Category: Personal

Not-so-periodic recaps of life’s adventures.

Successful Phone Upgrade

2017.04.10 Personal 5 Comments

So last weekend my new Galaxy S7 arrived, and I got it all set up. I’m super pleased with it, in both hardware, software, and appearance. One unexpected plus was how efficient the new battery is. My old S5 used to drain as it sat idle, and now I don’t even have to charge when I’m at work. The themes Samsung built in was also really nice. It just runs so smoothly, and with so many extra default settings available, I don’t even need to use a lot of the old customizing apps I had before. The only thing I kept was LINE Deco for icon customization; everything else is the default. I also got a cute case for it and a screen protector just to save myself from the finger print smudges.

I don’t have much else to say except I’m extremely happy with the new phone, and I probably won’t be upgrading for another 2-3 years.

Lockscreen wallpapers are by Punziella and Isolenta.

A Mobile Dilemma

2017.03.31 Personal 4 Comments

If you look back on my old entries, you can probably see I own a Samsung S5. Before I chose that phone, I was sort of wavering between an HTC One and a Samsung Galaxy. I’m glad I went with the S5, and despite its ugly plastic, I liked it a lot.

When the S6 was released, I liked it a lot (but wasn’t going to switch since I had just gotten my S5), but while I liked the design, it has its share of issues which made me cross it off as a possible “upgrade” later on. I’m not that crazy about getting the newest thing, so I don’t mind getting (gasp) a year-old phone. But I definitely liked the new look, especially the white color variant.

Then the S7 was released. I loved all the specs, but I just couldn’t stand the color choices, especially since I was on AT&T and they didn’t even offer silver. I know from opinion polls that the white variant was less popular, but to not offer it at all for US buyers really was disappointing. My old S5 still worked, so I wasn’t in any rush, but still I was thinking ahead.

Before the S8 release, I was really looking forward to the reveal, and hoping they’d offer a white version, especially for the US, but when the release hit on the 29th, I was disappointed to realize all three color variants had the same black cover in the front, which sort of defeats the purpose for me. The backside looks so nice, but the front makes it look like an entirely different phone. Honestly the color I was only thing I was looking forward to. Most of the new features I didn’t really care for (I have no real use for an AI assistant).

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DIY Wooden Monitor stand

2015.10.31 Personal 8 Comments

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I’ve been kind of obsessed with these ever seeing some really sleek looking ones on sale on Etsy, but the price was more than I could justify spending. So when I found some DIY guides on how to make some, I jumped on the chance.

I got the supplies from IKEA and Home Depot.

And of course, you’ll need a drill, as electric drills will make this easier. The stuff I got from IKEA cost about $20, including the cheap pack of brushes, and the stain supply plus rags and paint thinner cost about $30. Not as cheap as I was hoping, but the experience was well worth it. Staining the wood was the best part. And now that I have the supplies, if I happen to find better wood in the future, I can just replace the cheap $3.99 Ekby Tryggve I got, stain the new piece, and screw the legs on again. Natural wood would be extra fancy, but even an untreated wood with gloss would look nice.

All in all, I am very happy with the results. I don’t have an excuse to slouch anymore, because I’d need to sit up straight if I want to see my monitor at the right angle.

When the holidays roll around, I want to get a new monitor, my old 20″ monitor is smaller than I’d like, and I’ve had it for years. I really want a 23″-24″ one.

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Downtime

2015.09.19 Personal, Sitely Matters 4 Comments

Oops, I let life kind of kick this blog on the back burner again.

The short life update is, I did finally get a job, and most of my time has been consumed by that. The whole early morning and doing the 8-5 thing is still something I need to get used to, ’cause when I get home I unfortunately don’t want to do much.

As for tutorials, believe it or not, I wrote up a script for a tutorial almost a month ago, but I’ve been dragging my feet on writing the actual post.

What prompted me to finally log in and make this post is the official shutdown of Kippt, which was a serviced I loved using to keep track of all my resources and interesting tutorials and such. Since that’s no longer a thing, I think it’s time I make a schedule for myself and get working on the Delicious clone I’ve been planning for some time, since I can’t find a better alternative besides pinboard.

Anyway, I’ll get working on finishing that tutorial soon.

