Friday, March 28, 2014

Philomena 2013

Philomena 2013 Movie Review

Have you heard of stories before about the Catholic Church? We’ll there are a lot of stories that we’ve heard probably from our grandparents, from people who have witness or at least like us have also heard some stories.

The movie is all about Philomena, who was an innocent teenager who was left by his father in an orphanage and grew up there with the nuns. Because of that, she didn’t know that there is something more than kissing (or will proceed after kissing – a lot) that will get you pregnant. Probably the nuns did not talk about that to them because they’re conservative, unlike these days a grade school student knows how to make a baby – not the total specifics but I think they get the idea.

Anyway, to summarize it she got pregnant, she gave birth at the orphanage, and her baby boy named Anthony Lee was “adopted” by the Americans who can’t have kids without knowing who are his adopted parents are.

Philomena 2013 Movie Review

So the movie will then show you how she dealt with her longing to her son, how she tried to find him and have they now met?

Philomena 2013 Movie Review

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I’m fund of these British movies, love the accent. That’s why I think I love watching Sherlock (TV series).
The movie will make you hate the nuns (in the movie), I mean this is a true to life story and I have nun friends even though I am not a Catholic the nuns love me. It was years ago anyway, but they should’ve not done these things, for me it’s cold-hearted for them not to pity such a wonderful loving woman.

The movie is fun to watch by the way, Philomena is old and she’s very polite and nice to everyone and I love her. But then due to what happened to her and her baby Anthony, it’s heart breaking to see a loving woman being so heartbroken like this and this movie can surely make you cry, get a heartbreak and just hate the people who caused it – she’s a great woman!

The story is awesome, the lesson is great and I will say it’s a must watch movie. Not because we need to be educated that we could have a baby after doing more than kissing someone, but there are lessons that we can learn from this woman, she remained strong, faithful to God – after what the nuns have done, and of course still remain positive and nice to everyone.

I’ll totally give a 4.7 star rating out 5 stars to this movie, Judi Dench played her role very nice that she could make you cry and love Philomena more. I’ve only seen her on James Bond movies and did not expect her to do such a great job to a dramatic and touching story.

Movie Safe for Kids?

The movie is a rated PG-13 so it means children under 13 should not watch this. I think it’s due to some words used by the characters, of course how will you react if you’ll be on Martin Sixsmith’s (the journalist) situation.

But as a parent, this will let you know why you should talk about the “thing” with your kid. I mean, you don’t want her to be as innocent as Philomena. Not knowing about it can be funny at her age that she got pregnant but really, it did happened and we don’t that to happen to your kids.

Play it or Skip it?

I highly advise for you to watch the movie, especially if you’re into drama and true stories.
And if you haven’t been to church lately, watch this movie. Maybe Philomena can convince you to go back and serve God.

Spoiler Alert!

But please note this is a true story, so somewhere in the middle of the movie it may break your heart. I even cried and said “no…no way! Nooo!!....” while watching it.

Philomena is still alive up to now by the way, actually she’s even at the Oscars – Ellen Degeneres announced her presence at the awards night. And yes, it was JUST Philomena.

And oh, check out this photo of the all grown up Anthony Lee, the real Anthony and now known as Michael Hess. Just to spoil everything! LOL.

Clue: Notice the Nun and the way he stand up.

Movie Trailer

Check out the trailer, she's funny already. Watching it now, I want to cry again.

Movie Plot

Journalist Martin Sixsmith has lost his job as a Labour government adviser, and is contemplating writing a book on Russian history. He is approached at a party by the daughter of Philomena Lee. She suggests that he write a story about her mother, who was forced to give up her baby boy, Anthony, fifty years ago. Although he initially scorns the idea of writing a human interest story, he eventually meets with Philomena and after hearing her shocking story, he decides to investigate further. - Wikipedia

IMDB Rating: 7.7

Friday, March 21, 2014

Is WordPress or Blogger Better for SEO?

Is WordPress or Blogger Better for SEO

There are friends, bloggers and even readers contact me to ask about which platform is better for blogging, WordPress or Blogger? Another is, which one is a lot better for SEO?

As you might already know, Blogger is a free blogging platform by Google. Well, it was actually bought by Google. So you don't have to worry about servers, hosting service, installing the platform (Blogger) and of course what I love most about Blogger, you don't have to worry about being hacked. As for making your own domain, you can simply buy a domain from sites like GoDaddy or you can just purchase it directly from Google and they'll take care of setting it up.

WordPress on the other hand is a platform, but they also provide the free one but the free one has a lot of limitations. But when you decide to have your own site installed on a hosting service using WordPress, it will cost you - monthly. Other than purchasing a domain, you'll need to purchase a hosting service but other hosting service provides packages, and of course being prawn to hacking. But the best thing about WordPress is that you can do a lot of things with it, customize everything. From links, design, structure and all.

