BBM Shall Raise Again!

For many years, the Blackberry Messenger (BBM) was restricted to the Blackberry (BB) device only. Just recently after selling out (in 2013), Research in Motion (the company that made Blackberry) launched BBM for Android and iOS. Nevertheless, people still feel that the BBM will not pick up and that it’s dead for ever.

In my opinion, the popularity of BBM in the old Blackberry era still has a strong push. In Nigeria, almost everyone (that I know) has a Blackberry and if you’re not on BBM, then it’s like you’re not ready to be communicated with. Even before BBM, I used whatsapp. Now that BBM is on Android, I can keep in touch with ALL those people who were stuck with BBM on Blackberry. This “pressure” now makes non-BBM users to start using BBM as a result.

The downside is that those on the old Blackberry (before the Z and Q series) are still stock with Blackberry Internet Service (BIS), while those on the new BB, Android and iOS enjoy BBM with just an internet data plan.

It’s only a matter of time before BBM becomes the communication app of choice for most people, including myself.

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Cyprus De-Colored

“Cyprus De-coloured” represents the work of a bi-communal group of young Cypriots who call themselves the “Fourteen Thinking-Hats” (after Edward De Bono’s “six thinking-hats” – ways of finding different perspectives on an issue to see it more holistically).

The story of this project begins at the end of October 2010 when the 14 of us gathered in Lofou for a weekend of training (called Re:Act! Youth Leaders’ Training) about peace-building and non-violent activism.

Less than a week later, several members of our group joined the Rainbow Festival that took place in Larnaca, coinciding with an anti-immigration march. We were deeply shocked by the scenes of violence that erupted. One member of our group, musician Sertunc Akdogdu, was attacked in a back street by masked youths carrying knives and clubs, and stabbed in the stomach.

We met again a few days later and decided to channel our shock and horror into concrete action. Through this film, we aim to create a platform for dialogue on the issues of multiculturalism and racial harmony in Cyprus.

Re:Act! Youth leaders’ training (and the workshops that followed) were organised within the framework of the Youth Activism project funded by UNDP ACT II, by 3 organisations belonging to the Cyprus Network for Youth Development: the Mediation Association, Future World Center and the Cyprus Environmental Studies Center.

Enjoy and please feel free to share and comment.

Tip For Quick Coffee Drinkers

If you drink quick coffee like me, say at work or so, here's a tip for you
If you drink quick coffee like me, say at work or so, here’s a tip for you
Simply fold the wrap and use to stir
Simply fold the wrap and use to stir

 

Quick, easy, no need for spoon... Enjoy!
Quick, easy, no need for spoon… Enjoy!

Tip For Salad Lovers (Green Pepper)

Here’s one tip for salad lovers…

To enhance the taste of your salads, simply slice a couple of Green Pepper in it. Green pepper can also be used to add flavor to beans, and tomato stew 🙂

Green Pepper
Green Pepper

There’s a Kebab shop close to where I work and I used to eat Kebabs there a lot. With bring alone wit each plate, one roasted green pepper. For years, I would just throw it away or not eat it. Once day, I decided to give it a try. I thought to myself that if they put it there, they it should be eaten and not for decoration lol I gave it a bite, and my taste bugs were opened to the world of green pepper… In my next salad, I included it and the taste was never the same again! That’s how green pepper made its way into my Special Salad 🙂

10 Tips for a Better & Happier YOU!

1. Follow Your Instincts
I mean, that “gut” feeling you get on the inside about something. If it doesn’t fee right, then that might just be the sign you’re looking for… not to do it.

2. Speak Honestly
Say exactly what you mean, honestly, not what you think the listener expects or wants to hear. Just speak your mind, clearly and honestly.

3. Happiness First
Trying to please people is like a full time job that you never get paid for. Really, your happiness comes first, else you wouldn’t have much of that “happiness” to share with others.

4. The Bright Side
Trust me, there really is a bright side to everything. A flooded office is just an opportunity to wash the office floors. A broken relationship is an opportunity to meet a better partner. In most situations, there’s always a positive side to it… look for it, and you will always be happy (cos that’s how I roll).

