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*Digitel DSL without Ragnarok Service

(July 10 , 2004) In response to numerous inquiries, Digitel DSL subscribers has been without Ragnarok traffic for about a week now.

This has been affected by Level-up's recent decision to shut off international game play access. It is not due to Ragnarok servers being down. Digitel DSL subscriber traffic to LevelUp servers were using this international link.

The good news is that Digitel has a fiber link that is currently being activated to provide a smoother gameplay experience once the link is activated. When? The un-official word is : within 2 weeks..

Bitstop dialup subscribers are not affected by this issue as we have direct links with LevelUp in Vitro and PHIX.

*Bitstop VP quoted @ inq7.net

(July 9 , 2004) Mr John Ang, BNS Vice president was interviewed by respected IT journalist, Mr Erwin Oliva of INQ7, regarding the prevalence of SPAM.

Read all about it in the Infotech section of today's online INQ7 under the title: Spam frustrates RP firms but
few are buying solutions.


*Hello To ex-staff

(July 3 , 2004) Our best wishes and good luck to Mr Rolly Celzo, who is now with Broadband Philippines in Makati.


*Jam88.3 now @ Eradioportal

(July 2 , 2004) Listen to Jam 88.3 as we webcast its signal out via eRadioportal.com!

*Bitstop Gains 70-299 Credential

(June 30 , 2004) Mr Wilson L. Chua, Bitstop president, passed the Microsoft 70-299 Implementing and Administering Security in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network.

This certification exam measures the ability to implement, manage, maintain, and troubleshoot security in a Windows Server 2003 network infrastructure and also plan and configure a Windows Server 2003 Public Key Infrastructure.


*Microsoft Unlimited Potential Launching

TJ Javier, Microsoft Philippines country manager at the Microsoft Unlimited Potential launching in Don Bosco

Computer donations made by Microsoft Learn.ph Foundation

*Launching of Microsoft Unlimited Potential

(June 26 , 2004) The Manpower Skills Training Center of Don Bosco will be launching the Microsoft Unlimited Potential project on June 29, 2004 at the Don Bosco Academy, Green Meadows Subdivision, Mabiga, Mabalacat, Pampanga at 10:30 am.

Picture shows the computer and software donations made by Microsoft Philippines to the project.


*Webcasts Schedules @ Bitstop

(June 26 , 2004) Bitstop is honored to have been tapped by the Office of the President and the Office of the Press Secretary to webcast the presidential inaugural on June 30, 2004. The video feed is courtesy of NBN. Here are the links: Globe Telecoms, Infocom, PLDT Global, Eastern Telecoms, Digitel One.

Bitstop is also going to stream the WIZ Launch on July 1 (6:00 p.m.) and Wedding Sponsorship on July 2-4 at Waterfront
Lahug, Cebu City. Watch for the link here. Click here  to view the Freedom Concert sponsored by Globe in Cebu.

*Privacy Screen Filters

(June 21 , 2004) Bitstop has just received our shipment of hard to find Privacy Filters. These are screen filters you put over your LCD or Computer CRT monitors that effectively blurs the screen when it is viewed from an angle. This stops shoulder-surfers in their tracks. Aside from providing security, it also has other features as well:

- Available for 15" and 17" LCD flat panel monitors
- Pantented Stretch design guarantees perfect fit
- Break resistant optical acrylic construction
- Reduces eye strain, improves contrast and colour definition
- Available in Grey or Black frame


*ElectronicaManila Launch Tonight

(June 21 , 2004) ElectronicaManila is a community of electronic music artists, supporters, and enthusiasts. The site features links to an online streaming station that highlights the works from members of the group.

The launch tonight will be at the Temple Bar and Restaurant, Greenbelt 2, Makati, Metro Manila. Launching is supposed to start at 10pm.


*Network Security Workshop

(June 19 , 2004) Photo shows the participants to the Network Security Workshop that Bitstop conducted today. The workshop showcased Microsoft solutions like MBSA (Baseline Security Analyzer), SUS (Windows Update Server) and Software Restriction Policy in Group Policy under Active Directory

*30 Additional Lines to be activated today

(June 14 , 2004) Bitstop expects Digitel to activate another 30 56kbps dialup lines today. Once deployed, Bitstop will have a total of 375 dialup lines to service its Nitro and Extreme Dialup users.

