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I found that whenever I lose my faith, I lose my footing as well. Last week I encountered a quote in a cellphone cover that came into my possession yet I still was not convinced it was a timely sign meant for me.


Like Einstein, I either know things or don’t know things at all; I’m uncomfortable with the word “believe” as there’s knowing from feeling and intuition. I know by intuition when something’s fucked up and not right, so believing in positive thinking is pointless.

Last night I went through my smorgasbord of a GMail inbox (they advertise these apps to make you organised yet I always unconsciously deviate from being organised) and came across  an Angel Message For The Week subscription e-mail from Maria Loren for the week of December 26th – January 1st.

This Week’s Message:

This card is a sign for that blessings are on the way to you and that you are going to have your material needs met to manifest your goals! You may have found recently that a few worries have arisen about material concerns, but Archangel Ariel brings you through a message to have faith in the flow of life.

Very often the angels will communicate to you through your feelings, and this may come as feelings of knowing, thoughts that come into your mind or inspired ideas. As you follow these messages and your intuition, you will find that your material needs will be met along the way, even if you don’t understand how. Allow the ‘how’ to be take care of by the angels and step into a sense of knowing that it will happen for you. Visualise your dreams manifesting and know that you truly can achieve whatever you have your heart set upon! Sometimes it just takes a little faith and trust.

I discovered that I did miss an e-mail requesting an invoice for translation services on the 28th of December. I don’t know how I missed it in my notifications but Mercury Retrograde had its way. I was only able to reply to the e-mail yesterday afternoon with the invoice. I wanted to kick myself for waiting until January 2nd to send it.

That quote did not come to me by accident. I can’t help but think it reached me because I did miss checking my e-mails that day and missed that angel message that week.

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For two weeks I’ve been mentioning to my sister and cousin about a Power Point file which was once provided to me by my boss back in 2005 during my first call center stint. I told them that training material contained tips on how to pronounce some of United Kingdom’s towns and cities. I once heard my cousin pronounce a place in the UK incorrectly and I corrected him and cited that Power Point training material. I know very well it was still in my Hotmail account and I was hoping I could still retrieve my account there after over a year or so of dormancy.

Strangely for myself I only ever got the urge to try to open my Hotmail account today. I had to go through the proverbial password resetting and secondary e-mail verification. I did find the Power Point file in less than 5 minutes. I was pleasantly surprised with Hotmail/Live inbox’s new makeover. It’s much more cleaner and much more organized. I had 1,800+ emails 98% of which were notifications from old Friendster, and a high school Yahoo! Group. I didn’t bother sifting through each of them, of course, though I did get a few curious e-mails from two friends. Apparently Hotmail had been sending spam links to most of my Hotmail contacts. I hope the new Outlook has improved spam/junk mail detection just like GMail.

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It did feel weird responding to 1-year-old e-mails, even more awkward because I had to apologize for the spam links for which Hotmail was the culprit. However, the new Outlook definitely looks more encouraging to engage in.

 

**This post was originally published in RedGage, TheEmpress. 

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Yesterday I got a text message in Viber from an unregistered number in my contacts list. I was used to getting Viber notifications from friends who have recently installed the said chat messaging mobile app on their smartphones. It was my first time to receive a Viber text notification involving an anonymous number.

I don’t mind getting text messages from someone whom I may already know but just recently changed numbers as long as they are direct with me. However I have a pet peeve with so-called friends who keep themselves anonymous after I’ve asked them to identify themselves. If you wanted to get to someone through text, it’s your job to make yourself known to the person you just sent a message to. That’s the way it’s supposed to work.

What the hell is up with keeping your friend or someone in suspense about your identity? This kind of vapid behavior is giving me very bad vibes about the sender’s character and integrity. I don’t care if it’s a prank or a joke – it’s downright annoying and time-wasting. Prank or not, it tells me a lot about how you deal with other people and how slow and insipid you are.

