now i’m confused, Microsoft

i just found out that Windows Phone 8 has just become official.

and Windows Phone 7.5 users CAN’T upgrade to WP8 because of hardware limitations — but similar features would be present in the update to 7.8.

well that killed WP7 sales for Smart and Globe for the Nokia Lumia and HTC Mozart.

i’m not sure bakit pero the way i see it, lalo na at kaka-launch lang ng Lumia line ng Nokia sa pinas, (HTC Mozart has been around for quite some time) tapos ilalabas ng Microsoft yung bagong version ng OS nila tapos hindi naman pala upgradable yung phone to the latest version, why would i spend so much cash on it? If I were a regular guy, bakit pa ako bibili ng Lumia na mapag-iiwanan in a few months and will be left in version 7.8 forever? whereas a guy who’ll just wait a couple of more months can get the WP8 version that would probably last longer and get more updates and support from game developers? hay…

sige, fine. sabihin na naten na since mabilis naman ang pagpapalit at paglalabas ng phones, would it really matter na hindi ka maka-upgrade to the latest OS? lalo na’t minority lang ang may Windows Phones. but then again, aren’t you really looking for exclusivity/uniqueness by having something that others don’t have? bragging rights.

but what ‘bragging rights’ are you talking about if you don’t have the latest phone?

anyway, so there. i just thought that this would affect WP sales on both networks — Smart and Globe. or maybe, the low-end WP won’t be affected as much. it’s the Lumia 800/900 that’ll probably lose.

Venus transit in the Philippines

here’s the only decent picture i got of the transit of venus across the sun today, 6 June 2012. it’s a rare site… twice in a lifetime, in fact… the first was in 2004 (6th in the total recorded observations of man) and today would be the 7th. and i’m proud that i had the chance to see it with my own eyes — indirectly, of course. 🙂

the ‘freckles’ on the sun are actually sunspots and the round object (let’s call it a ‘mole’) on the face of the sun is the planet Venus! 🙂 it’s just wonderful that two wonderful astronomical events happened just 2 days apart. and we are just fortunate to have seen them with our own eyes and could wonder about things like this.

sure, it may not have any practical applications right now to the ordinary person who lives and works in an office but this is just one of those things you try to see how brilliantly things are in order in the world.

anyway, perhaps a reflective extension of this event would be done on my next posts but in the mean time, i only want to share this with everyone. and maybe brag a little. 😛 haha! (sige na, pagbigyan niyo na ako. :D)

i just realized that this is my first, last, and only chance to see this planet transit across the sun. wow. i am floored by this thought.