Useful reference – WordPress Shortcodes
I’ve had the Twenty Seventeen template by WordPress for too long, its header picture started to annoy me 🙂 … Editor by Array had caught my eye today, mainly because of its typeface and styles (see Style Guide).
The new template almost feels like a new start point. Hopefully, this new template will keep me more focused and motivate me to write more.
I’m doing some Project Euler problems to brush up my coding skills – see if I still have got it. Just like riding a bicycle years later, I think years of training in the past had not left me yet. Just like cleaning up and oiling the old bicycle, I found myself trying to setup the coding environment again.
It’s been a few years since I’ve used my Azure Virtual Machines (VM) that were setup for coding. Most of the resources were in the classic pools. First thing first, start up the VMs one by one to see if the logins are still working. Do not start them all in case the account notifications go crazy – they are not free! I deleted the VMs that I could not logon and created some with the latest products such as Visual Studio 2017 and Windows 10. I’m impressed with the variety of Azure VM template options – there is the popular WordPress and even Linux operating systems.
The new, compare to the classic, version of the Azure dashboard takes a bit of time to get used to. The dashboard options can be a bit overwhelming to a user who is unfamiliar with the tools. One can always switch to the classic dashboard if unsure.
There are some options that only exist in the classic dashboard, e.g. move subscriptions between Azure Active Directories (AAD). I had one subscription transferred from an old email. I created a new AAD and put all my subscription under it as a way of centralise all accounts and controls for my Azure resources.
The geek in me is feeling the excitement. 🙂
I am giving WordPress.com a try. Why, you ask?
Warning, this is the start of my 2 seconds rant:
I’v been hosting my personal blog with @bluehost for >5 years now so you would understand how disappointed I felt when my blog (and website) started to go up and down all the time! I enquired and was taken on a wild ride with their Service Desk and Technical Support people. I was told to get a developer to look at my site or upgrade to one of the Bluehost’s new 100% super fast plans. I am not running a business so that was out of the question. I picked them years ago because their plans were suitable for personal hosting. I tried to reach out on Twitter too. Until today, the issue is unresolved and like other frustrated customers, I gave up chasing them. I work in the IT industry so I can call BS when I see one. It’s not a nice feeling to be “handled”! 😱
That was my 2 seconds rant to the rest of the internet because the target audience does not care to listen.
Welcome! 👏 🎉
Yay! This is my first post!
What will I do with this space? I will write mainly about my travels, my love of photography, my work as a geek and maybe other little stories that are worth remembering before the memories fade. Enter at your own risk. 🙂
Every WordPress installation comes with a Hello world post in the default template. I’m keeping this post! 👻 “Hello World” is sentimental to most programmers who would have started their training with a little piece of code called “Hello world“! My first ever “Hello world” code was in Pascal! What’s yours? 😎
I close my first blog post with this quotes by my favourite human, Steve Jobs. Chinese has a saying – 天时地利人和. I believe that Steve Jobs’s success was not because of luck or any other external environmental factors but because of his vision, hard work, and being himself. I feel that these quotes reflect that.
Be yourself and work hard!
I hope that you will visit my blog often and leave a comment or two. Don’t be shy, the internet was originally created for collaboration not those social network.
Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes … the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. … You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. … They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do. – Steve Jobs