Tipid Tip: Don’t buy a webcam. Use your phone instead!

di ko alam bakit ako nagkukuripot sa webcam. well, kasi naman, yung relatively acceptable na quality ng C270 ay kulang para sa akin. for around 2k, yun lang ang kaya ng budget. a better quality webcam like the logitech C920 costs an arm and a leg (for poor me). so naghanap ako ng paraan. at ayun, nakita ko na pwede naman pala. gamitin lang ang DroidCam app and client sa PC.

install the android app and the client sa laptop or desktop. run both and input the IP address on the client to detect the android device and you’re good to go. pretty straight forward eh? well, yan ay kung may wifi pareho ang devices mo. paano naman ako na naka-desktop?

mas kumplikado ng kaunti. no need to root your phone though.just enable USB debugging mode. iba-iba yata depende sa unit ng phone pero mostly it’s just several taps on your system settings para ma-enable. then kapag sinaksak mo ang phone mo, choose/select yung ‘tether’ option, hindi file transfer or charging lang. sa Client program sa desktop, piliin mo lang yung USB imbes na wifi para ma-dectect yung phone. and then you’re all set!

sharing this dahil feeling ko lahat tayo nag-o-online meeting, mapa-Google Hangouts, Zoom, Team, o kung ano pang messaging at meeting app pero gusto din magtipid. buy the essentials. the rest, tingnan ano ang pwede na at pwede pa. 🙂

that nagging feeling

ever since this the implementing rules and regulations for the “Doble Plaka”law came out, it’s been giving me anxiety attacks. why? the law gives a hefty fine for motorcycles not yet under the proper owner’s name.

i got mine as a second hand motorbike. I haven’t gotten to transfering it to my name because it required another step — getting a clearance from the HPG. and to get clearance, i have to have the deed of sale notarized. and during this pandemic, how do i get to start doing this?

Magpatuloy magbasa that nagging feeling

it’s my turn

sa wakas, makakapag trabaho din.

this pandemic has forced a lot of people to work from home, myself included. since my workplace is in lockdown, i can’t get to the stuff i need. kaya ginawan na lang ng paraan.

i bought a second-hand desktop PC. mga pinag-lumaan ng mga opisina somewhere.

i find it weird that i now somehow inherited something my father did before. he would always buy second hand stuff. as a kid, i would think this is foolishness and a waste of money. “bakit bibili ng second-hand eh may murang bago naman? hanggang kailan naman tatagal yang 2nd hand TV naten? tapos papalitan lang ulit ng second hand ulit? gagastos lang nang gagastos. eh kung brand new, magtatagal naman kahit mahal.”

he never did explain why he bought second-hand/surplus/refurbished stuff. now i’m older, i found some justification why:

1. for the environment. we have this throw-away culture perpetuated by cheap electronics. things are easier to replace than to repair nowadays, specially at the rate gadgets depreciate. buying second-hand helps lengthen the life of old but still usable gadgets and electronics.

2. for education. if it’s something you can upgrade, browse the web for information how you can. if something’s busted, you don’t throw it away immediately. you find out what’s wrong. scour the forums of the internet to find solutions. try to fix it yourself. or

3. for charity. if you can’t fix it, you find someone who can. you give that person a livelihood by  having him repair your electronics. if you can’t afford the repair, sell it to him and he might find a buyer who can. you don’t have it fixed because you *need* to but because you want to help out a person and he keeps his dignity.

so far, so good sa computer ko even with a used (and abused) keyboard. i upgraded the memory and hard drive. i have this sense of accomplishment that 1. i learned something new (again) and updated myself with tech knowledge; 2. i helped my fellow man during this pandemic earn some cash; and 3. i can finally work! legit work! (albeit on the night shift. *sigh*) or maybe not… hold that thought.