Skip to main content


How to get a US visa with a baby in the Philippines

My wife already has a multiple entry US visa. I want to get one for myself and our baby (11 months old).My parent company in the US also invited me for a training so we aimed for a B1/B2 visa.

I hope my notes below can help.

TIP #1: Smile, look people in the eye when you are talking, make your voice loud and authoritative. BE HONEST!

My schedule is 7:15 AM (I noticed Consuls are in very good mood first thing in the morning).

Arrived at ~6:45AM, immediately went to the entrance. Still made to line a very short line before the 7AM line. I was given the E card (i think because of the baby).

First guard check: make sure you comply (bring only documents)

Filed using an envelope filer and labelled with Post-it or something so you can quickly retrieve

With baby: diaper, wipes, burp cloth
You can buy water and food inside.

Made to wait in the waiting area after the 7AM line. This waiting area is not air-conditioned and it is VERY HUMID so wear clothes that can breath. There is food, water and d…
Recent posts

How to detect Macbook open and close lid

I find this useful when tracing the time I spent in the computer or when I opened/closed my computer.

Find when you opened the lid:

$ tail -n 1000 /var/log/system.log | grep "Wake reason: EC.LidOpen (User)"

Replace 1000 with the number of lines you wish to backtracksystem.log might have already logrotated. gunzip if the past logs are already rotated:
$ ls /var/log/system.log*
Example: $ gunzip /var/log/system.log.0.gz
Find when you closed the lid:
$ tail -n 1000 /var/log/system.log | grep "messageType = 0xE0000280"
Example line:
Nov  1 15:37:07 My-MacBook-Pro kernel[0]: AppleCamIn::systemWakeCall - messageType = 0xE0000280

Globe's HOOQ.TV an (unethical) scam!!

After being terribly disappointed with the subscription stage and after also after a very disappointing test drive (at least Netflix tries to be do-no-evil), I am now very disappointed with the un-subscription of with Globe.

Globe sends me a message:

Hi! We'd like to remind you that your free HOOQ will end in 7 days on 10/27/2015. Upon expiry, your subscription will auto-renew to the paid version for P149 per month. If you don't want the paid version, text HOOQ STOP to 8888. before the expiry date. Thank you!

I send the HOOQ STOP to 888 and received:

Sorry, you have entered an invalid keyword. Please make sure your keyword is correct with no extra characters and spaces. For more info on promos, dial *143#, FREE from your Globe/TM mobile phone.

I called Globe Support (211).

Here's the scam:

- GoSurf 999 comes with the HOOQ Free Plan

- After the Free HOOQ Plan (which you did not use because it sucks) expires, it will auto-renew without your consent (!!! UNETHICAL !!!…


This was an incident last November / December 2014. Yes it is the Black Friday Sale but who is not anticipating it.

First the weighting system. For some reason they push it to that extra 0.something of a pound so you pay for the whole pound. It is clearly a scam!

Second the filing system. It took them about 23 days just to record in their system that you have received a package.

First you should receive a notification from the merchant where you bought the item that they failed to receive the item. This is from USPS:

We're writing about the order(s) (#xxx). 

USPS attempted to deliver your package but was unable to leave the package unattended. In order to make arrangements for redelivery or pickup at your local Post Office, please visit USPS Redelivery and use the package tracking number xxx. 

If the package was attempted to be delivered to a business location that was closed during the time of the delivery attempt, USPS will automatically attempt to redeliver the package on the next …

aircrack-ng (rt2x00 Mac80211 Linux wireless stack) in Ubuntu Trusty 14.04 ( LTS

Ubuntu is actually installed in a Virtualbox virtual machine on Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10 (10.10.2). Before proceeding read the important intro below from
Install aircrack-ng suite.

$ sudo apt-get install aircrack-ng
It should install and provide the following.
# dpkg -s aircrack-ng Package: aircrack-ng Status: install ok installed Priority: optional Section: net Installed-Size: 2167 Maintainer: Ubuntu Developers Architecture: amd64 Version: 1:1.1-6 Depends: libc6 (>= 2.15), libgcrypt11 (>= 1.4.5), libsqlite3-0 (>= 3.5.9), zlib1g (>= 1:1.1.4), wireless-tools, iw Recommends: wget Description: wireless WEP/WPA cracking utilities  aircrack-ng is an 802.11a/b/g WEP/WPA cracking program that can recover a  40-bit, 104-bit, 256-bit or 512-bit WEP key once enough encrypted packets  have been gathered. Also it can attack WPA1/2 networks with some advanced  methods or simply by brute force.  .  It implements the standard FMS attack alon…