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I found myself rummaging the top drawer of my bedside unit last weekend. It’s a drawer where I stash personal letters, receipts and installation discs for computers… and other random guff. I felt the urge to tidy it up and do a clear out. I forgot I held fond memories of past events and evidence of not-so fond highlights.

It was also a day that I decided to let go of other sentimental statements that I once treasured. I was ready to surrender these possessions to the LORD and move on with my life. I did so by shredding them using our heavy-duty shredder. In the end, there was no harm in keeping such documents as a reminder, but there are times in my life where I find it therapeutic, and personally, I want to move forward with my physical heart and mind, and I believe it is healthy to shred our past and ask the LORD to cleanse us spiritually of things that still linger in our hearts. After all, these earthly possessions will not last forever.

I’m not sure why I felt compelled to clean out my bedside unit. Perhaps it was because I decided to invest in a workstation PC last weekend, which at the time of writing is whisper quiet. It is also the first time that I have built my own PC that I have exclusively purchased. I took out a special insurance in case I botched it up.

I’m striving to use this workstation PC as a formal business PC, as I want to formally focus on graphic design and videography. My current PC is based on the Intel Nehalem technology which I think is from 2009. It’s done very well and works fine. It’s built like a tank and it sounds like a 747. This new PC build is based on Intel’s new Skylake chipset, which is the current generation of gizmos.

[nerd alert]

One of the reasons for upgrading is that I’m sadly missing out on key ports which I can’t exactly take advantage of current and trending technologies such as USB 3.0 / 3.1, ThunderBolt, and NVMe. The latter is a fancy technology that allows for fancy SSD’s, which has read and write speeds of up to 2,500 MB/s and 1,500 MB/s respectively. Compared with SATA 6Gb/s SSD hard drives which has read and write speeds of 550MB/s and 520MB/s respectively. Yet, they are much faster than traditional mechanical hard disk drives. I’m simply going for the overkill configuration here for the budget I can afford.

[end nerd alert]

In a nutshell, the newer technology is mind-blowingly fast and it’s something I’m keen to dip my toes as an investment for the future, especially when I hope to work on large-scale images in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. I also want to work on 4K videos using Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer, as video editing is something I am keen to learn. My next investment will be a full-frame dSLR camera.

I am also going to pluck the courage to see if I can turn this workstation PC to use three operating systems at once (OS X El Capitan, Windows 10, and Ubuntu 16.04). I really want to learn Linux, and though I like my MacBook Pro laptop, it is failing me because of the quality of the hardware.

I will need to arrange a visit to the Apple store and see if I can receive a courtesy repair based on the EU Consumer Law (again… and for the 5th time). My issue is solely related to a well-known issue with Apple (https://www.apple.com/uk/support/macbookpro-videoissues/). I’ll be visiting Apple before June 23rd, in case Britain decides to leave the EU.

Generally speaking, PC’s for me last the longest, and if you have enough technical knowledge (or a curious mind to learn), you can make it last longer. And yes, I speak as a Mac user.

Now that I’ve cleansed my past and given my past burdens and regrets to the LORD, I am ready in my heart to move on with this Kingdom-focused vision.

Who would have thought that we need to examine ourselves and be right with the LORD, before He can use us for His greater mission and purpose here on earth?

~Richard