wawamTECH: steve ballmer announces major strategic shift for microsoft’s business model – software, hardware, integration & the cloud
note: underscoring are mine.
TO OUR SHAREHOLDERS, CUSTOMERS, PARTNERS AND EMPLOYEES:
Last year was a big year — we delivered strong results, launched fantastic new products and services, and positioned Microsoft for an incredible future.
For fiscal year 2012, revenue grew to a record $73.7 billion. We also maintained strong cost discipline resulting in cash flow from operations of $31.6 billion, an increase of 17 percent from the prior year. In addition, we returned $10.7 billion to shareholders through stock buybacks and dividends.
We delivered these results while preparing a pipeline of new and updated products that will launch in the year ahead. To best understand what we are about to deliver and what we’re building toward, it’s important to recognize a fundamental shift underway in our business and the areas of technology that we believe will drive the greatest opportunity in the future.
Our Business: Devices and Services
Last year in this letter I said that over time, the full value of our software will be seen and felt in how people use devices and services at work and in their personal lives. This is a significant shift, both in what we do and how we see ourselves — as a devices and services company. It impacts how we run the company, how we develop new experiences, and how we take products to market for both consumers and businesses. The work we have accomplished in the past year and the roadmap in front of us brings this to life.
Devices With End-User Services
We will continue to work with a vast ecosystem of partners to deliver a broad spectrum of Windows PCs, tablets and phones. We do this because our customers want great choices and we believe there is no way one size suits over 1.3 billion Windows users around the world. There will be times when we build specific devices for specific purposes, as we have chosen to do with Xbox and the recently announced Microsoft Surface. In all our work with partners and on our own devices, we will focus relentlessly on delivering delightful, seamless experiences across hardware, software and services. This means as we, with our partners, develop new Windows devices we’ll build in services people want. Further, as we develop and update our consumer services, we’ll do so in ways that take full advantage of hardware advances, that complement one another and that unify all the devices people use daily. So right out of the box, a customer will get a stunning device that is connected to unique communications, productivity and entertainment services from Microsoft as well as access to great services and applications from our partners and developers around the world.
A great example of this shift is Windows 8. Windows 8 will come to market Oct. 26, 2012, with beautiful hardware that will light up with our consumer cloud services. Windows 8 unites the light, thin and fun aspects of a tablet with the power of a PC. It’s beautiful, it’s functional, and it’s perfect for both personal and professional use. Xbox Music, Video, Games and SmartGlass apps make it possible to select a movie from a PC, start playing it on the TV, and finish watching it on a phone. SkyDrive, our cloud storage solution, effortlessly connects content across a user’s devices. Bing’s powerful search technologies in Windows 8 will help customers get more done. Skype has a beautiful new Windows 8 app and connects directly into the new Office.
Office, too, is taking a major leap forward. The new Office was designed from the ground up for Windows 8 and takes full advantage of new mobile form factors with touch and pen capabilities. It unlocks new experiences for reading, note taking, meetings and communications and brings social directly into productivity and collaboration scenarios. The combination of a Windows 8 tablet with OneNote and SkyDrive has truly revolutionized how to take notes, annotate documents and share information. The ultimate experience with the new Office for both consumers and businesses will come when it is paired with a Windows 8 device and delivered as a cloud subscription service with Office 365.
Services for the Enterprise
Fantastic devices and services for end users will drive our enterprise businesses forward given the increasing influence employees have in the technology they use at work — a trend commonly referred to as the Consumerization of IT. It’s one more reason Microsoft is committed to delivering devices and services that people love and businesses need.
Today, businesses face a number of important opportunities and challenges. Enterprise IT departments are tasked with deploying technology that drives the business strategy forward. They decide what solutions will make employees more productive, collaborative and satisfied. They work to unlock business insights from a world of data. At the same time they must manage and secure corporate information that employees access across a growing number of personal and corporate devices.
To address these opportunities, businesses turn to Microsoft. They count on our world-class business applications like Microsoft Dynamics, Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, and our business intelligence solutions. They rely on our technology to manage employee corporate identity and to protect their corporate data. And, increasingly, businesses of all sizes are looking to Microsoft to realize the benefits of the cloud.
