National Museum of Vietnamese History and wandering with no goal in sight

I had saved the National Museum of Vietnamese History to go to last but had forgotten about it in my last minute bucket list mania. Then I came across a note in Ulysses about the Museum. Drats! I don’t like going somewhere and not seeing the places especially museums. I simply love museums and Hanoi is a city of them. So today I fixed the lapse and visited the National Museum for a few hours or more and its simply beautiful.  You get to see Vietnamese history, prehistory, archeology done in one of the most beautiful displays I have ever seen. Its breathtaking and very quiet inside and you can take photos although the light sometimes is a bit diffused as with most museums I have seen.

So here are some pictures of the day’s fun and profits. i had a great time as usual wandering.

I also found that I did not have a plan to get to either the Museum of Ethnology or the Hanoi Museum. I fixed the first thing by getting a day tour which will take me to a few places and give me a free lunch. Its an easy way for me to get to see Hanoi in some comfort on a tour bus but I also get to see the Museum of Ethnology.

To start the day I visited my friends at the Mint Cafe and had coffee and some toast and talked with them. They are a bunch of really nice people and sometimes I go walking by and they are yelling “mike, mike! over here!” The people here are just the best to me.

Then I wandered with no real goal in sight and I somehow walked all the way around to the south of Hoan Kiem Lake and saw the museum and it dawned on me. So I looked at my older notes in Ulysses and encountered a note I had taken and somehow had not read. This is an argument for a centralize repository of notes when traveling and I use the Ulysses app for that which supports the Apple ecosystems very nicely.

Blogging Services

As part of this whole thing today, I had started considering whether i should upgrade to the business plan on wordpress when my subscription comes up. The price difference is significant. The only things I can see that are the features or services I want are;

  1. unlimited storage.
  2. upload plugins.
  3. upload themes.

So I started asking myself, for the $190 a year that wordpress wants is there a value or something that is worth the price? I don’t think so. I am not interested in ads, monetizing, removing the branding. All of that is fluff. The important stuff are the words. I think personally that ads and popups are annoying but a lot of people do them. I’m only here for the words folks. I like what you write. I don’t give a rat’s ass about your ads or branding. Sorry. If you make it hard to read your words and get meaning, the chances of me visiting are less.

Anyways, I found another hosting provider which shall remain nameless which promises unlimited storage for the incredible price of $4.00 or so a month. That is $48 a year and I can have the three things because I own the install. Except they hedge their bets when you ask them and want you to upgrade to a VPS instead of hosting. So we went back and forth in email about the language they use and the services provided. the end result is that I would not buy their service if they splash all over the internets that they do unlimited storage but then tell me,

oh, most people only use 1 to 2 gb. you want to be a good neighbor, right?

Yeah right. i am not paying to be a good neighbor. I am paying for services.

So the end result is that they basically tell you a thing in ad speak and then the reality is you are hamstrung and probably monitored if you go over the lower allocation they seem to think that the term “unlimited storage” means. The real result is that i will not renew on wordpress and I will not upgrade to the business account which is rather featureless except for the three things for me.

I will move along to a cloud provider I know which will offer me the storage and support for the themes and plugins. It may be a bit more than the business plan but the real thing is that the business plan on wordpress has no real compelling features. If they would offer storage enhancements like bumps to 30gb or 40gb or whatever and charge me a bit more, I would stay.

When I look at it, I could start with the cloud VPS provider i know for $10 a month and get 40gb of storage and have my own root enabled Linux instance tied to this domain. There is a lot more upside when I have a real Linux box I can SSH into and do strange things on.