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Firebase as Image Host

Google Drive announced last year that it will be deprecating the web hosting feature by August 31, 2016. That’s a few days from now. It means that the once very useful URL,[id], will cease to exist. And it also means that I’ll lose my blog’s image host. 🙁

As you may remember, sometime ago, I decided to move my blog’s images to a Google Drive for several reasons – it’s easier to manage the images, and it’s less likely to lose the images from jumping from one hosts ti another, since it’s in a cloud storage. So now that GD is shutting down the web hosting feature, I wont have anyway to hotlink to my images. But the other day, as I received an email reminder of the same content from the Google Apps Team, I read somewhere there about Firebase Hosting.

So I went and checked around Firebase. Firebase is a cloud service provider that software developers can use to create their web applications to. In short, it’s like Google App Engine, but better. I tried playing around with it yesterday morning before I went to sleep. It’s pretty straightforward and easy to use.

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I was thinking of moving all my site files to a CDN for a while now and was researching a bit. The best ones I’ve tried were DropboxGoogle App Engine and Google Drive. So I’ve been playing around them lately, on the rare occasions that I get free time.

I noticed that Dropbox has smaller limit compared to GAE and GD for bandwidth so I dropped it. Besides, I’m already using my Dropbox for personal files and I’m almost at my space limit too.

So between GAE and GD, I’m opting to use GD instead because:

  1. Configuring is easier using GD. You needed to have at least basic background in Python to actually make something work in GAE. Although I’ve managed to make it work somehow, comes reason #2.
  2. GD is more accessible. You can simply use the browser to access, upload, etc. your files. Heck, you can even use an image editor directly from GD.
  3. There are practically no file limit for GD (actually, there’s a 1 TB limit but a CSS or Js file that’s 1 TB large is insane) while GAE has a 1 MB limit per file.
  4. There’s a bandwidth limit of 1 Gb incoming and  1Gb outgoing that refreshes everyday for GAE, but GD is pretty much unlimited as long as it doesn’t reach too much, like millions.
So. GD is the clear choice. It’s actually very easy to move my files, it just takes a lot of time because you might not notice, but my site is really huge. And my collections of random things is also huge. XD

Aspire by InfoCreek


I’ve always loved this theme by InfoCreek. I’ve been using this theme for my blogger blog and my roleplay blog for years. Back then, it could be found all over the net. But when blogger updated, the theme broke and the creator of the theme went missing. I’ve been finding a replacement XML code for the same theme, but I couldn’t find one that’s actually working. The only one I found was the original theme being redistributed by So I decided to use that theme and fixed the parts that were broken and uploaded the missing images to my Picasa albums. Just in case anyone out there would be interested, I share the theme I re-coded for download here.

Download Aspire theme:

  • using default Blogger comments
  • using Disqus (you would need to change something here before uploading the template – see below)

Using Disqus

Unzip and open the XML template in an editor like notepad and look for this line:

var disqus_shortname = 'EXAMPLE'; // required: replace example with your forum shortname

Just replace “EXAMPLE” to the Disqus shortname you created, save it and that’s it!

Change Logs


  • Added “Read more…”
  • Added quick edit buttons below each posts.


  • Added Blogger pages to right sidebar.

Period and Health Calendars

I’ve been trying different period and health calendars for months to find the perfect one that would suit my taste. And finally, after several apps, I found the Period Calendar / Tracker app.

Here’s how it looks like:


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Every other period and health calendars, has the same basic functions. There’s a calendar (duh) where you can mark the start and end dates of your period. You can also add notes to it and other marks like if you’re taking pills, symptoms you feel, mood, weight, etc. It also has charts and graphs. Most people probably just use it as a health calendar more than a period tracker. Most of them have backup features too, where you can backup your calendars just in case. Usually, they’re local, cloud storage or email.

The thing I love most about Period Calendar / Tracker is it’s design. It is straight-forward, simple, clean-looking and that it has cute icons. You can also mark it when you’re pregnant, but I haven’t tried that one. Also, recently, aside from the usual backup options, they added a new Dropbox backup feature. You can upload your calendar backups to Dropbox in a single click, which is a super plus for me because I’m an unconditional lover of Dropbox.

Other calendars I’ve tried are:

WomanLog Calendar – I’ve been using this for months before I found Period Calendar / Tracker. Feature-wise, it’s one of the best period and health calendar apps. However, personally, I just find the design too busy. There’s also added features for the pro version, on which, I haven’t tried. They also have one for pregnancy, both free and pro versions.

LoveCycles Menstrual Calendar – This one is really cute. I love the theme. It’s so simple that I fell in love with it and uses it for a while. The design is really easy on the eyes and the icons are cute too. It doesn’t have graphs, however. The thing that made me changed my mind about it is that it doesn’t work well with a tablet.

Menstrual Cycle – Woman Log  and My Cycles Period and Ovulation are just the same with the WomanLog Calendar.

You can try them out and see which ones best suit your taste. They’re all basically the same, with a few added features here and there. But for me, it all came down with the simplicity and the design of the calendar.


NERV Theme for Android

Since I had my first android phone, I’ve been wanting a NERV theme that actually looks decent. And I just spent an entire day tinkering my newly installed NERV theme! Huzzah!


For those who doesn’t know, NERV is a fictional organization run by UN in the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion where everything sets. I love this anime and has been a fan to the point that I might even join it if it were to become a religion.

You have no idea how ecstatic I was when I learned of this NERV theme via my Android Pinas co-authors and friends Mark and Jepoy. It was a dream come true. I installed it right after my older brother Cyanogenized Tabby, his Samsung P-1000 tablet that I was borrowing as a temporary phone since I lost my beloved Amadeo many months have passed.

This NERV theme is a fan-made replica of the theme used in the SH-06D limited edition NERV phone by docomo. It looks almost like the real thing. You can get the same NERV theme via theNBT‘s deviantART post here or via his XDA Developers forum post here. I suggest the later because it includes a more detailed instruction and a video in case you got confused, somewhere.

There are 2 versions of this theme. The original one that uses Nova launcher, UCCW, together with several other apps, and the UCCW theme only. The original one is more interactive, but the later one is lighter. If I have to suggest one, go for the original one because the UCCW theme one is more or less just static.

This theme is actually composed of several widgets on a single page, and sometimes, on top of each other so it actually loads a bit slow when your mobile unit is a little on the low-end side. The nice thing about it is that you can see everything important you wanted to see in one page such as battery level, CPU meters,  date today, weather, etc. The key thing about it is that you have to use a 4×6 desktop grid to make everything fit nicely on your phone. Sometimes, something doesn’t really fit well and you have to re-size it manually via the UCCW app. There are some parts of it that you can customize too like that area where it says “User Phone No” where you can actually change in your real phone number, but since I’m not fond of displaying my phone number, I opted to use the default. Under the “Unique No” box, however, I did change mine to say “N3RV-TKY3-3Ur1-325.” The battery, weather, etc. parts all work. The only thing that didn’t work for me was the Music Player. For some reason, it doesn’t seem to be compatible with my music player. I tried installing other players that the particular app said it supported but to no avail. And after a few hours, I gave up on it and decided to just remove it.

Overall, it’s the best theme I’ve ever had! 😀