Menardconnect.com upgrade to WordPress 2.7

Its been less than a month since this site was initially setup and now I need to upgrade to WordPress 2.7???
Honestly that was my initial reaction. But upon reading wordpress.org posts on the 2.7 upgrade instructions, visiting top blog posts on the topic and knowing the importance of patching systems in a timely manner, I decided to give it a try.
The learning process was fun!!! Creating a backup for your WordPress files and DB, testing the backup, using tools provided in cpanel, following instructions, finalizing setup, checking that your site is really running 2.7 already, reactivating plugins, and finally doing the first post using 2.7… officially.

The admin console look and feel is refreshing ūüôā I will try the new features in the coming days. Thanks WordPress!

Old Spaghetti House Review

As I mentioned in the About page, I will try to post some food/resto reviews so here it goes.

I accompanied Maui in her window shopping spree last weekend :-). Before we do the actual “gruelling” task of shopping, I need to make sure I have enough energy. That means FOOD. We want to have Razon’s Halu-halo since its one of our favorite in Robinson’s Galleria foodcourt, but decided that we will have it later after the¬†shopping. We decided to try Old Spaghetti House (I’ve never been inside this restaurant although I remember they have¬†one branch in Libis). I ordered Gambasetti, she ordered the pasta meal with a long filename. It was Golden Crusted Chicken Ham and Cheese with Angel Hair Pomodoro (told you it was long). I liked the Gambasetti ūüôā As the name implies its a mix of Gambas (shrimps) and spaghetti. It’s a little bit spicy for me but combined¬†with the pasta meal, we really enjoyed our treat :-). The price is also OK, not to pricey for a pasta resto. We’ll definitely try other dishes there some other time.

Until next chowtime :@)!

NO votes win over in Quezon

The NO votes overwhelmed the YES votes in the Quezon plebiscite last Saturday. Inquirer.net report states that around 70% percent of the votes casts are NO’s, while only 30% are in favor of split-up of the province into Quezon Del Norte and Quezon Del Sur. The report also said that that only a third of all registered voters in the province joined the electoral process. The leaders of NO proponents have called on their supporters to respect the results of the plebiscite.

Its really a long day for me today. The people have spoken and I will respect the decision made via this democratic process.

Plebiscite Day for Quezon

Today is the day to cast the YES or NO vote to the Quezon Del Sur and Quezon Del Norte initiative. I heard  radio reports that the precints in the province opened at 7am.  It is speculated that there will be a low turnout of voters this time because of the lack of information campaign related this plebiscite. It is also expected that the results will be known later today (or early Sunday), although because of the TRO issued by the SC, these results will not be proclaimed by Comelec . The Philippine National Police in the province is placed on heightened alert as a proactive move to prevent possible violence related to the plebiscite.

I will update this blog as soon as I significant updates on this topic. Previous post related this topic here.

IE7 Zero-Day Exploit: JS_DLOAD.MD

Trend Micro reported that there is new malware called JS_DLOAD.MD found in the wild that exploits a vulnerability of Internet Explorer 7(IE7) browser. The report mentioned that the malicious file was uploaded to several websites (albeit unknowingly) and if downloaded by users will then download several other malware including some Trojan Spyware that steals account information for popular online games (Lineage and Legend of Mir) and a rootkit. More information can be found on their malware blog.

Last week I posted some info on malicious Firefox in this blog also and this week its IE7’s turn ūüôā¬† Let’s hope that MS patch this bug soon. Maybe next week it will be Apple/Mac’s turn ūüôā

Dec12 Rally: Stop GMA ChaCha

I browsed Tonyocruz.com post and found out that the anti-ChaCha rally is today, December 12. Sorry I can’t make it but I am posting the invitation from the organizers (courtesy of Tonyo) as a show of support to the anti-ChaCha movement:

Dear Friends and Concerned Citizens,

Greetings of peace in these turbulent and uncertain times!

