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To all PWiT Readers:

Effective today, Feb. 20, 2007 at 4:30pm RP Time, PWiT will be transfering to its own domain.

Please redirect your links and attention to:

http://pwit.org

Beginning on this date, all posts and activities will be done on this new WordPress-powered site, and this link will be inactive.

Everything here is there too, so let’s continue the conversation at the new site. Special thanks to our honorary PWiT, Mr. Kiven Codamon of codamon.com, for facilitating the changeover and migration. Expect many improvements and changes in the days to come.

Spread the word to all PWiTters.

Thank you very much.

Adel Gabot (reverseengineer)

Editor-in-Chief (aka the Big PWiT), Philippine Week in Tech

Been getting lotsa nice feedback about this blog, but there is still the occasional comment that goes “do you have to call it …that?”

Was chatting with Gary the other day and I asked him about our name, and he has no problem with it; crazy raconteur Howard had at first, which surprised me because if you knew bogs11 at all, you’d know he’d be the first to say Kiss my pwit! Personally, I love it because it’s edgy, easy to remember and is a conversation piece, which is always good if you’re building up an audience. Besides, I love the endless double-entendres and puns we can make.

Having been woken up at an odd hour yesterday by my Golden Retriever Bobby asking for a scratch, I couldn’t get back to sleep and decided to look around the net for other people’s pwits. I found a lot.

Apparently, aside from being the name of a tech blog or sounding like the Tagalog word that means buttocks, PWiT is also:

The band you wish you’d never heard about. Put together in 1995, Pwit is composed of Bob, Jeff and Jorge. Apparently they are the band without a face, nor songs. Hrm.

The Power and Water Institute of Technology. This Teheran, Iran-based PWiT is actually named the Power and Water University of Technology (PWuT), but for some reason everyone in Teheran says Institute. Iranian geeks. Go figure.

Powder/Wire-in-Tube. This pwit is a multifilamentary superconducting Bi-2333 tape. Don’t look at us; we’re not that geeky.

Abby, the Pastor’s Wife in Training. Her handle on her Xanga blog is futurepastorswife. It’s the first known instance of religious pwit.

A derogatory term that means Pure White Inbred Trash. Bad pwit. Bad.

A cute lapel pin for Wiccans that says “Witches Heal” and sells for$1.50 online. Pagan pwit. Or something like that. I don’t know anything about these things.

A nice wicker double-seat chair for twin babies that is available online for $229, with an angled seat and decorative back and arms for support. Washable pad and Velcro safety strap are included. Cute pwit.

An emergency response system used in the UK. The Public Warning & Information by Telephone system is real good pwit.

The sound a dotterel makes. Bird pwit.

So as you can see, we’re not alone. These are just a few of the examples of internet pwits. There’s plenty of pwit around if you know where to look. (Gad, you can really find anything on the net these days, huh?)

I thought long and hard if I should even mention this “little intrigue” that seems to be indirectly percolating between this blog and our friends at Pinoy Tech Blog. By doing so I was afraid I might give it more undeserved attention and misplaced importance. But I figured the air should be cleared before it takes a turn for the worse. These things have a way of getting out of hand and taking a life of their own in spite of what the original participants actually think and feel about the matter.

When I saw that first post instigating the potentially harmful and incendiary issue out of a sense of “fun”, I wanted to nip it in the bud. But I bit my tongue, hoping and trusting that folk would be more sensible than they usually get credit for. For a while it looked ok, but later I received some comments from other people in the negative, some of them actually angry about the original post and why it even had to be posted because it was totally counterproductive.

Much later Miguel Paraz from Pinoy Tech Blog posted something on PTB that worried me a bit. Then the comments on PTB and the original post that started it began to skate nervously on the edge of trouble. A quick look at PWiT’s blog stats show that a lot of traffic coming into our site have been referred by the PWiT-PTB posts on PTB and A Bugged Life. PWiTs Howard Paw and Gary Mercado, apparently disturbed, were already getting into the act, so I figured I should say something and defuse any possible problems before the readers of either blog take it out of our hands.