Helping businesses move to the cloud is one of our largest opportunities. All the online services people use today — both from Microsoft and other companies — run on servers in datacenters around the globe. The volume of Internet services used will continue to grow as people connect to the Internet from more devices for more purposes — fueling incredible opportunity in our server business. Unique to Microsoft, we continue to design and deliver world-class cloud solutions that allow our customers to move to the cloud on their terms. For example, a company can choose to deploy Office or Microsoft Dynamics on premises, as a cloud service or a combination of both. With Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure and System Center infrastructure, businesses can deploy applications in their own datacenter, a partner’s datacenter or in Microsoft’s datacenter with common security, management and administration across all environments, with ultimate flexibility and scale. Our business customers tell us these capabilities are critical to harnessing the power of the cloud so they can reach new levels of efficiency and tap new areas of growth.
US nokia decided to launch the Lumia 900 on Easter Sunday when most of AT&T and Microsoft stores are closed. every brand manager worth his or her high paying job knows you choose a launch date for a new product only when you are sure your product will be available in the retail stores for consumers to buy it from.
choosing a date when the retail stores themselves are closed is the first time nokia tripped on their Lumia 900 product launch. now, nokia not only trips but takes a fall – on day 3 of the launch, nokia announces a 100% rebate to those who bought or will buy Lumia 900 due to a data connectivity problem with the windows phone OS. the product is priced at $100 with contract with AT&T, giving a $100 rebate is like givng it away for free.
it’s a magnificent gesture to nokia customers (hello, apple are you listening?) but it does leave a bad taste in the mount for those who have not bought their Lumia 900 yet. this fear that even though it has been fixed (to be done in the future) getting a brand new Lumia 900 that will not work can be very real even if its for free or back to the regular $100 price.
potential buyers will definitely think twice before buying the Lumia 900 or for those decided on it will probably postpone the purchase for as long as they can. with aggressive and more popular competitors lurking, nokia might just lose the sale.
this windows phone OS problem is puzzling to us – doesn’t nokia test their products before they launch it in the market? we would think extensive lab and field testing would be in order for cellphones before they are launched. discovering the OS defect on day 3 of the market launch just sounds too amateurish for such a huge company.
bad news does not end there. nokia sent out a press re;lease as advance notice to their 1qtr call scheduled next week:
Our disappointing Devices & Services first quarter 2012 financial results and outlook for the second quarter 2012 illustrates that our Devices & Services business continues to be in the midst of transition.
nokia has announced it will have first and second quarter 2012 results will be below expectation. it looks like the business decline for nokia that has been going on for sometime has not been arrested.
but here is what puzzles us as well – the announcement states 1st quarter and 2nd quarter results will be bwlow expectations. our question is this – what is the share of Lumia 900′s launch in their first and second quarter forecast?
there are several possibilities here :
- Lumia 900 was forecasted very low versus the rest of the Nokia business that its impact to its business is very minimal. marketers typically show a bump in sales forecast when new products are launched.
- if nokia forecasted this very low, does that indicate nokia has little confidence on the success of Lumia 900?
- this early nokia is already anticipating very low sales on the Lumia 900?
- the rest of the business is nokia is expected to perform so poorly that even the bump in sales from the lumia 900 will not be able to push its total sales up?
why in the world nokia chose the wrong date to launch Lumia 900 in the US – on a day when AT&T and Microsoft stores are closed!
nokia and even microsoft has been making a big deal out of the launch of their flagship cell phone in the US, the Lumia. they even had a pre-launch featuring nicki minaj in times square. the lumia for both companies is a very important product t launch.
microsoft has launched their mobile phone platform windows but it has not really taken off in the US market with its market share still low even though it has gotten relatively good reviews. the lumia launch with their latest microsoft mobile OS is supposed to bring microsoft back into play in the smartphone market.
the lumia is even more important for nokia. nokia has lost a lot of market share in the past years when it decided to ignore the iphone and stuck with the dumbphone market. it’s key competitors samsung and lg did not ignore the iphone and went after it by coming out with touch phones of their own using the android platform. the result is that samsung and lg are the top two smartphone makers in the US, followed by the iphone. nokia on the other hand is a poor and far 6th or 7th in the market.
though few understood why it went with windows rather than android, the lumia 900 is supposed to give nokia its stage to get back to the smartphone market.
that is great, except that for another strange move nokia chose april 8, Easter Sunday to launch the lumia 900 in the US.
some news articles and bloggers reported that most AT&T and microsoft stores, the outlets who are supposed to sell the lumia 900 are closed for easter sunday.
On Release Date, Crucial Nokia Phone Is Hard to Buy in New York
AT&T said last month that when Nokia’s new Lumia 900 phone went on sale April 8, it would benefit from the company’s biggest product introduction ever, exceeding even the iPhone’s.
