I am still here, just busy
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Hi, I am well and doing good. I’ve been busy last 10 days. One thing after another… with some boring stuff.

My computer was dying, so I had to rebuild one fast. I’ve been building computers since the 90s. I built my current computer 9 years ago. I usually run my computer 24 hours a day, and this machine didn’t let me down. It was with me every day from a government-subsidized apartment to a three-bedroom house. It broke down a few times, but I found quick fixes to keep it running. You can see a wire holding a fan (picture).

Computer I built in 2012

Officially killing my computer was bittersweet. There was a weird connection between me and my computer. As I opened the computer, I could feel the joy and happiness of the time I was building this machine. I was poor, but I was happier. Everything was more exciting and more fun 9 years ago. I had to watch every penny, but DANG, it was so much fun.

Building a computer is a straightforward process. High school kids build computers for fun. But there is a possibility of something going wrong. I was lucky this time. My new computer was up and running in 4 hours. I like this computer. It’s very good and fast. I look forward to getting older with this computer.

I kept the case, so the computer looks the same from the outside.

Now I need to catch up on some Costco blogs. I will regroup and get back to you soon. Please take care.

New computer ready to go inside the case – Feb 2021
Old HP Printer
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A printer is a vital tool to conduct business or take care of personal matters. Even if you are just a casual computer user, there will be a time you need a printer. When that time comes, a working printer will save your day.

I have an HP laser printer (Laserjet P1005) sitting behind a computer monitor.

  • I bought the printer in 2008 and started to use it in 2010. It’s been reliable for over 10 years so far. I like this printer.
  • The printer was $50 (free shipping) brand new at Newegg. It was super cheap.
  • It only prints in black. To me, a color printer means extra hassle. Also, I spent an unjustifiable amount of money on color cartridges in the past. There was no “refill” back then. I will never own a color printer.
  • For this printer, I spend $30 on toner, and they last 2-3 years. I keep 2 backup toners, just in case.
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Upgrade your Windows 7 – Free
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If you didn’t know – Microsoft stopped supporting Windows 7. So, Windows 7 is finished and not safe.

If you still use Windows 7, Microsoft is currently providing a free upgrade to Windows 10. Visit this link at Microsoft and follow the instruction. If you need further information, search articles online.

I just upgraded my computer last night, the entire process went smoothly. I made complete hard drive backup before AND after the upgrade as a routine procedure.

The free upgrade is going on right now. I don’t know when they will stop providing free upgrades. I have one more computer to upgrade.

Computer Desk – Left Legs
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I recently bought a computer desk for $30, and a 7up crate for $5. I bought both of them at garage sales. I used 7-up crate to hide a massive amount of clutter. Inside the crate, I put two external hard drives, a fan to cool the hard drives, an extension cord, 3 AC adapters, and a lot of wires.

*The black box on top of the 7up crate is a battery backup system for my computer. 

Online Shopping – Geek Edition
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A new power supply for my computer.

It was $151, which was a good deal. Power supplies of this quality easily go for $200.00. It’s a price of a cheap computer.

My computer is highly customized. It runs 6 hard drives and 2 monitors.

I worried that my current power supply was not strong enough.

I shall pick one day to take my computer apart and put this monster in.

Also, this power supply will keep my computer quieter. That alone will make this purchase worth it.

 

Simple Office Ergonomics – Mouse
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I hope somebody would agree with me on this

At work, we have expensive office furniture. Everyone sits on a $600.00 Herman Miller office chair. I am saving money so I can buy one for my apartment.

Then I have this under the work desk. This keyboard tray has a built-in mouse pad. It looks like this. This may look very typical to most people, but it makes little sense to me. 

Office Ergonomics

With the above setting, my right hand must move down to grab my mouse. This doesn’t make sense. We must raise the mouse up a little so it will be at the same level as the keyboard. 

Something like this (below)

Office Ergonomics Mouse

This is how I set up my mouse at both work & home office. I raised up my mouse pad slightly. I think this the only way.

I don’t want my mouse too far away from my keyboard.
I want my mouse leveled with my keyboard.

A Christmas Gift to Myself
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This is a Christmas gift I gave to myself.

It’s Das Keyboard – the best keyboard in the world.

I bought the “Ultimate” model. As you can see, the keyboard is completely blank. 

It was $129.00, delivered from www.daskeyboard.com
It’s a little expensive, but a Christmas gift should be fancy.
I am loving this keyboard.

I spend 12-16 hours a day typing (programming & blogging). I am thinking about getting one for work as well. It’s a beautiful keyboard. The quality is amazing.

Das Keyboard

Kas Keyboard ultimate