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Nine days after Coding Bootcamp

December 28, 2020
I graduated from a 26-week online coding bootcamp about 9 nine days ago and I'm going through a lot of intense mixed emotions.

There is a great relief having to pass such an intense educational program and also a lot of fear. I have fear of not being 'good' enough yet to get a first job, fear of rejection after an interview and the anxiety of the thought of going into an interview. Emotionally and technically, I feel like I am ill-prepared. Therefore, I'm going to do some analyzation here.

What are the job titles that I am aiming for? 
Having had years of professional marketing experience in the past, before I started the coding bootcamp, I figured in order to secure a new marketing job nowadays, I'm going to need to code because there are so many hybrid positions now where the coders are also the marketers. However, after finishing halfway through this program, my thinking was I really needed to strengthen my knowledge as a coder because there is still so much to learn and I think that if I went for a hybrid marketing/coding position, my growth as a developer could hinder. So then, I just wanted to focus on coding and coding well. So towards the last month of my coding bootcamp cohort, I was very adamant to myself and my school's career advisor that I wanted a junior web developer or junior software engineering position. Now after graduating from the coding bootcamp program and looking at more job descriptions online, I'm not so sure if I'll make the cut as a junior developer. My 'reacto', algorithm and data structure knowledge is weak. I think I'll need to spend months studying all that before I can even feel confident enough for the next phone interview. So now, that is my game plan along with working on creating a new project for my portfolio. I started a new file for it but I'm currently having GitHub issues which I'll blog in another post. Basically it is related to this error: "Basic authentication using a password to Git is deprecated and will soon no longer work." Read how I figured out my GitHub Two Factor Authentication to resolve this.

I had one phone call and zoom interview for a developer job a few days after I graduated and this is how it went.
I got very lucky and one of the program's advisors forwarded my resume a few days after I graduated to one of the BIG 6 companies and to a gentleman who has his own contracting business for web development. Honestly, I had no idea my awesome advisor was going to move this fast after I graduated and the gentleman called me the next day after receiving my resume! I was ill-prepared mentally. I honestly wanted to take a break after spending so much of my time away from my family because of the bootcamp but I knew that I needed to return this call back because I had an inkling that this gentleman is well known in the developer's community where I live at and I figured if I bombed the interview, I would still be able to learn from this first interview.

Well, after an hour of mustering the will to call him back, we talked on the the phone and he told me a bit about the contracting position and asked if I had the time later that evening to do a Zoom interview so he could go more into detail about the project and share a bit of code. So then at 6PM that very evening, I jumped on a Zoom call with him and he told me about the pay, more about the client, his background and asked a couple of technical questions. I think I did okay on the technical questions except for one. He uses the MVC model to organize his code and I had no idea what he was talking about. My tech knowledge includes: express, pSQL react, node, jQuery and git for the last 6 months and evidently, I am still such a noob!

That really made me nervous. He also said our first deadline for some deliverables was going to be 3 weeks away and with the holidays and my kids being on winter break, I didn't think I was going to be able to meet his expectations. I was really honest about my low confidence on that. I think he appreciated my honestly and he also suggested that I work on my confidence in these interviews, which I know is going to be an ongoing problem until I have a few more solo projects post-school under my belt. All in all, even though my first interview wasn't a job success for me, I still felt like I learned so much from him. I wish I had the confidence to take the contracting job since it's especially important for my resume to get professional experience now but my gut just knew, I would suffer and I didn't want to falsely say that I'd want the job when I knew I wasn't the right person for it.

Well, now I'm also nervous if that other organization is going to call me, I will bomb my only chance! I need to get working on improving my chances, like right now! I'm reviewing my old lectures today and making back-ups of my bootcamp project files onto a thumb drive, which is taking a long time because I have so many files. I have to do an operating system update on my MacBook Pro but I wanted to back up my files before I did that because I was told that many developers had issues with working on stuff after the recent update. Now that I am done with coding bootcamp, I figured I don't have any thing due soon so there is no better time than now to face more challenges with developing right? 

