Friday, December 27, 2013

Installing Viber at my KahelOS/Arch Linux

1.Download Viber linux version
*Note that the package is in .deb (viber.deb) 

2.Install dpkg package
[mmara@r3d3ye ~]$ sudo yaourt -S dkpg 

3.Install Viber 
[mmara@r3d3ye~]$ sudo dkpg -i viber.deb 

4. Launch Viber program and follow the screen message 
*a Viber code  will be sent to your mobile number...input it on your viber desktop version. 

Thats it! As viber says, Enjoy your "Free calls, text and picture sharing with anyone, anywh

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas Peps!

Be More. Be useful & Be of Service this Christmas

Dear Team 8liens:

7:53PM December 24,2013 Christmas is just a few hours away.
Carollers are still outside singing Christmas songs.
Some of you probably are still at the mall for last minute Christmas shopping.
Some perhaps are busy cooking food for noche buena. etc,

But let me greet every one of you before 12MN.. I know that you are busy and waiting for this wonderful day of the year.

I just want to take this opportunity to salute every 8lien for the support that each of you has given to make this company alive and kicking. I hope that we 8liens will continue to give our full efforts to be a smiling 8liens whatever happens  and always share their knowledge for the benefit of humankind. I may not be a perfect leader but rest assured that I will always do my best to protect our culture and to ensure that our environment is an ideal place to work with.

Let's not forget our marching order "Be More. Be useful & Be of Service"

Thank you 8liens for the support through thick and thin!

I wish all of you a blessed Christmas and may God be with us and guide us always! Tsudooo!


Friday, November 22, 2013

Installing Yaourt

I missed Yaourt tool already. Good thing that the flight is delayed so I have ample time to install it with my new KahelOS & Aspire S3.
Here are the things that I did to accomplish this.

1.Install package-query package

tar zxvf package-query.tar.gz
cd package-query
makepkg -si
cd ..

2.Install yaourt

tar zxvf yaourt.tar.gz
cd yaourt
makepkg -si
cd ..

3. Install from [archlinuxfr] repository

vim /etc/pacman.conf

and add this


4. Now install your favorite software at AUR


Friday, November 15, 2013

Nagkaka-isang Filipino para sa #YOLANDAPH

Thunderbird hammering your CPU usage to more than 100%

Thank you for this bug report My NEW Thunderbird is now doing fine. Setting mail.db.idle_limit  to 30000000 will do the trick.

Acer Aspire S3+XORG and jumpy touchpad pointer

I just installed new gnome on my laptop and it was cool and nice to play with. However, in the default installation,touchpad is really annoying and the pointer is jumpy and will surely affect your productivity.

I solved this problem by modifying synaptics.conf under my /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/.

[mmara@r3d3ye ~]$ sudo vim /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf

Adding on my config file did the trick.

Section "InputClass"
        Identifier "Bye bye jumpy touchpad pointer"
        MatchIsTouchpad "on"
        Option "MinSpeed" "0"
        Option "ConstantDeceleration" "5"

More info about xorg and touchpad

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Halloween Party is just another party but Team 8liens celebrates it with lots of twist, food, booze and fun!

Halloween Party is just another party but Team 8liens celebrates it with lots of twist, food, booze and fun! We started the night with a prayer just like all our events for guidance and blessings for the fun night. What's a halloween party without the spooky costumes donned by 8liens? We sure enjoyed dressing up with our scary masks and make up on!
Great food is a must! We had a blast filling our tummies so we can last the whole night. Oh, about the great food! Team 8liens was a team once again in preparing the food we had for the party. That alone was a memorable experience. Next came the exciting pinoy games such as tongue twister, charades and pinoy henyo. To top the night off, we had raffle prizes given away! A special thanks to our honorary 8liens Milo & Macoy for the tequila! Kudos to the organizers!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

