It’s time to start thinking about that first summer job…

Since I started college in the fall of 2018, I’ve had a plan that I’d be looking for work after year one. First I’d like a summer job and if that goes well, I might be doing smaller jobs for that company later on and if not, I’ll be trying to do that for some other company instead. Then in year two I’ll continue to look for employment over the summer and hopefully get one (or just continue with the current company that’ll have me) and it goes on and on. However, during the fall of 2020 I have to have a part time job with a salary at least around $1400 before Swedish taxes, but preferably not more than 10 hours per week of labor. Or some other task that’ll get me some money to be used for rent and such until I’ve graduated in June 2021. One example would be to take care of a website and /or create an app for a company where I get a bigger sum of money that I can use to pay rent and other expenses until I graduate. After that I hope I’ve landed my dream job, if not already long before then but as of now, I think a lot about my future and where to go next.

In order for me to even get a job someday, I have to have a portfolio, preferably a website dedicated to my developer skills and some apps to show off to a future employer. During these few weeks, I’ve started to do just that, but before you’ll feel happy for me, let’s just say it all turned to shit before something good could come of it. I got a web hosting thing started again with the web host I used last time. I need a service like that both for blogging and for development, so access to databases and PhpMyAdmin etc is very useful. However, after tinkering a lot with some code locally on my computer – I noticed and got told that this would not work with my future and current java applications, due to many reasons. This sucks, but somehow I’m glad, because I still do remember why I stopped messing around with stupid web hosts and that shit. Still, somehow it is different now, since I’ve actually started to learn how to do this! Not to mention I’ve always wanted to learn this, so in a way it’s perfect for this since I’m a student now. It’s just shitty no matter what that this happened, but I am glad I got my money back from the web host.

To solve the database problem, I’ve started to play around with cloud services. That is so advanced that I have basically no idea what I’m doing, but I’ve tried following the instructions and no matter what I do, I can’t get my code in IntelliJ to work with an external database. It only works with a local one, which is fine, but I’m lazy and would love if I could have access to an external MySQL database so I could use that DB on whatever computer and/or network I’m on. It works to connect MySQL Workbench etc to the cloud, but the code get’s “access denied” messages or other errors… I think it’s due to me not using the right libraries but I have no idea on how I should do it either. We haven’t been taught this stuff in school yet… at least not how to use external databases.

Still, it is useless it seems and I am not sure that I should be spending my time on this. It might be too early for everything. Many of my classmates say that to find work within IT as a developer after your first college year would be a miracle if it was possible, so many of them will work with other jobs to get some money over the summer breaks. In my current situation, with me having the “ability” to not get a job anywhere else then within IT, I have to take my chances now. Also – I do not want to work with anything else than programming! I am not the best student in class, but I think I know enough to at least try. Also I’ve learned so much this semester, even though I’ve been by myself 90% of the time. I’m amazed at what I know today regarding Java, programming and OOP as well. I still suck at terminology though, due to my memory problems that are explained by my illness Fibromyalgia.

Also, I have a backup plan. If I do not get hired over the summer I shall spend it creating the game I’ve wanted to create for so long and hopefully that will be popular enough so I can make some money from that over the coming years. I do not believe it will be super popular, but I’m mainly gonna make that game for myself. If somebody else wants to play, great! Go buy it! It will be a lot cheaper than you think if I can release it to the public, and most likely not free… In my mind I’d rather pay $1 – $5 and be able to play my match-three games without loosing lives and having to wait or be bothered by ads or DLC stuff. If all goes as planned with that stuff, it will be released on iPad, Steam and perhaps Android and iOS devices with at least a 5.5″ screen. Size does matter for this game… At least in my mind it does. Don’t know about you…

So now you know what I’ve been up to. Let’s hope for the best, shall we? And also, do you have any recommendations on what to do with a portfolio website? I have a Swedish site for this already, but I want one in English as well, but WP on WP.com at least is not so useful for this and I do not want to spend more (or any money) if possible. $4 a month for my main Swedish blog is more than enough, thank you very much…

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The verdict of blogging at WordPress.com…

I’ve been using WordPress.com for a few weeks now as my blogging platform and so far I love it. The only part I dislike is getting readers, because it seems that isn’t happening over here either. But I know it is not WP.com’s fault! I must be doing something wrong, or I’m writing about non-interesting stuff.

