Author: jawss




I received this suspicious email today, “Dear Costumer”. At first glance it looks like a legit email, especially when you view it from your phone where the full email address it’s from is cropped.


The email shows it links to “” but it actually links to… which redirects to “” the site looks legit but note the full domain.





Full text of the email reads is below. “Costumer” is already a red flag. I was almost resetting my password through the link but the costumer spelling error stopped me because i was going to tweet about it. This is also another reason why I am peeved whenever brands are careless with their spelling. The day phishers learn to spell will be the day we are all Phucked.

    Dear Costumer,    
    Your Apple ID was used to sign in to iCloud via a web browser.    
    Date and Time: 26 April 2017, 4:08 AM PDT
Browser: Chrome
Operating System: Windows    
    If the information above looks familiar, you can disregard this email.    
    If you have not signed in to iCloud recently and believe someone may have accessed your account, go to Apple ID ( and change your password as soon as possible.

    Apple Support    

Clean Install on a Yoga Book

I was recently trying to get my Yoga Book to an ideal state trying to maximize how much space I am using that I think I did something to wreck the recovery partition.

After resetting twice, i found an issue where the start menu wasn’t showing my installed Store apps in the search results, which annoyed me as that was my primary way of launching apps. 3rd time I tried to reset, it kept failing. I even tried creating a recovery disk, which it finished creating but when i ran the recovery, that really crashed my machine. Seemed like the files were incomplete and i ended up with a non-booting device. Clean install it is!

Things i used:

* OTG cable

* USB hub

* USB Keyboard (and mouse)

* Fully charged Yoga Book

* 16 GB usb stick

1. Use media creation tool to create a USB installer for windows 10

2. at the time of writing, there are no official drivers on the lenovo site but this forum thread links to a site with the drivers from factory settings important really is the wifi driver. Once that’s connected, using device manager to search online for drivers could probably work. I installed all the drivers on the site anyway, and for the rest of the unknown devices, used the search online function in device manager.

Now I am thoroughly enjoying this device!

Sketchnoting on the ThinkPad X1 Yoga

I’ve been trying to pick up sketchnoting for a while now. On and off on my ThinkPad Helix previously and mostly on OneNote. Now with the X1 Yoga, it’s a light enough device that i can actually leisurely hold in on my lap and proceed to doodle. I can’t do this for too long though because the fan would blow right on my leg and it tends to get quite hot. I’m thinking of getting one of those IKEA laptop pillows to see if that’s comfortable.


With windows 10 , the apps have also become more stable. I’m not sure if it has to do with this machine’s 16GB ram but it’s a lot less crashtastic than my Helix so I’ve gotten a chance to play with sketchnotes using various apps. I’ve created some pros and cons for each of the apps that I’ve used more frequently. They’re sorted below according to frequency of use. The big downside that i forgot to write on one note is the final note sharing. there doesn’t seem to be a straightforward way to export to hi-res png on the desktop version.





Also, because the built in pen that comes with the machine gets a little uncomfortable when used extensively, I bought the Bamboo Smart (version for select tablets and 2-in-1 convertible devices) //i know, whatta name. I find that the barrel of the pen very slippery so I’ve resorted to wrapping the area where I grip with scotch tape to get some friction. ^_^


Hide Onscreen Keyboard when using an External One (Android)

I was trying to google this when I got a Microsoft Keyboard. It’s such a convenient bluetooth keyboard to carry around with my tablet. I came across this article but it involved 3rd party apps and a complex process. I discovered though that at least with Android 5.1, it’s now a built in function to disable the onscreen keyboard from showing up when you have an external keyboard attached to the tablet.

You’ll find this under Language & Input -> Current Keyboard -> Turn off the Hardware switch


They really need to improve the phrasing of that setting….

Twitter Fixes the Quote Tweet Button for End Users, but Breaks it For the Brands



Posting this online because i don’t seem to see any conversations about this anywhere and I’m curious how others are measuring the impact of quoted tweets.

Twitter made a recent update to how they render quoted tweets on twitter, read more here:


As an end user this is great because it makes my feed less messy, and it gives me more space to add commentary to tweets. But putting my work hat on, I’m really hoping that twitter has a plan for supporting the 3rd party tools that marketers use to listen and measure the impact of their brands’ tweets.


Even when using their own tool, Tweetdeck, there’s no way to surface any comments to the original quoted tweet. Just as example, [1] I quote Tweeted a post from Lenovo around the #VibeShot Campaign.  In [2], I have a column setup to monitor the #VibeShot hashtag, which is in the original tweet. Here we start to see the problem.




