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Month: March 2009

Privacy Policy Update for Google Adsense DART cookie

Posted on March 31, 2009  in Blog Experiences

Last week I updated my privacy policy as recommended by the Google Adsense Blog article. This is related to the soon to be launched “internet based advertising” stuffs of Adsense, and the implementation of a new type of cookie (DART).

I am a little bit lazy so I just placed a special note after Advertisers part.

Update for Google Adsense and DART Cookie

Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on this site. Google’s use of the DART cookie enables them to serve ads to you based on your visit to this blog as well as other sites on the Internet.

As users, you may opt out of the use of this DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy page.

Marghil Macuha and Dexter of Techathand have some suggestions in their blogs. I will try to edit again if I will have some free time over the weekend.

Have you updated your privacy policy too? Leave me some comments here, OK?

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Month: March 2009

Downad, Conficker and April 1 – Part 2

Posted on March 30, 2009  in Technology

As promised on my earlier Downad, Conficker and April 1 post, I will be doing an update when I have some new information on this issue. So here it is:


Quoting Trend Micro Malware Blog:

Trend Micro is part of the Conficker Working Group, also called the Conficker Cabal. As part of this group, we must continue to set straight misconceptions surrounding DOWNAD/Conficker and what it’s set to do on the anticipated date. Allow us to reiterate some facts:

Q: What will happen on April 1, 2009?
A: Based on our collective technical analysis, we’ve determined that systems infected with the latest version of Conficker will begin to use a new algorithm to determine what domains to contact. We have
not identified any other actions scheduled to take place on April 1, 2009.

Q: Will an updated version of Conficker go out to already-infected systems on April 1?
A: It is possible that systems with the latest version of Conficker will be updated with a newer version of Conficker on April 1 by contacting domains on the new domain list. However, these systems could
be updated on any date before or after April 1 as well using the “peer- to-peer” updating channel in the latest version of Conficker.

Q: Should the general public be alarmed? Why or why not?
A: No, the general public should not be alarmed. Most home users have been protected by Microsoft Security Update MS08-067 being applied automatically.

Read the complete Trend Micro Article HERE.

So my (personal) advice to all:
1. Make sure your machines are patched.
2. Do not panic.
3. Stay safe online

Got to get some sleep 🙂 Tomorrow will be a long long day for me.
Leave some comments here if you have related questions.

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Month: March 2009

Chip Tsao Scandal: Racial Slur to Pinoys

Posted on March 29, 2009  in Blog Experiences

A so-called best-selling author and columnist (Chip Tsao) is making some headlines now… at the expense of his Pinay maid. I will be block-quoting his scandalous racial slur post from the Hongkong Magazine:

The War At Home
March 27th, 2009

The Russians sank a Hong Kong freighter last month, killing the seven Chinese seamen on board. We can live with that—Lenin and Stalin were once the ideological mentors of all Chinese people. The Japanese planted a flag on Diàoyú Island. That’s no big problem—we Hong Kong Chinese love Japanese cartoons, Hello Kitty, and shopping in Shinjuku, let alone our round-the-clock obsession with karaoke.

But hold on—even the Filipinos? Manila has just claimed sovereignty over the scattered rocks in the South China Sea called the Spratly Islands, complete with a blatant threat from its congress to send gunboats to the South China Sea to defend the islands from China if necessary. This is beyond reproach. The reason: there are more than 130,000 Filipina maids working as $3,580-a-month cheap labor in Hong Kong. As a nation of servants, you don’t flex your muscles at your master, from whom you earn most of your bread and butter.

As a patriotic Chinese man, the news has made my blood boil. I summoned Louisa, my domestic assistant who holds a degree in international politics from the University of Manila, hung a map on the wall, and gave her a harsh lecture. I sternly warned her that if she wants her wages increased next year, she had better tell every one of her compatriots in Statue Square on Sunday that the entirety of the Spratly Islands belongs to China.

Grimly, I told her that if war breaks out between the Philippines and China, I would have to end her employment and send her straight home, because I would not risk the crime of treason for sponsoring an enemy of the state by paying her to wash my toilet and clean my windows 16 hours a day. With that money, she would pay taxes to her government, and they would fund a navy to invade our motherland and deeply hurt my feelings.