The pros and cons

Like I mentioned above I really like the move here. WP.com really has a lot of benefits over self hosted WordPress. For one, I do not have to mess with stupid web hosts! I can focus on blogging and do that no matter if the readers come or not. I like the UI a lot more as well and the fact that I can finally use Google photos properly when I’d like to use a personal photo in a post. It’s also possible to insert a featured image via url as well, and I’ve done so in this post.

I finally have a blogging platform that will work and continue to do so for as long as I continue to blog in my life. However, I’m still struggling over if it was the best choice to keep writing in English as well. I want to keep doing it right now, because I feel like doing it. The no readers part is just so sad. The Facebook page is practically non-existent as well and I do not like to nag at people so they start following it. I already run like 4 FB pages (including the one for this blog) and two of them have decent following. I also run basically every FB page we use at work so it’s a lot to keep up with. However, after I started writing this post on my phone last night, I decided to make an experiment and I invited basically all of my FB friends and it’s a success! I’ve gone from 3 likes to at least 19 since yesterday evening, and that’s awesome! Maybe there’s hope anyway? I certainly do wish that many of those who likes my FB page will come to read the posts as well.

The cons are few. Basically I’d wish that I could have a personal domain without paying for it, or easily get back my old url that I’ve used in the past when I tried WP.com in secret just because I could. I probably could talk to the support about it. They should know that I’m the original owner of some domains I’ve used here, but I don’t know if it’s worth it. If only I could get like a steady 20+ readers or so for every post, it would be worth it but now it seems more like I’m doomed and this English blog is only here for my own stupid reasons. Blogging, anyways should always be something you first and mainly thing you do for yourself. If you get readers and comments, congrats! If not, then keep on doing it anyway because you’re doing this for yourself. Everything else is just a bonus.

But I love blogging, and I really do not care. Or at least I do my best not to care by doing just this – nag and be negative about not getting readers. I haven’t really cared or thought about this “problem” for a long time now, but it saddens me yet again that this blog is so far unsuccessful, but I hope that will change with me gaining more FB page followers.

Well, if you’ve read this far, I thank you and I thank you even more if you follow my FB page and also my YouTube channels. The main one, which you’ll find here, I’ll plan on uploading a video soon, so please keep a lookout for the next video there. Thanks!

This blog is now at WordPress.com

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Photo of a Chihuahua mix that my mother-in-law has in her home. Photo is mainly for attention purposes.

This is basically just a re-post from my Swedish blog, to let you know that all of my blogs have moved from evil web hosts to WordPress.com. I like this move, and I hope it will continue to work for me. However, since I now blog in both Swedish & English, I thought it would be best if this blog had its own site. It’s pretty stupid to blend a multilingual blog, especially since it’s pretty hard to do, even if you have self hosted WordPress.

I’ve had that for years and loved it. However, the web hosts I’ve used have basically all been messing me up over the years and the latest (and current, since I won’t get rid of them until may of next year 😡), and now I came to a breaking point making me really want to leave web hosts once and for all!

This blog will stay as a free blog, until I get a pleasant readership that’s worth paying for. Before, if I was lucky, I’d get like 5 visitors per week to greatdanemaniac.com. We’ll see how many will join me now. The blog will stay the same. The same kind of ironic and annoying feelings and I’ll keep on swearing a lot. You have been warned.

This blog also has a new url. It is now gdmrants.wordpress.com. I am pretty pleased that the subdomain was available. If I’d been smart, I’d kept or at least I’d make sure that my wordpress.com blogs would have been available for my use, but no. I thought forever and ever that I’d never have a proper wp.com blog, but now I do, and I’ll probably stay this way for as long as I’ll keep blogging. I hope it will be for the rest of my life.

Please follow this blog, and follow me on Facebook as well. I need more followers there, or at least likes.

Sometimes I just feel really, frickin’ stupid… 💩

I’ve kept a tiny secret from my boyfriend, and basically everybody else as well, but I had to change hosts. Again. I said I was going to a while back, because the web host I chose during the early spring sucked balls and I got really so annoyed with them that I started looking for another one practically immediately. I found a new one, they’re called “Egensajt” which basically means “Your own site” or “your website” cramped into one word. They are also very cheap, they provide SSL easily with let’s encrypt and also provide a bunch of other useful stuff I plan on starting using later, WP-cli, SSH and git.

