Keyboard Enthusiast – Keychron

I have recently picked up a new keyboard, a Keychron K2. This is a company that originally had a Kickstarter campaigned and quickly gained popularity. They are quickly gaining momentum and people are loving their keyboards. Their website is located at https://keychron.com You can go there and view all their various offerings and they have a cool section where you can see pictures customers have sent in of their Keychron keyboard and the custom setups those customers have done. About a year ago their K1 keyboard was featured on the popular YouTube channel, Unbox Therapy where they showed it off as one of the thinnest mechanical keyboards. Although it received mixed reviews, this gave the company a ton of promotion as this channel has over 1 million subscribers. Now when you go to the website, you can view every time a product is purchased from them. I didn’t know what this was at first, but I finally did. A little popup will show up on the screen, and it shows who and when something is ordered. So if you sit on their website for a while, it’s amazing how many orders they are getting. It’s also neat to see what people are getting. It really varies, however.

There is a sub-section of keyboard enthusiasts that are using mechanical keyboards that are 60 to 70% the size of a traditional keyboard. I really like the look and size/footprint of these keyboards. I bought two of them and I really tried to get accustomed to it, but I couldn’t do so, so I had to return them and move on.

I found another keyboard on Amazon that looked like a steal, but there were some issues, so I had to return it.

I returned back to my default Coolermaster Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX red switches. I really liked the brown switches and white backlight, so I was on the hunt for something similar. That’s how I came upon the K2 keyboard on Amazon and later learning more and all about their company.

Keychron Keyboard.
This is the Keychron keyboard that I purchased. Also showed in the photo is an inexpensive speaker, my Logitech wireless mouse, and an old ragged mouse pad. I have a much better one now, which you can see below. I have a BenQ LED monitor light, which assists with eye strain. I like it a lot. However, my newest monitor is a 35″ curved monitor, so it won’t stay attached to it anymore which is too bad. I do like my curved monitor though. It’s not an extreme curve, just a slight curve and I actually do believe it helps you absorb the entire panel better.
This is a video of my new Keytron K2 Keyboard showing off one of its white backlight effects with the lights off. This is one of the many effects it has. You can toggle the effects by pressing a key on the keyboard. (The upper right keyboard that I have colored orange.)

I went with the Brown Switches and I also went with the white backlighting. The RGB is a little too much for me. You can change keycaps with MX or Gateron caps and make all kinds of designs. I just really love the feel of it. Some people only prefer MX switches though, so for them, they might not like the feel of this mechanical keyboard, but I like both.

I recommend you check out all their keyboards and the new K8 keyboard which is up for pre-order.

https://www.keychron.com/pages/keychron-k8-wireless-mechanical-keyboard

Here is what is really neat. Some people like switching their switches, but they have to go through all the hassle of unsoldering the switches. Well, the K8 makes it so you can have different switches, without any soldering. You can simply change them (Hot-Swappable). I actually like the color layout of the K8 keyboard, it looks pretty nice. I hope they make them available for sale on the side. I think you can even put different manufactures switches inside. Like an MX and a Gateron in the same keyboard, but I’m not 100% sure.

I also purchased their brand new K1 v4 thin keyboards. I also went with Brown Switches and the White Backlight on this one as well. It hasn’t arrived in the mail yet though. I hope it does soon.

I’m planning on using this as my work keyboard because I use a docking station and don’t actually use the keyboard on my laptop most of the time. At a minimum, I need 1 external monitor connected to be productive at work. but I usually have at least 3 monitors. 2 27″ monitors and the laptop screen monitor. The docking station used the USB-C port. Right now on my main personal computer setup, I have a curved 35″ monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio monitor that I like a lot. On the side, I have one 27″ monitor. I don’t feel I need the extra monitor on the side, but it really comes in handy.

As you have seen in my previous posts, I have rejuvenated some of my computer passion by building a brand new desktop from scratch which I haven’t done for years. I now know why it’s expensive as heck. Especially for me, because I love really getting into it. Check out this mouse and mousepad I just got for it too. (And I already have a really nice Razer Deathadder Chroma mouse. I even had a matching glowing RGB mousepad, but I got tired of that. It was a little over the top for me.) It was an impulse buy. It was too big and now sits in a drawer.

