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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?

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

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


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

Cloudflare is cheaper than GoDaddy

I have two domains. One with Cloudflare and one with GoDaddy. Cloudflare is my preferred choice because the yearly renewal cost is low. They seems to be doing it at cost. But, I still keep one with GoDaddy, despite the higher cost, because I like their email forwarding product, which let me forward unwanted emails to a throwaway Gmail account. Anyway, Cloudflare tells me that I have around 5K unique visitor to this website last month. I believe you all came here  because of Google search result on SKTM school (which my youngest child is still studying at, a great school BTW!) or because you were looking for daimoku chart . Or, maybe you want to know if Amazon Alexa will work for you . For this, I am grateful. Welcome to my humble site. Seeing this encourage me to blog again. I know my blogging comes in burst. A few months of silence followed by a few posts. Bear with me!