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My day-to-day computer work.

The Computer I use for everyday tasks (2nd April 2018).

My main Computer for day to day things, is made up of the following :-

  1. A Gigabyte Z390 M Gaming motherboard.

  2. An Intel i7 - 8 Core 9700k 3.6GHz (S1151 socket) processor.

  3. Two 16GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM modules.

  4. A Blu-Ray writer LG 16x SATA drive.

  5. A Thermaltake ATX Versa N26 Tower Black Case.

  6. A Cooler Master 700W PSU power supply.

  7. A Gigabyte Radeon RX-580 (8GB RAM) Gaming video card.

8. And a few Internal drives :–

a Western Digital 4TB Hybrid (empty for now),

a Western Digital 2TB HDD (Ubuntu Linux),

a Seagate 1TB Hybrid (empty for now),

a Seagate 2TB HDD (Astra Linux - Russia),

a Samsung 2TB SSD (MS Win10Pro)

and a Seagate BarraCudda 1TB SSD (MX Linux)

I have now come to a stage where I don't completely trust the Anti-Virus

and AntiMalware security software available for use on todays Computers.

I do however still use Malwerebytes, which I find is an excellent piece of

anti-virus/malware software.

I have now been using for over a year, a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

piece of software, called NordVPN which has an almost 100% track record

when it comes to the prevention and stop age of Hackers and any kind of

Virus / Trojans / Worms from entering my Computer system. I also run

this version of NordVPN on my web-browser (Mozilla's Firefox).

Only time will tell, if this VPN proves to be a really good alternative to the

conventional Security and AntiVirus software on the market at the moment.


I have always, right through from my early days in computing (late 1970’s),

had an interest in playing computer games, whenever I am able and can

spare the time to do so 😊

These days, you can find me quite often playing some of these games in Virtual Reality (VR).

I use a HTC Vive headset (first released in early 2016), for games which support VR.

My favorite of all computer games, these days, is Elite: Dangerous Horizons (ED), a space

flight simulator and very much a fun game to play. It accurately simulates our Milky Way galaxy,

of about 200 to 400 billion stars, all with their proper names, distances etc. It also

uses real life Physics, Science and Astronomy to do this. I have played this game, both on

the Win-PC (Steam) and Apple Mac (Steam) platforms.

Another game, very much like ED, is Star Citizen. This game is not complete, and so, not

ready to play as yet. It too, promises to be an excellent space flight simulator and fun game

to play, like ED.

If your looking for a good, solid, Role Playing / Adventure / First Person Shooter type of

game, then you have to try Deus Ex - Human Revolution and its more recent offering,

Deus Ex - Mankind Divided. Both of these games are simply great at what they do and

excel in in all aspects of game play, story, adventure and technology.

My other choices for more excellent computer games, are XCOM Enemy Within,

XCOM Enemy Unknown, and more recently its sequel XCOM 2. Another excellent

Space Flight Simulator with more fantasy elements in it than ED, is No Mans Sky.

No Mans Sky portrays the entire Universe (not just our own Galaxy, like ED), in a way,

their game developers call Procedure Generated.

I also like using X-Plane 11 as a normal aircraft, flight simulator piece of software.

All these above games, I have mentioned so far, I hazard to say, are much better than

any other game offering of a similar kind, out there today, in computer gaming land :-)

These days, I also find myself, quite often, helping our Residents, in our Retirement Village,

with their various computer hardware / software related problems. It may take me as

little as 10 minutes to fix a problem, or sometimes, as much as 5 hours to get to the proper

solution. I try and carry out my work for our Residents, for free most of the time, as I

find myself always learning something new, and it is after all my Hobby. But on some

occasions, I get paid for my help, as some Residents want also to give back for my time and

efforts. Here in our Village (Macarthur Gardens), we have a total of 264 homes, in

which a total of about 400 people have their homes. Most are married couples, but quite

a few of them are widowed, with the other partner having passed away - it could be a

lonely life if it was not for the friendly atmosphere and plenty of day-to-day activities

on offer by the Village management staff.

Kind regards,

Howard Pew.

2 - 3 April 2018 and May 2019.

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