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This Isn’t The Real World, It’s A Fallen World

Some people will try to tell you that this is the real world and you’d better accept it. But I’m here to tell you that this isn’t the way the world should be. No system that man has established here is the way things should be. God intended something very different for us when He established the universe.

The real world that we should be looking forward to is Heaven. God has built a kingdom that will not perish and is bringing it to Earth when He returns to bring peace.

Don’t let anyone tell you that this is the real world and you’d better wake up. We as children of the Most High are already awake. Our eyes and ears are open to the truth of this fallen world and we will not conform to the systems established by men.

I pray that you see the truth that the systems set in place here are not what’s right and that there is a better place to look forward to. Jesus is coming soon and I hope that you have accepted Him as your personal Lord and Savior. Your sins are forgiven, just confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Christ came to save lives. Amen 🙏🏽✝🕊

Friend-and-Family, Spirituality

You Are Not Alone. There is a Person Closer than your Own Breath.

I have heard a lot of people declare that they are lonely and have no one. Let me just start with that there is someone who is always there with you. God.

Hebrews 13:5 – Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

If you are experiencing a time alone I suggest you focus on the Lord and let His presence bring you peace and comfort.

2 Corinthians 1:4 – He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.

If it seems like everyone is trying to hurt you be assured that you are a child of God.

John 15:19 – If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

So you see, this season of loneliness is only temporary. One day you will be closer to God because you studied His word and sought His face. One day you will feel better because you will be comforted and healed from whatever ails you. One day even your enemies will behave like friends.

Please know that there are other brothers and sisters suffering some of the same things you are going through. I pray that you find them so that you can build each other up and encourage each other through this time, amen 🙏🏽✝🕊.

Spirituality

TIL: Easy doesn’t transform. We have been put in a difficult situation.

A while ago I learned that we are in a difficult situation. God has placed life and death before us, and we must chose wisely. Once we have chosen life, God will test our faith with trials. This is the difficult situation. We must remain good no matter the circumstances. We must not grow tired of doing the right thing.

This life is a trial by fire. But do not be afraid, for God is with us. To strengthen us and give us guidance. Most of what God wants us to know is in the Bible. For man will not survive on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from God’s mouth. We must seek His face every day and truly repent from out sins so that He can transform us into the people we’ve always wanted to be.

All of this trouble will be worth it in the end. We will be made whole and complete by the Lord so that we do not lack anything. God wants us to know Him and keep His laws. By doing that we show love towards the Creator that loved us first. God has called us towards Him and gives everyone a chance to be saved.

I would like to conclude with this: Consider it all pure joy, when you suffer trials of any kind. For the testing of your faith produces perseverance, character, and hope. Once we are done, we will be able to provide others with the comfort that we ourselves received from the Lord.

I pray that you see things differently whenever you suffer, cause by accepting what the Lord has ordained, we will show our understanding that all this is necessary for our salvation. Amen 🙏🏽✝🕊

Spirituality

Long Live the Eternal King! All This Wicked Generation Will Be Forgotten.

The Bible tells us that when God brings Heaven to Earth, he will erase the past and all the evil that happened with it. We as peaceful children of God will never remember the hurtful things that’ve happened, nor will they ever come to mind.

Hallelujah!

Glory be to God who restores us to perfect health. Who provides all that we could ever ask for and more. Every tongue that rises against me will be condemned. There is life or death in your words, choose them wisely.

Spirituality

The Fallen World Wants to Remind You that You’re in Danger. God Wants to Remind You that Angels are Protecting You.

The enemy is a noisy distraction. Don’t let them take your focus off what’s most important. That is the kingdom of Heaven. When you feel threatened or intimidated, shift your eyes to the One who gave you life, God Himself.

I could not count the many times that enemies have lied to me about my fate and what’s going to happen to me. They have never been correct about any of it, because God has kept me under His feathers.

I have been given so much comfort through the Bible, teachings that keep me secure in the Lord. I want to share this comfort with you. Please read Psalm 91:

Spirituality

Why I Chose to be a Non-Denominational Christian Instead of Other Options.