The additional lines are expected to cope with the increased demand for dialup lines brought about by the huge usage of Netrocket internet acceleration service that provides DSL like performance for dialup users.

*Bitstop to speak @ Gov CIO forum

(June 14 , 2004) Microsoft is sponsoring a full-day briefing with Sun Microsystems organized by the CIO Forum. Dubbed the Government CIO Forum Open Technology Briefing, the event will tackle the issues involved in the adoption of commercial software vis-à-vis open source.  

It will be held on July 1 at the Rizal Ballroom of the Makati Shangri-la Hotel.   Expect an audience of at least 200 government CIOs and ITECC members.


*LNU upgrades to Full E1 CIR

(June 10 , 2004) Lyceum Northwestern University has upgraded its internet from 512kbps to a full E1 (2048kbps) CIR from Bitstop.

LNU is among the newest university to be granted full deregulation status and AJA accreditation with ISO9001 -2000 certification.

The E1 is in line with President Gonzalo Duque's vision of excellence in education as they prepare their students for cluster computing and online education initiatives.

*Bitstop to try out Chat-to-Phone interface

(June 9 , 2004) Bitstop is testing a device that allows every incoming VOICE request from either MSN, Yahoo, or Skype, to be directly forwarded to a telephone line such as local telephone or Cell phone.

*Free Construction Estimation Shareware

(June 9 , 2004) Bitstop is currently hosting the free shareware for estimating construction cost from Arch't George Goyena.

The shareware is a limited edition software that allows estimators to quickly generate a bill of materials and costs using an excel spreadsheet. For the full version, interested parties are urged to contact Archt George Goyena via email.


*Ensim Visits Bitstop

Ensim Corporation(June 9 , 2004) Bitstop is honored to have been visited by Ms Ramie Joaquin (shown in the middle), Sales Representative of Ensim Corporation located at 1366 Borregas Ave., Sunnyvale, CA.

Ensim is best known for its web hosting automation software. Bitstop has deployed both the Windows and the linux versions for our use.

*Bitstop attends Computex-Taiwan
Photo shows COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2004 exhibition at the Taipei World Trade Center. Photo was taken by Mr. Wilson Chua.

(June 4 , 2004) Bitstop is currently attending this year's COMPUTEX in Taipei, Taiwan. On its third day, COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2004 exhibition promises the best IT show in Asia, offers many foreign buyers and visitors to see the latest and hottest IT products from exhibiting companies, which continue to flock in at the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC). The exhibition halls of TWTC have a total of 58,730 square meters that set a record as the biggest floor area in its 24 years of exhibition that occupies by 1,329 exhibitors.

*Mozcom Launches NetPix

(June 1 , 2004) Mozcom is launching its online album service called NetPIX. Mozcom also recently awarded Mr John Ang as the Hard Rock awardee of the year. Click to view the winning pose.


*5x Faster Internet Access

(May 30 , 2004) Bitstop is now offering Mozcom's NetRocket Service. This service will allow users to experience faster internet access via a combination of compression, ad banner and pop up blocking, image recompression and intelligent caching.

The Net Rocket service is limited to access speeds lower than 200kbps CIR. Download this here.

*Bitstop Joins 12th TMNS Conference

Mr & Mrs Wilson L. Chua and John Ang, representing Mozcom Pangasinan, Mozcom Vigan and Mozcom Zambales, attended the 12th Mozcom TMNS Conference held at MetroCenter Hotel, Tagbilaran, Bohol.

This year's theme is [Dialup 2.0 Revitalizing Our Core Business] Not shown in picture is Dr Bill Torres, who took this picture on his Sony Camera. Other Pictures are here.

The conference introduced the POPs to the new services of mozcom like the NetProtect, NetRocket, Photo.mozcom.com. Mozcom also shared that they are now hosting pba.ph and pinoyster.ph


*Bitstop attends PREGINET Partner's Meeting in Cebu

(L-R) Denis Villorente, OIC PREGINET; Tim Diaz de Rivera, NCC Director; Sec. Estrella Alabastro, DOST; Sec. Ver de la Peña, Chariman Commission on ICT and concurrent secretary of DOTC

Bitstop president, Wilson L. Chua, attends the 1st Philipine research and Education Network Symposium and 2nd PREGINET National Partners' Meeting held at Montebello Hotel, Banilad Cebu.