WTF is going on in my mind lately? Well, (not)learning to code and shitty web hosts and the struggles to find the energy to focus on the right thing!

However, my trip over here hasn’t been the greatest either, due to me being an idiot, but I guess everything is fine now at least. I’ve spammed the support a gazillion times for the past weeks since I started my account there, because I’ve struggled a bit with the move of other domains, the obligate down time while moving a website, installations of Drupal, WordPress Multisite and Limesurvey and a few other things.

The good things are though that, except for the Drupal problems(I’ll get to that one later), all the other issues are fixed and were basically down to two things; Me, having a brain that requires that everything should happen in an instant and me being (yet again) a complete, uneducated n00b regarding techie stuff.

All of this have just taught me that I really need to learn how to code, so I can understand all of this fun stuff for real, but I haven’t been able to find the energy for that all spring, basically. I’ll explain a bit more below, but I have my reasons for doing all this, even though it’s practically unnecessary…

I realized that you can’t have folder listing or anti-hotlink (or whatever it’s called) activated if you want to install php applications with your web host. I had no idea about that! Folder listings make php apps to not activate, and anti hotlink makes you get broken images if you’ve got SSL activated.

I also had the problem with WordPress. Like I’ve mentioned before my setup is basically this:

  • I have a multisite install where all my public blogs and websites live, except for this one at the moment.
  • I have another WP multisite on a separate subdomain where I do all the testing for the main site.
  • I have this install for this single domain, that has moved around a bit, but will probably stay as a single install and separate from the others just because it’s for the best. I think.
  • I create other various subdomains and use other domains from other web hosts I’ve registered that I use for testing purposes. Most of them are WP related, but some are for other PHP clients, like Drupal and Limesurvey.

Since moving to yet another host, I’ve tried to have my normal setup and I finally got everything to work, but Drupal did not work like it should for some strange reason. The reason I wanted to play around with Drupal is due to a thing at work. I got an idea and figured out that Drupal can basically solve everything, but sadly my proposal was denied for now which basically just made me more upset 😦 . I did most of the Drupal testing at my previous host (Inleed) while I was waiting for the main domain to move over to the new host. Then, as I got to the new host, Drupal did not work. It was practically impossible to install it, because I fell into the classic Drupal trap where I got access denied, even though I was the admin and everything. In the end I had to ask the web host to install it for me, but it was to no avail.

During all of this I had also installed Limesurvey and the test sites, but no matter what I did the templates from the clients, aka the text inside the php files where showing when I visited the url and I could not install, or login. Turned out, like I mentioned above that this was due to the folder listing being activated. When I turned it off I could install the applications. Then the other issues came up…

First of all I noticed that the clients had broken images when I viewed the sites with SSL. After a bit of googling again, I discovered that it was due to the anti-hotlinking was activated. Also I had problems with wildcard…

Yesterday I noticed that my testing site did not have an .htaccess any longer and the network settings had vanished. This I have no idea why it happens, but as I’ll explain what happened below, maybe these two are related?

In order to use WordPress Multisite you have to setup a wildcard A record in your dns setting. The thing is, I’ve done that like a billion times and I know what it is. The difference is that with this new host, I thought I’d done that correctly, but I had not. I did not set the wildcard as a dns record. Instead my web host turned the wildcard as an alias for my main domain. I also had no idea there was a difference! When I changed it from an alias to a proper A record wildcard dns, I could access my sites again. The old problem of the redirect thing happened again until this was changed and I felt depressed and like a total idiot while I couldn’t figure this out. I also decided I did not want to bother the support again either, even though they get paid to help me out. I just want stuff to work!

The only problem I have now is that WordpPress – all of my installs are incredibly slow when it comes to updating plugins, the core and saving post and other changes. Otherwise it’s pretty fast and works well. I upgraded the PHP memory to 256 MB, and I’ve also activated the Memcached that this web host has. I also turned on Varnish Cache that’s also an option here. So far it has helped a little, but it’s still extremely slow when I want to install or upgrade something. I just hope that this post will publish as usual to social media as well. Maybe it’ll work properly in a day or two…

An important note!

