Category Archives: Personal Development

Processor Upgrade: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D

September 27th, 2023

After forty months, I upgraded my personal desktop processor from AMD Ryzen 5 3600X to AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D. I also installed an NZXT Kraken 280, which fits snugly in an NZXT H510i as the image below shows. CPU temps get as low as around 38°C and peak at around 90°C with an ambient temperature […]

My Pandemic 2020 Build

April 8th, 2022

Parts List: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X w/Wraith Spire Cooler [$189.99] MSI MPG X570 Gaming Plus ATX [$154.99] MSI Radeon RX5700 XT Gaming X 8GB 256-bit GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 [$409.99] G.SKILL Ripjaws V DDR4-3200 CL16-18-18-38 1.35V 128GB (4x32GB) 288-pin [$429.98] Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe M.2 SSD 2000GB [$249.99] Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe M.2 […]

Happy New Year 2022!

January 15th, 2022

For the new year, I resolve to focus on the following: health: lose 25 pounds in 20 weeks using diet and exercise, and 45 pounds by the end of the year finance: generate returns by periodically establishing high probability of profit options trades career: focus on developing marketable skills, specifically skills in securing software architectures […]


May 16th, 2021

One of the things I have always wanted to achieve is fluency in the Japanese language. A web search for how to learn Japanese led me to Tofugu’s I want to learn Japanese! This page provides a guide for learning Japanese. The page also builds a strong case for purchasing Tofugu’s product, WaniKani. Tofugu motivated […]

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

October 13th, 2020

The latest iteration of Microsoft Flight Simulator was released August 18th, 2020. I had always considered getting earlier iterations of MSFS, and I hesitated even on the current iteration. Although it has had software issues, I do not regret buying the Premium Deluxe edition eight days after its release. The software continues to be supported […]