2021 PC Build with Intel i5-12600K CPU

Seven years ago, I built my first computer with an Intel i5-4560. Seeing as I don’t play many overly demanding games, it has served me well, and even up until its demise it always ran much faster than any work computer I’ve had in the office.

Well, all good things come to an end. In the same way as married couples suffer the 7‑year itch, my computer has suffered its …

Money buys happiness

As a self-confessed geek and nerd, one of my favourite pastimes has always been splurging on electronics.

Despite that, I don’t do it often, because watching those savings grow makes me far happier than seeing it go the other way.

So where that got me to was a 7–8 year old Kindle Paperwhite that has served me well, but suffers from extreme lag and short battery life. I’m talking, like, losing …

An unexpected journey

Following all those stressful travel arrangements, my flights got cancelled twice (not even a surprise during this pandemic), meaning I had to once again sit in front of the computer and snipe whatever hotel quarantine spots I could to match alternative flights — a most difficult mission when spots for quarantine in New Zealand are already booked out all the way to the end of May 2021.

The flights themselves …

My quest to return home during a pandemic

When I made the decision to move to Australia 8 years ago, never had I imagined that one day it might be almost impossible to return home to New Zealand — a mere Tasman Sea away, Australia's friendly neighbour, where my family is based, where I'm a citizen of, and where I now need to return to urgently due to special circumstances.

Let's start with all the hurdles I have …

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