Last week I signed up for Google AdWords and created a campaign to test the waters. The minimum I paid for was $10 and Google collected my payment via a Philippine-issued debit card.
When I signed up, I saw the location or Country drop drown menu detected Vietnam by default. Thinking I was supposed to use my temporary address here in Hanoi, I entered my Hanoi address. My ad campaign was running well and my $10 balance was deducted $0.40 for a few days. I made another campaign after that, this time I promoted a YouTube video I had uploaded a month ago. The day after I received an email saying that my Google AdWords account was suspended for Suspicious Payments.
Google AdWords Suspension for Suspicious Payments, as I understood it after I appealed Google AdWords’ decision, meant they suspected I used a stolen credit card because the default country I registered Google AdWords for and the billing address of my Philippine-issued debit card were different. It’s funny because as soon as they emailed me regarding my account suspension, they sent me another email (on the same day!) that my ad campaign was up and running.
If you do a Google search about Google AdWords suspension for Suspicious Payments, you will come to the conclusion few only get their Google AdWords suspension lifted. You guessed it, I got the same canned response about their decision was final and that I would not be able to create another account. However, when I go to my AdWords dashboard, it doesn’t absolutely reflect that. To get my refund, I had to cancel my Google AdWords account and yet after deactivating it, the button turned into REACTIVATE YOUR ACCOUNT. Another eye-rolling moment.
For now, I won’t think about reactivating my account yet even though it was clearly just a click away. The lesson for this is to make sure your billing address of your debit or credit card matches that of your registered country when you signed up.
You’re working on a document or streaming a video on your laptop when flickering lines suddenly appear on the side of the screen until it rapidly takes up the whole space. The screen finally goes static and when you turn it off and turn it back on it exhibits the same problem. It’s a pain in the ass and it’s worse if you didn’t plan for any contingency, i.e., a spare laptop you can continue your work with.
I still keep my ASUS tablet PC with me in rare times like one of those I described. My Windows 8.1 tablet PC did not ever have that kind of problem but my Lenovo Ideapad 100S on Windows 10 did. When the flickering lines appeared and the entire screen immediately went static, I panicked because it was too soon to replace my 6-month-old Lenovo Ideapad. I searched for troubleshooting solutions in Google and pored over few articles in the top results. Of course, it involved tinkering with my laptop in ways that only an expert technician can be trusted with. I had to find another way and before I could even waste my money and the technician’s time. Although the troubleshooting solutions I found online were sound ones, I also realised that my laptop’s flickering lines and static screen were clearly LCD-related – the technician could have probably advised me to have the LCD screen replaced with a newer one or he could either render my Lenovo Ideapad 100S totally unusable from then on.
By some stroke of luck (which I do not really believe in), I was able to accidentally find a solution that removed the flickering lines and static screen problem of my laptop. I have to admit I did not know what I was thinking as I had not obviously followed the troubleshooting tips I found online. I just followed my gut and hoped that maybe it would work. I took out my HDMI cable and connected my laptop with it to an HDTV screen. It did not seem to appear as a solution at first because I still could not use my laptop. Upon turning it on I would still see the login screen was spotless, but only for a minute because the flickering lines would again materialise on the screen and take over like a virus. I did not disconnect the HDMI cable for hours unless it was to charge the laptop.
I tried connecting my Lenovo Ideapad 100S again to the HDTV screen using the HDMI cable the next day and the day after that. I think it took two or three days of connecting the laptop to the HDTV via the HDMI cable continuously when I finally saw that the flickering lines and static screen problem did not occur anymore. I believe I had to continuously do it for a week before I could use my laptop again without needing an HDMI cable. This solution confirms my hunch that the problem was screen-related and not some other bigger issue.
This is probably trivial but I bought my Lenovo Ideapad 100S online from Lazada. My cousin told me of a similar instance regarding his brother’s laptop which he also bought from an online store. He conjectured some laptops bought online may experience flickering lines and static screen at some point because of shipping circumstances. A part of me would concur as I had been traveling constantly (probably every two to three weeks) right before my laptop experienced that issue.
