Web Hosting Difficulties Inspire Action, Motivate Move to Better Platform

Don’t worry — I’m not moving this blog! (-That- would be a royal pain, due to disrupted / diluted brand identity and broken / obsolete hyperlinks.)

What I’m referring-to is how the freemium web-hosting platform I’ve used for my non-blog websites, Triple Zero Webhost (000webhost), has officially lost my goodwill as a “customer.” I use the term in scare quotes because technically, I never paid for the service — so, I “get what I paid for.”

I had used Triple Zero since 2009, when I uploaded a copy of my student-legislative website (now archived at the Internet Archive) from the then-recently-closed Yahoo Geocities subdomain over into the 000webhost domain. The service was good-enough for my needs, because I wanted to host a half-dozen small sites and did not need not a lot for bandwidth; email capabilities; etc. Just the file storage and content distribution!

However, Hostinger acquired Triple Zero Webhost around 2016; and they rolled-out new changes in May 2017 that totally irked me: Sudden disruption of service; changing the website subdomain syntax without -any- advance warning; and the ultimate sin among web-hosting gaffes: 60 minutes of mandatory downtime every day, -and- total deletion of all user content! (The following screen grabs document this.)

Although 000webhost restored my account access, they -also- deleted most of my websites! It's time to find a new web host, e.g. Domains.com, because such treatment is -not- how to get people to sign-up for Hostinger. -Screen grab by Joseph Ohler, Jr.-
Caption: Although 000webhost restored my account access, they -also- deleted most of my websites! It’s time to find a new web host, e.g. Domains.com, because such treatment is -not- how to get people to sign-up for Hostinger. -Screen grab by Joseph Ohler, Jr.-

This restriction won't matter once I move to a web host that -doesn't- erase my content without warning. (-NOT- Hostinger, which owns 000webhost) -Screen grab by Joseph Ohler, Jr.-
Caption: This restriction won’t matter once I move to a web host that -doesn’t- erase my content without warning. (-NOT- Hostinger, which owns 000webhost) -Screen grab by Joseph Ohler, Jr.-

Thankfully, I had saved offline copies of my websites, which I then uploaded to restore all my content. Unfortunately, 000webhost kept playing games with freemium users — such as requiring websites to “sleep” or be offline one hour every day — in a desperate ploy to persuade people to upgrade.

It really speaks to the poor reputation of Hostinger that it would soil what-little brand power it had, merely by associating itself with the “annoy freemium users until they upgrade” scheme. But as they will -eventually- notice, such antagonistic plan backfires again and again via customer losses!

I would have left sooner, had I not been distracted by full-time work. But now that I’m between jobs, I can “take stock” of my online real estate and apportion -decent- web hosting accordingly.

I must organize these websites this now, because some crazy hiring manager somewhere might just welcome me into their organization. (And -you’ll- win the lottery, chum… Yet, it -still- is a better bet than trying to get a “wage premium” from your college degree these days.)

Speaking of which, the difficult I’ve had in persuading hiring managers to overlook my employment gaps probably means I’ll need to do something ground-breaking to create new demand for me, such as -change- the freakin’ world!

Step One: Make guaranteed professional job tryouts for recent college graduates part-and-parcel of the so-called “Wisconsin Promise” of school-to-work investment and pay-off. And this, my followers, happens one influencer at-a-time.


Job-Interview-Withdrawal Walkthrough for Those Interviewing for MMHI Psychiatric Care Technician

Tomorrow, I interview for Psychiatric Care Technician (and Psychiatric Care Technician – Advanced) — what was formerly called “psych-ward orderly” — at the Mendota Mental Health Institute. This means another perusal of my pre-interview checklist might be useful in determining forgotten steps in the process of making Joe Ohler the front-runner for this role.

Lo-and-behold, I found a last-minute preparation that anyone else interviewing for psychiatric tech at the MMHI ought to do: I even made a walkthrough!

Last-Minute Procedures For Withdrawing From Your MMHI Job Interview

If you’re reading this, then chances are that you wish to sacrifice your interview slot to increase my chances of being chosen. (Although I already have an interview scheduled, the more people who withdraw, the greater my chances of being hired.)