28 advocates, 5 places, ONE Solid SFD Event

28 advocates, 5 places, ONE Solid SFD Event September 21, 2013 marked the day when open source advocates, sharing the same passion, made a difference. It was the much awaited IT event of the year - the "Software Freedom Day 2013". Held in beautiful capital of Aklan province, Kalibo, and attended by more than 1000 students, faculty members, SMEs, LGU and chamber representatives, the power of FOSS unfolded before these audiences with a blast. Spearheaded by 8Layer Technology's CEO, Mr. Meric Mara, an open source advocate himself, together with other speakers, volunteers and team SFD.PH traveled 458 km from Manila to embark on the mission of imparting talents and skills to the Aklanons and be a responsible medium for community improvement. advocates Students and coordinators from four different schools: Aklan Catholic College (ACC), STI College - Kalibo (STI), Numansia Intergrated School (NIS) and Northwestern Visayan Colleges (NVC); and SMEs gathered together at Ati-atihan Hostel simultaneously celebrated the event with some speakers moving from one venue to the other. Each venue had its own set of topics, raffle prizes and programmes. schools The Preparation

SFD.PH is a team! Along with the support of participating Schools, PCCI, Municipal Government, DTI, Deped and local Media in Aklan, they were able to accomplish their tasks to bring the best SFD celebration to date. Undaunted by all the challenges, hardships and difficulties brought by the distance of the event venue during the preparation, team SFD.PH still was able to build the spirit of camaraderie and had fun along the way. These special moments and journey would always be meaningful to team SFD.PH.

prep The New SFD song The advocates' love for open source knows no bounds. Not only were these advocates a bunch of technical geeks but they are also musically-inclined with talents on composing and writing songs. A new SFD song was created to showcase the creativity and excitement of the team for the event. What better way to celebrate the day of sharing than through music and song! The lyrics and melody would surely perked up one's mood. sfdsong The SFD Event Inspite of some technical problems due to power shortage in the venues, the event went on uninterrupted and ended successfully. @Ati-atihan Hostel - SMEs SME The event started early in the morning with Ms. Megs Lunn, executive director of PCCI as the emcee. The first speaker, Josh Pendejito, Business Channel Manager of Intel Phils. introduced the evolution and the latest trend of microprocessors that captivated the audience's attention with his upbeat mood. This was followed by Atty. Reggie Tongol of UNTV that talked about the Data Privacy and Creative commons. Atty. Reggie had the longest time on stage as the audience got so interested and hooked up on asking legal questions pertaining to patents, ownership and the like. After lunch session was more business related as Mr. Bryan Del Rosario of OBS talked about Sailfin payroll system; Mr. Lawrz Libo-on of POSNet on Benefits of FOSS and Kasosyo Apps Suite; Erwin Galang of OBS on Orange HRIS; Mr. Meric Mara on Raspberry Pi; Mr. Mark Quitoriano on Call Centers; and Mr. Macoy Mejia on Business Intelligence. Raffle items were drawn in between talks to excite the audience. Major raffle items like the EPSON printer went to Ms. Salmy Beltran, owner of Hora-Hopia products and the Starmobile tablet went to Mr. Ragemmel Buncalan, a student from West Visayas State Univ. SMEwinners   Certificates were distributed and a take-home kit that contains KahelOS CD, Open source tools, 1-year Kasosyo voucher, Sailfin Payroll installer, and other freebies was given to each of the SME attendees. @APSTA - STI & other school students STI   Due to the large number of attendees, STI had to find another venue for the event. It was held at APSTA with students from other schools both in high school and college participating too. A slight delay was encountered in the commencement of the event because of the unexpected power shortage. The first speaker was Josh Pendejito from Intel who talked about what's on trend with Intel. Students were mesmerized with his voice and they listened with their full attention. Intel tumblers were given to those who listened and answered his questions correctly. An intermission number followed to entertain the audience. The next speaker, Ms. Eli of 8Layer Technologies, discussed about Social Media. Followed by Dennis Diola who tackled about Geo-Server Maps. And the last speaker, but definitely not the least, was the heart and brain of everything, Mr. Meric Mara who shared his knowledge about Raspberry Pi and KahelOS. Everyone was impressed with his mini gadget as he started his talk by giving a prize to anyone whose cellphone number would appear in his system. It was such an adrenaline rush to everyone. The event ended with the participants having their group picture taken with the speakers holding the "Software Freedom Day" banner. @ACC Gym - ACC students ACC This venue almost got cancelled few days before the event; but as the saying goes, "All's well that ends well". Special thanks to Ms. Megs Lunn for helping in the glitches with the organizers. The first speaker was Mr. Joscel Pendjito of Intel Philippines who tackled the fourth generation intel core and benefits of intel processor. Then, Mr. Renan Mara shared the meaning of FOSS and SFD. The third speaker, Mr. Rhoane Tañada discussed the Kannel Open Source SMS Gateway which got the audience wide-eyed with the live streaming of sending sms. The fourth speaker was Mr. Erwin Galang who talked about the Soundation and Multimedia. Lastly, students and faculties from PUP shared their experience about open source and challenged the students to never stop learning and sharing. @Numancia Municipal Hall - Numancia and other school students NIS The venue was an open stadium and with the power shortage, there was technical problems with the sound and visual system - no microphone and projector. But the resourceful speakers assigned there thought of an intuitive way of handling the situation by dividing the audience into two groups, to make sure their voices will be heard. Mr. Allan de Guzman, Mr. Alec Rivera, Ms. Jenica Capati and Mr. Aljon Mara took turns in talking to the 2 groups about FOSS, Raspberry Pi, Linux Distribution and LAMPP.