Blogger vs. WordPress on SEO

Vicki2910 asked Matt of Google this question:

I've used Blogger for 3 years, but now everyone tells me that WordPress is superior for SEO. After scouring many sites, I've been able to find the SEO advantages to using Blogger - are there any?

Matt answers the question, through this short video:

Pretty much Matt pointed out that it will depend on your needs, and both have the benefits on SEO. But I think WordPress has a lot of control that you can have on your site but then don't underestimate Blogger.

What's My Advice?

If it's for business, or you're that serious in Blogging and can afford the expenses, then go for WordPress. But if you don't want to hassle yourself with installing WordPress and being hacked, and of course can only afford the yearly due of the domain, then go for Blogger.

It all depends on your needs, on how you want it to be. Blogger can be optimized, I've optimized all my blogs. I've even use Blogger for my own company as the official site. It ranked well too.

SEO is not about platforms, it's how you make your site more SEO friendly, user friendly and of course building quality links to your site. Search Engines like Google does not check the platform and make their favorite platform rank well, or higher. Even if you use WordPress and you're not taking advantage of making your site load faster and you're using inline CSS codes and all, other site may be more appealing to other search engines.

So check what you need and want for yourself, for your business/blogging and of course your pocket because it's not all free.

Friday, March 7, 2014

4 Types of Blog Comments to Disapprove

4 Types of Blog Comments to Disapprove

I have joined to blog hopping a few weeks ago and I've noticed that there are some bloggers who are not aware of how the comments on their blog could also affect their own blog and how their passing something we call "link juice" to other sites that could possibly hurt them.

Not all comments should be approved, sometimes it is totally obvious that they're just praising you about the great idea about your content because they want to be approved and sometimes it's pretty much accurate.

Should I Correct The Grammar Of Comments On My Blog?

We all know that having a quality content on our blog is important, not only for search engines but also to users. In this way, they'll gain knowledge on waht would you like to share and make them engage with you. But then, what if there's someone who leave a comment on your blog with a wrong grammar.

So this question of Mr. Mortini from Chicago, IL might be useful for you:
Should I correct the grammar on comments to my WordPress blog? Should I not approve comments with poor grammar? Will approving comments with grammar issues affect my page's quality ratings?

As Matt says, it's totally okay if the grammar of the person that left a comment on your blog is wrong as long as the content on your blog is a good quality content. I though admit that there are a couple of articles here and on my other blogs that do have a wrong grammar, wrong spelling, etc.

You can actually edit the comment but it's not the commentator's word anymore, but yours. So I would suggest to leave that out.

4 Types of Blog Comments that Should NOT be Approve

You might have noticed a lot of blog comments on your blog after few months of blogging already, especially if you'll join the blog hops, and promote your blog posts through social media sites. But then, NOT ALL comments are advised to be approved since there might be something on the comment itself that could harm your blog.

So I've gathered some screenshots to give you a sample on comments that I would advise NOT TO APPROVE and they are:

Words with Links on the Comment

We call the word "anchor text" and usually it's the keyword that they use of their site. Take a look at the comment below for the two samples I have for you guys.

It's better to include the keyword/anchor text on the comment, I do that too. So even though it may make ense, their comment is relevant to the content that you have (where they left the comment), better check the website that're linking to, better yet don't approve the comments like this.

Sometimes it's hard to insert the keyword to the sentence of the comment, so they do something like the above, put the anchor text along with the link on the last part. Some people don't notice it, thinking it might be just a signature (like the forums).

A Link on the Comment

Sometimes it makes sense why people leave a link on the comment area, like if they would like you to refer on something, but if it's something like this, well they're just trying to do link building.

The link above is a chatting website, not a dating website - but could be. He have a pretty good comment though but I'm tired of editing comments. So I just didn't approve it.

Link to the Commentator's Name

There are also other styles like this, the comment is pretty much okay but take a look at the name. Instead of the name of the person, he used the keyword "branded items". The comment is good, there's no link but if you'll ignore and won't check the name area then you might end up approving this comment.

Type of Site's You're Linking To

You may or may not approve the types of links above, but if ever you decide to approve it please check the website first before you approve the comment.

Pharma and p*rn are the type of websites that you should totally avoid, their terms might be band already and linking your site to these type of sites may harm your blog too.

As for having a negative comment on your blog, it will totally depend on you. I don't usually approve those, I try to avoid these negative people in the blog.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Reasonable Doubt 2014

Reasonable Doubt 2014 Samuel Jackson Dominic Cooper

The title itself of this movie has actually attracted me immediately, think about it. You’re in doubt but you’ve got a reason why doubting on something, so it made me curious what’s to doubt for?