I use a lot of corsair products in my new Desktop, and I absolutely love the feeling and surface of this new mouse pad I got. Believe it or not, this was the small version. The large was gigantic. They come in the mail rolled up, so it takes a bit for it to fully flatten out. Also, I picked up a wireless Logitech Mouse. I don’t care what anyone says, but I love this Logitech M510 mouse. I also have a red one. They’re great. I don’t mind using a wireless mouse, there isn’t really anything to capture. I just wish we could say the same about wireless keyboards and encrypting their wireless traffic. I know people can sniff wireless keyboard keystrokes, I just want to be ensured that the wireless keyboard I’m using is in fact encrypted, and usually, when I ask a manufacturer they can never tell me. It seems like something they should know.

I’m not sure anything was taken from this article, but I wanted to share my new experience with these keyboards I like it. They took a chance with their Kickstarter campaign as I understand, and now it’s a huge success. It’s not like a keyboard is a new idea but build something that looks great and feels great, and people will buy it. “Build it, and they will come.”

Disable intel boot agent cl hangs

I was getting this Intel Initialization Boot Agent, and it would really hang for a long time during my boot process on my new computer build. There was a control-s (I think it was) to go into the utility, but you couldn’t really do jack. Also, I’m using an MSI Carbon Pro Motherboard, and I couldn’t disable this whatsoever. It’s looking for like a PXE Boot, and I even disabled my NICs in the BIOS and boot them last in the boot order. I had UEFI + Legacy mode enabled, and I even disabled legacy mode – nothing helped. *Note – this didn’t happen until I plugged in a PCI-E device, which wasn’t even a NIC card, which I found strange.

So I created a restore point, and I downloaded this utility:

https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000005626/network-and-i-o/ethernet-products.html

https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/29137?v=t

The utility has a longer name once you install it. But once I did, I navigated into the x64 menu and then dropped into Command Prompt (As Administrator).

So there were a couple options. The first thing I did was run the install.bat which appeared to successfully install the driver. (Honestly, I think this fixed everything).

I started messing with the utility like trying to run the enable=disabled command. And all sorts of various settings. But none of those settings took. So interestingly when I rebooted, I didn’t get the Intel Boot agent that just stood there forever and would finally boot into the OS, unless I pressed enter a couple times.

That’s what worked for me. Your mileage may vary. Best of luck!

New Addition To My New Desktop Build – Read to find out what changed!

I had all weekend to do this, but I was busy writing a PowerShell Script using the VMware PowerCLI module. Not only that, I had to spend a bunch of time testing it. I wish they’d work on the first try, but they never do. It’s amazing how PowerShell and it’s various modules can take a task that would take 30 minutes down to seconds. I love it, however, the hard part is actually writing a script that does what you want. Generally I need to ask for assistance. I was able to get one done and tested in about 10 hours this weekend which was 40 lines of code, but my last script took me more than a month of errors and testing, it was really annoying. Of course, if all I did was PowerShell day in and say out, I’d get way better, but unfortunately I only really access it when I need it because I have so much other busy work I have to keep attended to. A lot of busy work is addressing problem after problem after problem.

I was about to jump in bed and continue reading a new book I’ve recently started. I don’t read a lot of books just for pleasure, I’d rather watch a movie, but I should read more, it’s good for you. One of the pains is my vision though. I have really bad eyesight. -5.25 in both eyes. Without Glasses or Contacts I’m practically blind. So this makes it difficult to read. I hate wearing glasses so generally during the day I wear contact lenses which I’ve been wearing since I was about 15, so I can touch my eyeball without feeling weirded out. I can remember when I first started putting on my contacts when I was a kid, it would take a long time. Now it takes me a matter of seconds to put them on and off. Also I recall having a hard time knowing which side is the correct side to put it in your eye, but now I can distinguish that easily too. Doing it everyday for 25 years is a lot of practice. I do use special eye drop for contacts to keep my eyes moist during the day – since I stare at a computer screen all day long. I’m digressing from the point of this post though…

Okay, I’m going to put in a picture and if you can guess what the difference is from my last post then good for you! Just don’t read the caption before looking at the picture.

MSI Motherboard / MSI Nvidia GPU
New MSI NVIDIA GPU in my new custom built Desktop from scratch. The first computer I’ve built in a really long time which I enjoyed, except paying for. 🙂

Okay, if you’ve made it this far, and knew it was the GPU, then you win. The prize is you new is simply a congrats from me. It was extremely easy to install. Not only am I using an MSI Motherboard but my NVIDIA GPU is also MSI. I’ve been told that the MSI GPU’s are some of the most quiet. It took up two of the metal brackets you must remove from the back, and then it popped into place with very little resistance. I quickly found a PCIE power adapter from my award winning cabling, and powered it in. I didn’t even install any drivers before hand. I just plugged in my Monitor to one of the 3 Display Port Plugs in the back of the GPU (There is also 1 HDMI port) and powered on my machine, and everything was great. The NVIDIA Control Panel even got installed automatically. I thought I’d have to do that separately. That’s pretty great. I don’t really have much time to fiddle with it tonight, I’m not feeling that well, so I’ll check it out a little later.

