Microsoft is definitely on a roll. Everything started last week when Microsoft unveiled the newest version of its desktop (which will also be ported to tablets) operating system — Windows 8. It uses a new user interface, called the Modern UI. The Modern UI employs “live tiles:” an interface for applications that show updates and content in squares or in a large rectangle (tiles). Live tiles make it easier for an individual to be updated on his/her social networks, news feeds, and blog feeds, among others. One simply glances at the self-updating live tiles, and he/she is good to go.
As an aside: This is not a technology review post. I’ve never got my hands on a Windows 8 device yet so I don’t have any experience with it and can’t make a review. But I have seen blogs and vlogs on Windows 8 and have witnessed it in action.
At long last, I was able to begin and finish reading Agatha Christie’s first published novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. This title also introduces Hercule Poirot, Christie’s detective hero, for the first time.
Speaking of “first times”, this is the first detective/mystery novel that I read on my smartphone. Yup, I’m warming up to the idea of e-books and e-book readers. It’s so convenient and not-so-tacky-looking. Thanks to the PDF format of my copy of The Mysterious Affair at Styles and the document reader feature of my smartphone, I was able to finish the novel by reading it everywhere I went. It’s a totally time-efficient option, considering that I’ve had this novel since September 2010! O.o
This, for me, is a sign that the Adivay 2012 is just around the corner:
“Adivay” is a generalized term in our locality’s dialects which means, “getting together to celebrate”. It’s basically an agricultural and a cultural festival celebrated every November. It lasts usually for three weeks, beginning on the first week of November. It’s also a way for our province (and its 13 municipalities) to showcase our customs and ways of life.
For this year, Adivay 2012 will begin on the 8th of November (Thursday), as shown in the calendar of activities. The starting activities (but not the opening ceremony for the trade fair) would be an ecumenical service and a kapihan (coffee break).
I feel privileged and challenged now that I am a member of the Baguio Bloggers Society on Facebook. Privileged, because I am now part of a network that shares the same interest as I have in social media, specifically on vlogging and blogging. Challenged, because I now have a motivating factor to drive me to update my vlog and blogs and to regularly upload videos or publish posts.
Whew! Thank goodness it’s the semestral break, which gives me ample time to continue fixing all my social accounts. Hopefully, I’ll accomplish all of these before the start of the next semester.