[DIY] How to set the Hager EH711 pin timer

When we first moved into this house, my dad got the Hager EH711 pin timer to regulate the porch light. After he passed away, I never had a reason to look at it until mom tried to change the timer.

This was when I realised that no one had written a simple step-by-step blog post kind of style guide for setting the Hager EH711. There’s either videos or manuals that are all pics based and without much text. So I’m here to tell you HOW to set your Hager EH711 to your lighting/power needs.

Setting it up

To install your Hager EH711… just Google it. Seriously, there are a LOT of guides online. Also I feel a need to thank Aman Zaki for explaining a little on how the timer works, but his instruction in Malay isn’t really very clear on how to actually set the timer. And this video on Youtube that finally cleared up all my questions.

Hager EH711 Properly Set

Setting your on-off times

Legend

1 – The arrow that tells the device what time is it
2 – Your automatic or manual switch. I = Manual, O = Automatic.
3 – The timer pins
4 – 24hr clock

  • Set the time on your Hager EH711 pin timer by turning the plastic face covering the clock until you reach approximately the time right now AT THE TRIANGLE marked 1. This tells the pin timer what time it is.
  • If you want things to be switched on automatically, rotate the black dial in (2) clockwise till the white item reaches O.
  • Push the pins back for the time you want, eg if you want your porch light switched on from 730pm, then you would push the pins between 20.30 to 7.10.

And that’s it! If this doesn’t work you probably messed up on the wiring or something. You’ll know if it’s working because it’s immediate. In my case, because the time I was setting overlapped my current time (aka it was 10pm when I set it switch the lights on from 7.10PM to 7.10AM), I flicked the porch light switch off and the light stayed on.

Good luck!

[Review] NaoReads Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Special Edition from Wikipedia cover

Author: Jack Thorne
ISBN: 9780751565355
Price: RM119, depending on where you get it
Rating: 7/10
TL;DR: A fast read, for Harry Potter fans and completionists

The Cursed Child reads like a novella than a full-length novel. It’s short, simple and rather sweet. You can see traces of J.K. Rowling’s style, but overall, the book is a really good script that demands to be seen live rather than read.

Part of this is due to its format; it is really that easy to read. It’s also really light on details, simply because it’s supposed to be a play. If you grew up reading the books and the movies, then your mind will fill in the empty spots, and it’s an easy fill.

As it’s also supposed to be a play, there’s far more emphasis on the characters rather than the spectacle we got from the movies. We substitute our own ideas for what “Harry reins in his anger” means, rather than watching Daniel Radcliffe clench his fist, making it a more personable and relatable story.

Which brings me to the next point, the characters here are simply fantastic. Of course part of the fun is seeing Harry and Ginny and the rest of the Harry Potter cast all grown up. But what I loved reading most of all, was the friendship between Albus and Scorpius.

I personally love the friendship between Albus and Scorpius the most. It is very reminiscent of Harry’s own, but there are a lot of subtle differences that make it much more meaningful especially in this day and age. I also love the little touches that revealed how the characters, especially the older ones, have grown throughout the years.

We saw Draco for instance, reveal that he has a love for his son as much as his mother did. We see how Hermione still calls the shots even after all this time and how Ron is happy to be a henpecked husband. And I think, we see most of all, how Harry is not perfect and how Ginny, like Molly, understands her children very much.

Overall I would recommend Harry Potter and the cursed child only to fans and those who grew up on the series. If you’re just stepping foot into the world of Harry Potter, you might want to start off with the books first, or maybe the movies. If you are a fan, then you should get this book. It’s simply magical.

Hokkien Funeral Rites: An Observation

Hokkien Funeral Buddhist Altar

My maternal grandmother, bless her soul, was buried today. She was my last surviving grandparent, and her death means the end of an era for me. We buried her according to Buddhist rites. These are what they entailed at least for my side based in Klang, Malaysia (mainly because most other sources cite Singapore and that’s a completely different ball game).

Note that this may be incomplete as I wasn’t there for some of the rituals (being an “external granddaughter” meant my presence was not completely compulsory).

So, what can you expect at a Hokkien funeral? Continue reading

[Geekiness] Addon Domains in Cpanel

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Image by Ryan Roberts on Flickr

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.