Video call

“Let’s call mommy”
I’m getting this request from the kids quite frequently.
Possible because we’ve been doing video call recently.
So I was like, maybe it’s time to teach them how to use video calling
for you know, some emergency situations

I do have a few options:
FB messenger – it’s fun and what we’ve been using for video call but it require a FB account so..skip
WhatsApp – requires phone number..skip
Skype – supports group chat and only requires email.

Skype looks perfect so I created email for both kids
Installs on my phone, setup my account. Works perfect!
Install on Julian’s book( that’s what they call their iPad) setup account. No problem!
Install on Basti’s book, failed. Skype doesn’t support older version of iOS(9.x.x).
What a bummer! I mean @Microsoft, what are you thinking?!

Google Hangouts comes to the rescue(yes they haven’t retired the app)
Installed and setup on all 3 devices, easy breezy!
Added everyone’s contact(email) to each account
Created a group, perfect! I’m done.

Number of call answered: 4..four!
Number of missed call: 3 so far

Haiz, technology is a love and hate limbo

P.s the wife setup her own because she’s techy like that


Smart home project

Home Automation test phase 1:

Finally give in and got myself a smart speaker. 

Pardon my voice 😛

  • Simple commands
  • TV operation:
  1. switching on
  2. playing YouTube video
  3. switching off
  • Smart light:
  1. switching on
  2. change color
  3. switching off
  • Some Q&A
  • Playing music

ps. Google also responded to my recorded voice even if my voice id is enabled.need to check my settings


Awesome Google translate

It’s not a big secret that Google can handle translation quite well. 

But do you know that it can copy the vernacular of the country as well? Totally awesome!

I asked Google to say CUPCAKE in Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Thai.

It can’t speak Filipino though which is a bummer. 

If you are an android user you can test with Google assistant(ok Google). For Mac/PC user, you can go to Google translate website and click the speaker icon

Excel mini game, AI ver1

AI engine in action for my excel mini game. Will need to define more strategy. 

My plan is to use VBA but after experimenting with excel formula, was able to compute moves and position by aggregating my data using the position of each piece.

The excel tab containing piece details and aggregated data for the positions and possible moves

Excel mini game beta

Decided to start a side project as refresher for Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

They always say that if you want to learn something, building a game is the best way to go. Below is a video demo of the mini game that I created using excel. 

-It’s based on the game called Salpakan(game of the generals).It is basically a cross between chess and battleship.

-the rules is fully incorporated. 

-AI is in place, you can see how P1 piece move from cell to cell.

-Still a crappy AI, need to revise the algorithm. Currently, I’m just ranking the piece based on the position in the board and incorporate randomness on the direction of the movement. 

-will try to improve the AI by building a move datasets then evaluate the move instead of the position of the piece.

-player Vs player is something that I will look into as well. 

-since this is a side project, will post some more update once I make more progress

Tech buzzword

Some tech buzzword that you might want to incorporate in your Thesis, Research or Seminars:


-Big Data ang Analytics

-Machine Learning

-Block chain

-IoT(Internet of Things)

-Crowd Sourcing

-Virtual/Augmented Reality

-Artificial Intelligence

-Virtual assistance

Did I miss anything?

Add in the comment section

Peoplesoft Upgrade manager tables

 PS tables containing information of PUM image

PS_PTIASPRPTHEAD – Details of bug

PS_PTIASPRPTBODY- resolution info

PS_PTIASPRPTMOL – PS objects modified

PS_PTIASPRPTREQS – details of bug prereq

PS_PTIASPRPTRQPOVW – details of the bug post requirements

PS_PTIASTESTOBJREPO – component to test related to the bug

PeopleSoft Update Manager Dashboard (PUM Dashboard)

The Update Manager Dashboard provides a central location for all update tasks. The dashboard provides analytics for PUM (PeopleSoft Update Manager) that assist in determining your current level of maintenance. The various pivot grids provided on the dashboard, provide access into the maintenance logs and bug information for each database uploaded to the PeopleSoft Update Image.

While there is no question that it is a very useful feature specially the About PeopleSoft Image page which allows you  to display information about the PeopleSoft Image.

Select selectPeopleTools, then selectLifecycle Tools, then selectUpdate Manager Dashboard, then selectUpdate Manager Utilities, then selectAbout PeopleSoft Image

The interface is somewhat lacking specially as drilling down to the pre/post requisite bugs requires multiple click. The same process can easily be achieve via excel and macro. Below is the comparison between the excel macro and the About Update Image utilities