Build a PC

Recently I built a PC for myself. I found Dreamcore Ghost V3.0 to be a useful parts list, even if ultimately I decided against it. My build cost me SGD 1297.10 (~USD 972): Part Price GPU MSI GTX 1650 SUPER VENTUS XS OC 4GB 259 CPU AMD Ryzen 3 3300X 181 HSF Stock 0 MotherBoard MSI B450M MORTAR MAX 180 RAM Corsair VENGEANCE PRO 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4-3200MHZ 252 HDD None 0 SSD Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus (500 GB) 199 Power Supply Corsair VS650 80 PLUS 92 Case Cooler Master Silencio S600 134.

What are questions?

I never had the privilege to meet Prof. Clayten Christensen in his lifetime, nor read his books. Yet his influence has somehow trickled down. Here’s one, on learning, from Co-founder and CEO of Basecamp, Inc., the company that makes a pretty nifty web productivity tool that I use a bit. I’m going to extract the bits that stuck with me, although the full article is well worth a read. … someone can’t be taught until they’re ready to learn… Why though?

Maximizing GETGREAT star points (for KrisFlyer miles)

GETGREAT is a platform to earn star points. Star points can be used to redeem KrisFlyer miles, among many other reedeemables. In my case, I use it on iOS in Singapore, and the objective is 1,000 star points (or 330 KrisFlyer miles). There are at least 3 features helpful to our endeavour: 1. FitAge FitAge can range from +3 (bad) to -3 (good) years relative to your actual age. Stars here are earned on a daily basis:

The World After Coronavirus

Prof. Yuval Noah Harari, an Israeli professor whom I discovered wrote an article published on Clearly, a much smarter person that I, so I just wanted to highlight a couple of paragraphs I found really compelling: Many short-term emergency measures will become a fixture of life. That is the nature of emergencies. They fast-forward historical processes. Decisions that in normal times could take years of deliberation are passed in a matter of hours.

Face ID Alternative Appearance

In the iOS, there is a Face ID & Passcode > Set up an Alternative Apperance option. I tried it with my mask on, perhaps it might be able to recognize an alternative appearance, as that’s what it is, to me at least. Unfortunately I got a “face obstructed” message, which is completely true, as the lower half of my face is obstructed by the mask, of course. Well, I had to give it a shot anyways.

Face ID and masks

Face ID, as in the biometric mechanism I use to unlock my phone, a 2019 iPhone 11; mask, as in a single-use surgical mask one might use amidst COVID-19. Here’s the thing. Face ID doesn’t work when masked up. I used to use a 2017 iPhone 8, obviously it’d be far more effective at this point in time. And I can’t help but wishing for an iPhone 8-like replacement. Or for the folks that might prefer an even smaller phone, iPhone SE2 then.