Tuesday, June 28, 2011

There's a Hole in my Fuel Tank

I had a scheduled meeting at SM MOA this morning so I left home a bit late with the Altis. I decided to fill-up gas at the usual Shell Katipunan just outside our village gate. While waiting for my credit card charge slip, the gas attendant noticed that my gas tank was dripping gasoline. They peeked under the chassis and concluded that the tank had a hole somewhere on top. So it only leaks if the tank is full.

I called the driver to come over and convoy me to Toyota Shaw to have the tank replaced. It was kinda scary to think that anytime someone nearby was smoking and carelessly threw the cigarette, that my car could explode! Had to cancel/reschedule my meeting and have the drive bring me to work instead.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Caitlin's First Recital

Due to very strong rain, Caitlin's recital yesterday was postponed. But with the weather clearing up, the teacher confirmed that it will push through today from 2pm to 5pm at UP Diliman's Aldaba Hall.

The family attended in full force. Caitlin played 2 songs -- Gavotte and Little Spring Song. She was nervous, but overall, did very well. The folks left pretty much after Caitlin's turn (she was the 8th out of a total of 30).

From Caitlin First Recital

After the recital, we proceeded to have dinner at Peking Garden Trinoma.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Mobile Phone as a Credit Card POS

After the much talked-about Square service, which turns any iPhone into a point-of-sale (POS) terminal for swiping credit cards, comes Card.io, which promises to do the same without the need to attach any additional hardware. Card.io uses the phone's built-in camera plus its pattern recognition software to read the card details. Hmmm... I don't know, but this sounds to me like a solution looking for a problem.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Metrobank Card 3D Secure

Incredible! I applied for my "Secure Online Shopping" (SOS) PIN from Metrobank Card half a year ago and only got it today! This has got to be one of the worst customer service in the e-commerce world of all time.

In any case, I finally enabled 3D Secure on my Metrobank credit card. Not that it is of much use since I originally intended to do this for shopping online while I'm in the US/Canada last December.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Citibank Philippines Online

Citibank gave their online banking site a facelift the past couple of weeks. Finally -- the annoying on-screen virtual keyboard that pops up when inputting the login password is gone! I hated that.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Blogging from my phone

Making my first blog entry using the Blogger Android app on my Samsung Galaxy phone. Typing a blog post using a small qwerty virtual keyboard is not simple. I can't imagine doing this on a regular basis. Its just a novelty more than anything else

Published with Blogger-droid v1.7.0

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Cleaning Up My GMail

For the past week, GMail has been sending me warnings that my 7.59GB allocation is almost full. It was suggesting that I pay for additional storage already. I'm sure there are lots of junks in my GMail that requires pruning but manually going through them seems too tedious. I've been using GMail since 2004 so there is quite a lot of email to go through.

I did some research and came across this site -- FindBigMail. Using OAuth, it basically requests your permission to go through your GMail and label-tagging all your large mail with attachments (ie. more than 2MB; more than 500KB; more than 100KB; etc.). Then by choosing the appropriate label, you can quickly see which useless email are hogging all the storage.

After the labels have been posted, I did a quick scan of my large email and deleted the useless ones. I'm now back down to 69% consumption. :) This is pretty addictive though. I will go through some more cleaning up later.