Topics discussed include Greenstone library software, the national e-Library initiative, the virtual classroom using vClass and a host of other cutting edge technologies developed at PREGINET like NETMON ver 1.0

Preginet website is located at www.pregi.net

Bitstop resells SolarWinds Tools

Network Management Software

(May 22, 2004) Bitstop has been approved by Solarwinds as their reseller for Network management, discovery, Monitoring tools.

Visit their website here.

*Bitstop hosts TFSCI website

(May 21, 2004) By virtue of a memorandum dated September 24, 2003, the Task Force for the Security of Critical Infrastructure (TFSCI) was created to be the operational arm of the Cabinet Oversight Committee on Internal Security (COC-IS) to coordinate and implement all government efforts in the protection of the country’s critical infrastructure.

Click here to visit the website.

*Bitstop granted SPLA Status (Corp & Academic)

(May 15, 2004) Known as the Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA), this program's aim is to simplify the licensing agreement between service providers and Microsoft, enabling them to offer more flexible contracts to their customers and a number of additional benefits for both service providers and end users.

The SPLA provides third-party commercial use rights to service providers. As such, the service provider becomes the holder of Microsoft licenses. End customers receiving services deployed on Microsoft software products have no need to obtain their own Microsoft software licenses; they simply use the service provider’s SPLA licenses.

The SPLA enables service providers to license Microsoft products on a monthly basis, meaning they can offer ‘pay as you go’ services, Web services and hosted applications to their customers. In fact, it is the only licensing scheme that allows hosting and application service providers to rent Microsoft software to end users on a subscription basis.

 *Namfrel Mirror @ Bitstop

(May 14, 2004) Hungry for the latest Namfrel election results? Try their mirror site hosted here in Bitstop.

*Congratulations to Mayor Benjie Lim

(May 14, 2004) Our best wishes to Mayor Benjamin Lim for being reelected for another term as City Mayor of Dagupan.

It was under Mayor Lim's term that Dagupan got into the Guiness Book of world records for the longest bangus grill in the world!

*Journal.com.ph tapped by MSN Philippines

MSN.com.ph(May 12, 2004) Our congratulations to Journal Group of Publications. Their website content is now seen at MSN philippines! Click here to view the site.


*Urgent Security Advisory for Bitstop Internet Users

(May 9, 2004) We have documented several instances over the past week, where client computers have been compromised and used to attack our network. Forensics revealed the presence of the Sdbot-fam worm/trojan.

These users were running either WindowsXP or Windows 2000 (Most were unpatched) and most notably, Norton 2004 antivirus software. Norton AV was still unable to detect this virus, despite having the LIVEUPDATE activated. When infected, some units were unable to connect to anti-virus websites, and had the gt.exe and inetman.exe  surreptitiously installed. Internet browsing stalls when the infected system tries to infect other systems or contact its 'master'.

In most instances, the default administrator password was blank. We used sophos to scan and detect the units. To help prevent the spread of this virus, please do ALL of the following:

  • 1. Patch your windows systems via the windowsupdate.microsoft.com website

  • 2. Upgrade your Antivirus software, and change your administrator password.

  • 3. Install a firewall, or activate the personal firewall that comes with Windows XP.

  • 4. Disable the uPNP and SSDP services from your unit.

You may also bring in your unit for inspection.

*Read Monica's Email

(May 8, 2004) Monica will be firing a lot of emails containing our special promo for our Internet users for the month of May.

There are limited stocks so as soon as you get your email, please act on it. If your name is not on our list,please send an email to Monica and be included in the monthly mailers.


*Dealer Promo for Online Store Orders

(May 8, 2004) Each dealer that orders a minimum amount of items from our online store is entitled to get one legal license from among the following titles as their bonus: StarCraft, Alien Vs Predator, Diablo II and Empire Earth. Offer good while supply last, so place you online orders now.