I’m trying to find a game I’d enjoy playing as an adult. No more Call of Duty games anymore, I couldn’t handle that these days. I used to play COD 4, MW2, and MW3 for hours and hours. I’d get home from work and then jump on steam where some of the regulars I’d play with were already online. We’d team up, talk to one another while playing, and it was a lot of fun. I actually looked forward to it. But now, I have absolutely no desire to play those types of games anymore. I don’t know what age does to you and your desire not to do certain things that you used to really enjoy. Very strange. These days I’d much rather watch a show I like, or even better a good movie. This evening I watched a Netflix movie called Extinction with Michael Pena in it. It was pretty good, I enjoyed watching it. Time just flew by while I watched it. He’s a great actor, I enjoyed watch him in the movies The Martian, The Good Doctor and an older movie called Crash.

I want to write another post soon about my new addiction and being a keyboard enthusiast. Mechanical that is. I have found a keyboard I absolutely love and it feels so good to type with and I want to share that with you the reader. I already basically wrote an email about it to some of my IT friends, so I can basically copy and paste most of my email over to a blog article. Some other things I want to write about are VMware Workstation Pro which is the reason my new desktop has 128 GB of RAM. An amazing Type 2 Hypervisor. (Hosted Hypervisor).

Thanks for dropping by. Always a pleasure to have someone enjoy your content. Services like Instagram and Twitter have wiped out a lot of the Blogosphere, even me – my old blog would get 30 to 40k unique hits a month, and that’s because I had it up and running for years. I would blog about tech and other things that interested me. Eventually I got a little burned out though. It’s enjoyable though when you have a project like my new desktop build to share. It may not serve the greatest purpose, but it may give someone ideas about a desktop they’d like to build. Perhaps I’ll make a post laying out all the parts of my entire build that has this beast of a computer running. But again, I really did enjoy building it. A lot more than I thought I would. At first I was going to have the store build it for me, for 100 bucks from one of their “Master Builders”, but with the Pandemic hitting, that was no longer an option. The only difference is they’d do a better job with the cabling. Other than that, no difference at all. 🙂

Cheers.

New Desktop

I have really been neglecting my blog lately, but I’ve been staying incredibly busy and also a little burned out. However, building my new desktop has really invigorated my passion for technology and everything that encompasses it. From VMware, to Servers, to Desktops, to Networking, you name it. I’ve also been learning an absolute ton about Cisco lately and UCS, so that has been filling some of the crevasses in my brain.

Aside from building a new desktop, I’ve been completely revamping my office area at home. I’ve done everything from move the location, to put down new flooring, and I have a new chair on the way, and I’ve also ordered a motorized desk that will move up and down which I’ve been dreaming about for a long time. I suffer from chronic back pain, and to have the ability to stand while I work is going to be amazing.

One of the great things about my new desktop is I was able to built and customize every aspect of it, which is pretty much impossible unless you’re building it from scratch. One of the most important features for me was the ability of RAM/Memory, and I wanted as much as I could so I could use it in conjunction with my favorite Type II Hypervisor, VMware Workstation Pro, now at version 15.5.5. So by using a Motherboard with the Z390 Chipset on it, I was able to harness 4×32 DIMMs for a total of 128 GB of memory in my desktop. In general, you can only do a toatl of 64 GB of Memory unless you’re using a Xeon Processor and releated Motherboard. But I wasn’t looking to build a server, I already have several of those, I wanted a state of the art, modern, and badass Desktop, which could do the things I wanted with Workstation, but also do what I want in terms of other things such as Gaming, watching multiple streams and various media.

Here is a screenshot of me running MSINFO32:

Screenshot of my available memory in my new computer by using the run command and typing in MSINFO32.

Here are another quick couple of photos, one when I was pretty much finishing building it, and one when it was up and running:

Inside of my computer with the side door opening as I was putting the finishing touches on my custom build which took a total of 3 days.
I’m by no means a professional when it come to cable management, however this was my very first build / case where you wrap the wires around the back and through it again to make it neater. My Power Supply is Modular so I might clean things up once I have my GPU in, the SATA drives, and my Writable DVD drive.

