Saturday, July 29, 2006

Office Automation Systems: Replacements or Aides?

The common notion that was evidently perceived by most employees in the early years of systems implementation and technology is that they will be the replacements for the actual labor force. This belief is really a crazy one. In no way can computers get to a point where they will replace the human interface and responsibility. Computers are programmed by humans, but it does not necessarily follow that humans will be left motionless and sit pretty while computer systems, androids, or robots will do all the work. The mind is still the strongest part of a human anatomy that most computers will never possess.

Every organization dreams of applying a system to help aid human interface and transactions. In most cases, these are needed to produce more efficient work and effective work flows. Time can be saved and immediate analysis for the overall operations can be immediately seen. The faster that a company is able to determine the overall performance the better it is for them. This is because for the human preparations, this will take days, sometimes weeks to go over historical data and produce the needed reports, especially financial standing and the running financial statements. An immediate overview that corresponds to all the departments will be able to show management what it lack and what it needs through them.

So in short, office automation, systems, computers and other technology related
developments are placed not for replacement. They are there to make a more
efficient working environment and guide companies to the direction where they
should be headed.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Information Technology Tidbits: Era of Substitutes and Temporary Replacements


Wise people will think of a way to build businesses and discover replacements. Sounds like a scientific approach but it is better to consider it as something that stems from curiosity and studies.

Business entrepreneurs often study the market for attractive undertakings that will be feasible prior to considering a business. A lot has been developed, particularly in the Information Technology Fields. Such businesses include:

Online Multi Player Role Playing Games (RPG
Online Gambling
Online Auctions
Cheaper Computer Parts Importing (Clone PC’s)
Article/ Content Writing
Printer Ink Substitutes


It is evident that sticking to the branded category does indeed cost. People can only afford so much, and this alone opens the door for study, substitutes if we will call it, so that bargain and better deals can be expected. Such has been the trend, especially for ink cartridges today. Some have offered refilling stations, while others have developed a step lower, Class A cartridge. Most companies, such as Hewlett Packard, Epson, Canon and Lexmark, have warned their clients that only original cartridges are advised, but do it make a difference? My hunch is that it depends on the quality of the cartridge being used. But a Class A quality is not as cheap as that of refilling an ink cartridge. Refilling cartridges make use of the same old storage, although it will only be good for a number of uses since it would result in eventual leaks that will not be good as far as final printing is concerned. Refilling may be good, but it only acts as a temporary solution. It does not intend to take the place of original ink cartridge parts. To make it short it only aims to prolong for a month or two, the useful life of a cartridge, but going over it after some time shall eventually be already harmful to the printer itself.

Class A cartridges, mostly coming from China and Taiwan are as good as the original ones. The method of packaging, the quality of printing is practically the same. Perhaps something that branded printers could do is specify the actual problem, the effects it would have on ink cartridge heads rather than just remaining general to allow people to be aware and of what they should expect. The only known fact is that once an ink cartridge head breaks down, it costs almost the same as actually buying a new printer. So broadening the preventive maintenance issue for printers, particularly the leading brands as Hewlett Packard and Epson, may wake up the consumers of what they should be fully aware of.

Information Technology Resources
Cheap Ink Probed
Subsitute for a Computer Mouse?

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Blog Herald Feature: How I Blog-Brian Yalung, MBA

My sincerest gratitude to Matt of Blog Media for making this happen. Please check out this feature:

How I Blog: Brian Yalung, MBA

Saturday, July 15, 2006

The Evolution and Development of the Black Gulaman


Finally it’s done and over with. Well, after some tense weeks of preparation, well at least I was able to talk and negotiate with the Chin Chin representative owners above current problems such as the pricing of the Chin Chin Black Gulaman and Power Bits Sports Drink Flavors. Apparently, there is a problem putting them in the stores as of late, mostly because the prices were being scrutinized. Nevertheless, I have no choice but to make do with what is already there, and modesty aside, “
beggars cannot be choosers”.

The class to which we are catering to is simply different. The Philippines is considered to be a poor country, but regardless, we see people driving in luxury cars, being able to carry around the latest released cellular phones, buying properties for future investments, and even surviving the outrageous tuition fees for their children just to get a decent education. I agree that the country is in a crisis, and to sum it all up, I can only think of one thing, it all boils down to the prioritized needs of every person. No thanks to Universal Robina Corporation’s C2, green tea will never be appreciated as to what it was really meant to be. Filipinos consider C2 as a health drink, but blabbering all over again, might as well just call it flavored iced tea because I assure you, we have already brought this product to the scientific levels of study and sad to say folks, there is no trace of whatsoever of green tea herbal elements in them. But then again, we don’t care as long as it is affordable right? It is all in the mind that we think it is healthy.

I wouldn’t be surprised if they are studying how to imitate our Chin Chin Black Gulaman, or Grass Jelly as it is more commonly called in the other countries. The Chin Chin Black Gulaman is a honey induced drink which contains real black gulaman tidbits inside. Priced in the area of Php 25.00 to Php 35.00, depending on where you buy it, it is hard to categorize in the market. It cannot be categorized as a drink since it has jelly inside, and neither can it be considered a desert, because it can be drank as a temporary substitute for people who don’t have the luxury of time. The Finally it’s done and over with. Well, after some tense weeks of preparation, well at least I was able to talk and negotiate with the Chin Chin representative owners above current problems such as the pricing of the Chin Chin Black Gulaman and Power Bits Sports Drink Flavors. Apparently, there is a problem putting them in the stores as of late, mostly because the prices were being scrutinized. Nevertheless, I have no choice but to make do with what is already there, and modesty aside, “beggars cannot be choosers”.