For the record, PWiT and PTB are on the same side, and should be complementary sites and offers views from different perspectives. Us being mostly mainstream media people has no bearing on anything, and neither should being niche bloggers be a problem. PWiT is a new blog just feeling its way along and making mistakes our esteemed PTB colleagues have gone through and overcome years before. While as mainstream print media we have many readers already through our respective publications, as a blog we’re wet behind the ears. PTB has been around since 2005, composed of experts in their respective fields and with its own loyal and sizeable online readership. We overlap and cross paths in many areas, both online and in print, and this is just another venue were we can contribute and help each other out, and ultimately be good for our country and the industry.

PWiT has the utmost respect for our colleagues at Pinoy Tech Blog, and any intimation that there should somehow be some competition, friendly or otherwise, is outright silly. It’s ridiculous that I even have to write this post, but I have to just be clear, and I feel that our friends at PTB would agree with me. Both blogs have but the best intentions for Filipinos and technology, but we hope we don’t bring into it our notorious Pinoy penchant for crab mentality. Just blogging is hard enough already. People with nothing better to do will always think of mentioning something along those lines and cause more harm than good. Let’s leave that stuff out.

We’re all in this together after all.

Just for the record, PWiT isn’t Apple country.

Some folk (Howard Paw the noisiest among them) have noted that for some reason, Apple posts predominate here, and it’s staffed by Mac evangelists, fanboys and Steve Jobs groupies. Not true.

Here are a few reasons why:

1. It just so happened PWiT got rolling about the same time as Macworld in San Francisco, so a lot of the noise has been about that damned iPhone, which singlehandedly eclipsed the bigger, better and more substantial CES in Las Vegas. When the hype dies down, so will our posts. Or vice-versa. (Then again, when the sniping begins, we’ll be posting those too. And when it’s released in June …oh, well.)

2. I’m one of only two serious Apple fanboys in the bunch (Butch Dalisay is the other one – and he’s the bigger one by far). I was the previous Chairman of the Philippine Mac Users Group for two years and have been using Apple products since the Apple II in the early 80s. Other PWiTs come close, like Jason de Villa, but most of the guys are atheistic in this sense, even if they use Macs. PWiT Bernie Janda is gleefully platform-polygamous, but owns an old iBook and is lusting after a MacBook Pro at the moment. (However, being journalists, Butch and I try to remain always objective and are conscious of our addiction and trying to keep it under control.)

3. Face it. A lot of the movement in the industry these days is instigated by Apple Inc., whether you like it or not. These days everyone kinda just reacts to what the people at Cupertino do. We couldn’t stop covering them if we wanted to.

4. This is PWiT. Live and let live.

Yun lang.

Been getting a lot of inquiries as to why this blog you’re reading now exists, when there are other similar locally-made tech blogs around. Some of the questions were about who the people are behind the blog itself, but mostly what-the-hell-were-you-thinking questions about the name.

It started as a joke, really. But when I thought about it more and more, it made some sort of weird sense. So I asked some folk if they would join if I made one (oo naman! they said), so I got encouraged. One idle afternoon during the New Year break I set it up, signed some guys up, people started posting, and now it’s out of my hands and has a life of its own. It’s not just my PWiT now, it’s everyone’s ass on the line

Anyway, instead of retyping everything I’ve been trying to explain, I’ll just reprint (to save you a click and more bandwidth) a blog entry I wrote in my own personal journal a week ago:

Want to See My PWiT?

I realize some of my too-tech posts fall on deaf ears, and bore the hell out of everyone else, so I figured unless it’s palatable to the general public, I’d segregate and post them elsewhere (which is why postings here have been scarce; a lot of stuff that concerns me at the moment have been a bit technical).