As a marketer, I love the new quote tweet style because it encourages people to add their comments to the brand posts instead of just passive sharing. It’s the kind of behaviour that would benefit us since it’s a chance to get qualitative feedback from the audience (vs the quantitative in measuring retweets).

The problem is that currently, there doesn’t seem to be a way to capture any conversation that happens once someone starts quote tweeting our posts. It’s true for TweetDeck, and true for some of the listening tools that our team internally have managed to test out.

Apart from being unable to measure the direct conversations that come out of the brand tweet, another challenge would be measuring the influencer impact when they quote tweet our posts. Any replies, favorites, retweets (not even the quote tweets but the original, “raw” retweets) won’t be measured unless that influencer also uses a hashtag, keyword in their comment. That’s okay with collaborative campaigns where the quote tweet is planned, but every marketer works toward getting someone with a lot of  followers to organically RT or  comment. The new quoted tweet display might give the impression that the original text of the tweet already contains the hashtag, and it would be redundant to use it again in the comment.


Curious to know which tools in the industry are already supporting twitter’s new feature to measure impact of quoted tweets? Especially since this is becoming the default quote tweet option on android and iOS, and some users are enabled with this as a default on the web interface as well.

3 Things That Help Me Be a Smart Phone Drifter


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UPDATE: There’s been issues with since 27th March, which stopped my contacts from syncing using the native phonebook. I’m still able to sync my contacts via the outlook android app though adding contacts isn’t supported with the current version. Breaks my system temporarily.. hopefully they fix it, or enable support for contacts sync on the app.


Over the years, I’ve been switching around different phones from iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. Lately I’ve also had simultaneous devices from different ecosystems (e.g. Windows phone + android tablet, android phone + iOS tablet, etc). Personally, I don’t want to be 100% dependent on 1 ecosystem, and invested so much that it would be too taxing to even think of switching OS.

After going through a few rounds of switching between windows phone and iOS and android, I’ve found a setup that works for me. I used to be averse to the idea of going into the Android space simply because i thought it was too much to have to learn. And the thought of migrating data around was also quite daunting. Having a system that helps me be fluid with the most important things made the decision to make a switch a lot easier.

I Use to maintain My Contact List

The problem with iOS and android is that by default they make you use their service to back up your contact list but you’ll find that should you ever decide to switch platforms, you’ll have a hard time migrating your contacts with some other platforms.


Of course you could always port your contacts across but that means you have to do this every single time you want to switch OS. I’ve found that it’s so much easier to just go with a service that allows you to add and maintain contacts regardless of the OS you are using.


You can set up a new account at and find out how to set your phone up at TIP: don’t use the app as advised in the article, instead go with the native email client as it seems the new app they have no longer syncs contacts with the web service (at least, not at the time of this writing)  Make sure you set it up as your default address book as well.


I Use Google+ AND OneDrive to Back up your Photos and Videos

When talking about Photos and Videos, 2 things are important: storage and accessibility.

OneDrive is a cross platform photo and video back up service but I find that for video play back on the mobile device, it’s just really bad. When I’m on a windows phone, i can’t delete a video if i know i want to share this with people in the future because streaming the video from onedrive on the phone is horrible. With Google+, it’s pretty much like streaming a video from youtube, even on a slow connection, you can buffer up the video so that it’s at least continuously playable. Unfortunately this is only available on iOS and Android, so for viewing, i’m out of luck till OneDrive betters its video streaming on phones.

Because I always back up all my photos and videos, I haven’t had trouble with phones that only have 16gb of storage even though I take TONNES of pictures of my kids (I have 107 gb of photos backed up on OneDrive). If you don’t take too much video, then OneDrive is more than enough. Dropbox is a comparable service, depends on which one you prefer I guess. If you take a lot of videos though, i would recommend using the google+ app in for that additionally (only on android and ios).

The other bonus thing you get with Google+ is the year in review and auto awesome videos that they create for you. Although a lot of phones have this feature to create a highlight reel for you, it’s a nice touch when you have just so much content and you don’t have the energy to pick which ones you want to share.

Obviously desktop accessibility is another bonus that you get for storing all your media in the cloud.


The Extra Mile: Keep an online note of a list of your must have apps

I use a service like OneNote or Evernote that have apps across devices and maintain the store links of my most frequently used apps, the ones i want to install straight away when i first get my phone. It’s tedious but it saves a lot of time having to think about what apps i should install on my phone when i first get them. I just have to remember to install OneNote first and go from there.



What other tips do you have that enable you to switch devices with ease?