The Zoom H1: A Review

The Zoom H1 in action.

The following review, to use the term loosely, is based on pseudo-real-world conditions; that is to say, conditions close to ideal.

The Zoom H1 was used during interviews pre-approved by the subjects in settings such as restaurants, pubs, a private office, and a jazz bar during a concert.

The most challenging field test ever confronted by my H1 involves secretly recording candid exchanges with taxi drivers. Continue reading

Raise the train fares: The Podcast

Nothing but the best, top of the line equipment has been used for podcasting.

One good turn deserves another.
Or at least that’s what people say.
Unfortunately, this group of people, obviously anonymous — the very same ones who come up with maxims and aphorisms about life in general, the private cabal that dictates public behavior — seems to have failed to consider the alternatives.
One good turn deserves another.
I myself couldn’t agree more, whatever good thing (favor, event, etc.) that might be.
The question I just want to bring up is: What is the general consensus about bad turns?
Does one bad turn deserve another? Does it merit being repeated?

I myself have no opinion.

This is because I just produced — to use the term loosely — my second podcast after having uploaded my first a few days ago. [See: Raise Train Fares: The Podcast]
I’m still unsure whether the first podcast was good or bad.
As a result, I remain in doubt whether this one — an audio recording of myself reading a column that I published six years ago — deserves to be uploaded.
In any case, it’s about trains.
And despite the passage of time (and the onset of what might be called a pre-mid-life crisis), I still feel the same way that I do about train fares.
To quote a prominent lawyer-friend with a law degree, “train fare should be [calculated as] bus fare plus premium” because the former gets you there faster.
Not sure whether he feels the same way now.
After all, being a UP law school graduate, he’s got bigger problems,  mainly related to the Supreme Court, which I’m sure you already know about. [See: UP law faculty hits Supreme Court over plagiarism ruling]
As for myself, well, let’s just say I’ve got issues with Garage Band.
It’s not as idiot-proof as people say it is. I had difficulty saving my file in mp3 format.
But then again, you know how people are — they say things without really meaning it.
Hear that, Steve Jobs?
The podcast, processed using Apple’s Garage Band app, was made possible by the new purchase of an inexpensive RCA VR 5231 digital voice recorder.

Twitter, an electric company’s “noble cause”


Twitter makes many things possible.

It provides tips to clean your coffeemaker [See: Three things I learned from Twitter] or a link to a catalog featuring a series of Mercedes Benz cars — and their specs — produced for the American market in the 1960s (which I got from the person managing Donald Draper’s Twitter account.)

This latest blog piece — which includes what may well be my third  attempt at podcasting — was similarly brought about by Twitter.

In a tweet posted at around four in the afternoon of October 19, my Twitter friend @nicknich3 said:

No, it's not the lanzones we're talking about here. It's the tweet before that, my friend.

His tweet’s shortened link, in turn, brought this:

This reminded me of portions of the interview I held last June with some executives of Meralco, the Philippines’ largest electric company, regarding the firm’s Twitter strategy. [See: How Meralco got its Twitter name back]

During the interview, Kirk Campos, the company’s corporate communications staff, said that he once attended an internet convention in Manila which dealt with social media, including Facebook and Twitter.

According to Campos, a speaker in the event said that Meralco’s foray into Twitter was “a noble cause” since it was going to open the floodgates of complaints from its customers. However, the speaker said that without knowing that Campos, and his supervisor, Joe R. Zaldarriaga, the company’s media relations manager, was in attendance.

For more, you can listen to a three-minute portion of the interview, which lasted more than one and a half hours.

Twitter, Meralco\’s noble cause


From the Give Credit Where Its Due Dept.
As indicated in, the website where the podcast was uploaded, the interview was held last June 22, 2010 at the Meralco headquarters on Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City, Philippines. [See:] Among those in attendance included Campos, Zaldarriaga, and Ernesto A. Fraginal, senior manager of the company’s call center operations. No credit goes to yours truly for failing to embed podcast. What the $%#@*&^+~!