*PLDT Global provides US server for webcast

(May 8, 2004) Mr Ariel Roda, VP for PLDT Global Online has committed to support the INQ7 Eleksyon 2004 webcast by providing a US based webcasting server to relay the primary webcasts from the Philippines. This US server is expected to provide smoother video viewing. The link to the live webcast can be found at the INQ7 site.

*Journal Publications Goes Online @ midnite

(April 26, 2004) Bitstop is proud to have been chosen as the website hosting provider for the Journal group of companies.

The site will be live at midnight tonight. The website is designed by Softrigger.

*Nitro Mini Launched!

(April 20, 2004) In a bid to make our service more affordable to our clients, Bitstop is launching our 50.00 Mini Nitro version.

Nitro Mini is expected to be bundled with the hugely popular Level-up Ragnarok cards, which at 50.00 also gives 8 hours of fun. Buyers with 100.00 can now afford both the Nitro Mini and the 50 peso denominated Ragnarok card. The Nitro Mini cards are sponsored in part by Logitech.

It can now be said that logging online is now cheaper than going to the movies for entertainment.


*Microsoft Philippines Website Hosted @ Bitstop

(April 20, 2004) Bitstop is proud to be chosen as the web hosting provider for Microsoft Philippines.

Click here to view the website created by Softrigger.

*SMC Website Hosted @ Bitstop

(April 20, 2004) For the next 3 months, San Miguel Corporation, one of the country's most admired corporation will be hosted at Bitstop.

Click here to view the website created by Softrigger.

*Mozcom Bundles Anti-virus Solutions

(April 20, 2004) The Mozcom "100% Virus-Free Guarantee" Program is a commitment to keep your Internet experience safe from the dangers and inconveniences of computer viruses (valid only if you subscribe to Mozcom NetProtect). Regardless of whether you are a standalone dialup user or a multi-site enterprise, we can bundle an anti-virus solution with your Internet connection. Contact Mozcom now on how you can avail of Mozcom standalone or bundled packages.

      *DSL performance For Dialups

(April 15, 2004) Mozcom is encouraging its subscribers (Mozcom and Nitro Users) to try out the NetRocket web accelerator.

Users report speed gains of as much as 6 times! Download the trial program here.

*Strong Republic Site Launched.

(April 14, 2004) MakeITstrong.org is launched! The objective of this site, organized by the group of Mr Ricky Cuenca is to encourage people to help make the Philippines a stronger republic.


*Jam88.3 soon to be live over Eradioportal

(April 14, 2004) We are currently working on bringing you the live feed from Jam 88.3 in Manila. Stay tuned!

*Critical Patches from Microsoft

(April 14, 2004) Jojo Ayson has alerted us to 4 new security and critical updates from Microsoft affecting windows Operating systems. Clients are advised to patch their systems via the windowsupdate.microsoft.com website.

*AMDG-compliant CyberShops

(April 1, 2004) Picture show Mr & Mrs Bonifacio Baniqued of Jeban Computers (San Carlos, Pangasinan) and Mr Sigfredo Vinluan of Manaoag.NET (Manaoag, Pangasinan) soon after they ordered AMDG original game softwares for their respective operations.

Others that have availed of the AMDG-promo package include Peterson (Dagupan), Austlomb (Dagupan), ComputerWorld (San Carlos)JRS (Malasiqui), Micklyin (Dagupan), DD'sNET (Calasiao), PCCartel, Lyndon Cybernet (Candon), ACG Networks (Sta Cruz, IS), Print N Play (Vigan), Candon Computer Center (Candon, IS).

Bitstop still has few stocks left.


*4 MOUS for Bitstop

(April 1, 2004) Congratulations to Mr. Marlon Macam for passing Word 2002 Expert, Excel 2002 Expert, Outlook 2002, and Powerpoint 2002; Salve Orpilla and Monica Mirador for passing Word 2002 and Excel 2002; Francis Vidal for Word 2002 Expert, Outlook 2002, and Powerpoint 2002. Bitstop is proud of you!

* CLSU earns 5 MOUS

(Mar 31, 2004) Prof. Theody Sayco and four students of Central Luzon State University passed the Microsoft Office User Specialist exam for Word and Excel last Saturday. Congratulations to Tristan Manzano, Albert Soriaga, Marlon Naagas, Joey Fernando, and Prof. Sayco! More power to CLSU!

