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One Year Later

Monday, September 1st, 2008

It’s been one year since my last post to this blog. A lot of stuff has happened in my life, so this post will serve as a brief update for the past year.

School
I graduated from BCIT with a diploma in computer networking.

Living Situation

In September 2007 I moved from Pitt Meadows BC to Burnaby BC. During the schoolyear I was living in the BCIT Residence, and recently moved to a place near Metrotown in Burnaby. I’m living with a roomate, who still attends BCIT.

Work
The week after I finished college, I began working full time as a network technician at an ISP. In October I became a CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate), and later this year I will be writing the exams required to get my CCNP and CCIP certifications.

Websites
Around the beginning of the year I found that I was spending too much time working on various websites and wasn’t devoting enough time to school, so I decided to take a break until September. This would give me time to finish college, and have a nice break over the summer. Currently I am getting rid of some of my assets, and organizing the rest. Getting ready to gear up again.

Summer
Since I live so close to downtown Vancouver, I went several times to the Celebration of Lights, which is an awesome fireworks show. My friends and I also spent a lot of time at the beaches in Vancouver such as English Bay, Ambleside, Jericho, and Spanish Banks. Started playing a lot of Volleyball and Ultimate frisbee, which I enjoy a lot.

Camping
A few weekends ago, we did some camping up near Hope. We drove into the Skagit Valley, which is right on the border of Canada and the United States. I will do a longer post later with more of the details.

Birthday
My 22nd birthday was on August 5th, and some good friends of mine took me to the Keg in Vancouver for dinner. I had some steak with shrimp and lobster on top and it was delicious. It’s been a long time since I’ve had seafood like that, and I need to start going to Vancouver more often for the fresh seafood.

Angels and Airwaves
On August 7th I went to the Angels and Airwaves concert at the Commodore Ballroom. I bought my ticket in January for the concert, which was originally scheduled for March 6th. Due to scheduling issues, they moved it to August 7th 2008. Dave and I headed to Milestones for some Mojitos before the concert, and then met up with another friend in the lineup outside the Commodore. The concert was amazing, and I love the band’s music, even though I think Tom Delonge is really arrogant. If you haven’t heard of Angels and Airwaves before, checkout The Adventure, The War, and Valkyrie Missile.

Angels and Airwaves are coming to Vancouver again on October 10th 2008, this time they are playing with Weezer and Tokyo Police Club. The venue for this concert will be GM Place, and I will be buying tickets in the near future for it. Should be a good show.

Long Weekend in Victoria
Today is the last day of the Labour Day long weekend in Canada, so I went to Victoria to visit Dave Venter and get some much needed relaxation. Spent the first couple of days around the house relaxing, One of the nights Dave made some delicious ribs, and we also made several batches of Mojitos, which were pretty good. Still need to perfect the recipe though.

On Sunday we headed downtown, and had a pitcher of Sleeman Honey Brown Ale at Irish Times in Victoria. I also had a bowl of the Corn Chowder soup, which was delicious. In the evening we went back downtown and played a few games of Pool at Peacock Billiards. I’m heading to bed now, and later today I will be taking the Ferry from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen.

I will be posting much more frequently, so stay tuned for more.

April Fools 2007 - The Short List

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

John Chow gave up blogging in his last post, to take a permanent vacation. Have no fear! All future blog posts will be done by guest bloggers.

Apple launched a lawsuit against Jeff Kee for one of his past posts about his experience with his MacBook Pro.

Thinkgeek.com released a new product, the 8-bit tie. (It has now become a real product, thanks to the demands of customers!)

Bryan Le is moving on to better things! He sold his site forumshock.com, and has been hired by Google!

Speaking of Google, they released their TiSP Beta. They also have come up with an interesting service called Google Paper.

ThePirateBay.org finally found a permanent hosting solution, in the North Korean Embassy in Sweden!

TorrentFreak reports on the Global War on Piracy, and that PirateBay Gets Nukes!

Coding Horror does a post about….his cats?

Tyler Cruz gets sued

Hack-A-Day gives up and becomes Craft-A-Day.

The only ‘prank’ that I did this year, was installing a bluescreen screensaver on my friends laptop. All in all, we had a pretty good list of pranks this year, many of them by bloggers! Next year should be even better!

