Tuesday, September 07, 2010

The "in" and "out" machine

With the rising case of dengue patients in the Philippines, the growing number becomes worst to dangerous and vice versa.

Yahoo! Philippines just recently posted an alarming 7,000 individual cases that although DOH (Department of Health) mentions that this wasn't an epidemic status yet. One thing is certain: to those who already died, this news will never reach their ears and to those whose fate is still hanging in the balance of motivation to live - to all measures done in order to survive, the ability to live is something they are certain that they really, really need...

In my own little way, I've done my part (which I could say isn't my best) but at least I'm proud to say - I've been a part of it. What I'm talking about is donating your blood - but in this case using an "Apheresis" machine to do that.

Similar to the one I've been recently hooked-up a few weeks ago, this "Apheresis" machine draws my whole blood, process it and then returns it back - drawing only the much needed part for potential dengue patients.

The aftermath of a small prick to initially test my blood for the later donation has its rewards too...

...which I believe is fairly enough to make me or somebody smile after an "Apheresis" blood donation. See, I got this KFC Fully Loaded meal - which is my choice anyway after a "wholehearted" letting go of a portion of my blood. Fair enough right?

I still got an extra, although having this meal is already an "extra" for me - I can say that having a Chuckie is worth it! Of course, with a "Fully Loaded" KFC Meal on top of it.

Special thanks to "The Impulsive Buy" for the KFC "Fully Loaded" Meal image, to the "Bone Marrow Donor Support Network" for the "Apheresis" machine image, as well with "Pinoy Shop n' Save" for the Nestle "Chuckie" image...

An unlikely typo

The habit of rising up early in the morning to read my e-mail has taken my memory to new height, and for this example being able to spot a "typo" on one of the newsletters that I daily receive.

Hmmmm... a "typo" isn't it? Of course, this was from their e-mail.

No more "ptomized" things...

The article however is already corrected online, as we speak and it also reminds me of MagicDisc and the blog I've written about it...

Finding the fastest DNS to use... locally

While trying to resolve the slowness of our family internet cafe, I came across MacWorld article which tells about finding locally available DNS numbers to use near your geographic location. This DNS ("Domain Name System") thing kept ringing on my ears at work as well. Well, in the office - we do have problems regarding our ISP's DNS and it keeps on getting worse :-(

Prior to writing this supplementary article about this DNS thingy, I've been a fan of mixed cocktails of other DNS services like OpenDNS, NortonDNS, and so on. Went testing OpenDNS before and deploying it in a faith-based private hospital in Cebu, Philippines as well to a couple of organizations that I have performed consultancy projects. As for OpenDNS, I was able to do (as I've already said "cocktail" mix-up) together with some Linksys router restriction setup. The byproduct was a Conficker-free, malware and phish-free network that made an ease out of my work as a former Systems Administrator. At the same time, increasing working productivity by blocking certain restrictions on web browsing, etc. In short, non-essential things that aren't included in your usual job description which you're trying to include.

Now back to the finding a local DNS service thingy, here's a screenshot of namebench - a program which I've downloaded within Google Code that looks for DNS providers globally, as well as those near you. Well, since I live in the Philippine - I do need one here. Not necessarily the one my ISP assigned.

Now here's the end product screenshot of namebench - a clearer view of what should I have been using as my DNS numbers for all these times.

Trying namebench...

For those who want to test their ISP assigned DNS numbers, as well the possibility of finding a DNS number better than what their ISP has assigned them, namebench is readily available for downloading. To download, just click here.