I chose to be non-denominational because the New Testament warns us about choosing sides. Read 1 Corinthians 1:10-13 below:

But I urge you, believers, by the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in full agreement in what you say, and that there be no divisions or factions among you, but that you be perfectly united in your way of thinking and in your judgement [about matters of the faith]. For I have been informed about you, my brothers and sisters, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are quarrels and factions among you. Now I mean this, that each on of you says, “I am [a disciple] of Paul,” or “I am [a disciple] of Apollos,” or “I am [a disciple] of Cephas (Peter),” or “I am [a disciple] of Christ.” Has Christ been divided [into different parts]? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized into the name of Paul? [Certainly not!]

So you see, when a church decides to believe in what a person is saying instead of what Christ says, it’s dividing itself from the body of Christ. The only words we need to live by have already been provided by God in the Bible. We are to be of one mind, serving each other, and building each other up to succeed and prosper.

security, Technology

Let’s Create A Better Web Experience

I’ve enjoyed the internet ever since the first time I got online using Netscape browser. Remember that one? Very few of you will, but it was a good time. Read this article to learn how you can contribute to a better web for all: https://www.cnet.com/news/tim-berners-lee-lays-out-plan-for-a-better-web-and-needs-your-help/?ftag=CAD090e536&bhid=28331162409715720457599490724510

Spirituality

Life Can Be Difficult Sometimes

I’m dealing with some people who just don’t get it. They don’t understand what it takes to live among others peacefully. They lack the mental capacity to wrap their minds around proper social engagement. I’m at a loss for what to do, because to change someone’s behavior, it takes years of therapy, or a downfall. I don’t pray for people to get disciplined in that way just to learn a lesson, but sometimes that’s what it takes.

I pray for the patience it’s going to take to deal with these people. I ask that you pray for me and ask God to put me in a better place.

Spirituality

New Lease on Life! Can’t let anyone bring me down.

I subscribe to the Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary Word of the Day newsletter, and recently I learned about enervate. It means to lower the mental or physical strength of someone with words or actions. I’ve decided to never let anyone enervate me in any way. Back in the day when someone said cruel words to me, I would become angry, sad, or depressed. But not anymore, I have a new lease on life.

Ever since I read the Bible, I have been coping with life on a different level. I encourage you to give it a try, read the whole thing and see if your life changes. Mine has, and I believe yours can too.

So any, I just wanted to let you know what I’m up to, and how I’m dealing with my problems. If you wanna chat just email me and we can pick an app, preferably it’ll be Signal.

Real-Rap

A Great Day in Hip-Hop! Eminem drops “Kamikaze”

Oh man, what can I say, I have renewed faith in the rap game. Eminem just might save Hip-Hop from drowning in that repetitive-mumble rap that’s choking the airwaves. It’s because of Eminem’s continuous effort that I have new music that is worth listening to. I have gained a few IQ points just by absorbing this latest offering. The song, “Lucky You,” has introduced me to Joyner Lucas, another artist I will try to listen to more often. Joyner’s flow is comparable to Em’s, and I can see why The Greatest decided to collab with him.

It’s a miracle that Eminem is still able to deliver this high-caliber music at this point in his career. I don’t understand how that new dumbed-down rap is so popular. Am I crazy or something? Nah, I know better than that. I think what happened is that the radio doesn’t wanna promote the real music anymore. They’d rather brainwash their listeners into buying that junk.

I’m glad to see how Eminem has evolved as an artist. I can feel the fire and passion he has for this craft. He can still get very funny with his punch-lines and that puts a smile on my face. I like how he addresses the current state of hip-hop with hard-hitting criticism.

If you are a true fan of rap, then you have to give this album a listen. You’ll thank Em afterwards. All other rappers are just wannabees. An album this heavy puts pressure on up and comers to put in real work. Back to the drawing board for all of y’all.

“Watch me tea bag the mic, cause I go nuts on it” – Eminem

Samples: http://smarturl.it/EminemKamikaze

Listen to the whole album: https://open.spotify.com/album/3HNnxK7NgLXbDoxRZxNWiR

security, Technology

More Info About GDPR

Today is the day, and I’m sure a lot of you have been receiving updated privacy and cookie policies from various companies. This is good news because it shows that these companies realize that the way they were abusing our personal info will get them in serious trouble.

I have even come across some websites that show a message saying, “By continuing to use our website you agree to our privacy policy and use of your personal info.”

Are you kidding me? Now thanks to the GDPR, this type of message process is no longer legal. Any website you use MUST get your consent before they store, process, or sell your personal info.

