Monday, March 25, 2013

Avalon Wars PvP (2nd PvP)

Avalon Wars - PvP

1st PvP: 0 points
2nd PvP: 4,875 points
3rd PvP: 6,550 points (exchanged for mk4 NDA Amp)
4th PvP: 6,187 points (total now 7,612 points)

Well, I made it back from my 2nd Avalon Wars PvP alive finally. I would like to share with you personally first-hand my gruelling 14-day survivor experience (yes, similar to the Survivor reality show) and how can I improve for my next PvP (if the rules remained unchanged).

Day T-3
What? Day T-3? Yes, they took 3 days to resolve the first problem...
It started off with a chaotic "hang at creating the username" experience. It was so bad that PvP players have to un-install and re-install the Avalon Wars apps to go back to their main accounts, let alone PvP accounts. What else is new? This happens to my previous Haypi Kingdom, Emross Wars PvP experience where the developers grossly under-estimated the payload of all active PvP players simultaneously logging into the PvP servers at the same time causing overloads and unforeseen bugs unseen on usual play load servers. Similarly, my previous experience with Day-1 was it was so sluggish that it was almost unplayable.

Day 1 - Maroon Sea, 1 slot
Complete Chaos! What was supposedly a 1-day protection for build-up became a Free-for-all attacked and be-attacked situation. I login straight after iFree's (or iFail's) announcement and gain an early advantage. Being an experienced PvP player, I focussed on quickly building up my base non-stop without domistals speed-up knowing that these precious metals will mean a thin line on live and death later. Some inexperienced or perhaps "rich" over-enthusiastic PvP players started attacking others straight off the bat. You will gain small amount of PvP points early as some do not have troops at all if you are lucky. If you are unlucky, they would have also assembled their troops and guess what, you lose troops, lose an early precious teleport turn and worse, without a win and antagonise the player whereby putting you into their favorites, and the early advantage would have been quickly evaporated. It's a 14-day gruelling PvP so pace yourself. Also the rewards towards the end where you can pick to kill off weak players for 110 PvP points would be much more than the initial 10 PvP points peanuts.

My patience paid off as I quickly levelled up my base's 5-stripe Omega Crusader expert synthetic hero to yes, level 10. He could start using the level 10 elite gear given free by iFree. 3 effects here. 1st, a high level Command Center deterred players psychologically from picking you as an easy prey. 2nd, the elite gear could repel a weak attack without elite gear. 3rd, the durability drop during reset would be fewer for level 11-20 players, which was easily achievable before the reset.

I did grumble at getting a synthetic expert rather than an air force expert as I knew the game would be dominated by air force players. That perception changed when I saw a player named Pangloss. I will cover that later.

I started attacking a few players randomly while building up my base non-stop, completing missions and collecting rewards. What I should have done was to check the ranking wisdom heroes to attack and won easily, as I would have a natural advantage against them.

Day 1 ended with a 15 durability wall drop. My wall dropped from 100 to 85 since I was level 11-20. With the dura wall dropped, the hunger games began.

Next problem of resource and credits shortage started...

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

3CX Mobile Device Manager

3CX Mobile Device Manager

Complete Mobile Device Management

  • Secure Smartphones and Tablets
  • Protect Corporate Data
  • Find & Track Mobile Devices
  • Easy to Use Online Service

Safeguard Corporate Data

  • Enforce a Password Policy
  • Lock and Wipe Mobile Devices

Keep Track of Your Devices

  • Locate any Device
  • Full Location History
  • Real Time Location & Status

Manage Apps on Smartphones and Tablets

  • Review Apps Installed on All Devices
  • Deploy Apps without iTunes & Play

Personally, I have installed and evaluated
  • Apple IOS - Find my iPhone
  • Android - Lookout
  • Android - SamsungDive

These are all freeware that functions well to a certain extent. Namely, tracking your device, remote lock/wipe, sound the siren/alarm. Great for personal users.

However, what if you are a corporate user, e.g. a logistic company that needs to track many truck drivers' location using different devices (Android and IOS), a company that needs large scale customize apps deployment/review and force password policies, a restaurant that wants to deploy apps to handhelds. If security is utmost important to you, you will be glad that the data transmission is over SSL. I did ask 3CX about data encryption on the device itself and 3CX replied that it is in the works.
On top of all the basic security stuff offered with the freebies software I evaluated above.

Then, the 3CX mobile device manager solution will definitely suit your needs. Even as an individual user or a small company, they offer a Free 5 Device Account for Life! For those considering purchasing more than 5, you can have a Proof of Concept first.

Part NumberUp to # DevicesOne Year


Additional stuff I like besides the standard tracking etc.

Manage Mobile Apps
Use 3CX Mobile Device Manager to deploy apps en masse with just a few mouse clicks. Review installed apps on all connected devices. Monitor for malware and remove inappropriate and rogue apps. Create a whitelist of approved apps and send all inappropriate apps to the blacklist to be automatically blocked.
With 3CX Mobile Device Manager you can configure settings remotely for individual devices or multiple devices simultaneously, including email settings and Wi-Fi network configuration and passwords. View installed apps, call logs and messages sent and received and the model name, operating system version and CPU and memory usage for each device. 3CX Mobile Device Manager also alerts you to important events such as policy violations.

I will also personally install 3CX mobile device manager to share with you my first hand experience later in another post.

Important note with regards to uninstallation as you need to uncheck device administrator to uninstall in Android, a security feature not a bug.

Play Store Reviews
Jeuris Rodriguez - January 10, 2013 - HTC Nexus One
To uninstall
Menu > setting > location & security > select device administrator > unchecked > uninstall like any other app from application menu

Jules GI - March 8, 2013
Great for corporations!
Let's you keep track of and manage many devices. Only admins can uninstall- it's a feature, not a flaw!

So what are you waiting for? Take the free plunge and get wet!

3CX Mobile Device Manager Free Sign-Up (First 5 Accounts)
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