Residue of Student Woes

2015.08.13 Personal 8 Comments

Ah the dreaded student loans. Yes, unfortunately I have some. I graduated in June, but I’m still job hunting, and waiting to hear back from the few places I did well interviewing. In June, I got hit with a loan payment, due a few days after my graduation commencement date. I paid from the last 2-3 months of paychecks from my school job, sans whatever I had to fork over for tuition.

I was pretty annoyed they hit me with a payment the month I was graduating, not even giving me a bit of time to find a job first. But strangely enough the next month, in July, they did not bill me. I thought maybe they were getting the deferment back on schedule.

But to be safe, I regularly checked my account, and still it said I owed $0.00 for my next payment. The last time I checked was earlier this week. Still the nice $0.00 due.

A few minutes ago I got an email from MyFedLoan telling me I have a bill. I was disappointed but hoped they were billing me for September, but nope, around past 11 PM, on August 13, 2015, they wanted me to know I had a due payment on August 15, 2015, a Saturday.

If I hadn’t hooked my email up on my phone, maybe I might have missed the email until late Friday night, or even Saturday, thereby missing a payment.

I just can’t believe they have a system in which they would alert you 2 days before your payment was due that you in fact had a payment.

Who ever came up with their system sure has a great big heart.

I hope I’m not making a big deal out of this, but I do think it’s extremely unfair they notified me out of the blue, on such a short notice when the previous month I was still in deferment. I don’t even want to think about the consequences of me failing to pay because I didn’t realize I had a payment due.

I’ll pay my loan off ASAP as soon as I land a job, but until then, it would be nice if I could be treated with an ounce of respect from them, but that’s probably too much to ask.

Complete

2015.06.18 Personal, Projects 2 Comments

Sorry for the lack of updates; basically the last stretch before graduation took over my life and I was spending most of my time on campus working on assignments. I’m all done now though, and I should be getting my diploma in the mail. I may or may not have a job already, but it’s not 100% for certain yet.

Anyway, this does mean I don’t have any more real distractions, so I’m going to be trying to get a schedule up for things I want to complete and also post about. I still need to work out some stuff before I make my senior project github repository public, but in the mean time I did start one public repo (a php webring script).

I’ll be working on that project and also do some related posts here, as a way to document my process. I still have a lot of nostalgia for those types of scripts, and a lot of the old ones are now no longer around. I doubt many people will use them, but it’ll be a good practice to write them anyway.

Balancing Act

2015.04.29 Personal 4 Comments

Oops, I let school and life take over a little too much. The short version is I’m on my last quarter of classes and I’ve got 3 weekly labs, homework, and 2 quizzes a week, and a senior project I’m kind of procrastinating on.

The computer science department usually gets its share of weird people, and most of them are fine, but being a tutor and having to deal with all of them can sometimes be a pain. Unfortunately the number of guys who smell funny is getting to me. And what’s more annoying are the people who put zero effort in learning how to code, but will go to the walk-in lab expecting tutors to write their homework for them…

It’s dealing with all that which can make you appreciate people who do take it seriously and learn and do well.

But in general, this all makes me think, “do these people think this will work out in the real world?” No one’s going to hold your hand if you’re not willing to put the effort in yourself. Worst yet are the people who straight up just copy and leech off people. Those losers who will sit close to you and literally copy every line of code you write, until you catch them and move to a different seat. If you need help, ask. Don’t just crane your neck over and spy off people’s computers.

What’s on my phone

2015.03.29 Hobbies and Crafts, Personal 12 Comments

Last December, I finally got my wish and upgraded to owning a smart phone. I’m still kind of in that “let me show you my baby” phase, so bear with me. Anyway, I’m always interested in seeing what people decorate their phones with. I get kind of crazy with custom icons, even on my PC.

I own a Samsung Galaxy S5 in white, with this pink case by Caseology. I’m using CM Locker for my custom lockscreen, Zooper Widget for the home screen clock, and LINE DECO for the icons. And my Kaworu charm is from here.

I’m a huge EXO fan, and my bias is D.O., so my lockscreen and home screen are both promo images of him from their new album EXODUS. Speaking of which, all the teaser trailers look really well-done. I really can’t wait for the full MV release. I already cracked and pre-ordered the album.

Apps I use a lot are: LINE Messenger, Any.do’s Cal, Instagram, Twitter, VSCO Cam, SwiftKey, and Textra as my SMS replacement.

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