What do I need in my new laptop?

Buying a new laptop? Here are the things that I would suggest you think about when doing so.

Hard Drive: An SSD drive will make the computer boot up and run super fast. They are also small and lightweight, so match your requirement for a light laptop. If you are on a budget this is not a good choice as you are looking at paying 2-3 times more per GB for an SSD over an HDD… however, if you do not have large amounts of data to store it is totally worth it from what I can tell.

Ram: If you have 8gb of ram this will cope with everything you need by the sounds of it. Ask if there is an empty ram slot when you purchase the laptop. Ram is an easy upgrade that I can just do for you if there is an empty slot available.

Screen: These days a lot of people watch TV on their laptops. If you are doing this more than once in a while, then consider spending more on a laptop that has a higher screen resolution. I don’t understand the specifications around this as I have never cared about this element of a machine, but you and Sona might.

Weight and Size: Pick it up, are you okay carrying it around in your backpack? If not, do not buy it as desktops are way cheaper! You are paying for something portable, so make sure that it is portable!

Design: If you are going touch screen, there are some nice designs these days where the keyboard folds back almost 270degrees and forms a stand for the laptop, placing the screen closest to your hand. That is really fun and very comfortable. If you like it and have the budget I would get it.

Bluetooth: Just make sure it has it so you can connect to a bluetooth speaker for music etc.

Wireless: you want to be able to connect to 5G. Only an idiot would build a machine that does not do this, but just ask!

USB: Future proof by making sure you have 1x USB3 slot available. 1 is sufficient, no more needed.

Ethernet connection – check it is there.

HDMI connection – check it is there.

Judging costs: When deciding what to spend, a laptop is something I would spend higher than average on. You spend 8 hours a day in your bed, so you should spend a lot of money on it. You spend 8 hours in your chair, send a lot of money on your chair, you probably spend hours a day using your laptop, so it makes sense to invest in it over and above other things due to the high usage. If you were to break this down as a “cost per hour of use” over it’s lifetime, the cost is way lower than you think compared to something that you spend £20 on and only use once which is more costly than the laptop by this calculation. So get something that Sona wants to use, something she likes. The more she likes it, the more joy she will get from using it, and some of that comes to superficial things like colour and style.

Enjoy shopping!

Why love turns to hate

Love can become a fertile ground for the emergence of hate. When the intensity and intimacy of love turns sour, hate may be generated. In these circumstances, hate serves as a channel of communication when other paths are blocked, and it functions to preserve the powerful closeness of the relationship, in which both connection and separation are impossible.

Old jack’s boat lyrics & words to the music theme tune

Old Jack’s Boat Lyrics & Words to the music theme tune

This is the place to be
For salty dog and me
Down by the harbour we’ll be there
Round every corner there’s something to share
Give us a cheer our friends are here
Just salty dog and me

This is the place to meet
Down at the end of the street
Seagulls flying up in the blue
There’s always a cup of tea waiting for you

Out in the sun
Having some fun
Just salty dog and me

Haul away, haul away, sing the song of the sea
Host the sails i’ll tell you a tail
Of salty dog and me

This is the place to go
And these are the people we know
The village is busy with things to see
And there’s the rainbow down by the key
There’s stories to tell, join us as well
Just salty dog and me

Here is the video to go with it:


It’s the Friday Puzzle!

This is really fun – some nice “magic” effects in this 🙂

Richard Wiseman

A very different type of puzzle this week.  I have just made this video containing 10 bets that you will almost win (kinda).  About 1 min in I present one of my favourite puzzles – the vanishing square.

You can download your own version of the puzzle here.

So, the puzzle is….why does a square seem to vanish?

I have produced an ebook containing 101 of the previous Friday Puzzles! It is called PUZZLED and is available for the Kindle (UK here and USA here) and on the iBookstore (UK here in the USA here). You can try 101 of the puzzles for free here.

View original post

Five regrets of the dying

There was no mention of more sex or bungee jumps. A palliative nurse who has counselled the dying in their last days has revealed the most common regrets we have at the end of our lives. And among the top, from men in particular, is ‘I wish I hadn’t worked so hard’.
Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. She recorded their dying epiphanies in a blog called Inspiration and Chai, which gathered so much attention that she put her observations into a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.
Ware writes of the phenomenal clarity of vision that people gain at the end of their lives, and how we might learn from their wisdom. "When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently," she says, "common themes surfaced again and again."

Here are the top five regrets of the dying, as witnessed by Ware:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
"This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it."

2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
"This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret, but as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence."

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
"Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result."

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

"Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying."

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
"This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again."

What’s your greatest regret so far, and what will you set out to achieve or change before you die?


Lesson from a blind man on positivity

This made me laugh and smile. A blind guy telling you about the benefits of being blind!

Damn, by the end of it I felt like I was the guy that had the handicap and he was the one “advantaged”! Really flips the script here:



Odd things that statistically effect the success of marriage

The following TED talk by Jenna McCarthy on Marriage is summed up here. I have done so as the talk itself isn’t that engaging, but the data is a little interesting, and I am interested in people who are pro marriage as well as those who are not.

In the Happiest Marriage the following trends are true:

  • The women are thinner and better looking than their partners. Thinner woman means man fancies girl more, has more sex. More sex means he is happier and therefore nicer to her which means she is happier, takes better care of her self, thinner… etc
  • The more willing he is to do house work the more attractive she finds him? ***if this is true then this is useful data
  • People who smile in childhood photos are less likely to have a divorce
  • Having an Oscar near guarantees a divorce
  • Watching romantic films increases chance of divorce (exposure to images and stories of people who have it “better” as apposed to horror films when you leave thinking your life is pretty good.
  • Alcohol increases chances of divorce
  • Having a close friend go through a divorce increases your chances of a divorce by 75%

So why does anyone get married. There are perks to being married:

  • Healthier physically and emotional
  • Produce more stable kids that have a higher success rate
  • Have more sex than our single friends
  • We live longer

She thinks that as long as you marry someone that you like a lot then the benefits are significant.

Jenna McCarthy: What you don’t know about marriage:

Download Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Click here to download the Atlas Shrugged Book NOW!

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand was recommended to me by the Makeshift Alpha. I am only a little way in, and already I am hooked. It is so rare to find a story that is pro capitalism so completely! The heroes of the story are all capitalists, and the incompetent idiots that bring the bile of anger to your throat as you hungrily devour and digest each page are the those who want to be seen as “good”. That is not to say that they are good, only that they want to be perceived that way, and thus their actions are guided in a such a manor that the people around them validate them. The Hero’s require little to no external validation, and care not what others think of them.

Perhaps this really, truly is the sign of the Alpha over the Beta. The Alpha is willing and ready to make decisions and the Beta’s then gleefully follow that decision because they do not have to take responsibility for the outcome of the choice.

I may well expand this once I have completed the book – but for now know that it is good, damn good!

click here to download atlas shrugged

Shawn Anchor: Happiness comes before productivity

In this video Shawn Anchor inspires you to make change in your life. To make change now in order to be happier immediately.
He is quite the orator!

myprotien.com price comparison

I did a price comparrison for what are the two main sources of good protein supplement. For anyone interested, here is the excel sheet breaking down the cost of the protein!

Buying Protien – price comparison Excel Sheet