Open Source movement: Freedom – FreeRice – Friends

FreeRice- Play and Feed a Hungry Person!

The phenomenal impact of the opensource movement has spread during the last five years. Among the successful ones are Mozilla Firefox (which has more than half a billion downloads at the end of February), OpenOffice or LibreOffice , and Ubuntu Linux.

But besides that, the open-source movement has not only created good softwares, it challenges the way we used to think, work, and live. This movement is an invitation for people to give and receive. The results of this movement can and have made an impact on people’s lives. Visit or The Hunger Site and see for yourself. The collective power and wisdom of the human family has the power to combat and overcome hunger, poverty, violence, war, and any obstacles that may prevent the human person from reaching our true dignity.

You, as one person in the human family, can make a difference in the lives of someone by just a click.  Be the change.  Imagine the change and impact if everyone do their own part!

How We Spend our Time and Our Happiness

Recently, I came across an article written by Jacob Sokol, entitled “12 Things Happy People Do Differently — And Why I Started Doing Them”. For me, wow  we spend our time does have an impact on our happiness. The types of activities we engage in, the amount of time we give to it, our attitude and perspective, and our personal reflection daily, all come together to shape our happiness. Sometimes it mean that we have to take a step back from, or even to the extent of changing directions of the path we are taking.

Below is an except from his post. I encourage you to try them out. These points and ideas are just that. It will only be meaningful if you try them out. If you have done it, and it has positive results, share them with us.
If you are interested, the entire article on Huffington Post’s Healthy Living can be found here.
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This time I have God

I came to know Ted Williams, the homeless man with a golden voice, at the beginning of the year through the media. He said this in one of the many interviews he gave:
“The difference between my successes of years gone by is that I didn’t acknowledge the Lord or thank him for anything before. This time around, I have God in my life, acknowledging him on a daily basis. I’ve found a new sense of spirituality now.”

Here is an example of how the media, when well used, does go a long way to promote and celebrate the small and great victories of ordinary people in life. I think the media should not only be used to serve only one particular group, ideals, or only show the sad or negative news in the world.

Imagine, if you have 30 seconds or a minute to tell the world audience, what would you say or want to tell?

Is God in the center of your life? Who is the most important person in your life right now? What are you grateful for?

See the article I came across here:

Google Voice and VoIP adapter

After reading a review about a new VoIP service called gHome that allows you to use Google Voice without a computer, I was introduced to another product called the Obi110, created by Obihai Technology. This company is located near my home. For less than $50, you have a device that allows you to talk using Google Voice, including outgoing caller ID, and any other SIP/VoIP providers you choose to. Plus, it has a mobile (iPhone and Android support) and PC apps too.

I have used a number of these for the past three years in Mozambique, Vietnam, and different parts of the United States. Very flexible and dependable for me. It works well to use both an existing land-line (fixed) and two other “online, VOIP” voice providers.

What do you think of this devices/services? What device do you use that serve most of your communication needs?

Being grateful for my life

The fact that you are reading this now, or that you can post a reply to this post means that you are one of the richest person in the world because you have one or more of the following:

1) electricity
2) water (or even CLEAN, running water)
3) a computer
4) access to an Internet, or a faster than most
5) your health
6) your family and friends
7) and time to say thanks to a million other things in your life!

Have a good Sunday to all. God bless!

Progress of communication- landline to VoIP

As a person who enjoys communication, and the different technologies that allow us to be connected, I have been following the progress of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocal) over the past five+ years.

I remember about twenty years ago, my family had to go to the post office of the largest city in Vietnam, across from the Nhà thờ Đức Bà Sài Gòn, in order to receive a long distance call from my dad in the U.S. It must have cost my dad a ton to make that short call.

As a child, I enjoyed playing the transmission game on one of the camping trip in which tin cans and strings were connected together to deliver the message.

Mapping the Unmappable: Visual Representations of the Internet as Social Constructions

Mapping the Unmappable: Visual Representations of the Internet as Social Constructions

My grandfather often makes this comment after making a call to Vietnam when he was living with us here in the U.S.: “How does the telephone know which hole to crawl out and transmit my voice to the other side of the world?”

Today, I was reading the responses of readers on to an article about people ditching landlines , based on a new study by the Center for Disease Control. I came across a member who shared the experience of switching to a VoIP company call VOIPo. I did some research, and came across the post of their founder and CEO, Timothy Dick, communicating the status and progress of the company. I was surprised to see how well they are doing. They must be doing something well in this competitive market, competing against the giants like AT&T, Comcast, among others.

If you have service with them, or other VoIP company, what is your experience? Have you ditched your landlines to VoIP?

Trouble attaching large files to your email?

Have you ever had a file that you wanted to send someone through email, only to find out that the file was not accepted by your email provider because of its size or the file type?

Here is a quick and easy solution. Use one of these easy service and add it to your email:

This service is easy, and allow you to upload up to 5GB. Yes, it is easy and is the only one I know which allows the large file size of this kind. The uploaded file is displayed on a bar showing the progress of the upload. Once your file is uploaded, a URL and an embed link is provided for you to share with others. Can’t get easier than this!

Tell me your favorite.

Use Youtube Video to aid your Non-Profits

NTEN recently has a good webinar using readytalk entitled Activating Your YouTube Audience: Recording and links that can get you started.

Ramya Raghavan, a nonprofits & activism manager of YouTube, made that presentation with NTEN to show the recent developments of YouTube and how you can use YouTube to aid your organization.

Check out the article “A Billion YouTube Views Can Feed A Billion” on HuffingtonPost to learn how this tool has been used to serve nonprofits.

And another article at Mashable shows how you can further use YouTube: 5 Ways Non-Profits Can Increase Engagement With YouTube


Tell Me Why

Every once in a while I receive emails from friends and family about a poem, a story, a picture, or a song that touches my heart. Here is one of them. A good song for reflection during the season of Lent, or any season as a matter of fact.  The original video had young Declan Galbraith do the song with background image of children, and the other version is of a 12 years old British-Palestinian girl, Hadeel Shamallakh.



The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination

Want to hear some inspirational talk?

Well, J.K. Rowling, the author of the best-selling Harry Potter book series, will not fail you in her Commencement Address, “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination,” at the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association in June of 2008.

The full text is available at Harvard Magazine’s website.

I first saw this talk at TED’s website. Follow what people have to say here also.


J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement from Harvard Magazine on Vimeo.


Google Buzz

Yes, you heard it correctly, or feel it in the air already. It spread like the snow storm that just passed Chicago today.

We have everything from AIM to Yahoo!Messenger, then Skype and MSN Messenger, to Facebook and MySpace, RSS, recently with Twitter and Google Wave, and now the Google Buzz!

Google Buzz is yet another tools that provide more ways for people to keep in touch and share with the whole world their thoughts and views. What I like most from this new technological tool is the ability to view photos (and video?) full screen. You can connect with your existing websites like Flickr, Picasa, or Twitter and those websites will “Buzz” your followers of additions or updates. You can also post interesting links just like you already do in Facebook.

So what’s your thought with all of these social media and communication tool? Is it really helping us to connect and form better relationships and stronger community? I hope these new developments serve to enhance rather than replace our human connections with one another, the deep bond with the planet we live on, and the intimacy with the Divine Artist and Creator who shared life and love with us.