Certain technologies sometimes fail to deliver what they promise.

Let’s talk about the latest wireless Internet technologies that are now available in the Philippine market.

I don’t want to name products. But let’s just say there are two popular (and perhaps the only two services available now) services that boast broadband speeds without the need to connect to a wired network. They use the existing mobile phone networks.

Recently, I’ve heard complaints about one service that promises to deliver high-speed data that goes beyond the 3G (not the gravity) speeds. I read in one mailing list that the service had been out for 2 weeks. That’s pretty bad!

I remember when I was hooked up to fairly new fixed wireless Internet service several months back. I did experience hiccups.

Lately, I still experience “no Internet” service for days. Just recently, I lost my Internet connection after a thunderstorm.

I got a call from the customer service after numerous tries. The customer support agent was patient enough to determine what was wrong. Eventually, he concluded that my wireless antennae might have been damaged during the thunderstorm.

The next morning, my connection was back. Hmmmm…

Another wireless service I dub “I ain’t roaming” is perhaps a dud. It WAS the first of its kind in the country. But it has so far failed my personal reliability test. I’ve been using it for the past weeks to provide me wireless Internet from anywhere where there is mobile phone network coverage. But one day, I found its PCMCIA card not working.

The card was not initializing and so it won’t connect to the mobile network. And for some reason, it reconfigures your Windows wireless Internet settings. So I had to figure how to revert back to the normal settings of detecting any wi-fi network available.

Anyway, this wireless roaming Internet service provides intermittent wireless Internet connection.
Moral of the story: wireless Internet technology in the Philippines is not yet reliable. Most of the wireless Internet services offered today don’t exactly provide the quality of service they promise.

The sad thing is that the local firms might be over-selling this service, amid problems and complaints of poor quality.

Charge me

Disclaimer: I’m not endorsing Nokia. I just found this free charging station interesting.

I was on my way out of a movie house when I noticed this free Nokia charging station for mobile phones. Cool! So I plugged my phone for a few minutes. The trouble with this charging station is that the wires are too short. It is also not a good idea to leave your phone unattended. But it’s still a cool idea. I wish other brands would follow suit.

Are we ready for mobile TV?

Yay! Mobile TV is almost here. Wait. What’s on? Well, that’s the biggest question that I want to ask service and network providers. Yes, mobile television is here but what content will it have. Will mobile TV services resort to shovelware, meaning pushing the same content we now see on our boob tube to the mobile handset? Or we going to see a YouTube-like model, which is user-generated? Excerpt:

PLDT President and CEO Napoleon Nazareno said the service is still undergoing technical tests but will be formally introduced on March 11.

“It would initial show the cable channels CNN BBC World, CNBC, Basketball TV, MTV, Jack TV, Fashion TV and other entertainment channels,” Nazareno said.

I remember this article I wrote last year: “Mobile TV is ‘snack TV’, say Ericsson.” It says:

People will spend less than 5 minutes watching television programs on their mobile phone, a consumer survey from telecommunications vendor Ericsson showed.

What can you watch in less than 5 minutes? Short video clips, of what? Basketball or Football highlights, MTV, YouTube, etc. That’s just a start. What else? A video clip of your home sent through your Internet-connected security web cam. Five-minute sitcoms or sketches. Music lessons, a multimedia map or tour guide. A video clip of your doctor’s or dentist’s diagnosis. A review of the latest book, movie, etc. These are just random thoughts that I’m typing now. There will be more. In short, don’t think about today’s TV when you hear mobile TV. Two words: snack TV.

I also found some useful links on mobile TV.

Crackberry and tech addiction

I have succumbed to tech addiction. I can’t leave home without my iPOD, mobile phones, and my Blackberry (I use this mainly for work). Last Friday, I realized I could not stop looking at my incoming messages on my Blackberry. It was a compulsion of sort. So when I saw this video clip by Nalts called Crackberry on YouTube, I cracked.

Admit it. You’re also like me. If you’re reading this blog now, I assume you’re in front of your computer most of the time, surfing or working. I remember one friend labeling this as “screenburn.” (I think she heard it from another person). It means too much exposure to screens (PC, cellphones, TV, etc.). We’ve become digital addicts. We now abhor books. We hate newspapers. We don’t have time to read. We play console or PC games all night. We spend less time talking to people. We don’t visit parks anymore. We prefer the digital shop in malls. Even our writing has changed. Remember the last time you wrote your aunt or your mother a letter? Now, she’s just a text away. Saying “I love you” is now a matter of typing “lavu.” That takes less than a second to do.

Waah Trojans

I thought I was going to have a nice and uneventful weekend. But one stupid mistake led to another sleepless night. Okay. In trying to find an “activation code” for Kaspersky AV, I triggered a trojan, which right up to this minute, is causing problems in my PC. My Internet connection has almost slowed to a halt, while I face more problems.

For the past days, I’ve been trying to figure out what’s causing problems in my YM! Then I found out that the user accounts in Windows are also inaccessible. What to do?