Free Facebook Mobile from Globe

I think this has been going for a long time now, but it seems that Globe Telecom has finally got an answer on Sun Cellular’s Facebook Zero. Globe subscribers can now access Facebook Mobile for free without using any tricks nor proxies, not even 3rd party applications. All you need is your mobile phone’s browser. I just tried it this Christmas, and it works! I wasn’t aware of this before, but if somebody knows about it ages ago, please feel free to comment on when this great phenomenon started.

I was on an out-of-town vacation this Christmas, without any Wi-Fi networks in sight, all that’s left for me is to use my phone for browsing. But the problem is I have zero load balance on my Globe Prepaid handset, but even if I had balance, I still wouldn’t be able to use my phone as a modem since Globe still refuses to activate it for me and only gives me that good ol’ GPRS connection for plain WAP browsing. Out of boredom, without any choice but to browse the Globe WAP site, I tried experimenting with other websites. I tried out of randomness, but it redirected me to the Globe landing page that tells me about their charging rates and their promos to avail of browsing select sites like,, etc. for only ₱20. But when I tried to go to, I was a bit surprised to see that I was redirected to the facebook mobile login page. I tried to login, and voila, I was forwarded to my Facebook home page where I can see my friends’ status updates. And for the final test to check whether it was really free, I tried to update my status. Then, it appeared to my wall! It was a success! My sister-in-law was really pissed off at me since she has to go all the trouble to load ₱60 to her Smart handset and subscribe to one-day unlimited browsing just to hog her time updating her Facebook status while I had the luxury of browsing for free with zero load balance on my Globe handset.

Please take note, I have only tried it with two Globe SIMs and two not-so-old phones (Nokia 3110 Classic and Nokia 6610i), and so far it works. I also haven’t tried accessing Facebook from my phone after loading prepaid credits. I wrote this since I still hadn’t found any blogs or websites writing about this, the ones that I found need some tricks and proxies just to browse Facebook for free. If this was a bug on Globe’s part, then you didn’t read this from me.

EDIT: I figured out that it’s not just Facebook that you can access on your mobile phone.

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.0 Finally Unveiled

New Release of Open Source, Cross-Platform Virtualization Software Delivers Improved Usability, Performance and Scalability

Oracle has just announced that its leading virtualization solution, the Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.0, has just been released and is available for download on their website and also on the VirtualBox Download section. According to the official Oracle press release:

Highlights of Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.0:

  • New Open Architecture – Oracle and community developers can now create extensions that customize Oracle VM VirtualBox and add features not previously available.
  • Enhanced Usability – A new scalable display mode enables users to view more virtual displays on their existing monitors. Improvements to VM management, including visual VM previews, an optional attributes display, and easy launch shortcut creation enables administrators and power users to customize the interface to make it as simple or as comprehensive as required.
  • ncreased capacity and throughput – A new asynchronous I/O model for networked (iSCSI) and local storage delivers significant storage related performance improvements, while new optimizations allow larger datacenter-class workloads, such as Oracle’s middeware, to be run on 32-bit Windows hosts for testing and demo purposes.
  • Powerful virtual appliance sharing capabilities – Enhanced support for standards-compliant OVF appliances and added support for OVA format descriptors. All information about a VM may be stored in a single folder to facilitate easier direct sharing among VMs.
  • Support for latest virtual hardware – A new, modern virtual chipset supporting PCI Express and other hardware enhancements including high definition audio devices helps ensure support for the most demanding virtual workloads.
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.0 is available for download here. Terms, conditions and restrictions apply. It is also available for Oracle Linux customers via the Unbreakable Linux Network.

More info about the new version of VirtualBox on the official press release from Oracle. Information on the important bug fixes since the Beta 4 can be seen on the VirtualBox forums.

The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi: A Short Review

Now that the Blu-ray and DVD versions of The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi has been released, it is worth noting that die-hard fans of the franchise are trying hard to get a copy of the highly anticipated and acclaimed movie either by the authentic and legitimate copy or by pirated rips online. It’s no surprise that the raw from the Blu-ray Disc has been posted online only in mere hours after the release in Japan. I’m currently planning to purchase a copy next year when my finances are not at their all-time low. That is assuming that there are still available copies left . For the meantime, I checked some links and grabbed (stole ^.^) a copy from a torrent site (no links, but if you really want a pirated version, google it yourself!).

The movie was a major comeback of Kyoto Animation from the depths of hell since they’ve brought the Endless Eight episodes of Haruhi’s season 2. Based on what I know, it is Kyoto Animation’s first ever full-length animation since they started the company many years ago. I think it is an aggressive and a bit desperate move for them to regain the lost trust and admirations from fans. But all in all, it was a success, fans and not-so-fans alike are praising the movie for it’s spectacular rendition and adaptation of the fourth light novel of the series. But of course there were still skeptics, but still, the reactions were still generally positive though.

