February/March favorites: Journaling, quotes and books!

Hello guys!
This favorites blog post will be the combination of the last two months' (this month's favorites will be coming soon), since I didn't have time to really do anything besides getting better (anxiety+ulcer are not a good combination...) and trying to make some advancements with my thesis (which is a serious stress source for me).
This time, we'll have a bit of a change with books, some nice music, quotes and musicals!I want to say thank you, to everyone who commented on the last post, those who sent me private DMs on Instagram/Twitter (they were quite a few to my surprise!) and for the retweets and shares. Your positive and amazing feedback was such a big help for me to continue to do what I love and what I've always loved doing all along 😃 .
Keep the suggestions coming! 😊

And now, let's get right into it:
  1. Journey (category: app): I've always kept a diary, especially after I learned English. My favorite language ever + my love for writing and expressing myself, pushed me to start writing at a young age. I've always kept a little notebook with me, to use as a journal whenever I've felt the need to do so. And now, I have my journal with me, as long as I have my phone (which is pretty much 24/7 😊). The app is simple to use, has a very simple and elegant design. It syncs with Google Drive and is free to use. There's a pro/paid option which unlocks more features. But you can do all the basics with the free one. I have been using it for a little over 2 years now ☺.
  2. This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith (category: books (YA contemporary)):
    I'm still reading this book, with my crowded schedule for university and my reading slump which I'm trying to overcome, I couldn't finish it sooner.
    Jennifer's books are so lighthearted, simple and so fun to read. They have amazing stories and are mostly realistic. This book is no exception. In short, this book is about two teens (a guy and a girl) who accidentally meet online via email. The guy makes a mistake in the email address and it goes to the girl, who responds, and they start talking and they become friends. Despite the guy being a teen movie star and her being an average normal girl, the story is very realistic and it depicts real struggles. It's well written and I can't wait to finish it.
    Maybe I'll even review it on my book blog, who knows 😉.
  3. ePrestigio Reader (category: app):
    This is a free e-book reading app. It supports ePub, Mobi, PDF and much more. I've been using it for the past year and a half and I love it.
    What I love most about it, is the ability to open e-books directly from Onedrive or Google Drive without having to have the e-book on your phone's memory (If you choose to open an e-book from Onedrive, for example, it'll download it so you can read it easily and have all the functions, and once you're done with it, you can delete it and it'll still be on Onedrive).
    It has other functionalities, like themes for the app, themes for reading, a small e-book store and the ability to sync your progress via an account.
  4. Manga Rock (category: app):
    This is one of my all time apps. It is a free manga reading app with so many resources. You make an account in 2 minutes and then you're set to go, your downloads, favorites and reading progress will all be synced. You can of course use it as a guest (without signing up). The app is well designed and is constantly updated with new bug fixes and new content. I definitely recommend it if you're a manga reader/fan 😊.
  5. Whispers of The Heart (category: anime movie (Studio Ghibli)):
    Studio Ghibli makes some of the best animation movies I've ever seen. Amazing lessons and beautifully written and told stories. This movie is no exception. This is not the first movie I've seen (I'm watching them in order of their release dates), but it is the one I watched this past month.
    The story is about a middle school girl, who loves reading books so much and an aspiring writer. In a family that doesn't ever tell her what she should do with her time, or talk to her about her future, she struggles to find who she is and what she truly wants to do with her life.
    This is an amazing and realistic story that so many of us can relate to. One of my all time favorite movies for sure 💜.
  6. Bonus: Quote:
    Being the best is great, you're the number one. Being unique is greater, you're the only one.
That's it for the past two months! I hope you found something for you in here, maybe a new useful app, a movie to watch or even just some positivity to brighten up your day 😃.
Let me know if you have any favorites recently and/or if you have any suggestions.
See you soon for this month's favorites 😉.
Stay safe and always be humble, sweets~
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January favorites: Crime, Love and Languages!

Hello sweets!

So in this blog post I'll be talking about 5 of my favorites this month, some bonus items might be included 😉 . I plan for this to be a new series on the blog, so each month or so I'll try to do the same. I'm going to see how it works out and whether this is going to be a monthly thing or not.