Oh yes. The government of the Philippines would certainly be wrong if they think we Chinese are prepared to swallow their insult and sit back and lose a Falkland Islands War in the Far East. They may have Barack Obama and the hawkish American military behind them, but we have a hostage in each of our homes in the Mid-Levels or higher. Some of my friends told me they have already declared a state of emergency at home. Their maids have been made to shout “China, Madam/Sir” loudly whenever they hear the word “Spratly.” They say the indoctrination is working as wonderfully as when we used to shout, “Long live Chairman Mao!” at the sight of a portrait of our Great Leader during the Cultural Revolution. I’m not sure if that’s going a bit too far, at least for the time being.

Original post HERE.

To Mr. Chip Tsao,
Your post makes my blood boil too. But I will not stoop down to your level, and lash back an attack to you and your race.
You can only do that to your maid, because she is your subordinate. But I bet you cannot do it to a Filipino of equal status. In Filipino “Yung maid lang ang kaya mo, kase sa ibang pinoy hindi mo naman kayang gawin yan at hindi talaga uubra yan.” Go find a translator. Faster!

Satire or not, I do not care.

But I am supporting the call for a public apology.

For reactions, feel free to leave some comments here. Reminder on my comment policy (NO Flames please)

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Month: March 2009

Downad, Conficker and April 1

Posted on March 29, 2009  in Technology

A friend asked me about the conficker/downad malware on our yahoogroups. I replied that since I am not allowed to do official PR’s (Press Releases) on this issue, I will just post some publicly available articles related to the conficker/downad malware (and some of my personal opinions if I will have some extra time). So here we go:

First some definitions.
Downad is a malware. Different AV (Antivirus/Internet Security) vendors have their own naming schemes for it: Conficker, Downadup, Kido and Downad. I won’t go on the the details why different AV have different names, it’s really a long story and maybe worth a post or two in the future.
April 1 is of course April fool’s day. By experience, we know that some malware authors’ uses special days and events (like Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines, etc) as trigger dates for their wares.
So why is April 1 associated with Downad?
The antivirus researchers know that a widely known Downad/conficker malware variant have the date “April 1, 2009” inside its code as some sort of trigger date. Trigger date that it will do something bad.

Why Conficker/Downad is so special?

Maybe because Microsoft offered some big bounty for the malware authors responsible for the downad. Read more here

There are also some ongoing discussion in some high tech blogs that all these things are hype. My personal opinion: Better be prepared than be pwned.

In the tradition of my free six video post, Below are some six articles/links if you’re interested to dig further:

  1. New Downad Generate More URLs
  2. Conficker’s next move a mystery to researchers
  3. The Conficker Worm: April Fool’s Joke or Unthinkable Disaster?
  4. What Will Conficker Bring on April 1?
  5. Houses of Parliament computers infected with Conficker virus
  6. Trend Micro Virus Description for Downad malware variants

Will post some other related articles here (or as a new post) as we near April 1.

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Month: March 2009

Menardconnect Supports Earth Hour 2009

Posted on March 28, 2009  in Blog Experiences

Its lights out for us in support for the Earth Hour 2009.
8:30PM (GMT+8) today.
I encourage you to show your support also.

To quote Earth Hour Philippines

Manila, the Philippine’s largest city, will be a focus this year for Earth Hour, as it continues to spread its positive message about the importance of energy saving. The Department of Energy in the Philippines is a big supporter of Earth Hour.

Thousands of people, around the Philippines, will be coming together to light a candle in support of this global warming awareness initiative.

In 2009, millions of people from all walks of life will join together for Earth Hour and show the world that it’s possible to take action on global warming.

Come on Philippines, join us for Earth Hour 2009, turn off your lights at 8.30pm Saturday 28 March and sign-up here at earthhour.org.

earth-hour-2009

Image courtesy of flicker and Earth Hour Global

Video courtesy of youtube.

