Programming Languages

I like programming languages. Each programming language has its unique syntax sugar.

The language that I use the most nowadays is Python. It just gets things done at work.

The first programming language I had my hands on seriously is Visual Basic 6. I remember buying a beginner’s package at Fry’s electronics for $99. At that time, I just came to US wanting to be a software engineer. Not knowing where to start, I thought I’d start from somewhere. That gave me a career. It was a very rough start where I had to work 16 hours a day for a while and the requirements changed every day and to make matters worse, a sales guy sold an enterprise solution to a big customer while no code existed at that time. It was a .com era and it was a crazy time. The company doesn’t exist anymore for the obvious reason. VB 6 was the first language I became fluent with and I also got a skill to write ASP (Active Server Pages). VBScript was what I breathed every day at that time… I still remember how to code it today.

Dim rs As RecordSet
Set rs = New RecordSet
' Do stuff here
If Not rs Is Nothing Then
    Set rs = Nothing
End If

Though it makes me feel nostalgic, I wouldn’t want to code in Visual Basic anymore.

I rambled too much about the past but if I had started my career with a language like C++, I think my career path would have been different but after all I am at where I want to be, so it’s all good after all. I never had a chance to get my hands on C++ and I’m interested in it.

Tokyo VPN Server Cost

I provisioned an ARM64 VM in Tokyo last weekend to create a VPN server in Japan. I noticed that I was starting to get charged for it. Here is how much…

So far only $0.09. Looks like only $0.06 per day. That means $0.06 x 30 = $1.8 a month. A full blown VPN server just for myself for $1.8 a month. The boot volume size is what’s costing me, and the size is 47GB. That’s the default size I picked.

I thought up to 4 ARM64 hosts were free but that seems to be only in the home region, which is us-ashburn-1 in my case. But still $1.8 per month for my own VPN server in Japan is very very cheap and I have no problem keeping it running. I have been using the VPN server to watch movies and contents in Japan and I have been very happy with it.

I used to have an VPN server in Japan with Azure and it used to cost me around $20 a month for mostly data transfer but OCI seems to be very generous in the amount of data transferred.