What am I going to do now and when do I think I'll find my first developer job?
I am looking over algorithm problems online, trying to learn Redux which I am about halfway through an online tutorial that's over an hour long and working on my first personal project post-bootcamp. I have a lot to do. I'll write another blog post in the near future to tell you my progress. I'm hoping I'll have better promise on a job search in March; about three months from now. Wish me luck!

 

Scary Message HPDriverCore.framework will damage your computer from HP Printer

October 31, 2020
I've owned this HP printer for several years now and today, I got this scary message when I tried to print something: HPDriverCore.framework will damage your computer.
I thought maybe this was a one off thing so I proceeded but no matter what, this message prompt kept showing up. My HP drivers needed updating but it still had the old files so I had to figure out how to delete this printer from my computer list and completely delete the HP Printer Library files. I own a MAC computer and after googling this I've discovered that this is a problem that many HP printer owners are having! I'm not alone! After I googled how to do all of this, my printer started working again.

Basically, I had to remove the printer from my computer list, then find the HP files for this particular printer and deleted it. Then, when I was ready to use it again, the printer will prompt me to download drivers (new ones) so that it would work again. Lo and behold, I do not have to get a new printer! I'm able to print again.

Update: I'm getting a lot of new viewers on this website from others looking to resolve their HPDriverCore issue like I had. Thanks for coming on here. We're not alone guys and it's fixable! Remember, remove the printer from your computer list (I own a MAC so not sure how PCs work around this). Then, find the HP files for that printer model and delete them. After that, when you're ready to use your printer, try to print a document. It should prompt you in an alert or something to download drivers to use for it. Download those drivers and try to print afterwards! Good luck!
 

My website URL was blocked on facebook for over a year

August 17, 2020
Today, I received a surprise gift. Facebook has no longer marked one of my URLs as fraudulent or spam and now I can share that particular URL (not referring to this very one that you're currently at) on Facebook again. They had blocked that URL for over a year! I still have no idea why it happened for a year and I had consistently filled out their form to say that my website is not a spam website and it's a legitimate mom blog. I have over 1,700 likers on this particular Facebook page that's linked to that particular website so it still has a decent number of likers and followers but the increase within the last year has been a slow growth compared to years prior when people could freely share my website link on Facebook.

Maybe now with this pandemic, Facebook has looked back at responses on these forms and finally had a personnel go through them to fix them?

So how did I find out that my website link was no longer marked as fraudulent and is allowed to be shared again? Well, today someone contacted me about sharing an event that they are planning for local moms. She had messaged me via Facebook in the past and I looked at our past thread and noticed that my URL from 2019 in our message exchange was hyperlinked properly. That caught me by surprise because when Facebook marked my URL as spam, all of the posts and messages with that link embedded got ghosted. Any post on someone else's Facebook page with or without pictures with any mention of my website URL disappeared as well. It was the craziest thing and now they are all back! Posts that were ghosted for over a year can now be seen and I'm telling you, this is like trying to find that favorite shirt that has gone missing for a long time! I have such relief!

I don't know if it was a coincidence or not but I've been spreading the Lord's word more often than usual this summer. I also started a mission last month to help more moms with sharing about their businesses and their own mission for free by writing blog posts about them and doing more social media shares. I feel good about being able to help someone during this difficult time because as a result of this, I am connecting with more moms and doing more message exchanges and seeing their joy firsthand. I'm also going through a tribulation myself so if I can offer a sense of relief for someone else by writing, a hobby that I enjoy, then it helps me as much as it helps them. When I started this mission, I did it to refocus my energy on the positives because I was feeling a bit beat down. A Covid-19 pandemic can do that to anyone and their mental health. I know that when you do something to try to help others, you shouldn't expect to get rewarded and that you just do it because it is the right thing to do. This was truly the case. I just felt like it was the right thing to do for other people right now and if God decides to get Facebook to take one of my URLs off their spam list, then that is just a nice bonus.

And to whomever needs this encouragement: Hang in there!

