Avoid pop.co

A while ago, I bought the tickets for Laracon Online. Among the goodies you get is a free .co domain for a year with a domain registrar called pop.co.

There was a special promo link that you have to use to get your free domain, but this link wasn’t communicated clearly enough and I paid for my .co domain.

So I tried to contact them to see if this could be rectified. I didn’t expect a refund, but maybe just extend my domain with an extra year.

No response. Nothing at all from them, for weeks.

Today, I tried to login to webmail on pop.co. Logged in successfully but I keep getting redirected back to the login screen.

And if you check their twitter account, you’ll see that there are no more responses after the goodies where given out when Laracon Online went live.

Something’s fishy.

Transferring out my domain to my current registrar (This is not a sponsored post, lol). WHOIS lookup prishe.com if you want to know who.

This one I’m using now has been reliable, and support promptly responds to my questions.

In summary, fuck pop.co

On Cryptocurrencies

When bitcoin was first announced, it boasted of features that would help make “ideas flourish”.

With low transaction fees, no chargebacks, it was supposed to help businesses in their transactions.

But today, it has achieved none of that, or maybe it does in the black markets, but I’m not familiar with that.

And while no significant life-improving thing has been achieved, a lot of processing power, resources to make chips for those processing power and electricity to power those chips are continually being consumed in enormous amounts by cryptocurrency miners.

I feel that all these resources could’ve been spent on more important things.

Like protein folding.

Making cheaper computers for people who can’t afford one.

Electricity to power more cars so that fossil fuels can be phased out faster.

In my eyes, cryptocurrencies are nothing but just a new age ponzi scheme.

People treat them as an investment in the future.

A vaporware future.

Having said all that, I still bought about $800 worth of coins last year just to learn what the process is like to purchase coins.

Sold them when their price went up, bought them again when their price fell. Now I have $1200 worth of coins, just waiting for the next price increase.

Blockchain technology on the other hand, may bring improvements to various industries. And as long as it doesn’t consume so much resources, it’s something I can agree with.

Japan 2017 – Day 10

Today is my last day in Japan.

Did some more treasure hunting at Book Off, a place that buys and sells second hand books and some other electronic devices and games.

Relaxed at a cozy coffee place where you can see the main road in Akihabara.

Got an alert that my flight was delayed by an hour. So I continued spending time at the coffee place until noon where traffic police begin sealing off the roads to cars for “Pedestrian Heaven”, where everyone can just walk on the roads.

Then it’s just taking my own sweet time heading to the airport for my flight back.

The loot for this trip:

I watched a Haruka Ayase movie (Honnouji Hotel) during my flight here and now I’m a fan.

Held back on buying manga as they are heavy and I’m running out of space at home.

The best item was the music box from FFXIV which I had my friend B, help me buy.

Japan 2017 – Day 9

The plan for today was to meet with another couple from the FFXI days. This time, there was a new addition to their family, a baby girl.

But unfortunately their baby was down with fever and couldn’t meet up.

So I went on with the lunch plan at a supposedly famous place.

 

Japanese curry rice!

There was a queue of about 10 right outside the shop as I got there. It was about 1 hour before their closing time.

A lady from the shop asked how many there are in my group and I said only 1. And then she proceeded to put a “We’re closed” sign behind me.

I was lucky to be the last customer for the day.

It was a long 40 minute wait before my turn came.

Inside, it was just a small space with 2 tables for 4 persons each, and the counter seats another 4.

I sat at the counter right next to a tall and huge Japanese guy. We both ordered the special curry except he asked for extra and I asked for less rice.

The special comes with a variety of toppings.

The owner even offered to give more meat and rice to the huge Japanese guy after he was close to finishing, while I was struggling to finish my “smaller” portion.

I never went hungry for the rest of the day after this meal. It was also delicious, making it worth the long queue time.

I went to Ikebukuro next. I wanted to see the sun set next to Mount Fuji again like I did in my first trip, 10 years ago.

Headed to Sunshine City, went up to the observation deck and was mildly displeased at how much it has changed.

Before entering the observation area, you had to be in a small room where they put on a CG simulation of some planes flying around the building and “shattering” the glass windows.

A section in the observation area now has a few VR booths.

While waiting for sunset, throughout my time at the observation area, you can keep hearing screams from the women at the VR booths.

At first, Mount Fuji can’t be seen but I got to see this breath taking view of the sun shining through the clouds.

Then when the time came, I got to see the shadow of Mount Fuji with the sun setting next to it.

Japan 2017 – Day 8

Left the manga cafe at 6:00am for the first Shinkansen back to Tokyo. It’s about a total of 6 hours ride with a stop in Shin Osaka.

Bought some bread from the bread store for breakfast and went to get my bags from the coin lockers.

And this is when I had the first panic of the entire trip.

I couldn’t retrieve my bags from the coin lockers.

Though I said panic, I was still pretty calm throughout the entire thing, munching on the bread along the way.

Reading the signs, it says that after 12am everyday, you will have to pay another 300 yen fee.

I tried to put in my coins but the slots were blocked. Sign says that lockers are opened from 7am, but my train leaves at 6:59am.

I called the number on the locker and hoped they would send a security guy to help me but they couldn’t. Or maybe wouldn’t?

Resigned to my fate, I went to make reservations on the next train back, which would disrupt my schedule for the day by about an hour.

And then I went back to the locker area still munching on the bread while waiting for the lockers to work.

But at around 6:50am, a sudden thought came into my head telling me to try putting in the locker key before inserting coins. I tried it and it started accepting coins and unlocked!

I quickly grabbed all my stuff and rushed to the platform.

Made it to my train in time.

Back in Tokyo, Akihabara, I checked into my hotel, washed up, and went to meet another friend from FFXIV for the first time, H.

It was a short meet up at Ikspiari, a shopping mall right next to Tokyo Disneyland. Had some dinner, matcha tea and we window shopped before parting ways.

I spent the rest of the night at Disneyland with the after 6 night passport which is cheaper. Managed to get on all the thrilling rides before they had to close for the day.

The last time I went to DisneySea, so this time, I went to Disneyland. They had already begun with the Christmas theme. It’s only November!