Completed Computer, showing off the glowing AIO Corsair water cooler. Note: This is the first time I'm used a water cooler, pretty awesome.
How about that Glow on the Corsair AIO pump? Looks pretty nice. It came with it’s own layer of Thermal Compound , so I didn’t have to apply any additional compound. I read in various computer forums that they have done benchmarks of the cooling which was the best compound around and , and there wasn’t anything really much difference which is pretty nice. My computer consists of a lot of Corsair gear, so I like their Company a lot and I imagine my other computer builders like it at well.

In case your interested here are the components of my computers. These are subject to change. For example, I may buy some more powerful fans for my radiator from https://www.bequiet.com/ .

This is my no means to brag or anything, there are a lot better computers I could build, but remember, I was focusing on ensure I had a MOBO with the Z390 chipset. Once you go through the list, I think that you’ll find it’s a rather robust and powerful system. Even the 10th gen i7 and i9’s are out for Desktops which you can see over at Http://ark.intel.com, but I was most interesting in accomplishing what I set out to do here.

Also this ended up being quite an expensive build. So I got a new CC that has 15 months of no interest, so I’ll calculate how much I have to put towards that bill each month so I pay it off in 15 months. Also they had a perk if you spend somewhere around 300 dollars within the first 6 months of using the card, they’ll give you a 150 dollar credit. So that is sort of my trick for not having to pay any interest and buying something that costs a fairly high amount of money. At least to me, this is very expensive. The only other thing I want to buy is a new Synology NAS which are amazing. I only have a one bay right now, but I want to buy a 4 to 8 bay on my next purchase. The NAS itself is expensive, but what really makes it expensive is adding the drives. I also recommended looking at the Hard Drives they have done extensive testing on and have approved for usage in that particular NAS. I believe they really put those particular NAS’ through quite the paces. I’d like to an all Flash NAS which you can do through Synology as well. but I’m going to stick with using the best NAS SATA drives for my new NAS.

So Let’s move on with the components of my new build:

Case: Price – Don’t Remember. I bought the case awhile ago.

https://www.corsair.com/ca/en/Categories/Products/Cases/c/Cor_Products_Cases?q=%3Afeatured%3AcaseFormFactor%3AFull-Tower&text=&pageSize=12#rotatingText

This is not the newer edition case by Corsair. I have the 760T, but if the 780T were out I would got that one. Or I may have just done more research in general. It worked out fine though.

Also I’m not a fan of trying to squeeze things into mid towers, or micro towers, so I’ll go for a full tower any day where I have a lot of room. The only way I’d ever go with a small box is if I bought it pre-built from a retailer like HP, Dell, Intel, etc…

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Video Card: (Currently waiting for it to ship, estimated arrival – June 15th, so I’m using onboard memory for now. Fooey! ~$450.00

MSI RTX 2060: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07YXQ19NC/ref=ga08f9-20

I almost went with a lower priced model because it was in stock and I would have had it already, but since I want this computer to last quite a long time I purchase the model with 8 GB of Memory and 256 bit. Both of these features were lower on the other model. Are there better video cards? Yes, but for only 40 dollars more I could future proof myself more. I don’t know what games I’ll be playing, because I think I’ll be playing with VMware Workstation the most, but I can’t handle Call of Duty games like I could when I was younger. Those gave me a massive headache, so I’ll definitely won’t do that. I recently watched the DM2 Mission by SpaceX, sending astronauts to the IIS for at least a decade from US soil. It was very nice and now I’m somewhat interested in rockets and stuff. So one game I want to buy is caller Kerbel Space Program.

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CPU Cooler: $131.80

Corsair iCUE H115i RGB Pro XT, 280mm Radiator, Dual 140mm PWM Fans, Software Control, Liquid CPU Cooler

I might buy an extra couple of fans that are more powerful to push air through the radiator. I eill be foing om

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Hard Drive: $229.99

(My MOBO has 2 onboard M.2 slots, so eventually I might pick up another one, I don’t know yet)

Samsung (MZ-V7S1T0B/AM) 970 EVO Plus SSD 1TB – M.2 NVMe Interface Internal Solid State Drive with V-NAND Technology

There is another 1 TB Intel Drive I might buy. I actually found another M.2 drive that is 4TB, but it is $$$. Also it’s minimum sector drive is rather large, so there would be a lot formatting a changes which I don’t what to do, at least for now.