Since I was a kid I’ve been really interested on laws, I even thought that I’ll be a lawyer when I grow up. So after reading the synopsis of this movie, obviously I immediately want to watch it. Plus, with Samuel L. Jackson as one of the main characters have pretty much convinced me to really watch the movie. He’s a great actor as far as I know – and movies I’ve watched.

Reasonable Doubt 2014 – Movie Review

After I watched the film I immediately told my Mama to watch it, and when she did she actually said “it’s been a long time since we’ve watched a movie like this...” A movie that has a good twist, an unexpected twist but smart one and made the whole story of the movie worth it.

Don’t expect that Samuel L. Jackson will go Captain America on this movie, this movie is more on the story, the revenge, the justice and not an action movie though there are guns involved and some murder weapons but there’s not much action going on. It’s a crime and thriller movie, there could be a bit of drama but it’s more on crime and justice. Some of the people who have already watched the movie were actually disappointed but I think the movie is pretty good.

But surely, it’s not that type of movie that you’ll lost track of, there are some movies out there that there are some parts that you can let yourself be disturbed, but this one you may want to play back again the part that you’ve missed due to some disturbance – or maybe ask someone “what did he said?”.

It’s logical story and has “reasons” on why things happen, what happen, what’s the connection of these people to what happen. They even show what is the connection of the scene on the beginning of the movie to the whole story, which is really good – some movies left some part out.

I also applaud the writer of the story, the characters are smart. Some writers make their movie characters stupid or dumb sometimes that you may really hate the character. In this movie, the detective, the suspect and the lawyer is smart.

Overall, it’s an above average movie. So I want to rate it with 3.8 stars out of 5 stars. I think the IMDB is rated very poor, I don’t understand why. Maybe they expected way too much from the movie and the character played by Samuel L. Jackson, but they shouldn’t and you should not.

When you watch the movie, pay attention to details and the story so you would get what’s going on. I’ve watched the movie twice because when I first watched it, I have to leave it pause for hours since I was doing something important.

Movie Safe for Kids?

There’s no bed scene, there might be some parts that they should not watch (bloody stuff), so I think it’s better to watch it with them if you’ll let them watch this movie since it’s a RATED R movie.

NOTE: R — Restricted. Children Under 17 Require Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian.

If your kid will get who did who somewhere in the middle of the movie, then your kid is smart and observant.

Play it or Skip it?

I would say, if you love crime movies or shows, if you want logic movies, then better watch it. If you like action, and expect a lot from Samuel L. Jackson in this movie then skip it.

Spoiler Alert!

If I give you some spoilers you might have an idea of the whole movie already. But anyway, if you insist go on and read. In our spoiler alert, I’ll just share what are my thoughts on the character’s situation but then it may reveal the story, so sorry for spoiling the movie.

Atty. Mitch Brockden (Dominic Cooper) is actually innocent and should not feel guilty of what happened, other than drunk driving. If you’re a lawyer working for the DA, maintaining your status and clean name, you would’ve done the same but as for an ordinary person like me I think I would’ve stayed.

As for Clinton Davis (Samuel L. Jackson), I totally understand his side. Thanks to him a little girl was safe, but then the lesson here is not to put justice on our hands though it may look like to you that justice system is not fair but just be cautious on everything.

Movie Trailer

Movie Plot

When up-and-coming District Attorney Mitch Brockden (Dominic Cooper) commits a fatal hit-and-run, he feels compelled to manipulate the case to acquit the accused criminal (Samuel L. Jackson) who was found with the body and blamed for the crime. Following the trial, Mitch's worst fears come true when he realizes that his actions freed a guilty man, and he soon finds himself on the hunt for the killer before more victims pile up.
Source: Wikipedia

IMDB Rating: 5.5


Friday, February 21, 2014

The Basics Behind Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing

The society today has embraced cloud computing with much awe due to its impact and usefulness. Even social sites like Facebook has taken root in this technology and are ready to employ this tactic for its effectiveness in today’s economy. The benefit of cloud computing to businesses is that, it creates a link between computers within a workplace, thus saves time and money which would have been used to buy necessary resources like user software’s.

Cloud computing brings the true worth of advanced technology to many companies, as many people continue realizing its benefits.

How does cloud computing work?

Cloud computing works under a dedicated and integrated network, where a company and its employees can access information offered in online databases.  Specialized companies offer these cloud computing services to other businesses, which entrusts their mode of work and data to the computing company.  This information is relied from a secure data server, in both front end and back end services.

In cloud computing,   a front end interface can be accessed from a user’s computer through a web browser. Log in details are however needed for one to be able to access services provided in the cloud server, because all the information in the servers is secured. This information can be accessed at any time of the day, where company installed software can be accessed and used without any conflicts. Basically, cloud computing is the ability to network both software and hardware functionalities to different computers. It works by making available necessary and required information, accessing databases and using company software, thus making it possible for one to work from almost anywhere.  Front end services can only be availed once back end services have been set up and in place in the servers.