The big day is here. But nearly all 39 AT&T stores within proximity of Times Square in Manhattan were either closed for Easter Sunday or did not answer phone calls. The few that were open did not have the handset in stock.
When AT&T stores within five miles of Times Square were contacted around noon, 18 of them played an automated message saying they were closed for Easter. Nineteen stores that were authorized AT&T resellers did not answer the phone, and two AT&T resellers that were open said they did not have the Lumia 900 yet.
The stores that played the automated voice message also played a short advertisement for the iPhone 4S and made no mention of the Lumia 900. “Visit our store to see the exciting iPhone 4S and how only AT&T’s network lets your iPhone 4S download three times faster,” a female voice said.
There was some Lumia-related action in Times Square on Friday night, when Nokia sponsored a performance by the pop singer Nicki Minaj to spread the word about the phone. Nokia roped off a section of Times Square and blasted promotional messages on screens for the show, and even served free signature cocktails with names like “Lumia Light” and “Beautifully Different.” There was only a single table of Lumia 900 phones on display, ignored by most of the guests in attendance.
It’s odd that such a highly anticipated phone is so difficult to purchase in a store on its release date, at least in New York. Analysts and tech followers view the Lumia 900, priced at $100, as the make-it-or-break-it device for Microsoft and Nokia, two tech giants who are struggling to gain a foothold in the smartphone market. Nokia made the Lumia’s hardware, and Microsoft made its software, Windows Phone 7.
here is another article on the matter:
Why Is AT&T Releasing Nokia’s Big Phone on Easter?
AT&T has said that the release of the Nokia Lumia 900 will be its biggest product introduction ever. But the phone is coming out on Easter Sunday, when some AT&T stores won’t even be open.
Melissa Havel, a spokeswoman representing Microsoft, confirmed thatonly some AT&T stores carrying the Lumia 900 would be open on Sunday. And she said that “many but not all” of Microsoft’s own stores would be closed. The phone will also be available online.
Mark Siegel, an AT&T spokesman, said: “The Lumia has received tremendous product reviews and we have been taking pre-orders online and in our stores all week. We are already off to the races.”
The choice of date is a puzzling one. Many analysts and tech watchers view the Lumia 900 as the make-it-or-break-it product for Microsoft and Nokia, who teamed up to make Lumia handsets. Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 mobile software, which had its debut in 2010, has barely gained any traction in the United States, and Nokia’s share of the phone market has been rapidly shrinking. The Lumia 900, a Nokia-made phone with Windows Phone 7, was supposed to be the “hero” device with the potential to turn things around for both companies.
It’s difficult to imagine that American shoppers will scout for an AT&T store that’s open on Easter just to try a Lumia 900. And for companies, day one sales are important, because they can serve as a measure of the public’s excitement about a product and determine how it will sell over all.
New models of the iPhone, which is the best-selling handset for AT&T, are typically released on Fridays, giving shoppers a full weekend to line up at an Apple store and buy the phone. And these product introductions consistently turn in big numbers. For instance, first-weekend sales for the the iPhone 4S last year topped four million, according to Apple.
first day, first weekend and first week sales and internet pre-orders are important milestones to cellphones. actually its apple who has started this trend. apple would make a big deal about how much they have sold and whether records have been broken by their first day, first week-end, first week and pre-order sales on their gadgets. even the length of the lines in front of apple stores during the first day sale has become some kind of measure for the success of its new products. analysts, techies and consumers apparently have learned to look for these numbers to judge whether a gadget is a success or not.
it’s really just for brownie points and bragging rights, but as anything apple does, it has become an important yardstick of success.
it drives us nuts to think the marketing team of nokia missed out on the fact that they picked a day 1 launch for their most important new product on a day when most of their retail stores are closed. distribution and sales . specially pipelining sales is one of the most important things you worry about in launching a product into the market. every brand manager makes sure his pipelining sales or month 1 sales is a huge success. choosing day 1 when the stores are closed is a really dumb idea.
we’re wondering why easter sunday was chosen. it really does not make sense that nokia will choose a launch date when most of its retail stores are closed.
we can only make a guess – the marketing director or whoever it is that chose the date must probably be a christian or catholic. easter is one of the most important dates for chritians and catholics. it is the day when Christ rises from the dead.it is like a new beginning , a restart and the glorious resurrection of Christ from death.
that must be have been the thought behind the choice for the date. the lumia 900 is meant to resurrect nokia from the grave. launching it on easter sunday totally echoed that sentiment and hope,.
