MAY 18, 2007
 (BULLETIN) By Allan D. Francisco - More than a hundred actors, both in lead roles and bit players, were killed during the last national drama event, otherwise known as election period in this country. More are expected to join their unhappy ranks as the votes are counted and tallied at the usual snail’s pace. My guess is, and let me make it clear that it is just a guess, a considerable number of the killings involved issues related to loyalty or lack of it. At first glance, Filipinos may seem tolerant of political butterflies. But though they may not put much weight on loyalty, some Filipinos would kill to get even with those who would betray them.

Ah, loyalty or even faithfulness is such a commodity in severe short supply in this part of the world. Spouses who put their trust on their husbands or wives, and really believed that their love would last a lifetime are in for the shock of their lives when a carelessly hidden love note makes its presence known, or a very unequivocal e-mail message or text message is left undeleted.

Among friends, indiscretions may also lead to breakdowns of long-nourished amities, and put life-long enmity, even animosity, in their place. Betrayals happen too in the family, in the workplace, even in churches. Unfaithfulness is as old as the time when a snake sold Eve on taking a bite of the forbidden fruit.

In this world of deceit and betrayal then, could anyone blame those people who put their trust on their computers? These people, whom most of the rest of society have labeled as nerds and geeks, spend most of their waking hours and some more of their sleeping time with their computers and other gadgets and devices.

Computers are the ideal companion for people who have been hurt or fear being hurt by betrayals. After all, computers will always be there, always ready with outputs depending on what data their users would input. Encode those data a million times, and the same output will emerge each time the Enter key is hit. Now, can anyone from among the billions of humans ever approximate that level of being constant and dependable?

I didn’t think so either.

HP Puts Blu-ray, DVD on PC

So what’s a computer company got to do when it does not want to break the heart of either of competing next-generation DVD standards? Like a lady or a man torn between two lovers, Hewlett-Packard opted to put instead a dual-format optical drive, which supports both the HD DVD and Blu-ray technologies, in its high-end PC models.

At first glance, it is a logical and most fair move on the part of the computer vendor. However, the LG Super Multi Blue Blu-ray Disc Rewriter and HD DVD-ROM Drive (GGW-H10N) shows a little bias in favor of the Blu-ray camp. How so? Well, the optical drive can rewrite on Blu-ray discs, while allotting a ROM designation for the rival HD DVD side.

Oh, people. You’re such a sneaky, suspicious bunch.

Cable Modem Runs 25x Faster

Cable TV company-provided “broadband” Internet services can be an oxymoron at times, if not most of the times. And my experience with my cable Internet service provider has so far failed to convince me otherwise. Frequent signal drops, much lower upstream and downstream transmission speeds than promised, customer service that leaves much to be desired, the list can go on and on and become as long as the last sample ballots I saw the other day.

So, is cable Internet a business doomed to extinction?

I guess not, if the industry could get its hands on the cable modem presented by Comcast Corp. last week. Featuring a technology developed by the Cable Television Laboratories, the modem would offer data download speeds of up to 150 megabits per second, or about 25 times faster than existing cable modems.

For the cable Internet industry’s sake, I really hope this modem technology would arrive soon on this archipelago. Otherwise, I might finally give in to this DSL itch, growing bigger each day deep within me.

That’s all for the meantime, folks. Join me again next time as we keep on watching IT.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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