If you bought your laptop from an online store and it’s exhibiting the problems I described above, you can maybe try the simple solution I did first before taking it to the technician.
I recorded this video as I wanted to share with whoever comes across my page that there is no need to panic when your Globe LTE Pocket WiFi exhibits this behaviour. The simple fix is to replace the usb cable you use for charging it. If a new usb cable does not fix the problem, it’s advisable to have it looked at by a technician.
For some time I would think about borrowing a LinkedIn account whenever I encounter a link for a LinkedIn profile in a Google search result. I don’t remember how long it has been since I last had a LinkedIn account; I decided to delete my account there long before I decided to delete the hotmail e-mail address I signed up with it.
Whenever I do a Google search on Safari on my mobile phone, I would not be able to click through on a LinkedIn profile link even though the LinkedIn account is set to public. I used to be able to do this without having an account in the distant past but Google must have altered something in their algorithm. I was doing a search yesterday on an entirely different topic when I stumbled upon a workaround for viewing public LinkedIn profiles even without logging in to your LinkedIn account.
I found out that by doing a search via www.deeperweb.com in lieu of http://www.google.com, I could click through the public LinkedIn profiles and read most of the information listed by the account owner without having to be redirected to the login page as search results clicks from Google.com would have it.
Upwork freelancers from the Philippines trust the local funds transfer option as one of the various methods they can get paid. Local funds transfer normally takes 2-3 business days to clear. But what if you, as an Upwork freelancer, have the option to speed up local funds transfer into 12 hours or even less than 20 minutes processing time? Yes, same day local funds transfer withdrawal in Upwork is very much possible and that is what I am going to share with you. Here’s a preview:
As an Upwork freelancer myself I use PayPal and Skrill to receive my funds from Upwork. However, since I have acquired a GCash MasterCard, I decided to concentrate on using Skrill. It is a great alternative to PayPal. The reason I am frequenting Skrill is because of Skrill’s mobile wallet feature. With the mobile wallet feature, you can have your Upwork USD converted into Philippine pesos which will then be sent to either your PayMaya or GCash account. Mobile wallet transfer is instant with Skrill.
Since my Skrill funds are already in my GCash wallet, I could then proceed to my Coins.ph account and do a GCash Cash-in. I would click on the Cash-in option in my dashboard, enter the amount I want transferred, enter my GCash mobile number and click on Dragonpay to complete the transfer. There’s a minimal fee to cash in using GCash. In less than a minute a text message would be sent to your Globe mobile number for you to key in your GCash PIN for the cash-in to be completed.
Once the cash-in is confirmed, I would then click on Cash Out in my Coins.ph dashboard and select the Bank transfer option and then selecting the bank name. In my case it took 5 minutes to see the funds on my RCBC Savings bank account. In minutes, I would receive a text message confirmation of the successful same day local funds transfer withdrawal.
Whichever bank you have an account in, this same day local funds transfer withdrawal alternative is definitely worth a try. Here are the required accounts:
- a GCash account
- a Skrill account
- a Coins.ph account
- a Philippine-based bank account
I’ve been experiencing major download hiccups when it comes to the app updates in the App Store. I originally thought this was an iOS bug but after I experimented changing to a different WiFi network or an LTE network, for that matter, I’m leaning more on the network as the cause.
As for the above example, the update status blinks from Update to Open in nanoseconds! Crazy! I took this screenshot while being connected to my home’s fibre internet connection. It does blaringly say 10 updates below despite the absent UPDATE status.
When I got out later that day, the LTE network was able to update my apps quickly and without hitch. Hmm, what gives?
I have had my RCBC Online Banking account for a while but mostly use the mobile application to check my balance and, occasionally, pay my phone bills. A month ago I decided to explore the web features of RCBC Online Banking and found out a conversion of funds from my own RCBC savings account to GCash was possible.