the religious undertone and meaning is a great idea but it is the same religion that has kept customers from buying the nokia lumia. stores are closed, not even a religious miracle can save the day for nokia.
new all time high reached, the 11th this year:
note : the above data comes from the Philippine Stock Exchange website itsellf. previous data came from yahoo finance. there are differences in the numbers. we will sort this out as soon as we are able to get the complete data from the PSEI.
click here for the PSEI data: http://www.pse.com.ph/stockMarket/marketInfo-marketActivity.html?tab=1
Philippine stocks hit record high, breach 5,000 mark for 1st time
By: Doris C. Dumlao
The local stock barometer breached the 5,000 mark for the first time in history in intraday trade Thursday, riding on upbeat investor sentiment in a low interest rate regime. The index, however, pared down gains at closing.
The main Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) finished 40.96 points, or 0.84-percent higher, at 4,938.61, pulling back from the day’s peak of 5,011.
Dealers said the 5,000-mark was breached in the morning as investors anticipated a further monetary easing by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) while global risk appetite was also boosted by a fresh liquidity release by the European Central Bank.
As expected, the BSP cut after the market closed its main policy rate by 25 basis points to a record low of 4 percent to help cushion the domestic economy from the global slowdown.
Top lender Bank of the Philippine Islands closed nearly 5 percent higher and second-ranked Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. rose 3.7 percent.
“The market anticipated another rate cut and we’ve seen a lot of buying into banks,” said Ira Ganhin, an analyst with Manila-based BPI Asset Management.
“The level of bad loans has fallen while loan growth is also increasing. So everything seems to be going right for the banking sector,” he said.
All counters performed strongly in morning trade but toward the end of the session, the property, services and mining/oil counters succumbed to profit-taking.
The financial counter outperformed the main index as it gained 2.5 percent while the industrial and holding firm counters firmed up slightly.
“The PSEi breached the 5,000 level but was unable to sustain it. The market is susceptible to near-term consolidation. We, however, view pullbacks as opportunities to increase exposure,” said Mark Angeles, head of research at First Metro Securities. “The financial world is better today than it was last year.”
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this morning during their regular show, The Morning Rush at rx 93.1, chico and delamar announced that she is 9 weeks pregnant.
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they did hype the whole thing by asking their listeners yesterday to tune in today at 9am for ”the big reveal”. they said they will be announcing something important today. this morning’s Top 10 asked the question from listeners- what they think the big reveal is to get the excitement going. the “big reveal”was delamar being pregnant.
apparently, not even radio staff knew what the big reveal will be today. when it was finally announced, a slight earthquake occurred on philippine radio. chico and delamar’s the morning rush radio show is the top rating FM program of their time slot.
looking back, during this morning’s show at one point delamar asked chico if he had ever had unprotected sex. no answer was given by chico but perhaps that kinda explains what happened 9 weeks ago.
we have a few questions:
- wonder what the name will be?
- is chico the dad? thought chico is g…..
- who is the dad?
the revelation of something as delicate and personal such as a pregnancy on live radio is not surprising at all in this radio show. chico and delamar’s The Morning Rush radio show is one where both radio jocks reveal a lot about their personal lives and thoughts on a daily basis. the show may be anchored on the answers listeners send to questions being asked and the ensuing high humor but these two jocks end up talking about their personal livesin the process of cracking the joke or delivering it. we know a lot about chico and delamar – their sex lives, their love lives and their family lives, including their family members and a lot of childhood stuff. these things have been revealed to us in doses in between the jokes and the continuous laughter. being single adults, we also know a lot about their sex and love lives.
it is not so much the revelation of something personal as a pregnancy, what makes many listeners wonder is how this has come about and who the dad is. delamar is an adult and who as far as we know have had love relationships before.
let’s admit it, many are wondering who the father is.
could it be chico? nobody seemed to have noticed that delamar and chico are together. while many listeners would have guessed it or even wished it, the two never really revealed anything about being together. listening to them, one would think chico is taken and involved with someone. with a he or a she, we are not sure but it did not sound like it is with delamar.
delamar on the other hand based on her pronouncements on air is unattached and in fact by a long count, has not been getting any. that might sound a bit disrespectful to those reading this, but listening to the radio show that is clearly the message delamar has been saying on air. not only does delamar say she has not been getting any for a very long time now, she has also been saying she is loveless and is longing for one with a passion.
so this morning’s announcement is quite a shock. not that we expect delamar to say on air who the dad is but considering the huge volume of information we know about their personal lives, revealing the dad seem to be a small point.
both delamar and chico are single. and as far as we know, based on what they have said on air, they are not and have not been married and also not to each other. or at least they have not announced it?
listening to chico on air, we also get the impression that chico is invovled with someone but not with a woman. we have always thought chico is gay. in fact his batchmates in UP swear he is gay.
having a baby is a very beautiful thing and we wish them all the best.
