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On ABL’s Responsive Design

About two years ago, I felt the urge this blog needed a design overhaul. First and foremost, responsive design played a huge factor in the call to upgrade as many of the existing WordPress plugins didn’t make the site too appealing on mobile. I called in the guys from PixelKit to do an overhaul. Responsive design wasn’t the only focus though as I wanted the option to apply a different template to posts that were deemed “less news more features.” Here are some examples:

The Dorkside: 3 Lifehacks I Learned as a Gamer and a New Parent

This is an excerpt of a piece I wrote for a new site I contribute to called The Dorkside with fellow dorks Jessica Mendoza, Gino Quillamor and Chico Garcia.

Now that my son is 2, I look back to the first few days when he was a newborn and how he completely changed my life as a gamer. You’ve probably heard the chides that being a dad with a newborn gives you a future Player 2. That may be true – but that future is far, far ahead. I am by no means a casual gamer — video games were my security blanket, my virtual therapist and the one constant hobby that has never changed, even now at 34. But parenting. Ah, there’s the rub. Here’s how my hobby changed.

I make sure there’s a pause button

If the game I’m playing is heavy on story and cut scenes (Telltale’s The Walking Dead or The Last of Us come to mind) I avoid playing these sorts even when my son is taking a nap. Imagine him waking up crying, looking for milk and an important plot piece was being revealed in a 10 minute cut scene that I can’t skip. There you go. When I was in the vicinity of my newborn son, I could only play games that could be paused at any time (the PS Vita comes to mind because the main system button can pause any game at any time) or games that didn’t need me to be fully engaged: turn based strategy games like XCom: Enemy Within, Endless Legend and Civilization V do come to mind as staples. So yeah – new dads. Being a parent doesn’t mean you should give up your hobbies. Your hobbies may just take other forms. Cradling my son to sleep on my shoulder still allowed me room to play Warhammer Quest on the iPhone with my other hand. It’s a skill. You’ll get there.

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Choosing the Right Tools to Take Care of Business

Small businesses are on the rise, both in and out of the home. These days, it seems like everyone has a great idea for a startup, and with the global economy not just stabilizing but recovering, there’s usually plenty of help out there to make those ideas reality. According to, starting a small or home based business is possible for anyone as long as they’re willing to take some risks and put in some serious work—but while many aspiring sole proprietors know what they want to do and are ready to do the work to get there, finding the tools to get them there is another story entirely.

3 Travel Life Hacks to Make Your Next Holiday a Breeze

Heading off on holiday should be a pleasure rather than a pain. When you’ve worked your fingers to the bone for scant reward and your tyrannical boss has made your life a misery, jetting off to sunnier climes is your way of reclaiming what’s left of your sanity.

Rather than worrying about what’s happening in the office, your only concern is where the next cocktail is coming from and what factor of sun cream to use on your Vitamin D starved frame. In between digging out your passport and packing your suitcase, however, a jaunt abroad regularly means a Boeing 737 sized panic attack in case you overlook an important travel document.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.

With our three handy life hacks, make your next holiday a breeze and ensure you come back with your batteries charged and ready to face whatever life throws at you.

3 Ingenious Gadgets EVERY Budding Spy Must Have

If you’ve ever watched James Bond, you’ll know that he’d be nothing without his trusty gadgets. Take away his revolving licence plates, underwater jet packs and digital binoculars, and 007 is just another bumbling Englishman with a penchant for expensive suits and shaken Martinis. Yep, by now Bond would have been dispatched by an evil tyrant’s obedient henchman, with some cackling despot ready to take over the world quicker than you can say tomorrow never dies.

Considerations When Looking at Video Conferencing Services

Video conferencing offers so much, you would be remiss if you didn’t look into one of the service options. Inc reports that video conferencing offers benefits for both the emotional and psychological fulfillment of employees as well as the time and money spent by the business. However, there are numerous programs out there from the ubiquitous Skype to the quality video conferencing platform by Blue Jeans. Trying to find the right one for you depends on your particular needs. Here are some considerations you will need to bear in mind.

A Brief History Behind 4K (and what lies beyond)

Ever since it was first witnessed in the Dalsa Origin, released in the year 2003 as the first commercial camera to be launched with 4k capabilities; the technology has been fancied by many. However, the high cost of ownership back then meant that the technology remained commercially non-viable for many professionals as well as aspiring photographers.