Wordpress Timestamp Feature

Friday, March 16th, 2007

I’ve used Wordpress for a long time, but have never given much thought to the Wordpress Timestamp feature. After reading John Chow’s post on it a few days ago, I’ve been using it. I’m writing this post on Monday March 12, but it will be published on Friday March 16.

I’ve timestamped the last 3-4 of my posts, and I love it! It gives me a chance to doublecheck the post, to ensure that I have created all links, trackbacks, inserted any pictures, etc. I could write 5-6 posts in an evening, and then take a week break from blogging, and no one would be the wiser!

TimestampIf you are a Wordpress user, I definitely recommend trying out this feature, as well as many other obscure but useful features! As John predicted, it certainly did improve my productivity.

By the way, John if you are reading this..I stole your picture, but I was going to actually screenshot it. Instead of doing the work myself, I borrowed it from you. How’s THAT for evil? (insert evil emoticon here)

Going Back In Time

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

My last post (La Fonera Router) was my 100th post, and I forgot that I was going to write a special post. So as a special treat, I’m going back in time over the past year and a half, to point out some memorable posts.

Two New Sites

Social Networking Bandwagon

Wordpress Autosave Feature

Parallels RC 2.2 Followup

CBB Group

The State Of The Movie Industry

Yeah.

Supernova.org Is Back!

Fullscreen vs Widescreen

USB Thumb Drive

Recommended Wordpress Plugins

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

I’ve compiled a list of the wordpress plugins that I use on my blog, I hope that some of you find it useful. Some of these plugins I’ve only installed recently (such as Brian’s Threaded Comments and Subscribe to Comments) however I recommend them to anyone using the Wordpress blogging platform.

Adsense-Deluxe allows you to add Google AdSense or Yahoo Publisher Network (YPN) ads to your Wordpress posts. It is very easy to install and manage your ads, and you can choose which parts of your site that you would like to ads to run on. The plugin also keeps record of the number of ads displayed and makes sure that no more then 3 ads on one page (to prevent violation of Googles terms of service). I highly recommend this plugin to anyone who has or is considering having ads on their blog.

Akismet comes with Wordpress, and is one of my most valued plugins. When a new comment, trackback, or pingback comes to your blog it is submitted to the Akismet web service which runs hundreds of tests on the comment and returns a thumbs up or thumbs down. This way you don’t have to update any kind of a blacklist, or do any maintenance! To activate it you will need an API key, which you can get for free by signing up for a Wordpress Account.

Brian’s Threaded Comments is a threaded comments plugin, that allows you to minimize threads and replies. It structures comments in an organized fashion, unlike the way that Wordpress organizes them. Without the plugin, if you are replying to comments If you were to reply to a comment on a blog that doesn’t have this plugin installed, the comment will appear at the bottom of all the other comments. If it is a blog that receives many comments, then this causes a lot of confusion.

Feedburner Feed Replacement sends all of my RSS feed traffic to Feedburner, and it gives me a lot of information about the people who subscribe to my blog. Feedburner tells you how many people are subscribed to your feeds, the RSS reader that they use, etc. You can also have Feedburner track other stats on your website, such as referrers, search engine traffic, pageviews, etc.  Instead of me going through the installation process step by step, here is a nice walkthrough.

Subscribe to Comments allows readers of your blog to subscribe to the comments of a post, after commenting on the post themselves. It emails the reader once there have been new comments on a post. This can be helpful for example if someone asks for help or advice, then closes the window and forgets about it.  They will receive an email once there have been new comments on the post.

Wordpress Database Backup also comes installed with Wordpress. It allows you to backup your Wordpress database through the Wordpress control panel. You have several options for exporting your database. You can have it emailed to an email address of your choice, download the file, or back it up to a directory on the server. For those of us who do not backup their stuff regularily, it is very easy to do. It’s a good idea to backup every few days, or even after every post you make. This way, in the event of a server failure, you still have all of your posts and comments in the backup file.

I know that there are a ton of other great plugins out that, however these are the ones that I have tried and chosen to keep using. I find that not using a lot of plugins keeps the server load low, which is always nice. I am looking for more useful wordpress plugins, so if you know of any let me know!