Daily Journal – Aug 1, 2017

This is my 117th journal.

Woke up slightly earlier today at 0930hrs. I wasn’t able to sleep last night until about 0430hrs this morning due to the Cold Brew from StarBucks I took yesterday. Since I ordered venti-sized, the amount of expresso in each cup is worth about 4 shots.

Ate my breakfast, showered, and out I went to my client’s office at around 1055hrs. But before I stepped out of the house, my shirt was already covered in sweat spots and stains.

That’s what happen when you have over-reactive sweat glands. If I’m not wrong, this is known as hyperhidrosis. I have lived with it since I was around 14 or 15. It’s irritating and reduces my quality of life. I have done my research but none of the available treatments is very effective. By effective, I mean allow me to sweat when necessary but stop the sweat glands and the associated nerves from being over-reactive.

So once I arrived at Raffles Place at around 1140hrs, I got my daily fix from StarBucks. Then I made my way out of One Raffles Place, and went to Republic Plaza 2.

I spent the rest of the day writing code and surfing the net. At around 1344hrs, my MacBook Pro decided to freeze itself up. I had NetBeans, Spotify, Virtualbox with Windows 10 guest, Microsoft Excel running. Did a force restart and lost some work. The logs never show anything. Anyway I decided to update all the apps that I was using to the latest, reduced the amount of ram the Windows 10 guest was using, and didn’t face the issue anymore. But then, Windows was running extremely sluggishly. I suspect it could be because I am using the 13 inch MacBook Pro instead of the 15 inch. The processor just couldn’t keep up and by default, it only has 8GB of ram.

Anyway, I never liked the idea of running virtual machines. I prefer to have distinct machines doing distinct things. However, I also don’t think it’s very practical for me to get another Windows laptop since I was just using Windows to run Microsoft SQL server. Due to the project requirement, Microsoft SQL was chosen instead of other databases. And two, I am already heavily invested into the Apple’s ecosystem, don’t see why I should switch to using Windows and waste more money. Beside, this is the only client that I have. Third, I don’t like Windows and strongly preferred Mac OS. I only use Windows for gaming reason.

Of course you might say that I could just connect to cloud-based Microsoft SQL Servers like from Amazon. But we are dealing with sensitive financial data that my client explicitly forbid any form of exposure.

So I guess the only way forward would be me getting the ew 2017 15inch MacBook Pro with the hardware maxed-out.

Heh, so many excuses. Yeah, I know.

Anyway, I left the office for home at around 1750hrs. I wanted to avoid the 1800hrs peak hour crowd. At that time, everybody is trying to get home.

Upon reaching home, as usual, covered in sweat and so I went for a quick shower.

Then I went to Watch a Gary Vaynerchuk video:

At the same time, I also went to create a list of computer hardware that a friend of mine could get for under SG$1500 and sent it to him.

While I’m on the topic of custom PC and hardware, here is a video from Linus Tech Tips that is pretty funny about running GeForce 7100 GS in SLI.

That’s all for today.

Here I conclude my journal for today.