I just want to greet all my friends online and IRL and all the readers of this blog a Happy New Year!

I am not really good at writing blog New Years resolution posts, but I will do my best to post more here at menardconnect.com (and launch all the other blogs here as promised in my anniv post)

May we all have a fruitful and blessed year this 2015!!!

Will post more soon…

Menardconnect.com turned 6 several weeks ago!!! Yes six, just like the free six series :)

This is the traditional Blog Happy Anniv post and here the links to the 1st post and the first full post (non-hello world ;) ). as well as links to the anniversary blog posts for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd4th and 5th year.

 

Happy 6th to Menardconnect.com

Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons, Cary Bass de Morburre

After 600 posts, and a lot more of stats that is hard to keep track of :D I am happy that menardconnect.com is still alive and kicking!!!
The only challenge this year was I was so busy with a lot of things and I forgot about my domain reg so my blog was pawned on the anniv date.

Anniversary posts are great opportunity to give thanks and some shout outs  so without further ado here are some thank you notes:

First of all, I would like to thank God for all the blessings He has given me and my family!

Next I would like to thank my family, they are my inspiration for this blog and all of my blogs!

Next my thanks goes out to my friends (IRL and online ) for all the support they have given me and my blog! Special thanks to my webhost admins (Melvin and Daryl) at web.com.ph for their timely assistance to me during my blog anniv snafu.

Last but not the least, my thanks to the readers and supporters of menardconnect.com.
I will do my best to make menardconnect.com better and better for all you readers out there.

Watch out for my other blogs soon (to be launched here at Menardconnect.com)…

Blizzard, creator of Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo game franchises is having some Thanksgiving holiday sale now!

World of Warcraft® Digital download is now USD 4.99 (75% of orig price of USD 19.99)

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This download contains the 30 days of free game time and players can adventure up to level 90 (vanilla to Mist of Pandaria expansion)

StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty® Digital download and StarCraft® II: Heart of the Swarm expansion Digital download are now both USD 9.99 each (50% off, orig price of USD 19.99)
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Diablo® III Digital download is now USD 19.99 (50% off the usual USD 39.99 price) and Reaper of Souls expansion is now USD 19.99.
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If you are a WoW, SC2 or D3 gamer this is definitely a good deal so grab one now as this may last until December 2, 2014 only!!!

Thank you friends!

Thank you friends! Words are not enough to express my gratitude so why not do a blog post.

Sharing this old school video from Garfield and Friends Show…

Friends are there
to help you get started
to give you a push on your way
Friends are there
to turn you around
get your feet on the ground
for a brand new day
They’ll pick you up when you’re down
help you swallow your pride
when something inside
got to break on through
to the other side
Friends are someone you can open up to
when you fell like you’re ready to flip
When you got the world on your shoulders
friends are there to give you a tip
Friends are there when you need them
They’re even there when you don’t
For a walk in the park
For a shot in the dark
Friends are there
(Garfield) “I Don’t Care”
But Friends will care….
For you….

Again thank you my friends….

Last week, I was “literally” fooling around with the bash bug by reposting 9gag images about it :)

and mashing it up with old movie flicks:

but by the end of the week things are getting a little bit serious as my colleagues found some live malicious files in the wild

As part of the usual sharing of good tech info to my blog readers and friend and as part of public service of a responsible netizen, here are some cool links about this vulnerability:

Infographic from TrendLabs on the Bash Bug aka Shellshock vuln

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Some useful links too below:

All image/link credits to Trend Micro, TrendLabs Security Intelligence Blog and CNN.

Before I end the post, the usual disclaimer/disclosure:
I work at Trend Micro. The information contained in this post is taken from Trend Micro website and TrendLabs Security Intelligence Blog. To know more on what I do full-time kindly visit my blog’s about page or visit my linkedin page. To read my blog’s disclosure policy, kindly visit my disclosure page.

For infosec, malware and tech (and not so techie) stuff, please follow me in Twitter :-)

Its been ages since I updated the WordPress theme of my blog. So I tinkered around and liked this new theme from WebTuts called Gamepress. I love the gaming and techie feel of this theme so I am trying it out for the next couple of days.

 

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I’m not yet 100% decided but as of today I am comfortable with the theme.

For now my dear friends and readers, feel free to let me know if you like the new menardconnect.com-look too or you like the old theme, and give the reason why. You can leave comments at the end of this post or ping me via twitter or leave a via my contact page.

If you find something missing or some old feature broken please feel free contact me too and I will try my best to look into it.

Lastly, my thanks to Philip M. Hofer  of Frumph.net for the wonderful Easel Theme.

My Hearthstone Hunter Deck and Hearthstone Paladin Deck is getting some traction so I am sharing another of my favorite Hearthstone Deck here in menardconnect.com.

Like my previous posts on Hearthstone Deck Hunter and Hearthstone Deck Paladin, thisHearthstone Deck for Shaman is a free Hearthstone deck as all the cards used are all basic cards. This free Hearthstone Deck is ideal for starting players who like playing Hearthstone Shammys and does not have any Hearthstone Golds to boot.

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2 x [0]Ancestral Healing
2 x [1] Rockbiter Weapon
2 x [1]Voodoo Doctor
2 x [2]Acidic Swamp Ooze
2 x [2]Flametongue Totem
2 x [3]Hex
2 x [3]Razorfen Hunter
2 x [3]Shattered Sun Cleric
2 x [4]Chillwind Yeti
2 x [4]Sen’jin Shieldmasta
2 x [4]Windspeaker
2 x [5]Bloodlust
2 x [5] Frostwolf Warlord
2 x [6]Fire Elemental
2 x [7]Stormwind Champion

Note: the number inside [x] is the mana cost (I find this notation useful when looking for the cards in the players collection)

This Shaman Hearthstone Deck mana curve will look like this:

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This Hearthstone shaman deck is a mix of minions and shaman skills.
The gameplay for this deck is to survive the early game and do massive damage mid or end game. Strategy is to try putting down many minions (low cost) and buffing them with totems. Keeping the minions alive for a long time will be the key move and when the player have many minions on the board, drop the killer shaman trademark move, Bloodlust.

This Shaman Hearthstone deck gave me good numbers wins in play mode and ranked mode without having me spending any Hearthstone gold. Cool huh! Hope you like my Free Hearthstone Deck for Shaman post.

Also kindle check my other Hearthstone Deck posts:

Hearthstone Deck Hunter
Hearthstone Deck Paladin

I will post more of my favorite Hearthstone Deck Cheats soon…

 

Twitter Analytics Online

Twitter launched some cool features last week.

Going to analytics.twitter.com will give you great metrics about your tweets and your followers.
For followers stats, it shows data about your followers interests (Top Interests and Most Unique Interests), location, gender and list tweeps your followers also follow.

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For the tweets metrics, it highlights your tweets impressions and engagement data. Good visualization given the data is free.

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For the followers stats, I believe it’s already there as you check it out, but for the tweets metrics, you need to somewhat enable it (or login once into the analytics page) to start the population of data.

We might argue that these are geeky data points, but my personal take here is that in this interconnected world of social media this is good and interesting data (and quite possibly profitable too *hint* *hint*) .

No security issues so far but I will try to update this post (and my soon to be re-launched tech blog) if I find something new.