Friday, October 16, 2009

Tech Rush

For the past months I have been content with what I know and have when it comes to technology. New gadgets and developments in both hardware and software did not make me even curious if I would need them (that’s the way its supposed to be) but three weeks ago, 2 things happened that made me rush back into the tech world:

  1. my dad purchased the new 13-inch Macbook Pro, and by default I inherited his 2 year old (but still in good condition) 13-inch MacBook. I must say that after a long time of being happily contented with what I had, that Macbook Pro has become an obsession (which I think will remain just that). Anyway, I had a laptop again all to myself so I started along the path that all people with new gadgets take – customization
  2. Typhoon Ondoy (International Name: Ketsana): Yes, a typhoon. It’s not as if Filipinos aren’t used to typhoons when this is a tropical country and we have only two seasons - wet and dry. Sure it was raining all night (September 25) and all throughout the next day but there wasn’t anything striking about that. September 26 found me going to church despite the rains and it seemed that everyone else went about their usual business armed with umbrellas, of course. About 10 in the morning, text messages from friends started coming in - certain roads were becoming impassable because of rising flood water; traffic jams; still continuous rains. but that wasn’t something new. I guess everyone thought that they were isolated incidents.

    What caught my attention was a text message that the South Luzon Express Way was shutdown because of flooding. That wasn’t usual... little by little text messages from friends all over Metro Manila started coming it and it became apparent that something wasn’t right. It was the internet that broke the news: Twitter, Plurk, Facebook, Youtube, and various other sites and blogs showed pictures and videos of what was going on. It wasn’t until September 28 that the whole picture became apparent to me. That started me back on the internet, which I don’t think I’ve left for the past 3 weeks.

I’ll try my best to sort out what has been happening since.

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