Saturday, December 05, 2020

My phone journey thus far:

Palm Treo 600 > Palm Treo 800w > Sony Ericsson K700i  > Sony Ericsson K750i > Sony Ericsson K790i > Sony Ericsson Xperia pro > Geeksphone Keon > Flame > au Fx0 > Sony Ericsson Z3 Compact > Apple iPhone SE > Motorola One Hyper

These are the phones I've used as "everyday carry" over the years and that had most certainly influenced the way I perceive mobile technology.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

"Shaping the Internet: History and Future" ISOC on-line course broken links

On slide 27/60 of the section 01_History of Internet I've found a broken link in the footnotes [12] and [13].


On the Additional Reading section of slide 35/60 on the section 01_History of Internet the link for "timeline resource" is broken:


On the resources section of slide 42/60 of the section 01_History of Internet I've found a broken link:


On the resources section of slide 54/60 of the section 01_History of Internet I've found two broken links:


On slide 57/60 on the section "Technologica History of the Internet" this link "The Internet and the Public Switched Telephone Network: Disparities, Differences, and Distinctions" is broken:


Saturday, November 09, 2019

Hack to fix VMware Horizon Client for 64-bit Linux in Debian Sid

If you try to run vmware-view after installing it with these instructions and are greeted by this error:

$ vmware-view
/usr/lib/vmware/view/bin/vmware-view: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

You do this little hack:

# ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/

Inspiration for this hack came from

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Update your Flame to B2G OS in 5 easy steps...

0. Get a GNU/Linux (64 bits) distro
1. Grab Firefox Nightly from
2. Override add-on signing
3. Get B2G Installer from
4. Go to about:b2g-installer
5. Follow the 3 easy steps there...

If you get stuck, please ask us questions at

Thursday, November 26, 2015

MozPost I'm yet to write...

Given today is a holiday at the daily grind, here I am trying to revive this olden blog of mine...

In my journey to became a hacker I've been contributing to the Mozilla Project since around early 2008 if memory serves me...

Below is a list of the major MozEvents I've participated at and that I still need to write blog posts for:

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

twitter hacked and your profile still had a topify e-mail...

don't despair.

As long as you're still logged on the mobile client somewhere, there's hope.

A couple weeks ago, lovely @nelisalr broke the news to me that twitter had been cracked by some evil geniuses. I didn't care much as I didn't get any e-mail notifying me my account was affected.

Anyhow next time I go to it asks me to reset my password so I figure my account was indeed one of the 250,000 accounts compromised, the horror!

To add insult to injury, I had set up the e-mail to twitter to be a topify account, a service that's now been dead for quite some time, many moons ago.

Topify being death, all attempts to recover the account's password were in vain.

Your trusty 3rd World Geek regained @alex_mayorga with the following 3 steps:

1. Go to Twitter Help Center | My account was hacked or compromised and fill out the form like this:

2. Twitter support would get back with something along the lines of this message:

The email address you're writing from does not match the confirmed email address for this account. However, we've noticed that the account in question currently has an official Twitter client associated with it. If you are still able to access the Twitter account using your mobile device, we may be able to confirm ownership of the account. To do this, please send the following Tweet from the Twitter for Android app:

@support #123456789

Once you've tweeted this message, reply to this email and let us know you've sent it. We will then be able to verify your account ownership and send you a password reset link so that you can access the account and update your information.

Twitter Support
3. Tweet the required tweet and reply back to support over e-mail and you shall receive a link to reset the account's password.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

If I ever interview you...

Back at the "cube farm" I've been overhearing interviews for some time now so I started planning my interview questionnaire in case I have to hire somebody one day.

It goes like this:
  1. Do you know what RTFM means?
  2. Do you RTFM?
  3. Could you WTFM if needed?
Am I missing any other important questions? Chime in in the comments below...