Recent moves in the House of Representatives by no less than Speaker Prospero Nograles and other administration allies to railroad their discredited bid to change the Philippine Charter (Chacha) by convening Congress into a Constituent Assembly (Con?Ass) has raised the alarm among many concerned sectors of our society.

Like in previous failed attempts at Chacha, a vast majority and still growing number of our people, are convinced that their real purpose is to extend the stay of Mrs. Arroyo in power well beyond 2010.

We thus call on you to be one with our people in declaring, ‚ÄúEnough! Stop Gloria‚Äôs Chacha now!‚ÄĚ

Join us in an inter?faith, multisectoral prayer and protest rally on Friday, 12 December 2008, 4:00 pm.

Let us congregate at the Ninoy Aquino Monument, Ayala corner Paseo de Roxas, Makati City.

We also enjoin our kababayan in other cities and provinces to express their rejection of Chacha in various forms of protest nationwide.

Let us take a united stand once more so that truth, justice and the will of the people may prevail!

MOST REV. DEOGRACIAS S. INIGUEZ, JR., D.D.
Diocese of Caloocan

BISHOP ELIEZER M. PASCUA
General Secretary, UCCP

BR. ARMIN LUISTRO, FSC
Lasallian Justice & Peace Commission

MO. MARY JOHN MANANZAN, OSB

FR. JOE DIZON
Solidarity Philippines

Hope you guys have a peaceful rally!

Quezon Del Sur Update

Still YES for Quezon Del Sur for me. As discussed in my previous post I menardconnected and interviewed more people to get fresh, up-to-date and insider information on this topic.

Facts first: The plebiscite on Saturday, December 13, 2008 will push thru, as confirmed by Ka Erin’s comment on his blog. But since the SC have given a temporary restraining order (TRO) so¬†the results will not be proclaimed.

And now my analysis and my opinion. First for the Anti or the NO supporters. For the incumbent governor and previous author of the bill, its understandable that he will oppose the move. Why? Power, influence and resources will be divided into two and he will just get half of the pie (forget about the IRA and other discussions of the financials/technicalities of this resource, think of it as simple math ok?). I will blog it in Filipino to express my views more eloquently: Sino ba namang Hari ang papayag na mahati ang kaharian nya??? Tapos yung magiging hari sa Quezon Del Sur eh galing sa kabilang kampo? The answer to my 1 million peso question: Why do some politician(s) (especially from the 4th district) aggressively supports the NO move? The answer is simple, they are allied with the incumbent governor. Allies help one another. Even in Computer Games and MMORPG they do that. For the Alliance!!!

For the Pro or the YES proponents. Aside from the points raised in my previous post (accessibility, better management, equal distribution of resources for the south) here are some additional tidbits I have: The people of the 3rd and 4th district (as well as its leadership/ruling clans) will be the beneficiary. For the People!¬†Period. Honestly,¬†I haven’t got inputs from the folks from the 1st and 2nd districts, but I heard that one party have taken a neutral stance, while another party¬†seems to be¬†nurturing a¬†NO vote, but since they are traditionally not aligned (in filipino, “tradisyonal na kalaban sa pulitika”) with the incumbent governor¬†they¬†opted to¬†keep a low profile¬†on this issue.

But here’s the catch: If this is really GOOD for the 3rd and 4th district, bakit matunog pa rin ang NO sa mga taga timog Quezon? Well… this will boil down to… surprise?…traditional politics. Yes. Its seems this is a battle of the Gov and his allies versus the kingpins of the South. Here are some examples of¬†the arguments from the common tao (on why they are inclined to vote for NO):

1. Si Gov meron 100 scholars sa XXX university, pag nahati na quezon pano na yung mga scholars???

2. Pano na yung pramis ni Gov na YYY Million project sa ZZZ town/barrio? pag nahati na quezon wala na yun di ba???

Its sad that the big issues are overlooked by this kind of traditional politics. In the end, its seems that the Del Sur people will be on the losing side of the battle in the event of either a YES or NO victory. Why?
1. If YES wins, promised projects/benefits will _NOT_ be given.
2. If NO wins, promised projects/benefits will be given. But do you think the current incumbent governor will be more “mapagbigay” to the south? I don’t think so.