I liked how the studio presented the story tightly based on the novel itself. It remains faithful to the source material unlike other adaptations that are heavily modified which loses their original appeal to the fans of the original material. The animation is superb, which I see the details are carefully thought out. The motion of every characters are much more fluid than their TV counterparts. The subtle special effects complements each scene of the movie even though barely noticeable by an inattentive viewer such as the camera blur and dim lighting effects. The sound effects and background music creates an atmosphere of emptiness that is what Kyon must be feeling during the story. The voices of the seiyuus are still consistent with their characters, but the whole sound mixing is a level higher than the TV animation. Every subtle reverb of the voices although barely inaudible helps in building the perfect atmosphere of every scene.

It’s not surprising that Aya Hirano, the voice of Suzumiya Haruhi will not get a prominent screen-time in this film if one has read the novels beforehand. Haruhi only appears briefly at the prologue of the story and then appears again later almost halfway through the movie. This time, Nagato Yuki takes the limelight with Kyon with lots and lots of moe moments!

Overall, the film brings quality moments that the fans are expecting for while delivering a compelling and dramatic storytelling even to the uninitiated. This film hooked me up from the beginning to the end whilst holding on to the edge my seat. Although a bit laid back compared to other anime at the moment, the pace is slow that the viewers feel the atmosphere as mundane and boring during a peaceful and tranquil normal times without any extra-ordinary happenings around. Suggestive of the theme of the movie that Kyon’s life is boring without Suzumiya Haruhi. Can’t wait to grab of the official copy of the film, it’s truly a masterpiece for us fans.

Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi Blu-ray Released!

Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu Bluray Cover
Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu Bluray Cover
Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu Blu-ray Cover

The Japanese Box-Office Hit anime of 2010, The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi (涼宮ハルヒの消失 Suzumiya Haruhi no Shōshitsu) is now released on Blu-ray and DVD! The much anticipated release date of this anime-with-a-large-cult-followers on video is strategically scheduled to coincide with the plot of the movie which is December 18. Based on the fourth light novel of the highly successful Haruhi franchise, the plot begins on December 17, when Suzumiya Haruhi and the SOS Brigade plans a Christmas Party. The following day, December 18, Kyon wakes up like every other day but notices something peculiar within his surroundings. It seems that Suzumiya Haruhi has disappeared and nobody, even their classmates, knows who she is. It is like Haruhi never existed to begin with. Another peculiar thing is that, Nagato Yuki, an emotionless *moe* bookworm alien, isn’t so emotionless as she were before (*more moe! XD*). Also, the alien whom Yuki destroyed before, Asakura Ryoko, is present again as if nothing happened before. The story focuses on how Kyon searches for the answer on what happened that cold winter day and looks deep within himself on what Haruhi really means to him.

You can get them on online stores like Amazon Japan and J-List.

VirtualBox Team on a Roll! 4.0.0 Beta 4 Released

A couple of days after Beta 3 was released, the VirtualBox Development Team released Beta 4 of the much awaited VirtualBox 4.0.0. Included in this release are a few added features with mostly bug fixes:

[…]The following items were added/fixed since VirtualBox 4.0.0 Beta 3:

  • Audio: fixed memory corruption under certain circumstances
  • 3D support: fixed OpenGL support for Windows 2000 guests
  • Settings: modifying VM session could lose disk attachments (4.0 Beta 3 regression)
  • OVA: fixed crash during import
  • GUI: better OS type string matching
  • GUI: fixed redraw problem on X11 guests with multiple monitors attached (Mac OS X hosts only)
  • GUI: remember last directory in file dialogs
  • Settings: fixed .vbox file format portability issue with snapshots (backslashes)
  • ExtPacks: fixed installation on certain Linux hosts (e.g. openSUSE)
  • ExtPacks: require sudo for installation on Linux and Solaris hosts
  • Storage: fixed possible crash during suspend
  • Storage: fixed raw disk access on OS X
  • Storage: lower the CPU usage for low disk I/O bandwidth limits
  • Storage: added multi-attachment image mode for shared disk clusters
  • Storage: fixed SATA activity LED handling
  • 2D: fixed seamless mode when 2D is on for Mac hosts
  • Additions: fixed incompatibility with SLED 11 […]

For those who don’t know about VirtualBox, it is a virtual machine software that can be used mainly for running Guest OSes on your native Operating System. So, if you’re using Windows as your primary OS, you can run Ubuntu as a Guest OS while Windows is running. It’s like running Ubuntu on top of your Windows Desktop. A much better solution than using multi-boot systems especially when you don’t use your secondary OS most of the time.