@Aklan Training Center - NVC students NVC

Just like what happened to the other venues mentioned above, the power shortage did not hinder the advocates in sharing their knowledge on why celebrate Sofware Freedom Day. They tried to share as much as they can without the use of any projector and sound system. Speakers went to the center of the crowd for everyone to hear their voices. They used their personal laptop to show the audience visual images that best explain their topics ranging from Free and Open Source, Raspberry Pi, Intel processors, Php and jQuery; and Asterisk: Open Source Telephony. The highlight of the event was when one of the speakers, Mr. Macoy Mejia of MDS raffled away a Raspberry Pi and donated another one to NVC Computer Science Organization. The Boracay Side Trip What's a trip to the rich island of Aklan if a visit to the world famous Boracay Beach is not included! Choosing this place to let all the participants to relax and mingle was a perfect idea to end the celebration on a high note, proving that Filipinos know how to have FUN! BORA The Charity Mission The SFD celebration was capped off with donating old laptops, PCs from our supportive donors and a starmobile tablet to ALS to promote SFD and Free and Opensource softwares. It's all part of the plan and through the help of friends and supporters, this mission of giving back to the community was accomplished through and through! ALS   The Sponsors and Supporters Team is grateful to all the sponsors and supporters of the event. All of these would not be possible without their support. Special acknowledgement to IDSS, Intel, MDS, Comclark, Starmobile, EPSON, Mighty Corp. Other supporters who shared their money, time and talent, we are thankful too. Special thanks to Cong. Teddy Casiño, FOSS Bill Author, Mr. Allan Caeg, FOSS Advocate, and Mr. Michael Cheng of Singapore Php User Group who sent their congratulatory messages for the event. Lastly, to Mr. Nervin Macaranas of PUP Manila for the SFD teaser video. SFDbackdrop Sir Teddy on Foss Bill Video: Mr. Allan Caeg Message Video Mr. Michael Cheng Message Video: SFD Teaser Video by Nervin Macaranas: Building The Community SFD is a celebration that is filled with an abundance of knowledge to be learned and shared in return. Knowledge multiplies when it is being shared. SFD is all about sharing, creating awareness and building a community - a community that abounds with talented people willing to impart and share knowledge. With FOSS and a knowlegeable community, the road to technology progress is endless.

"SFD is more than celebration of free and open source software, it is a revolution against walls that blind us from truths we should know"

- Lawrz Libo-on, President, POSNet

Walang shortcut sa pagiging magaling, ito ay hindi patungkol sa inyo, wala akong pakialam kung ikaw ang pinakamagaling na programmer, ito ay patungkol sa kumunidad, ito ay patungkol sa pagbabahagi.

Be more. Be Useful. Be of Service. ”

-Meric Mara, CEO, 8layer

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Friday, September 06, 2013

10 reasons why you should attend SFD.PH Software Freedom Day - SFD 2013 D-16

We are approaching the final 2 weeks before SFD 2013 celebration kicks off in Kalibo, Aklan.