The reason for me switching host once again is due to several reasons. I said that I’d probably do this in a couple of months and that was the truth. I’ve had a really painful spring at work and also in my private life and playing around with php clients, like WordPress and my newly found interest in learning code really helps with not feeling bored and/or restless as fuck.

I still should point out, that me wanting to learn code has turned into crap, basically which is not surprising due to all my illnesses and how my mind works. I have made up my mind that I’m gonna finish the C# class I started a while back, but I’ve been way to tired to focus on that, due to a gazillion other stuff going on that steals my thunder. I really hate it, because I’m so into this. It feels like the right time is now to start a new beginning, but I guess I won’t be able to until I’m not this tired anymore and there are no other problems lurking around the corner… I can’t really explain this tiredness either. I just feel it and the only thing that helps are shitty crap-stuff with the usual stuff. Aka, playing around with code and knowing nothing with WP, Drupal and Limesurvey being the test subjects as of today.

I’d like to learn as much as possible, but everywhere I turn – there’s trouble for some reason – because I don’t understand code! I’ll probably blog a bit more about it later, and for those who understand Swedish, I’ll make a post soon as well to explain myself a bit more. Basically, I’m stuck in a circle and I’m doing what I can to keep up and not lose my mind, but no matter what I do, I feel bored, lost or angry and disappointed.

In less than a few weeks, me and the BF will move to another apartment that’s closer to everything and I bet that after having a long vacation from work, I’ll find my strength somehow. I think living right where we live now is one small contributing factor to why I feel like i have these past months. I really thought it was gonna be a life changer, but all the move to this exact place was, was nothing but meh. Besides living more to the south in Sweden and having the luxuries of living so close to Malmö, it’s not been that great. After the move I hope I’ll learn to code a bit more and hopefully I can focus more on blogging instead of struggling like I have AND need to in order to feel a little like myself these days.

Thanks for reading this far!

I really do not recommend DirectAdmin as a control panel

If you’re like me and you’re pretty much obsessed with blogging, (and really lousy at coding), you know that a proper web host is a must for hosting applications such as WordPress. There are tons out there to choose from and I think I’ve tried nearly all of them. At least it really does feel like I have during my years of blogging and being present online.

Oh, the struggles I’ve been having with my current web host and Direct Admin as a control panel… Oh, the horrors…

I started blogging for real with WP in the beginning of 2009. Since then I’ve changed web hosts and blogging platforms as often as a parent would change their kid’s diapers or something. I really do not know why I’ve done this so much, but now that I am more experienced and know a little bit more about what I personally need – I do not recommend switching hosts every so often. Do your research and stick with a great host to begin with.

A proper web host should have this:

  • cPanel as their choice of control panels. DirectAdmin works, but it effin’ sucks for various reasons. It could also be my web host’s fault, but I do not know.
  • Offer WP as both single installs and multisite with wildcards (*). As a user, a wildcard being added to your dns settings is all you should ever have to care about.
  • be able to point a domain to a folder of your choice; I.E point sub.example.com to user/domains/example.com/public_html/sub without any hassle.  This also includes add-on domains and aliases.
  • Free SSL support that works for both subdomains and top level domains.
  • Full access to the database. With this I mean so you can change the table prefix etc. Also one login to rule them all or something. Not one user AND a database for every frickin’ login.
  • Being able to install WP (for example) manually, like the famous 5 minute install, as well ass offer a 1 click service.
  • Backups that do not drain your space every 5 minutes or something.

There are many, many other things as well that a proper web host should offer and the things mentioned above is what I personally need and prefer.

My struggle…

Like I mentioned before, I’ve struggled for various reasons with my web hosts of choice. In the beginning I changed hosts basically because I thought I had to or I did it for some other stupid reason. When I got to know WP for what an awesome thing it really is and when Multisite was introduced, I changed web hosts for other reasons and always thought that “this would be the final one”. Eh… that only lasted for so long…

All that finally changed, when I partly quit being an idiot and stuck with WP for ever and discovered a Swedish web host that almost did it’s job perfectly. I stayed with them for nearly 3 years. They were called Binero. Then, a few months back I started noticing that my blogs in my WP installations did not have SSL. I basically thought they did, but it was probably a Chrome extension that fooled me, because I started noticing this when that extension stopped working. It became a big deal to change hosts, and I finally switched to another Swedish based host. They’re called Inleed and they are almost illegally cheap, but you get what you pay for…

The move went fine, but almost from the start I’ve had problems and they haven’t gone away completely yet.

