Revisiting the Top Blog Posts

I wrote 58 new posts in 2011 that made up roughly 17 percent of the 347 total posts in this blog. Of the new posts, only one got to the top five most viewed post while the rest of the favorites dated back as old as 2008.

I’m reviewing the top posts and considering a follow-up write up about each post to exploit the interest of the viewers of my blog. Here again are my top posts for 2011:

“USB Background Image–How To Do it?”– the post has been consistent number 2 favorite in my blog for 3 years until it grabbed the top post in the past few months. The views can be attributed to the seekers looking for the codes of installing USB backgrounds in Windows 7. “USB background image” topped the most searched words in search engine referring to the blog. Unfortunately, there’s no USB background image codes available for Windows 7 yet. 

“Hidden Cam” and “Hayden Cam”– used to be number one post in my blog for three consecutive years until overtaken this year. Man’s sensual nature leads them to this post thinking it’s purely about sex and hidden cam. The post talks more on the use of a hidden cam in news gathering though it tackles also the controversial  sex video of two Philippine showbiz personalities– Dr. Hayden Kho and Katrina Halili.

“Remote Access Repair Tool (for Error 720/3G Modem Connection Problem)”– The failure of some 3G subscribers in the Philippines to connect using their laptops brings them to this post. The article provides the solution on the prevalent problem connecting to the internet using 3G modems in many laptops. The post offers a downloadable software which solves the 3G modem connection error 720.

“PLDT’s WatchPad “Big Ticket Service” Sucks!”– Watch out how it sucks you when it’s most watchable. The height of this post’s views was when Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao fought for the third time against Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez on November 15. Online people were looking for a free site of the fight and some of them were led to this site to get a glimpse how PLDT’s WatchPad offer gives a good view of the fight. Unfortunately, just like me they were frustrated of the service.

“Why We Need an Advertising Code of the Philippines?”– I am a little bit surprise when this post landed at the top five. This is more of an educational than entertaining. In the first place, this post was used in my advertising class and media laws and ethics class at the Mass Communication department of the University of San Jose Recoletos in Cebu City, Philippines.

People up there in wordpress.com had prepared a show how this post performed in 2011 in their “2011 in Review“.

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iPhone is a China Phone!

Apple’s A5 chip is made by Samsung of Korea. Foxconn of China assembled the iPhone in the mainland and in its Taiwan factory. In short, iPhone is not made by U.S. It’s a China phone with South Korean brain. Though, it’s design by Apple in Palo Alto, California.

Apple becomes the raison d’etre (reason for existence) of several semiconductor companies as it engages in sourcing process of its major components.

To prove this, several tech-sites published an “iPhone teardown” articles like this one from iFixit that reveal the labeled parts and components of an iPhone unit showing various manufacturers.

It's very clear in the label of this teared-down iPhone4 that the unit is assembled in China.

Some of the major parts of iPhone are either constructed by other manufacturers based on Apple’s design or an existing device made by genuine part makers. Apple is not alone on this practice. You can see components made by competing brands in some appliances like a Toshiba battery pack in other brands of laptops.

The front glass panel of the iPhone is made of Gorilla Glass by Corning. The glass is said to be 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic. Corning Incorporated is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. The LED backlit TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen of iPhone4 is manufactured by LG--another mobile phone manufacturer based in South Korea.

The A4 & A5 processor chips in iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s respectively are manufactured by Samsung of South Korea. However, A5 chips are already manufactured in a newly-built 1.6 million square feet facility in Austin, Texas. The facility is constructed at $3.6 billion cost and has been in full production since early December. The Dual-Core A5 chip was first used in iPad2. Its design is licensed by Apple from ARM Holdings of Britain.

This module includes the audio codec provided by Cirrus Logic which is branded as Apple. Also includes the Samsung flash memory and the touch screen controller by Texas Instruments.

The Wifi, bluetooth and GPS are all provided by Broadcom. The Wifi and bluetooth has included the FM tuner in the single chip.

OmniVision Technologies Inc supplied the camera imaging sensor of iPhone 4 but lost its bid for the part to Japanese maker Sony for the iPhone 4s 8Mp camera.

