Play Angry Birds Online in Facebook Starting Valentine’s Day

Combine Angry Birds, Facebook and Valentines Day and the result will be???

Image Credit: Youtube.com and RovioMobile

Yup it’s official!!! Our favorite furious fowl, Angry Birds, is coming to Facebook on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2012.

Watch the Official Play Angry Birds Online Facebook Video:

Video Credit: Youtube.com and RovioMobile

Quoting the official Angry Birds Facebook event page:

Squawk! Everyone’s favorite furious fowl, Angry Birds, is coming to Facebook!

Nothing says “Happy Valentine’s Day” like competitive pig-popping among friends!

Join in on the fun – mark this date on your calendars, and let’s make this the biggest Facebook Event ever!

Mark your calendars: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 6:00pm until 9:00pm

http://www.facebook.com/events/174654275973227/

Visit the official Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/angrybirds

and help the Pigs like the Official Angry Birds App Page.

Image Credit: Facebook.com

 

So I guess you’ll see more Facebook and Angry Birds posts in menardconnect.com soon 🙂

PhilHealth Tips: PhilHealth Offices in Southern Luzon (Quezon, Laguna and Cavite Areas)

Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or more popularly known as PhilHealth is the Philippine government office in charge of the social health insurance coverage of the Filipinos.

Image Credit: philhealth.gov.ph

 

I have been getting some inquiries (via the comment sections of my previous PhilHealth posts and contact page of my blog). I have researched some useful info and as public service to my readers,  and I am posting them in my blog.

For the PhilHealth Regional Office in Region IV-A it is located on Lucena City, the capital of my beloved Quezon Province.

 

PhilHealth Regional Office IV-A – Lucena City
AMCJ Square Bldg. Diversion Road
Brgy. Bocohan, Lucena City

Contact numbers: (042) 373-6936 and (042) 373-7056

 

This PhilHealth Office in Lucena City is along Maharlika Highway. Those who frequently travel to Southern Quezon and Bicol Region will surely notice this Philhealth office along the national highway (just before reaching Maharlika Highway and Lucena-Tayabas Road intersection) as majority of the public transportation going to Bicol ply this route.

PhilHealth also have several service offices Southern Luzon or Region 4-A (Calamba City, Laguna, San Pablo City, Laguna, Trece Martires City, Cavite, and Imus, Cavite)

For the PhilHealth Office in Calamba City in Laguna the address is:

 

PhilHealth Service Office (Calamba, Laguna)
3/F Paseo Uno de Calamba, Brgy. Paciano Rizal, Calamba City

Contact numbers: (049) 5459356 and (049) 5453361

 

For the PhilHealth Office in San Pablo City in Laguna the address is:

 

PhilHealth Service Office (San Pablo, Laguna)
Cosico Avenue Brgy. Del Remedio, San Pablo City, Laguna

Contact numbers: (049) 5627027 (fax) and (049) 5629242

 

This PhilHealth Office in San Pablo City is near the Laguna State Polytechnic University San Pablo City campus.

 

For the PhilHealth Office in Trece Martires City in Cavite the address is:

 

PhilHealth Service Office (Trece Martires City, Cavite)
2nd Floor, Cafe Quintana Bldg.
Governor Drive, Brgy. San Agustin, Trece Martires City

Contact numbers: (046) 4191686 and (046) 4190701

 

For the PhilHealth Office in Imus, Cavite the address is:

 

PhilHealth Service Office (Imus, Cavite)
MYP GBY Phil. Corp Bldg,
Aguinaldo Highway, Tanzang Luma VII, Imus Cavite

Contact numbers: (046) 4720501 (fax) and (046) 4720468

 

NOTE: Philheath Offices‘ Addresses and contact numbers are taken from PhilHealth Corporate website.

Lastly some disclaimer and disclosure:
I am _NOT_ employed nor is officially connected with Philhealth. Hindi po ako nagtratrabaho sa Philhealth. Yours truly is just another Philhealth member and my posts here in my blog are based on my personal experiences with Philhealth and other publicly available information. If you want to know more about me, kindly visit my about page.

For other Philheath related posts, kindly visit:
PhilHealth Form, Process and Other Tips
PhilHealth Tips: PhilHealth Offices in Metro Manila, NCR
PhilHealth Tips: Comments, Questions and Answers
PhilHealth Tips: Philhealth Hotline, Comments, Questions and Answers Part 2

If you find my Philhealth posts helpful, kindly share this post and support menardconnect.com by “Liking” the Menardconnect.com Facebook Page.

Thank you 🙂

New Facebook Hoax 2012: Child with Cancer, Facebook Will Pay Three Cents Per Share

My routine Facebook browsing led me to some Facebook message shares circulating that includes a collection of photograph of a child that appears to have some red patches all over his or her body (face, back of head, buttocks and other sensitive areas) and it says that the child have cancer. The Facebook message image comes with the SHARE PLEASE tag at the top of the image and it claims that Facebook will pay three cents to help the child for every time the picture is shared.