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This is the reason why I like GMail a lot – it has an intelligent spam filtering system. Despite that, I still check my Spam folder just in case some of my important e-mails were redirected to that folder by mistake. Last night I found one phishing e-mail legitimately disguised to look like it’s coming from Liberty Reserve.

If you have ever received the same kind of e-mail and it landed in your main inbox, never click on that link. I’m glad GMail never gave me reason to debate myself on the e-mail’s credibility by giving me the warning message which goes like this:

“Be careful with this message. It contains a suspicious link that was used to steal people’s personal information. Unless you trust the sender, don’t click links or reply with personal information. Learn more.”

I have to give mad props for the creator of this phishing e-mail. Assuming themselves as Liberty Reserve and subtly convincing registered members that their account will be suspended if they do not click through the suspicious link for the Liberty Reserve Terms of Service Update is utterly brilliant. If only they would redirect their energies towards something more productive than simple black hat methods.

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Six days ago I wrote about the buggy Google Chrome and Dropbox apps despite the new updates. Today I saw newly-released updates for Dropbox and Google Chrome on the App Store and examined them right away.

I tried opening Bubblews again on both Safari and Chrome. Unfortunately Chrome still lags a bit on loading the page compared to Safari. Because of this I would still prefer to open my Bubblews notifications in Safari.

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I found it weird that the Dropbox version 2.1.2 fix says the app was updated on February 22nd. I installed the Dropbox update on March 1st but as I described in my previous article, Dropbox only showed me a black blank page when I tried to open the zip file generated by iZip Pro.

I made a sample zip file from iZip Pro and opened it on Dropbox to test the new update.

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With the Dropbox fix, the status of the newly loaded zip file can now be seen within the app. I’m glad the new update fixed the appearance of the black blank page.

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I like using Google Chrome on a laptop and I hope its app version will be more improved soon.

I updated Google Chrome and Dropbox apps on my iPhone from the App Store yesterday. But I didn’t even feel the newer versions helped simplify my user experience at all because I’ve noticed a few problems right away after the upgrade.

I prefer to use Google Chrome than other browsers and my sister has configured it as a default web browser on her laptop. But when I use my iPhone for submitting posts or editing images to be attached, I use Safari but once in a while I check if the Google Chrome app is up to par.

Lately viewing Bubblews notifications on Safari makes me antsy. What I usually do is click on each notification and open them in a new tab and stop until I reach 8 as that is the limit of the open tabs allowed in Safari. I then scroll down on the notifications tab to only show those notifications I haven’t clicked but every time I leave it to read the other tab, the page auto-refreshes and I’m left feeling a bit lost and don’t know which among those hundreds of notifications should I pick up where I left off. On these confusing occasions I would give Google Chrome a shot to see if the page I left auto-refreshes once I get back to it.

The buggy Google Chrome iPhone update doesn’t even let me find out if my theory is right. Bubblews hardly opens in Chrome for a longer period before I see that “This webpage is not available”. I can’t exactly pinpoint – yet – why a Google Chrome app would be weaker. But maybe it’s just my WiFi or the website acting up because of maintenance. Though, seriously, does every occasion I test it has to coincide with the WiFi or website not working well? Too much of a coincidence I would say.

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The Dropbox app hasn’t been cooperating well with another app, iZip Pro. I have written about transferring files from the iPhone (without syncing it to iTunes) to the laptop using iZip Pro and Dropbox as an alternative for RedGage photo upload. You can read it here in full: http://www.bubblews.com/news/168654-alternative-solution-to-redgage-photo-upload-problem-using-iphone. Basically I select the files on iZip Pro and zip them. After zipping them I would open them in Dropbox and click on Save.

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But when I click on Save, it directs me to a black blank page. It doesn’t let me know if the zip file has completely loaded onto Dropbox.

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With errors leaving me in the dark I would try to repeat the upload of the zip file, only to be prompted whether or not to overwrite the existing file.

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Of course I hit Cancel and later find out when opening the downloaded zip file from Dropbox on a laptop that “the archive is either in unknown format or damaged”.

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I hope new Google Chrome and Dropbox updates on the App Store should be up soon.