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Still no winner for P633-M Grand Lotto jackpot
By Tina Santos
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:14:00 11/24/2010
MANILA, Philippines—No one won the over P633-million jackpot in the 6/55 grand lotto draw on Wednesday night, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said.
PCSO Assistant General Manager Liza Gabuyo said bettors missed the 04-41-40-55-42-45 combination, which would have guaranteed them a share in the P633,911,065.20 million jackpot, the biggest in PCSO history.
Wednesday night was the 84th draw without anyone winning the jackpot.
But there’s always a next time—the 85th draw in particular on Saturday night, which is expected to build a P685-million in jackpot.
The PSCO said the pot grew by an average of P30 million per day leading up to the draw.
The previous record was in February 2009, when the pot for the 6/49 Super Lotto game reached P347 million. Two lucky bettors picked the same combination to win the top prize and split it even.
PCSO’s Grand Lotto as of last night still had no winner. prize last night was P584.8M for 17-19-22-25-37-50.
the expected prize for the next draw, on Wednesday will be at P620M!
at that prize, you can be a sure winner by buying ALL number combination which is placed at 29 million number combination, with a guranteed win of at least P620M, you earn P40M! that is a +6.7% profit! easy!
total number of number combination is placed at 29M. at P20 per number combination, you will need to spend P580M (29M combination x P20 = P580M) to buy all the numbers.
here is the catch - if another bettor hits the same winning number combination, you will need to half the total prize with that other bettor. you will win only P310M and that will translate to a loss of P270M for you, or a -46% loss.
anyone who has P580M for a P40M profit?
some data or tips if you like to call it that:
- the number that has appeared the most as one of the winning combination is the number 42, it has appeared a total of 17 times
- the number that has appeared the least number of times as one of the winning combination is the number 1, it has appeared only 4 times
want more? let me know, make a comment.
the traditional ateneo bonfire post-UAAP basketball games is scheduled on the evening of october 3, this sunday.
here are the links of reviews of the yet to be launched iPhone 4. these are reviews done by a select number of journalists who were given iPhones to test ahead of everyone, they are all glowing reviews.
to celebrate noynoy aquino’s election win, his oath taking as president and to show support to the new president – turn the whole country into yellow.
wear yellow, put yellow ribbons on cars and in homes, wear the aquino baller bands, wear noynoy t-shorts on june 30 as noynoy takes his oath of office.
in an interview, charice pempengco hinted she might be joining a US tv show soon. in a separate news article at the PDI, charice’s philippine manager confirmed that charice pempengco will join the hit tc show Glee not only to guest but as a regular cast member.
let us see in the next few days if this gets confirmed.
read the platforms of government of the presidentiables here: http://2010presidentiables.wordpress.com/category/platform-of-government/
or read specifics here:
- erap estrada – the president who will finish plans for the poor
- jamby madrigal – corruption fighter
- presidentiables stand on how they will generate jobs
- eddie villanueva – a vote for what is right and good governance
- richard gordon the transformer
- richard gordon’s new platform of government for the win in the 2010 election!
- presidentiables stand on improving philippine education
- presidentiables stand on cha-cha and arroyo as speaker
- on nuclear energy : aquino, de los reyes, madrigal & perlas no to nukes; gordon, teodoro, villanueva and villar yes to nukes
- nicanor perlas’s platform of government
- richard gordon’s vision for a new philippines
- presidentiables stand on population growth
- eddie villanueva’s platform of government
- A SOCIAL CONTRACT WITH THE FILIPINO PEOPLE : THE PLATFORM OF SENATOR BENIGNO “NOYNOY” S. AQUINO III
try this out, confirm if you are a registered voter and find your precint number, click here: http://www.comelec.gov.ph/precinctfinder/precinctfinder.aspx
we think the press conference conducted by andal amaptuan jr., the principal suspect in the maguindanao massacre is an affront to filipino’s sense of dignity and a complete disrespect to the victims and families of the victims of the maguindanao massacre.
it was obviously a staged media stunt and the government allowed it to happen. in fact we think it could have only happened with the expressed complicity if not stage managed by the government itself and those who are in power who are against the candidacy of noynoy aquino.