* Philippine Internet Celebration

(Mar 24, 2004) The Philippine Internet Commerce Society (PICS), together with the Philippine Computer Society (PCS) and the Philippine Internet Services Organization (PISO) is commemorating the founding of the internet in the country a decade ago through a one-day industry event dubbed as DEKADA : A Decade of Internet in the Philippines, slated to be held on March 29, 2004 at the Grand Ballroom of the Makati Sports Club, Salcedo Village, Makati City.

This year's celebration focuses on the 10 years of the internet in the country and the great future that lies ahead for us. Here are the video archives of the event from Globe, Digitel, Infocom and Eastern.


* "Broadband for Everyone"

(Mar 20, 2004) Digitel launched Phase II of its aDSL expansion program and has tapped Bitstop to provide end-user technical support to all its installed base of aDSL subscribers in Region I. (La Union will be handled by Basic Internet.)

To download the brochure or aDSL application form, click here. Please fax the finished aDSL application form for fast processing. There is a limited number of ports available per location.

This move will bring the benefits of Bitstop's extensive customer care experience and Digitel's massive last mile infrastructure to the end user.

Bitstop will be in need of 10 additional outbound and inbound customer care specialist and 10 additional marketing research assistants. Interested applicants with good command of spoken and written English are preferred.


* CounterStrike Condition Zero Launch

(Mar 20, 2004) AMDG has invited Bitstop to attend the Press launch at Cafe Lupe on March 24, 2004. The main launch is on One Luna on March 27, 2004 at Eastwood Libis.

A lot of eager gamers are awaiting this game launch. For invites to the affair, a limited number of tickets are available at Bitstop.


* Bitstop orders 90 additional 56k lines

(Mar 18, 2004) Bitstop placed an order for 1 pldt e1/r2 (5238000) line and 2 digitel (5147111) e1/r2 lines. This makes for 90 additional 56k v.92 compatible dialup lines.

When installed, Bitstop's total 56k dialup lines will total 300. The 56kdialup lines are v.92 compatible which features better compression algorithms and faster connect time (typically under 3 seconds).

The lines should be up in 14 days.

* Join the upcoming 10th year Phil. Internet

(Mar 11, 2004) Plans are afoot as to the 10th year anniversary of Philippine Internet. Scheduled video conferences are being planned. Interested parties are encouraged to contact help@dagupan.com for more details.

* Streaming Server @ Infocom Now 100mpbs!

(Mar 9, 2004) Bitstop wishes to thank the invaluable support given by Infocom (Sp. Tsukimi-san) for upgrading the bandwidth of our co-located server from 10mbps to 100mbps.

We will now be able to host more streams on this server!


* Piat Basilica Website Hosted @ Bitstop

(Mar 9, 2004) Bitstop is proud to be chosen to host the Piat Basilica Website.

Overlooking the Chico River, The Basilica of Our Lady of Piat dominates the entire landscape from ahill that for centuries has been the site of the Shrine of Our Lady of Piat.

In this Marian Shrine Our Blessed Mother has been venerated for more than 400 years since early Spanish times under the title of Our Lady of Visitation. As you come to visit this special seat of devotion to Mother Mary, we welcome you with the ardent hope that you will find a strengthening of your faith, rekindling of your hopes and increase your love for God and your neighbor.


* NLAC Increases Bandwidth to Bitstop Network

(Feb 26, 2004) NLAC (Northern Luzon Adventist College) in Artacho Sison signed today , a memorandum of agreement to upgrade their dialup connection to a full 128kbps lease line connection.

Shown in the picture to witness the event are: Mr Wilson L. Chua, NLAC Pres Arnulfo Castillo, Nemuel Mostrales , Mel Miranda and Marlon Macam.



* Bitstop attends Apricot2004


(Feb 25, 2004) Photo has Francis taking the picture of Jon in front of the venue of this year's Apricot 2004 in Malaysia.



* Bitstop Webcast GK Event

(Feb 25, 2004) Click on the graphic below to view the webcast at 1:00pm today. Feed courtesy of NBN's Ed Finlan.