Let me tell you why it is THE IT EVENT of the year you shouldn't miss!

1.You will learn a lot more from the topics and discussions that will be shared by our talented speakers and from softwares demos throughout the event.
2.Have the opportunity of a lifetime meeting and chatting with renowned speakers in the IT World.
3. Get a Certificate of Participation to prove you were among us in this worldwide celebrated IT event
4. Get a Free Kasosyo Apps Suite Account for 1 year
5. Experience the genius that is KahelOS. A Filipino-made linux based operating system. Get your FREE Copy
6. Get your copy of OpenDisc, collection of free and open source software to get you started.
8. A chance to win a STARMOBILE mobile phone and Epson printer.
9.Celebrate with the geeks and opensource advocates in the country
10. Have a free hearty lunch and snacks and other cool freebies

So, see you all in Kalibo. We promise you an enjoyable but also rewarding event you would be proud to be a part of.

So for those who still want to learn and win exciting prices, join SFD 2013 while you can . SFD 2013 is organized and presented by Team SFD.PH, 8layer Technologies,Inc., AltoCirrusPlus Inc. and PCCI Aklan Chapter.

Support and donate to the SFD.PH event. Please visit our Paypal site.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

UPDATE: “Career Trends ” – SFD 2013 D-18

Are you graduating soon?  Start planning your future job at this year’s SFD! Hear the top career trends related to free and open source software to help land your dream job .
SFD 2013 is organized and presented by Team SFD.PH, 8layer Technologies,Inc., AltoCirrusPlus Inc. and PCCI Aklan Chapter.
Support and donate to the SFD.PH event. Please visit our Paypal site.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Be An SFD Hero!

For those who want to support and donate to the SFD.PH event, please visit our Paypal site. This will surely be a BIG help. Thank you!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

SFD 2013 Preparation

As we wait for THE DAY of SFD 2013, we would like to keep you up to date on the lowdown of what's keeping Team SFD.PH busy in preparation for the big event.

In Manila, as part of the pre-event activities, a number of SFD events and seminars have already started. On Sept. 7, PUP will host the pre-event seminar and PLM will have its turn on Sept. 14.

While in Kalibo, where the culmination of the celebration will happen, here are a few of the activities that we did:

1.Visited participating schools and finalized the program
2.Site Visit Hotel for the SMEs
3.Meeting with PCCI-Aklan & AKLAN press club
4.Meeting with the Local Goverment and DTI agency to officially support the event.
5.Promote SFD.PH event at TODO teleradyo


Team SFD.PH invites everyone to SFD 2013 in Kalibo, Aklan on September 21 to know about the latest in the I.T. World! Brought to you by Team SFD.PH, 8layer Technologies,Inc, AltoCirrusPlus Inc. and PCCI Aklan Chapter, DTI-AKLAN, DepED Aklan, Aklan Press Club.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Team SFD.PH: "FOSS is for everyone. Grab it, use and benefit from it!"

This Sunday is full of sharing and Free and Open Source Software. Team SFD.PH also guested on DZIQ "Isyu ng bayan" hosted by Mr. Ricky Brosas and Ms.Liza Soriano.

Benefits of Free and Open Software to our kababayan was the main focus of the discussion. Team SFD.PH led by Mr. Meric Mara shared not only the cost savings but also pointed that SME/s & Business Owners can "Try before they buy the software". There are lots of QUALITY software that can now be downloaded on the internet and everyone has the freedom to choose the software that best fits their needs. 

Mr. Macoy Mejia and Mr. Jerico James Milo, both open source advocates, shared other benefits like security,customization and localization that can ONLY be possible on F/OSS.

Team SFD.PH invites everyone in Kalibo,  Aklan on September 21 for SFD 2013 to know about the latest in the I.T. World! Brought to you by Team SFD.PH, 8layer Technologies,Inc, AltoCirrusPlus Inc. and PCCI Aklan Chapter.
For more information, log on to www.SFD.PH or like us on facebook (

Team SFD.PH gears up to promote SFD 2013 on DZIQ Pera at Kabuhayan.

