Magento Fix on simplexml_load_string error at lib/Varien/Simplexml/Config.php

If you’ve noticed that your system.log’s size is increasing every minute because of the error logs like this:

Warning: simplexml_load_string(): ^ in /lib/Varien/Simplexml/Config.php on line 383
2016-06-27T14:01:04+00:00 ERR (3): Warning: simplexml_load_string(): Entity: line 292: parser error : expected '>' in /lib/Varien/Simplexml/Config.php on line 383
2016-06-27T14:01:04+00:00 ERR (3): Warning: simplexml_load_string(): nkey.png</233><234>manufacturers/image.jpg</234><235>manufacturers/image.jpg</ in /lib/Varien/Simplexml/Config.php on line 383
2016-06-27T14:01:04+00:00 ERR (3): Warning: simplexml_load_string(): ^ in /lib/Varien/Simplexml/Config.php on line 383
2016-06-27T14:01:04+00:00 ERR (3): Warning: simplexml_load_string(): Entity: line 292: parser error : Opening and ending tag mismatch: config line 1 and unparseable in /lib/Varien/Simplexml/Config.php on line 383
2016-06-27T14:01:04+00:00 ERR (3): Warning: simplexml_load_string(): nkey.png</233><234>manufacturers/image.jpg</234><235>manufacturers/image.jpg</ in /lib/Varien/Simplexml/Config.php on line 383

Then consider your problem solved. After hours and hours of googling and searching at stackoverflow, I found nothing. Most of the solutions to the problem that is related to the simplexml_load_string error is something that is related to an XML file. But my problem wasn’t.
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git: User was holding a relation lock for too long

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If you encountered this error while pushing your recent change to your git repo, worry not. You’re not alone. Just recently, like a few minutes ago, I’m having trouble pushing my latest commit to my Bitbucket repo. Good thing I found out that it’s just a bitbucket issue, not really an issue with my repo or with my server or with my localhost.

Below is the exact error I’m getting while trying to push my latest commits:
remote: canceling statement due to conflict with recovery
remote: LINE 1: …er”.”date_joined” FROM “bb_repository” INNER JOIN “auth_user…
remote: DETAIL:  User was holding a relation lock for too long.
! [remote rejected] master -> master (pre-receive hook declined)

I actually tried pushing it again and again, switch branches, cloned a new repo, but no can do. Nothing I tried worked, it’s because Bitbucket is having issues, not me. Haha!

Let’s just wait for Bitbucket to fix the issue and not panic.

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BryanVeloso.com is not mobile friendly

Yes, that’s right. My website is not mobile friendly and I’ll be switching to a responsive theme very soon. I just love this theme because it’s simple and, not mobile friendly. I was just alarmed, because when I searched for my blog in Google.com, I saw a “Your page is not mobile-friendly.” link right under my URL bryanveloso.com. Alarming isn’t it?

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Google Adsense cannot login using Chrome, but in Safari, you can!

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If you’ve encountered this issue last year, it seems it’s still not fixed. When attempting to sign in via adsense.google.com using Google Chrome, you’ll be prompted with this error message: “Looks like this Google account isn’t associated with an AdSense account. That’s okay. You can either sign in with the Google account associated with AdSense, or sign up for an AdSense account today.”. I thought this is just temporary. All I know is that Google is signing in your Adsense account using an individual account data, not your actual account data. This happened to accounts who signed up with Adsense prior to the implementation of Google Single Sign-on. So it’s prompting that your email is not associated to Adsense at all.
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Happyfresh Philippines doesn’t guarantee 1 hour delivery

I tried ordering today at happyfresh.ph, hoping that they will live to its promise of delivering your groceries within an hour, but I was disappointed with their service. It’s actually a lie. If you’re expecting your groceries to be delivered within an hour or within 2 hours, then you’ll be disappointed, just like me. They will not and cannot deliver it within an hour, I assure you. I selected the time 1-2PM after ordering at 12 noon. Surprise surprise, 2PM already passed, and the groceries are still not delivered. After refreshing their website several times, the status of my order is “Shopper has started selecting your items 19/05/2016 – 12:42PM”. They just started selecting and will deliver it in my area for 5-10minutes or less? I doubt it will arrive that fast, even if there’s no traffic, it’s literally impossible, unless the grocery shop is just 10 steps away from home.

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Globe *143# not working, GCASH, buy load and AMEX not available

Just recently, around April 28, 2016, AMEX, GCASH and Buy a load via *143# is remove. All you can see when you dial it is this.

Globe-*143#-menu

I thought it’s gone forever, even though it’s only the reason why most of the people are dialling *143#. Their customer support doesn’t have even a clue that it’s gone. They are just stuttering and saying.. “Aaah.. sir.. Ah ok sir. My apologies sir that you cannot find the GCASH options in *143#.” So I think it’s gone forever.

Good thing, after 2 days of the unannounced maintenance, they sent a mass SMS saying:
“Dear Gcash customer, our system activity is taking longer than expected. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience. Rest assured we’ll let you know as soon as Buy Load to all networks and Cash-in from BP via the Gcash app, and Load to Gcash and Gcash American Express registrations, renewals and PIN generation in all channels are available again. Thank you for your understanding.”

Right now, I advice everyone—specially those who are using the AMEX virtual card—to avoid using your AMEX card via Paypal, as it will most probably get rejected/denied but your GCASH account will still be charged. Refunding process by GCASH AMEX will usually take 3-6 months, probably never. As they are having a hard time tracing this kind of issue. I’ve been charged twice already for a Paypal denied transaction using my GCASH AMEX card last February 2016 and March 2016, and until now, those charged are still not refunded. Anyway, it’s just a small amount of below P10,000 pesos, so I assume they really don’t care that much for small time customers like me.

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Comfoods Million Peso Scam by Gary Huang and Family

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I just recently heard about this in various social media channels and GMA news last April 21, 2016. According to the CEO of Commonwealth Foods Incorporated, Gary Huang, Margarita Huang, and family are not connected with Comfoods for a very long time.

The victims of the lending scam reported this incident to the NBI just recently after the checks issued to them by Gary Huang was returned to them. The Huang family are currently under investigation, and cannot be found anywhere in the Philippines.
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Graphical inspiration from the gaming world

The internet revolution has meant that all of us have become a little more aware as to the importance of having good graphics on our sites. There’s nothing more likely to turn off any potential visitor than having some fuzzy lo-res graphics, and that’s why it’s always good to have a look around to make sure that your digital endeavours are up to date.

The gaming realm in particular is packed full of examples – both good and bad – of how graphics can make or break any project. So here’s a look at how a few next-gen titles, mobile games and even online slots have managed to set themselves apart from the pack.

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The next-gen consoles of the Sony PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have gleefully shown us just how powerful they can be in providing sleek graphics that deliver a 21st century gaming experience.
Games like The Order 1886 gained a huge amount of press purely due to their beautiful graphical capacities, and similarly, the Arkham Knight Batman game managed to deliver a fluidity in motion never before seen on our console screens.
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