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paris fatparis hilton is one sexy and pretty chick. i must admit that. in her reality TV shows, and even in her famous homemade video, she always looked skinny. but in this picture of the hotel heiress, she actually looks fat! man, look at those hips and upper legs. but i can easily remember those legs spread wide apart as she was taken from behind in that sensational homemade video where she was lead actor. oops! LOLz.. . 😀 and those legs definitely didn’t look fat. or maybe i was just too focused on something else?

then again it could just be the photo, eh?  what do you think?

this photo of paris hilton was taken moments after she was released from an L.A. all-women’s correctional facility, where she supposedly spent only 3 weeks of the 45-day sentence she got from judge sauer. one of the reasons – good behavior. how she got into prison? umm. .. driving with an expired license. driving under the influence of alcohol. reckless driving.. . ok just read it here.



aha! this was what i exclaimed when Open Arena first ran on my Kubuntu Feisty 7.04.

Quake 3 was one of the first commercial Windows games that i successfully ran on my Suse Linux through cedega. i still play it from time to time now. except that i can’t seem to find a free cedega for Kubuntu where i don’t have to run Point2Play. and my Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 now is sort of a work-only station.

so imagine my surprise when i ran across this game the other night. it is very much like Quake 3. but of course! the engine is based from the Quake 3 engine GPL source code after all. it had its first public test release on August 19, 2005. what the.. .?! what have i been doing in the past 2 years?  ahhh.. . playing NeverWinter Nights of course!.. . but maybe it’s only recently that Open Arena has reached maturity. then again i don’t really know and i don’t give a rat’s ass if it is! all i care about is that i got it on my Kubuntu and i am having a hell of a time playing it myself and with my friends!

you can get more of Open Arena at their official website:

this game, Nexuiz, adds to the handful of games i play on Linux. i just stumbled upon it by accident last night, after i also discovered yet another kewl game on Linux – Open Arena. Nexuiz is a fast paced, 3D, first-person shooter game like Quake. it has very good graphicsnexuiz-logo and effects. you can play it over the Internet or on the local area network. game types like deathmatch, capture the flag and etc., are available. one can play it in single player mode against bots, as well. it runs natively on Linux. which means that you don’t have to have cedega or wine to be able to play Nexuiz.

i was struck by the graphics quality of Nexuiz. it is almost, if not the same, as Quake 3. i mean come on let’s face it, gaming on Linux is poor. so when i headed over to their official website and looked at a couple of screen shots, i just knew i had to download this game. and after experiencing this game, i wasn’t disappointed at all. perhaps the only great commercial game that i know of that runs natively on Linux is NeverWinter Nights. and it’s the only game that i really consider as a game on Linux. now i have another one! sure there is Scorched Earth 3D, which also runs natively on Linux and is pretty fun to play. but then it is like a kiddie arcade game. yes i can play Warcraft 3, Starcraft or Quake 3 on Linux but i have to run it through cedega. not that i complain.. . but we Linux-users need more games that are native to the system. not emulated. not through some application layer where Windows DLLs and all that garbage are interpreted for Linux.

maybe there are other great Linux games out there that i don’t know of yet. point me to one if you know of any. with Nexuiz, this gives me another reason why i don’t have to shift to Windows just to play a decent game. i had a great time playing it with my friends tonight.


you can get more of Nexuiz at their official website:

here’s an interesting chat i recently had with this M$ marketing chick. i was asking her what Vista i should buy.. . then the chat turned from one thing to another. basically she told me that Windows XP will be supported for another 10 years or so. maybe give or take a few. woohooo! i thought i was gonna be buying a very expensive OS soon (something i am strongly against coz my Windows XP is still less than a year old and they want me to buy a new one already?! they’re crazy!). but it seems like i don’t have to buy Vista after all! however, it looks like this wouldn’t be true for the enterprise/corporate scene. they’re being forced to shift to vista. at least this is what i’ve heard.

anyway scroll down to read excerpts of the chat.. .

chat 1
chat 2
chat 3
chat 4

click on this link she gave me to read more about it, officially, from their website.. .


it is great to see that one of the best Linux CD/DVD burning tool has finally gone to version 1.0. (in software development releasing an application under version 1.0 is a milestone.) it is undeniably one of my fave Linux apps. something i have to have on my KDE desktop, like amaroK. thanks to k3b, i’ve been saved dozens of failed CD/DVD writes. the interface is simple yet intuitive. back then when i first stumbled on k3b, the default settings worked for almost all my common tasks – burn data CD, burn an audio CD, re-write on a CD-RW. something that i preferred over apps that are just as capable but would require you to read tons of manuals and Linux cryptic bash-like parameters (i would have used the shell instead). back then flash disks were not as common, expensive, and can’t hold as much as CDs. so i would usually carry around data in a CD-RW written with k3b.

