This is not one of those “reflection” entries in which I recap of all my ongoings regarding the month of November. It was indeed an eventful month, but I think my previous blog entries (or lack thereof) are more than enough to recap all the activities I’ve gone through the month. I’m writing this entry before my traveling tomorrow as a quick note to everyone what I’ve been up to as of late this month.
Okay, in a way, it’s a bit of a recap.
During Thanksgiving week, I took a break from my #100daysofCode challenge for various reasons. These are (in order of importance):
- My laptop’s internal SSD drive would not free much capacity despite that I have moved several important files to my external hard drive. I even purchased a new one that has a bigger capacity (2TB) than both the SSD drive and my other external drive (1TB) altogether. Still, that did not work. I contacted Dell’s tech support and they were very patient with me with remedying my SSD problem:
- At first, the technician connected my laptop to his system remotely so he can take a look at my system himself. He checked with my antivirus and even a “deeper” killer cleaner program for any hidden viruses and malware. Much to our surprise, there was none.
- The technician took other steps, from checking the sizes of the current programs that I have. I have installed Adobe CC, MS Office 2016, my other web development/programming programs, local environments like AMPPS and Local by Flywheel, my fiction writing tools such as Scrivener, Scapple, and Aeon Timeline 2, and the Origin app with The Sims 4 game installed. Even though it seems that there were a lot of software installed, he said that there was no way that all of those programs would completely occupy the entire SSD’s capacity. I should be having over 100GB of free space still.
- Final solution to this problem – reformat the entire laptop and reinstall Windows 10 and all of those programs.
It took us two nights to have this completed. We started Wednesday afternoon and ended before midnight (the first part that is). I was unable Thursday because of Thanksgiving with family at my cousin’s house. Friday came and Thanksgiving Part 2 (relatives came over to our house this time) began, however, it was also a good time to get my laptop fixed and finish it all the way. Again, it started Friday afternoon and ended around 10pm. During that time, I was able to spend time with the relatives, parents and cousins playing Mahjong1 while watching the night’s Dubs basketball game against Chicago Bulls. When I got back to check on the technician and the laptop, the laptop was finally fixed. I installed all of my programs and I was quite surprised that the technician was correct: I only have some 175 GB of free space on my internal SSD drive. However, the technician also set up my 2TB external hard drive as the default drive where I will be downloading and saving installation files to media files like images, PDFs, videos, and audio files.
After finishing writing this entry, I’ll be packing the laptop in my backpack. I’m bringing it to the trip because my father did not want to miss Cyber Monday shopping at Amazon.
- The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs expansion pack was released early November and I was having a blast with it. I love how you can create your pets based on all breeds and you can even create mixed breed pets too! You can also customize their fur color and you can even turn one of them into a “robo”-pet too! There are adopted pets, stray pets, and most of all, your sim can also become a Veterinarian and open his own vet clinic, with his own staff, skills, equipment, and everything!
- Final Fantasy XV Comrades DLC was also released mid-November. I love how we the players can now create our own characters and actually be in that world. I got addicted to it so much that I pretty much drifted away from #100DaysofCode a bit. Then again, there was also that problem with the laptop as stated in the first item.
During the trip, maybe I can continue my coding studies, but I highly doubt it. Like last September’s trip, I will be spending most of my time out in the wilderness with the camera ready, enjoying the natural beauty of the northern region of Sierra Nevada and possibly drive across the Nevada border to see my parents gamble at the casino.2
Planned Activities (December till 2018)
- Really, really start working on my portfolio. I need to get back to my current Skillcrush program. I’ve lost motivation graphic/artistic wise. But I’m glad that I finally got Adobe XD working on the laptop after reformatting it. Now I can really build awesome wireframes for future sites. I really like UXPin, but the subscription rates are just 😢…
- Change this blog’s theme using some simple-ish looking web fonts… or maybe design an SVG-based logo like I did with The NINPOJineous. I haven’t had any ideas on how it’ll look like though.
- Continue with my WordPress tutorials and more local environment tutorials (emphasis on Local by Flywheel) in The NINPOJineous.
- Take more Python classes with an emphasis on building more projects, as well as Python web frameworks like Django and Flask.
- Try to get back to loving Ruby again and advance to take Ruby on Rails classes.
- Apply for jobs (after building the portfolio).
- Create my own photo blog with WordPress or (probably) some handmade Python-based project. Most likely WordPress and also a subdomain of TAL. For the first time, this photo blog (more like travel blog) was an idea from my parents (who don’t really care much about my coding interests to tell you the truth LOL) because they loved my presentation of my photos on my family Facebook.
It’s now five minutes until midnight. Time for me to pack this laptop and I’ll keep in touch through social media when I can.
Till next time!