Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Holidays and vacations are over...for now..

So we had a nice vacation relaxing at home. We played a lot more Eve Online this year. It was nice. Then we had Korean Independence Day. Played Eve Online and watched movies. Yogita took a long nap, she really needed it.

Now we are back to work but...only 3 days left in this week! We met a friendly couple. They are into each other the way Yogi and I are. It was nice not seeing a couple complain about each other, call the other person ugly. It was so nice. We have met them a few times before. Monday night we really got to know them better. There was a woman there who was I would say typical. Flirting with me and another guy not saying anything positive about her husband. Ugh. When she left it was very nice.

When she was there so odd. She invites me to come to her waxing salon. She then says she will wax me for free. Yup pubic area included. My Yogita oh she will have to pay while winking at me. YUCK no thanks!!!

After she left we talked about family work kids it was nice. Ok, I have to finish my lunch and prep finish prepping for class.


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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

New tech acquisitions coming...

So I was told about a nice deal on an Ipad mini for Yogi. This is better for her since it is lighter and Yogita's hands are tiny. Her Ipad2 I will reset and give it to our boys.

I am also looking for an old gaming desktop gtx 560 heck even a 400's class GPU will do. It will introduce the boys to use a desktop. In addition, the Dell laptop will be used only for studies. It needs some repairs at the moment.

So this weekend we will head down to Gwangju and check out Josh's friends pc shop. I will be on the look out for a nicer motherboard for myself. Also I need to upgrade my ram to 16gigs. 12 is ok but the way I like to surf the net...I am going to need 32gigs. So changing the motherboard (with more ram slots), and upgrading to 16 gigs will be a start.

Almost time for class!

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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Enjoying our vacation AND 1giga bit internet.

So we have decided to stay close to home and relax. Later this year we are going to fly to India in October. So better to just relax as that will take a lot out of us.

I have to say if you are not using proper broadband.....wake up!!! It is getting cheaper and cheaper. I hope my brother in law switches to broadband because then chats will be so NICE in actual HD instead of the odd heavily pixellated interaction we have now. We get heavy lag because of well...3g with tens of thousands of users sharing the same wireless access points, in addition to the fact that structures further degrade signal strength DSL or even better fiber optic is the way to go.

Right now the boys are streaming some video in HD playing a game, while Yogi and I are downloading streaming at the same time. There is no lag at all. Since we use Netflix my hard drives are thanking me. BUT this would not be possible with out a generous broadband connection. 100 Mbits is very nice too. Heck 50 Mbits is very nice. 1-3 Mbits....nope will not cut it.

On another note....routers need active cooling folks. I have a laptop cooler and an usb fan blowing on the router, with out it...it would overheat and BOOM we would have no connection to the internet. In India, I used the laptop cooler and it was enough. At that time we only had 3 pcs and 2 ipad2's using the bandwidth. These cute little USB fans are going be needed going forward.

Ok I think I need to stop rambling about tech.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Hot hot hot

Only one more day and our summer vacation will begin. This is the hottest time of year in South Korea. One nice thing is that it isn't as humid as it was last week. We are still considering what we will do next week. Perhaps go the beach or go camping. We are not sure. There are quite a few options for us. Yogita seems to have changed her mind and might want to go camping. We will call the campsites and see if it is free to just grab a spot, or if we have to reserve a spot.

I personally look forward to reading. I want to finish the book I am reading and start on a new trilogy Yogita got for us.

Last weekend we visited Ms. Choi's house in Go-San. Wow, it was so wonderful. Clean air, roomy house with a wooden interior that is so comfy. We took a tour of the neighborhood and it was just so nice to see fresh produce being grown practically on the front lawn. I will return and enjoy the clean air and friendly people.

Ok, soon the rest of my work day will begin...

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Vacation time again!

Wow it has been quite some time since I updated this blog. Well next week we are getting a week off. I am thinking about taking day trips and spending a lot of time with my family. We plan on avoiding a heat Yogi really wants some nice cool hotels this summer.

