How My Facebook Evolved To Be A Fake Happy Place

The Philippines is the social media capital of the world as claimed by this blog article. Although I do not currently live there, it is safe to say that my Filipino heritage has greatly affected the way I am using social network right now. Filipinos love to socialize and keep in touch with old friends and families. The fastest, cheapest, and most efficient way for us to do this is through the social media.

If a person I just met and added on Facebook would be looking at my profile, they might think that I have a really happy life. He or she would see pictures of our recent travels, gatherings and activities or posts about my families, loved ones, and friends. Most of my posts are good, funny, positive, uplifting, and the likes.

Welcome to my fake Facebook profile. Yes, it has my real first and last name and yes, it contains all of my real life friends. Yet, I still call it fake because my profile does not define who I really am or how my life really is.

Do you remember this video?

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How to make my PC run faster without upgrading?

This is the English version of this post as requested by Nora.

I am not a Windows expert, nor am I certified. All the information I would share here are based from my experiences in fixing and maintaining computers of my clients, friends or family. Other information are based from my education. I would try to use very simple words so that more people would understand.

Tip # 1 – Know your specs

When we say “specs” (short for specifications), these are the exact numbers of the computer we are using. How can we know this? Let me share to you the most basic way to get these info.

Start > Right click My Computer (Computer for Vista) > Properties

In this window we would know the Operating System (OS) we are using, the processor speed and our memory (RAM) amount. The highlighted numbers are most important. We would not focus on processor speed because it will be more complicated to discuss. Our main focus is the RAM or memory because it has a direct impact on the speed of our computer. If you get this info, write it down on a piece of paper just so you wouldn’t forget. It will become handy later.

It is important to know our specs because we could not expect our computer to run fast if our specs are low. It would run according to its optimum speed only. If your specs are low then we need more patience.

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Overcoming Gall Stones

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Grapefruit and Olive Oil

August 2, 2009, Sunday night, when my side started to hurt a bit everytime I dance. My sister and I were trying to get some dance steps then from a music video then and I realized I can’t stretch my tummy anymore but I can still move my other body parts freely.

Next day when I woke up, some part of my tummy right under my right rib cage, started to hurt so painfully I couldn’t get up anymore. I was nearly crying trying to get help from my brother to pull me up.

The first thing that came to my mind is to consult my bestfriend Daisy, who has just recovered from appendicitis. She texted me her symptoms in the past but still strongly advised to consult a doctor as soon as possible.

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Conficker Worm – What to expect on April 1?

Kinalaman ng chocolates sa Conficker? Wala! Hahaha.. Virus din kasi ang tingin ko sa chocolates. Tsaka wala na ako malagay. Hahaha.. 

 

Kinalaman ng chocolates sa Conficker? Wala! Hahaha.. Virus din kasi ang tingin ko sa chocolates. Tsaka wala na ako malagay. Hahaha..

 

Okay so pagkatapos ng isang makabagbag damdaming post 3 days ago ay balik technical naman tayo. Mabilis na mabilis lang to. PROMISE. Hehe..

Kakagaling ko lang kasi sa work at ang dami kong natanggap na tawag na mga Amerikanong nagpa-panic dahil baka maapektuhan sila ng tinatawag na Conficker virus na tinatayang magiging active ngayong araw na to sa US, or sa buong mundo, April 1, 2009. At dahil ang aking trabaho ay malaki ang kinalaman sa mga computer at internet kinailangan kong mag-aral ng mabuti tungkol dito.

Ayon sa aking masusing pag-aaral nasa Conficker-c stage na tayo. Hindi ko pa rin alam kung delikado nga talaga pero sa totoo lang nae-excite ako dahil gusto ko ma-try kung paano nga magwo-work ito. Pero as a measure sinunod ko pa rin ang payo ng mga malalaking sites like McAfee kung paano maiwasan ang worm na ito para ma-activate.

So 30 minutes left na lang bago mag-April 1 sa US. Parang nae-excite ako na hindi maintindihan.

