June 05, 2020—I will mark this day as one of the biggest milestones in my life and career as a programmer. It is to be the first time in my life to own a pretty powerful laptop. And no, I didn’t buy a new one. I’m still writing this entry in the very laptop I purchase almost 5 years ago. The difference now is that after all those years of yearning, I was finally able to upgrade the memory to double the size of the original!
5 years ago, I thought I already had the most powerful workstation in my possession. But later in life I have found out that 8GB is not all that big of a deal when it comes to my line of work. It is a good start. But with all the demands of my work as of date, 8GB was like my 2GB back in the days of desktop computers and Windows 7.
Earlier today, I gave it a test run. I did my usual work, opened all the apps that I usually use, and intended to try and hog up all the memory I can with all the work that I do, but so far, all it managed to do was used up a little over half of the full capacity. I was soaring! My laptop has never been smoother and more buttery. It felt like Nirvana. And I can’t wait for the rest of the days to come working on this machine.
Recently, my wife and I had the epiphany of needing to improve our work setting. It is, indeed, the very device that is keeping this family alive. And it is about time (almost 5 years in my case) to finally able to decide to do an upgrade. Because prior to this week, we had 2 weeks worth of hell with our internet connectivity. All that stress made work such a torture. Coming out of that experience, we vowed never to take our work environment for granted. Having a conducive work space and an excellent tool to work with is such a luxury at this day and age. With all the chaos happening around the world, we don’t need another stressor to deal with.
Now all that’s left is to for me to wait 60 to 90 days more before my replacement battery ships. I wonder how that’s going to feel.