So my plan works out like this: In the morning we head over to a Korean style fast food place. Basically you can get ramien noodles and other nice things. It is cheap tasty and fast! Once we have had our fill we head over to a historical site (Korea has SO many sites each has it's own story).

After having a nice look around the sites (one or two), we will have lunch at a Korean restaurant then head home. If we want to watch a movie we will do so in the evening. I plan on doing this two or three days. Camping is out because Yogita doesn't want to deal with the heat this year.

Ok another plan is a short 2 or 3 day road trip. No historical sites but we would take a look around a few major cities checking out the used pc shops (need to finalize a i5 desktop build). Then check out some shops that yogi adores while enjoying local eateries. Retire to our hotel in the evening and watch movies and chill. The next day head to another city and do the same thing...or do something else.

I will not spend time with my friend this summer I think he is has plans and I will not make any last minute changes to ours! We have done that before and it is a waste of time and ends becoming too expensive. Perhaps we can do something together for the winter vacation.

Oh...I have a couple of early classes this week..thanks to public school vacation! It is ok because then I will finish early.

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Monday, June 05, 2017

More tech hardware coming our way!

To the people who say computer games are a waste of time....bugger off! For my family it is a very cheap yet fun source of family togetherness. I do not mean playing GTA 5 and teaching my boys how to hotwire cars. But games that have some historical background. Or others that are just fantasy games, but working together you achieve some common goal.

I am not saying that pc gaming addiction is not something to watch out for. It is! So we set some time for this. I had to explain to a co-worker that yes I have over 7 pcs BUT they are not gaming most of the time. Even on holidays we are watching youtube, Netflix, and gaming.

Anyways there is new hardware that will join and perhaps complete our set of pcs. I will post pictures of it in coming days.

Stats it has a 3rd gen i7, this means it is future proof when programs become multi thread applications. So in a day when most people are able to run 8 core cpus our old i7s will still be able to work until we make some upgrades. We can actually take our time. Gpu nothing special here but it has a gtx 460m cuda (it has gtx 560m power it aint the latest but it isn't a slouch!).

It has a 128gb ssd, with a 1tb 7200 rpm HDD pretty standard stuff. It has an odd issue with the battery and ac adapter but..that don't phase me. 17..6 inch screen....OH...yeah that is sexy! Backlit keyboard....I love these so much I am going to make sure we get a couple for our desktop PCs.

The next thing on the upgrade list tablet pcs (the ipad2's will be wiped and given to the boys).
Oh and unlocked smartphones the galaxy 8s plus....oh my what a sexy beast of a phone!

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p.s if you love gaming stay away from i3's, heck grab an older i5 if price is an issue.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Summer is coming...

Well finally we have some relief at the school. You see for 2 weeks we did not have air conditioning (the guys who clean it every year screwed up). It was tough. Now ah sweet cooling air!
My friend Josh told me that he read that this year will be a very hot summer. Well after living in Lucknow for two summers in 2008, and 2013 I think we can make due. I will looking into setting up second hand air conditioners, or portable units (I want to ship them ahead of us should we relocate to India).

Summer camping plans are set on one condition we will not follow our our friend and his family. He will follow us, poor Yogi. The boys are doing well, George now has facial hair gotta teach him to shave. Jeyo is up to his usual antics. Yogita is finally starting to teach me Hindi. I will be downloading vocabulary list, and common phrases on my own. I also plan to listen to Bollywood music the oldies. The newer stuff....is...yuck. The older music I can actually hear words, and phrases. Older is 2000 not 1955. So..perhaps not that old.

We are at a crossroads again. Stay in South Korea, or head to South Asia (India) which was my original plan. We will have to see how things pan out. This decision depends on Yogita and I, and George. As George is getting older it is time for him to figure out what he would like to do, and if it is compatible with staying here or not...


ok meeting time

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