TonyJiang.com: Year 11!!!!!!!!!!!

TonyJiang.com has been online for 11 years! Woohoo!! Break out the champagne :lol: . I actually remembered to post in August this year, which is when actually anniversary is. In previous years I would forget until September or even October to post this message.

Regarding my collection of websites, I don’t have much to report on in the past year. Didn’t do any major revamp or additions. Work has kept me busy, and on the weekends I try to do something outside of my home. I should probably at least go back to drawing and produce some artwork for this website. The crabbing guide is still the most popular out of them all, but traffic is slipping like the last few years, probably because I haven’t crabbed in Vancouver for a while, and there are new competition. Ad revenue is of course down, due to the lower traffic and the prevalence of ad blockers. Oh well, it’s not like I’m going to make a living out of these websites haha.

New Smartphone: LG G5

I recently bought a new smartphone in the form of a LG G5. It’s only been a year since I bought my LG G4, and I got a new phone because the G4 broke and became a paperweight. Actually, the G4 that broke was a refurb that I bought to replace the first one (which was a brand new unit) that I lost in a lake… No more refurb phones without warranties ever again. So far the new G5 has worked quite well, and hopefully the decision to go with another LG won’t come and bite me in the behind. Here are just my impressions and some pictures of this previous generation LG flagship.

LG G5 box
The LG G5 box

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Springtime Sorties

It has been almost a whole season since I’ve posted here. Spring has passed and the hot and humid summer of the Southeast is now here. It’s time look back at all the fun activities I managed to do during the spring (despite having little in the way of vacation days) and show some photo highlights.

Sharp Top Summit
Wonderful view from the top of Sharp Top. (click to enlarge)

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Winter Whatnots

Spring is finally here, and with it comes the warm temperatures and pollen. It also means it’s time for me to post about my winter activities. Winter tends to be the slow season when it comes to activities, but I managed to get out and keep life from getting too boring. Here is just a quick list of my winter highlights with some photos to boot.

Skytrain Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station
Took a ride on the Skytrain to the end of the new Evergreen extension in Coquitlam

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New Pull-Up Bar: Perfect Multi-Gym Pro

When I went back home for the holidays, I noticed that my dad bought himself a chin-up bar. He bought the Multi-Gym Pro by Perfect Fitness, and I thought it looked pretty neat so I bought one once I returned to the US. This post is my thoughts on this pull-up bar with some pictures.

Perfect Multi-Gym Pro assembled
The Perfect Multi-Gym Pro fully assembled

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Autumn Adventures

It’s been a little while since my last travel and fun post, and during that time autumn has passed by and winter has taken over. I tried to have some fun during the cool and colorful autumn season though, and here are some highlights of what I’ve been up to.

Mount Pisgah
Panoramic views from the summit of Mount Pisgah (click to enlarge)

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New Laptop: Dell Latitude E7270

The Thanksgiving weekend has come and gone. I did a bit of everything: went to some dinners, traveled a little, and some Black Friday shopping this year as well. This was the probably the most I’ve spent on a Black Friday, because I picked up a new laptop. The Lenovo ThinkPad T410 I got when I started grad school is now over 6 years old and getting a little long in the tooth. I ended up getting a refurbished Dell Latitude E7270 from Dell Outlet, and this post is some first impressions of my new laptop… or should I say “ultrabook”.

new laptop Dell Latitude E7270
My new laptop

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Moved to a New Place, and Internet Woes

As the title says, I recently moved. I’m still in the same metro region, but just moved from one apartment to another. The new location is not quite as central as the old one, but it’s still convenient enough. I moved because the new place is newer construction, had slightly cheaper rent and a better layout.

The move itself was pretty smooth. I had about a week of overlap between the two apartments, so I slowly moved my belongings. I only needed the moving company to move the bigger furniture, and I really don’t have many big pieces of furniture anyways.

The trouble came after I moved though I wanted to get internet service, and here is the story. I was a cable internet customer, but then found out the new apartment complex can only get AT&T. They were running a promo on their fiber gigabit service, so I called them, and it took a week for them to schedule a technician to come out because apparently the address was initially not listed as serviceable… even though other units in the complex have internet. So the technician showed up a week later, tried and failed to install because there was an signal strength issue. So I called customer service, and a few days later, three technicians showed up and replaced the fiber from my apartment to the telco room on the same floor, and still the same problem. Then a day later, a construction technician shows up unannounced and fixed the signal issue, but he didn’t handle the actual installation of the modem/gateway, so it was a couple more days before a final technician shows up and completes the installation.

All in all, it took 2 weeks and 4 separate technician visits to get internet running at my apartment. Never in my life have I ever had so much trouble getting internet service. According to the final technician, my network issue actually got fixed pretty quickly all things considered. I guess I can’t really fault AT&T for bad customer service since they did send out technicians on 4 different trips within a week to get internet working in my apartment, but not having internet in my apartment was still a bit annoying.

So that’s it for my little story on internet woes. I have working gigabit fiber internet now, and it seems to be pretty fast. I haven’t gotten close to actual 1000 Mbps, but I can get about 300 Mbps, and that’s still a lot faster than the cable internet I’ve had before. Of course, this gigabit service is a bit more expensive than my previous cable internet too. Hopefully I won’t have to make any more service calls to AT&T about internet not working.