Here are some links with more info:

https://blog.mozilla.org/internetcitizen/2018/05/23/gdpr-mozilla/

https://gdpr-info.eu/art-25-gdpr/

security, Technology

Journalists Beware, PGP Email Encryption is Flawed!

Hackers who snoop on network traffic can capture the encrypted emails that you send out. They then modify this email by enclosing the encrypted code in an image tag. When the recipient then opens the email, their client automatically decrypts the message and sends it to the hacker by requesting the image from the malicious url.

Here is the link to the website created to explain everything: https://efail.de/

Here is a link to the website announcing the discovery: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44107570

Development, Technology

GDPR To Take Effect on May 25th!

Next month the EU’s GDPR law will go into effect, and many companies are updating their privacy policy to prepare for the new regulations. I as a developer have to know this law thoroughly because I don’t want to violate the law and then be held liable for damages. So here are the major points I’ve learned so far:

  • Before collecting a customer’s personal data, you must obtain consent.
  • Personal data includes anything that can be used to identify a user. Such as email and name.
  • In order to obtain consent, your terms of use have to be easily accessible and easy to understand. You cannot hide your terms deep in legal jargon.
  • After obtaining consent, the user must have an easy way to opt-out of your use of their personal data.
  • The user must also have an easy way to download all of the info you have on them, and the ability to delete all of their data from your servers as part of their “Right to be Forgotten.”
  • Once you’ve gotten consent to use a person’s data in a certain way, you then cannot use that same data in a different way. You will have to obtain new consent in order to change the way you use their personal data.
  • Each company will have to appoint an employee to represent them in the EU. This employee will act as the contact for the EU’s DPA (Data Protection Authorities.
  • These DPA’s will have the power to investigate and enforce the GDPR rules on companies operating with user’s personal data.
  • Companies that suffer a breach of their user’s personal data must immediately inform those users that their info was stolen.
  • Both the company collecting personal data, and the third-party that the company is selling your personal data to are legally responsible for any mistakes that are made.

Here are a few links with more info:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/TrustCenter/Privacy/gdpr/default.aspx?&wt.srch=1&wt.mc_id=AID641639_SEM_BQ6Yzc26&msclkid=d8a227b1a1ca11d25b457d7d67b04615

https://assessment.microsoft.com/gdpr-compliance

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/more-than-half-of-android-apps-for-kids-are-violating-us-privacy-laws/

https://www.enisa.europa.eu/publications/privacy-and-data-protection-by-design

https://www.eff.org/issues/privacy

https://www.gdprhq.io/post/gdpr-hq-its-time-to-dig-in

https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/lawful-basis-for-processing/

https://www.pcreview.co.uk/articles/gdpr-what-it-is-and-what-it-means.199/

https://spectrum.ieee.org/telecom/internet/your-guide-to-the-gdpr.html

https://sdtimes.com/security/what-does-it-take-to-build-a-secure-app-by-design/

Development

Blazor is Microsoft’s implementation of programming WebAssembly with C# and Razor.

Hello everyone, I was looking into WebAssembly and right now they only support C++. But then I found out that ASP.NET is coming up with a solution that will allow me to write the code with C# instead. This is a great feature and I hope it becomes an official product. Right now it is in the experimentation phase so nothing is being promised.

Here are more links:

https://blazor.net/docs/get-started.html

https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=aspnet.blazor

https://learn-blazor.com/

Artwork

Katerina Limpitsouni of unDraw release free graphics under the MIT license!

I have found a gold-mine, a treasure trove. It’s a bunch of graphics in SVG and PNG format that I can use in my personal and commercial projects free of charge. All I have to do is include the MIT license in my project.

unDraw: https://undraw.co/illustrations

Katerina Limpitsouni: https://twitter.com/ninalimpi

Aggelos Gesoulis: https://twitter.com/anges244

Technology

Amazingly Fast and Secure Browser from Avast!

I have just downloaded the Avast Secure Browser today and I have to say, it is sooo much faster than Edge is. I feel like I can actually work more efficiently because I’m not waiting for web pages to load. They just pop up no problem.

I guess the most important features I should tell you about is the Anti-Fingerprinting. This stops websites from identifying you by using your browser settings. A very handy feature because websites are trying to figure out ways to identify you even when you don’t want them to. Very sneaky behavior and they should be ashamed of themselves.