It’s imperative, of course, to activate GCash in your RCBC Online Banking account. Make sure you do this on your desktop because the mobile application does not have activation of GCash available. It confused me for a while how the activation of GCash was supposed to be done and I e-mailed Customer Service. The part about getting the MPIN and the Bank Reference number got me stumped. To save anyone who’s searching through Google about the activation of GCash in RCBC Online Banking the trouble, here’s the step-by-step guide:
Once you get that done, you are now ready to transfer some funds from your RCBC Savings account to your GCash account within RCBC Online Banking.
Update: January 30, 2018
I just tried linking RCBC MyWallet to my GCash account. I had many errors attempting to do it on Google Chrome – I would get the “INVALID ACCESS” and “WWW.RCBCMBS.COM SAYS GCASH ACCOUNT IS NOT LINKED TO RCBC ACCOUNT” error messages. After 5 tries, I decided to use Internet Explorer (I am using a Windows laptop) with the VPN activated and it worked, which means I was finally able to get to that successfully linked confirmation page during the initial try.
I am using a VPN because for some reason I cannot open RCBC Online Banking overseas. Once I requested my cousin in the Philippines to open RCBC Online Banking for me. He told me only when he used VPN was he able to access the site.
Update: June 11, 2018
The option to link RCBC MyWallet to GCash accounts has been disabled yet again. Updating your mobile number in your RCBC Online Banking profile to the GCash mobile number does not work anymore. I tried unlinking my RCBC MyWallet with my GCash account within the RCBC Online Banking platform and it was successful.
However, when I tried to link my RCBC MyWallet with another GCash account (my AmEx one), it did not work and I would get an error “GCASH account is not linked to RCBC account”. I tried doing this in Chrome and in Internet Explorer but to no avail. I even dialled *119# on my mobile phone prior to doing so. I got the text notification for the bank reference number but when I tried it on the RCBC Online Banking > Buy Load > GCash > Activation tab, the system does not allow it.
I guess we’ll have to wait until the RCBC Online Banking supports GCash activation again.
As I’ve mentioned in this post, I bought a bluetooth mouse off Lazada. I also wrote I did question whether or not Lazada’s customer representatives had enough training to be able to tell the difference between a bluetooth mouse that has a physical Connect button and one that doesn’t have it, that is, one that can only be paired with pairing keys or pairing codes. If you’re not careful, you’ll end up sticking to the assumption that all bluetooth mice have a physical Connect button which you can press, in addition to the On-Off button, of course.
This is an example of a bluetooth mouse with a built-in Connect button.
Image source: My Windows Hub
This is the bluetooth mouse I bought from Lazada. No matter how many times you turn it over, you won’t see a Connect button in there aside from the On-Off function.
So now that we’ve clarified the two kinds of bluetooth mice you might come across, you can go ahead and watch the video below for the step-by-step guide on how to pair a bluetooth mouse without a Connect button to your Windows 8.1 tablet PC.
It’s always handy to have a bluetooth mouse as an option. In my case, I opted for the bluetooth mouse because my Asus Transformer detachable keyboard had this “ghosting” bug – intermittently it would be typing numerous backslashes on its own. I have not gotten around to having it fixed yet. For the meantime, I am using a third-party keyboard with sleeve for my tablet PC via a micro USB. Having a bluetooth mouse instead of the optical mouse assures me that the mouse doesn’t eat up my tablet PC’s scanty memory/storage capacity.
Nowadays I use the Evernote app to create notes coming from my not so organized Gmail account. As one of my primary accounts and one I frequently check, my Gmail is inundated with e-mail subscriptions (despite transitioning to a more promising Inbox from Google). With Evernote at least half of the burden is eliminated whenever I copy some notes from Gmail and paste them onto Notes in the Evernote app.
The Premium option doesn’t concern me as much, perhaps because I have not exceeded my storage limit yet.
I downloaded Evernote on my Windows 8 tablet PC twice – one from the Windows Marketplace and second was the desktop version. The Marketplace version for Evernote, unfortunately, could not sync my notes in real-time. The desktop version redeemed the great funtions of the app – it was not only syncing notes in real-time but it had more specific tabs, font options and other settings not accessible to the iPhone and Marketplace version.
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