Showing posts with label internet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label internet. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Liv Rebel-A automatic watch

I am not one of those who are overly apprehensive of purchasing things online. In fact, I have done so for a long time via Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and more recently the likes of Ebay, Lazada and even Facebook.

I got this one via Kickstarter. I learned about the watch from an ad that appeared on Facebook and I got curious about it. To cut a long story short, I decided to "invest" in this project but also had to be careful so I only chose the option that will lead to a single watch reward. I did choose the middle option by going for the automatic.

The watch was delivered in a box and opening it shows the company tagline.
There's a pouch
And inside is a rather big box - not as large as my Moonwatch's though
My first look at the watch that was made with my support
The simple design makes this one functional but still aesthetically sound.
Side view showing the crown with the distinct Liv logo.
The watch is quite thick and weighs on the heavy side even compared with my larger watches.
Side view showing the crown
Here is the see-through case back featuring a Sellita SW200-1 movement that has a 38-hour power reserve at 28,800 bph. The movement is the same as the one powering my Hampton.
Here it is on my wrist the first time I tried it on.

The Clairvoyant likes the watch but finds it quite heavy. I thought it was a pretty big and hefty watch, too, but it suits me and I wear it more often than I thought I would be given my many other options to wear any given day. Liv is a newby in the world of watchmaking and it is a Miami-based company that complied with the requirements for their watches to be "Swiss Made". So far, I think their watches are really good in terms of functionality and aesthetics, and only time will tell if these will be collectible.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Trolls in our midst

You see them everywhere online these days. They are particularly active in news and public affairs websites, popular blogs, chat sites, Twitter, Facebook, and even general sites like Yahoo. They are those who seem to have an opinion about anything. They are those who like to post negative comments even loaded ones that tend to agitate or rile other online denizens. The wayward comments are intended to bait the author and other people to reply, setting off what was termed as a "flame war" in the past (I'm not sure it's termed the same way today.).

I first noticed trolls on Internet Relay Chat (IRC) in the 1990's. They like coming into chat channels and immediately post wayward, inappropriate, or offending remarks in the channel. Many deliberately attempt to disrupt discussions to the point that chatters eventually create other channels or end up having private chats in ad hoc channels. All of them hide under the "nicks," short for nicknames that chatters use in order hide their true identities. There are many reasons for people hiding their true identities online. Among these reasons are to be able to attack others online while remaining anonymous. Such behavior, many say, is the hallmark of cowardice as many of these people don't really have the courage to speak up in person or face-to-face to the people they are wont to harass online. Of course, the counter claim is that their anonymity protects them from backlash (whether online or in real life). But why be afraid of the repercussions of your remarks if they were true and not maliciously delivered? 

I've noticed the past few years the increasing amount of trolling online. These are mostly on unmoderated sites where article authors and legit comments are often"attacked" by people who exude what we now call "nega" (short for negative energy). But now, you also have a lot of trolls on social media, using the typical tactic of hiding their true identities behind their handles. Noticeable, too, are what seem to be professional trolls - those who are paid to comment negatively on news articles, opinion pages, and public figures or sites or pages devoted to the same. Among the most frequent targets, naturally and logically, are politicians. And then of course, there are already sites wholly devoted to criticism where most if not all contributors pass off themselves as experts who practically know it all and best.

Fortunately for us, there are also filters and ways to moderate discussions or comments on posts. Such tools save us from much of the trolling or prevent the "nega" comments from being out there in public. Of course, there are some of us who choose to engage these trolls once in a while in order to expose many of them as frauds and cowards. I must admit that I myself have tried to use their own methods against them (a taste of their own medicine). So far, I've managed to piss off some of them as they end up ranting or contradicting themselves. So to those who might have experienced or who will experience trolling first hand, there are basically two ways to handle these creatures: limited engagement or the silent treatment. The first is quite tricky and one must be careful not to get lured by the more experienced trolls. The second, I guess, is the most effective and what many decent people employ most of the time.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Information dissemination in times of flooding

I admire the current Marikina City administration for being on top of the situation with regards to their constituents. Part of this is their transparency in providing scientific information on rainfall and the levels of the Marikina River. Such information are good references especially since one can easily compare the situation in Marikina with those of adjoining areas given that the streams and other waterways connect to the Marikina and Pasig Rivers. Below are links to the information derived from the DOST and Marikina's very own local monitoring system.

River level:


One can easily navigate the site for other pertinent information.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Connectivity (Again)

After recovering from problems concerning my internet connection via broadband, I was able to compare the performance of two of the main competitors. So far, the verdict is that my old broadband service has been the most consistent in terms of connectivity and speed. On connectivity, I have been able to connect quickly on the 3G/HSDPA network of my old service provider. Meanwhile, it has been an excruciating experience in as far as network connection and speed is concerned, where I am often able to connect on the slower GSM/GPRS network that practically limits my access to sites including Gmail, Facebook and this blog.

As a result, I am led to believe based on my experience that my old service still provides the best connectivity in as far as broadband is concerned. Next stop? Perhaps we should already have DSL in our home. That way, we'll have access to even higher speeds and be able to download goodies like recent episodes of TV series we missed because either we couldn't watch the local telecast or free TV don't feature the series.