2018: My Year of the Tech Teardown

Opening up a hard disk drive for the first time.

It’s been a while since I posted on this blog. Mostly out of confusion for what I wanted to write here since I’ve been trying to get my personal brand up and running on various other platforms. Was it an existential crisis of sorts? Yeah, I guess you could say that.

Truthfully though, I think I was trying to do things I thought I should be doing, rather than things I actually wanted to do. It was terrible for my motivation as a content creator and it dragged a lot of my ideas down. Sorry, past self. I promise we’ll do better this time around.

It took me a while to realize this and well, here we are now. So recently, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. About things I’m genuinely I’m genuinely interested in, and have decided to take a side project this 2018:

Opening up broken tech and learning about their insides.

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Lost in a Smartphone World — In Defense of “Technophobes”

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I’m sure this has become a bit of a common scene for a lot of us nowadays.

I go outside, I see people constantly staring at their smartphones. On buses or trains, I see people furiously tapping away on Facebook or watching a video or two on YouTube. In restaurants, groups of friends would be on some sort of social media app, communicating there instead of with each other. Of course, this doesn’t apply to every single person. But just from mere observation, there’s a large portion of people doing it and the number has been increasing day by day.

I think we should be worried.

Artist Jean Jullien depicts in a number of digital works that are available on his website (you’ll need to scroll through all his posts to find them) this growing reliance on technology and how it’s causing an ironic “disconnect”. A few of these images have been compiled into a Tumblr post that’s been circulating around, which of course attracted the attention of some who defended the behavior.

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Achievement Unlocked: My New Graphics Card!

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Readers, meet graphics card. Graphics card, meet readers.

A few weeks ago, during a spontaneous bout of impulse buying, I got myself a GTX 970. Specifically, the MSi GTX 970 Tiger Edition. I say spontaneous but really, this purchase was mostly spurred by the fact that my GTX 660 Ti probably won’t run Star Wars Battlefront as well as I want it to. After testing and playing around with it, I’m happy to say that it’s working perfectly fine. Had a few driver hiccups but it was nothing a clean re-installation didn’t solve.

But I’m not here to give you the latest and greatest review of the graphics card though. With my limited experience in graphics cards, my opinion would lack credibility. No, today I am making this post because this graphics card marks not only the growth of my gaming system, but also my own growth as a gamer.

Because I honestly reached a couple of milestones with this purchase.

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