Spam SMS for June

My Hon Load Mo Ko Text Scam post is getting some hits and continue to get comments. So I guess the scammer is still active.

And speaking of SMS, here are some Spam SMS that me and my friends got this month of June:

SMS #1

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)

Wow! 50,000 Household Content Fire Insurance! What’s that by the way?
I bleeped the name of the company and the telephone number, same policy that I do for first time SMS spammers.

SMS #2

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!

Another Wow! Truck Loan and Property Loan. If I have one of those Optimus Grime Truck displayed at Eastwood CityPark Mall, I will contact you 🙂

Do you also receive unsolicited SMS messages every now and then? If yes, feel free to share to us by leaving some comments here.

WordPress 2.8 and Other Updates

I updated Menardconnect.com to WordPress 2.8 over the weekend. The WordPress.org site announced that this release is named in honor of noted trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker. Major improvements to the 2.8 release were focused on speed, performance, widgets and themes support. The general look and feel is the same as 2.7x, but I noted some improvements on the admin console performance.
After updating, I also tweaked some settings and added a related post plugin.
I read in some blog posts that sometimes is advisable to write about the future topics that the author is working on. They say this is to inform the readers on what to expect next as well as put some pressure on the author (me) to stick to the blog post game plan. So I will try this advice now. For the next two weeks I plan to write something about:

  • A movie that I watched this month – Update 07.08.2009. Done. See my Ambigram post.
  • Food stuffs that I like – Update on 07.06.2009. Done. See my You’re the 1, Goldilocks post
  • Blog Disclosure Policy – Update on 07.12.2009. Done.  Blog Disclosure Policy page online today.

Hope this advice is a good one! 🙂

Happy Father’s Day

To all the fathers/dads/papas/tatays out there… Happy Father’s Day!!!

Special greets to my Papa (Hope you enjoy the Kopi Tiam Dinner), my Tatay in Laguna (Raven and I will be there in Laguna later), my brothers (both here in and out of the country), my uncles, my ninongs and my barkada-friend-daddies 🙂

Just like what I said on Mother’s Day I’m not the poetic person. But I’m great in searching the internet for some inspirational and funny quotes for this special day.  And of course in the tradition of my free six video, my six mybrute cheats and tips and my six Facebook Farm Town Cheats and Tips posts, I am sharing some Free Six Father’s Day Quotes:

A father is a banker provided by nature.” – French Proverb

The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.” – Tim Russert

It is a wise child that knows his own father.” – Homer Simpson

A father carries pictures where his money used to be.” -Anonymous

Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected.” – Red Buttons

By profession, I am a soldier and take pride in that fact. But I am prouder – infinitely prouder – to be a father. A soldier destroys in order to build; the father only builds, never destroys. The one has the potentiality of death; the other embodies creation and life. And while the hordes of death are mighty, the battalions of life are mightier still. It is my hope that my son, when I am gone, will remember me not from the battle field but in the home repeating with him our simple daily prayer, ‘Our Father who art in Heaven.’” – Douglas Macarthur

Quotes courtesy of the following sites: chiff.com, associatedcontent.com,
about.com and quotations.about.com

Happy Father’s Day!!!

MyBrute Cheats and Tips Part 4: Weakling Brute List Update

A follow up post on my MyBrute Cheats series. Presenting the updated list of my Free Six Info MyBrute Cheats and Other Tips:

Menardconnect’s Weakling Brute List:

3N3RGY – Lvl 11 – Kinda weak brute
MENARDKONEKT – Lvl 10 – My brute, low stats, but may spoil the list
PICCIA – Lvl 10 – warning with whip
MOONSHIELD – Lvl 10 – hehe no shield
ESTEHTAWAT – Lvl 10 – few weapons
JIXX – Lvl 9 – warning: have dog
GR33N – Lvl 8 – warning: have dog but weak overall
ASHACAP – Lvl 7 – warning: have net
STV – Lvl 7 – Weak Brute with cute Martial Art pose
4UL3 – Lvl 7 – Hopeless Brute
GIOLOL – Lvl 5 – only 6 victories? maybe his pupils are doing all the dirty work
BUSPIRONE – Lvl 5 – no weapon
JB1 – Lvl 5 – no weapon
ZENN – Lvl 5 – no weapon
NIXS – Lvl 4 – no weapon
EL CS – Lvl 4 – no weapon
NORI – Lvl 4 – have 1 weapon only
YCL – Lvl 4 – have 1 weapon only
ROARJEEK – Lvl 4 – no weapon
DILMAN – Lvl 4 – stuck in lvl 4 since May, no weapon
DUSTING – Lvl 3 – stuck in lvl 3 since May, no weapon

