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Facebook Rules of Engagement – Don’t Waste your Time

Facebook After a recent turn of events, I’ve decided to publish my “Facebook Rules of Engagement”. What it really means is that I’m not putting up with the nonsense anymore.

Like a moron (and I’ll tell you a moron joke before I’m done), I started accepting tons of Facebook friend requests until a few days ago. I don’t know what sparked the influx of requests but I’m slowing them down now. (more…)

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October 18, 2017

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Social Networks

Apple Cider Vinegar – Is it Healthier than any other Type of Vinegar?

apple cider vinegar Whenever you read an article about the benefits of vinegar, the type mentioned is almost always apple cider vinegar. What makes it healthier than any other? In my opinion, nothing at all.

Does apple cider vinegar taste like apples? I wouldn’t know, I’ve never used it for anything. Years ago, I used coconut vinegar to cure myself of heartburn and acid reflux disease. (more…)

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October 17, 2017

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Health

The Shortcut and the Path of Least Resistance in User Interface Design

shortcut Why do interface designers make their designs complicated? It’s because they’re looking at their designs from the wrong perspective. They’re more concerned with aesthetics than usability. This lack of usability is what prompted the first shortcut, back when the command line was the king of everything.

Microsoft still hasn’t learned any lessons, even after years of complaints. The settings interface for Windows 10 is slow, cumbersome and has too many screens to navigate through for even the simplest of tasks. (more…)

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October 15, 2017

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Technology, Web Development

Reinstalling Linux on my Laptop after it Crashed again

Ubuntu Linux Yesterday morning, my laptop crashed for the second time. When it happened, I knew I’d be reinstalling Linux again. Which Linux distribution would I use?

My laptop has a faulty keyboard connector. I can’t fix it and I can’t afford to replace the laptop with anything. It causes the laptop to go into suspend mode randomly. Usually a quick tap on one of the keys in the lower left corner of the keyboard will bring it back to life. When it doesn’t, I have to power off and power on manually. Most of the time, it turns out okay. This is the second time it didn’t. (more…)

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October 13, 2017

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Technology, Web Development

The Best Web Browser for a Laptop or Mobile Phone is a Matter of Choice

web browser What’s the best web browser? The one you feel comfortable with. If you do a quick web search, you’ll find more than a dozen to choose from.

Some web browsers are designed for laptops and desktops while others are designed for mobile phones. Some are designed for both. The most popular web browser, it seems, is the one that works almost everywhere. (more…)

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October 11, 2017

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Technology

Retro Gaming: The NES and SNES Classic Editions and THEC64 Mini

You may or may not be aware of the current retro gaming craze. I guess it depends on whether you’re a gamer today or used to be a gamer in the past. Despite popular belief, gaming doesn’t interest everyone in the world.

Nintendo didn’t make enough units of the NES Classic Edition during the first manufacturing run. They promise to produce more in 2018. The gaming system that’s all the rage now is the Super NES Classic Edition. It seems to be on a continuous manufacturing run for the time being. (more…)

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October 11, 2017

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Entertainment, Technology

Chili and Rice – Don’t Knock it if you haven’t Tried it

chili and rice To make a dish with chili and rice, it doesn’t matter what kind of chili you use and it doesn’t matter what kind of beans you use (if you even use beans). It doesn’t even matter what kind of rice you use. As long as it’s called “chili”, you can put it on top of some cooked rice and make a meal out of it.

It should be obvious, but you can’t use uncooked rice, even while preparing your dish. I prefer chili with beans, even if it does make me flatulate like crazy. There are ways around the flatulence issue, so you should never let that be the one thing that holds you back from eating beans. (more…)

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October 9, 2017

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Food and Drink

Corned Beef and Rice – Rice instead of Potatoes (Corned Beef Hash)

corned beef Rice is a staple in the Asian countries, much like potatoes in the United States. Rice isn’t too much fun to eat, however, without something like corned beef to eat with it.

In the Philippines, we call it ulam (“main dish” in English). Corned beef can be eaten alone, but Filipinos prefer to eat rice with it. They add rice to almost every meal if the dish doesn’t already have it as an ingredient anyway. (more…)

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October 9, 2017

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Food and Drink

Pork and Shrimp Fried Rice, Filipino Style

fried rice Variations of fried rice are common in many Asian countries. Today, I’m specifically writing about the cuisines of the Philippines called pork and shrimp fried rice.

For the sake of preventing arguments, the words “shrimp” and “prawn” basically mean the same thing. Prawn usually refers to either large shrimp or freshwater shrimp but I won’t use that word. Instead, I’ll use either small shrimp or large shrimp because the word “shrimp” itself covers a lot of related species. (more…)

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October 9, 2017

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Food and Drink

Renewing my ACR I-Card at the Bureau of Immigration in Manila

ACR I-Card I went through the process of renewing my ACR I-Card (Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card) yesterday. It was due to expire on October 10, 2017.

It’s a good thing I brought more than enough money with me. The Bureau of Immigration page on re-issuance hasn’t been updated since March of 2014 and the fees are more than triple of those shown. (more…)

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October 3, 2017

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Philippines

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