMMay2009Lupon.htm

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22 June 2009

Million Trees Planting Program

The Province of Davao Oriental through Gov. Corazon Malanyaon has launched a tree planting campaign on June 22, 2009, 6:30am - 7:00am. Under the Million Trees Planting Campaign, people, communities, business and industry, civil society organizations and government employees of Davao Oriental participated in the said activity with the objective of planting trees along the highway from the boundary of Comval Province and Davao Oriental to the province of Boston, Davao Oriental. The campaign strongly encourages the planting of indigenous trees and trees that are appropriate to the local environment.

Trees help conserve soil and water , control avalanches , prevent desertification , protect coastal areas and stabilize sand dunes. They also house up to 90 percent of known terrestrial species. In addition they absorb carbon dioxide and store nearly 300 Gigatonnes of carbon in their biomass alone.

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How to Troubleshoot Hard Drive Problems?


Your hard drive, or also called hard disk, is a gigantic diskette in your computer. It is one disk big enough to store you Operating System, games and programs. Without it, your PC is just an empty shell.

Check Your BIOS

Better beware of older systems with large hard drives. If you have an older motherboard, your BIOS might not recognize hard drives larger than 2.1 GB. Hopefully, your BIOS is EPROM which means although read only (noticed the ROM?) it can be edited by authorized editors. Nearly all newer motherboards support that. All you need to do is to go online, go to your motherboard manufacturer's website and try to download a flash BIOS update. Install it and it should be done.

Are You FAT Enough?

If you have a large capacity hard drive with more than 2.1 GB, you might have a problem. Windows 95 itself will only recognize a partition with not more than 2.1 GB. You need FAT32. With FAT32, you can have one large capacity hard drive without partitioning. You will also save some space with FAT32. In short, larger hard drives require FAT32.

Consider Partitioning

Although you can have one big fat hard drive as one partition, you should consider partitioning as well, if you have a big hare drive. Partitioning is the method of dividing an area on a disk into smaller portions of lesser capacities that can be recognized by the operating system. Picture this: your hard drive is a cake. It is easier to eat a cake divided into pieces than to eat it whole.
Partitioning enables you to achieve greater efficiency and functionality from high-capacity disks (2.1GB or greater). You can create partitions by using FDISK on a system running in MS-DOS mode or by using a third-party disk utility. Remember that after partitioning, all data will be loss so be careful.

You can set aside a small partition for backup purposes. In case you should decided to format, just format the partition you use to store Windows. Your data in the backup partition is still there. But be careful! If you format a FAT32 partition with a FAT16 formatting utility, your partitions with data in it will all be loss! So never install DOS after formatting Windows. Because DOS utilizes FAT16, your FAT32 partition will all be gone.

Access Time or Seek Time?

If you want to buy a hard drive but are confused with the specifications of access time and seek time, remember that the key to the speed of a hard drive is the average access time. This is the time taken to access a single sector to the time when the drive's head reaches the sector. But beware, some ads quote seek time that is not the appropriate measurement. Access time is seek time plus latency (the time it takes for the chosen sector to come around to be positioned under the read/write head)

Speed, Not Space

A lot of people are confused between speed and space. If you have a Quantum Fireball with 1.2 GB and a Quantum Bigfoot with 3.5 GB surely you should put the Bigfoot as the master and Fireball as the slave right? Wrong! You should always consider speed as well as space. The Quantum Fireball has a faster access time. A faster hard drive means better performance. Make sure your operating system is store in the faster hard drive. You can use the Bigfoot to store your programs or games which makes not much difference to the speed. With speed hungry programs or games, store them in the faster drive too. You must know what to put where.
The status of the drives is determined by setting small jumpers that are usually located next to the IDE connector on the drive itself.

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19 June 2009

Basic Climbing Tips

Climbing instructors recommend dressing in clothing that allows easy movement like shorts and a t-shirt or tank top. Some climbers prefer lycra tights or jogging pants, while others go for baggy shorts or cargo pants. Avoid wearing very loose clothing that might get snagged on the wall or can get easily caught in gear.

Here are some other useful tips from PowerUP’s Introduction to Climbing that first timers may find useful:

- Climb with your feet first. Try to move up the climb with leg power by keeping your feet high and your hands low. Climbing like this teaches you to balance on the footholds. Keep your hips over your feet and close to the wall.

- Keep your arms slightly bent. Don’t extend them very high up so as to allow your feet to support most of your body weight.

- Use your hands lightly for balance and do not claw your way up the wall. Like climbing a ladder, grip the rungs for balance, and push with your legs.

- Constantly be on the lookout for footholds instead of becoming fixated on handholds.

- Rest after every few moves. Don’t pull on the holds during your rest periods. Instead, hang from a straight arm while you lower or shake out the other, like a swimmer loosening up.

