Blackberry Pearl BrickBreaker Game New Score

Yesterday, I was playing BrickBreaker on my Blackberry Pearl and got lucky enough to go upto Level 34 but I had only 1 life remaining and lost in that level. But I made a big score on that game. You know how much? It is 16,400. I know there must be so many guys who have higher scores or even completed the whole game but I am not a game savvy guy so this score seems a bit of joy for me.

Tips: To get to this score and level, I had a simple trick. If you get life in level 1, there is much better chance that you will get more life in subsequent levels. At one point I had 14 lives but lost in various levels. More lives will help you reach to higher and tough levels.

Things to know before you enroll into Emirates Skywards program

Today I came to know more about Emirates Skywards program for earning miles. Few months back, I had purchased Emirates ticket for my wife and I enrolled myself in Skywards. Due to my lazy nature, I did not bother to check its status. Today finally I “got time” and checked the status. It was showing me 0 miles in my account. I tried to claim miles online but Website showed that it cannot add miles. I called customer service and they explained me the rules.

  • You can claim miles only for your ticket and not for others even if you have paid it by your credit card.
  • If I enroll my wife today even then she cannot claim miles because for newly registered users, they can claim miles for travels within 2 months.
  • If you want to get your family member’s miles under your account then each of your family member should be registered under their family reward program. Using it, you can claim miles for your family member’s flights.

Please don’t be lazy like me and check your mile status as quickly as possible after your journey.

WordPress Comment Spam Even with Comments Disabled for Blog

I have my diary as wordpress blog. Every day I am getting hundreds of comment spam. I had installed comment spam fight plugin and it seems like worked for few days but again I was getting spam messages. I changed the settings of blog so that only logged in user can put a comment. I even disabled comment completely but all efforts were in vein. I tried to find some information on google but couldn’t get the reason. So I thought let me debug the application and check it out why I am getting hunderds of comments everyday. For this, in wp-comments-post.php I wrote a code to write all parameters in a text file so I can check out what’s wrong with application. I can post my comment and see the log file but for spam, there was no log trail. It seemed to me that comments are coming from other? files. so I moved that code into config file and I found that those comments are actually trackbacks. If you want to check if the comment is trackback or not, check the Email value of comment. If you see it empty, it means it is a trackback. I disabled trackback by loggin in site > Options > Discussion and disabling trackback and pingback.

Now I am relieved of comment(actually trackback) spams.

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My trip to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico for new H1 Visa stamping

I came to USA as a student on F1 visa. I completed my study in Texas A&M University in May 2006 and I got job in houston. Now I am on H1. I can legally live in USA as far as I have I-797 with me but once I leave USA, I must have to have H1 visa stamp on my passport for re-entry. So I decided to go to Mexico for my H1 visa stamping as it is near to houston. I got my visa date by registering at website choose Nuevo Laredo for my visa stamping. It is very near to Laredo which is a part of USA.

Fee receipt showing visa application fees paid at Banamex Bank. This fee is approximately $105 USD. I got service from Mexico Assistance. They paid my fees and sent me a receipt with total cost of $185. They previously provided transportation service but recently they are not providing it. But they had recommended a taxi driver Roberto Elizondo. (who is NOT a trustworthy guy. read ahead for complete story).I had visa date of 11th Dec, 2006 and time was 9:30. I drove from houston to laredo and reached to my friend’s home in the evening. On the day of 11th Dec, I was ready by 7:45 AM and taxi driver came and picked me up. He took me to consulate in Neuvo Laredo. I asked him about restaurant where I can kill my time while waiting for my passport. He suggested me to go to Crowne Plaza hotel which is just a block away from consulate. He promised me that he will come to pick me up at 3:45 AM and he will be waiting in front of consulate.

I stood up in queue where one lady officer who knew english, helped me. (You will find very few people who knows english). As I went inside, I passed through security. One guy sitting on a nearby table gave me a token number. Now I again stood in a queue waiting for my token number to be called. I got my turn and a lady saw the application and took my photograph. Now I seated on chair with other people waiting for my token number to show up in screen. I got my turn and went to visa officer. He asked document like paystub and employement letter. He asked my about my job description and he told that I can collect my passport at 4:30 PM.
It was 9:15 AM when I was out of consulate. (It is too fast than I expected because one of my friend came out at 1:30 PM). I went to Crowne Plaza and spent my time. At 4:00 PM I came back to consulate. Around 5:00 PM I got my passport back. I checked all details on visa. Now I was looking for that taxi driver but he did not come. I waited for few minutes but he did not come. I took a cab with the help of a person who knew english. I came to Bridge 1. There I paid toll of 30 cents and crossed the bridge. I came to USA side of bridge and went in immigration office. That officer gave me permission to enter. I got another cab and reached at my friend’s home.

Basically I did not face any problem other than that taxi driver but still I would recommend you not to go to Nuevo Laredo. If you already got date in Mexico, it is not a problem but if you are planning to take one, please choose other center.

Note: This is not a legal advice. It just describes my experience and my views.

Honda Civic 2006 Error Message: Check Fuel Cap

Few days back, I filled up gas tank of my Honda Civic 2006 and might forgot to tighten the fuel cap. After I stopped my car and again started it, it showed me error “Check Fuel Cap”. I was worried and tightened the fuel cap with one click sound but this error message did not go away. I read the manual of the car for this error and it came out that this error will remain for 2-3 days and it will go off automatically. Of course now its gone!!!

WordPress plug-in for writing comment/post/page in 8 Indian Languages

Now we can get plug-in for writing in 8 Indian languages. You can download it by visiting the page Download WordPress plug-in for writing comment/post in 8 Indian Language. Important feature about this plug-in is that(it is FREE and) no software download is needed for end user. (of course the blog owner needs to download plug-in :)) Using normal Roman keyboard everyone can easily write in 8 Indian langauges. If anybody wants to write in english as well, they can write it by pressing F12.(This facility is useful when a person needs to write comments in Indian language with some Website links/email address etc ). If a person again presses F12, it will switch back to Indian language keyboard.

If you want to edit your page/post written in Indian language, this plug-in is extremely useful because without any IME you can direclty write in Indian languages. So there is no hassle of writing in Microsoft Word/other program and then copy/paste content.

It is a bless for blog owner who is posting in Indian language because he/she can write in their own language from any computer without needing any IME software. Moreover visitors can write in Indian language from any computer without needing any IME software.