* Supermicro Taps Bitstop for TechSupport

(Feb 24, 2004) Redwood taps Bitstop to handle the software and hardware technical support for its line of Supermicro servers in the northern luzon area.

Supermicro servers are the same servers used by search engine Google, and a host of other universities for cluster computing.

Bitstop is honored to have been appointed by Redwood.

* BCF IT Week Activities

(Feb 21, 2004) Bitstop is proud to be part of the Baguio Colleges Foundations' IT Week celebration. This will be on March 8 to 10, 2004

Bitstop will be conducting a workshop on Enterprise-wide Anti-virus Strategies and deployment. This is a hands on workshop that will teach system administrators install an evaluation copy of Sophos Enterprise Anti-virus system onto a simulated LAN.

Bitstop and AMDG will be conducting a WARCRAFT tournament on March 9 at BCF. Interested participants are asked to contact Dean Raymund Dilan at BCF.


* SIGGRAPH Manila Webcast Today!

(Feb 20, 2004) From 10:00am onwards to 5:30pm today, Ateneo is hosting SIGGRAPH Manila. This event is simulcast in the top schools here in the North like St Paul University, Cagayan, Northwestern University, Laoag, Lorma Colleges, La Union, Lyceum Northwestern University and University of Luzon in Dagupan.

Click here to join the webcast (GMT+8). You can also join the discussion at this moderated forum site (Please register in advance) 

Congratulations to the NitroMania winners!

1st Prize Canon Digital Camera A70 with CP 100 Printer
Manuel delos Santos
Bucana Gapan City Nueva Ecija
2nd Prize Nokia 3300 Cellphone
Maria Victorina Carlos
Poblacion Cebu Starlight Internet Café, Cebu
3rd Prize Sony DVD Player
John Paul Emmanuel T. Manlegro
Don Gervacio Quijada St.
Guadalupe, Cebu City
4th Prize Creative MP3 Player
Jarwin Nang
D-8 Village Park Apartments
Buena Hills, Guadalupe, Cebu City

Consolation Prize: Palm Zire Handheld Winners

  • Vincent Montecillo, Poblacion Cebu, Starlight Internet Café

  • Gian Uy, 562 2-DH Rotacio St., Pasay City

  • Leo Andreo Delobrino, Phase II Garden Village, Sta. Maria Bulacan

  • Albert Ryan Chua, 58-60 Magallanes St., Cebu City

  • Joel Valentino Chan, PY Chua Bldg. Room 201 Junquera St. Cebu City

  • Juanito Bariquit, Airview Village Kilometer 10 Sasa, Davao City

  • Rudy Suasin, 34 Olarena Drive, Taclobo, Dumaguete City

  • Jonathan Rimpillo, 8 and 9 Minesview Park, Baguio City

  • Maritess T. Layco, Aurora Quezon St. Caliman Davao City

  • Sherrila Porza, Quirino Avenue Extension Bankerohan, Davao City

  • Maricel Serano, Orion Bataan

  • Raegan Tan, Claytown Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental

  • Edmar Garcia, 168 Sto. Domingo Capas, Tarlac

  • Ana Lou Lomotos, Calinan Davao City

  • Reina Aserios, D-187 Fortich St., Malaybalay City Telco, Bukidnon


* SIGGRAPH Manila Simulcast in Northern Luzon

(Feb 13, 2004) Bitstop is proud to be tapped by Ateneo to webcast its SIGGRAPH manila event on Feb 20, 2004. The webcast will be aired also at St Paul University in Tuguegarao, Lyceum Northwestern University and University of Luzon in Dagupan, Lorma Colleges  in San Fernando and Northwestern University in Laoag.

Featured speakers include Mr Alain Chesnais, current president of ACM Siggraph, the world's leading organization dedicated to the generation and dissemination of information on computer graphics and interactive technics, and Mr YT Lee, associate professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Topics include Real-Time High Fidelity Graphics for Archaeological Site Reconstructions and Extracting 3D Models from 2D sketches.

For more info on how to join, please email noc@bitstop.ph.

