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All about Internet in the Philippines
      Issue number ONE October 1998     


 

Hooked, Lined, and Wired!

Wondering how in the world you got here and what the heck this is all about? Welps, look at the banner and commit it to memory. Better yet, bookmark this page. This is WIRED! Philippines' maiden issue. Only reason you would've been able to land on this page was you got something in your mailbox, read the content, got intrigued over the leads, and then couldn't help but check 'em out. Cheeky, eh? Resourceful too!

Anyway, now that you're here and I have your undivided attention, I can now yak to my heart's content. I'm usually very quiet really. But since this is the e-zine's very first issue, I figured I should blabber a little. After all, it's not every day that I get to have the chance to show off my latest baby to a very interested, very intelligent person with such good taste (I can be patronizing and honest at the same time, huh!). After I'm done with this editorial, I'm predicting some people will be wanting to gag me, cyber-speaking of course.

Coming out with an online magazine wasn't the typical bulb suddenly lighting on accompanied by a ringing sound signifying a bright idea. No, it's been actually simmering for months, right there in my head. After doing some survey of printing costs and doing a lot of thinking, I've just about given up on the idea of writing and starting something I can call mine (Yeah, I'm doing this from a very selfish point of view!). Equate it with a potentially active volcano that's gone suddenly dormant.

I've been an insomniac for as long as I can remember but that night, just when I thought I was finally getting some sleep, it hit me (So ok, I guess it sounds like the typical bulb thing!). If you know your wrestling moves, I jack-knifed from bed. Groped my way to the green room where my puter's at (Don't think a room full of plants! Just think of a room that's green.) Poked the plug to the appropriate socket in the dark. Turned on the puter before I even turned on the light. Typed for five straight hours. By four in the morning, I was already a mass of excitement. I think my ego got the better of me that night because I vaguely recall thinking what a great idea it was that I've just written.

Ipagdiwang natin ang KALAYAAN!

Ya know, when I first thought of starting WIRED! Philippines, I was thinking more of just an e-mail newsletter. Small time one, just for the Internet peeps in Laguna (It wasn't even called WIRED! Philippines.). And something I'd like to just try doing. Because I love writing. And my romance with my puter and modem has grown steadily since my good ole daddykins bought it for me a month after I got done with university in '97 (Uhm, uhm, I've subliminally given you my age!)

Ok, I might as well confess now. I'm an Internet addict. There I've said it. I'm sure I'm not the only addict here. And I'm doubly sure there're others who're addicted to the Internet more than I am to it. I spend hours and hours and hours online. The only time I'm not on is when someone calls (my mumsky didn't want to remove our phone's call waiting) or I'm asleep or I'm feeling merciful toward my modem and I decide to give him a break.

More than the surfing and the e-mailing, chatting ranks up right there in my net activities. Yeah, it's all the tech guy's fault. The very first Internet application he opened up when he hooked my puter to the net was mIRC.

It was a traumatic experience too for me. I was a newbie then, you see. And I hated reading any manual (I still do). The tech guy's gone home and I wanted to do what he did. So I opened up the chat client and got myself connected. Green as I was to everything, I didn't know how to change my nick. Ended up being "Bradd" on my first day and having girlies message me. Yep. You guessed it. That one made me read mIRC's help file.

So where was I? Oh yeah, four in the morning I got done writing my bright idea. And then I sent it to the ISPs here in Laguna. One proved to be real enthusiastic and responded right away (like barely an hour after I sent them the e-mail). So with your powers of deduction, I think you already know that MSC Communications Technologies is that ISP. Cool people, I tell you. And I'm not saying this because they gave me a free account.

Bringing the countryside closer to the global community

My sales pitch ran along the line of "I'm not thinking about earning from this idea, it's just something I'd like to see get done." Yeah, believe it or not, I'm doing this for nothing. Nope, no money. Just plain enjoyment and honest liking to writing stuff about the Internet and the Philippines. And it just so happens that MSC has the ability to recognize a cool idea when one comes up. (Now if that's not the super ego speaking, I don't know what it is!)

So you ask what WIRED! Philippines is exactly? I reply, "It's all about Internet in the Philippines." And if you ask me why I do this, I could enumerate to you all the reasons I could think of but they might prove to be too much for anyone to read. The shortest thing I can come up with right now is this: In everything, the Philippines almost always is never far behind. Fashion. Style. Anything that goes global. And now cyberspace. In a rapidly growing wireless world, going wireless means getting wired first.

A couple of hours ago when I was writing this piece, my modem temporarily died. There was a lot of hair-pulling and teeth-gnashing while I tried to figure out what went wrong. I don't know exactly, but somehow I was able to bring him to life again. During the half hour that my modem died, I realized how attached I have become to it. It's like that net joke: You know you're an internet addict when you feel like you're only half-alive when your modem's off.

Welcome to WIRED! Philippines. Cliché, I know, but is there any other way for me to welcome ya'll?

Now you can gag me.

Shery Ma Belle Arrieta (smbea)


Arjay * Joy Arrieta * Maricel Bigal * Marife Carandang

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