So my take here. Still YES for me. YES to Quezon Del Sur. Laban na lang kung laban. Sabi ko na lang nga e pag lumaban ka me 50% chances ka manalo (yung other 50% talo ka). Kapag nde ka lumaban, talo ka na 100% sigurado yun.

Yes to Quezon del Sur and Quezon del Norte

YES. I support the move to split the Quezon Province into two: Quezon del Norte and Quezon del Sur. I read the facts and opinions expressed by both camps (and did some personal interview/chat with some people I know), and I agree more to the points raised by the pro split group.

I hail from the 4th district (Lopez, Quezon), and I know that this discussion was started way back in the 1990‚Äôs (possibly the 80’s) and personally for me this is really a done deal (discussions/hearings/etc) already. I am just a little bit surprised at the recent turn of events in the local scene (political figures switching stances, oh whatsnew ūüėÄ ) but I firmly believe that is timely that the southern Quezon be given a chance to stand on its own. This will enable better accessibility and better management for the 3rd and 4th districts (as well as a better distribution of projects).

Republic Act No. 9495 (RA9495), states that Quezon Del Sur will be composed of  the towns of Agdangan, Buenavista, Catanauan, General Luna, Macalelon, Mulanay, Padre Burgos, Pitogo, San Andres, San Francisco, San Narciso, Unisan, Alabat, Atimonan, Calauag, Guinayangan, Gumaca, Lopez, Perez, Plaridel, Quezon and Tagkawayan.

Quezon Del Norte will be composed of cities of Lucena and Tayabas, and the towns of Burdeos, General Nakar, Infanta, Jomalig, Lucban, Mauban, Pagbilao, Panukulan, Patnanungan, Polilio, Real, Sampaloc, Candelaria, Dolores, San Antonio and Sariaya.

The last information I got was the plebiscite will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2008. I will try to get more up to date and insider info tomorrow and give updates to this blog

More info on RA9495 here

Pacquiao wins over Dela Hoya

Just want to¬†write my hurray and¬†grats greetz¬†to Pacquiao. I watched the¬†fight¬†via¬†free TV (CH7) but already knew the outcome because of the rival station (CH2) flashed the results¬†in TV :-p . I also confirmed¬†the¬†outcome¬†via searching the internet. I commend Manny and the rest of Team Pacquiao for a job well done.¬†Pacman and Roach were indeed very prepared for the fight. I really liked Manny’s style of boxing that night: Hindi nanggigil at maganda ang footwork. I’m not a boxing expert but the way I see it, Golden Boy either did not prepare well for the fight or is really too old to fight.¬†But I admire both fighters professionalism.

Again congrats to Manny Pacquiao! Mabuhay ka!

TROJ_DROP.BP – A Firefox Malware

I stumbled upon a Computerworld article and it reported that Bitdefender guys got hold of a malicious infostealer that poses as a Firefox plugin. Bitdefender detects it as Trojan.PWS.ChromeInject.A (Trend Micro as TROJ_DROP.BP). Complete details can be found here

In my previous blogs, I usually do not care to post about these new antimalware/antivirus stuffs but what got me interested is this: I recently installed Firefox on several of my PCs to see how Menardconnect.com will look like using different browsers (honestly before I was a pure IE7 kid, but I recently said my goodbye to those all MS-days of mine), and its very intriguing to know that now even Firefox have its own share of this malware menace. I believe this just highlights some points:

1. When you gain market share you the probability of¬†being¬†the¬†target for malware will be higher. So its true that Firefox is gaining on IE then ūüėģ ??? So Apple better watch out ūüôā

2. Where there is money, bad guys will go (there) to get milk and honey (hehe my rhyme sucks). But seriously look at the sites that the trojan targets (see Computerworld article) and you will get my point better.

I’ll try to write more¬†AV/techie stuffs¬†on this blog next time.