Opinion - Why I No Longer Flash For Fun

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Android users have been treated with one strong benefit: choice. Imagine, you have lots of devices to choose, all with various specs and manufacturers. If you want, you can also change the phone's stock OS to community-made ones (dubbed flashing). I've never seen any mobile OS did this before. To be fair, iOS users also have access to jailbreaking, but it's becoming less and less popular now, since it relies on the OS' security flaws, which Apple patches regularly.

Believe it or not, I also used to enjoy flashing, but that was years ago. Android devices weren't as affordable as they are now, and the fragmentation was so bad that devices felt old very fast.

My first Android device was the original Samsung Galaxy S. It was a big, reliable device that was dubbed "The iPhone Killer". I've kept it for almost 4-5 years, I think, even though it stays in the drawer after the second year. I d…

Typing Hero Review - Do You Remember Autotext?

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I have a question. Have you guys ever used BlackBerry before? Yes, that archaic (now extinct) business-oriented mobile device. Anyway, in BlackBerry, they used to have this neat feature called Autotext. It basically replaced certain phrases to anything you want. So, for example, you want to replace omw to on my way. Just type 'omw' and it will automatically replace the former with the latter. We used to use this for those complex emojis comprised of multiple characters. It was a thing, back then.

Fast forward to 2019, mobile OSes have become much smarter, much more modern, and much more feature-rich. But, I haven't seen similar features like Blackberry's Autotext. A few while ago, however, a friend told me about his app, which provides the same functionality as the said feature.

Enter Typing Hero. With the motto of type less, write more, let's see how it lives up to its motto, shall we?
Simple and…

Pocophone F1 Review - Affordable 845

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The Pocophone, without a doubt, is the most intriguing device of 2018. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of unique devices throughout 2018, such as the Vivo NEX, Oppo Find X, etc. However, The Pocophone F1, in my opinion, is the one which turned the most heads. It may not bring the most innovative design, but it brings the most interesting pricing.

Luckily, I had the chance to try it out for about a month. My initial impression was that this phone could be the game changer in the ever-more-expensive smartphone market. Was it justified? Keep scrolling to find out!
Design and Packaging From the box alone, you're already told that Xiaomi is the one behind the Pocophone brand, which explains the aggresive pricing. Flip the box, and you'll see this phone offers a lot for the money. Don't worry, we'll get through them later.

Open the box, and you'll have an almost-complete package:
The phone itse…

Windows Subsystem Linux (WSL): A Boon for Developers

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I'm a software developer. I code for a living. Also, I used to use Windows for my everyday tasks, and negligent to switch to Linux, despite what everyone says.

However, almost a year ago, I was issued a MacBook by my company, and a coding boot camp. From there, I learned that you can do your development faster from UNIX and its derivatives (Linux, macOS) compared to Windows. There are so many tools built into the Terminal and installing most development tools and libraries (such as Brew, ZSH) are also easier and faster. These tools aren't available to Windows users, even though they are so efficient and time-saving. Even if there is, installing it may take more effort.

On the other hand, I cannot fully commit to Linux. I sometimes game and fully switching to Mac is expensive. So, what's the solution for me?

Enter Windows Subsystem Linux, or WSL, for short, something that Microsoft officially supports in O…

Phishing Email 101

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Something funny occurred to me yesterday. I received an email which said that I signed up for a free trial on Apple App Store. The email said that the trial subscription was free for a week, then it would charge me.

Of course, I was surprised. Why, because I rarely buy apps on my iPad. I thought someone hacked into my account, but again, I didn't register my credit card in my Apple ID.

But I took a deeper look, and find out that it was a...
Phishing Email Yup, that's it. Upon closer inspection into that surprising email, I concluded that my account was safe, and that email was nothing but a bluff. But hey, it looked so real.

Had I not taken a closer look, I would've already taken the bait, and whoever had had sent the email to me, he/she would've gotten my Apple ID for real.

So yes, that's an example of what is mostly known as phishing emails. Phishing emails are basically emails that trick you to…