The intelligent personal assistant SIRI integrated in iOS5 started as an application available in the App Store but acquired by Apple last year preventing its use by other platforms like Blackberry and Android-powered phones. SIRI was owned by SRI International.

Again, here’s a summary of the part-makers for iPhone:

  • Samsung (A5 chip, flash memory)
  • ARM Holdings (A5 design license)
  • LG (LCD screen)
  • Texas Instruments (touch screen controller)
  • Corning Inc. (Gorilla Glass)
  • Sony (8Mp camera)
  • Omnivision Technologies (5Mp camera of iPhone 4)
  • SRI International (SIRI)
  • Broadcom (Wifi, Bluetooth, FM, GPS)
  • Cirrus Logic (audio codec)
  • Skyworks (RF radio)
  • StMicro (accelerometer)

To top it all and has been given prominence is Foxconn of China that assembles and delivers the finished iPhone units to Palo Alto. Foxconn has been involved in controversies alleging employees mistreatment and suicides. But this does not prevent the company from getting big customers because of its cheap labor without sacrificing quality.

If we think China phones as inferior. Think it again because the famous brands are made by Foxconn.  Lately Lenovo has been introducing China phones using Taiwan’s MediaTek (MTK) platform and marketed the units as quality phones.

Lenovo Dual-SIM phone with MTK chips.

D-I-Y(The Bad Way): How to Hack your Electric Meter

(WARNING!!!! Doing the electric meter “hacking” methods stated herein is PUNISHABLE under existing laws.)

Tampering the electric meter is not new or at least in our lifetime we heard it once. There are many ways to hack or tamper our meter in order to get a cut on our electricity bill. But most if not all forms of tampering the electrical meter are considered illegal. Thus, tampering our electric meter is punishable under RA 7832 (RA 7832 Anti-Electricity Pilferage Act of 1994) which provides for both fine and imprisonment up to 20 years.

The various ways of electricity theft ranges from actual tampering of the electric meter to using devices that electronically or electrically slows down or even stops the meter. The following “hacking” methods are the most commonly-known but prohibited under Philippine Law.

USING A MAGNET
The electric meter is an electro-mechanical induction device. It uses electricity (consumes about 2 watts to operate itself), moving parts (like the aluminum dial), and an electromagnetic (induction) motor. The electric meter uses eddy current to regulate the rotation of the dial in accordance with the actual consumption of electricity.

Hence the meter uses electromagnetism (induction) it is also possible to interfere its movement by using magnets. The magnets of considerable sizes should be placed directly at the sides of the meter. Here’s a video clip on how to use a magnet to hack an electric meter.

Continue reading @ iStoryang HaaayTek!

Android Phones Projecting Images and Videos to Laptop and Computer Screens by Wireless and no Bluetooth

I consider the title of this post kilometric. But i have no choice just to give you the idea of what this post is all about in a glance. YES! I really mean it. Viewing images and videos from any Android phones to bigger screens like PC, laptop, and even to projector screens is possible.

And believe it or not. It can be done wireless and without using bluetooth. You only need to connect your Android phone and your big screen to the same WiFi network. Using a small app (1.5M in size) called vscreens, downloadable free from Android market, images and videos from your phone can be viewed using a browser at the vscreens official web site.

The current version of the app is v1.5 and it requires Android 2.1 (Eclair) & up (Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice cream sandwich) to operate. The app is still at beta stage but reviews of it are already favorable due to its awesome result.

Here are the steps and screen shots of vscreens:

  

Continue reading this post @ iStoryang HaaayTek!

2010 Blogging in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 60,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 7 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 74 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 285 posts. There were 393 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 356mb. That’s about 1 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was November 16th with 626 views. The most popular post that day was Classroom (exclusive to MyMasscom Class).

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, google.com.ph, juntariman.tk, mail.yahoo.com, and hitech-ta-bai.blog.friendster.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for hidden cam, katrina halili, usb background, maricar reyes, and usb background code.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Classroom (exclusive to MyMasscom Class) June 2010
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2

“Hidden Cam” and “Hayden Cam” May 2009

3

USB Background Image–How To Do it? May 2008
97 comments

4

Welcome… Maayong Adlaw! March 2009

5

Hi-Tech ‘Ta Bai! November 2008
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