Ang chismis ay ang worm daw na ito ay nasa mga computers na natin without our knowledge at sabay-sabay itong mati-trigger kapag ni-activate ng mga promotor, kung sino man sila, kapag tayo ay nag-connect sa mga applications or websites na na-hack nila. Minsan ang mga websites na ito ay yung mga araw araw na nating dinadalaw kaya di rin daw natin alam. Makakaya nitong parang mag-remote access sa ating mga computers kung saan magkakaroon sila ng pagkakataon mag-install ng mga programs such as key loggers etc na maaaring makapag-record ng ating mga private at personal information katulad ng passwords, email addresses, credit cards, at kung anik-anik pa.

So ni-download ko na nga ang patch na sinasabi na dapat mayroon tayo sa ating Windows update. Para rin maging sure nag-update na ako ng aking spyware protection and virus protection software at kasalukuyang nagpapatakbo ng scan for spyware and viruses.

Gusto ko rin makita ko ano ang kalalabasan ng chismis na ito. Natutuwa ako kasi parang Die Hard 4 ang dating. Wahaha..

Anyway, good luck na lang po sa inyo. Totoo man o hindi, mas maganda pa ring maging maingat at mag-aral ng mabuti tungkol dito. Sana ay hindi tayo maapektuhan.

 

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UPDATE 04-01-09

So far there are no dramatic changes happening yet on April Fools day regarding Conficker but this is the latest news that we got from Inquirer.

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UPDATE 04-02-09

“There are a lot of people who are on standby waiting to see what happens,” said George Kurtz, senior vice president of McAfee’s risk and compliance division. “Ultimately, it could be a big event or Y2009 — April 1 rolls around and nothing happens. But that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the story.” – MSNBC

Google Chrome

Mula September last year, noong unang nilabas ang application na ito, hanggang ngayon,  ni-download at ginamit ko itong Google Chrome kaagad. Marami-rami rin akong mga bugs and errors na natuklasan noon at sinigurado kong makakarating ito sa feedback team ng Google. Mahilig kasi ako sa mga ganitong innovation. Basta may mga bagong software na sa tingin ko ay magagamit ko sa aking pang-araw-araw na online life, sinusubukan ko kaagad.

At ngayon po ay gumawa naman ako ng listahan ng mga dahilan kung bakit hanggang ngayon ay patuloy ko pa rin syang ginagamit. Medyo mahirap kasi ako ma-please kung minsan  pagdating sa applications dahil medyo may touch ng programmer’s point of view at the same time normal user ang opinion ko. Hihi..

  • Google Chrome’s user friendly interface is one of the best.

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Napakasimple ng itsura nya para sa akin. Ganito ang gustung-gusto kong application. Wala masyadong abubot at kung anu-anong ka-etchingan. Kung ano kailangan mo yun na yun. Yung pinakamalaking bar sa pinakataas ay nagagamit sya as address bar at the same time Google search na mismo. Wala ng paligoy-ligoy pa. Search lang ng search! Go! Lahat ng lalabas dyan ay galing Google. Di ko kasi masyado feel ang mga “Powered by Google” lang eh. Gusto ko Google talaga mismo kaya di ako gumagamit ng ibang search engine.

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How to make my PC run faster without upgrading?

Click here for the English version of this post.

Ang post po na ito ay para mapagbigyan ang isang minamahal na kaibigan na nag-request ng tips na tulad nito sa aking blog. Di ko rin naman matanggihan dahil naisip kong baka may matulungan din ako kahit papaano. Hihi..

Hindi po ako Windows expert. Hindi rin ako certified. Lahat po ng information na ibibigay ko ay galing sa aking mga karanasan sa pag-ayos at pag-maintain ng computer, with clients, friends or family. Ang iba naman ay hango na rin sa edukasyon kong natutunan sa aking paaralan. Pipilitin ko pong babawan ang lahat ng mga katagang sasabihin ko para mas maraming makaintindi.

Tip # 1 – Know your specs

Kapag sinabi pong “specs” (short for specifications) ito po yung eksaktong mga bilang ng gamit nating computer. Pano po ito malaman? Ito na siguro ang pinaka-basic na paraan.

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