* Lamando's Computer Center Invests in Licensed Software

(Feb 11, 2004) Photo shows Mr Marlon Macam and Mr Joseph De Leon Lamando , owner of Lamando's Computer Center located at #104 Mabilao, San Fabian, Pangasinan, as he ordered complete licenses of Counter Strike, WarCraft 3 and Frozen Throne expansion.

Gamers will be able to play online against other players on the 'net. For more details, please call Lamando's Computer Center at 522-5594. Players at Lamando's Computer Center can join the clan wars to be organized by the PNGA.

* NU Upgrades link to 512kbps

(Feb 4, 2004) Northwestern University, Laoag, now has the largest lease line connection in Ilocos Norte with a 512kbps of bandwidth.


* Bitstop Tapped to Distribute Vivendi Software

(Feb 4, 2004) AMDG (Asian Media Development Group) represented by Mr Ronald Allan M. Aquino, Sales Manager appointed Bitstop as its distributor in the region for its Vivendi line of software products like CounterStrike, War Craft and a host other popular games.

AMDG is currently offering its Extreme Deal Promo for the month of February and to Network Gaming centers only. This promo allows a cybercafe to own one license pack (Half Life Counterstrike, War Craft Reign of Chaos, and its expansion pack, Frozen Throne) for a suggested retail price of only 2,000.00. The cybercafe can use the license for up to 2 computers in a LAN play, but only 1 for online games!

All cybercafes/network gaming center that places orders with Bitstop will automatically become members of the PNGA. (ABS-CBN interview)


* Bitstop Deploys AI in Anti-Spam effort

(Feb 3, 2004) Mr Francis Vidal, Bitstop CTO announced today, the availability of 2 email accounts to be used by our subscribers in dealing with SPAM. (unwanted emails)

spam@bitstop.ph is used to forward any copies of spam emails, while notspam@bitstop.ph is used to forward copies of mail that should not be considered spam.

* Bitstop Resource Speaker @ PSITE affair

(Feb 3, 2004) The first Regional Student Assembly on Information Technology Education dubbed as "SAITE 2004" with the theme "The KSP (Knowledge, Skills & Power) of a Techie" was held on February 2 3, 2004 at the Olongapo City Convention Center, Olongapo City.

SAITE 2004 featured well-known academic and industrial leaders as plenary speakers. It's aim is to provide a venue for educators, students and professionals to share and upgrade their knowledge in IT.  Mr Chua's topic covered hacking and countermeasures.

Photo below shows Sec Gordon, Dept of Tourism and former SBMA Chairman, together with PSITE Region 3 President, Mr Rey Arimbuyutan and Bitstop president, Mr Wilson L. Chua.


* Bitstop to Offer DSL in Region I

(Feb 2, 2004) Bitstop is now accepting reservations for 128k DSL lines for Pangasinan, Abra, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte.

The first 300 subscribers to our 128k DSL will be offered a monthly rate of 1,500.00. No excess fees. Telephone line is optional. Interested parties are asked to send email to sales@bitstop.ph.

Bitstop reserves the right to refuse service should the applicant fail a credit check.

* Bitstop Upgrades 33k lines to 56k

(Jan 31, 2004) Effective Feb 1, 2004, Bitstop will be migrating our 33.6k lines to 56K.

The following 33.6k dialup lines will no longer be used:

   PLDT 522-8860 up to 62
  523-0971 up to 75
  522-7498 up to 99
  522-3784 up to 88
   - - -
   Digitel 515-8753 up to 54



* Bitstop Guest Speakers

(Jan 27, 2004) Mr Jon Christopher Co was recently invited to be a resource speaker at STI Caloocan. Picture shows him below, doing his stuff ( no, he's not singing!)

Also, Mr Wilson L. Chua, was the recent resource speaker for the 1st PSA-PSU joint seminar held at PSU Urdaneta. Picture is shown below:



* PMS & Bitstop conduct WSS

(Jan 23, 2004) Sir Sonny Santiago of the PMS (Presidential Management Staff) and Francis Vidal jointly undertook a wireless site survey of 802.11 broadcast patterns from Mt Sto. Tomas in Benguet.

The 2 day affair over rough roads generated enough wealth of data for us to process and plan for future wireless 802.11 deployments in the Benguet, La Union and Pangasinan area. Photo is the view from the propagation site. Notice the Lingayen Gulf in the background.