there is no logical, no plausible and not even any commonsensical reason why the government allowed the press conference to be held. the topic of the press confernce :
- had nothing to do with the maguindanao massacre
- did not serve any positive purpose for the case
- did not seek to clarify or correct anything negative about the case
- has nothing to do with the judicial system
- did not address or put forward any wrong doing or mistreatment of the suspects
- had nothing to do with the case
what it was - the primary suspect thanked the DOJ chief agra and more importantly an announcement by the primary suspect of the massacre that their family supports the candidacy of noynoy aquino.
does the government routinely allow primary suspects of crimes to hold press conferences inside their jails? will we now witness a series of press conferences where suspects of crimes and criminals in jail will announce their support for the presidenitables and other candidates?
the government allowed or staged managed a media event that made use of the the death of the victims of the maguinadanao massacre and their families in a game of political ping pong.
37 lives were inhumanely cut, none of them and certainly none of the families of the victims and most specially the rest of the filipino people are interested to know who is the presidentiable the primary suspect is endorsing. knowing who the primary suspect is endorsing will not make our lives better nor will it make us feel justice has been served. and we are simply NOT interested.
ampatuan was given by the government a stage to say he is hopeful that aquino who is the front runner in this election if elected will give him and his family justice. those who allowed ampatuan to hold the press conference and say such things were all immune and did not care about those who were murdered in the maguindanao massacre, all of whom died for no reason and in a most horrific and undignified way.
with the press conference, the government gave the murder suspects a stage to play politics while the families of the victims of the maguindanao massacre continued to suffer and the memories of victims remain to be horrific, still embedded in their minds on how inhumane they all were murdered.
the government, the justice system and the jail wardens exist for the purpose of upholding the constitution and the laws of the country as they are duty bound to protect it’s citizens from harm. for this one – they catered to the whims and satisfied the primary suspect while the families of the victims were all left out in the cold, clutching nothing but pain, hurt and injustice.
for the government, those who staged managed and conceptualized the media stunt and the jail wardens:
- what good did it do?
- what positive benefit did we get?
- are we closer to giving justice?
- are we better informed about the case?
- are we more inspired to trust and believe in the justice system?
- are we better as a people?
what kind of people are those who conceptualized and staged managed the event? what kind of people are those who allowed this to happen?
finally, jason ivler has been caught. we applaud the NBI and other police operatives for this one. there were two agents who were wounded in the operation, we hope for their full recovery.
these are chilling videos of the NBI’s raid on the house and capture of Ivler in his home. it starts with dozens of NBI agents hoisting two ladders on the wall of the home and some shoot out inside the home just before the capture of ivler.
i have not seen raids like these go on in real life but i guess this is it. it all looks clumsy, disorganized and often ridiculous. for sure this is not like what we see on tv and movies, not by a stretch.
looking at the video, the first thing that comes to you mind is that these NBI agents are exposing themselves to grave danger. ivler has been characterized as armed and dangerous and yet they just hoisted the ladders up the wall. when they get to the top of the of the ladder, it exposes them to gunfire, just like sitting ducks in a shooting gallery in fairs.
only four agents were allowed to enter the home by the mom of ivler and the raiding team relented. i don’t get that. having only 4 agents searching for ivler in the home in my view was too few. why would the raiding team allow the mom of the suspect dictate the terms? the raiding team has a warrant of arrest and to search the home, they should dictate the terms which includes how to conduct the search and how many men who will do it. reports says there were at least 50 agents, they should have used most of them for the search.
they did plan for this raid but looking at the video, it did not look like any planning was done and the command structure seemed very loose.
if this was a planned raid, i feel bad for the NBI agents who do these raids. their lives do not seem to be well protected in the raids they do. the safety of the raiding team does not seem to be the priority here.
Minutes before the shoot-out, which occurred at around 6:30 a.m. at Hillside Drive in Blue Ridge, the raiders found the crumpled black towel in Ivler’s supposedly unused room on the second floor of the house, according to the agents’ accounts.
Suspicious, they checked the bathroom across the room and saw signs it had just been used.
It was at that point that Aguilar, the mother, became hysterical and ordered the raiders out, the agents said.
NBI-SAU chief Magno told the Inquirer that while Aguilar was shepherding them off to the ground floor from Ivler’s room, he noticed a small storage room at the landing of the stairs.
“I asked her if I could see what was inside the stockroom, and she told me, ‘There’s nothing there to see.’ She seemed to be in a hurry to get us out of her son’s room,” Magno said.
