Broke The Blog

So I thinking “I haven’t logged in to my blog in a few I should see if it needs updates” then I was getting errors with some cache plugin or the built in one, not really sure but I was also having problems connecting to DreamHost sites at work and then all I could pull up was a white page for everything. Of course WordPress has had many “White Page” errors some have to do with plugins, others with memory, or database problems. Ether way you get no error message even with error reporting on. Finally traced it down to just needing to disable the WordPress cache in the config and everything came back up, with a few problems with my Theme, just had to reinstall it and now its back.

I would love to dump WordPress, but it just kind of works. I did lose some of my interest in blogging, its not the “cool thing” for a lot of people. But I think I want to get back into it. I also have noticed that since most of the “how to sites” no longer link to my post on how to fix handbrake and they just took my steps almost word for word, traffic is way down to the site. So moving the important posts to something new wouldn’t be too bad they would get re-indexed and still show up when people look for them.

This could be a good opportunity for me to take some of my CMS tools I have build for my works site and move them into my site. No more broken WordPress, with its vulnerabilities and slow performance. But its a lot of work getting my system built up and not as just drop in some images and bang out a few paragraphs when I want to add something. The text input isn’t too bad, but I haven’t built a great solution for uploading images and files just things that get a simple job done.

Another thing about building my own solution is that I like using PHP and MySQL, and that is what my CMS starter code is in. But I would like to learn ASP.net Core and build a site with it, but my hosting is LAMP. Anyway I will just leave it like it is and hopefully get motivated sometime to make something new. At least start posting once a week would be good.

Wait has it been over a year?

Wow it looks like it has been over a year and I once again have had nothing good to say on my blog! Not sure if that is good or bad, I probably share too much stuff on Facebag but meh, it takes 2 seconds as I scroll through stuff and find it interesting or informative. The political climate has changed and normally rational people are losing it, and big tech companies would rather see themselves implode over identity politics then just make cool stuff with the world’s data. But that’s not why I write on here, it’s mostly a public spew of something’s happening to me or what not.

This new keyboard is super easy to type on but it needs a wrist wrest, let’s see if it feels better with just the old one propped up, humm yes but not as easy to move my fingers to the keys. BRB off to Amazon…

Amazon what is this a baguette wrist rest!

There the black normal one looks ok will see.

So I did start a new job doing IT, web work, and other programming. It kind of gets all the areas I am good at into one so it keeps me interested. They also have sent me on a few business trips and that has been fun because I get to see some places I probably would have never visited and get paid to do it. Another good thing is it’s in the town I have lived in and would have never though they existed but boom there it is so that’s cool. Just past 6 months so I am a permanent employee so it’s going good.

I was all interested in getting an Amateur Radio Licence but it was kind of off-putting being around the guys who do it, as most are old and just want to do contacts and can’t really get into messing with radio tech so that’s kind of lame. I think I will still go for my General licence so I have a large set of frequencies to work with, and now that I have good money coming in I could get some equipment.

My grandpa turned 90 a few months back, that’s a long time! We had a little party and all hung out with him on a long weekend and that was good. I think a thing that has kept him going was staying active, getting out and doing things, living a clean life, and keeping positive. It’s amazing to think all the things he has lived through and still have been just young enough to have missed some of the bad things. He was in World War 2 but was training after Europe was liberated and was going to get shipped to the Pacific but was probably saved by the dropping of the bombs and the end of the war. He ended up spending his time in the service helping guys get home so that’s still a necessary task. Because he and my grandma grew up after the great depression they were very frugal and did some good investments, resulting in an active retirement from a bank locksmith.

Any way I am working hard at a new job, still need to finish my degree, just some pesky math classes getting in my way but I will try to do them around working. I also haven’t don any robotics or programming things in a while so I probably should do some of that, along with reading since I really haven’t had time or willpower to do much of that after a full day at work. I think I will be starting to plan out a new computer build soon. The new generation of processors are out, and a lot of things are down in price due to some economic booming and I actually have some money haha. Humm those guys I worked for last winter still owe me a few thousand… Anyway say no to Socialism and work hard and enjoy the rewards.

ARRL Request to Contact Your US Senators Supporting the Amateur Radio Parity Act

Dear ARRL member,

I am writing to you today because we are at a crossroad in our efforts to obtain passage of The Amateur Radio Parity Act.

Our legislative efforts scored a major victory in our campaign when The Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, passed in the House of Representatives yesterday, September 12th. The legislation now moves to the Senate, where we need every Senator to approve the bill.

