MacBook (2015): Portability is king. Trust me. I can go hiking with this bad boy.
iPad pro (first gen): For hand-writing/drawing and occasional YouTubing. Bought this for college. Served perfectly for the cause.
iPhone X: Why not.
Apple Watch Series 4: Fantastic for health tracking, weather tracking, and dictating reminders.
Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones: Best noise-canceling device I could purchase early 2019.
Gigabyte FORCE K83 Mechanical Keyboard: My first mechanical keyboard. Great tactile, great price (got for $50 from Amazon).
Apple Airpods Pro: Immediately became my daily driver now.
Degradation of MacBook battery. The MacBook is showing some wear after 4 years of heavy use, especially on the battery. Around late 2018, I started to notice reduced capacity in the battery, and the battery icon in the menu bar started shouting "service battery" out of blue. In January 2019, I started monitoring remaining full charge capacity with CoconutBattery every so often. In December 2019, it happened for a couple of times that the battery dies with a remaining charge of 30% or 60%. Similar sudden deaths happened to my previous phone (an iPhone 6, for your information) after 3 years of use. Such incidents warrant a replacement in battery, which would mean a cost of $200. This might not sound awfully too expensive, but it might be avoided if I elect this old MacBook to be my new home server and keep it on its charger all day long.
Is it a good idea to repurpose my MacBook as a home server? Here's a few considerations:
✅ Its low power consumption is ideal for a personal server.
✅ Although deteriorating, the battery can serve as a UPS in case of short power outage. This is some enterprise-level feature an ordinary desktop cannot offer without extra purchase.
❎ I enjoy its portability. If I decided to leave it at home forever, what should I bring with me in case I want to do some computing outside of my room?
the next best choice for carrying would be my iPad. Can the iPad serve as a computer? Not if I cannot at least run *nix programs on it. How to make it run *nix programs?
❎ Jailbreak: Some programs requiring x86 CPUs will not work.
❓ Emulator: I'm trying out iSH for this reason.
❓ Can I buy another laptop? An immediate question is WHAT to buy.
❎ A MacBook or a MacBook Air? Maybe try something else.
❓ A MacBook pro 16'?
✅ Great performance.
✅ Familiar macOS experience.
❎ In terms of portability and (lack of) touchscreen, this device seems a better fit as a home server.
A PC laptop? Not until I can feel comfortable using a linux desktop environment!
❓ A Dell XPS 13?
Or would I be better off getting the MacBook battery serviced and -- if I really want to -- buy another computer as a home server?
I'm debating on whether I should buy desktop PC, mainly serving as a home server. Due to mobility requirements, I am looking at tiny-factor machines. Some possible options include:
A latest Mac mini with highest configuration ($3,199.00). The tiny factor can be vastly appreciated when I relocate. It occurred to me that re-selling a full-factor desktop PC is not economically ideal, and I will always easily find a monitor and peripherals to plug in a Mac mini wherever I move to. OR:
In early 2016, I bought a Herschel City Backpack while sightseeing with my mom in Toronto. It was stylish and convenient, but too small in volume to accommodate all my carryings as an undergrad.
In mid-2016, I bought a Herschel Pop Quiz off a classmate for CAD$15. After 3 years of daily use, the backpack got extremely worn off. Sadly, I had to ditch it in September 2019.
Since then, I has been using a Lenovo OA33911 backpack. It works for light trips in the bay area, but seems 1) too heavy-duty for commuting (I don't carry any laptop to/from work) and 2) not as stylish to carry to social occasions. As a matter of fact, I deliberately left it at home yesterday (10/17/2019) so that I didn't have to carry it to a mixer.
I'm considering buying another City Backpack, but in the meantime I heard of a potential free swag in next week's new employee orientation event. Might need to hold off for that!
My money clip was repurposed from a Modori Traveler's notebook pen holder. I always wrap a ID card with the bank notes. I never put my ID card together with a bank card.
For this reason, I have also a wallet in my backpack that holds bank cards (credit cards, debit cards, etc.) and extra cash. Very often I also have loyalty cards there.
The first mattress I could call my own was bought off from the previous tenant of the bedroom I leased from mid-2018 to mid-2019. The tenant, Y, happened to be an acquaintance and a schoolmate of mine. We later developed great friendship, and even started working at YouTube together.
During that year, I also received a free mattress from a visiting student, D, who was moving away. I hope all is well with D in Europe and her career.
The third mattress I own was bought off a fellow Googler, Z, for $208. By coincidence, Z got a refund for the seller, felt bad for keeping my $208, and Venmo-ed me back that amount. I ended up with another free mattress, as well as another friend.
Z wanted to get rid of his mattress because he thought it was too soft, which might induce backaches. Indeed, my upper back hurt so much after spending a month on that mattress, so much so that I slept on the ground for about a week before my new mattress arrived. This new mattress felt much better, and it was also the first mattress that I purchased ever.
Although that was my first mattress purchase, I did not research much into which mattress to buy before placing the order on Amazon. This might be a wrong move, considering that 1/3 of our life is spent on a mattress, but I was in a mindset that I would like to invest as little as possible into immobile goods.
I'm a loyal UNIQLO frequenter. Guess that's why my date weren't always impressed.
I'm thinking of buying a customized ("tailored", "bespoke", "made-to-fit", or "fitted", you may say) suit, mainly for attending a ceremony that falls in 3 weeks. Listed below are a few shops that I might visit. Sadly, the usual process time stretches to 3 months (with the quickest turnout to be 6 weeks), so I might have to stick with off-the-shelf (i.e., pre-made) ones if I so decided to buy one.