So for this month, here are my absolute favorites:
  1. Him & I by G-Eazy Feat. Halsey (category: music)
    My current obsession. I can't go a day without listening to it or at the very least sing it while working.
    It has a big place in my heart. A sincere lyrics, amazing music and a genuine #CoupleGoals couple. I loved Halsey's voice the moment I heard her voice on The Chainsmokers' "Closer", and G-Eazy's when I listened to "You Don't Own Me" featuring Grace. Imagine my absolute delight when I realized they are actually a couple, a dream come true 💜 .
  2. Stranger Things (category: TV Shows)
    A new discovery for me. I discovered it through Twitter, and decided to give a try. This is genuinely one of my favorite shows now. It made me fall back in love with old times and especially old music and the simplicity of life. The sci-fi aspect to it is seriously impressive. I can't wait for season three 😍.
  3. LingoDeer (category: Android/iPhone apps)
    My latest favorite language learning app. I discovered through one of my favorite Japanese vloggers (Sharmander) and I've been using it ever since. This app helps you learn Korean, Japanese and Chinese. Amazing and simple UI, very intuitive and very helpful. It is split into many categories and has voice training as well as many other functionalities. Very useful if you're trying to learn any if the above languages or you want to brush up on them a bit.
  4. Forest rain (category: Calm melodies)
    Whenever I'm feeling an anxiety attack, feel depressed, have stress or just have insomnia, I search for forest rain sounds on YouTube or use a dedicated app (Rain Sounds or Calm). Rain is my absolute favorite thing ever.
  5. Bonnie and Clyde (category: Movies)
    This has been on my to watch list for as long as I can remember. I don't watch old movies, I never did. I know their story but from a completely different point of view. I heard songs written about them and read books based off of them. It was about time that I watch the movie. I was so excited for it and didn't know what to expect at all. I love crime movies, I don't like romance at all and I don't know a thing about the actual story. I was hooked and had goosebumps, not joking, within the first 30 minutes. I loved it, it was so meaningful, to me at least and a great experience to watch an old, well made movie. I'm not a big fan of a little detail but that was fine and it was easy to get over it. One hell of a story and an amazing movie.
  6. Bonus entry: Star Music Tag Editor (category: Android apps)
    If you're a music lover and you often receive music files from your friends with wrong or corrupted metadata, then this app is for you. This app is a music life saver, sometimes I get music online but it comes with wrong or corrupted music info, and being the OCD person I am, I can't have it show up in my music library with no proper title/album title/singer…etc. So, I use this app to edit the info on the go. It's so simple to use and to update the info of any song/album. Very useful.
That's it for this month! I hope you enjoyed this little blog post, I'm considering, in the upcoming months, to add maybe screenshots or/and images of the things in the list. I'm still experimenting with this, I want it to have my own signature and vibe and energy.

Please let me know in the comments, or via Twitter or Instagram, what you think, and how I might make this better, or any suggestions for the content you want to see (this series or for future posts). I have few blog ideas, one of which might be up on the blog before the end of February.

Thank you for reading as always and for the continuous support and suggestions 😊!
🌸

Happy New Year! And now what?…


Happy New Year!
Happy new year my lovely readers! 😀

I hope you had a great 2017, and even if it was bad, I’m sure you still can find good in it, lessons you learned that helped you grow up. In everything bad that happens, there’s definitely something good to come out of it, even if we don’t see it right away. So stay positive!

Instead of publishing the review of the Gear VR (which was highly requested, and is delayed because I found out I didn’t try everything and I wasn’t happy about the article), or my TOP 5 Apps to use (which is also mostly ready), I thought it’d be better to start off 2018 looking at what I learned from 2017, and my plans (the ones I can actually think of right now) for 2018.


So during 2017, I mostly learned so much about myself, I grew up (and still always am), and about what I really want to do. This year is my last year in college, I’ll be getting my Master’s degree in software engineering. But then what? I’ve been really thinking about it.

You see, I knew that I loved technology when I was in primary school, and I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I grew up doing what I love most, but then college happened. There’s nothing I regret more than choosing to study what I love, in college, that should’ve never happened. By the early 2017, I realized, I no longer love it, if anything they made it worse for me, it wasn’t what I thought and I’d rather if I studied it by myself instead of ruining it. So now, I no longer want to work in a technology related field, not anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I still deep down love it and it is my life, but the passion is gone. To me, it was my special thing, my hobby, my passion, my everything. So after college, I need to search for that feeling again, but not while working in this field.

