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Lost art of childhood play

Nowadays, children don’t usually play the games children of my age used to play. When we were kids, my friends and I used to play games like tumbang-preso (a game where you put the slippers of the “it” player on top of a tin can and the other players try to hit it with their own slippers), patintero (a local game wherein the players draw line on the ground[in our case, the streets], a group of players ply the lines to catch members of the other group who try to cross it), shato (the objective of the game is to flick the shorter stick as far from the hole as possible using the longer stick) and agawang-base (Sometimes called maro – the objective of the game is to catch all the players of the other team to score by leaving the base later than the player you will catch).

Because of busy lifestyle, technologies and mostly lack of playing space in the urban area, children nowadays prefer playing games at home and online. They play games like DOTA (Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne), Facebook games, Grand Theft Auto series, and similar games.

It is very rare to find children playing traditional games today. You can see them play it on special occasions like the “Laro ng Lahi” part of sports fests in schools. But last weekend was different. I saw a group of kids flying kites on the vacant lot just beside our apartment. They were taking advantage of the windy weather and enjoying their childhood.



How to turn your laptop into a wireless router and share your internet connection

Do you have an internet connection at home but no router to share it with the rest of your family? You can share it with other laptop users at your home using Windows’ wireless ad hoc network.

Just go to: Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network and Sharing Center

Click on the “Set up a new connection or network”

Select “Set up a wireless ad hoc network”
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Click “next”.

Before continuing, you have to select a name for your network. You can use any name you wish. Then select the type of security you wish to impose. If you like anyone to be connect to your network without having to enter a security key (NOT RECOMMENDED), just select the “No authentication (Open). If you want users to enter a security key before they can connect to your network, choose “WPA2-Personal” and select the security key.

Other users can now connect to your ad hoc (computer-to-computer) network provided they are within 30 feet of you. If you’re currently connected to a wireless network, you might be disconnected when you set up this network.

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