You are one of over 730,000 licensed Amateur Radio Operators living in the United States.  Many of you already live in deed-restricted communities, and that number grows daily.

NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL HAMS TO GET INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS!

  • If you want to have effective outdoor antennas but are not currently allowed to do so by your Home Owner’s Association, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!!
  • If you already have outdoor antennas, but want to support your fellow hams, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!!
  • If you want to preserve your ability to install effective outdoor antennas on property that you own, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!!

We need you to reach out to your Senators TODAY!  Right away.

Help us in the effort.  Please go to this linked website and follow the prompts:

https://arrl.rallycongress.net/ctas/urge-senate-to-support-amateur-radio-parity-act

Thank you.

73,

Rick

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Rick Roderick, K5UR
President
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio®

Writing Code

At this point in my degree I have finished all my Computer Science course and am just left with some math and science classes, so close to the end yet a little bit left. I would consider myself a well-rounded coder with experience writing simple console apps, to websites, to complex website content management systems, to Windows apps that use databases. I have participated in robot challenges, startup competitions, added and worked existing code for production applications, converted vital databases, and worked as a group to develop web applications.

All that being said I find the act of writing code for an application fun and exciting at times. You have to figure out the problem, find ways to deal with data, and then output something useful. This can be a challenge at times because there is never any two problems the same, yes there are things you can reuse but almost never has someone written code to do exactly what you are doing. I think that’s part of the reason I enjoy it.

But some times you have to be in the right place to really let things come out, environment can have an effect on distractions, comfort, availability of resources, alertness, and even mood. Another thing that seems to drive some coding is truly having something you want to work on, I have had lots of things that were interesting to me, but I didn’t have the drive to work on them when given the opportunity. I have also found I want to work on something but don’t because other things come up. This doesn’t mean when I need to get things done because I have responsibilities to get it done or there is intensive to do so that I can’t or don’t always find a way to get what I need to do done.

I guess what I am saying there is times when it is easier because I am really interested in something or I want to solve a problem, and I can buckle down and get lots done in a short amount of time. Writing code is a real mental process, you have to think about logic, how things are given to you, the users, the task to solve, and how to get it all done. You can get stuck in your mind working on the problem and it will stick with you night and day until you solve it by writing the code. Sometimes it seems like your avoiding the problem but it will be stirring around in your mind.

Starting to ramble now, I guess what I am saying is that I have found something that can really drive my brain to solve problems, and keep me interested. I just now have to finish up classes and see what opportunities come my way to give me a place to use my abilities and enjoy doing it. I think it is closer than I even know but that wait is what makes it hard. Every thing I get involved with I do see some value in helping me see more of the world both in code and with others. That’s all for now, I shouldn’t blog so late at night…

PS: WOW my number of visitors has dropped over the past year, Handbreak must have passes its usefulness and I really haven’t been adding much content but once every 6 months. I should (like I always say) add more posts, guess I should actually try that with code blog posts.

It has been some time…

Humm it has been some time since I have posts on this site let alone even check up on it. I let it do its updates and that’s about it. Do I not have anything to blog about? Not sure, there has been a lot going on in my life between school, programming projects, robotics, 3D printing, movies, TV shows, events I have been involved with. I don’t know but I guess blogging has been something I forgot about. There is lots of places to post junk but I don’t even do much if any posting on sites like Google+ or Facebook.

It may have something to do with the fact that I want to rebuild this site as a blog but not on WordPress because I don’t see the value in WordPress or its junk ecosystem. I have other sites I should be posting about my projects as I get closer to the end of my CS degree. Like my profile site has been rebuilt quickly to clean out a broken Drupal install. I have some plans on how to make that into a better repository of my work / projects. But that stuff doesn’t need to be here.

Typing this has been kind of interesting… But I should be working on some code I also want to get done. But writing words about something is different than code. And this post will be some rambling any way. My site visits have dropped a lot, mostly because a LifeHacker writer rewrote my post on Handbrake DVD ripping and no longer link over. I have also not been able to get Handbrake to work on my system last time I tried 6 months ago.

It’s late and this post wont make much since, I will probably rebuild the site and put my code snippets here using my own CMS setup. Mehh

Adblock This…

2015-02-15 01_35_33-Cryptograms.org - HomeI really hate how sites that have lots of ads always try to guilt you if you block the ads you had no plan on ever looking at or clicking. Take the screen shot in this post, the site says they spend $20,000 on hosting. What that’s a crazy amount of money for a site is not main stream. What are they spending over $1,600 a month on most dedicated server hosting costs for a good server $200-400 a month that could handle anything this site could send to it.

