Ken Nguyen

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A Browser in 2019

03 Oct 2019 | technology

When I was in high school, Internet Explorer (IE) was the default for Windows so my family only used it. Since they were older and less tech savvy, they clicked yes to every single request asking to add a new toolbar. I was sharing the computer with my family so whenever I open up IE, it looked like a bunch of people just vomited all over the screen.

IE toolbars

Carving out Study Time with Full Time Job

04 Jul 2019 | rants

It’s been a while since I last updated my blog. The main reason is that I found it increasingly difficult to find the time to sit down and write a blog post. I started a new job a few months ago working ten hours a day, six days a week. I go to work at 10am and go home around 8pm with one hour commute time each way. By the time I get back home from work, my brain is tired from the daily activities and I have to make the conscious decision on how to budget the time I have left. Some days I’m able to push myself and study a couple hours before going to sleep. Some days I have absolutely no energy and cannot drag myself to even look at the study material. Since time became a precious resource, it’s a constant tug of war for me everyday to use it more efficiently.

Uncommon Semantic HTML Tags

16 Apr 2019 | web-development

I’ve been using HTML for a while now to build websites but every now and then, I learn something new about the language. There are a lot of different tags in HTML, some provide the structure of the page while others provide the meaning to it. With HTML5, there’s some new semantic markup that I learned and want to share in this post.

Planning My PC Upgrade

12 Mar 2019 | rants

One thing I disliked about Windows is that the system tends to become slower over time. I looked up ways to speed up the performance of my PC but they involved disabling features to free up resources. But as softwares update, they eventually use up those resources anyway. Back in high school, I had an old Windows XP machine with 2GB of RAM that could run Firefox, a video game, and Yahoo Messenger with no noticeable lag. Now, Firefox alone can use up 2GB of RAM easily with just some tabs open. My friend and I built this PC several years back so I thought maybe it’s time to upgrade.

Wix, a Platform Full of Problems

03 Feb 2019 | web-development

Maybe you’ve heard of Wix, it’s a popular drag and drop site builder. I had a client recently who purchased the hosting and domain name from Wix for his nonprofit site. He contacted me to help him design the site. Initially, I was hesitant about the project since it involved Wix. I have not worked extensively with Wix but I’ve heard negative things about the platform. However, I thought to myself that maybe I could learn something new from this project so I took him on the offer.