Insistent, Magno said he peeked into the dark stockroom and, using a flashlight, saw mannequins and boxes stored inside. He said he also saw “a tattooed arm.”
“I knew he was there,” Magno said.
‘He acted like Rambo’
Backing away from the door, Magno said he drew his gun and, in Filipino, shouted at the man to come out. He said Ivler answered with volleys of gunfire through the closed door.
“He acted like Rambo when he saw our operatives,” NBI Deputy Director for Intelligence Ruel Lasala said, referring to the Hollywood character portrayed by Sylvester Stallone.
Magno was grazed by a bullet in the right thigh as he and the other agents ducked for cover.
MANILA, Philippines — (UPDATE 5) Aside from the killing of a Malacañang official’s son, Filipino-American Jason Ivler faces more charges for his attack on an arresting team of the National Bureau of Investigation, which resulted in injuries to two operatives.
At a press conference on Monday, NBI Director Nestor Mantaring said that Ivler would face charges of assault on agents or persons in authority, resisting arrest and illegal possession of firearms.
Ivler was arrested by joint operatives of the NBI and the Philippine National Police (PNP) after several months of hiding
Chief Superintendent Elmo San Diego, Quezon City police district chief, earlier said Ivler resisted arrest and was wounded in a gunfight with authorities.
the worm is playful, not harmful but a sure hit for its developer, ikex. all it does is put up rick astley’s photo as a wallpaper on the iphone. but that is a consolation for now as this can mean the start of more things to come.
i think the age old question is it wise to have you iphone jailbroken has been answered today.
First-known iPhone worm ‘Rickrolls’ jailbroken Apple handsets
By Sam Oliver
The iPhone’s first worm — a playful, wallpaper-changing prank that only affects jailbroken phones — could be a sign of more dangerous things to come.
A hacker who identifies himself as “ikex” created the worm, which changes the user’s wallpaper to a picture of 1980s pop star Rick Astley, who sang the 1987 hit “Never Gonna Give You Up.” The software includes the message: “ikee is never gonna give you up.”
The term jailbreaking refers to a hack that allows users to run software not approved by Apple on the iPhone. It can grant users the ability to install custom wallpapers and themes, enable tethering, or unlock the handset for use on a non-approved carrier.
The ikex worm is simply a prank known as “Rickrolling,” an Internet bait-and-switch meme when users expect to see a video on a certain topic, only to find themselves watching Astley’s cheesy 1987 music video. According to Forbes, the worm does nothing malicious.
“The world’s first iPhone worm is also hardly a true criminal exploit,” the report said. “Instead, it seems to be half warning, half prank. Ikee’s author, who identifies himself or herself as ‘ikex’ in the worm’s source code, also wrote in the code that “People are stupid, and this is to prove it so,” adding that users should read their phones’ manuals.”
For now, the worm is said to be spreading among jailbroken iPhones in Australia. It affects only users who did not change their default SSH password, which allows file transfers between phones.
“It’s not that hard, guys,” ikex wrote in the source code. “But hey who cares its only your bank details at stake.”
read more here: iPhone ‘Rickroll’ Worm Is No Threat To Most Users (http://www.pcworld.com/article/181712/iphone_rickroll_worm_is_no_threat_to_most_users.html)
“goose bumps” moment – that is the best way to describe viewer reactions to new tv ad of noynoy aquino.
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- viewer reactions to noynoy aquino’s new tv ad “hindi ka nag-iisa” – goose bumps moment
one more reason to support the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill 5043 – environmental woes blamed on huge philippine population
how many times have we heard philippine government officials say “we do not have the budget” to explain its inability to provide for the population, both basic, medium term to critical services? we must have heard that thousands of times over many years across all types of services and problems.
the country is poor. it has scant resources. that is not being helped by the fact that the country’s population growth has been on a high clip, too fast versus the amount of funds the country can generate to provide for services.
that is related to the point of this article. lets face it – you just can’t keep placing more and more people on the same piece of land and expect nothing bad or nothing wrong will happen. the land can take only so much. couple that with scant resources and this is what we get.
read more on RH Bill 5043 here: http://2010presidentiables.wordpress.com/reproductive-health-bill-5043/
Environmental woes blamed on RP’s huge population
By Michelle Remo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 06:33:00 10/24/2009
MANILA, Philippines — An economist from the University of the Philippines has tagged the country’s robustly growing population as one of the factors that worsen environment-related problems.
Ernesto Pernia, former chief economist for the Philippines at the Asian Development Bank, said the environment problems that recently led to hundreds of casualties would not have been as worse had the country’s population been contained.
