Monday, July 13, 2009

Learning through YouTube

One thing I learned in my years of using the Internet is that no single site has revolutionalized learning more than YouTube. Nowadays, you can search for almost any topic in YouTube and find free information that can substantially improve your knowledge and skills.

And there are very obvious advantages of learning through YouTube aside from it being absolutely free.

You can learn at your own pace. Meaning, you can decide to spend a few minutes a day, or gobble up a topic marathon-style for hours and hours.

You can also make the teacher (on video) repeat himself or herself so many times until you understand what he or she is saying. That is something that will never be possible in a real-life setting.

What else? YouTube actually frees us from the formalities of a classroom setup and, I would argue, in some, if not majority of topics, more effective.

Above is a video tutorial series on Basic MS Excel posted by ExcelIsFun. Watch it and see if what i am saying is true.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

PhilCPA on Twitter

As part of our continuing effort to employ technology to provide excellent accounting and tax advisory services, GEL Accounting Solutions & Consultancy has just launched PhilCPA as its official Twitter account.

PhilCPA will be twitting on upcoming tax deadlines, accounting and tax seminars, news and articles on accounting and taxation especially in the Philippines, and many others.

The twits are meant to help both businessmen and accountants alike. If you are a businessman, PhilCPA will advise you several days in advance of upcoming tax deadlines.

On the other hand, if you are an accountant or accounting employee, you will get a steady stream of information on accounting and tax trainings and seminars, as well as various news and articles on accounting and taxation.

We invite you to follow PhilCPA and allow us to serve you better.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Free Wifi at SM Annex, Sky Garden and the Block

I simply cannot miss posting about SM's latest move in to offer free Wifi at the Annex, Sky Garden and the Block.

I have used the service for three times already and the signal was consistently strong, at least from the coffee shop at Sky Garden where I have been going.

The connection was being offered by SM itself and not by the individual shops located at the premises. Also, the connection was unsecured and did not require you to secure a password from anybody.

This was in stark contrast with the Wifi connections available at Trinoma which appears to be from individual shops and mostly secured, thus, needing passwords that you usually have to get from the shop owners.

I have thus added the SM Annex, Sky Garden and the Block to my list of free Wifi hotspots in Quezon City, perfect places for one with a Wifi-ready laptop.