OK so that is a lot of money for servers so this guy must be poor and not make any money. But look you can get a “Premium Ad Free” account with them for $0.11 per day, that adds up to a few cents over $40 per year. Doesn’t sound too bad right? Well if you look at their forms used for registration on the site there are 30,306 registered members. And if only say 25% of them are so into this site they pay the $40 a year to be a “Premium” member that is a nice $303,060 little lump of cash. Even at 10% your looking at $121,224 a year from such members.

Those calculations of well over $100,000 a year of income from premium members didn’t include money made from ads that almost everyone else dose not block and may click from time to time because they get tricked into clicking on ads when they though that the ad was part of the site. The money from ads can be quite large for a site with good amounts of traffic that this site seems to get based on users. My own site that I have 2 ads per page on gets on average 100 views a day gets me about $100 a year or every other year. I don’t push my ads, I don’t care if you block them, its cool to get a little extra money but that isn’t the content of the site.

I just get tired of people acting like because people block the ads, the trackers, the like buttons, the email list pop ups that they are some how ripping off or making it so the site can’t possibly survive if you don’t see the ads. If I am looking for something to buy I go looking for it, I don’t need some ad to tell me to buy it. The ads just confuse people most of the time, are not entirely relevant, and distracting from why I went to a site. So I will continue to block ads and I don’t care for one instance your site will not exist if you don’t get me to see your crappy ads.

Rare Historic Photos

July 2013 Update

It’s been more than a few months since I posted anything on this site! I was working on a post every day and that sounded good, but wasn’t working out how I liked and when I started my classes I just didn’t take time to work on any of my websites. In about a month I will be back in school and studying for my classes, but this time I hope how I have my classes organized it won’t be as crazy. But I do plan on doing more studying then I did last semester.

So what am I doing on this site, views are lower than 6 months ago when I was updating things, but I want to post regularly about what I am working on. I hope to write about programs I am making for classes, things I find interesting in my classes and some of the things I do to relax. This may include some projects I was testing doing game play videos with my kids or something like that.

As for Tek4.me I am looking at reviving that site but with a lot of changes to what and how I cover tech news, I was spending too much effort just having a post about some product that was announced each day, and I wanted to be writing about what was really useful and fun. Will see what happens but I need to get something going so expect something to happen with that site.

Expect some updates, I say this every time I don’t do anything with my sites for a while but ya…

Happy New Year 2013

Just wanted to post a Happy New Year message for 2013, and put out some goals for my websites. This year I have had amazing amounts of traffic to my Handbreake setup guide with almost 600 views in one day to the site the 27th of December 2012. I also started the Tek4.Me site that was starting to get good amounts of traffic but I stopped updating the site the past few months when I change some of my plans, but I am not going to abandon the site more to come on that.

I have been working on building a recipe site for learning and also just for fun, I also have in the works a event listing site that will be my next ground up web project that I hope will become a good place to find events and also post events.

As for WebLuke.Net and Tek4.Me, I have set a goal to blog post every day, my not be on both sites but I should have something. I have set goals like this before but things are changing, this domain is 12 years old, I am starting some new schooling this month and I want to include blogging in my new daily plan.

Hope the year is good for everyone, and we both can work hard to achieve our goals and plans for 2013.

6th Healthiest Isn’t That Good

6th isn't goodSo I saw this “News” item in Google News today and just thought I would point out a few things. First off the title stating that Connecticut is 6th healthiest state in the nation, OK that’s nothing to be too happy about its not like they are first or second or even third so why waist our time with this? Second if they are “Healthy” why have a photo of a bunch of fat women walking down a street that doesn’t show they are all that healthy. And finally this is the real point of this story “high number of people who get immunized”!

What this is, is a story that was paid for by drug companies to promote that being healthy means you get immunized! But why do they care all that much, its because you cant sue them if you get sick from any immunization, they get you to take there drugs with out even being sick, and they are all putting a lot of money in new immunizations as there new money makers because the patents on expensive medications are starting to run out giving other companies the ability to produce generic versions and let people who need them not have to play a large amount of money for them because one company controls the formula that may save some ones life but only if they are willing to pay!

I’m not saying that all immunizations are a bad thing, most of the ones that you can get for free from a heath office when you were a kid and have been given out for a long number of years should be safe but the ones that are advertised to you on TV and have big budgets you may want to look into what it relay dose, or even better why should you even need it before you get too excited on what it may offer.

This is just something that I noticed and just had to write about, its not my normal thing to bring up but something I want people to understand. May start adding more of this stuff if I feel like writing it up.

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