[Geekery] Remove Passwords from PDF

Authenticity required: password?

So this is a quick and super easy PC-only lifehack. If you want to remove a password from a PDF for whatever reason, the answer is to print it as a PDF.

Really. Just go to File > Print > Microsoft Print to PDF.

You will be asked to rename the file (like saving a copy) and that’s it! Once you open your new doc, you should not be prompted for a password again. Note that this is dependent on the software you use. I use SumatraPDF, which is a simple and lightweight PDF reader. Starts up in 3 seconds instead of Adobe’s 3 minutes.

And that’s it. Good luck!

Fire Emblem: Heroes Region Lock

No, region lock means it's not available yet

Nintendo has done it again. They’ve released a great version of an old franchise to great acclaim… Only to region lock it. Despite what you may read online, Fire Emblem Heroes is NOT available everywhere yet. There’s only 39 countries that can play FE:Heroes legally now, and Malaysia is not one of them.

The good news is that if you are on Android, the apk or installation file is available on Apkmirror. Note that you will need to change your security settings to allow installation from unknown sources. Please note that you do this at your own risk – I usually switch this off once I’ve installed the apk.

The bad news is that we don’t know if your Nintendo account will be banned if you play this way. Nintendo has this thing against rooted phones and doing things that are legal but not necessarily beginner level (customising ROMs, changing themes etc). This could be a holdover from the DS days where homebrew led to great piracy.

My advice is if you can’t wait for the region lock to be lifted, go download and play the game. But don’t spend any money on it until we’ve heard otherwise about the ban possibilities. For all we know, this will be another miitomo (which never came to Malaysia, so boo on you, Nintendo).

That said, the game plays really well once you’ve installed it. The tutorial and details about what the different symbols mean could be better but if you’re a Fire Emblem fan most would be familiar to you already. Something to note:

Tacticians or Strategist or whichever version you want to call yourself, please note that your units have only ONE attack distance. This means your mages now have the same restrictions as archers (boo). There’s no relationship building either, so keeping them close doesn’t matter (except as protection for your range units). No, you cannot have a English menu voices (though that would be nice).

[Geekiness] Addon Domains in Cpanel

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Thanks to a writer’s event, I’ve finally gotten off my ass to create my real-name website. In doing so, I’ve learnt a few things, some of which I wish I’d known before my dad passed away so I could have helped him instead of delaying things. That’s a guilt I’m never going to get over.

But anyway… I learnt of a quick and easy way to get multiple domains on a single hosting account. As it turns out, the answer was embarrassingly simple (and I am still kicking myself over not figuring it out earlier).

So, this addon domains guide is specific to Exabytes Malaysia and assumes the following:

  • You have two domains, one which comes with hosting
  • Your hosted domain is already set up
  • You have your cpanel login
  • You know how to change your nameserver settings
  • Your hosting plan has addon domains

If you have this, let’s get started.

Adding your domains

  1. First, log into your Exabytes Billing Area.
  2. Under Domains > My Domains > Manage Domains, click on the Spanner next to your hosted domain name (eg MyDomainWithHosting.com ) and select Manage nameservers.
  3. Copy your hosted nameservers into a text file.
  4. Now go back to My Domains, and check the nameservers for your non-hosted domain (eg MyNewDomain.com). If it is not the same as your hosted domain, paste the two nameservers from your hosted domain.
    a. AKA MyDomainWithHosting.com and MyNewDomain.com should both have the same nameservers.
  5. Click “Change Nameservers” once that’s done.

Note it may take up to 24 hours for the changes to happen, though mine was as short as 15 minutes. Once you’re done, it’s time to log into your Cpanel.

Addon Domains

  1. Log into your cpanel, i.e. MyDomainWithHosting.com/cpanel, or whatever your cpanel hosting is.
  2. Scroll to “Addon Domains” and click on it.
  3. Add your non-hosted domain name (i.e MyNewDomain.com), rename the subdomain you want to be associated with your new domain, and then click on Add Domain. AKA
    a. Use MyNewDomain.com in the New Domain Name section.
    b. Add a subdomain, which will actually be NewDomainName.MyDomainWithHosting.com
    c. Leave Document Root alone unless you know what you’re doing.

And that’s it! Once that’s done, you’re done with the initial setup! All you need to do now is to add a CMS (I used WordPress, if you couldn’t tell) and you’re good to go.

Some may ask, why do this in the first place?

For me, it’s a way to maximise my hosting plan, since I have all the extra space. Exabytes Malaysia also has Softaculous, so I can click on a button to install WordPress and other software as needed.

Happy hosting!

What happens to Adsense when you write a super popular post

Adsense payment on hold notif

So a few days ago, I wrote a post about Tuber Simulator. The idea was very simple: to capitalise on a what I thought was an opportunity to score some clicks and drive traffic to the blog. At the most, I’d make a few cents.

What I did not expect was Adsense to tell me that my payment on hold. This amuses me for the following reasons:

  • I am nowhere near the payment threshold.
    Min payment is USD100. I’ve not even made USD 5!

  • My website kept going down
    This has nothing to do with the amount of traffic I’m getting, which is to say, decent. However, I was testing a few things on a different domain, and that led to frequent timeouts (story for another post).

  • I should have expected this
    But I completely forgot about it. xD

I think what’s happened is that my account is being investigated due to unusually high traffic. I admit I didn’t expect this to happen when I started that SEO experiment. My biggest hope now is that this will not lead my Adsense account being banned. That would just be tragic.