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Memory

Corsair DDR4 4×32 GB | 128 GB total | 2666 MHZ Vengenace LPX

* You must get a Motherboard with the Z390 Chipset, or it can’t recognize all 128 GB of Memory

I got this from new egg for around $650.00. The only thing missing are the RGB heat sinks on the top. Actually I don’t care about that kind of thing.

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Motherboard – $250 – $300

MSI MPG Z390 Gaming PRO Carbon LGA1151 (Intel 8th and 9th Gen) M.2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 DDR4 HDMI DP SLI CFX ATX Z390 Gaming Motherboard

* There was a better motherboard I wanted, it was called the “GodLike” or something like that, and it has 4 onboard M.2 slots, built in WIFI, and other goodies. It was impressive, but it was near 800 dollars, and I didn’t think it was necessary.

Once I pay off my credit cards, have my desk in order, have my chair in order, I’m going to buy a new Synology NAS – I’m hoping for an 8 Bay NAS.

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CPU – The beast of the system, including the memory!

Intel core i9-9900K Desktop Processor 8 Cores up to 5.0 GHz Turbo unlocked LGA1151 300 Series 95W

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Main Monitor – $460.00

Deco Gear 35″ Curved Ultrawide LED Gaming Monitor 21:9 Aspect Ratio, Crisp 2560 x 1080 Resolution, 16.7 Million Colors, 75 HZ Refresh Rate, 2000:1 Contrast Ratio, (HDMI, DVI, and DP Connections)

I really like this monitor. For this build, you won’t find a monitor like it under 1,000 dollars. I love this monitor. Of course, I was going for 1080 though, because my eye sight sucks. Some people might prefer 1440. My last monitor was 1440, and I regretted it. I would never go over 1440, and now I would never go over 1080.

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Backup Monitors: 279.00 each.

Not bad for what you get. Had a DP port, a HDMI port, 27 inches. The thin Bezel is decieving in the pictures, they’re not really that thin. But it works. I picked up two of them.

These are basically for work, although I did buy an HDMI KVM switcher. so I can switch one monitor to my Intel NUC jump box, if that all works out like it’s supposed to.

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I’m going to Yank the DVDRs from my old system and install them in here. For some reason my old system came with just a DVD reader and a DVDR – I guess so you can copy CDs, but I don’t need that. So I’m just going to swap in the DVDr Drive. Also I’ll yank out the Internet SATA drives I have in my old system, and remove the Windows BitDefender lockdown on them first. I might wait until I get my new video card, then I can do everything at once. I’ll be somewhat busy installing drivers, and stuff on this for a bit. 

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OS : Windows 10 Pro

Well thanks for reading my latest blog post. I do want to blog more often, but I’ve just been busy building my new computer, configuring a new desk, picking out a new char, and building my new raised flooring system which I just happened to finish here on 5/31/2020. I like it quite a bit. It’s going to be a great fit for my apartment and my my office accommodations 100 times better.

Just for a sneak peak, here is what my new char will look like:

Gesture Ergonomic Office Chair with Headrest | Steelcase Store

Keep in mind I’m looking the the absolute ultimate chair to be sitting in no less that 10 hours a day, and more likely 15 or 16 hours. This is the Steelcase Gesture Chair with headrest. Supposedly a headrest violates the best ergonomic practices, but I sure like having a head rest. If for any reason I don’t like this chair, I am going to be purchasing the Herman Miller Emobdy Chair.

Since I’m revealing everything. I’ll go ahead and tell you about my desk. I purchased it from upliftdesk.com. This desk is an L-Desk shape, and the entire L-Desk is motorized and lift both up and down. I’ve been waiting for that feature for a long time. It’s been out for awhile, but I just haven’t been willing to splurge on it until now.

Well I have work bright and early so I must call it quits writing in the blogosphere. I keep dozing out in my char here, which is usually impossibly fffo

Current Desk Setup with Screen Real Estate

This post shows you the mot recent update to my desk and computer / monitor setup.

