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Udacity Front-end Developer Challenge Daily Sprint Updates

As per the Next Generation Tech Booster Challenge Program, we are asked to submit a daily progress report on slack. We just need to answer these three questions in the post: • What did I work on today? • What I will work on tomorrow? • What issues are blocking my progress? I take this logging opportunity to also report on the progress I am making with my Coursera course “Server-side Development with NodeJS, Express, and MongoDB”; and my Linux Foundation course “LFS258 Kubernetes Fundamentals”.  To help with completing above, here are some links posted by the slack moderators that I try to use to get through my workload: How to Organize your Desk like a Pro Tips on how to achieve consistency Strategies we can employ to stop Procrastination Eliminate Time Wasting Activities by Using the Eisenhower Box Warren Buffett’s “2 List” Strategy The Ivy Lee Method The 15-Minute Routine Anthony Trollope Used to Write 40+ Books There are two sprints for the Udacity challenge but if I make it past th
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How I passed the AZ-104 Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate Exam

I had been planning to take the Microsoft Certified Solutions Architect track back when the prerequisite was AZ-303 and AZ-304. Life got in the way and now these two prerequisites have been deprecated and replaced by AZ-305. However, in order to take this exam, I needed to get through AZ-104 first. Here are resources that I used to prepare for it: * GlobalKnowledge/Skillsoft 4-day BootCamp. I have been using this training company for a while now but it has steadily just gotten worse. The trainers are outsourced and not very professional in my opinion. I do not recommend GlobalKnowledge at all. I didn’t really learn much from the lesson material but the lesson/challenge labs were very helpful. This bootcamp comes with an Azurepass subscription and a free exam voucher. I actually racked up to $90 out of the $100 credit provided on this subscription which expires in 12 days so I better delete all the resources before then to avoid incurring more. I initially booked the exam the end of Dec

Logitech Circle 2 Security Webcam has gone Offline (SOLVED)

In November 2022, I realized that my webcam had stopped working. I took it down from above my door mount in order to troubleshoot closely. The unit would power on with a steady white lighting around the front but I was used to seeing green. When I press the button to reset it, it would reboot and start flashing different coloured lights but when I release the button, all lighting would stop.     I looked at Logitech’s support site to find out how to properly reset it. It was simply to hold the button a few seconds until lights start blinking, which is what I have been doing. I had the wired model so I plugged in the unit via USB to my Windows computer to attempt to connect to it. I had a hunch that there was a firmware update that it automatically tried to download and run, and that update caused this. I was right. A few other users on the Logitech forums reported the same symptoms I was experiencing with my Circle 2 webcam. Here was one specific post that I responded to: https://suppo

Wall of Graduates from the AI Product Manager Nanodegree

The "Wall of Graduates" is a Google sites page showing a profile list of students who graduated from the Udacity AI Product Manager nanodegree. We were asked two questions to include in our profile and there are those two questions.  What obstacles (big or small!) did you face during Phase 2 & how did you overcome them?    I think the biggest was time constraint. I was also doing my Georgia Tech course in the spring and this fell on the same timeline. The other obstacle is that the course material was not technical but more for product managers. This meant a lot of time was spent networking in slack participating community-driven initiatives. I did learn Artificial Intelligence concepts but it didn't need to last from December 2020-December 2021.  How are you making use of your newfound skills?  I don't use AI at work but it has allowed me to open my eyes to possibilities. We recently implemented MS Azure Cognitive service utilizing text translation. Although not

4 Things You Must do When Taking a Proctored Exam

This was my proctored-exam transcript last night when I took the AWS Solutions Architect exam (SAA-C02) as part of my recertification because it expires every 3 years. This was a remote proctored exam through PSI and should have been easy because this wasn’t the first time I used their service. For whatever reason, last night’s experience was so bad  that an exam that started at 10:45pm didn’t finish until early morning 2:15am.  Some things that you could do to avoid what I went through: 1) Test your computer 24 hours before start time This was my fault and I should  tested sooner. I did start preparing foe the prerequisites as early as 8pm and thought I had enough time to complete everything as it was the same computer I used three years ago when I got certified with AWS. However, I found that since the last time I took this exam, my hardware changed (different web cam, different speakers) and I installed more software like Docker that the proctoring software (PSI Secure Browser) didn

What Docker Image for GO works on a Raspberry Pi 3 running Kubernetes k3s orchestrator?

I applied and was recently awarded a Cloud-native Application Architecture scholarship by SUSE and Udactity. There were about 12,000 scholars all over the globe who took part in the course made up of 5 lessons in 2 months, with phase 1 ending August 2, 2021. One of the exercises was to run Docker Desktop on my Windows 10 computer and build a docker image alpine:golang which will run a web application and display the infamous Hello World. I uploaded this docker image to my Docker Hub registry for use in a Kubernetes cluster. We needed to install Oracle VirtualBox, Hashicorp Vagrant, and run Kubernetes k3s cluster https://k3s.io/ to host this docker image. This worked well on my computer but I wanted to try the same exercise on my RPi which had a lot less resources and wanted to see how well it worked there. I have a Raspberry Pi 3 running Raspian OS with 32GB of disk and 4GB of memory. I connected the RPi via wifi on my local LAN and have opened up an SSH session to it. First I install

Fixing ads.txt error in AdSense for your websites hosted on Blogger

We were recently approved to setup Google Adsense for a few websites. I was so ecstatic because I hadn't been able to get this going for a while due to some accounting errors. I assume there was a time duration where that token expires and am now glad to be able use this product. During the setup on our blogger sites, I ran into some technical errors pointed at fixing ads.txt otherwise it may impact ad revenue, i.e. "earnings at risk you need to fix some ads.txt file issues to avoid severe impact to your revenue".  To summarize the steps needed to enable Google Adsense on your site, you would simply need to do the following:  1) Create an ads.txt file in the root of your Blogger site like example.com/ads.txt by going to Settings > Moentization > Enable custom ads.txt slider;  2) Add your publisher ID to the ads.txt file in Blogger using string "google.com, pub-0000000000000000, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0" where pub-0000000000000000 is your personal publisher