Category Archives: Tech and Gadgets

Switching to PLDT Home Fibr

After being with Globe Broadband Tattoo for over 2 years, I finally switched to PLDT Home Fibr. My subscription with Globe was for the landline/broadband bundle at P1299 per month. Advertised speed was 3 mbps – which I rarely felt, really. I was fine with that, because I didn’t need a lot of speed to surf and use social media.

imom_PLDThome fibr modem xmas village

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at home. 😀 Find the photobombing modem. 😀

And then, a few months ago, Globe began capping bandwidths. My plan’s data cap was 50 GB per month. Towards the end of each month, I could feel our internet hopelessly slowing down to a crawl.

But I’d just wait until our bandwidth allowance was replenished the following month. I could live with a few days of slow internet.

What pushed to me switch? Continue reading Switching to PLDT Home Fibr

Samsung washing machines for a happy Filipino home

What’s the latest on Samsung washing machines?

Last week, I got invited by Samsung Philippines to a small gathering of mommy bloggers where we were introduced to the latest fully automatic Samsung washing machines.

Samsung washing machines
Samsung’s new line of fully automatic washing machines

My current washing machine is approaching it’s 10th birthday, and according to the Samsung brand manager, the average Filipino household buys a new washing machine once every 10 to 11 years. I agree, because the one I have now is showing signs of retirement soon. So if you’re like me who is in the market for a new washing machine, read up! Continue reading Samsung washing machines for a happy Filipino home

Linksys E1000 Wireless Router with parental controls

  • Do you have trouble controlling internet usage in your home (whether your own internet time or your kids’)?
  • Do you sometimes/often/always catch your kids playing online games on their devices instead of studying?
  • Are you concerned over porn and potentially harmful sites such as Omegle and Chat Roulette that your kids might be exposed to while browsing the Net?
  • Do you want to block certain sites, but it seems like the process will cost a gallon of your blood (because of nosebleed)?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, read on! And make sure you read through to the end, because you could win a Linksys Cisco E4200 Wi-fi Router – from the high-end range of the Linksys E Series.

 

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As a mom of three, including a full-blown teenager and a pre-teener, I have good reason to control internet use at home. Aside from being in that curious stage, they are also innately wired. They, like most modern kids, have a knack for technology. No need for manuals or step-by-step guides – they just know how to go about something techie.

That’s not always a bad thing. But if their computer use is not reined in, it’s dangerous. There’s even a debate now on whether internet addiction should be considered a mental disease. So yes, I think we agree that too much internet use is not good, most especially for kids who are in the stage of forming life habits.

Not so long ago, I installed Chrome Nanny, an application that enables me to block websites and set timed access, on my laptop.

However, Chrome Nanny has its limitations -mainly that I could not install it on my daughter’s mobile device from which she primarily accesses the internet. That leads to another limitation of browser-based parental controls: one can always launch another browser that doesn’t have any control app installed.

Enter, wi-fi routers with parental controls

Cisco Philippines, through Mommy Mundo, recently gave me the chance to experience and review the Linksys E1000 Wireless Router. It’s not just a wi-fi router; it also has parental control that can limit access time and block sites for specific users.

Like most wireless routers, the Linksys E1000 is easy to install. Just insert CD-ROM into your computer and follow onscreen instructions.

However, my internet connection at home is Sun Broadband that uses the Huawei B200 Modem/Router that was provided by Sun. Being a wi-fi router also, the existing modem conflicted with the E1000. “IP address conflict” is what Salvador (from Cisco) called it. I risked losing some blood (as above) if I attempted to figure out a work-around. So I waited for Cisco’s technical assistance.

Fortunately, Salvador made this for-dummies installation guide. It’s easy to resolve the IP address conflict, after all. Continue reading Linksys E1000 Wireless Router with parental controls

Going Android with HTC Desire HD

So Hub surprised me with an HTC Desire HD a few weeks ago.

HTC Desire HD unboxing

“Yesterday’s tiny screens and squeaky sound couldn’t do justice to all the great stuff you can experience on today’s HTC Desire HD. That’s why we’ve fitted the HTC Desire HD with a huge cinematic 4.3-inch display, Dolby Mobile and SRS virtual surround sound. Websites, videos, music, games and apps really rock on your HTC Desire HD.” (From HTC’s official web page)

He has been eyeing this Android phone for himself, actually. But he thought it would end up with me anyway because he’s intimidated by its techie-ness.

How do I find it? After several weeks of using the HTC Desire HD, I think I am past the honeymoon stage. I’ve seen what it can do and can’t do.

Continue reading Going Android with HTC Desire HD