Bonjour, It’s 2019 and I’m back!

Bonjour, I’m back! I admit, I neglected my tech blog for a few years.. Life Happens!  BUT some of my tech adventures since then, involved a homemade ioT WiFi door sensor with NodeMCU, IFTTT & Lua, electrical rewiring HVAC for two very different WiFi Smart Thermostats, (which one company still did not reply after 1.5 years to grant API access!).. and a NEW social media site I hope to launch soon.  My specialty is not hardware, so it was a different species for me, and I had to research the heck out of that!

Some pics shown on my Instagram: @phucTechnology   Maybe I’ll write about it later.

Part of what happened, besides Life, was my web hosting service changed their system so many times, the PHP versions and such eventually broke one of few WordPress blogs, and that happened to be my tech / web development blog.  It had an a mysql extension error and I couldn’t get to the admin section.   However my other blogs with a newer version was working, so I figured that it may be it WordPress versions.

Don’t laugh, it’s shared hosting. I mostly have just blogs, and my portfolio, so it’s not intensive enough to be worth spending a fortune on dedicated. I’m  also am aware of the disadvantages of shared and not having access to the database and server directly.   I am looking into possibly cloud and dedicated for my upcoming social media site. I just don’t want to spend more than $10 initially since it will be a free service to users and I would not sell advertisement space until I have a good number of users.

Eventually the hosting service I had for years, iXWebHosting was acquired by a company with multiple hosting services. I’m not sure why, but customers also were not notified and EVERYTHING WENT Down including my emails.. and so I couldn’t submit support tickets with my email/account info, nor verify it, and it was a long wait up late, via chat for days.  Our sites was automatically transitioned to one of a few hosts, so I had to figure out which one.

On top of that, I think they decided to rename my databases’s capitalizations which I didn’t notice immediately, so my credentials were broken. Right before that the weird thing was bots were still hitting my comments section by the thousands and now I have I believe 137,000 comments to moderate.. I had upgraded the spam blocker tools since then, and hope that it works.

To resolve getting portfolio tech blog back up, I had to back up and download the server’s database, replace it locally, upgrade WordPress locally, fix the .htaccess files, and disable any plugins causing issues, then upgrade plugins, database entries, then re-upload onto server with a few tweaks in code of depreciated code.

Anyways, I just wanted to make a quick post, and maybe talk about the tech adventures I went through.  I haven’t been as active as I hoped to, but took my time on things my own pace, even if it took weeks to figure out.

I also have a Facebook Page, that I transitioned from an old Facebook group. Unfortunately I couldn’t transfer the members and lost several techies who I met when I was hosting these tech gatherings.

So,  be continued…

24 hr Yale Hackathon ( Y-Hack )


It’s been a while since I last posted. It’s been hectic these past 2 years. Since then, I have participated in a variety of web development events and competitions, including mentoring at Yale’s 1st, 24 hour hackathon, Y-Hack, last fall, with 1000+ hackers, and large sponsors present such AWS, Microsoft, and RedHat.

I’d love to share tech adventures over the next few posts, (in no chronological order).

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Is In-Line CSS Always a Bad Thing?

So I used to avoid in-line CSS at all costs.  However, there were situations like having to use display:none so that elements never show or flicker upon loading so that it can be work well with javascript built Expand or display feature. There was just no way around it unless one had to dynamically place that element via JavaScript, which is not what we always want. Loading CSS via Javascript is not recommended if CSS can be used instead. Continue reading

Does Sharing Office Space Give Business Referrals?

Definitely it can. I was freelancing for my client, who was sharing office space with a company who, if I recall correctly, owned the building. My client had extra space and let me use it. Both my client and I are in web development, and as we know, it’s recommend that every business should have a professional web presence, (a website that defines your brand, and web applications that do nifty things). The business needed a website full of features that would help grow his business, and separate selling profiles for all his employees. So, both my client and I were going to work together on this project. Continue reading

Software Used to Create Website or Applications

Back in the day when I didn’t know how to code, I was using WYSIWYG’s like FrontPage (when it existed back then), and Dreamweaver, which automatically generates the code for us. When I started to learn how to code, I mainly used Notepad for the longest time. (That’s so hardcore, right?!) Plain text editors like that don’t have any color coding or auto complete features, but some people just like its simplicity and its fast load time. Continue reading

Best Web Browser?

It’s a matter of preference (with the exception of browsers like IE), and what does the job or has the tools that you need. I’ve tried all those browser except Opera. The browser I used the most was Firefox until I tried Chrome more recently. Continue reading

To WYSIWYG or Not To WYSIWYG? That is the question.

When I first started learning how to build websites a decade ago, my project actually wasn’t a website to begin with; it was a printed newspaper. Back then “Microsoft Publisher” existed, which was a tool to put printable publishing content together (newspapers, cards, calendars), and a feature that could automatically convert the pages to web pages and uploaded through FTP. I did that for awhile until I took my introductory course to computers and learned how to use Front Page Express and Microsoft Front Page, (which also later on discontinued), then DreamWeaver, which were “What You See Is What You Get” (WYSIWYG) tools, designed for building websites. Continue reading