Well anyway, here is the link to download this amazing browser: https://www.avast.com/secure-browser

Let me know what you think of the improved speed you experience when browsing different websites. Did I mention this browser is amazing? 🙂

Technology

CloudFare releases a more secure and faster DNS server network.

Did you know that your ISP logs all your internet activity and then sells that info to advertisers so they can target you with ads? Well now there is a way to help mitigate that by using CloudFare’s new secure and fast DNS server network. You will have to follow the steps to configure use of their network and it’s only a few clicks away. I can say that I have noticed an improvement of loading websites thanks to this service.

Here is a link with more info: https://1.1.1.1/

Here is a summary of the service by VentureBeat: https://venturebeat.com/2018/04/01/cloudflare-launches-consumer-dns-service-to-speed-up-the-internet/

Development

I’ve decided to program a standard Windows.Forms app first.

I figured that since I can’t figure out how to work around the Android Virtual Device Manager bug, I’ll get a head start on the logic of my game by programming it in a platform that works. Windows.Forms!

I’ve got a few features working, like the saving of the user-specified options into their Windows/User folder.

If you would like to sign up to be a beta tester just email me and let me know.

Development

Problems with Android Virtual Device Manager: No system images installed.

Hello everyone, I’ve been having problems with the AVD Manager. It won’t let me create a virtual device using the latest SDK and system image. When I selected Android 8.0 API 26 it displays, “No system images installed”.

It should show me the system images I have installed, but it doesn’t. I have found forums where other users are having similar problems. Most of them solved it by restarting their IDE. But that didn’t work for me, I even restarted my PC.

I found another suggestion that installing ALL the previous SDKs and system images from 4.4 to 8.0 would resolve the issue, but that seems unnecessary. Why would I have to install almost 100GB of data just to run the latest system image in the emulator?

Well, I am going to find another solution cause I don’t want all that data on my hard drive for no reason. There must be another way to get this to work. If you know of a solution please feel free to email me at abraham.andres.luna@hotmail.com

Spirituality

Willing To Endure Whatever

I know you are having a hard time, we all are. Recently I read in the Bible that we have to be willing to endure whatever may come, to bring honor and glory to God. So let God finish His work in you so that you are whole and complete, lacking nothing. God did not author your trouble, but He will use it to bring good into your life. Finish the race strong so that you can win in life. Those who have chosen Jesus have overcome the world. Because as Jesus is, you are also. I pray that instead of praying for the trouble to go away, that you pray for the strength to overcome and the wisdom to learn something from it all, amen 🙏✝️🕊️

Spirituality, Uncategorized

My Dream Is To Venture Out Into The Ends Of The World And Snatch People Out Of The Fire

God is calling us to step out of our comfort zone and into the unknown. We have to go out there and help spread the good news of the gospel. We cannot stay in our safety zone expecting to save lives. We have to trust that God knows what He is doing and we have to be willing to endure whatever may come.

When I finally accomplish this dream I will update you on how it went. For now I will try to spread the good news to the people around me.

Spirituality

Your Spiritual Maturity Needs to Happen

We start off as children, and then go through puberty to mature into adults. But that’s only half of the maturity we need to accomplish. Spiritual maturity needs to happen also, where we transition from spiritual milk, to the meat of spiritual truths. We cannot stay immature, still doing the same silly things we do before we are changed by Christ. Some men are elderly and still have not rose above their old ways into the higher calling that God has placed on all of us. Read this scripture to confirm what I have written:

For though by this time you ought to be teachers because of the time you have had to learn these truths, you actually need someone to teach you again the elementary principles of God’s word from the beginning, and you have come to be continually in need of milk, not solid food. For everyone who lives on milk is doctrinally inexperienced and unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a spiritual infant. But solid food is for the spiritually mature, whose senses are trained by practice to distinguish between what is morally good and what is evil. – Hebrews 5:12-14

Life is a song being sung by God himself. Don’t you want to be a part of His beautiful creation? Why do men choose to be a noisy distraction, trying to take down his fellow brother? Spiritual maturity won’t happen overnight, and I think that is why so many people give up their journey down the righteous path. We need to develop patience in order to learn God’s ways to be acceptable to Him who created us.

I conclude with this, don’t run towards disaster and ruin. Instead, walk towards the light, into God’s arms where He will grant you eternal life in Heaven.