Introducing Beats Studio 2.0

From the press: Indulge yourself in premium style with Beats Studio 2.0, now finished in Champagne and Metallic Sky. The new Beats Studio has been completely redesigned and reimagined to give you a taste of the iconic Beats sound and the most intimate and realistic listening experience. It’s lighter, sexier, stronger, and more comfortable, with precision sound, Adaptive Noise Canceling, a 20-hour rechargeable battery and RemoteTalk™. It has all the energy and excitement you expect from Beats, plus a powerful, reengineered sound, wrapped in an elegantly crafted exterior.

Is Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell more of the same?

I thoroughly enjoyed Saints Row IV. It was, in sum, a well-written commentary of the current state of video games and pop culture. It wasn’t just the slapstick humor, the puns and rim shot jokes that made this game interesting — it also had several highlights especially in the loyalty side quests that the President had to go through (case in point Matt’s side quest on comic book characters).

Quick Pick: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

Huzzah! My first venture into the Metal Gear franchise. I bought this back in the holiday Steam sale because of its “enclosed sandbox” gameplay. You can literally speed run this game in less than 30 minutes but come back for more missions inside the concentration-camp like setting.

Game Review: Slotomania for iOS and Android (FREE)

The gaming world comes up with new games every month, and at times it is not wrong to call that the market is almost raining with gaming apps. In fact, the users of the Android, iPhone or other Apple devices sometimes get confused with what their choice should be. When it comes to slot games, the users would like to try as many slot games as possible until they feel contented after playing the best slot game ‘Slotomania’. Slotomania is a free video game app, which can be downloaded without any hassle. Additionally the Facebook users too can make use of the app for playing the game with their friends and extending their friends list by inviting new friends.

Happy Hour SG: Making sense of the urban bar crawl in Singapore

Lately, Singapore and Hong Kong have been on my travel itinerary fairly often — mostly because of work and family. When let lose unto the urban sprawl, it took a while before I got completely comfortable walking the streets. My past trips to HK found me turning on Foursquare and grabbing the complimentary hotel room smartphone and turning it into a hotspot. Then I walk. The integration of Foursquare with Google Maps helps me discover a lot of new places. Coffee shops, craft beer and speak easy bars are usually at the top of my list. At times though, making sense of the city can be taxing. It’s a concrete jungle after all and the trouble with apps like Foursquare is that it can be too overwhelming if you only want to discover specific things.

The Main Features of Medline and Care line Actuators

Offering Solutions to Present-Day Challenges
With more patients to take care of, the health care sector has been looking for ways to better the operations and working conditions in the health sector. Actuators in the medical industry have come with many features including improved ergonomics that are safe, flexible, reliable, and easy to control to adjust them for various kinds of treatments for the patient in the hospitals. These actuators provide the society with distinct solutions to their health care needs that meet the challenges facing the health care sector.


Top 10 Upgrades for Yachts Using Linear Actuators

And now for some surface interval time — with yachts! Here are 10 upgrades for yachts using linear actuators.

Actuators are devices that are capable of producing short stroke directional and or unidirectional motion without any linkage. Linear actuators produce motion through a buildup of magnetic field created by magnetism which enables motion. In yachts, linear actuators provide a wide range of indoor and outdoor use in anything that may require an extension and retraction with less maintenance costs. Linear actuators find use in yachts in the following ways which include:


Radar arches
Through a short stroke produced, linear actuator helps in collapsing and raising arches. Here the actuator is in-built making it easy to work with less supervision.


The Steam 2014 Holiday Sale (The Haul Thus Far…)


Here we go. A couple of days into the Steam sale and here’s the damage so far:

Bioshock Infinite Season Pass – Bought the main game on launch and after hearing great stuff about the Buried at Sea DLC’s, the Season Pass was a no-brainer buy for less than P300.00

X-Com Enemy Within – Same as above. Plowed through 40 hours of X-Com sans the expansion. Heard it’s a totally different game. A great buy for the price!

Gabriel Knight – Thanks Jed Revita of OMGeek!

Euro Truck Simulator 2 – Because P99.00

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes – Fast. Replayable. OMG.

Shadow Warrior – Thanks Dre! Supposedly really good!

Sid Meier’s Beyond Earth – the most expensive game on sale I got (thus far!) as it broke the P1,000 mark. But so worth it. Put in around 4 hours.

What have you bought?

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