Dino’s Journal

A peek into the mind of a sleep deprived software developer, husband, dad and gamer.

Journal Entry – 013

Picking up from where I left off... we forgot to have our picture taken at our wedding anniversary dinner. I have to try to remember to have photos taken at important days like this. The point is not to share the photo on social media, but to save it so we can look back on it in the future.

Nerd Fitness says that we shouldn't stretch before working out, we should do warm-ups instead.

3/60 Rule: Log on to social media no more than 3 times a week (using a laptop/desktop, on a schedule) for no more than 60 minutes total. – I don't use this rule as I only use Instagram on weekends, but this might be useful for other people trying to cut down on their social media usage.


After I started hiding the view counts on my posts, I noticed that I sort of rebounded by furiously checking my site's stats instead. I was checking my site's stats multiple times during the day. Sometimes multiple times in the same hour. I don't think that's a healthy habit. So this experiment is all about disabling the Stats link and seeing what the results will be. I'll let this run for at least 2 weeks, maybe a month at most.


Wrapping this up just a week into the experiment. The results were so good that I don't feel like I need to wait 1 whole month for the experiment to finish. After hiding the view count on my posts, my urge to check view counts started decreasing significantly. A few days after hiding the view count, the compulsive behavior to check views have gone away.


Source: Don’t Drop Your Coffee: Toyota Unveils All-Wheel Drive Camry, Avalon

Totally did not expect this. It is a shame that you cannot have AWD with their V6 engine. An AWD TRD Camry with the V6 engine would make a great daily driver. It is only a matter of time though before Toyota will make that pairing a reality.

The AWD Mazda6 can't come soon enough. Get on it Mazda!

#Cars #Toyota #Mazda

The incident between R Martin and SoftComplex teaches us a powerful lesson. No company, no matter how big or small, should have the kind of power, that kind of control over something you paid for. Something that you own. At least, that you think you own.

More and more companies have that kind of sway over their wares, though. We've placed too much of the power in the hands of manufacturers and we're at their mercy. That's especially true with so-called Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Link: On What You Don't Own

Good read. And I'm looking forward to the release of the whole eBook.

Journal Entry – 012

I've been slacking off on writing journal entries, so I'll do one on my lunch break to get my mind off work for a bit. Now to pick up where I left off... Looks like I'm way behind now. I'm starting this online journal entry with journal entries from 2019-06-26.

The song “Simple Man” by Shinedown is so easy to play on the guitar. It is simply C-G-Am throughout the whole song.

To be “bored”, is to be free of distraction.

At least, that's another way to look at it.


Quick break after a mission Quick breather after a hard mission

Tags: #TheDivision2 #PhotoLog

As mentioned in a previous post, I was planning to deactivate my public Instagram account. Well it's done. Yay!

I was able to download all my data from Instagram before deactivating it. It was easier than I thought it would be. You can put in a request to download all your data from the Settings –> Privacy section. It might take awhile for Instagram to come back with a link to download your data. Mine didn't take that long as I didn't have that many posts. Total size for my data was around 220 MB.


These are the EQ settings that I use most often when I'm listening to music at work. I have an Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphone connected to a Creative SoundBlaster E1 external amp/sound card, which is then connected to my work PC via USB port. With these settings the ATH-M50 comes alive! There is ample strong clean bass, while the clarity of the mids and highs are still maintained.


As of this month, I would say it has been about a year since I've deactivated my Facebook account. I don't have any intentions of going back, so I would consider my attempt to get off Facebook, a success. Now I'm turning my attention to Instagram.

I have two Instagram accounts; a public one and a private one. I'm looking at deactivating my public Instagram account.

The plan is to replace that public Instagram account with this online journal. Instead of posting photos on that account, I will post the photos on here. I'm thinking of starting a new series called “Photo Log” which will basically feature photos, just like posting photos on Instagram. My first attempt at trying out that idea was this post.


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