Thanks to Batang Cubao, Mark and the rest of the contributors to the list. If you have other weakling brutes that you have been grinding, please leave some comments here.

You can check out my other MyBrute posts on

MyBrute Cheats Part 2: Predict Your Brute’s Future Skills Weapons and pets and

MyBrute Cheats and Tips Part 3: Six Favorite Weapons

Side Topic: If you are also into Facebook’s Farm Town Game, kindy visit my Farm Town Cheats post

Free Six Info: Facebook Farm Town Cheats and Tips

Update 08.13.2009
I have posted some new tips on

Facebook Farm Town Cheats and Tips Part 2

Facebook Farm Town Cheats and Tips Part 3

Facebook Farm Town Cheats and Tips Part 4

Facebook Farm Town Cheats and Tips Part 5

Facebook Farm Town Cheats and Tips Part 6: Free FarmCash

You must be searching for some Farm Town Cheats or Tips and that is why you were sent to this page. Don’t worry I will share some in due time.

I’ve seen Raven playing this Farm Town game for several weeks now. Since I checked out my Facebook recently to reserve my Facebook profile, she sent me an app invite and I have tried it out and enjoyed playing the Farm Town game. In the tradition of my free six video, my six cafe world cheats, my six fishville cheats and six mybrute cheats and tips posts, I am sharing some Free Six Info on Facebook Farm Town Cheats and Tips.

#1. First, you should have a Facebook Account. Why? Because Farm Town is a application/game in Facebook. If you still do not have one, try going to facebook.com and register for an account (its free btw)

#2. My next advise is to plow the field before planting seeds. This is included in the tutorial at the start of the game. But many of you might be so excited to play the game and did not pay attention to the tutorial.

#3. My next tip is to plant seeds and estimate what time will you go online next time. This is critical so that you will be online by the time your crops are ready for harvest.

For example, if you can go online within the next 4~5 hours, I suggest planting the seeds that can be harvested after 4 hours (example: strawberry grapes) so that you will be online when it is ready to harvest.

If you are a busy person and cannot play much, I suggest planting those seeds that can be harvested within 1 day, so that when you go online after 24 hours you can harvest them.

For super busy folks (or if you will be offline for the whole weekend) I suggest planting the seeds that takes 2~3 days to grow and harvest (corn, rice and wheat are a good example).

With this technique, you make sure that you are online when your crops are ready for harvesting. Then see the next tip.

#4. Important tip on harvesting, DO NOT harvest your crops by yourself. Hire a friend to harvest so that you get better quality crops (that sell at better price in the market) as well as help your friend get more coins in Farm Town.

Farm Town is a social game in Facebook and with this tip and feature, online players are encouraged to reach out to other players and make friends. Then see next tip.

#5. If you do not have something to do, go to the market and offer yourself to be of help to others. Other players needing some help on harvesting their crops will hire you.

Again this is beneficial for both the player and the owner of the farm (see tip #4 above).

#6. Last but not the least: DO NOT CHEAT! Why? Like what I advised on my MyBrute Cheats post: Cheaters never win! C’mon Farm Town is a social game, and there is no need to cheat. Also beware of the executable programs that supposedly will do some cheat and/or hack for Farm Town. Many sites are offering these kinds of tools, but unless you know what you are doing (read: can reverse-engineer an executable file and know exactly what it is doing on the file and system level) then don’t try to run it on your precious machine. There are a lot of malware, keyloggers, Trojan downloaders out there that lurking out there just waiting for the weakest link in the infection chain. Better safe than sorry OK?