“Nobody has mentioned the population issue as one of the factors contributing to the country’s environmental problems. The capacity of the country’s ecology is already stretched to the limit,” Pernia told the Inquirer in an interview.
He said the country’s huge population, estimated at around 92 million, was one reason for overcrowding in the urban areas. In turn, overcrowding had lead to difficulty in managing wastes.
“The consequence of unabated migration to urban areas is haphazard human settlement. Too many people are staying in areas that should not be a place for settlement, like riverbanks, bridge waterways, and esteros (urban waterways)” Pernia said.
Climate change, caused by carbon emissions mostly from industrialized nations, was considered a major culprit for the heavy rains that led to hundreds of deaths in Metro Manila and northern provinces. However, Pernia said, factors that were within the Philippines’ control also worsened the impact of the heavy rains and the massive flooding they caused.
Pernia said population growth, together with weak urban planning, degradation of forests, poor disaster-preparedness and weather forecasting systems, made the environmental problem worse.
The country’s population growth rate is currently estimated at 2.1 percent, faster than the latest economic growth recorded at 1.5 percent in the first half of the year.
Pernia said that with the country’s population already nearing 100 million, a zero population growth rate would be ideal.
According to Pernia, the government has been trumpeting the country’s economic growth and its capacity to avoid recession but what should be of graver concern is the declining per capita income growth.
Per capita income is the total income of the economy, usually measured in terms of gross domestic product [GDP], divided by the country’s population. It basically measures the share of each individual to the country’s income.
The fact that population growth was already faster than the GDP growth meant that per capital growth had already been declining, Pernia said. This placed the Philippines worse off than countries who had fallen into recession, but whose population growth was slower than the decline in their GDPs.
the tech world and tech users should be giddy today – microsoft’s windows 7 is finally out in the market. or at least that is what microsoft should be hoping for. giddy is a feeling the tech world and tech users did not feel with microsoft’s most recent launch with microsoft vista. it was more about hatred, anger and disappointment. vista was a dismal product failure for microsoft. it was so bad that the venerable microsoft and windows brands were tarnished. with windows 7, microsoft aims to re-build both brands.
aside from the above, windows 7′s goals for itself is to convert the multitude of windows xp users, esteimated at around 70% of all windows users. xp users did not budge with most of them rejecting to move to vista wholesale due to the long list of problems and angry words said on vista. it will be a tough sell for microsoft.
the move to vista from xp is not easy. tech articles have said it will not be a walk in the park, it will need a complete install plus there might be the problem of the computer not being able to take windows 7. what they are saying is that there will be xp users will not be able to upgrade to windows 7 unless they buy new computers.
this article is also saying if you are a vista user, it might not be worth moving to windows 7 as the improvement is only incremental.
a new product, windows 7 trying to reseurrect a much maligned and failed product in vista, this whole process is one for matketing 101. we will be watching.
Five Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 7
Today is the day. The curtain has been raised and the confetti has fallen. Windows 7 is here. After the problems with the launch of Windows Vista– both real and perceived– many users are cautious about jumping on Windows 7 too quickly.
Windows 7 offers little more than incremental improvements and cosmetic enhancements over Windows Vista, and Windows Vista users may be wise to simply hold off until its time for a new PC. But the majority of users are still using Windows XP and even Vista users have reason to embrace Windows 7. Let’s look at 5 reasons why you should make the switch to Windows 7 today.
1. Vista haters. Whether you are one of the nearly 19 percent of consumers who are actually running Windows Vista and don’t like it, or part of the larger crowd of those who hate Windows Vista purely based on anecdotal stories and ‘I’m a Mac’ ads from Apple, Windows 7 is not Windows Vista.
The two most common complaints about Windows Vista are poor device driver support and annoyance over the UAC (user account control) pop-up alerts. Windows 7 has vastly superior device support, and Microsoft has modified the functionality of UAC to provide the user with more control over the alert prompts.
2. XP diehards. Security is arguably the best reason for a Windows XP user to make the switch. A lot has changed since the Clinton-era. Windows 7 has UAC, ASLR (address space layout randomization), and DEP (data execution prevention) in addition to improved operating system kernel protection. Certain versions of Windows 7 also include BitLocker and BitLocker-to-Go encryption.
There are also a number of improvements in the user interface that make it simpler and more intuitive to work with the operating system. The Windows Action Center, improved data backup, Blu-ray disc support, and jump lists stand out as good reasons to make the switch.