Friday, December 27, 2013

[Rant] Vacation time until 6th January, 2014

After today, I'm going to work again on the 6th of January. 9 days of freedom! Oh yeah. We always get this vacation at the end of the year.

But the week starting from 6th of January is going to be very critical. We have a release coming up on Friday and there is so much work still to be done before that. Anyway, I'm going to forget all about it now and start enjoying the vacation - live the moment.

I need to do something useful in the next week. Like playing games, for example. Ha ha! No, seriously, my wife would kick me out of the apartment if I played games throughout the week. I guess I will have to go out with my wife. But it's so cold out here that I doubt even my wife would want to go out.

I would usually visit Sri Lanka during this time because it is so cold out here,  but this time we are staying. Hey, now we have to pay for two air tickets and that's a big sum of money. So we had to limit going to Sri Lanka to once every two years. Sadness, but that’s the way it is.

Well, at least I can keep spending time evaluating whether I need to buy a DSLR or not. Still not sure if I can manage with my S95 or if not, which DSLR to get. I had been eyeing the Canon Kiss X7i (or 700D) with 18-135mm STM lens. It will cost about JPY83.000 though.

  • Then I will be getting a new internet connection, but will have to wait till the end of the vacation. Need to do some research on what to get. There are 1Gbps connections too, but I’m fine with this 200Mbps connection as well.  I will go for the ISP that gives the biggest money back discount.
  • Then I will look forward to the new graphics cards. The custom cooled R9 290's and the upcoming Maxwell GPUs. But Maxwell is a bit far away and will be out the reach of my pocket for a few months. On the other hand,
  • I can get a new pair of earphones for my phone as the Apple EarPods never fit in my ears. Was looking at the  Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 but I’m skeptical that it will work well for me. That’s another gadget that I need to charge every day. And I’m not sure if the prices will drop further. It’s been stable at JPY6,300. Maybe I will get it for my birthday. That’s a month away! w00t.
  • On top of all that, I have about JPY6,500 worth points at Sofmap.

Wait. I just remembered something that I can do without spending any money. I need to arrange the cable clutter behind the desk. After I got the new monitor, I couldn't properly do the wiring like the way it was before. In fact, I'm hoping to do a better job this time around.

One more thing. The keys on my Logitech G15 keyboard have gotten so hard to press. They need a lot of force. It makes my fingers hurt when I type and play games for a while. A lot of food and dust particles must be stuck in between the keys. I haven't done a proper cleanup job since I got the keyboard about 4 years ago. No idea how to take out the keys though. I found this article and it seems that I will have to take the keyboard apart to get to the keys. That’s going to take a few hours!

Looks like there are few exciting things for me to do during the week. I hope my wife will find them amusing too. Open-mouthed smile

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