All these thoughts made my anxiety get much worse and it got the best of me. What the hell am I going to do now? I didn’t have plan B!

So now, I’m trying to focus on this year of college first, plan for the doctorate, if I can. And then have plan B and C.

This was the hardest thing to learn in 2017, for me. It is hard to face facts.

With this being said, this year is going to be different, I’m going to do WHAT I LOVE, no pressure whatsoever. This means blog, even if it is after midnight. Feel free to not sleep at all if it means me finishing a book or a manga or a webtoon. Enjoy the little things never mind how small they are. Exercise more, take care of myself first, for one. Try to better myself and be the best version of me and learn more about different topics. Cut all the negativity away, toxic people and so called friendships included. If they don’t love you, support you for who you are, there’s no point, no body is perfect, but we complete in a way each other. Be who I am for real, for instance I adore both black and pastels colors, best of both worlds. No need to fit in one mold, I need to create my own.

This is not an easy thing to do. To admit it to yourself is not easy. But when it is the right thing to do, it is doable.

Hence this blog post, it is like a reminder and a promise, to myself first and to you, that things are changing around here. In the sense that you’ll be seeing more blog posts, in different topics that interest me (everything technology related, TV Shows, movies, music, books, my thoughts like this blog post,…etc), which is still going to be most likely geeky nerdy stuff, since that’s who I am after all. I might start posting my writing too, that’s a thought I’m still pondering and I might test it on Tumblr first.

Please bare with me in this journey, while I grow up even more and mature! This is going to be an interesting ride 😊 .

Happy 2018 and may the road ahead of us be filled with amazing experiences and full of growth and happy moments!

See you sooner than you think 😉,

Zoho Vault: manage your passwords safely and easily.

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With everyone having so many accounts online and having to deal with remembering the password of each account and keeping it safe, having a password manager has been fundamental. But to choose a password manager is to choose a safe and trusted place to save your passwords. Where you can access them securely and from anywhere. So today I present you with Zoho Vault.
Zoho Vault is available on Android, iOS, and for desktop via Chrome and Firefox extensions. You need to sign up for an account at first either via your email, Google or Facebook account, after that you'll need a separate passphrase that protects your passwords aka your Vault. This passphrase will not be stored anywhere and it cannot be recovered, so you need to make sure you remember this or write it down somewhere safe.
  • On PC:
Once you're signed up and logged in into the vault, you'll need to install the browser extensions on your PC in order to enable auto fill; for example, if you open Twitter's website, where you have saved the password already, Zoho Vault will automatically enter your username and password.
From the business and sharing perspective, Zoho Vault lets you share passwords with team members. You can create multiple vaults, dubbed Chambers, and just give team members access to certain vaults. This lets you easily separate work-related accounts from your personal credentials, and you can simply let team members access the "Work" chamber to let them login to the company accounts.
From the simplicity perspective, adding passwords to the Vault is quite simple. You can either add them via the browser extension, or just log in to the website and it will offer to save your password on its own.
One thing I find missing with the extensions is the ability to import already saved passwords in the browser instead of writing every password of every account we have manually. Since most of us, if not all, save their login passwords in their browser in order to remember it next time and to be able to login faster, this feature would really help a lot.
  • On Android:
The experience was actually pretty good. The app itself is designed well and is simple to use. Whenever you open a login page, the auto fill pop-up will help you instantly key in your credentials easily and smoothly. However, sometimes I noticed a certain lag or the popup window freezing This happened few times but it wasn't a big issue and I could easily go back and redo the process and it worked fine. Hopefully these small issues will be dealt with in future updates.
Conclusion
I've tried many password managers and I stopped using them soon after because the app was either complicated to use, sometimes it didn't work or it wasn't free.
So when I was contacted by the really nice Zoho Vault marketing guy, Chandramouli Dorai, telling me that Zoho had a password manager, I was really intrigued for many reasons (I have been playing around with Zoho Notebook which is really interesting and I'm still waiting a bit to write a review on it. Also I've used Zoho Docs for so long back in middle school, so I'm familiar with Zoho very well).
I am actually pleased with the way Zoho Vault works. It has all the essential features for personal and corporate use. Yes, it stores your passwords online, but the second time you use it, it asks you to enable two-factor authentication which will add in a second code required to sign in and which will be sent via SMS, an app or a phone call. Storing passwords online means that they're stored with Zoho, which may concern some with all the privacy concerns talk on the internet. However, Zoho encrypts the passwords, which makes them virtually impossible to access for anyone who doesn't have access to your Chambers. Not to mention that the passphrase which is required to access your account is not stored anywhere on Zoho's servers therefore the access to your account is impossible. The Zoho company itself has been around since 1996 and has a history of making online collaboration tools and other enterprise apps like I mentioned before. That plus the multiple layers of security in Zoho Vault should chase away any concerns people might have.
With all of this being said, I'll keep using it and see how it goes and I'll keep this post updated :).
I should also thank the Zoho Vault team for letting me know about this service and for being patient with me while I wrote this review. I should note that this is an honest and truthful review, I'm not sponsored in anyway.
Let me know in the comments below or via Twitter what password manager you use? Or if you've tried Zoho Vault, what did you think of it?