The class to which we are catering to is simply different. The Philippines is considered to be a poor country, but regardless, we see people driving in luxury cars, being able to carry around the latest released cellular phones, buying properties for future investments, and even surviving the outrageous tuition fees for their children just to get a decent education. I agree that the country is in a crisis, and to sum it all up, I can only think of one thing, it all boils down to the prioritized needs of every person. No thanks to Universal Robina Corporation’s C2, green tea will never be appreciated as to what it was really meant to be. Filipinos consider C2 as a health drink, but blabbering all over again, might as well just call it flavored iced tea because I assure you, we have already brought this product to the scientific levels of study and sad to say folks, there is no trace of whatsoever of green tea herbal elements in them. But then again, we don’t care as long as it is affordable right? It is all in the mind that we think it is healthy.

I wouldn’t be surprised if they are studying how to imitate our Chin Chin Black Gulaman, or Grass Jelly as it is more commonly called in the other countries. The Chin Chin Black Gulaman is a honey induced drink which contains real black gulaman tidbits inside. Priced in the area of Php 25.00 to Php 35.00, depending on where you buy it, it is hard to categorize in the market. It cannot be categorized as a drink since it has jelly inside, and neither can it be considered a desert, because it can be drank as a temporary substitute for people who don’t have the luxury of time. The Black Gulaman craze was developed for the purpose of providing consumers an alternative way of appreciating and enjoying the drink without having to go to restaurants who serve it, most of which are rare as well.

It will only be a matter of time before a product is placed in the market to compete against us. I am expecting it this year. But sad to say, we are way ahead of you. How and in what way? Now ask the right question and maybe you will know. Besides, that is the work of the Research and Development team right? So get your true worth and figure out what we are planning to develop next! Let see your imagination put to work, that is if you have one.
craze was developed for the purpose of providing consumers an alternative way of appreciating and enjoying the drink without having to go to restaurants who serve it, most of which are rare as well.

It will only be a matter of time before a product is placed in the market to compete against us. I am expecting it this year. But sad to say, we are way ahead of you. How and in what way? Now ask the right question and maybe you will know. Besides, that is the work of the Research and Development team right? So get your true worth and figure out what we are planning to develop next! Let see your imagination put to work, that is if you have one.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

The Advent of Technology in Security Devices


I just finished browsing up some brochures on advanced security devices that my boss wanted to import and offer locally. With the widespread alert on terrorist attacks, each country worldwide has been resorting to stricter measures of control. I was so fascinated at the advanced technology of security, most of which I see in the movies. I never thought they would actually be real and coming out so soon.

People who watch such spy movie flicks as Mission Impossible, James Bond, or Terminator, well, people should pay attention more to the technology that they use. They are real and will soon be in your area. But in the same way that the cost for making such movie flicks is high, so will the same be needed for the local folks. Technology has a price, and such investment for security will depend on the amount they are willing to invest. One thing that is for sure, it will not be an easy decision to make, especially here in the Philippines, where terrorism will come from all directions, both locally and abroad.

The advanced security devices may be creepy if you think of it. It almost goes as far as invading your own privacy. Detectors, X-Ray machinery, and fingerprint scanning, it all boils down on how intelligent the person is on trying to avoid being caught. Safety has slowly become a large price to pay. But for sure, life is meaningless and not worth living, if we are feeling uneasy, especially in times of finding out how safe we are, or perhaps afraid to walk into public accessed places, where security is totally useless.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Gigmax: Not Just Another Free and Quality Storage Site!

Gigmax offers a free service that allows anybody to store files, such as text documents, images, and videos, in their own Gigmax so that they can access them from anywhere at anytime. Registered users have the option of making their uploaded and stored files as either private or even public so that others may view them. In addition to just storing files, other benefits that registered users at Gigmax also boasts of their online photo album storage as well. They can upload personal photos and provide the links from their various sites such as online blogs, Friendster, Myspace, Multiply and Hi5. And the best part of it all, its absolutely free!

For storage space, Gigmax allows a total of 30 megabytes (MB) of storage for registered users, roughly enough to store about 400-500 photos! Gigmax registered users can store any file outside of the usual photos they have. Music files are however not allowed to be stored since legal issues may ensue.
Many people would be asking, what makes Gigmax different from the other usual free storage sites like the ones given by Yahoo and Google groups, or maybe even the file allocation given by Friendster and Multiply. Well, as stated earlier, the amount given to each registered user is more than enough reason for any person looking for a large storage space. It would take some time before such limit space would be filled up, but then again, 30 MB is large and probably one of the largest public site where service can be easily appreciated, not to mention joining a community of people whom you can also check out as far as their publicly declared storage place is concerned.

Gigmax is on the rise and it would only be a matter of time before other leading sites who offer storage space allocation for their files would follow. But as well know, why wait when there is already a site that can provide larger space and flexibility in terms of accessibility. While the giants such as Yahoo, Multiply, and other better known sites are mapping out their plans to accommodate their actual patrons, Gigmax is far more ahead of them as far as personal satisfaction and accommodation are concerned on the Internet. By the time these giants have found their solution, who knows, Gigmax will have already increased its storage space accommodation and expanded its services towards their registered users database. Gigmax is one step ahead, and in the same way that it believes in, the site is for the Internet savvy people. So it needs no more explanation why Gigmax is Your Space, Your Storage!

For more information regarding their service, check them out at their website at Gigmax-Your Space, Your Storage.