but enough of this already.. .

i just want to say a big Thank You to Sebastian Trueg and his team – Christian Kvasny and Gianluca Varisco – for this wonderful Linux CD/DVD burning tool.. . k3b.

below is an excerpt of Mr. Trueg’s words when k3b 1.0 was released last March 16, 2007

“I am proud to announce the release of K3b 1.0. After years and years of development, all the sweat (actually in the summer it can get sticky in front of the screen), all the tears (ok, admittedly, not that many), and all the countless hours I spent on a single application finally we have what I think is worth the big 1. K3b has come a long way since the early days in 1998 when it started as a dummy project for me to learn C++ and QT development. The reason for that (besides my hacking) is the amazing feedback I got from the open source community and especially all the KDE worshipers. Give yourself a hand. Without all of you K3b would not have lived this long.. .” – Sebastian Trueg

you can read the full story of the release here – a list of the changes and additions to k3b 1.0 can be found here – for source and binary downloads of this wonderful application go to this page –

this letter wast sent to me by email from my father’s sister who has been residing in the US for over 30 years. i rarely get an email from her. and when i do, it is usually a forwarded message about some disgruntled guy ranting Philippines this or Philippines that. most of the time i don’t read it. it’s a waste of my time.

the following letter, however, i feel i should share with you. i don’t know if this Mr. Keh is a real person or just an alias, but the gist of the letter does have some strong points about Philippine politics and elections. he is perhaps the nth Filipino who has written an “Open Letter” and emailed it to his friends in the hope that it would be read by as many Filipinos as possible. ok i’m giving a hand.. . what little of it i can give.

i absolutely abhor politics here in the Philippines! and elections is just around the corner. geesh.. . God help us! if Spain has the traditional Running of the Bulls, we also have an even more dangerous tradition.. . one i would call Wading with the Crocodiles. and i don’t like saying this one bit.


An Open Letter to EveryFilipino 

Dear Fellow Filipino,

Good day to all of you! Before I begin my letter... just a disclaimer, for
people who know me they know that I love the Philippines very much and I
am not really one who rants and complaints to high heavens about what is
happening to our country and does nothing about it, in fact, I feel that
at my relatively young age of 27, I have done much service to the
Philippines by setting up Pathways to Higher Education which has sent more
than 500 poor but deserving students to college and AHON Foundation which has
already built two public elementary school libraries that have benefitted
more than 3,500 students. Yet, after seeing how events in our nation have
transpired the past few weeks and talking with some friends, I feel the
urge to share with you my own thoughts and feelings.

Over the weekend, we saw the completion of two major political alliances
for this coming Senate Elections that has just began here in the
Philippines. Now we have two political forces with familiar faces nonetheless on
opposite sides of the fences. On one end, you have Tito Sotto and Tessie
Aquino-Oreta who were two major stalwarts of the opposition and the FPJ
Campaign in 2004 hobnobbing with the woman (Pres. GMA) whom they claimed to
have cheated FPJ in the last Presidential Elections.On the other side of
the fence, you see Manny Villar, the former house speaker who was actually
responsible for impeaching Erap now part of the United Opposition who is
led by no less than... Erap himself. Now if you don't see anything wrong
with this picture then you must be one of the many Filipinos who have accepted this
very sad reality that there is indeed no permanent ideals that our
government leaders stand up for but rather they just go where there self-interests can
best be served. It is this kind of politics why I no longer wonder why good
people like Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Mayor Jesse Robredo of Naga City or
outstanding Bulacan Governor Josie Dela Cruz will find it hard or worse,
never be elected to national positions.

It is with these in mind that I'd like to share with you what are events
this coming May elections that will make me consider leaving the

1.) If former COMELEC Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano of Hello Garci fame
wins in his bid to become Congressman of Bukidnon...seeking to replace a
good man no less in incumbent Cong. Neric Acosta... We would really be the
laughing stock of the whole world if we allow a man with the reputation of
Garci to be one of our so called "Honorable Gentlemen".

2.) If Dancing Queen Tessie Aquino Oreta reclaims her seat at the
Senate...I hope that all of us would still remember that dance that she did
during the 2001 impeachment hearings after they voted to overrule the decision of
then Chief Justice Davide... let us make sure that people like her never
make it to the Senate again.

3.) If Richard Gomez becomes a senator... what does he know about making
laws? We already have the likes of Bong Revilla and Lito Lapid in the
Senate and their performance or lack of it would be reason enough not to
elect another actor who has no prior experience in government to the
distinguished halls of the Senate.

