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AirBNB Pre-Approved Payment Mobile App Issue/Bug

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I recently tried to book a house on Airbnb mobile app.  Having not booked in a while, I decided to try linking my PayPal account.  I followed the steps in the app to connect my account for pre-approved payments.  Upon return to the app after successfully linking my account, I tried to book the house.  I received an error that the payment was not approved.  At this time, I then checked the PayPal website and could see a successful approved payment.  So, I thought to myself it must have been a little bug, so I tried to book again.  Once again, the charge showed up in PayPal, and now I had 2 successful PayPal payments and NO booking.  I called Airbnb immediately to explain the situation and they told me…don’t worry about it – this isn’t a real transaction.  Well, 2 days later – those pre-approved payments for over $2,000 hit my PayPal account!  Why?  Because the Airbnb app has a bad bug – and the PayPal link/booking flow is clearly broken.  Airbnb CSR reps (Sierra L.) were not helpful at all, and I had to get PayPal to finally step in and correct this mistake.  At no time did the CSR reps realize there was an issue with the app.  Additionally, they spoke over my concerns and actually hung up on me at one point! Wow, all for taking $2,000 in un-authorized charges.  Clearly they have no Customer Service Representative training.

Do not use PayPal and AirBNB – it doesn’t work correctly.

Why I traded-in my AT&T Phone for an Amazon Gift Card.

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AT&T is one of the Worst mobile carriers for Android hardware. I had a Samsung S6 EDGE+ sm-g928A variant. 32gb in Gold Platinum. The problem is AT&T loads so much bloatware on the phone, it makes it almost unusable. You cannot root this phone. Additionally there hasn’t been an update issue since December of 2015. It’s now May of 2016!

Amazon Trade-In’s offers you cash in the form of Amazon gift card for your old devices. This is a great way to recycle and reclaim value for items that would otherwise just be collecting dust.

In an effort to use products that are more sustainable, I have banned AT&T phones from my life. I will continue with a Blackphone 2 and One Plus Two.

Facebook Connect Meteor 1.3 Cordova Android and iOS Build

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Add the following to your Meteor application for Facebook Login compatability with the latest 1.3 update.

App.configurePlugin('cordova-plugin-facebook4', {
APP_ID: 'XXXXX',
APP_NAME: 'XXXXXX'
});

Finally add this to your cordova packages.  Edit .meteor/cordova-plugins

cordova-plugin-facebook4@https://github.com/jeduan/cordova-plugin-facebook4.git#5f66097f998f64cdf8594965f8d058b5da88fadd

Ubuntu 16 LTS Extend Battery Life and Improvement Tips

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These quick changes increased my battery life from 5-6 hours to well over 10 hours with a Thinkpad X250.  I would highly recommend these for any mobile Ubuntu install.


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install tlp tlp-rdw

(For thinkpads continue with)

sudo apt-get install tp-smapi-dkms acpitool

Now update your TLP file with

gksudo gedit /etc/default/tlp

Finally Add Powertop


sudo apt-get install powertop

sudo powertop --auto-tune

sudo powertop

Reboot

Can’t deploy to Modulus with Meteor 1.3

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If you’re having trouble deploying your Meteor app with the latest 1.3 update there’s a documented but not well known fix for making sure that your latest applications run on modulus.   

https://help.modulus.io/customer/portal/articles/1647770-using-meteor-with-modulus

Modulus now requires that meteor apps use the meteor setting under the ministration tab as the deployment environment. If you do not update the setting with the new Meteor 1.3 update you will not be able to play your application.

All deployments now require the NPM module modulus@next

npm -g install modulus@next

How-To Work with Developers

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A practical guide for non-technical people on how to work with developers

:What we need to get the job done right for you.

A plan.

We need to know the big idea, the 50,000ft end to end idea –
If you haven’t thought of it yet, better give this one a good think first.  Once you set out the vision, don’t plan on changing it.  Just the individual components.  If you want another vision, that’s gonna cost you – and it’s a whole other project.

Content

Developers prefer all of the content, images, and artwork upfront and ready to go.  It may sound selfish, and needy – but it makes our job more efficient.  (We’ve done this before) .  Our job is not to play where’s waldo for the content that you would like, instead please provide us with a folder or zip file at least that contains the images, text, and anything else required for the project in advance.  One communication including all the content should be the source, rather than a hodge podge of emails the developer will get lost in and never find what he/she is looking for.

Execution

Set a deadline before you begin.  Do not, I repeat, do not continue to make changes on the initial plan and content after development has started.  Wait for a review session, to add or change the configuration.  Adding or changing the plan during development is costly and time consuming, distracting the developer from executing.

Install Brew on Mavericks OS X 10.9

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Xcode is Required – First Download and Install the Latest Version.

Then Run:
xcode-select --install
Select Yes and Install the necessary tools.

Now Install Homebrew
ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.github.com/Homebrew/homebrew/go/install)"
brew doctor

Now, test Brew –
brew install siege