Get to know me: 30 facts about me


Hello!

It’s so nice to be back and writing again, it has been a long time, sorry for keeping you waiting this long and thank you for your undying patience and loyalty:), it’s an honor to have such a great family online❤.
So, to kick off the blogging season on my blog, I thought I’d start with something light and fun to read. This way you, my readers, will get to know me better other than the geeky Randa, and at the same time this is a way to re-open the blog:).

Let’s go!

    1. I had my first technology experience back when I was 8 years old. We had one of those big white desktop PCs that came with Windows NT (and the floppy disk to reinstall the OS in case of a problem) + a slow yet very satisfactory Internet connection via phone (dial-up). Good old times *^*.
    2. I cherish milk. Milk is the only drink/food I’d die without having every day at least twice.
    3. My favorite colors are: Black, crimson red, brown, purple, pastels and hot pink.
    4. I dislike chocolate except for dark chocolate. My favorite is ‘’Cote d’Or” ’s black chocolate, it’s by far the best one I’ve tasted.
    5. I can go a whole week without drinking water. I just don’t remember to drink it and I’m not thirsty very often.
    6. I am a picky eater but I don’t say a thing if something I don’t like is served to me, I just don’t eat it quietly.
    7. I’m fascinated with Asian culture especially Korean and Japanese.
    8. Speaking of which, I can fluently read Korean, can speak basic sentences and I’m still working on writing (self learning).
    9. I am obsessed with Korean music (BIGBANG, 2NE1, Jessica, Brown Eyed Girls, MAMAMOO, T-Ara, BEAST, 2PM…etc) and dramas (My Love From Another Star, She Was Pretty, Oh My Ghostess, Lucky Romance, Doctor Stranger…etc).
    10. For the last two years I’ve started getting into anime and manga, although I’m still a newbie at those.
    11. I could eat meat & pasta forever if I could.
    12. I hate eating fresh vegetables except for carrots and salads that have a strong taste of vinegar.
    13. Speaking of carrots, my favorite juice is made of carrots, lemons and oranges. It tastes so good.
    14. My favorite fruit is bananas. Hence the nickname: slim monkey.
    15. I used to love dentists and always wanted to me one, but then I had an awful experience with a bad dentist on my senior year of college and now I have a serious dentist/dental phobia to the point that when I see someone with that tooth hurting them or a dentist in general, my whole mouth feels like it’s breaking apart.
    16. I adore horror movies to the point of obsession. My latest favorites are: The Conjuring (1 & 2 although I’m still waiting for the second one to come out on DVD/Blu-ray), The Boy and Unfriended. I definitely recommend checking them out.
    17. I watched Supernatural, it’s 10 seasons, in under a month last year. Because I wanted to refresh my memory of the earlier episodes and be ready for season 11, which was much better than 10😀❤ .
    18. I can’t study/work without music blaring through my ears. And I don’t mean instrumental music, but normal with lyrics music.
    19. I’m a Ubuntu (and a shell) freak. I love it. Although I can’t use it for now, I’m planning to find a way to integrate it better with all my requirements.
    20. For some reason, I can’t realize when someone is telling me in an indirect way that they like me. I kind of get it later on (maybe a year or two later if I get reminded or if it’s pointed out by one of my friends…) or I don’t get it at all. It’s probably because I like things straight forward, I don’t like going around what’s wanted to be said.
    21. Speaking of which, I’m brutally honest. Sometimes even too honest and I realize that this can be intimidating or even offensive for others but the thing is, I don’t mean harm by it at all. I just like things to be clear and simple so there’s no grey area left and we’re all on the same page. And as someone’s friend, I take it as my duty to keep my friend’s head clear and in the right direction, even if that means me telling them what they don’t want to hear.
    22. When I’m really bored or very stressed, I turn off the light, close my bedroom door and lay still in my bed looking at the ceiling. I can stay like that for hours until my mind is clear and I’m energized again.
    23. I’m not a candy person, but I can’t say no to: gummy bears, Maltesers and Smarties.
    24. My favorite smells (and sounds in some cases) are: the sea (especially at night), the rain when it hits the earth, certain types of flowers and the smell of clean things.
    25. I take what I do very seriously, whether it’s school work or just what I love to do. I don’t give up easily, especially if it’s something I’ve worked for so hard and people keep mocking me for it. I tend to overanalyze and think of every single possibility and consequence when faced with important decisions.
    26. Something which might not be obvious to most people even my friends, I’m quite an affectionate person for someone who hates romantic books, TV shows and movies. I just don’t show it openly and I don’t think I’ve ever shown it to anyone 100% except for my own family. I think showing affection has a right time and place along with the right person and in the right way. Not necessarily words. They say that the best showing of love and affection comes in actions and not in words, and I say it’s 100% true, so pay attention to those around you, they might not say much, but you might mean the world to them. In my whole life I’ve watched one romantic and heartbreaking movie that actually made me cry and I’ve never seen it again after (on purpose): A Walk to Remember.❤
    27. If you’ve come this far, you probably realize by now: I’m a philosopher. I really like philosophy, it’s vague and has many doors of questions to be opened and questioned. I think it keeps your mind open and its gears working. My favorite philosopher is: Descartes❤ . He did his best of work in two of my all time favorite domains: philosophy and mathematics.
    28. And yes, I adore mathematics, chemistry, biology and philosophy. A weird combination I know and yet somehow you could always find an interconnection between all of them.
    29. I am a bookworm. I think some of you already know that even if you’ve been following me for a little while. But for you who didn’t know, I’m obsessed with books, although I’ve been in a reading slump for a little over 2 years now😥 . Still working on fixing that.
    30. I’m the craziest and the wildest person you can ever meet and at the same time I’m the shiest most introvert person ever. One of the craziest combinations that even my friends can’t understand. Despite being 24/7 serious and I don’t talk a lot and I keep my distance and a very clear and thick line between me and others, if I feel confortable enough around someone and I feel I’m truly welcomed, I become the opposite, still always respectful, serious when needed but also funny, crazy and very talkative too.
    That’s it!! If you actually did read everything up to here, thank you. I salute you for your patience and for your commitment to read this even though I might have just wasted a very big portion of your time.