Team SFD.PH, led by Mr. Meric Mara together with Open Source Advocates Mr. Macoy Mejia and Jerico James Milo, was invited to "DZIQ Pera't Kabuhayan" to promote this year's Open Source Event "Software Freedom Day". They discussed how free and open source software can help our Kababayan. The event will be held on September 21 in Kalibo, Aklan.

We would like to thank Mr. Jerome Fedrequilla, Ricky Brosas and Atty Ed Dural and the rest of DZIQ Pera't Kabuhayan staff for the support and for the chance they have given us to share  F/OSS benefits.

Team SFD.PH is inviting everyone to this one of a kind event that will bring people together and empower them to connect, create and share in a digital world...freely and responsibly.

SFD 2013 is organized and presented by Team SFD.PH, 8layer Technologies,Inc., AltoCirrusPlus Inc. and PCCI Aklan Chapter.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Chill Mode Monday

MONDAY. We are very busy at work; coding, testing and documenting projects.

Though the sky is dark and it was raining, we still managed to have fun and do our ADMIN/HR program "Getting to know" 8liens activity which are Hu Yu? Y u? and House Tree Person. The activity was lead by our Kamahalan, Ms. Reyna.

 We also had talent portion

This is how we do things.  When we work, we work hard, when we play, we play harder!

Chill Mode Monday, Kudos 8liens!


Sharing @ #8layertech during #chillmonday Session.

This time, It's DO “BIG” THINGS.

Read and be inspired! Big things are coming up. Happy Monday to everyone!

Nearly everything a leader does hinges on the type of vision he has.
If his vision is small, so will be his results and his followers. A high-ranking French official who understood this concept once expressed it thus when addressing Winston Churchill: “If you are doing big things, you attract big men. If you are doing little things, you attract little men. Little men usually cause trouble.” An effective vision attracts winners.

Too often people limit their own potential. They think small. They are afraid of risk. People no longer willing to stretch are no longer able to grow. As author Henry Drummond says, “Unless a man undertakes more than possibly can do, he will never do all he can do.”

Asterisk: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition

If you're a BIG fan of Asterisk or just started playing with it, this book is highly recommended: "Asterisk: The Definitive Guide 4th Edition". Download this for FREE.
Asterisk: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition
As we always say, "The Future of Telephony is Now"

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Be More

We hope that students who visited our 8OHQ this morning learned a lot from our Knowledge Sharing . Kung may idadagdag ako sana wag mag aangat ng bangko...maging mapagkumbaba at Ipagpatuloy lang lagi ang pagbabahagi. Malayo pa ang biyahe...

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Believe that you can make your Dream Alive

To all graduating students of WCST this 2013.
See you all on Tuesday,Graduates...

Monday, May 06, 2013

Digital Asset Management at your fingertips

If you are looking for your Video,Audio,Photo,Documents Archiving and Back-up solution, Clix is now here to serve you! A robust yet simple solution for today's large and complex data and multimedia management. For more information, call us at 4001905 or email us at

Sunday, April 07, 2013

What makes 8layer Technologies, Inc your IT Company on Open Source Technology of Choice?

  • We Know. We are continuously beefing and heaving ourselves to be abreast with the latest trends and technologies when it comes to Open Source Technologies
  • We Think. Our main thrust is driven by a Philosophy that expounds, "IT made easy" solutions to simply secure and manage your IT needs. 
  • We Do. We are an E-Business Open Source Architect endeavoring to define requirements and provide a broad range of products and services designed to achieve cost effective pre-integrated business solutions to individuals, small & mid-sized businesses, and large enterprises.
  • WE ARE TRUSTED. 8layer’s niche is our analytical and intrinsic ability to single out products and solutions that are ready to deploy, mature, reliable, and cost efficient. We relentlessly broaden and leverage our service as we partner with global IT leaders—proof to substantiate our qualifications as well.
  • WE ARE. Built upon the strength of its people, products and technology, 8layer as a consulting firm and solution provider focuses on customers and impresses our ability to direct operating profit improvements through productive IT programs and market development thereby giving you and your company the value of flexibility at the competitive edge and maximize profitability.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

The journey to 8Layer's 8 Years

The path we took wasn't always smooth. Instead, we experienced a lot of bumps and challenges along the way. This however did not deter us from doing what we love to do -- to innovate and to share.

