As I have mentioned earlier, I am still out of town moving from island to island in the Philippines. Yes, you read that right. While we may be billeted in a hotel in Tagbilaran City, we still had the opportunity to visit several islands today. One of them quite unique as it is a historical landmark and at the same time te recipient of a really wonderful technology.
Before I go on with that, I promised that I'd post several photos of really unique things here. The first thing is the Tarcier. Really small meek, the Tarcier is an endangered species but we were allowed to see them after the Loboc River cruise we took. They're monkeys that can literally fit in the palm of your hand. This s me with several Tarciers on me.
Anyway, going back to what we did today, and sorry I don't have digital photos of the dolphins here altough I was able to get a lot of shots on film. We went to the Pamilacan Island and viewed the most intriguing structure there, a Spanish watchtower/warning station that was placed in the island to relay warnings of incoming pirates to the mainland that would relay it to a succeeding set of relay stations.
During that trip, SMART Communications of the Philippines gave a SMART Link satellite phone to the community residing there to connect them to the outside world.
The satellite phone worth PhP4,995.00 or US$80.00 is the easiest way to connect communities such as these. Not requiring the rollout of expensive cellular base stations, it becomes the cheapest way of creating a communications link between a community in a remote island with the outside world. Just imagine, we have about 7000+ islands here, so this acually makes a lot of sense.
Now how did I do this? Well posting from out here may not at all be that easy, but with the power of the Windows Mobile Sofware in my hands, I'm covered. First of all, this w written using an iPAQ h2210 with a Pocketop IR Keyboard. Loaded with Conduits PocketArtist 2.6, I was able to resize and optimize a photo for web use. I could read my digital camerea's CF card in the iPAQ and create a copy of the file in the iPAQ for editing. Of course I needed to load up the photos to the server via FTP which was taken care of by ScottyFTP (yes it works). All the text is written using PocketWord and upoaded through the web via Pocket Internet Explorer. So, all in all, all that it takes are four appications to update a website.
Mabuhay ~ Carlo