Trying Hard Techie’s Tips on Customising Devices

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I admit I’m a trying-hard techie. If you think I just read tech articles on the Web, you’re wrong because I experiment! Uninstall this, install that. Alter software though logic of the programming language isn’t fully understood. Open the device using screw driver and check physical problems. And gadgets at home usually fall prey to these illicit activities, becoming at risk of being bricked or totally damaged.

Two weeks ago, I upgraded my phone after almost losing it in Greenhills. Being my first Android phone, I’m contented with the unit except with Éclair (Android 2.1), the unit’s OS version. Samsung promised the update’s release this quarter but unsurprisingly they do not prioritise low-end Android units. Thus, I searched for available cracked firmware versions to upgrade it to Froyo (Android 2.2).

To be honest, I was quite nervous of that spontaneous decision. I once bricked my PlayStation Portable due to inappropriate firmware and it left me crying for weeks!

Fast-forward: I successfully updated my phone from Éclair to Froyo! I’m not technical, mind you.

I know this story isn’t too inspiring for you to risk. But if you want pulsing adventure at your fingertips, try available customisations for your device and keep these words in mind: Believe, Read, Prepare, Follow and Seek.



1-0: Birthday

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Even as early as January, people around me were fretting on my upcoming birthday. The day did not excite me.

First, men do not usually look forward to their debut. I kept saying, ‘I’ll just turn 21, what’s special about it?’ I’ve been contented to receive greetings regardless of how they heard of my birthday. Gatherings and special treatment are simply bonuses, if not unexpected.

Second, I look forward for nothing. As I turn 21, will there be change? Can I determine and consolidate my plans and goals in life? Am I bound to nurture and inspire people around me? I didn’t have the answers until March, which makes this point only partly true. I actually wrote some of it on my personal calendar. When someone skimmed through the scribbled notes and aspirations for my birthday, I got teased due to ‘hypocrisy’. Ha-ha. After all, I’m still waiting for it.

Let me tell how the day went by thanking people.

For the 21 years of celebration, thank you. I’m the most difficult-to-read member or maybe the unforeseen black sheep. Perhaps I’m the most inexpressive, but that doesn’t mean apathy. In reality, I care for this family the most. Whatever I go through, family will always be on top of my list. Thank you to Mom, Dad, Andrei (my brother), Tita Melyn and my cousins, and Lola Lydia for sharing dinner, cake and ounces of ice cream with me. I have always wanted simplicity on this day and you gave that joy to me. Special credits to Mom for practical suggestions (and sorry for the sharp words I said) and to Lola Lydia for opting to stay in Manila until my birthday.

Thank you for the surprise dinner, Giboy, Arvin, Fatz, Mads, Kuya Kerwin and Bernard. That scenario was completely unheralded until I saw you arrive one by one! Catching up after quite a while was remarkable. I enjoyed the chat and laughter we had at Il Pirata and Happy Lemon. Special credits to Giboy (The Mastermind) for initiating the surprise I know these people wanted to give and to Kuya Kerwin for going to Eastwood just in season! Thank you for extending the joy another day. Friends beside me are precious blessings I want to keep forever and putting them together in one place on your special day is enough to create the firework in me.

For the week-long greeting-and-teasing, thank you, IBM batch mates (Jan, Nikki, Sasa, Carmela, Laila and Marco)! My first days with IBM could have been unimaginable without Milo, jokes and lunch with you! Forming new friendships is indeed a pleasant gift to receive. I truly appreciate the stories we’ve shared and the greeting despite being teamed up with words ‘Libre!‘ and ‘pizza‘. Ha-ha. Salamat din sa panlalaglag during our Business Writing training!

I also decided to deactivate Facebook until that day. I kind of didn’t like mass greetings that have become quite obligatory whenever someone celebrates his/her birthday. It looked artificial. With this, I thank those who remembered me through text and Twitter. These are the people who either know my birthday by heart or who constantly set their calendars to remember me. I appreciate them so much.

And how can I forget those who utilised electronically creative means of getting their messages sent? This is a very nice concept, Giboy! Thank you for engaging the following people: Fatz, Mads, Arvin, Kuya Kerwin, Dave, Bianx, Miko, Pia, Kim, Eric, Mica, Junjie, Jepy, Ed, Rhowell, Queng, Rowen, Aza, Marianne, Sassy, Nadine, Ellen, Racie, Shalma, Cams, Nang, and Ryan Chua. These are some people whom I have worked with and I’ve missed. They have touched my life in different ways and seeing them in unison under a greeting card was empowering.

I may not have mentioned other names but they are in my heart. Thank you for the friendship, one of the best things given to me each year.

Project Kick

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In order to nail a goal, one should kick.

Project Kick, incepted instantaneously, is a personal and conscious endeavour to rebuild hope–one kick at a time. Every post documents a specific event which left a mark, allowed realisation of an important life lesson AND drove me to wake up, perform at my best and enrich every possible interaction I could have. Project Kick aims to motivate, to root every thought to positivity, to calibrate perspectives and to love one’s life regardless of the situation.

By virtue of accumulation, Project Kick is envisioned to transform every moment (big or small, simple or extraordinary) into a powerful spirit filled with optimism, energy and yearning for meaningful change–both for me and for people who need these insights.

The Twelfth Chollima‘ will be focusing on this project until such time needed. It means a large part of the future posts will be created in line with Project Kick. However, I’d still love to write about thoughts, issues or concerns that bugged or challenged me.

For the motion of an object to change, a force must act upon it.

Yes, that’s inertia. Project Kick is inertia, and the ball will keep rolling.

Watch out for the initial kick very soon!