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Climbing Signals

To ensure a safe climb, proper communication is needed between climber and belayer. The following are some key words to remember when climbing.

CLIMBING! – given by the climber; tells the belayer that the climber is starting to climb.

CLIMB ON! – given by the belayer; tells the climber that the belayer knows the partner is climbing. Do not climb until you hear this.

TENSION! – given by the climber; means the climber wants a very tight rope to feel secure.

SLACK! – given by the climber; requested when the rope is too tight and signals the belayer to loosen the rope system a little bit.

DOWN! – given by the belayer signaling that the climber should not cling to the wall and gently kick away while being lowered to prevent his or her knees from hitting the holds.

FALLING! – given by the climber; means the climber is actually falling or, thinks he or she is about to fall.

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18 June 2009

Is it Safe to Travel?

With the Swine Flu Outbreak, is it safe to travel?

Yes. WHO is not recommending travel restrictions related to the outbreak of the influenza A(H1N1) virus. Today, global travel is commonplace and large numbers of people move around the world for business and leisure. Limiting travel and imposing travel restrictions would have very little effect on stopping the virus from spreading, but would be highly disruptive to the global community.

Influenza A(H1N1) has already been confirmed in many parts of the world. The global response now focuses on minimizing the impact of the virus through the rapid identification of cases, and providing patients with appropriate medical care, rather than on stopping its spread internationally.

Although identifying signs and symptoms of influenza in travellers can help track the path of the outbreak, it will not reduce the spread of influenza, as the virus can be transmitted from person to person before the onset of symptoms.

Scientific research based on mathematical modelling shows that restricting travel would be of limited or no benefit in stopping the spread of disease. Historical records of previous influenza pandemics, as well as experience with SARS, validate this.
Source: WHO

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How to find a lost file on your Computer?

Today's tip will help you to enjoy the quick and easy way to find lost files on your computer. Try to search a file with its file extensions (for example for word file, type *.doc, Excel *.xls, Acrobat *.pdf, *.ppt and *.exe for executable files. If you don't know the name of file but know that it contains a string of text then try to search for files containing specific text, type the text you want to find from any file or folder. This is time taking process but creates very precise result. In Look in, click the drive, folder, or network you want to search. To save time, always select the specified drive or location instead of whole computer.






Click Start Button, point to Search, and then click For File or Folders, a Search Results dialog box will appear. In Search for files or folders named, type the file name or folder name you want to find in containing text.


To specify additional search criteria, click Search Options, and then click one or more of the following options to narrow your search:

* Select Date to look for files that were created or modified on or between specific dates.
* Select Type to look for files of a specific type, such as a text or WordPad document.
* Select Size to look for files of a specific size.
* Select Advanced Options to specify additional search criteria.
* Click Search now.

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16 June 2009

How Can You Change The Recycle Bin's Name?

You can change the name of Recycle Bin of your system if you wish. It is very easy and interesting but it requires some changes in windows registry,

First click on Start button > click on Run option.

Type here regedit.exe and press enter then you will find there regedit editor.

In regedit editor you will open HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT folder, In this folder open the CLSID folder then open the {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} folder >ShellFolder folder at last.

Here simply change the data value from "40 01 00 20" to "70 01 00 20".

After performing all above steps restart your computer then you will find option to rename Recycle name after right clicking on Recycle Bin Icon. Now you can change new name as you wish.

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15 June 2009

Free Video Conferencing for OFWs, kin


Manila, Philippines - Imagine being able to have a video teleconference with your relative abroad, with clear reception, in real time, and best of all, for free.

This is made possible by Abot Tanaw, a free social networking system which seeks to provide free video teleconferencing for the eight million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) abroad and their dependents in the Philippines.

The concept of Abot Tanaw started from a conversation between Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation chief Ephraim Genuino and businessman and Abot Tanaw chief executive Kim Go, who both wanted to make the conversations between OFWs and their relatives more personal.

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Hiding All Icons from the Desktop

1. Start Regedit

2. Go to HKey_Current_User \ Software\ Microsoft \Windows \

3. Current Version \ Policies \ Explorer

4. Right click on the right panel and add a New / DWORD

5. Name it NoDesktop

6. Give it a value of 1

7. Logoff or Reboot the computer

8. Now all icons are hidden on the desktop

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13 June 2009

Use of antiviral drugs against influenza A(H1N1)

For what purposes can antiviral drugs be used against influenza A(H1N1)?

So far most people who have contracted the new A (H1N1) virus have experienced influenza-like symptoms (such as sore throat, cough, runny nose, fever, malaise, headache, joint/muscle pain) and recovered without antiviral treatment.