A) Withdraw via email

– All you need is to send an email to Jennifer “Jennifer” Hocker (jennifer.hocker@wisconsin.gov) with the subject line, “Withdrawal RE: Psychiatric Care Technician – MMHI (JAC 17-02661)” and, if you feel, a brief explanation in the email body (so that Jennie’s email client doesn’t mistake your otherwise-empty-bodied message for spam).

Use this withdrawal-via-email method if you cannot do Option B, i.e. you forgot your login credentials for the MMHI’s appointment-scheduling website. Feel free to model your email message on my screen-captured draft below:


Caption: Don’t worry; I didn’t actually send this. #StillInTheRunning -Screen grab by Joseph Ohler, Jr.-

B) Withdraw by canceling your interview through the MMHI’s job-interview-scheduling website

– While tedious-sounding, this method only takes two minutes more than drafting and sending an email to Jennifer Hocker. (However, if you forgot your login credentials, then send a withdrawal email, as in Option A.)

Step B1) – Find the appointment hyperlink sent by MMHI.


Caption: Click this link to access the MMHI job-interview-scheduling website. -Screen grab by Joseph Ohler, Jr.-

Step B2) – Enter your login credentials for the MMHI job-interview-scheduler portal.


Caption: Enter your login credentials into the upper-right boxes. Then, click “Log In.” -Screen grab by Joseph Ohler, Jr.-

Step B3) – Identify, and click “Cancel” next to, the job-interview appointment you had at MMHI.


Caption: Click the “Cancel” link next to your appointment. (Yours might be 8:00 a.m. instead of 1:00 p.m.) -Screen grab by Joseph Ohler, Jr.-

Step B4) – Click the “OK” button to confirm you’ve canceled your job interview at MMHI!


Caption: Click “OK” to confirm your withdrawal. Congrats on having one fewer chore to do! -Screen grab by Joseph Ohler, Jr.-

C) Withdraw verbally when you show-up

– If you had the willpower to interview until seeing your competition in-person, at the physical agility test — or if you simply forgot to withdraw electronically — then you can still take yourself out-of-consideration by verbally telling the interviewer(s) that you wish to no-longer be considered.

Think about it: Besides sparing yourself the grueling physical agility test and the nerve-wracking panel interview, you also free-up another 3 hours (of what would-have-been the interview time) to shop the stores around Madison! #InterviewFree #ShoppingSpree

Deferring to Joe Ohler in the Selection Process

If you’ve withdrawn from an interview for MMHI psychiatric-care technician, then you’re my hero(ine). Rather than merely speak of empty-handed Progressive ideals, you’re putting your job prospects where your mouth is, by stepping-aside until I’m hired first. #RealSocialJustice

3 Phenomena That Favor My Selection For Psychiatric Care Technician (And 3 That Don’t)

In one week, I will interview for Psychiatric Care Technician (and Psychiatric Care Technician – Advanced)“psychiatric care technician” — a.k.a. psych-ward orderly — at the Mendota Mental Health Institute. (If you’re also interviewing, then I advise you -stay home- to improve my chances of being chosen.)

Do you need a college degree to do the work? No.

Do individuals with a background in physical-premises security have a theoretical advantage? Yes.

Do I believe that despite being nominally over-educated and lacking a security background, I have a strong chance? Yes!

Three Factors Skewing The Odds

The Flu Epidemic: Going approximately 3-weeks-strong, the H3N2 influenza virus has affected nearly-all-50 states. And when infects individuals, they have very-low energy, as well as chills and other bodily disruptions.

This bodes well for me, because perhaps some of my fellow job competitors will be too ill to interview! (I already had the recent strain of flu during one of my off-days; and therefore, I’m immune to catching that strain again.)

The Obesity Among Applicants: While Wisconsinites are less-likely to be medically obese than are Mississippians — compare our state’s 1-in-5 obesity rate with their 1-in-3 proportion — 20 percent is still a significant figure. Even if some out-of-shape applicants withdraw or screen themselves out before attempting the agility test, others will fail the agility test and thereby be unable to interview against me.

The Gender Ratio of Applicants: Men are about one-third more likely to apply for psych-ward orderly jobs — which is what this “psychiatric care technician” jobs is, no-matter what others might say. Why does it matter that I’m interviewing against mostly-other men?

