My Girl Friend

Today is Valentines day and I want to talk about a person that has always been with me, my computer.

Just by reading the line above you maybe thinking I am a Nerd. This is more a fact than a truth. Computers have been around in my life since I was 5 years old, and I love them. Ask me if I would rather have a super computer vs a Ferrari, and I would always pick the super computer.

It wasn’t till I started making my own money did I start building my computer. Contrary to popular belief building your own computer is extremely easy these days. You can think of it like high tech Lego that is super expensive. Quality components these days can handle a fall or something being dropped on them, very easily.

Building computers for guys like me, is basically how it is for gear heads and their cars. I originally started with an okay computer (i5 & GTX 1070) and moved on to do more … a lot more. I finished my latest upgrade yesterday I got a new case, mother board, and water cooler that will allow me to over clock. Its some thing new that I want to get into 🙂

As it stands here are my specs:

CPU: i7 – 7700k – Corsair – H115i water cooler

GPU: GTX 1080 Ti – Asetek – Custom water cooler

Mother Board: ATX – Z270 GAMING PRO CARBON

Hard Drives: – 1 X 256GB SSD / 1 X 1TB HHD / 1 X 3TB HHD

This is the best of the best as of late, this is what I wanted since I was 12 🙂

My History with Cell Phones

The first smart phone I ever got was a android. It was a small thick brick from HTC, that did everything that I could ever want. Then after awhile I decided to switch carriers, which lead me to experience one of the first windows phones, it was a Nokia Lumia 920. And after that I moved on to a number of different BLU phones. The BLU phones that I bought were nice, but I kept up grading every 8 months to half a year.

As you can see I am a pretty fickle person, I am always looking for the next cool new thing. And last year I spent the most I had ever spent on a phone up until that point, and bought a Asus Zen Phone. It was the best android phone I had ever had in my life. It was super fast, responsive, reliable, and had great battery life.

Things were going well with the phone for a while there, and for a reason I can’t remember to this day I ordered an iPhone.  I bought a used 6s which I kept for a few weeks, until I realized that I needed more storage. At which point I returned it and bought another 6s with more storage. And then I realized the battery life wasn’t good enough for me. So I went ahead and dropped 1300 dollars on a brand new iPhone 7 Plus with 128 GB of storage.

I am not sure why I bought a iPhone. I think its because I wanted to make apps for it, and wanted that brand name 🤩 After having it for a few months I found the experience to be very very alright, nothing insanely special. I still have the iPhone and don’t plan to upgrade it for a long long long time.

I kinda regretted buying it for a few months until I started to mess with iOS’s new features, ML and AR. Both of which are interesting to play with, but as you can see from the app store it not like every other app out there has AR or ML in it.

Django – Part 1

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Django Reinhardt a jazz legend

No I am not talking about this guy to the left.

I am actually talking about the web framework written in Python. Now the reason that I have even started learning this, is cause I wanted to see what all the hype is about. Plus I wanted to get a better understanding of the Python language its self.

Now I come from the world of Express.js which is kinda of like Flask, in terms of its bare-bones nature. So when I first saw Django I was reminded of ASP.NET, and Ruby on Rails. You might be thinking what sort of nonsnese is this kid spouting ? How the can he put two of the most loved opens sourced projects next to, Microsofts evil ways. And to that I respond with: A) Microsoft is not evil, and B) I say that since all three of these frameworks have so much built in functionality, that they become opaque. Opaque as in not transparent as in have to use for along time to really understand how they work.

Anyways this is a post letting you guys or gals out there know, I am going to be making a tutorial series as I start to learn the framework.

Yes I know that all my posts are starting to seem like tutorials or updates. I promise they will eventually be about something else 😅

Going from Apple fanboy to hater to fanboy again

When I was kid just going to primary school, I never knew what a computer was, how it worked, or what it could do. My family had a computer at home but it was just a big grey box to me. It just sat on a desk.

However on my first day of school we had time with computers, we had this really great computer lab full of macs, and we had carts full of mac laptops. They looked cool, and you could do a lot with them. Even when being a 6 year old kid, I could appreciate the design and work that went into them. It felt like someone put in a lot of time to just make sure everything was perfect.

So after using them for awhile, I asked my dad if we could get one. I went into full sales pitch mode, and told him about all the cool things that it could do, and how well it was designed. However being new immigrates to Canada, that computer was out of our price range, and he said to just use the one we already had. My dads response was, “Why don’t you use the computer we already have ?”. And that computer was a Comqa running Windows 95. The experience of using that machine made me into an even bigger Apple fan.

As the years passed and I got to high school I still hadn’t owned an apple product, and started to rationalize why I didn’t have an apple product. I chalked it up to the good old Marxist ideas of the “haves” and the “have nots”. I was a “have not”. So my views on Apple changed from a being “Its such a cool company that makes awesome products” to “They make play things for idiots that choose to buy it”

That ideology lasted for a pretty long time, till I started making money. A year after my first internship I had quite a bit cash saved up even after paying for university. So in my second to last year (or what I had thought to be my second to last year), I called my bank, raised my credit limit, and bought a bueatiful 2016 13′ MacBook Pro. And I was a fan again 🙂, to long had I been using a windows machine.

What most people don’t realize is that Apple really cares about two things, build quality, and the little things. That laptop felt like a heavy solid chunk of metal, that just happened to be a laptop. The build quality was insanely good.

When a person pays a crazy sum of money for a fairly basic computer, most people are would say it’s dumb to do so. Others would say maybe he or she is just that rich. Most people equate value with quantity. However in Apples case, it’s build quality, and effort put into places you wouldn’t even think of.

And that right there is what Apple is unapologetically all about.