Sounds familiar?

I’ve been roaming in this interconnected world for more than a decade already and for me it’s easy to spot a hoax.

YES! This sympathy + share and forward + some big charitable entity will pay per share/forward trick have been there for more than a decade.

Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL  have been used before in previous Sympathy and Charity Hoaxes, and email forwarding was the mechanism used to spread such lies.

But now Facebook and their “Share” and “Like” are the “IN” thing, so the hoax switch is towards Facebook and other new social media.

C’mon guys n gals, do we seriously think that Facebook will give away money for every “charitable” cause each users will share and reshare into their facebook wall? I don’t think so.

My conclusion: Child with Cancer, Facebook Will Pay Three Cents Per Share = New Facebook Hoax for 2012

Image Credit: Facebook.com

Note: Image edited to protect the privacy of the child.

For more related information kindly visit (show some variant of this scam but is using a different image):

http://www.hoax-slayer.com/child-three-cents-per-share-cancer.shtml

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/facebook/facebook-hoax-this-childs-got-a-cancer/7137

I suggest that we DO NOT SPREAD or SHARE these kinds of Facebook hoaxes.

Update 2012.02.02

Update by Hoax Slayer

http://www.hoax-slayer.com/baby-skin-rash-facebook-hoax.shtml

Menardconnect.com New Look

I changed the look and feel for menardconnect.com this weekend 🙂

I migrated to another server in my web host last week, and I decided why not try a new WordPress theme: Droidpress!!!

This will definitely improve my neutral rating in review of six blog resolutions for 2011 🙂 .

The new theme also comes with cool social media integration (see top right of the web page)

So if you want to like and add me in Facebook, or follow me in Twitter, or add me to your Google+ circles its just one click away.

So to be more social media friendly  I also mixed it up with the social media integration by Jetpack

For me it’s a refreshing new look and I love it 🙂 . Hope you like it too!!!

Special thanks to web.com.ph, wordpress.org and cyberchimps.com

Have a great weekend y’all!

RSA Conference 2012 $400 Discount Until January 27 Only

RSA Conference is one of the biggest Information Security Conference and Exposition. RSA Conference 2012 will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from February 27 to March 3, 2012.

Organizers are offering an RSA Conference $400 discount and the discount offer will be available until tomorrow, January 27, 2012 only.

Quoting the RSA Conference 2012 site

As an infosec professional, you dedicate yourself to providing hacker-proof security for networks, mobile devices and beyond. Attending RSA® Conference 2012 will help you keep that commitment.

Come strengthen your 2012 strategy with the latest information from industry leaders, including a global perspective from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in his closing keynote address.

Take advantage of your last chance to save $400 on Conference registration and fight even harder against security threats with the resources you get from an all-access Delegate Pass.

Last Chance! Discount ends January 27.

For more details, kindly visit the RSA Conference website or this RSA Conference blog post.

Happy New Year of the Dragon!!!

Gong Xi Fa Cai!!!


Image Credit: commons.wikimedia.org and Queensland Museum

Yup thats the mandarin version of the new year greetings 🙂

I hail from a traditional Filipino family, but I got friends and colleagues (and maybe readers too) who celebrates the Chinese New Year this week all around the globe.

Just like the previous years, I wish you all good health, great fortune, peace and harmony this year of the Dragon!

Happy Chinese New Year!

New Year’s Wish List: WoW Calendar 2012

At menarconnect.com I featured the World of Warcraft Calendar 2011 Edition last August, September, October, November and December. So to complete the free six series, I am featuring the World of Warcraft Calendar 2011 cover page

And the World of Warcraft Calendar 2011 back page


Aside from the $99 tablet computer that’s on my Christmas and New Year’s Wish Lists, I also want to wish for a World of Warcraft Calendar 2012 so that I can remember all the holidays in the Philippines 2012 as well as the other countries’ holidays 😀

Christmas and New Year is over but there is still Chinese New Year (and Valentines near too btw) so the season of giving is still not over and I am keeping my hopes alive 🙂 .

Reviewing the Six Blog Resolutions for 2011

I created My Six Resolutions for Menardconnect.com for 2011 last year. My problem with New Year resolutions is that (most of the time) I just forget about it and just remember it again the next year 🙂 .

Image Credit: www.itthing.com

Last weekend, I made an honest self assessment and rated my efforts (and the actual results to menardconnect.com) for the resolutions. The ratings are Pass, Neutral, Fail and I am sharing it here:

1. More posts.
Rating: Fail
To put it more brutal: rating should be Epic Fail. Seriously I did some 130+ posts in 2010 and in 2011 its just 105 🙁

Reflecting back, I remembered I cleaned up some posts for this year and the previous years (read: the ones related to the [email protected]@ls) to stay on the safer side of the net. This may have contributed to the fewer posts for 2011 but I offer no excuses for not meeting this one.

