February 19th, 2014

How to make a Clean Install (or Re-Install) of WordPress Painlessly

by Andrew dela Serna

Time and time again this blog gets hacked and what I dislike most about the clean-up process is making a clean install of WordPress. You’ll probably think, “Why not update WordPress from the admin panel or the webhost cpanel?”. The downside to that is although WordPress will be updated, some, if not most, files will remain untouched. Since hackers target core WordPress files, it is best to start over with fresh files.

This tutorial is, as I’ve said, quite painless but requires you to have access to your server via Command Line SSH (Secure Shell). Your webhost should provide you with this option. Also, an SSH client. I use SecureCRT but Putty is pretty good too.

Login to your server via SSH. Once logged in, go to the directory where you’re installing WordPress:
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December 12th, 2013

Globe’s GCash to Rewards Promo

by Andrew dela Serna

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Here’s something to cheer about this Christmas!

For a limited time, Globe is offering a GCash to Globe Rewards promo to fast track your rewards redemption! Here’s how it works:

1. On your mobile phone, simply key in *143# > select Gcash > Buy Stuff > Convert 25 GCash to 20 Globe Rewards Points.
2. Expect an SMS message saying that your points were credited the next working day.
3. You can convert up to 10,000 Globe Rewards points daily.
4. Promo runs up to January 30, 2013.

I tried this out today, and was able to purchase movie tickets for The Hobbit for myself and a couple of friends. :)

For more info, visit this page.

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May 22nd, 2013

Globe Telecom’s GoSAKTO Prepaid Promo

by Andrew dela Serna

Tired of subscribing to a prepaid plan that doesn’t fit your daily needs? Globe’s GoSAKTO promo aims to solve that predicament by allowing subscribers to create their own promo catering to their text, call and mobile internet usage. Moreover, you can name your promo and share it with your friends!

For example, if you want unlimited calls to Globe/TM and send 1000 text messages to all networks for 1 day, you can customize a promo and spend only P25 of your load. Simply dial *143# on your mobile phone to get started! For more detailed instructions, watch the following video:

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November 21st, 2012

The Globe Tattoo MediaPad Giveaway Winner

by Andrew dela Serna

I had a blast going through all your entries for my Globe Tattoo MediaPad Giveaway. Thank you so much for joining!

In choosing the winner randomly, I inputted the names of participants in an Excel spreadsheet according to the order by which they entered. Those who entered by Twitter got one slot on the list, plus five more slots if they blogged about the contest. I then scrambled all their names and re-entered them into the spreadsheet.

To pick the winner, I went to Random.org to generate a random number. The name inside the corresponding row number is the winner.

Okay guys, without further ado, the winner is…
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November 7th, 2012

Startup Weekend Davao

by Andrew dela Serna

I know this may come a little late but here it goes…

Startup Weekend Davao is definitely happening this Friday, November 9th! Startup Weekend is a 3-day event that will showcase the best of the best minds of Davao City. It is a global grassroots event where developers, designers, marketers, entrepreneurs put their ideas on the table and turn them into business models feasible enough to pitch to potential investors. Hundreds of Startup Weekends have been held in 100 countries around the world, while this would be the first for Davao City. A few have already been done in Manila and Cebu City, with a couple upcoming ones in the works.
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November 5th, 2012

The Globe Tattoo MediaPad + Giveaway

by Andrew dela Serna

The Tattoo MediaPad marks Globe Telecom’s foray into the booming tablet market. Manufactured by Huawei, the MediaPad perfectly complements the Globe’s mobile broadband services. This nifty device packs a mean punch, boasting a fast 1.2GHz processor, impressive 7″ display, HD playback, 8 gigabyte expandable storage and a 5 MP rear camera, fueled by the Ice Cream Sandwich Android OS and contained in a sleekly constructed aluminum body.

Here are the complete specs:
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October 2nd, 2012

WordCamp Philippines 2012

by Andrew dela Serna

Once again, we are bringing back WordCamp Philippines! For many years now, WordPress is what I use to power my blogs. In retrospect, it amazes me to no end how WordPress has evolved from a simple blogging platform to a powerful CMS that I can pretty much transform into anything I want. WordCamp is a way to celebrate the awesomeness that is WordPress. There won’t be a lot of blogs without WordPress — this I could say with conviction. I know you were disappointed not having a WordCamp Philippines 2011. For that I am sorry. That is why our team mobilized plans in advance for a big comeback this 2012!

Two Automatticians (cool people lucky enough to work for Automattic, makers of WordPress) are coming over to speak at WordCamp Philippines 2012. One of them is Design Wrangler Chelsea Otakan, a Filipino herself, who’s eager to visit the Philippines after a long time. Another is Philip Arthur Moore, a Vietnam-based Theme Wrangler who will speak about building themes. I’m also excited to hear what UP Professor and blogger Danilo Arao has to say about blogging ethics and the recent Cybercrime Bill fiasco. Others in our impressive lineup of speakers are SEO expert Kim Agapito, Tech Blogger Jayvee Fernandez, Social Media Expert Marck Ronald Rimorin and Motivational Speaker Kimanzi Constable.

And what would WordCamp Philippines be without schwag! Participants will have their own schwag bag which includes this special edition shirt:

WordCamp Philippines 2012 will be held at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Makati on October 27th.

Excited?

Registration for WordCamp Philippines 2012 is in full swing! Head over to WordCamp Philippines Central to register. Hope to see you there!

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March 13th, 2012

How to Recover a Hacked WordPress Blog

by Andrew dela Serna

Hackers attack one or more parts of your WordPress blog, namely your core installation files, plugins, themes and database by inserting malicious code into PHP and Javascript files to deliver trojans, viruses, harmful links or simply get off on the fact that they’ve hacked you. How do you know that you’ve been hacked? If you visit your blog on your browser either the browser will stop you from visiting the URL or your anti-virus program alerts you of a potential threat. To confirm, have your blog undergo a scan at Sucuri.net. Having been hacked thousands of times in the past, I’ve developed a surefire way to fix a hacked blog. I’ll guide you through each step, and suggest ways to circumvent the hack.
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February 25th, 2012

Space-Friendly Speakers by Hohrizontal 51

by Andrew dela Serna

Hard-pressed to decide which gadget to play your music on? Or simply where to put them? German company Finite Elemente combines the beauty of furniture and technology with its Hohrizontal 51 line. Basically, they’re shelves (neat-looking one at that) yet they double as powerful speakers as well. There’s an dock in the middle where you can place your iPod plus extra USB and auxiliary sockets on the back. The floating shelves themselves can withstand up to 25kg. Place only a few books and whatnot or risk damaging your slew of gadgets in one disastrous fall.

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February 24th, 2012

Philips’ Not So Bee-rilliant Idea

by Andrew dela Serna

Seeing the decline of bee populations in cities worldwide, Philips invents the ‘Urban Beehive’ which gives urban dwellers an option to, well, have these stingy critters as pets. It works this way: a flower pot is placed neatly behind the contraption for bees to extract the pollen, then pass through a funnel on top to enter the synthetic hive encapsulated in a glass shell. The freaky-looking shell (which resembles an alien cocoon), filters light to emit orange wavelengths to allow the bees to see.
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