Game of Thrones Season 4

Game of Thrones Season 4 is coming April 6, 2014. Check out this official trailer.

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Life of a King

Ex-felon, Eugene Brown, establishes a Chess Club for inner city teenagers in Washington, D.C.

Starring Cuba Gooding Jr., this has got to be a must-watch for all chess enthusiasts!

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Successful Transfer of Blog to WordPress.com

After so many years (7 and a half years) of self-hosting this blog, I’ve decided to move it WordPress.com.

That way it would be:

  • Cheaper — I have to spend for the domain mapping ($13) and registration only per year;
  • More Secure — I have 2-step authentication in place;
  • Less Downtime — I suppose, it’s WordPress.com for speaking out loud!
  • Free Storage — I don’t think I’ll be able to use all the free 3GB of allowed images by the service — for the life of this blog.
  • It’s here to stay — Again, I suppose. WordPress has been challenged by so many but it will be here to stay.

I have always aimed for the minimalist design. I’m tired of fully customizing my blog. I just want a simple blog that I can write everything that interests me.

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Inaccurate maps in Android

Just to show you how problematic Android maps and geolocation can often be, I’ve tested the Google Maps app in the iPhone 5s and LG G2 using the same wifi network. And here’s the result.

This is what Android makes out of my current location: Check out the screenshots after the jump »

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The need for a new unique user ID

I need a new unique user ID that’s truly representative of me and at least 8 characters long, to cover all requirements of various online services that I sign up for. Obviously, “deuts” won’t cut it anymore.

It has to be extremely unique so I won’t find it a hassle anymore to be the first to grab the username everytime I sign up for a new service.

Any suggestion is welcome.

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How to prioritize sharing options in Android

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One of the selling points of an Android system is the ability to share about anything from any app. Apps that solicit sharing to, add their sharing shortcuts to the sharing window as you can see in the screenshot above.

There’s just one big problem. When the sharing options have too many services already, it becomes too crowded. You have to scroll down all the way down to share to say Twitter or Tumblr, because sharing services are alphabetically arranged. They’re not even arranged according to which service you usually use.

And yet, no settings to streamline these options. Or, I may be missing something. I’ll be glad if you can point me to the right direction.

Note: I’m currently using the LG G2 running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

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Ghost – just a blogging platform

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From the Features page:

A beautifully designed platform dedicated to one thing: Publishing.

Ghost is an Open Source application which allows you to write and publish your own blog, giving you the tools to make it easy and even fun to do. It’s simple, elegant, and designed so that you can spend less time making your blog work and more time blogging.

This is exactly what I have been referring to when I said WordPress has somehow become bloated. I just wish I can spend less time making my blog work and more time blogging.

I hope the Ghost project pans out — and they offer a way to import a WordPress blog. :P

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The Facts About Globe’s Free Facebook Promo

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Free Facebook is a great promo from Globe. Who doesn’t want free service, right? If only they can carry it out more smoothly:

There was no opt-in

At least, that’s what happened in my case. I didn’t opt-in but I was automatically subscribed to the service, even though I was on an unlimited data plan to start with.

Stop bugging me

I’m on unlimited data plan. I don’t need free Facebook. Stop displaying these notices on my device: Continue reading

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That BBM app is just a clutter in the notification drawer

When you open the BBM settings for Android, you’ll have the following option:

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It means that BBM has to persistently run in the background in order for it to get going and receive new messages. This is in contrast to how other instant messaging apps like Viber, WhatsApp, and WeChat are operating, and is because BBM ignored to use the Google Cloud Messaging service.

As a result — clutter in the notification bar and notification drawer: Check out the screeshot after the jump »

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BBM for Android and iOS

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BBM for Android and BBM for iPhone: Official Launch Details:

This is the news you’ve been waiting for! I am thrilled to tell you that we are about to officially resume our rollout of BBM for Android and iPhone customers around the globe! In the next few hours, people will start seeing BBM in Google Play, the App Store and in select Samsung App Stores – where it will be free to download.

The BBM server went bonkers after 7 million users signed up the first day BBM for iOS and Android went live on September 21, 2013. That’s 7 million BBM users, compared to Viber’s more than 200 million users — and still going strong. Enough said. Continue reading

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