The issues

This is what I’ve had to deal with so far. A real pain in the butt…

  • Not being able to install anything on general subdomains, especially with SSL.
  • I’ve added subdomains as i.e sub.example.com but not been able to access the subdomain at that level, only at domain.com/sub which effin’ sucks balls! However, if I do this – everything works as it should, I get SSL etc but it’s not a pretty sight and makes subdomains completely useless.
  • Redirection issues to my main WP install if I have installed something on SSL. Even though I have separate installs this happens! For example; my main WP install is a multisite at domain.com and I created a WP multisite install for testing purposes at test.domain.com. If this test install is installed on SSL, it redirects or is not found at test.domain.com and it redirects to domain.com to the signup page or whatever other page I’ve set NOBLOGREDIRECT to. So frustrating!
  • I had to contact support in order to get WP multisite to work – which in part also created all the other issues I’ve been having.
  • The support have been struggling as well with my domains and subdomains, not answered all of my questions as far as I can tell, because I felt somewhat ignored sometimes. They may have read it all, but have chosen to only answer one question in a long email.
  • I do not have complete access either to my files, since I’m “only” a user. I do not know if it’s possible to upgrade, since I’ve asked about this and did not get an answer. Every time I need to “fix” something, I have to ask the support to edit the httpd.conf files etc and I do not like that.

After weeks of struggling I finally got proper help and I got my main installs I want to function properly, but I still can’t install anything properly on SSL, even though I finally can use real subdomains like you should always be able to. I will be contacting the support soon, after I’ve done some more testing.

The Conclusion:

Well, basically I’m getting tired of this shit and a couple of weeks ago I decided that I will be downsizing my web hosting affairs a bit, which means I shall stick to simple blogging instead and I will start to learn to code for real. Don’t worry, I sticking to WP! What I mean is that I shall try and not hassle that much with my blogs and instead I’ll keep on writing good posts.

I’ve started to learn C# in order to give me something I really can use, and when I’m done with that I shall try to create games for both desktop and android using Unity. After that I shall also try and learn C++ and maybe .NET as well. All done in my spare-time of course, but if I succeed with this I might start to work with it later on in a few years. Who knows? All I know is – choose your web host carefully and stick to WP whenever possible if you’re a blogger like me and like control over your shit.

 

Stuff I’ve learned this week…

It’s been a “shitty week” or something, due to me having to change web hosts and struggling with getting everything to work properly. I had to change places because I noticed that my WP installs did not have SSL on them. I was so sure that they did but apparently not. Any who… This is what I’ve learned(in no particular order):

  • Don’t get angry (if you can help it) if it does not work the way it’s supposed to. Just call the support, and they’ll help out.
  • It’s okay to get upset if all questions are not answered. Just keep nagging the support until you do. That’s what they get paid for.
  • If you use DirectAdmin with your web host and cannot install applications on a subdomain, add the subdomain as a regular domain instead, wait for it to resolve with the dns & shit and then install as usual. However, if it still does not work after 24-72 hours – contact the support! I’m not even sure that it works for me yet 😦
  • If you can’t connect the amazing WordPress plugin called Jetpack’s sharing module to a Facebook page – make sure that your FB page is published! If it is not, publish it, reconnect and then it’s okay to make it unpublished – the connection will still work.
  • It’s really not worth paying nearly $9/month for a web host, when you can get a better one (hopefully) for like $2/month.

I’ve also learned a bunch of other stuff as well, but I’m to tired to think of all of them now. I’m sorry if you’ve tried to access my site these past couple of days and I’m even more sorry if you’ll see troubles here in the future.

Please leave a comment below if you’ve noticed i.e. security warnings (due to SSL not being properly setup etc) or photos or other images not loading.

Now – I’m off to bed. Tomorrow I’m gonna sleep in. It’s finally the weekend again!