But for this new year of 2012, I’m scrapping the quantity criteria, and I’ll do my best and go for more quality posts from now on.

2. More Optimization
Rating: Neutral
“Win some, lose some!” There were wins in some fronts while there were lost battles on other fronts. To add, this blog’s PageRank dropped to PR2 this year and I am guessing that menardconnect.com was also affected by the Google Panda Update Algorithm sometime in Q4 2011. I just realized I was really slow to react to the challenges so I am still feeling the aftershocks of it.

To resolve it this year, I will be more agile and will do more guerilla blogging in 2012.

3. New Look
Rating: Neutral
I stayed on the same wordpress theme (results of some tinkering for me 2nd year anniversary) so not much change for the look and feel of the blog in 2011.

But on the posts, I have tried to put more related images whenever possible and I did some experiments on ads placement for the blog that produced good results (imho).

4. More Social Media Integration
Rating: Pass
I did well on this part social media integration. I added Facebook, Google+, Twitter and other social media links to this blog. It’s good news that Facebook is one of the top referrers to this blog (aside from the usual SE’s) so I guess that is a good indicator for me.

The only challenge I experienced in this part is that sometimes I lost focus on the actual goal and got entangled with some time consuming social media stuff. I need more discipline in this area so that I can improve on it in 2012.

5. More Interaction with the Blogosphere
Rating: Pass
Again another plus points for me 🙂 . I attended iBlog7 conference and joined some online contests and won in some contests too.

I also personally met and spent some quality time with some blogger-friends that I have been collaborating for a long time. Thank guys and gals!

I also earned a lot of new online friends because of these online and real life activities. I will do more of this blogosphere interaction this year.

6. More Fun
Rating: Pass
Definitely I had fun blogging in 2011. I integrated my new interests (in Games, Tech, Android and Mobile) to my blog postings while continuing to do guerilla blogging tactics from time to time.

1 Fail, 2 Neutral, 3 Pass.

I’m still blogging here at menardconnect.com and I believe I have hurdled the challenges (online and IRL) that me and my blog faced last year.

Overall I’m happy about 2011 and I’m looking forward for the fun and excitement that the year 2012 will bring 🙂

Let me end this post by saying Goodbye 2011, and Welcome 2012!!!

My Post in Malware Blog: How Big will the Android Malware Threat Be in 2012?


Happy New Year to all!!!

I have many post ideas for the blog and I cannot decide which one to post first. But I guess I’ll settle with the post (or actually a repost) that is related to one of my favorite topics here at menardconnect.com and at work and that is Android and malware.

So to start the year 2012, I am re-sharing my article published on TrendLabs Malware Blog  last January 5, 2012.

How Big will the Android Malware Threat Be in 2012?
by Menard Osena (Solutions Product Manager)

In August 2011, we released our Snapshot of Android Threats, which stated that there was a significant increase in the number of Trojanized Android apps and actual malware targeting the Android platform.

In our 12 Security Predictions For 2012, we mentioned that smartphone and tablet platforms, especially Android, will suffer from more cybercriminal attacks.

In our continuous monitoring of this threat, we soon noticed that the problem was growing at an alarming rate. From a mere handful of malicious apps at the start of the year, it skyrocketed to more than a thousand malicious Android apps by the middle of December 2011. The average month-on-month growth rate for the second half of 2011 was more than 60%.

If this growth rate is sustained this year, then 2012 will definitely be an “exciting” year for Android. Why is this so? If current trends hold, we may be able to see more than 120,000 malicious Android apps by December.

There are several factors that are causing this explosive growth:

  • The increasing popularity of Android, as highlighted both by the number of total downloaded apps (more than 10 billion via the official Android Market) and the number of users and activations, as stated by Gartner and Google Senior Vice President of Mobile Andy Rubin.
  • The openness of the Android app distribution model. Unlike other mobile OSes, users are free to install applications without passing through any filtering process. This lowers the barriers to installing malicious apps considerably.
  • The cybercriminal mindset: Bad guys attack where the money is.

2011 already saw a wide variety of threats emerge for Android, as we discussed in our year in review. Android malware is definitely here to stay for 2012.

Original Post: TrendLabs Malware Blog: How Big will the Android Malware Threat Be in 2012?

Image Credit: blog.trendmicro.com
Note: With minor edits on the tags/image locations/bold fonts/etc.

Just like my previous Malware Blog article reposts, I will do my best to give additional personal insights here in Menardconnect.com soon.

For now just the repost and some shoutout and appreciation to my teammates who helped (in one way or another) me in the completion of the post.

Special thanks to Jonathan, Christian, Macky, Gelo, Dani, and Eric for their help in the article. You guys and gals really rock!!!