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Thousands Thoughts

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I wrote a second app. This this a quick journaling app. The idea is that we have thousands of thoughts running through our mind everyday. We have daily conversations with ourselves. I want to capture these thoughts and able to review them and I want it to be fun, not a serious journaling app. Thus, Thousands Thoughts is created. Please take a look and let me know what you think!

I wrote an app

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Nov 2023: I decided to quit my full time job, mainly to take care of family matters but also to take stock of what I want to do with the rest of my life. I have spent 27 years working non-stop in a full time job at one company. I have not taken any break during this time. I feel that I have contributed enough to this company and it’s about time I do what I like. March 2024: I decided to develop an iPhone app. I started doing lots of self-learning from YouTube and books. I get my hands dirty and code while I watch the YouTube. After around 2-3 months, I finally have an app which is now available for download in the App Store. The app is called " What is the Time ". It is a beautifully designed, gesture-based, world clock. Use your finger to slide and watch the cities clock update magically! No mental calculation required. I have a page for this here . And if you are willing to download to try, here’s the App Store  link . Thanks for supporting me! Or, maybe just scan this QR C

Apple 20W USB-C Charger

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I bought the 18W USB-C Apple charger at RM149 back in January 2019 . I am still using it today. Recently, I bought a new 20W USB-C charger from ITWorld in Starling Mall, Damansara. The price tag showed RM99 but after scanning at the counter, it was RM79. What a great deal! Highly recommend this fast USB-C charger. Update : I have a project at hand and need a laptop. I bought a 2020 MacBook Air M1 during 5.5.2024 Mother’s Day sale. It comes with a 30W USB-C charger but the brick is that iPad charger which had a 3-way plug jutting out weirdly. I much prefer the two USB-C designs described above for portability. Apple should just do away with the 30W and give their customer that 35W, TWO ports charger. It is really nice to be able to charge the Mac and an iPad or iPhone simultaneously. 

Windows vs Mac Mini

Spending Saturday morning alone in the house, listening to Immaculate Collection and, just finished a quick session of Shadow Tactics. It's relaxing. And the mind is telling me that I don't really need a Mac Mini M2 Pro. The intel PC is serving my needs - WhatsApp, Spotify, DOPUS, Firefox web surfing. What else do I need? Sure, I can't do Xcode and that is needed for my sanity and learning but I can do that at half the price by buying a Mac Mini M2, right? A $4K machine vs a maxed out $8K machine.  But, the difference between Windows and Mac is that Windows is too industrialise; too serious. The desktop, the font choices, they are so business-like. The Mac is such a joy to use. AND that, is the $8K reason for buying a Mac.

Which is your main computer?

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I want to buy a Mac. One of the thoughts running through my head regarding my plan to spend obscene amount of money on a Mac mini M2 Pro is whether I will be using it as my main computer, or if my current Intel PC (Core i7-7700K, 64GB RAM and tons of storage) can serve as the primary computer. By "main computer," I mean a computer that I will primarily use for tasks such as listening to music, watching movies, browsing the web, programming, and relaxing. This computer should be connected to all the necessary accessories, including Ethernet, a printer, Katana X, Stream Deck and three monitors. Furthermore, this main computer should be easily accessible. I want to be able to enter the room, press the spacebar, and have it wake up immediately for use. There are several advantages of the Mac mini over a PC: It consumes low power, allowing me to keep it plugged in day and night. It operates silently without a fan. It is instantly available and can be put to sleep when not needed.

Gosho Reading Podcast

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My family launched a podcast. We want to solve a problem which is to make it easy for people to read the writings of the Buddha, Nichiren Daishonin. His writings are called the Gosho. Most of the time, you need to sit down on a study and read his writings. These days, everyone is so busy running about doing things and it's a challenge to find time to read. How about if someone read it for you? All you have to do is listen in the car or while you are doing your housework. There is no interpretation, no propaganda. It is just 4 or 5 people taking turns to read the Gosho, as it is meant to be.  Please check it out in Spotify: I have also published it in YouTube. Watching it in YouTube will have the added advantage of reading the Close Captioning/Subtitles. Finally, I also have a website where I try to categorize Daishoning quotes by everyday topic, for example, On death, On Envy and Jealousy, On the verge of Giving Up. Please check that out too: Quotes from Nichiren Daishonin Gosho

Audiobooks

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I don't have a long commute. But whatever short commute I have, I take the chance to listen to Audiobooks. I bought a few Stephen King's audiobooks recently, mainly my favourites - The Shinning, Christine and Pet Sematary. I have read these books before but I must say that listening to audiobooks give an entirely different feeling and atmosphere. The narration by these professionals bring out the story to a different level! I never expected to enjoy listening to people reading a book and audiobooks prove me wrong.  Currently, Amazon has a promotion. Buy 3 audiobooks using credits, and they give you a US$10 coupon. Signing up to a free trial gives you 2 credit. After that, pay for one month of Audible Premium to get 1 credit. Buy 3 books using these 3 credits and you get $10, which is good for another book. Essentially, $7.99 for 4 books! Sometimes I imagine that there will come a time when I'm so old that my eyesight is not good for long hours of reading. I imagine mysel