Because many hiring managers like to play “identity politics” in their choice of hires. And it’s not only women hiring women, but also left-leaning / progressive “beta” men believing it is their “moral obligation” to hire women whenever possible.

I’ve noticed a markedly gynocentric bias in the selection process for organizations of all kinds: small-to-large, public and private. But when the applicant mix is predominantly male, even the most-radically feminist hiring manager must hire a few men to fill the many vacancies.

Irrelevant Factors That Don’t Impact My Odds

My white-male privilege: Yes, I mentioned women are less-likely to apply for psych-ward orderly than are men. But really, the environment at Mendota Mental Health Institute is extremely safe. The only real “danger” you’re in, is entirely within your head.

Personal fortitude is an individual characteristic, not determined by EEO categorization. Ergo, my “bravery” — or really, knowledge that I would be personally safe — is meritorious and not a mere side-effect of my birth.

My college education: I wouldn’t even waste my time to contend for these lower-end positions, if hiring managers believed my degrees amounted to anything.
Even those who initially supported my attainment of a bachelor’s and then an advanced degree — such as my dad — have come-around to the perspective that I should have just worked at Pizza Hut full-time and tried to become a manager there, instead of earn an ultimately-frivolous education.

My ability to bribe job candidates into withdrawing: Normally, I never see my fellow job candidates because everyone is interviewed separately. The layout of the interview room is such that interaction between an arriving and a departing interviewee is discouraged.

But due to the quantity of people interviewing, multiple candidates will take the physical agility test at once — and this presents the possibility of interaction, including the opportunity to bribe people into withdrawing on-the-spot! (I saved a lot of money while working at the dairy plant.)

However, this tactic has obvious drawbacks: Besides needing to pay a respectable sum — upwards of four-figures — to persuade fellow contenders to remove themselves from consideration for the job, that would only persuade those with an immediate need for cash and only the weakest interest in the job.

Those who see the job as a stepping stone to a better career — as I do — would refuse a bribe because they believe they’ll be hired, however arrogant they might be to presume such a conclusion. (It’s not like they “deserve” the job more than I do; yet, I get called “arrogant” for pointing this out.)

Also, the hiring managers are more-or-less sitting on a reserve labor force, so they can delay filling the vacancy if it came-down to either hiring me or no-one-at-all!

Self-Sabotage: Another Job Interview, Another Rejection?

Conclusion: The attributes required for successful performance of the job, as well as the chaotic job-seeking milieu, provide an almost-tailor-made opportunity for me to “get my foot in the door” at MMHI. Even better, the psych-ward orderly job is a direct-hire, public-sector position — none of this rip-off permatemping that the private sector seems to be adopting en masse.

However, I somehow realize that I won’t be offered the job, no matter how well I perform on the interview or the agility test. There seems to be a transcendent, cosmic force that bars me from ever-attaining my career goals — and no amount of reflection, preparation, or planning can surmount that.

4 Reasons I Should Be Offered The Job Of Psychiatric Care Technician

Although the WiscJobs announcement for Psychiatric Care Technician (and Psychiatric Care Technician – Advanced) neither required nor allowed a cover letter to be uploaded as part of the employment-application submission, I wrote my own list of “selling points” in preparation for the job interview with the Mendota Mental Health Institute (MMHI) / Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WisDHS).

4 Assets I Bring To The Role Of Psychiatric Care Technician

1) I’m punctual, and have references to prove this.

During my 3 years packing cheese for Saputo Cheese USA, I never missed a day and was never late. (Neither was I written-up for other reasons, which begs the question as to why Saputo would release me in-the-first-place.)

2) I’m physically fit, especially for a college grad.

Years of hard labor have prepared me to work physically-demanding jobs for the long-term. While others might be dissuaded from commitment to such work, I realize that even if this opportunity does not correlate with career-advancement prospects, I’m capable of handling the work for decades-to-come.

3) I’m accustomed to thinking quickly, e.g. “on my feet.”

My college degrees are but one indication of my enjoyment of engaged thought. My prior experience in a fast-paced production environment shows that I know when to curtail the “deep thought” and act reflexively, according to my training.

Knowing the difference between “time to think” and “time to act” is an invaluable asset that cannot be bought, but must be earned through consistent experience. Furthermore, I separate my “reflection time” from my “work time,” to reliably ensure present-mindedness.

