Remembering World War One, The War To End All Wars

There was sequel, World War Two. Germany was lead by a man with vengeance in mind and rob Europe of its treasures and killed Jews and other ethnic groups that are less human than them.

We as a people are waging all kinds of war in all fronts of our lives. I keep hearing “never again” in reference to genocides but in our modern times, massacres persist and this words like “never again” and ” the war to end all wars” seems good poetic passages to be read. World War First/WW1 is not the real first war. Countless wars were wage for centuries and each new war produces new techniques in killing people. From swords, spears to guns, bombs to rockets to the ultimate Nuclear weapons still sitting on silos or mobile units just waiting for some coded message to begin launch sequence.

But what troubles me, especially in our modern world, killing in taken to the next level: actual footage of murder. Kidnap victims spoke there last words and with a last cry for help and a prayer, they are executed. These victims are either mistake identities or target for ransom but the end result are the same.

Gone are the days of the gentleman wars. Of fixed bayonets and charging like toy soldiers. For honor and glory.

So what is the significance  of WW1 centennial? Nothing. No world leader ever listen to history and no ordinary citizen love peace either. There is always a reason to wage a war. You have to agree watching sports like boxing and UFC is the modern equivalent of ancient gladiators without the killing.

No end to wars.






How To Be Secure? Passwords and Avoid Evil Checkbox

As an Domino Mail Admin before, keeping end users inform of email netiquette and security is my advocacy.

So to cut the chase, two of the most ignored security disciplines people ignored are…

1. Password.

  • Minimum of 8 characters in mixed characters (numbers, letters, special characters), 15 characters much better.
    Do include a “space” for added complexity.
  • Do not share your password.
  • Do not write it on paper/post it on LCD screens.

2. The dreaded Check box “Keep me logged/signed in“.



Even without giving password to friends, your complex relationship or your spouse, the fact that when you open any emails (yahoo, gmail, hotmail), ticking that check box is giving privacy up for grabs since anyone with access to your computer and start those apps, they have the keys to your secrets.

Don’t be lazy. Keep nasty intrusion away so don’t check that box.

Actually its very basic but are first and foremost security of all.





SAAB JAS-39 Gripen. Philippine Air Force Light Fighter Candidate


Rather, the Ph.A.F. choose SoKor’s FA50 from other competitive planes including my bet Alenia Aermacchi M346. MRF, Multi-Role Fighter that were skipped are US F16 and F18 because of their higher cost. And French Mirage 2000 and Russian Mig29.

I remember the first video (TV news, 1989) of the Swedes Gripen when it crash landed violently and luckily the pilot survive. The Gripen is a sexy plane but with one engine is also a single point of failure. Proper maintenance of its engine is really a must for any single engine jets. I prefer the French Rafale or the Italian M346.

Above is a drawing of the JAS39 Gripen being requested by a friend so I drew that on my way to work. The ride was stable enough and the comfort was alright, even  seated next to a stranger who didn’t bother me doodling something. I used a sign pen making it a challenge to avoid any mistakes.