Pacquiao VS Clottey: The Worst Manny Pacquiao Fight I’ve Ever Seen

Harsh? Maybe so but that is how I saw that fight.

You see, I was supposed to write what happens to the Philippine scene whenever Manny Pacquiao fights – the streets become empty, no vehicles moving about, people gathering to the nearest house with cable TV and is open to people; the Philippines just comes together to watch Manny Pacquiao fight in an attempt to bring home another victory – a proof would be the zero crime rate that is reported at the end of the fight day.

But that all changed when the sixth round came.

And this is the first Pacquiao fight, in a long time, that I cared to watch on cable TV. We don’t have cable TV at our house so we just go to my cousin’s place to watch it. Usually, I just stick with the free TV broadcast. Boy, was I disappointed!

Though, I am not a very big fan of boxing. Neither am I a big fan of Manny Pacquiao but I care enough to watch.

The Event started at around 12:30pm here in the Philippines.

During the first round, Manny already started attacking but Clottey wasn’t – he was on his solid defense mode. The scene was about the same during the second round. That didn’t come as a surprise to me. Maybe, he was tryna assess Pacquiao’s strength and was tryna figure out how to fight him.

But when the third and fourth rounds came and the scene was still the same, I was like, “Are you kidding me?! Are you still tryna figure out how to fight Manny?”

I remember him saying something like,

Manny will not attack me. I will attack him.

Where did that go?

I cared to watch this fight as much because I thought that it was interesting enough because Clottey was deemed as a strong fighter but he can also be a dirty fighter.

One of the people on Manny’s side was warning him about Clottey’s tactic of stepping on his opponent’s foot. But that still wasn’t avoided.

Before the seventh round started, if I heard it right, Clottey’s coach told him,

“Let’s take chances. Open.”

I thought that would bring the fight to life.

So, when the seventh round started, Clottey threw a few punches. He started fighting more but, once again, we were all disappointed when he switch back to total defense mode.

When the eight round ended, the round where Clottey did a low blow, and he still wasn’t fighting as much as he should, I already had this thought: “This fight is not gonna end in a TKO victory by either of them. Most probably, this will end in a victory by unanimous decision in favor of Manny Pacquiao.”

Two more rounds came and ended with the scene on the ring being just about the same.

By this time, I already thought, “This guy [Joshua Clottey] is not going for the win. He’s going for survival.”

Before the 11th round started, Clottey’s coach was caught saying,

You know you have the power to knock him out. You have the strength. Take chances, man.

But Clottey did not man up to it. I’m thinking his coach was also tired of watching him stay on the ring in total defense.

When the 11th round ended, there was some sort of commotion. We all thought the fight was already being ended but it went on.

Before the 12th round started, Clottey’s coach was telling him to breathe. Maybe, he was already about to break down.

But just before the fight ended, there was a headbutt. Was that really inevitable?

So, yeah, just as I thought, The Event ended, around 2pm, in a victory by unanimous decision in favor of Manny Pacquiao.

No, I should put it as, the fight ended with Manny Pacquiao trying to give a great show and Joshua Clottey trying to survive Manny Pacquiao.

At least, Manny Pacquiao tried to fulfill what he said in one of the press conferences,

We’ll try to give a great show.

And we all left disappointed.

Update: March 15, 2010
Today, when I was getting some water, one guy from our neighborhood told me that he can’t stand to watch the fight that he’s turned off his TV by the eight round.

I was like, “I bet all those people who paid $700 just to watch that boxing event were dismayed.”

Jolicloud: Netbook OS for the Always-On Generation

“You have been Joliclouded!”

That is what your mail will tell you when you receive your invitation code to test Jolicloud.

Jolicloud is a new operating system optimized for netbooks tagged as “a cool new OS for netbooks.” It is still on alpha, called “robby release”, so download is avaible after getting the code.

But don’t let the “alpha” make you not want it. For an alpha build, Jolicloud knows how to deliver.

The idea of Jolicloud revolves around building a laptop that woud run an Internet operating system that utilizes web alternatives of existing costly software.

Jolicloud has a long list of supported hardware and the list grows as more and more netbooks are tested by the community.

What makes Jolicloud different from most open source OS is that besides its being optimized for netbooks, it is made for the “always online” generation – the ones who don’t seem to shut down as they can always be found online. Jolicloud gives you a gorgeous interface and a set of social features for a more fun experience.

When you boot your Jolicloud netbook, you might say that it is the Netbook remix but it just looks like one. In fact, it is way different.

The “Get Started” icon is the most interesting part of the whole system. This takes you to your Jolicloud homebase. The homebase is divided into four sections: the Dashboard, Applications, Settings, and Lab.

The dashboard is your Jolicloud social networking platform. This is where you can find updates from Jolicloud, both for the apps and the system, and from people you follow. Updating only takes one click on the update button.

Now the Applications tab is the most valuable tab in your homebase. This is the part that makes Jolicloud easy to use. The applications directory gives you a list of all the apps you might need for your netbook – and more. It gives you the “one-click install” feature that Jolicloud is proud to give you.

You just have to click on the “Install” button, authenticate, and the system will start downloading and installing the app for you. If you get tired of the app, the “Remove” button will be there for you. The app directory is also constanly being updating so you are to expect more things.

The Settings tab is also indispensable. It shows you your profile and and other information about your system. If you have another netbook and you want to install Jolicloud on it, too, the system will be there for you to sync both netbooks. Your different subscriptions can also be found here.

The Lab tab is mostly grayed-out.

That is just some of the awesome things that Jolicloud can give you. Right now, it is the OS that can give you all you need and a lot more.

First published at Technorati

Review: Eee PC 701


I finally got my own time.

The EeePC

Most reviews say that the EeePC is good and I can just easily agree to that. From a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, it’s an easy 15. No kidding. It’s really a good kinda net.

The price is so right. It’s not much of a powerhouse of a notebook but even if it is that cheap, it still boasts a lot of good stuff within it.

Quick start-up? Check. Quick shut down? Check. It can start-up and shut down almost twice as fast as other devices of the like.

The EeePC is really very portable. Lightweight, less than 1kg. The kind of notebook you can easily bring anywhere you want.

The notebook has more than 40 learn, work, and play tools pre-installed. It’s really worth the price.

The built-in camera also has a good resolution and can take decent pictures.

Speakers sound good. None of those scratching noise crap. And It’s built-in. Another bonus.

Connectivity is not an issue. LAN is plug-and-play. Wireless connectivity is out of the question, too. It can find wireless networks easily and can connect just as easily.

The screen might be small at 7 inches but most computer users can deal.
Resolution’s got two options. You can go for 800 x 600 or you can choose 800 x 480. It’s not that 800 x 480 does not fill up the whole screen, it does With 800 x 600, the screen is scrollable. But mostly you’ll go for 800 x 480.

Ports include 3 USB ports, 1 port for the microphone, 1 port for external speakers or headsets, 1 memory card slot / reader and the DC port.

Battery life is as good as the official Asus EeePC website says – it can last for 2 – 3 hours or so depending on whatever you’re doing.

Compatibility to some programs is not an issue, too. If you can’t work well with Linux, you can install Windows XP.

The only downside I can see is that mostly the available ones are the 4G models. After installing Windows XP, Microsoft Office and Mozilla Firefox only about 800 mB was left.

The inside of the EeePC

Mostly I can say, in a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being th highest, it is an easy 15.