4) I’m quicker to recover from exhaustion (emotionally and/or physically).

I know my “place in the world.” That is, I recognize the collective nature of deciding which occupations are “accessible,” such that I know better-than to invest in yet-another college degree that might never be validated as “valuable” by my would-be employers.

This conservation of resources empowers me to fully rest-and-recharge between shifts as psychiatric-care technician. Such economy-of-effort allows me greater focus and available energy vis-a-vis peers who might “stretch (themselves) thin” by attempting to work full-time -and- study part-time.

Also, harboring reasonable expectations allows me to minimize disappointment and to prevent waste of personal resources. Contrast this with those who nurture frustrated ambitions, ever-exhausting themselves in-pursuit of their delusions and having nothing-left to contribute towards legitimate work.

Conclusion: The Obvious Good Outweighs The Non-Obvious Bad

While Points 1 and 2 aren’t exactly “unique” selling propositions, they -are- must-have qualifications for this type of role. Point 3 is less-typically invoked by a job applicant; and Point 4 is simply unheard-of in our post-modern world of, “You can achieve any goal.”

However, Point 4 is perhaps the most-important to employers who desire minimal employee turn-over: Whereas the blue-sky worker might leave for an organization that has more ostensible “opportunities,” the realistic employee who “knows his place” will be loyal to the end.

Finally, any possible “bad points” — which I won’t brainstorm here, lest passionate imaginations be piqued in the wrong direction — are summarily-outweighed by the “good points” described herein.

Preoccupation With Job Competition Invokes Insights on Ultra-Capitalism

This is all I’m posting this week, because I’m preoccupied with applying for jobs that would -ostensibly- provide an entry-level “foot in the door” and subsequent career-advancement prospects. Yes, it’s back to the part of the rat-race decathlon that I call “job competition.”

I see it as the worst part of the rat-race decathlon because job interviews are a winner-takes-all, losers-get-nothing proposition. Why are there no consolation prizes for job seekers? #UltraCapitalism, #AlsoRansAreScrewed

How about some consolation prize for the finalists, such as a favorable lead to other positions in related organizations? #ReputationalRisk, #ThatIsWhy

While my memories of prior rejections for these types of jobs can be troublesome, I manage to block-out, or “dissociate,” these negative memories into a far corner of my mind just-before and during the job interview.

Is dissociation dishonest? Perhaps, but hiring managers -hate- any semblance of negativity; worry-free, pro-social “acting” is what they demand, even while simultaneously desiring people who “demonstrate urgency.” How can one be urgent, yet also be worry-free? #Paradox

The good news for hiring managers is that I can put-on a positive demeanor without any Prozac, so they need-not worry about medication side-effects or how much I’ll cost them in pharmaceutically-related health insurance.


If you’re an employer who -does- appreciate a healthy dose of realistic negativity, then recruit me on LinkedIn. Although -most- people try to -avoid- employers of your “pessimistic” mindset, -I’m alright- with working there. #UnafraidOfReality

No Power Poles Plowed on New Year’s Eve = Great Start for 2018

Someone in my neck-of-the-backwoods genuinely likes plowing into power poles: Since I moved out-here in autumn 2011, it has been a nearly-annual tradition for the entire neighborhood’s power to be snuffed for hours-at-a-time every New Year’s Eve! (And sometimes also on Christmas Eve — but always on New Year’s; and always for 3-or-more hours.)

I can readily imagine some louche lush, driving through brush, battering-ram-like-a-ham, breaking-a-hole in the utility pole. (While singing the drunkard’s anthem “Trashed,” written and performed by Black Sabbath, which is the unofficial theme song of Wisconsin.)

To connect two tangentially-associated things — or to “put two-and-two together” — one can surmise the New-Year’s-Eve-Power-Pole-Plower also sang “Trashed” while crashing his vehicle into the utility pole. By doing so, s/he also trashed the power supply for the entire neighborhood and made his-or-her township blackout!

(Of course, it is also possible different drivers crashed into power lines in different years: Consider out-of-towners careening off the roads when they come-upon corners they didn’t know were lurking. However, it is more comical to blame the same hypothetical strawman-driver for each outage.)