4.) If Gringo Honasan wins again.... have we not learned our lesson? I
cannot believe that just because someone is charismatic then we will just
elect him to become one of our senators despite the fact that he has time
and again caused so much instability in our country... if we want a
military junta similar to that of Thailand ... then lets all vote for this

5.) If Manny Pacquiao becomes Congressman of General Santos
City...everybody loves Manny the Boxing Champ but Manny the Lawmaker? Lets
be realistic here, Manny is our Hero alright but I think it takes more than
just great boxing skills and a desire to serve to be able to make
appropriate laws that would help uplift the lives of the many Filipinos who
live in Poverty.

6.) If Lito Lapid wins for Mayor of Makati City... I don't like Jojo Binay
as well but Lito Lapid as city mayor of the country's finance and business
center?!?! And do you really think he is from Makati and has good plans for
the city? The Arroyos asking someone like him to run just goes to show you
how much love and concern this government has for our country.

7.) If Chavit Singson becomes a Senator, Illegal Gambling = Chavit...enough

Now if all of these 7 things happen during this coming elections then don't
be surprised if I decide to leave this country that I love dearly. Like I
said during the first part of my letter, I feel that I have done much
forthis country but I think its time that Filipinos become more vigilant
critical in selecting our leaders for the sake of our future and the
generations that will go beyond us. So I appeal to every Filipino who asks
what can I actually do for my country... Choose and vote for the right
people this coming elections, huwag na tayong magpaloko sa mga kandidatong
maganda lang ang jingle o gwapo lang sa mga poster. Let us choose leaders
who have a good track record for service and who are genuinely committed
towards serving our country.

Manindigan naman tayong lahat para sa ating Kinabukasan at para sa
Kapakanan ng ating Bayan!

Thank you very much for your time in reading this letter.


Harvey S. Keh


Here’s a preview of the updated Gnome Main Menu. Isn’t it nicknamed the slab? What is it with SuSE/Novell and main menus? It seems like they have an obsession for it.  However, I personally like what developments they have made with the main menus for both Gnome and KDE (kickoff). The main menu is probably one of the most used tool on the desktop, especially for those who are still learning the ways around the Linux desktop environment. Why you could easily get lost in the maze that is the traditional Gnome/KDE menus.

The first time I saw slab, I was like, “Hey, I want that!” The slab is a straight-to-the-point main menu. Nothing fancy. Simple. Efficient. Elegant. For your everyday desktop needs, it gets the job done. And it does it right. Kickoff, on the other hand, is a showoff. But it does look good doing it. From an animated gecko that follows your mouse cursor, drag-and-drop to favorites, horizontal-sliding menus, to a in-menu (is there even a word?) search tool that shows you the results, courtesy of beagle, right within the menu itself. Ok, yamz, stop with Kickoff now. This is about the updated Gnome Menu after all. And yes I am a KDE freak and I’m not ashamed to admit it!

Show Me that Updated GNOME Main Menu

How often do we Linux advocates and enthusiasts hear the complaint that Linux lacks the polish and refinement that users expect from their desktop? For most end users, it doesn’t matter how good the underlying software is. If the interface sucks, then the software itself sucks. While it may pain some avid Linux adherents to say it, this is part of the reason why desktop Linux has yet to catch on with a broader set of users: Linux has struggled for years to come out of the woods and be perceived as visually appealing and pleasant to use.

Those who read this blog probably know that Interaction Design matters a lot to me. It has been one of the things I have advocated extensively in my work with desktop Linux. To be sure, part of why I still like working for Novell* is that the desktop team at Novell continues to produce not only great technical advancements, but also continuous improvements in the look and feel of the desktop. The new Main Menu for Gnome that debuted with SLED10 showed how studying user interaction with the desktop can result in a strikingly improved interface. (I don’t kid myself here–there are many who have vocalized their preference for GNOME’s traditional Applications-Places-System menu. But, many do like it.)

I’m pleased to share that the desktop design team at Novell is working on further improvements to the original Main Menu. The video below comes from the upcoming SLED10 Service Pack 1 as it looks in the current internal beta 3. (The unreleased status means that this is not necessarily the final product, and things may change from what you see today.

credits to: Ted Haeger (Open Source Advocay With Reverend Ted)

*Hope you don’t mind man. I’m already a fan at first reading! And your nickname – Reverend Ted – sounds so approprite.. . a preacher for Linux/Open-Source advocacy. Go Linux!

Below is the original Gnome main menu released with SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10.