Google Password Change Security

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It’s so pathetic of me to be advised by Google that my “password was changed 10 days ago”. I have been getting that reminder in red for 10 days. It would jolt me out of a state resembling a narcoleptic lethargy. So foolish of me to forget a recently changed password but short term memory recall is so persistent.

I had to change my GMail account password because two weeks ago some kind of virus sent a spam link to 14 contacts in my list, including my other two GMail accounts. I ignored it and didn’t know how serious it was until a few days after when I received this notification from Google:

Someone recently tried to use an application to sign in to your Google Account -******@gmail.com. We prevented the sign-in attempt in case this was a hijacker trying to access your account. Please review the details of the sign-in attempt:

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 6:06:08 PM UTC
IP Address: 166.137.120.68
Location: Alvarado, TX, USA

One thing I noticed is that only my three GMail accounts received that spam link. I don’t know any entity from Alvarado, TX. I didn’t want to risk getting my account compromised again by some third party application so I had to change my password. Yet every day I try to log in via a laptop, my fingers would automatically type the old password. I thought that I kept forgetting it because it was so entirely different from the old one. I attempted a second password modification by appending 3 new characters to the old password but 45 hours after my stubborn fingers were at it again.

Google comes to the rescue by alerting me with another verification feature via a mobile phone verification code.

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I hope the above image will be the first and last verification from Google I will encounter this year.

For two consecutive days I’ve noticed two disconcerting notifications on my RedGage and Bubblews accounts.

The first one involves a prompt on my RedGage Dashboard to confirm my e-mail address, something which I already did the day I signed up a month ago. Clicking on the “Click here to activate” takes me to a box asking for the Activation Code which was sent to my e-mail.

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24 hours after there isn’t any RedGage Activation Code e-mail. I could still upload photos and links but due to that ghost activation code I could not approve 4 new friend requests. The next day that notification was gone and I was able to add new friends. That disconcerting notification comes and goes.

As for the Bubblews Like notification, what I observed is that when I click on each notification and open many tabs of those, two things can happen: I either get the “You successfully liked this news” prompt in the correct window or it shows up in another open tab (usually the adjacent tab, usually but not exclusively) which I didn’t actually click Like on.

I noticed this happens a lot when the adjacent tab’s page hasn’t completely loaded. Now it’s possible that I may like two Bubblews posts after reading them and that’s why both “You successfully liked this news” and “You already liked this news” overlaps in one window – the system mistakes it as double Likes especially when the page the post you just hit Like on hasn’t finished loading.

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No, I didn’t accidentally click Like on the same Bubblews news. I was observing this closely and noticed the pattern which I explained above occurs when opening many tabs at once for viewing each of my Connections’ new Bubblews post right from the Notifications page.

Between the two disconcerting notifications, Bubblews’ was an understandable issue and RedGage’s was one I’m sure the RedGage Support Team can maybe clarify and fix.

An hour ago I got a prompt on my iPhone for a new iPhone over-the-air software update, iOS 6.1.2. Two days ago, on February 19th, I got a prompt for an iOS 6.1.1 update. Two updates within 2 days. What is up, Apple?

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Looking at the image above, it says the iOS 6.1.1 update will “fix an issue that could impact cellular performance and reliability for iPhone 4S”. No further information was provided to explain the aforementioned “issue” but I reckon it has something to do with the 3G connection problem with the iPhone 4S units.

I have not even noticed any 3G-related problem at all. Maybe it’s just something that I don’t really pay attention to as battery drain is not something new with the iPhones. My first iPhone was a 3GS model and it got so battered by numerous jailbreak (my fault as my tinkering curiosity killed my that I had to recharge my phone three to four times a day. When I got the 4S I swore I would never do any jailbreak to it to optimize its battery life.

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The iOS 6.1.2 over-the-air update which I got today supposedly “fixes an Exchange calendar bug that could result in increased network activity and reduced battery life”. This directly addresses the bugs the iOS 6 has on Microsoft Exchange meeting invitations. As I have no experience with Exchange calendar, I cannot comment further.

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