Category Archives: Meta

Let’s Encrypt!

(Image credit: r/ProgrammerHumor)

I’ve been meaning to add SSL to this blog ever since I first heard of Let’s Encrypt last year. Unfortunately, support on my otherwise awesome webhost was not yet first-class and seemed complicated at the time, so I kept putting it off. But recently I was testing something unrelated and found out that I needed to have SSL on my server in order for OAuth2 to work, so I grudgingly got to it.

Luckily I found out about a handy utility written in Ruby that does most of the stuff for me: letsencrypt-webfaction. It was surprisingly easy to setup, with only a single false start because I had a silly typo.

So now this site has SSL! Hooray!

Speed Reading

I came across a website that provided an online Speed Reading Test. Most people I know generally know me to be a fast reader so I decided to take the test.

My results: 472 words per minute screen reading, at 82% comprehension, which the website says classifies me as a “good reader”. Apparently the best readers can read at 700wpm at 85% comprehension, sounds tough =/

Try the quiz and post your results here.

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Tags: site update

Previously I hosted two separate WordPress blogs on, the old one I’ve had since forever, and a separate one that discussed only magic related articles. It was a bit bothersome to have two WordPress installs though. Now that I’ve migrated to a Django backend, I decided to merge the blogs back into one.

The blog now has the following sections/categories:

  • Magic the Gathering – for posts related to MTG
  • Software Development – for posts related to Software Development (hopefully I can write more about this topic)
  • Gaming – originally I didn’t have this category, but looking at previous contents of the blog and my delicious links, this is one of the things I write about the most, so I made it a separate category
  • Weblog – everything else I can think of

Each category has a separate RSS feed you can subscribe to – so that if you’re only interested in MTG posts you can subscribe to the MTG category feed, etc. There’s also a master feed that syndicates all the posts in all categories, available at the top of the page.

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I Claim My Name

After trying out, I decided to try claiming my username “roytang” at various websites. Here’s a list of various websites where I have this username.– This one actually seems useful.– Okay, I admit it. I’ve actually had this for a few weeks now.– I’m not yet too clear on what it’s used for.– would be useful if I didn’t already have a blog– now I can be emo!– I created this a long time ago. Recently I had to use pbwiki again so I revived the account.– music I listen to.– As mentioned, I only got this account so I could activate Akismet

There’s probably more. Sometimes when I see a random website I try out my username to see if I’ve registered before and this is successful more often than I expect.

Some “roytang”s on the web that are not me: – obviously not me – some guy from Singapore

Blast From The Past – 2004 Desktop

I was going through some old files today, I found this screenshot of my desktop from 2004:

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Actually, I still like that wallpaper. It’s well-drawn. It’s from

RPGamer Theme Central.

Items I had in the quick-launch toolbar:

  • mIRC (for downloading comics)
  • Thunderbird
  • IE
  • IE again (?!)
  • I believe this is EditPad, a notepad replacement
  • HTML-Kit
  • WinAmp
  • Windows Media Player
  • DivX Player
  • No idea
  • Shortcut to some folder
  • Kazaa (pirate!)
  • No idea
  • 2xExplorer (Windows explorer alternative)
  • Crimson Editor (so far there are at least 3 different text editors)
  • Show Desktop
  • Terminal
  • Outlook (I never used this)
  • Excel
  • No idea
  • Thunderbird again…apparently I never cleaned up this taskbar.
  • Visualboy Advance
  • Firefox
  • Quicktime (3 different media players too!)
  • Warcraft III
  • Yahoo Messenger
  • No idea

For reference, here’s today’s desktop, same wallpaper:

New WordPress Theme – Thematic

Changed to Thematic 

: yung current na wordpress theme ko parang ang crowded

: baka it’s the font… or less ugn spacing

: papagalitan mo ko pag pinalitan ko e

: haha

: haha hindi naman a

: sabihin ko lang na you’re fickle like a girl

: haha

: tsk!

: it’s nice to be female.. if magpaka-fickle ako, i’ve an excuse

: if magsungit ako, i’ve an excuse din

: if i get irrational, meron ulit excuse

: and you can make sexist remarks freely!

: yup

: cool nuh

: and pag ako sabihan ng sexist remarks… i can freely take offense din bigla

: women :p


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