Looking ahead, we will strive to continue to bring a positive change in the community through our commitment to you our partners, clients and friends. We thank you for your trust and we hope that you will be with us in our journey for the next 8 years and more...

Message from the CEO

Team 8liens
8layer Technologies, Inc.

Of Milestones and Kindergarten Lessons

Message from the CEO

During my talks in schools, not only once was I asked about educating educators. It would seem that there is a great number of them who sees incompatibility as a bug, instead of a limitation. A student who uses a Mac and submits a presentation file without exporting it to a format which the instructor uses got berated for submitting a file with a virus.
There are those who are more forgiving.

A friend's 6-year old daughter complains that she can not find the computer lesson that they are doing in school because her dad's laptop does not have Paint. (It has Gimp). She asks her dad to get Microsoft so she can pass kindergarten.

Younger, I would have been frustrated. Younger and if I were in my friend's shoes, I would have stormed into the kindergarten class and berate the teacher for putting my kid into proprietary softwares.
The lacking ability of some to learn and keep pace with technology should not be a burden for the others to bear. Older, and hopefully wiser, I ask, "Should it?"

8Layer is 8 years. 2 years passed kindergarten. Robert Fulghum lists what we should have learned by this time in his modern classic book. First on the list: Share everything.
We are proud to share a vision. Ambitious, it is, but not impossible – an IT-enabled nation. Here, we recognize the growing importance of enabling individuals. It hasn't been over a year, but with a team so dedicated, we have touched base with a lot more schools than we have anticipated. Zenzic, how the program would be later known, has almost skidded to a stop. The team fought to go on. Share everything. Trials and triumphs, everything.
Fulghum's lesson learned number two: Play fair. Responsibility and accountability have been used interchangeably somehow. Most often, in the corporate setting. It could be because an effective worker can not live without the other. If an employee failed to file and pay the necessary tax forms, and the employee leaves, do we blame the government for imposing taxes? The limitation of one could be a burden and if overlooked too often, it is the company's failure, too.

On 8layer's 8th year, I am proud to walk alongside my team, bruised yet still prodding on to cascade what we have believed in our hearts since the beginning. We are free to choose, we are free to think. We hope to reach as many individuals and share these to them.

On 8layer's 8th year, I stand indebted by the continuous support of and partnership with IBM-APAC, Intel
Philippines, PLDT, Epson Philippines and Philippine Opensource Network. These big names have humbled us. Like a father to a son, they have fueled and nurtured our greatest interest and passion to learn, to share and to teach opensource.

8layer's 8th year beckons an exciting year ahead. This year, milestones will be created and celebrated. This year, we shall strengthen a service-oriented strategy in all areas of our operations. This year, we shall continue to affirm the magic and wonder of collaborative interactions.

This year, we share the fruits of what we have learned and plant the seeds of sharing and collaboration as we move forward.

Monday, April 01, 2013

The mystery behind the hair cut

Since it is 8layer's 8th year anniversary, I wanted to do something which I haven't done in a long time, being an advocate of positive change and all. It is for the students too, my offer and prayer for better education. Let's all strive for this!

Plus the fact that it is too damn hot!

Again, team 8liens would like to look back through all the years we have spent with you. We are excited to find out what's in store for us in the years ahead.

We are continuously building our strength through passion, leadership, excellence and most of all, your trust...Thank you for the past 8 years!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Circle of Innovation

The circle of innovation.

Wow! Thanks Booksale.

Once again, I had the pleasure to buy a new book from this store entitled "The Circle of Innovation" by Tom Peters. I simply hope that i will pick some points and knowledge from this one that I can share with you in the near future.

Good luck mbm and happy reading! :)

Earth Hour 032313

Our planet is our home. We must remember to take care of it everyday and love it in a way that our children and their children can still have a chance to see and experience its beauty. #earthhour2013