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Danny's Ramblings

The play by play

Earlier I mentioned how I was trying to declutter and pair down the things I own. I've made some serious progress and figured it was time to expound on that a little.

Some items I simply couldn't find a use for. This lens for example. Over the handful of years I owned it, it only was used to take a picture once out in Yellowstone. Otherwise, it sat in that lens case. Happily I sold it on Craigslist to a retiree that was eager to take it out and squeeze off several frames.

If 2017 is going to be known for anything, it'll be known to a "lucky" few as the year when Bitcoin and Ethereum exploded back onto the global stage. As of this writing, Ethereum is sitting above $300 and BTC is something like $3850. The mind boggles. The mining rigs I was using in 2014 were dismantled and the parts  slowly sold and integrated into the existing computers in the house as upgrade parts. I didn't ever think that GPU's I hadn't sold would be worth anything. Boy was I wrong!

Ethereum and it's DAG/daggerhashimoto algorithm really likes the R9 290/390 chips.  Power hungry as they are, they still cranked out a very respectable hashrate. So I sold my Gigabtye R9 390x G1, Gigabyte R9 290x Windforce OC, and MSI R9 290 reference, but I didn't sell them for cash. I sold them all to the same buyer for 3.25 Eth.  So far, I'm all HODL and it's paying off. When I sold them, Ethereum was $180~$200. While waiting for a buyer, I had them hashing at night when electricity prices were cheap. We're on a live pricing model for our electricity. I only managed to crank out .43 Eth over a span of two months as a result.  So, it was worth selling them for Ethereum, "to me." It would have taken me forever to mine 3.25 Eth.

With the GPU's all gone, I took a long hard look at my desktop and Eliza's.  Eliza wasn't interested in upgrading. Her AMD FX8350 based system was chugging along just fine and I replaced her recently sold R9 290 with a EVGA GTX 1050.

For me however... I don't know what to do long term. What I did do was sell my i7 980x Extreme, Asus P6X58D-E motherboard, 24GB of DDR3 RAM, and my Thermalright Silver Arrow heatsink. I figured if I was going to sell it, that time was before Threadripper launched. The new owner is going to make this the heart of his new Oculus Rift HTPC setup. Apparently his kids were commandeering his rig too often when they wanted to play something with the Oculus.

I'm still debating on where I go from here though. My Dell XPS 15 laptop is more than fast enough to handle any workload I currently have. In fact, I may buy some accessories and use it as a desktop PC replacement. But in some ways, that feels wrong... The other option is for me to go Threadripper. It's mighty appealing. Ryzen is an option too, but it's simply not a desirable platform for me to build off of. I tend to hang onto my desktops on average of 7 years. Threadripper's x399 tech looks like something I'd be willing to invest in for the long haul. I'll probably do that to be honest, I've got a brand new EVGA 1050ti waiting for a home.

My Nexus 6p was giving me grief. I was experiencing the dreaded battery drain common to this phone. I'd walk around and the phone would shutoff with an apparent 60%-20% battery remaining. The last straw was when the phone shutdown and on reboot said a SIM was not present. That type of ailment would sink me if it happened at an airport. I ended up acquiring an LG V20 as my next. The LG V20 is an amazing phone in a lot of ways, but there are some niggles. Not enough for me to go back to my 6p though. I did replace the battery so that it essentially was better than new, but it was time for it to go. The Pixel 2 release is imminent and with Google slashing prices on the Pixel my 6p was becoming less desirable by the day. I ended up selling it to a guy from Rockford that adored the 6p and wanted another when his got water damaged.

All of these sales felt spread out, but happened in the span of about a month. Not bad! $800 + 3.25 Eth is a good haul. Plenty of other things however didn't get sold. Bags of stuff got sent to the recycling centers at Best Buy & Staples. A car load or two of clothes and old tech that I didn't want to sell on CL ended up at Goodwill. Somewhere out there, someone is probably rocking the Motorola Xoom we donated. A few garbage bins were filled up with the detritus of life too. There's more to clear out, but I'm already feeling the refreshing feeling of simply not worrying about stuff that isn't important.

We're already filling up our shelves with more stuff. Seriously, why do I have so much stuff? But we've beaten down the clutter monster and that's enough for now.