5. Be Hopeful
Never stop dreaming! The universe always provides opportunities for us to meet with making our dreams a reality, time and time again. It could be a dream from years past; it still doesn’t matter… keep the dream alive, and never lose hope of fulfilling the. I can’t count how many dreams of mine that seemed forgotten or chattered that later got fulfilled in my life (even years after), and I remain glad for being hopeful.

6. Learn to Say NO!
There’s a time for everything: a time for a “yes” and a time for a “no”. Learn to say no when you have too, or else you would find yourself overwhelmed someday with several situation which a simple “no” could have saved you from.

7. If You Can, Why No?
Like saying “NO!”, you should learn to say yes too. If there’s something that you can do absolutely, without losing anything at all, then put your pride and/or ego down and just say “YES!”

8. Love Thy Self!
In other words, be nice to yourself and treat yourself well. That means you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself, give yourself a break every once in a while and treat YOU like a growing babe who needs “pampering” and occasional scolding.

9. Be Realistic
There are going to be many things in life which you will have zero control over. The worst you can do to yourself is feel bad about the fact that you can’t help. In that case, be realistic, just let go, and accept the reality of your situation. If anything falls within your control, play your role and redeem yourself. Else, skip and move on with life.

10. Avoid Unnecessary Drama, and negativity
We all need some drama in our lives in order to create balance. However, some are completely unnecessary and a total waste of time, emotions and efforts. Stay away from such, and you will be much happier in life (even those around you).

And a bonus for you…LOVE!
Like it says in Romans 13:8… owe no one anything, but love!

 

Do you agree with my list? Or do you have something to add? Comments are welcome below.

Something You Probably Didn’t Know About Panda Bears

At first when I read somewhere that all panda bears are owned by China, and loaned to zoos around for world for $1 million/year for a minimum of 10 years, I was rather skeptical and didn’t believe.

And then I watch a video today of 2 bears on loan from China for 15 years to Belgium… so it’s true?

Fun fact: There are 47 panda bears living OUTSIDE of China, in 18 zoos, across 13 countries!

You cab read about the Belgium Panda’s here:

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/02/23/us-belgium-pandas-idUKBREA1M0MV20140223

Auto Increment vs Manual Table ID

When developing a structure for your database, there comes the question of how to pick a unique ID for your tables. In my experience, you have about 3 good options, which I would outline below.

1. Auto Increment

Auto increment is usually a good option, especially when you have a table from which data may be deleted from time to time. It’s more reliable than the next option on this list. In the last year or so, I have used auto increment because I had a problem with deleted data when I used option #3 below. Another problem with this is that the size of the ID’s will increase, depending on the growth rate of the table data.

My advice: if you’re gonna delete data from your table from time to time, try using auto increment. Also, if you have a table who’s data doesn’t increase drastically over a short time, this might also be a good option.

2. Manual (Generated) ID

Before I started using auto increment, I usually generated my unique table ID’s using a simple PHP function that guarantees no repeats or conflicts even when data was deleted. It also guarantees a fix length for the ID field, which in turn limits the range of numbers that can be used for IDs (eg, 4 digits, or 6 digits). Nevertheless, this method of mine can generate up to 8 digits uniquely, if needed. Until now, about 6 digits have met my night as my tables are not huge.

My advice: if you want a fixed length for you table’s unique ID field, a function to generate ID’s would be a good choice. Usually, I just select the last 6 digits of the number of seconds passed since the Unix Epoch or simply…

date("U");

3. Manual (Counted) ID

When I started in PHP, one of the methods I saw people use was to count the number of rows in the table, then increment by 1 to generate the next unique ID. For a while now, I haven’t seen this method used anywhere recently. This method also has the same problem as in method #1 above. If you have 2 items in the table, the next generated ID would be 3. So now you have 3 times. If you delete 1 item, the next could would be 3 and that would conflict with the already existing ‘3’ in the table. This method requires more coding to count, and if you want to check that the newly generated ID doesn’t exist in the table, you’d require more coding again lol

My advice: if you aren’t going to delete from the table, you may stick with it. However, I do not recommend this method. Stick with method #1 or #2 above, accordingly.

Auto Increment
Auto Increment

If you have other ways you assign unique ID’s to your database table, you may share in the comment section below (if you don’t mind)