Hope you like my Farm Town Tips. Enjoy the game!

If you like this post or have other Farm Town Tips, please feel free to leave some comments here.

MyBrute Cheats and Tips Part 3: Six Favorite Weapons

Do you have a favorite weapon in Mybrute? Me and my brutes have some 🙂
And in the tradition of my free six video, and six mybrute cheats and tips posts, I am sharing my six favorite mybrute weapons.

1. First on the list is the Lance.
lanceIt is a great all around weapon with 12-19 damage. It can block and counter attacks. It can also do multiple attacks.

2. For some fast small weaponry, my next choice is the Sai.

saiWith its 6 to 11 damage and disarm its way cooler than the traditional knife.

3. Next is the Whip.

whipThis is a good multi-hit weapon with 10~15 damage. My experience with this weapon is that it can also disarm the opponent brute.

4. And then we have the Scourge.

scourgeWith its 45 to 55 damage, this is really a scourge to all low health brutes. Even high health points brute should be wary of this slow and heavy weapon imho.

5. If you can’t get the Scourge, settle with the one balled Iron Mace.

ironmaceLike the scourge its a slow and heavy weapon but the damage is relatively decent at 20 to 30 damage. My observation with this weapon is that it is very difficult to block even with shield.

6. Last but definitely not the least  is the Stone Hammer.

stonehammerWith its massive 50 to 75 damage (the biggest damage I think) this weapon is really a killer. It will really break the bones of your opponent brute.

Image used courtesy of GamerToolz.com

For a complete list of MyBrute weapons and skills kindly visit Gamer Toolz MyBrute Page

For other MyBrute Tips, kindly visit my MyBrute Tips post.

Do you also have favorite weapons in Mybrute? Feel free to leave your comments here.

Independence Day in the Philippines

Today is the 111th Independence Day of the Republic of the Philippines. A holiday of course. A short break from work and a long weekend outside the urban Manila for some. Google even paid tribute (how do they call this image (Google doodle?)

google

Mabuhay ang Kalayaan! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

Katrina Halili Pictures and TROJ_DLOAD.TID

In my post on MyBrute Cheats, I mentioned that bad guys may abuse the popularity of the Mybrute game.

I’m predicting that some bad guys will use the popularity of MyBrute. This is Social Engineering 101…

I totally missed to point out that same possibility on the Katrina Halili scandal download post that I made a few days after.

And then came TROJ_DLOAD.TID.

Trend Micro reported that there are script-injection attacks on the Ask George website. Ask George website is a state-wide information portal of Washington DC. The injected script contained the strings ““katrina+halili+sexy+pic” and upon visiting the compromised webpage, users are redirected to a malicious website that asked them to download a video codec to be able to watch the video. BEWARE: The supposedly video codec is actually a Trojan downloader. As of Trend blog posting the compromised website is already cleaned of the infection.

Read the Trend Micro Malware Blog entry and TROJ_DLOAD.TID Malware Description to know more details.

So to those searching for Katrina Halili, Hayden Kho and Maricar Reyes scandal pictures and videos, be careful OK? If you want a safer searching experience just read my Katrina Halili Scandal Download post 🙂

Facebook and the Konami Code

I’m an old-school gamer. On the first month of this blog I promised that I will write something about my Jurassic gaming experience (from Atari to World of Warcraft) but alas, that article is still on the drawing table. Hope I can finish it before my blog turns 1-year old.

And to prove my old-school gaming prowess to all of you: I am blogging that I know the Konami code by heart:

UP UP DOWN DOWN LEFT RIGHT LEFT RIGHT B A then press START.

Then you have your 30 lives in Contra as well as the other games of Konami (Gladius is the one I recall using this code too)

Try the Konami Code in Facebook, and see what will happen.

1. Login on your Facebook Account

2. Type the Konami Code

UP UP DOWN DOWN LEFT RIGHT LEFT RIGHT B A

Facebook will trigger some sort of an Easter egg trick.

I know this may be already old, but hey I just found about it today 🙂 Thanks to Raven for the tip.