Tuesday, October 20, 2015

October 21, 2015 : Baseball and Hollywood Connection

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October 21, 2015, Major League Baseball, Hollywood. What is the connection? If you have a great childhood and grew up in the 80's when new wave and disco music was the thing, you must have watch a bunch of futuristic movies from Hollywood. I remember a bunch of them and Star Wars and Back To The Future made the top of my list. Before I'll skip Star Wars for now, have you seen the trailer for the new movie due by December? If not, check it out on this link after reading this post.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

AWS Developer Day in Manila : Why we need more events like this?

Not everyday that you get to attend a great informative talk from subject matter experts. Last saturday, I attended the Amazon Web Services Developer Day organized by the Developers Connect Philippines (DevConPH) and hosted by iAcademy in Makati, PH. A free event that far exceeded my expectation. Information overload, so to speak. With the ever changing phase of technology and innovations, talks like these are very much welcome and much needed. Collaborations between solution providers and developers can pave way to innovations. Read on to find what made this event a fulfilling one.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Cyber-bullying : The "good", the bad and the ugly

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Cyber-bullying is defined as the willful and repeated use of cell phones, computers, and other electronic communication devices to harass and threaten others. With the advent of social media, the incidents has increased in numbers and the victims does not even know what is hitting them. For the past years, we have heard of  depressions and deaths because of this. Yet, there has never been a strong drive to increase public awareness and promote support groups to help victims outside of the schools.  Campaigns and programs has never gained mainstream presence enough to make an impact.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Can you live on a 100MB data allowance for 30 days?

If you are a smartphone user relying only on WiFi connectivity to connect to the internet then you are lucky. Unfortunately, a lot of users wanted the extra mobility to access the internet on the go for quick browsing, traffic and weather updates, instant messaging and  to access their social networks.  However,  data has become a prime commodity and being online 24/7 can be expensive. Fortunately in the Philippines, service providers have been offering special deals and promotions on data connectivity. Gone were the days where unlimited call and text is all you need. Most offers now include data allowances. Some are generous and some are just too little to be usable. Are these offerings enough to get you through a month?

Thursday, April 25, 2013

How to Kill a Slow Process using DOS Batch File Script with TaskKill and TaskList

If you are still trapped in the era of batch files and command lines in Windows environment, here is something you can add to your DOS cheat codes.  Lucky for us here, we are still using DOS batch file to implement installation of some updates to our system. Here is a simple batch file script that is designed for slow systems that requires a significant amount of time to kill a particular process. The requirement is simple,  do not start any copying or moving of files until  the process ( i.e. MyProcess.exe) is totally killed by DOS. The simplest solution would be to use TASKKILL to kill the process, wait for a few seconds  then start copying/ moving of files there after. Unfortunately, while we were testing this simple step on a slow machine, DOS would take an awful lot of minutes to kill the process in question. Thus, when our delay is reached, we would encounter error on copying/moving files that is currently used by the unkilled process causing a failure on the installation. So instead of increasing our delay to God-Knows-How-Much , we went for another approach. That is to continuously try to kill the process ( after a certain  delay ) until it is actually out of the task list. This would mean  a:) continuously monitoring the task list to see if the process is still alive b:) create a loop that will do the monitoring of the task list, try to kill the process, delay for some time and repeat again.