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JayDJ is ME

Discover more about JayDJ by browsing the archive which goes way back to 2006.

28 June 2007

More Than Meets The Eye

I have been a fan of the Transformers since 1986. I wasn't able to collect all the toys then but I do have a decent collection. I'm particularly proud of my Optimus Prime collection. Also, I've been a follower of their evolution from their simple diaclone pre-Transformers Japanese toy appearance to their current form and storyline. You could say I can pass for a Transformers historian.

I have mixed reactions on the newest release of the Transformers saga, being Transformers The Movie. I may be considered a purist for admiring the original storyline and first generation of transformers. I wasn't too thrilled with the new looks of the original cast of transformers characters. As hi-tech as it looked, I didn't like their complex transformations. I did want to appreciate the special effects but the camera had its panning set to frenzy. I would've appreciated it more seeing the robots transform from one angle and camera shot.

Knowing that there are hundreds of characters included in Transformers Universe, I was disappointed to see only a handful of them introduced and used in this movie. It may be intentional for a possible sequel, plus I understand that the movie is limited to time constraints, but whether there'll be a successor to this movie or not, there are much unused characters, plots, personalities and history which could've made the movie more exciting.

On the other hand, all the hype of the transformers has led to a renewed interest for those who used to watch their cartoon when they were kids as well as a new generation of youngsters who now know who Optimus Prime and Megatron are.

Aside from their new transformations, the original toyline and its variations are also being brought back, not to mention at a much affordable price than before.

Overall, I am pleased that the transformers are back. And I hope after this movie, there is still more that awaits the eye.

... Till all are one...

25 June 2007

Starting A Startup

"It's not an easy task" would be my opening thoughts. But the potential integrated with your personal vision is what makes it all worthwhile.

I recently read an article about Guy Kawasaki, co-founder of http://truemors.com who documented the steps he took in putting up a dot.com entitled "By the Numbers: How I built a Web 2.0, User-Generated Content, Citizen Journalism, Long-Tail, Social Media Site for $12,107.09" and he tells his story which may seem inspiring to others given the 7.5 weeks he mentioned this all took place. It's sustaining and maintaining the website long after it's gone live is what's important. I've seen dot.coms come and go, startups with brilliant concepts, and visionaries with much passion. However, when it comes to actually putting everything together and implementing it, it requires more than that.

I myself am to embark on a new but exciting period in my website's life, that is making it shine as it has never shined before. Time to crank up the volume and let this baby blossom by being seen, read and heard by all. Wish me luck !

19 June 2007

All Around the Web

I used to envision having my own website with everything online I needed on it, images, blogs, articles, polls, comments, files, video... just about every type of content that can be made visible on the web.

However, it does take time to build all of these and integrate it in one website. I know I can do it but I don't have the luxury of time in doing so.

And so, I succumbed to using various websites for different purposes, blogspot.com for my blog, friendster for my social network, multiply as a backup, youtube for videos, and picasa and flickr for uploading pictures.

What I used to dislike, being scattered on the net is the very same thing I'm doing right now. I guess it's also giving in to what's being popularly done. At least I have my own domain, web server and e-mail so I don't have to rely on other free services. The only thing I don't like about being scattered on the net is having to log on to each one for a particular service. I haven't really consolidated all my content except for just placing links.

So here's what I have so far...

http://www.jaydj.info - My Main Blog
http://jaydj.multiply.com - My mirrored blog
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaydj/ - A couple of pics
http://www.friendster.com/jaydj - Friendster Network
http://www.youtube.com/user/jaydj - My videos

Aside from that I do have my portfolio and resume but that's for professional purposes only and upon request. It's a good thing my username jaydj, isn't very common to be taken by somebody else.

11 June 2007

Life In The Fast Lane

Since using the internet in 1996, I've primarily accessing the net via dialup modem. Even though through the years, speeds of dialup increased from the 14.4k modem to the 28.8k, 33.6k and top speed of 56k, I've only been able to reach a max connection of 33.6K

I've manage to survive with this kind of connection ever since. I've created my own system to fully utilize my slow connection. My work ethics is also based on the system I created. The basic premise is that my internet connection must not be idle at any given time. Hence, before I go online, everything in well-planned and ready to execute. Here are some of the rules:

  1. E-mails are answered offline and sent in batches when I go online.

  2. New e-mails are also being downloaded from all my e-mail accounts.

  3. Files for uploading are queued and ready to upload simultaneously while downloading another queue of files.

  4. Websites to be visited are all on a written list and are loaded one at a time in the browser with a maximum of 5 websites.

  5. From midnight to 8am, huge files are queued for downloading (logfiles, database backups, huge file uploads).

  6. Some online tasks are automated and ready to run at certain hours of the day when internet is free or I'm asleep (windows update, anti-virus update, daily site backups).

  7. During weekends, I allow entertainment or non-priority files to be setup for download (video clips, games, trial software).

Enter 2007... Files these days have just grown immensely huge that my queued files are getting longer and longer and my work backlog is simply accumulating. I was able to survive by going to hotspots equipped with wifi and using 3g on my mobile phone for high-speed internet access. A couple of friends were surprised to learn how I could survive simply on dialup, especially being an internet consultant, web site owner and technopreneur.

It was still manageable. However, it was becoming more costly to meet the demands of much needed bandwidth. To make matters worse, our phone line went berzerk which made even the simplest task of sending e-mail unberable.

And so, eventually, I decided to get a broadband connection and thus subscribe to DSL.
I'm so happy with my speedier connection. It changed the way I use the internet now. The rules I've created no longer stand. I can send e-mails immediatley after composing them. I don't have to queue files for download at a later time because I can download them now without waiting for a century to retrieve. I can now watch streaming videos online. I can leave my computer online without worrying if the hours on an internet prepaid account are ticking away. I can send files online faster. Heck even my computer seems to run better now.

I guess the first sign of sadness if ever, I'll be feeling about my new broadband connection is when the first billing statement arrives. Nevertheless, being an internet superuser, I feel it is worth every peso.

Now on to my new set of problems.... gotta have more disk space.
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