Antiviral drugs may reduce the symptoms and duration of illness, just as they do for seasonal influenza. They also may contribute to preventing severe disease and death. Influenza A (H1N1) is a new virus and only a small number of people with the infection have been treated for it with antiviral drugs. WHO is in touch with public health authorities and clinicians in affected countries and is gathering information about how effective the drugs are.


Source: WHO

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The Best Stick Figure Animation


A stick figure is a very simple type of drawing made of lines and dots, often of the human form or other animals. In a stick figure, the head is represented by a circle, sometimes embellished with details such as eyes, mouth or crudely-scratched-out hair. The neck, arms, legs and stomach are all represented by straight lines (thus the name). The neck and torso are different parts of one straight line.

Stick figures are typically drawn by hand with a pen, pencil, marker or whatever is at hand. Graffiti of stick figures are found throughout history, often scratched with a sharp object on hard surfaces such as stone or concrete walls.

They are iconic and sketched with minimal detail. However, if one wanted to show emotion, simple additions can provide facial expressions, such as inward-pointing "eyebrows" showing anger, or widened "eyes" for fear, but many stick figures lack noses, mouths, or have no facial features displaying absent or ambiguous emotional expression.

Stick figures have proven effective as a source of advertising, entertainment and as a form of storyboarding and practice for film work. This is especially crucial for creating animatics, as a film special effects team is then able to visually display the outcome of a scene by using stick figures, but saving the money, time and effort that a completed shot would require.

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12 June 2009

Filipino-made Animated Film: Dayo



This is a full-feature animated film that feature the story of an 11-year-old kid named Bubuy.

The story revolves around Bubuy who has to save his grandparents who were abducted and brought to the strange land called Elementalia, which is home to a host of strange creatures.
Quilao said the animated film is expected to become ready by October or November, a year after production started.

Thanks to digital technology, Quilao stressed that the production cost was a fraction of what Hollywood-based animated films would spend.

Dayo, which would roughly cost over $1 million, is the third full-feature animated movie in the country, Quilao said.

"We're not the first. Ibong Adarna and Urduja, which is set to come out in June, came out before ours," Quilao said. But he noted that Dayo is perhaps the first Filipino full-feature animated film that is an all-digital production.

From the storyboard to the editing, Dayo used digital animation technology. Traditional animation production involves artists drawing the action that would be animated on paper. Quilao said the animation of Dayo was all done digitally, with artists doing digital storyboards from the very start.

"But the drawing process is not automated. It is still drawn. Our technology, however, allows you to directly draw on screen. Thus we call it 'tra-digital' animation," he added.

The voice talents or actors behind Dayo are also Filipino. Filipino directors Peque Gallaga and Laurice Guillen are among the local voices featured in the animated film. Gallaga will be the voice behind the character Nano, while Guillen will play a diwata.

Voices of child stars Nash Aguas as Bubuy and Katrina "Hopia" Legaspi as Anna Manananggal are also featured in the animated film, along with comedian Michael V as Narsi, and actor Johnny Delgado as Anna's father.

Dayo is a production of local advertising company Cutting Edge Productions, which has been doing TV commercials among other projects.

source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/infotech/view/20080520-137680/All-digital-Filipino-made-animated-film-due-November

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How to remove the text from the Desktop icon?

Desktop is the interface of Windows, which contain the icons, taskbar etc. that allow the user to interact with the computer to perform different operations. Usually the picture of icon represents its purpose so if you want your desktop looking very clean then you can remove the title under the desktop icons. May be you are thinking it is so easy, just go to rename option and set blank name or single spacebar entry but the problem is this, windows will not allow you to set blank name or name with single spacebar entry. Here interesting thing is this; window will allow you to use the ASCII code for a space, which is 0160.

First clear all the text from that icon

Now type the ASCII code, simply hold the Alt key, type the number 0160 from the number pad and release the Alt key then press Enter button to finish the process.

Before
After

But if you want to remove the text of multiple icons, then repeat the above process with adding one extra ASCII code for second icon, (for example for second icon you type the 0160 twice and for third icon type 0160 three times with Alt key and so on).

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11 June 2009

Basic Drawing Construction

I never thought drawing realistic and cartoony would that be so difficult to do. I used to draw still figures during my younger years but I never tried drawing cartoony. I just learned that there are important elements to consider in drawing head construction and detailing. According to our instructors, the more messy our drawing is, the more we would be able to see the details of our drawing so we were not allowed to make erasures on our drawing. Below are some of the outputs I submitted during the Animation Training held at Kapitolyo National High School in Pasig City.




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09 June 2009

Speed Test Cooking!

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04 June 2009

TOEI Animation Studio

Part of our Animation Training at Kapitolyo National High School, Pasig City is to see the production of an Animation Project. We went to TOEI Animation Studio at Eastwood Mall in Libis.


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