The survey made use of Cisco BR350 and 13 dbi Omni Antenna mounted on the PMS site in Mt Sto. Tomas. We were able to get a 50db rating at SM Baguio in the city of Pines!


* Microsoft VB.net Training @ NU

(Jan 23, 2004) Mr Warren Yu, Microsoft MVP was the guest lecturer for the VB.NET training held at Northwestern University.

The class was fully attended by educators from around the region and featured full hands on labs for the attendees.

Bitstop wishes to thank Microsoft and Mr Yu for the invaluable time in supporting efforts of this type in the region. Our kudos also to the organizers led by Mr Franz Felipe of NU.

Pictures of the events will be posted here.

* Bitstop recertifies WLANSE 9E0-581

(Jan 21, 2004) Mr Jon Christopher Co successfully passed WLANSE 9E0-581 ( Cisco Wireless LAN Field

The Wireless LAN for Field Engineers exam (WLANFE 9E0-581) is one of several requirements for System Engineers supporting a Partner Wireless LAN Specialization.

Bitstop is pursuing this Cisco Partner Specialization Track as part of our Cisco Premier Reseller requirements.


* Bitstop recertifies WLANSE 9E0-576

(Jan 17, 2004) Mr Wilson L. Chua successfully passed the WLANSE 9E0-576  (Cisco Wireless LAN Systems
Engineer) Exam with a score of 930 out of 1000 points.

The Wireless LAN for System Engineers exam (WLANSE 9E0-576) is one of several requirements for System Engineers supporting a Partner Wireless LAN Specialization.

Bitstop is pursuing this Cisco Partner Specialization Track as part of our Cisco Premier Reseller requirements.

* PLDT installs 3rd E1/R2

(Jan 16, 2004) Bitstop is happy to announce that PLDT has installed our 3rd PLDT E1/R2. This brings to 7 the total number of E1/R2 lines we have for servicing our clients.

Each E1/R2 is capable of handling 30 lines. The 7 E1/R2 lines provide a total of 210 lines. Each line is capable of providing v.92 compression, 56k line quality.

* Microsoft to Conduct VB.net Training in Ilocos

Develop Software with Non-Administrative Privileges(Jan 7, 2004) Microsoft will be holding a Trainor's training at the Educational Media Center of Northwestern University in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte on Jan 22, 2004.

Interested parties should call or contact Mr Franz Felipe (Northwestern University) or Mr Marlon Macam (Bitstop Inc) for registration. Seats are limited and computer hands on are on a first come first served basis.

* Bitstop to attend Apricot 2004

APRICOT 2004 - KL(Jan 7, 2004) Bitstop will be sending our top gurus (Jonc and Pran) to attend this year's Apricot 2004 to be held in Kuala Lumpur.

Founded in 1996, the Asia-Pacific Region Internet Conference of Technology (APRICOT) has established itself as Asia-Pacific's premier Internet Summit where related organizations converge and host their annual general meetings plus other special events.

Regarded as a highly technical forum, APRICOT is a platform that facilitates knowledge sharing among the region's Internet community.

The week-long summit comprises seminars, workshops, tutorials, conference sessions, Birds of a Feather (BOFs), as well as other forums, all geared towards spreading and sharing the knowledge required to operate the Internet within the Asia Pacific region.


* Bitstop to Promote Transcender in the Philippines

(Jan 7, 2004) Bitstop has been appointed by Transcender to promote its line of IT certification exam simulations and various preparation materials.


* 4th Digitel E1/R2 Installed

(Jan 7, 2004) Our thanks to the Digitel Team led by Mr Job Relatore who tirelessly debugged the 4th E1/R2.

This will provide our internet subscribers with 120 56k v.92 digitel lines. This is in addition to the existing 60 56k v.92 PLDT lines.

By the way, we are also adding one more PLDT E1/R2. By the end of this week, if plans do not miscarry, Bitstop will have a total of 210 56-k v.92 lines!

* PLDT i-Gate E1 installed

(Jan 3, 2004) Bitstop has upgraded our e1 infocom link to i-gate. The shorter AS path would enable us to more fully maximize the previously underutilized infocom link.



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