Hi everyone, I hope you are surviving these horrible times. As I mentioned in my last email, it’s been rough on me because of the virus. Call it Good or Bad, but I have been working shifts at work that are in lengths of 23 hours straight and 19 hours straight. Those are really hard to recover from and have the time to be productive in your own life due to lack of time. I knew I was going to start being a Cisco administrator, but I never knew 3 weeks ago I was going to be asked to be a primary Cisco Administrator the same day. That was a shock! So I’ve been on TAC cases now and working on all sorts of goodies. I have learned UCS-Manager really well now. But it sparked something in me, and I have been surprisingly enjoying it. I think I’ve said this before, I love to learn and I love to teach others. When I was in college, I wanted to be a teacher really bad. In fact, I wanted to teach college at the Junior College level and make my class highly technical and show my students the way of technology. In essence, everyone in my class would need to show up with a laptop or I would, unfortunately, recommend they drop because they couldn’t pass without it. That is a little unfair, but is fairness even a thing? Plus you can buy a decent i3 laptop for just a few hundred dollars that will do most things people do on laptops anyways and I wouldn’t require them to buy a 200 dollars+ laptop because everything they’d need one would online. My goal would really be for the student to learn, not to pass some silly test. I’ve had some cruel professors in the past that would make a test question, and then twist the question so it was very confusing. Obviously a very intelligent teacher, but one that loved make his classes bell curve quota. Teachers can’t have everyone in the course having all A’s, or their faculty will say the course isn’t challenging enough. But what if the teacher is just really good? This is something that a lot of people don’t know about. Moving on.. MS Office has always been so so, however, once they introduced OneNote & 365, my attitude towards MS Office has never been at an all-time high approval rating. I absolutely love OneNote, it has transformed the way I take notes and the way we share information. It’s incredible.

Well, I could keep typing because I love my mechanical brown switches. A new love from my old switches. Speaking of keyboards, my work laptop is a Dell 5490, and the keyboard on it is absolutely beautiful. I was absolutely shocked. I love that keyboard. Dell’s customer service is awful and a lot of their employees are heartless, but I do like their equipment. In fact, I’d recommend you don’t purchase Dell simply based on how rude a lot of their employees and management are.

Display of my current desk setup with all my computer gear. It's my happy zone, but also a zone that causes me incredible tiredness and
Greg’s new desk setup with a plethora of screen real estate! Some have dubbed him the realtor of screens, but he still hasn’t caught up with others! — LOL

So here is my new desk right now. Starting from the left, I have my Samsung Laptop which has an i7 CPU and a touchscreen with great battery life. It’s very thin and light, has a long battery life, and I really have no complaints.

Then I have my brand new 43″ display. Most people with a display this size would go with an extremely high resolution, however, I s went with 1080 x1980 so I can read the font well. My vision isn’t the best in the world. I just realized this is my first post showing my new monitor on this website. At first, I wrote an article about the display I was going to get, I go back and forth of the idea of having a website these days, but once I start writing I enjoy it again. All this started because the most expensive monitor I ever bought decided to break on me.

Next to that, continuing to go clockwise is my Samsung Tablet. It’s not the latest and greatest, but it does everything I need which is basically browsing, watching services like YouTube, Read Twitter, and most of all, taking notes. Unfortunately, the stylus (I’ll call pen) is way too small. Therefore I had to purchase a new pen that’s the same size as a regular pen. I only wish I could magnetize the pen to the tablet-like many others. There are some amazing tablets on the market. I’d love one of the Apple Pro Tablets and the Microsoft surface, but I’d rather spend my money on a Desktop, Laptop, & Amazing Phone.

The monitor I have on the far right is a super cheap 24″ ASUS display which I purchased for my home lab which has 3 Dell Poweredge Tower Servers running vSphere. Unfortunately, Cisco doesn’t have bare metal equipment I can run inside my place for a lab. I wish they had a bare metal Cisco tower server that can be called their T series, along with their B and C series for blades and racks. This monitor doesn’t even have a display port. Luckily though, it does have an HDMI port, so I’m able to get by with that. While I’m working, I connect to my Dell Laptop, because I need a second screen, it’s impossible to work without it. Actually I want 3 screens. I could use my laptop screen as a screen, but I’d rather not. My Targus adapter is clearly made for two screens, so I’d just have to do a few moments of research to figure out how to connect all 3.

Another thing that’s really important to me is Audio. Not only is it nice to hear audio, but it’s nice to have amazing audio for other people on the end as well.

Future plans are to create an L-Desk, to make my life easier while working, then I won’t have to rearrange wires and monitor cables every day which is a huge pain. I also started a section on my page called the mini blog. This was going to be a page where I can post quick small comments, gripes, or whatever is currently on my mind. However, I’m thinking of replacing this with an auto-copy of all my twitter tweets via their API. I liked the Mini Blog at first, but now I’m kind of tired of it. I don’t think people want to read a blog with a blog either. So what I need to do is tone down my rhetoric on twitter a little, right no it’s more of a place to vent, & have it focus more on tech. If you ever want to contact me don’t forget to use the contact form on my front page, at first it didn’t work properly, but now it works great.