Back end services and hardware infrastructure make up the main brain in cloud computing. These are composed of highly powerful hardware and software applications, which can accommodate multi users on the go. For cloud computing to be possible, programming mechanisms that enable networking and service sharing in front end services are needed. Once these services and software has been installed in the serves, it is then possible for users to log in and access data at their own will, without necessarily having to purchase copies of required software.   Through cloud computing, software utilities and other resources can be shared among employees in a company through multiple logins, which saves money, time and resources.

Although cloud computing may be a complicated mechanism, all the hard work is left to the companies that provide these services. These companies mastermind every service needed for end users to use it with ease. Back up procedures and systems have to be set up to secure clients data and information, which is done using remote data servers. Dedicated servers provide the ultimate data safety needed to public, private and hybrid cloud needs, as well as provide easy access whenever the information is needed.

One thing we know for sure is that, cloud computing is new and advancing very fast. Software manufacturing companies are the ring leaders of making this a possibility, and continue to advance the service to make it available for all to use.  We can thus be sure that, cloud computing will become influential for the betterment of business operation. It will also help minimize on both hardware and software costs needed when operating an IT related firm.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Apps to Look Out for in 2014

Apps to Look Out for in 2014

Rewind ten years and consider the technology you carried with you day to day. How heavy was your laptop? Could your phone take high resolution photographs or did you rely on an actual camera to capture those moments you wanted to stash away or upload onto MySpace?

Facebook had only come of its infancy and Zuckerberg wasn’t yet an international success story. Jump to 2014 and the digital world has become the world, your world, my world, our world. We’ve become encompassed and defined by the devices weighing down our pockets and bags, organising our experiences neatly into apps.

Now the train has well and truly left the station and to remain engaged, organised and in control of the modern day-to-day, you need an arsenal of new developments to speed your way to the cutting edge. Speaking of edges, Brus Media has whispered in my ear, highlighting their four top apps for 2014. Get your download fingers ready.

Flipboard (Price: Free/ Platform: Android, Windows, iOS, Blackberry)

You may have heard of Flipboard. Most devices come preloaded with the sharing app, quickly relegated to the useless crap cluttering my new phone column and forever ignored. Don’t dismiss this powerhouse of sharability simply because Android and iOS occasionally choose to slap it on before you buy or sign; Flipboard is your personal publication, packed with the stuff you give a damn about. Streamline your favourite news sources, topics, people, hashtags, pictures, blogs and video links into one place and present it to your friends (and internet friends), casually flipping through the daily updates that reflect your world view. Elegantly presented and easy to use, you’ll soon be obsessed.

Accuweather (Price: Free/ Platform: Android and iOS)

People are preoccupied with the weather. Is it raining or is a shower threatening your plans later? Perhaps it’s too hot, but how hot is it? Is the heat relative to humidity and when can you expect the southerly change to blow through? From current temperatures, to UV indexes, visibility and pressure zones, Accuweather feeds the beast lurking within. The weather forecasts are extensively detailed, so you have all of the information at any given time, routinely update on the hour, or for those who like a long term glance, daily reports are easily read and shared with anyone who cares.

Kindle (Price: Free/ Platform: Windows, Android and iOS)

For those who love to read but see little point in buying another power sucking device, the Amazon Kindle app turns your smart phone or tablet (or phablet!) into a Kindle eReader without the added price tag. Cool, huh? Simply sign in with your Amazon account or create one, if you’re a little wait for that bandwagon, browsing the extensive book store and downloading your favourite titles without making a trip into a shopping centre and paying the pricey mark up.

Visually pleasing and colourful, this slick eReading app will allow you to fiddle with the font size, change the margins and play with the line spacing to ensure the best reading experience possible. Not only is your library syncable across all of your devices, but it will mark where you’re up to in each volume.

Godus (Price: TBA/Platform: Android, iOS and Windows)

Okay, I know Godus isn’t technically an app in the traditional sense; in fact, it isn’t an app at all, unless you consider facilitating hours of enjoyment and procrastination an app characteristic. If this is so, Godus will not disappoint. Propelled and funded by a Kickstarter project in late 2012, Godus is the masterful follow up to the much-played Populous, a sandbox of absolute dominion.

Similarly, Godus places the user into the very powerful shoes of a God, allowing you to define, refine and paint your world, from the mountain ranges and oceans, to the very sociological and anthropological order of the people you now control. Wars can be waged, peace can prosper, trade may thrive, it’s all down to you really, and what you imagine your world should be. Crisp visuals, with an impressive resolution, I have yet to test gameplay, but I think Godus will be one to watch and enjoy.

What app will blow your mind in 2014? You’ve heard my predictions, now add your own below in the comments!

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