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Month: March 2009

Spam SMS of the Week – Part 2

Posted on March 25, 2009  in Personal Experiences

As a follow up to my Spam SMS post, here are another set of those annoying and useless text messages I’ve got. I will be removing the exact contact numbers, but will be retaining the contact names so that the spammers will be famous 🙂

SMS #1

Avail of our Cashloan 4 as low as1.29%/mo.Loan 30k-1M,Atleast 1yr.reglar w/min.gross income of 20k/mo.Pls.call at xxxxxxx/yyyyyyy/0927zzzzzzz.Thanks!/Benny

SMS #2

Avail our SCB ez cashloan &get up to 2M loan 4 as low as 1.28% int/mo!must have 15k basic salary.Call (xx)xxx-xxxx/0927yyyyyyy.Luk 4 Kyla.tnx

SMS #3

Hi!Good day!We offer 1 day process & No processing fee to AVAIL our CASH LOAN from CHINATRUST BANK.Pls. Call xxx-xxxx / yyy-yyyy or zzz-zzzz.Look for REY DELA CRUZ or CHAT.Ty

SMS #3 is part of my first Spam SMS post. I wonder where they harvested my precious mobile number 🙂

If you are receiving similar Spam SMS, drop me some comments here and tell me how you feel about it (e.g. Are you happy, excited, or plain deadma).

If you think you are the sender of this Spam SMS, and wish to contact me, drop me a note via my contact page.

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Month: March 2009

Pacquiao Hatton Fight on Solar Sports (and GMA-7 too)

Posted on March 24, 2009  in Uncategorized

[Update 05.03.2209]
View results here at Pacquiao Hatton Results post.

[Update 04.13.2009]
I have posted some new video on Pacquiao Hatton HBO 24/7 Trailer plus one trainer trash talking.

I was watching TV last weekend and saw several GMA-7 Flash Report on the PacquiaoSolar SportsABS-CBN love triangle issue. The lawyer of Pacquiao is reading some prepared statement affirming that the coverage of his May 2 fight with Hatton is still with Solar Sports (and subsequently GMA-7). I asked my brother why the news and the statement needs to be aired several times, he just smiled and said that it must be in response to ABS-CBN report that Pacquiao is already moving to the ABS-CBN stable. Checking the details today and reading Inquirer.net and GMANews.TV report, it seems that this is another messy issue and Pacman is being dragged into the television network war.

As a boxer, I love Manny Pacquiao. He brings glory and pride to our beloved country every time he fights in the ring. I wish him well on his May 2, 2009 fight with Ricky Hatton. But my unsolicited advice to him now is to prepare for his bout and let the lawyers and publicist do the talking. It is good to hear that he is on the right track. To quote another GMANews.TV report:

To make Pacman more focused on his training, Team Pacquiao prohibited media coverage at the Wildcard Gym and scheduled autograph signing and photo sessions with the boxer only every Saturday.

Hats off to Team Pacquiao on that rule.

I will try to post other updates on Pacquiao-Hatton bout as the fight night nears.

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Month: March 2009

TriNoma Cinema and Watchmen

Posted on March 23, 2009  in Reviews

After having dinner with some friends and buying some things at TriNoma, Raven and I decided to take a break and watch a movie yesterday. We picked Watchmen since it’s related to one of her projects at work.

Below is the trailer video courtesy of youtube:

Watchmen is not your usual superhero in a costume flick. Setting is based on an alternate history of United States in the middle of the Cold War with the Russians. I won’t give a full review here, but I rate it as a 3 out of 5. Some things worth mentioning:

  • the movie can be dragging, maybe because of the narration and too much dialog
  • Rorschach (pronounced as Roar-shak) is an interesting character. I almost forgot the origin of his name (Rorschach Cards/inkblot text used in psychology, it was some sort of an extra project for me in college)
  • I think the sexy scenes (in their aircraft) can be omitted 🙂

Visit the official movie site here

For TriNoma Cinema 2, I rate it: 2 out of 5. I think the cinema is quite new, but we are just wondering why the chairs are kind of squeaky already.

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Month: March 2009

MU Season 4 in Philippines This September?

Posted on March 21, 2009  in Gaming

Several weeks ago, I received a newsletter from mobiusgames that MU Season 4 will hit the Philippine gaming scene this September 2009. I had some free time this weekend and tried to visit the content of the newsletter. The new season boasts of the new character class (summoner) as well as the 3rd class wings.