COVID-19

I thought I’d quickly throw up a post in regards to the virus. I’m doing my part by staying indoors, and so far the only reason I’ve gone outside is to get my mail and throw out the trash. I am abiding and following the guidelines and recommendations put forward by experts and officials.

This is really bad timing with spring break. I have no idea why state officials don’t shut down beaches. I wish people would take the advice of the professionals and do what’s asked.

I’m a little low in spirits. This whole thing has been impacting me emotionally which I’m sure it has with others as well. I’m not sure that I’ll be posting for a while. I hope this virus will hit it’s peak very soon and start to go down and eventually die off. I have great admiration for everyone on the front line that are doing everything in their power to combat this. Some people are barely sleeping trying to help those in need and I have a lot of respect for all the scientists, researchers, medical staff and everyone else involved trying to find a medical solution.

Thank you to everyone that is helping. This is an unprecedented time that will be remembered in history.

Experts say this won’t be the last time this happens, so I hope we take this time to learn from our mistakes and be better prepared next time.

New DISPLAY: DISPLAY to replace my old ASUS monitor – Interesting but Temporary

My ASUS Monitor Broke, now I’m using the biggest Monitor I’ve ever used.

I had a really nice ASUS Monitor, it was the most expensive monitor I’ve ever bought, and also the shortest lasting I’ve ever used, pretty disappointing. Amid this disappointment, I started off writing an article about it here.

For many days I’ve been using a tiny USB portable side monitor I usually only use with my laptop. It was killing my eyes, so here it’s what I’ve done above. I think my TV is 46 inches, so I connected it to my computer. The Windows scaling and fixing of fonts and icons and such is pretty good, so I was able to get it to a point where everything looked pretty good. I did order a new monitor, but this is my temporary solution. I never use this tv anyways, so I might as well put it to use. It’s interesting, but I’m looking forward to getting a regular monitor. Come back Saturday, and I’ll try to show you my new display.

Well, I won’t keep what I bought a secret. Here is a link to it: https://amzn.to/3b3rNZa

21:9 Aspect Ratio. I had a 21:9 once which I bough that I liked a lot, however, it restricted me from playing games so I returned it. Fast Forward 10 years, and I’m not really interested in playing games anymore. Also, developers are starting to add this aspect ratio into their games now if I ever play anything again. Gaming can be fun sometimes, but I used to really love it and played every day when I got home from work. I’ve lost a lot of the desire, and I have poor eye vision unfortunately so I need to play a game that’s not too fast, maybe just one of those massive online games.

Once I set it up, and have my desk set up with my new keyboard, I’ll show another picture.

Also in the picture, I’m using my old Mechanical keyboard. The reason is that I’m returning my new keyboard because I don’t like the keyboard layout. The company released the same keyboard with the layout I wanted.

So this is my setup for the time being.

Update: Well things seem to change. The big TV was hurting my eyes as well. I had to remove it. Now I’m working off a real cheapo 24″ monitor which I used for my lab. For my lab, I’ll use my portable USB monitor. Also, I canceled the order for the monitor I said I was buying below. I thought it was being delivered sooner than later, probably a mistake on my own behalf. I found a monitor that looks a lot better from a brand I’ve never heard before, but the reviews are really good. I ordered a 21:9, 34″ monitor. It actually wasn’t very expensive. If I got the same monitor from LG, it would cost me 1,000 dollars. Also, I’ve never owned a curved screen, and this one has a curve that allegedly helps your eyes, but I’m not convinced of that. It won’t arrive until next month though. There was 1 left, and I can’t believe someone bought the last one as I was looking at it. Moving on… I received my new keyboard, but for the oddest reason, it doesn’t have the little fold-out legs underneath which I always like. I went to fold them out and it was just a smooth surface. Also, this keyboard has no arrow keys, and I never knew how much I actually used them. I keep finding myself reaching for keys that aren’t there. Why can’t anything ever go my way? meh… So that’s it for now. Thanks for stopping by.

