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So I hit the Nvidia RTX 3080 lottery

Posted on October 17, 2020

When I built my $900 budget gaming PC back in June, I never thought it would become a money pit of sorts. The build is now around $2,200, which is up from the $1,500 back in July. Why the big $70…

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Microsoft Surface Duo: Dual screens and dual personalities

Posted on September 15, 2020

The Microsoft Surface Duo I ordered two weeks ago arrived late last week. I removed the SIM card from my Pixel 4 and popped it in the Duo this past weekend and have used the Duo as my primary "phone…

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JavaScript: The semester begins

Posted on September 07, 2020

Up until three months ago, I'd never written a single line of JavaScript. I still haven't written much outside of a sample web app that shows cryptocoin pricing based on the user's choice of coin…

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Why I bought a Surface Duo (or two)

Posted on September 05, 2020

After noting how easy it is to switch from iOS to Android, I decided to pre-order a Microsoft Surface Duo. Two Duos, actually, although only one is for me. A friend from overseas reached out and…

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Thoughts on switching from iPhone to Android these days

Posted on August 30, 2020

Earlier this month, I took the SIM card from my iPhone 11 Pro and dropped it in my Pixel 4. I have a Pixel 4 XL too, but it's a bit big for my small hands and pockets. Why do I do this? As long as I…

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I'm such a sucker: I bought an older GPU to replace a newer one

Posted on August 29, 2020

A few weeks back, I explained how my $900 gaming PC quickly became a $1,200 gaming PC. Would you believe we're up to $1,500 now? Yeah, I'm a sucker. Although at $900, the original system was perfectly…

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It's things like this that annoy me about Windows

Posted on August 08, 2020

Why do things just... break? I was all set to share an interesting tech tidbit here this morning and was stopped in my tracks. Instead of blogging from my Chromebook (using Linux with Gatsby in VS…

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I was so wrong. Don't build your own PC

Posted on July 31, 2020

About a month ago I suggested that most people should build their own PC at least once. That was right after I built a decent gaming PC on a $900 budget. And so far it has served me well, not just for…

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Goodbye Hugo, hello Gatsby!

Posted on July 24, 2020

After a month of considering a switch of the Static Site Generator, or SSG, that creates the pages for this blog, I decided to make the switch. As of now, Gatsby, which replaces Hugo for me, is the…

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Interesting: Developing in Ubuntu through VS Code, running in WSL2

Posted on July 18, 2020

Late last month, I said I’d be looking into WSL, or the Windows Subsystem for Linux, which is still a work in progress and available for Windows 10. If you’re not familiar with WSL, it’s an easy way…

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Three weeks in, a $68 PC storage upgrade: SATA SSD vs. M.2 NVMe drives

Posted on July 17, 2020

I dropped $68 on this Western Digital 250 GB M.2 NVMe drive from Amazon this week and it arrived today. When I built my PC last month, I wanted to keep the budget low, so I put a less expensive 50…

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Added to the to-do list: A Jamstack blog commenting system

Posted on July 10, 2020

I've gotten away from posting here or continuing my path towards learning Gatsby for blog publishing of late, mainly because of other work, my Chromebook blogging and prepping for my fall JavaScript…

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Should everyone build their own PC at least once?

Posted on June 28, 2020

I'm going to answer my own question with a caveat. I think just about everyone should build their own PC at least once in their lifetime. By "just about everyone", I mean everyone who needs a desktop…

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The Great Gatsby vs Hugo for static site generation

Posted on June 18, 2020

Well that didn't take long. I've been thinking about the tools that power this site since my last post because I couldn't insert or embed my demo JavaScript app in it. After doing a good week's worth…

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Getting JavaScript-y with APIs, even if it's hard to secure the keys

Posted on June 06, 2020

School's out for summer! My spring semster ended about a month ago in a whimper as the pandemic hit smack dab in the middle of March. The college quickly shifted to online learning. My particular…

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Test post from Netlify CMS

Posted on May 30, 2020

Testing the Netlify CMS Just added it to my repo and configured it. If this post appears on the public page, that means it's working! :) Here are the technical details of the Netlify CMS. The beauty…

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Git sub-modules: I finally see the power

Posted on May 30, 2020

As I noted in my last post, I'm still a n00b developer. So that's my defense in not knowing about Git sub-modules, which have been around for years. What's a Git submodule? Essentially, as I…

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Attended my first dev conference: Jamstack

Posted on May 28, 2020

Jamstack Conference 2020 Since I'm really only just beginning my delving into being a developer, I haven't yet attended any developer conferences. That changed today. I caught most of the live…

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Hello World

Posted on May 25, 2020

It works This post suggests that I correctly have my Hugo-rendered site up and running. Check the link for more information on the Hugo open-source software, but essentially, it takes Markdown content…

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