I’m not excited with MU Season 4. I played the MU Season 2 in the old Maya and Titan Servers and was in some time part of the guild/alliance that maintained a good hold of the castle. I love playing MU way back then together with Raven, Ujinn, Baroye, Kamote and the rest of the folks (drop me some comments if you think we might be guildmates). I just wonder why they are skipping the season 3. I’ll keep my blog posted on the developments.

In the meantime enjoy this video courtesy of youtube and mobiusgames.net.

If you want more details, kindly visit this site

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Month: March 2009

Annoying Spam SMS of the Week

Posted on March 16, 2009  in Personal Experiences

My definition for Spam SMS are unsolicited SMS (Short Messaging Service) messages that are junk and not needed. Most probably you do not know the sender. You also did not subscribe to receive such kinds of sms. They are not SMS scam per se, but they are annoying nonetheless.

SMS #1

Bulk SMS Sending from Mobile Marketing! Send thousands of SMS easily from the computer. Political Campaign, Promotions.Call 0922xxxxxxx / txt ur email or fax #

SMS #2

Good day!

Need cash fast?
Avail a n0n-collateral cash loan at xxxxxTxxxT Bank.
As low as 1.39% interest monthly, a minimum of
50thousand up to maximum of 1Million.

For more information,
please call at 02-xxxxxxx or yyyyyyy
and look for AAAA.

*SELF-EMPL0YED and PROFESSIONALS are now accepted.

(Note: This is randomly selected and manualy generated text message, if you are not interested just disregard this message.)

SMS#3

Hi!Good day!We offer 1 day process & No processing fee to AVAIL our CASH LOAN from xxxxxTxxxT BANK.Pls. Call xxx-xxxx / yyy-yyyy or zzz-zzzz.Look for aaa bbbb cccc or dddd.Ty

I have bleeped details to protect their privacy of the senders. Let me know if you are also receiving such spam sms and related junk messages by putting some comments at the end of the post.

Update: 2009.08.20.

I am updating this post and put all unsolicited sms messages from this blog:

PGMA CHARITY FOUNDATION, informing you that ur CELL# had w0n 950,000,00 2ndprize last Aug13,09. DTI#01401 series of 2009 PLS call us NW,im,£eah lopez,

Sender: +639265433382

EREC*TILE PRO*BLEM? Try “H****CS” Now! An amazing food supplement from Korea. Enhance your L*bido & Boost your Energy – Call 561xxyy/563zzzz or visit www.h****cs.***.

Sender: +639278174654

Good News!
Claim your FREE MEDICAL PRIVILEGE CARD from xxxxxxx HEALTH SHIELD. Plus an additional raffle entry for our KITCHEN SHOWCASE DRAW. To claim this PRIVILEGES please call (02) xxyyzzz (02) aabbccc upon receipt of this message from 9am-5pm.Mon-sat. Look for Ms. “Jane Doe” . Many Thanks, God Bless. Call NOW to secure an additional 50,000 HOUSEHOLD CONTENT FIRE INSURANCE. (DISREGARD IF CLAIMED)

Cashloan fr Bdo n Chnatrust for as low as 1.2 per mo.Int.CAR FINANCING BRANDNEW N 2ND HAND UNIT!CAR MORTGAGE ‘ORCR’ ONLY! Truck loan n Property Loan!Interestd.You may kol ms.xxxxx at aabbccc, ddeeffff, gghhiiii.Or email at “spammername”@yahoo.com!

Gud day! SCB gives personal loan 50k to 2M For only 1.28% up to 48 months.Plus get a FREE ZEST AIR Fare. 4 more details call xxxyyzz luk 4 GERALD.GOD BLESS

Gud News 2 all Employees! Need Cash fast ! BoroW avail fr.30K up2 1milion as low 1.39% int/mo. Atleast w/15K basic salary Jus prepare ur reqts aTTN.MS.JHEN aaabbcc/dddeeff. w/c itr 2316,1mo. lates payslip,2id’s co.id & ader govt id bak2 bak w/3 signature.& optional latest COE w/ brekdown inc. from.-citibank,Maybank, GE Money bank, premier bnk,planters bnk,standard chartered & .If ntrested,u may tex ur name, company & tel. #Thanks

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