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On PAN.XYZ

I registered PAN.XYZ some time last week. It is renewed at a regular price of ~$10 even although it is a pretty short and meaningful domain.

The reason why I registered this domain is that PAN is my first name. However, PAN.XYZ does have another special meaning, which I thought of. Let me explain.

PAN in English is the word root for “All” according to Wikipedia, and we live in a three-dimensional world, which means all things have X, Y, and Z attributes in space. Therefore, PAN.XYZ means everything, every opportunity, the infinite possibility in life – which is my life philosophy.

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No longer an Apple user – sold my iPad today

I have never been an Apple fan, however, more than 2.5 years ago in 2019, I bought my first and only Apple product – iPad wifi 128GB (6th gen). I used it mainly for taking notes paperlessly. The experience was great.

But today I sold my iPad together with Apple Pencil, which would be replaced by Samsung Tab S7 & S Pen. It is a result of my embracing into Samsung’s ecosystem, not Apple’s. I like the openness & customizability of Android, and iOS UI is just not my type. Additionally, S Pen works well so far, at least better than my sold 1st gen Apple Pencil.

Yet, I acknowledge iPad as a good product. If you love Apple’s ecosystem, definitely use it. The ecosystem is very important as I realize now.

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TopCashback works and is an awesome choice for online shopping

In May, I bought a VPN service. The price was a little high, but with TopCashback, I successfully saved 65% in total – today, I received a VISA pre-paid card from them.

The only drawback is that it takes a little longer to process, about two months. But I feel like as long as it works, it doesn’t really matter to wait. So, I can confirm that by using TopCashback, we can save money!

I won’t talk about how to use TopCashback, but it is very simple and it is easy to find a tutorial. Have fun saving money as I did!

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Bulk image optimization by ShortPixel takes forever to finish, and today I know why – it is my fault

I have a personal blog in Chinese, which I have been running since 2016. It is my first WordPress site. I decided to make it serve WebP images for the sake of speed. I had lots of ShortPixel credits so I ran “bulk image optimization” in the media library after installing the plugin, expecting the process would be complete after a day.

However, when I wake up, the process bar stuck at ~40%. It was so annoying, but I didn’t have any clue why – I chose to wait. Even after several days, the process bar stuck still at ~40%. I knew something was wrong.

And I wrote a backup script, so as long as a change occurs in wp-contents/uploads, the script is called, and some of my Google Drive space will be consumed. Every day I saw new backup was made for my personal Chinese blog – it was because the new WebP images were generated. But I just didn’t know why it took forever to finish.

However, today, after reviewing the reminder of ShortPixel carefully, I notice that it says, when the browser tab is closed, the bulk optimization process will be paused…

So, my bad. I shouldn’t close the browser tab (although I don’t think it makes sense because my VPS can upload the original images to ShortPixel servers, and fetch the converted optimized images?).

Today I have learned that whenever we use a product, we should read every single message it shows carefully!

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Leaving my first job today

Today, I am leaving my position as Software Developer at Infrastructures For Information (i4i).

I feel so down, and I even want to cry… I don’t know why, but I just feel that it is my first job, it is my regret that I can not work with them for a longer period. Also, my journey of the internship was destroyed by the pandemic. I had an offer at another company at the beginning, but suddenly my offer was revoked after the COVID-19 break, then, i4i gave me the chance to explore software development. I am very grateful for it.