    Thank you~<3

    Coming soon on the blog: my all time favorite five apps on Android!

    After exactly 2years, most of everything changed.

    So, how am I supposed to start this blog post?! I have no idea!

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    Hello everyone, old and new readers, those who’ve been following my blog for so long, waiting for me to write again, those who followed me on twitter and kept asking when I’d go back to blogging, all of you, I say thank you Smile.

    Finally, after 2 years exactly from this disastrous situation, I’m here right now writing you this blog post. You’ll know what happened during those two years and what’ll happen to this blog after this long time.

    As usual, if you want to keep reading, please click on more (I warn you, it’s too long and it will waste a long time of yours), if not, I thank you for even checking this blog post and for reading this far Smile.


    I did it!!!

    Oh yeah, who's the geek??? I am!!! Nerd smile

    I had to use 3 different programs, solve 7 occurring issues, spend 3 and a half hours staring at the screen and kill my old Nokia 5800 about 15 times for me to be able to unlock it (I accidently activated the SIM lock option under settings, forgot the pass code and it wouldn't reset to factory setting >_<) and be able to give it to my brother and get my SIM card back!!!

    Oh, dear God, thank you!

    More detailed article coming sometime today or tomorrow, and yes, it can be easy but it also can be as hard as it was for me, especially when you’re running Windows 8, using advanced programs to unlock it or flash it and your phone won’t cooperate with you. Things can get very tricky.

    But I did it!!! Open-mouthed smile 

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a celebration to do Note.

    Randa