However, New Year’s Eve 2017 transpired differently: There was no power outage. This unusual “break” from a power-break demands a self-commissioned poem:

No Power Poles Plowed

New Year’s Eve elapsed without electrical interruption — ’twas an interesting fact.

Perhaps the power-pole-crasher-trasher was only delayed in their annual reckless act?

New Year’s Day: Vacationers, nay, left the power lines intact…

Perhaps they stayed-in last night, the better to counter-act…

Snowdrifts pulling their cars aside, sliding over ice…

But this year, they managed to avoid their beloved utility poles — nice!

-Copyright 2017 Joseph Ohler, Jr.-

Bonus Twitter Hashtag Equation:
#NoUtilityPolesPlowed = #NoPowerOutage = #MaximumUtilityFromUtilities = #ContentedRelief

Working on Christmas at Saputo? Tough Beans! Blame the Hiring Manager.

Although I’ve been catching-up on my journaling since being terminated from Saputo (and effectively laid-off from QPS Employment Group, per their lack of follow-up work), I nonetheless made time during the holiday rush to “rub it in” over how the hiring manager’s decision to end my working arrangement will now result in 4 of the 6 hourly packaging workers having to work Christmas! #WorkingChristmas = #WhatTheUnderclassDoes

It must be acknowledged that as an agency worker with an open-ended contract — what I call a “permatemp” — I had proven my capacity to work as many, or more, hours as the regular employees — including holidays, and demonstrably more weekends than practically any recent employee.

It therefore stands that if the hiring manager (Susan Felson) and the most-senior first-shift supervisor (Karl Dischler) had done the sensible thing — by offering me a permanent-job contract following the dissolution of my temporary contract — then I would, as among the most junior employees, be filling-in for one of the more-senior employees in packaging right now.

Even without extending a permanent job-offer, the packaging department could have kept me as a permatemp to schedule me to work on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day, instead of paying its employees time-and-a-half to work Sunday (Dec. 24) and a holiday (Dec. 25). #PennyWise, #PoundFoolish

But because Dischler and Felson badly wanted me out of there, the people in packaging are stuck working on days you might not want to: They don’t have me to substitute for you on Christmas; New Year’s Day; etc.

From the way a few of them shunned me at the lunch table, I can readily image some of them might say, “I would rather work on Christmas, and miss my family and friends on that day; instead of have-off on Christmas, but work with you the rest of the year!”

My response to that unkind comment at work would be, “There’s no need to be rude,” and then leave it at that: While I would register my complaint that such sentiment contributes to a hostile work environment, I would not let it distract my attention for more than a few seconds. #HowAProfessionalWorks

However, I’m no longer on-the-job; and am therefore unbound by any workplace etiquette or double-standards of acceptable behavior. Accordingly, my response to such indignation is to perform this parody-of-Saputo song:

“Slumming at Saputo”

(To the tune of “Jolly Old St. Nicholas,” which is a public-domain melody.)

Office politician’s back in town / Looking for a raise /
Wants a promotion, wants it now / Wanted it for days /
Yet, the company has to trim / Expenses where it can /
Future’s looking ever-dim / Dissent, it must ban /
Slumming at Saputo, how / Decrepitly you run /
Protesting is futile, now / Because your temp is done.

-The preceding lyrics are copyrighted in 2017 by Joseph Ohler, Jr.-
However, limited permission is granted to distribute these lyrics non-commercially.
(This means you may give print-outs to your friends; hang them — the lyrics, not your friends! — on your refrigerator; etc.)


Downloadable audio track:
Slumming_at_Saputo_(Original_Recording_By_Joe_Ohler_Jr).mp3 – Sorry, can only be streamed at the moment! #HostingProblems

[12-25-2017 UPDATE: I had wanted to post a direct-download link for the MP3. However, in typical Joe Ohler fashion, a third party put a wrench into my plans: 000WebHost suspended my account,* which means I could not log-in and upload the MP3 of my song for distribution.

(*Or at least, partially suspended: While account access is indefinitely terminated — much like my career at Saputo — 000WebHost strangely allows hot-linking to the files that had ostensibly triggered the suspension.)

On that note, here’s the only file I had recently shared, e.g. the only one in the past few months that could be reasonably inferred to have caused a complaint and subsequent suspension:

“Aunt Sally Says, ‘Sign My Petition, Please!'”