Waiting for my Website Stencil Kit from UI Stencils

Last December 2014, I decided to buy Website Stencil Kit directly from UI Stencils website. Actually, I wanted to buy the other stencil kits, but since this is my first-time experience buying from this site, I purchased an item only. This is not my first international order since I have been ordering items from outside the country (Indonesia) few times. I had no issues purchasing books from Amazon, Smashing Magazine, and also some other goods from online stores. So, this is a valid reason to buy some stuff online.

I understand that it takes time. I had my Smashing Magazine’s The Mobile Book after waiting (and made another confirmation) for about 6 months. Amazon usually took 3-4 weeks.

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I had my order confirmation from UI Stencils on December 26, 2015. Yes, I was aware that it might take a little bit longer since it was during Christmas and New Year holidays. The total transaction was $35.50 ($6.50 for shipping). A week after that, I got another email confirmation informing that my order have been shipped.

It’s been almost 6 weeks and I haven’t received my order. Well, I think I just need to wait a little bit longer.

Update: I reached UI Stensil Twitter account (@UIStencils)  about the situation and got a quick response via email.  Thank you! I was informed that it might take upto 6 weeks to arrive. And, they asked me to inform if I do not receive my order until the end of this February. Since they’re responsive, I think I can wait until first week or second of March.

Google Offers Free 2GB Extra for Google Drive

Google offers 2GB of storage for Google Drive for those who completes Google’s security checkup process. This offer ends on February 17, 2015. It’s also to celebrate Safer Internet Day. Right now, I have 15 GB of storage for my Google Drive and use around 5 GB of it). There are still plenty of room for my storage, but 2 GB of free upgrade is too good to be skipped.

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The security checkup is a simple and straight forward. It’s to make sure that your Google account is safe by doing some checking on these areas:

  • Recovery information. Make sure you to have an active phone number and alternative email for account recovery.
  • Recent activities. Review the recent login activities using Google account.
  • Account permission. Check the services, or apps you give permission to use or connect to Google account.
  • App password. You can use specific password for logins. So, using Google, you don’t always supply your primary password. If you’re not sure or find the applications you don’t recognize, remove them.
  • 2-step verification. I use this security method. Just make sure to have backup phone number there, including the backup codes.

Even this offer does not apply to Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Education, but it’s recommended that Google account owners should review the security checkup. After completing the security review checkup, the additional storage will be automatically added at the end of February 2015.

How come Facebook is able to show me ads for something I was searching on Google?. I’m also curious about this question. And got a great answer.

So, when you log into Facebook, you would be shown an ad from Apple. It does not matter that you were logged out of Facebook when you visited Apple’s website. The ad will be shown based on your browsing habits outside of Facebook. In a sense, Facebook might not even know that you visited Apple’s website, as the ads are created using your data (using tracking cookies) complied by the advertisers. In addition, you might see the same ad on other websites, too (not just on Facebook), as the same advertisers engage with different ad exchanges.

Delete Old Devices Backup on OS X to Reclaim Disk Storage

One of the routines relate to my laptop is to keep everything organised. This includes folders management, removing unused files or installing/uninstalling applications, etc.

For disk usage checking purpose, I use OmniDiskSweeper. Yes, I also have Macpaw’s CleanMyMac 2, but OmniDiskSweeper will do a simple and specific task as mentioned on its site:

OmniDiskSweeper is really great at what it does: showing you the files on your drive, in descending order by size, and letting you decide what to do with them.

One of the directories using lots of storage was ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/. This directory stores the backup of the iOS devices. I have iPad and also iPhone. I only have 250 GB of storage configuration for my Macbook Pro, and the backup consumes tens of GB.

iTunes Devices Preferences

To remove the unnecessary backup files, open iTunes, choose Preferences, and select the Devices menu. There are some old backups that I think safe enough to be removed. So, I did that. So, I only keep the latest backup for now.

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The backup solution is pretty easy and straight forward. Even I don’t regularly synchronised my files, in most cases I only backup the media files especially photo. And, I prefer to use Image Capture to save the photos/videos to the folder I wanted.

Raspiberry 2

Raspberry Pi 2 is on sale for $35. It has ~6x performance using a 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU compared to the previous product. It’s also said to be supporting ARM GNU/Linux distributions, including Snappy Ubuntu Core, as well as Microsoft Windows 10. (Image source: Hackaday)

Telegram

I’ve been using many messaging app. For now, I’m enjoying using Telegram for some simple reasons: lots of my colleagues and frequent contacts are there. It also supports multiple devices (using a single identity). It’s great since I can switch between devices (MacBook, iPhone, iPad and my Android devices) seamlessly.