As Editor-in-Chief of two monthly tech magazines Mobile Philippines and PC Magazine Philippines, being part of our online blog network at Hinge Inquirer Publications and this blog, I should have all the space I need, right? Well, there are still some things that would be too off-the-wall, too self-indulgent, too technical, or just plain boring that I want to write about that wouldn’t fit in any of them.

So, in my spare time, I figured I’d make another blog for these things, and save EJ Online for things that don’t beep, blink or light up.

It’s called Philippine Week in Tech, or PWiT.

Stop giggling. It’s an honest acronym. Besides, it works on three different levels.

One: For non-Filipino readers who don’t get the in-joke (and at the risk of making me sound like the loser who has to explain his joke), pwit sounds like the Tagalog slang word for your gluteus maximus. Heh. Two: For non-techie readers who don’t get the other in-joke, it’s a nod and homage to my idol Leo Laporte‘s TWITThis Week in Tech – network in the US, which in its own turn plays on the usually derogatory term twit. And three: I think the acronym perfectly states the personality and attitude of the blog. (Let the double-entendres and inevitable puns ensue…)

Went a step further though, and like the original TWIT, made it a group blog for my geek colleagues in the industry in the Philippines, from different worlds, who felt the same way. So we get something for everyone. Writers, editors, bloggers, industry experts, geeks extraordinaire. So far the current crop of PWiTs is an interesting crew, and we’re still building up the staff.

As of now we have U.P. professor, Editor-in-Chief of SME Insight and former PC Mag Philippines Editor-in-Chief Art Ilano. IT journalist and blogger Gary Mercado. T3 Philippines Editor-in-Chief Vince Sales. Game Magazine Editor-in-Chief Howard Paw. Philippine Star columnist, Palanca Hall-of-Famer, U.P. professor and former Vice-Chancellor Butch Dalisay. Talkin’ Tech blogger and tech journalist Bernie Janda. UAP professor, MAPALAD founder and former mPH Editor-in-Chief Jason de Villa, and more coming.

You notice the bloggers are from everywhere. It’s kind of like the UN of Philippine Tech. Hope we’ll get support from the local IT press and get more folk on board. It’s non-sectarian, non-denominational, non-corporate, and personal, which means no-holds-barred and anything goes. No commercial agenda whatsoever. The only agenda it has is the evangelical approach to the techification of the Filipino. (Yes, yes, I just made up that word, don’t look it up.) More on our raison d’etre on the very first PWiT post.

I can hear some of my crab-mentality-conscious countrymen now: ah, there goes another unoriginal, derivative, copycat Pinoy website. To you folk, I hereby give a few lemons. Go suck on them.

In PWiT we’ll discuss geek stuff, mostly, and say what we mean, so long as it’s fair, constructive and in the right place. And in a decidedly Filipino context. (And hope it’ll sate our appetite for writing for sites like Gizmodo, Engadget, Ars Technica, and other tech blogs and sites we admire.)

It’s a simple work-in-progress though. The features aren’t final, the header is still temporary. Some of the guys haven’t even posted yet. We’re just getting started. I wasn’t planning on making it public just yet, but I found out this morning that Gary and Bernie had already mentioned it on their blogs (which accounts for the spike in hits), so I might as well do the same and let the fun begin. (Not their fault; we never really talked about keeping it under wraps anyway.)

Dunno if it’ll catch on. Most likely, kami-kami lang ang magbabasa. Like scholarly journals, it just might evolve into a clannish self-indulgence only we geeks appreciate. Or, people and the industry might look to it as a tech barometer to see how things are in the country. It’ll be fun, either way.

So, if you have time and the inclination, take a look at our PWiT, remember that it is still in beta, and comment away, either here or there. It’ll be an interesting experiment, no matter how it turns out.”

When I wrote that, we had just a handful of hits, mostly our close friends. We got quite a bit more now, I think. Since then, more pwits have been added to the mix, and they’ll be posting soon (I hope).

So there. Let’s see where this goes, shall we?