1 Corinthians 13:4–8 (ESV): 4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
 

A http website shouldn't be indexing as https but it happens

July 18, 2020
I've owned websites for over a decade and have never run into this problem until now. In the past, all of my websites were properly indexed in Google with "http" and not "https" because I don't buy an SSL certificate for them but recently one of my websites is being indexed with "https". I don't want this to happen because if Google is indexing it this way, a DANGER DANGER page will be shown to the visitor before they can reach my URL. This causes a high bounce rate and in turn, decreases the value of my website and prevents people from reading my content. 

I contacted my domain company and my hosting company and they both just quickly said to just go ahead and order an SSL cert for it and then it'll eliminate the problem. Thing is, I only have this problem for this one particular site. My other 7 websites are being indexed in the search engine with "http" as they should. I thought that was a very lazy way to get me to just stop bothering them. And no, this is not a new website. It's been up and live for several years.

Anyway, I'm looking into my current set-up in Google Webmasters (also known as Search Console) to make sure my site is indexing with just "http" only. I think I'm heading in the right direction because it allows you to list all of the variations that you'd like your website URL to be indexed as. I'll let you know if the search engine has changed the indexing of the website in a few weeks. If you're having the same problem, good luck!

July 24, 2020 Update: 

I've decided to use the free SSL cert plan from Cloudfare to use for the website that's mistakenly indexing with https:// because my traffic is building and I want to decrease my bounce rates as quickly as possible. So far, all I had to do was change the name servers. The process was so easy and quick and it propagated within the same day! This is so great. They give you a limit if you're using the free plan, which I plan on just utilizing for the near future. However, there are upgraded plans that you can choose from.

 

Belkin Wemo NetCam End of Life on June 30 and Need New Cam

May 15, 2020
I received an email from Belkin last month that informed me my Wemo NetCam will no longer be serviced starting at the end of this month (update: they extended to June 30 2020 now). I'll no longer be able to use my Netcam anymore to view any motion activated movements for my side yard, which is what I've been and still using it for. I am pretty bummed out by this. 

I've been using this particular Belkin Netcam since 2015. It's been helpful for me and my sanity because it informs of any suspicious activities coming into my property via email and I can view it live through their app. I've even moved it with me across states when we relocated. Now, I'm going to have to find a new solution to replace my side yard cam. It's pretty important as a security measure for my home and this is such a huge blow to my trust in tech companies, particularly this one. Now, I'm going to make sure that I believe the next cam I'll buy will keep their services and stay in business for a long time and not disappoint me like Belkin is doing. I don't want to jepardize the security of my home with an unreliable service.

You can get a refund on the purchase of the Netcam, only if it was purchased within the last 2 years and with a receipt so that doesn't apply to me. I've had this hardware for over 4 years. Now, this Belkin Netcam is literally useless. According to the Belkin's website, I can't use this cam with any other app.

So what am I going to do? What technology will I use? What will I substitute my next home cam with for my side yard? 

Right now, knowing that Amazon is going strong as a company, I'm probably going to use Ring cams. They are also easily linked with my already exisitng echo devices (also owned by Amazon) via Alexa so they are hopefully much more reliable than Belkin ever was. The thing with my current Belkin netcam is it's electrical and has to be plugged in. The next cam I am going to get will be battery operated so that I can place it outside and not worry about wiring. Ring cams are either wired (needs to plug in) or battery-operated. Some cams can be used specifically for indoor or outdoor use, or both so I'll have to look for the exact device that will help me be able to place it outside without it getting possibly damaged.

Ring Stick Up Cam Battery HD security camera with two-way talk, Works with Alexa



Another thing that I need to consider is getting a cam with a spotlight on it. There's no light that comes on when motion is activated on my Belkin netcam. However, there's a ring cam that also acts like a security cam and a spotlight cam which would help me get added security for my house called a Ring Spotlight Cam. They are more expensive than one with just a cam but the spotlight is useful for deterring intruders. 

 

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Ninja Space Content I have been building simple websites on my own since 2008 and currently run several websites at the moment, including this one. I used to be an account manager for an affiliate/e-commerce company, helping affiliates grow their sales so I have some knowledge on the business side and client side of affiliate marketing. Most recently, I decided to complete a coding bootcamp and have just graduated.
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