Proposal Rock tragedy

My sister and I always watch The Inside Edition. This afternoon, there was a report about an American who was supposed to propose to his girlfriend when she was suddenly swept away by big waves.

American, Scott Napper, took his Filipina girlfriend, Leafil Alforque, to Proposal Rock near Neskowin Beach in Oregon to pop the question. It was supposed to be a romantic moment for the two. Napper was preparing to propose and present his ring to Alforque when all of a sudden a big wave came crashing towards them. The last time Napper saw his girlfriend, she was being swept away by the waves.

This is just so sad. Alforque’s body has not yet been found. Let’s all pray for her soul and those that she left behind.

Alien file: Remv.php

Yesterday morning, I got an email from Bluehost Support as follows…

Dear Webmaster for (deleted),

It has come to our attention that an exploit for WordPress 2.6.3 and below is running rampant through the internet, and has been discovered on your account for (deleted). Due to the upcoming holiday we have decided to allow your website to stay online, the current file remv.php.hacked will be in your homedirectory under (deleted)/wp-content/themes. You have seven days to remove this file and update your version of WordPress and any modules you are using. If you have not performed the removal and update by the end of the 7th day, out of respect to other customers we will be forced to shutdown your site until the requested removal and updates have been completed.

In addition, Fantastico does not have the latest version of WordPress which is 2.6.5. This means you will need to upgrade WordPress using SimpleScripts. You can easily do this from the cPanel. Go to SimpleScripts under “Software Services” and click on WordPress under “Blogs.” At the bottom you’ll see an option to “Convert a Fantastico Installation.” Clicking on this will list the installations available for conversion.

*deleted – blogs concerned

I set aside the email thinking I’d deal with it when I get home from my movie date with my girl friends. But while inside the movie house, Tita Liza texted me telling me that this blog as well as two of my other blogs were showing a syntax error. I immediately thought of the email I received from Bluehost.

When I got home, I checked my blogs right away. Yes, it was showing a syntax error. I checked my files and I saw a remv.php file in the themes folder. The same thing happened to my border. So I immediately upgraded my blogs to the newest version of WordPress (2.6.5) and I used Simple Scripts this time, instead of Fantastico. I deleted my entire database and created new ones for each blog.

A couple of hours ago, I talked to Reyna Elena about his site being hacked. When I read his post, I saw that the same thing happened to him. So I was thinking (and still speculating) as to what truly happened. Reynz is also using Bluehost for and I am using Bluehost as well. Is the security breach a fault of Bluehost or we were chosen by this hacker, if it’s even hacking at all?

Did this happen to your blog? How did you solve it? Let’s compare notes.

WAH Moments: Diversion

I have a short attention span. I need to have several things going on at every given period of time, otherwise I’ll go crazy over what I am doing for hours. If you are someone like me, you’d know what I am talking about.

Anyway, another advantage of working at home for me is that there are a lot of things that can divert my attention. TV shows, loud music, a neighbor popping in, a relative calling, a friend sending me a barrage of text messages, newspaper in the morning, a book that I can pick up anytime of the day… A 5-15 minutes diversion can do a world of good to someone like me who gets stuck in what I do if I just go at it for hours.

In a corporate set-up, you cannot simply walk away from your work to take breaks when you want to unless you are from upper management. There are coffee breaks, cigarette breaks and other in-between breaks one take. But can you really pick up a book and then read a chapter when you want to? 🙂

Happy Friday and have a great weekend everyone!

Can you feel it?

Hope is felt everywhere. I mean, the Barack Obama win has created a tide of positive feeling not just in the United States but everywhere in the world.

Here in Manila, I don’t know if you noticed it but there is just something different these days. A slight change in the atmosphere despite the Senate coup, the botched prayer by Dureza… Or it could be that oil companies are implementing price rollbacks left and right.

Maybe, it’s just the holiday spirit spreading. And it might be it.

Still, here’s hoping the positive feeling will really translate to something concrete soon.

DHL cutting 9,500 jobs

Have you read this news?

Global delivery company DHL announced Monday that it was cutting 9,500 jobs as it discontinues air and ground operations within the United States.

DHL said its DHL Express unit will continue to operate between the United States and other nations. But the company said it was dropping “domestic-only” air and ground services within the United States by Jan. 30 “to minimize future uncertainties.”

So sad. My uncle has two friends working for DHL somewhere in the US. Just imagine 9,500 people will lose their jobs! Thank goodness we are not hearing this kind of news here in the country. Think how many would lose their jobs if say, Airfreight 2100 would close its operations here?

I just wish everything will turn around for the better soon.

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