Driving Drama

Driving Drama (Original image from Unsplash.com)

Oh, wow, I cannot believe it’s April. In February, the Olympics took over my life, but I also had mentioned doing one other task — re-obtaining my driver’s licence. I lost my previous licence because of a regulation change I wasn’t grandfathered into. This process took much longer than I’d wanted, and it has caused me so much stress that I escaped reality with a lot of gaming. I will say right now that I never liked driving, but in order to prepare myself, I grudgingly forced myself to get a Korean and an international licence. This process was filled with unnecessary drama, and all I can say is that I am relieved it’s all done.

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RSS Reader Woes

Google Reader, which I used every day, basically died beginning of July. I was amongst the people who were not happy that their RSS Reader was going to go bye-bye. I knew about its demise few weeks prior, so I went on a hunt for a Google Reader alternative.

I tried Feedly. I didn’t like the magazine-style interface. And at the time I tried it, their list format wasn’t really what I wanted.

I tried Netvibes. I didn’t like the fact that it was using Times New Roman font, and interface was just too constricting. Also, this one didn’t update my feeds instantly like Google did.

I tried The Old Reader. I liked it the best, and it really was similar to Google Reader. However, like Netvibes, this, too, would lag with feed updates. Still, I decided to stick with this.

Now, though, The Old Reader is basically closing down their services except to their friends, saying that those people who sought them as Google Reader Alternatives can piss off. So I am back to square one with finding a good RSS Reader service. I tried out Feedly again, and it looks like this one will have to do. Let’s hope they don’t do a Google or The Old Reader move.

Seriously, I am at the point where I am willing to pay an annual fee for an RSS Reader that’s good as Google’s. *raises fist* Damn you, Google, for getting rid of the one other service I use other than Gmail and Google Drive!

Persistence Pays Off — A Facebook Update

Regarding this situation where Facebook had disabled my account on the basis of using a fake name, I’ve more or less “won” this “battle”. See, what happened was that after I submitted that request, they sent me an email wanting me to verify that I’d submitted that request. I did that, and then they sent me this:

Hi,

Thanks for providing this information. At this time, we cannot verify the ownership of the account. Please reply to this email with a digital image of a government-issued ID (e.g., driver’s license, passport). If possible, save the file in JPEG format. Make sure the following information is clear:

– Full name
– Date of birth
– Photo

You may black out any personal information that is not needed to verify your identity (e.g., social security number). Rest assured that we will permanently delete your ID from our servers once we have used it to verify the authenticity of your account. Note that we will not be able to process your request unless you send in proper identification. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thanks,

A.
User Operations
Facebook

Well, I certainly wasn’t going to submit anything like that to them to verify my identity. At least not until I was given a good reason why. And “We think it’s fake” was not a good enough reason, as you can see below.

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Yet Another Victim of Facebook Racial Profiling

I’ve already Twittered about this and posted my unhappiness about this on my friends-only LiveJournal, but I figured I’d blog about it here, too. Long story short, I discovered today that Facebook had logged me out of my account. I tried to log back in, but I was greeted with a “Your account has been disabled. If you have any questions or concerns, you can visit our FAQ page here” message.

Someone who manages Facebook must think that I am using a fake name with my account. My guess is that they’ve seen pictures of me, seen that I am Asian, and decided that I am using a very non-Asian name, a fake name to fool people all over their precious social networking service.

Honestly, that’s the only logical conclusion I can think of.

Logical or not, I’m infuriated. I’ve registered a Facebook account in October 2006, and I’ve always used one name on that thing, and it was my REAL first and last names. I do have several nicknames/aliases I go by online, but I’ve always used my real name on Facebook.

I found out from a friend that this is called “racial profiling”. Apparently, I am not the first person they did this to, and I probably won’t be the last. I really do not appreciate this kind of typecasting/stereotyping/what-have-you. I know plenty of Asians with non-Asian names, and for that, I also know there are non-Asians with Asian names.

I’ve sent a support request about this, and I hope they re-enable my account with everything on it. I’ll have to continue using it because I’ve got many treasured friends and families who only uses that as our mode of communication, but I’ve now learned to never trust these people again. Over the years, I’ve been annoyed with Facebook as a whole, but this just takes the cake for me.

SD vs. SDHC?! WTF.

I learned something new today. I learned that there are SD cards AND SDHC cards.

Until today, I had no idea SDHC cards even existed. So therefore, I learned something new. Good, right? NOT. I wished I’d learned this fact before I accidentally bought a 4gb SD-SODDING-HC card for my camera today!

Does the bugger work on my camera? NO.

Does it work on my parents’ newer camera? YES.

Did I just waste $15? ABSOLUTELY.

Therefore, camera owners who aren’t that familiar with hardware (LIKE ME), beware of what freaking memory card you buy! Make sure you buy one that’s compatible with your camera! *fumes and sulks*