Our Ludicrous Future

I listen to a handful of blogs/vlogs and one that I enjoy on a weekly basis is called, “Our Ludicrous Future”. The team fits right in my realm of being techy and being fascinated with science and all things Elon Musk. All 3 of the hosts own a Tesla, so that is a top of discussion each week, and of course, SpaceX is a big topic of the show. Each of the hosts, Ben, Tim, and Joe also runs their own independent channels focusing more on their niche content. At the end of the week, they come together to discuss the news, talk about any events they’ll be at, and discuss what they have in the video pipeline for that week. The video version of the show comes out on Fridays, usually in the morning sometime.

I definitely recommend you check out the show on your desktop or your favorite podcast app.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvUf_yOU_swE6PtOuv2yBqg/featured

Where to find and buy Water Filters

I got worried today when I tried to get some water and the normal 24 packs I buy were sold out. I set out to find a pitcher with filters that will sustain me.

I was shocked when trying to get some water today, there was none that I usually get. The only thing on the shelves were some fancy specialty waters that were rather expensive. There’s no way I can live off that.

So for the first time, in a very long time, I actually purchased a water pitcher filter. The last time I used a Brita filter there wasn’t Amazon and there weren’t higher grade filters either. Of course, I bought these on Amazon like I do everything else. I buy clothes there, food, tech stuff, you name is. It’s my one-stop shopping stop. It makes me curious how much I spend there every year. I hope this helps you narrow down a water filter you should have just in case. I put links to the popular and most recommended models, and then at the bottom of the post there are some additional models / makes your can browse through. Stay safe.

The Aquagear Walter Filter – This is the package I went with! You might want to pick up some extra filters or risk it if it sells out that you can get some extras.

https://amzn.to/2w9Wnl4

Replacement Filters:

https://amzn.to/2U5HCrt

Brita Everyday Water Pitcher with Filter *Best Selling

https://amzn.to/33jBobZ

Brita with additional 4 Filters:

https://amzn.to/39QWdhj

ZeroWater Replacement Filters 6-Pack BPA-Free Replacement Water Filters for ZeroWater Pitchers and Dispensers NSF Certified to Reduce Lead and Other Heavy Metals:

https://amzn.to/3d1AlS6

23 Cup Water Filter Pitcher with Water Quality Meter:

https://amzn.to/39SO9wi

ZeroWater Replacement Filters 6-Pack BPA-Free Replacement Water Filters for ZeroWater Pitchers and Dispensers NSF Certified to Reduce Lead and Other Heavy Metals:

https://amzn.to/2TT9Eb3

To follow up, I’ve never actually worried about water, or food, or supplies before. Now I have some of those worries in my head. I have a couple 24 packs of bottled water, and then I guess I’ll be using my filter. Aside from doing the filtering, I’m going to go a step further and boil the water. I’m not sure what I’ll do first, but I’m thinking I’ll filter the water and then I’ll boil it, and have it in a pitcher in my refrigerator which I plan to clean out this weekend. These are interesting and historic times.

Broken Monitor :(

This is a short summary explaining my current situation regarding my main monitor that just broke, contemplating what to buy, and I’m doing in the meantime!

Unfortunately, my monitor has recently decided to call it quits. It’s strange because I’ve had monitors I’ve paid way less for that has lasted me years more of service. What is especially hard is I paid between 700-800 dollars for this ASUS ROG monitor, and this was the last thing I expected anytime soon. I know the warranty is way out of service, but I may contact them anyways just for the heck of it.

Right now I’m working off my side monitor which is really annoying. This is what I’m using: https://amzn.to/2PHFLYr

I need to purchase a new display. Right now I’m leaning towards a really wide display, but realistically I’ll probably get something like these: https://amzn.to/2TkEkS3

These are 32″ monitors, with a resolution of 1920×1080. I know the scaling features in Windows are pretty impressive these days, but I have really bad eye vision, so I like this resolution. My last monitor had a higher resolution, but I was able to modify the settings enough it didn’t bother my eyes too much.

If you have any idea of a monitor to get, let me know. I really need something quick because I can’t work like this too much longer.

Current Setup I'm using at my office desk.
Since my main 28″ monitor broke, this is what I’m currently working with. I hope to figure out something soon. I’m using my portable monitor as my main monitor and my Samsung Tablet as just a side great in case I need to view some information off to the side. For example, I’m taking some kind of online tutorial, and I need the instructions off to the side this would work. Not 100% idea, but it will due until I can figure out what I want to get. I’m trying to figure out exactly what I want and what I can afford financially. I knew my monitor was on it’s way out, it was just a matter of time until it said enough it enough!