Boris Mann

Open Source. Community. Decentralized Web. Building dev tools at Fission. Cooks & eats.


Sept 26th, 2020

  • September 26, 2020

Thinking about a desktop PC

The iMac I have at home I inherited from Rachael. It’s not the fastest, especially since it still has a spinning rust hard drive. If I’m going to experiment with FilecoinFilecoin
Main marketing website:

Filecoin is a peer-to-peer network that stores files on the internet, with built-in economic incentives to ensure files are stored reliably over time.

Created by [[Protocol Labs]].
mining to any degree (and assuming that it is at all feasible from home), I’m going to need something more powerful.

I priced out a System76. I priced out the smallest of their Thelio desktops:

  • AMD Ryzen w/ PCIe 4.0 +$199
  • 4.5GHz AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen 5 3600XT (3.8 up to 4.5 GHz - 6 Cores - 12 Threads) + $299
  • 64GB Dual Channel DDR4 @ 3200 MHz +$389
  • 500 GB PCIe Gen4 +$124
  • 1 TB PCIe Gen4 +$289 (this could also be an external?)
  • 8GB GeForce RTX 2060 Super with 2176 CUDA Cores +$489

Total $2697USD, plus ~$200 in shipping to Canada. So about $3900CAD. This is really a “work expense”, and I suspect that I would actually put it at the FissionFission
Fission is the company I founded in June [[2019]] with [[Brooklyn Zelenka]].
twitter @fissioncodes
[[Discord]] chat
[[Discourse]] forum

office, not actually here at home.

I know nothing about figuring out how to select a desktop PC today. Wirecutter only has a guide to Mini Desktop PCs:

A mini PC combines the performance of a good laptop with the upgradability of a full-size desktop computer together in a package the size of a paperback book. Mini PCs are fast enough for anything other than high-end gaming, and unlike some laptops, they include all the ports you need to connect multiple monitors and your favorite keyboard and mouse. You can find lots of good mini PCs, but HP’s ProDesk 600 G5 offers the best combination of performance, ports, and price.

This iMac needs to get replaced, but I’m not ready to leave the Mac. Maybe a Mac MiniMac Mini
I bought a Mac Mini 2020[[Apple Canada Mac Mini page::lmn]] at the [beginning of October 2020]({% link _posts/journal/ %}). I got the higher end model and bumped the processor to the 3.2GHz 6‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i7, but everything else base – 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD.
32GB of RAM ordered from OWC.
To research:

External Webcam: Wirecutter Webcam Reviews. The Razer Kiyo Streaming Webcam comes with a built in ring light.
External storage: for [[Filecoin]] blockchain sy...

Going to Apple Canada, the Mac Mini 2020 configured with 3.2GHz 6‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 4.6GHz) with 512GB SSD is $1659CAD with 8GB of memory. +$750CAD for 32GB of memory from Apple??!! Looks like $180CAD from OWC for the same amount.

Mac Mini also means I could get setup at home with a KVM (keyboard / video / mouse) switch between different machines, and focus more on external add-ons, including an eGPUeGPU
External GPU for computers that can’t have full size video cards installed internally, like a [[Mac Mini]] or a laptop. Usually connected over Thunderbolt 3. Community and Review site Buyers Guide: (updated all the time, loads super slow)
Apple support doc1 on eGPU support:
Blackmagic eGPU [[Blackmagic...
. This 9to5 Mac video covers an eGPU and Windows Bootcamp – which mainly focuses on FPS performance in games on the Windows side. This Apple Insider article on using an eGPU has some benchmarks on the MacOS.

I think I just convinced myself to get a Mac Mini as the next step :)

Daily Journals and jekyll-feed

I moved public notes to be in daily files and made a JournalJournal
. Like a WorklogWorklog
Daily and/or weekly notes, often quite detailed, of what you’re doing.
This can be part of a [[Second Brain]], or just a basic log to keep you on track.
Especially for people that are doing a lot of tasks, often many of them small and with context switching, it can be hard to get to the end of a day and feel like you really haven’t accomplished anything.
I’m experimenting with a [[Yearlog]] since I’ve got 20 years of content to play with :)
, but less day-job work related :)

This jekyll-rss-feeds and jekyll-json-feeds are good starting points. Made custom FeedsFeeds
Don’t know what a feed is? Learn more on the About Feeds site.[[Or dive into more thoughts on Web Feeds.::rmn]]
RSS Feeds
[[There is no feed for the Archive other than newer blog posts. I don’t intend to create a feed for my Journal, you can come by and visit the site if you really want a peek.::lmn]]
Recently Updated Notes
Notes are the main wiki pages that I create here. This feed is sorted by last modified date, so items you’ve seen before will show up again when I re-edit them with more ...
for recently updated notes as well as LinksLinks
. Those are articles I’m quoting and taking notes on, or bookmarks to stuff that I want to keep track of.

Redid the home page and got rid of the Start page.

Quotebacks, Annotations, etc.

Quotebacks are interesting because they are another new-old thing in blogging. Annotations are a web standard (that’s from the blog of, which is big on annotation) – so I kind of want to use a standard. But annotations aren’t really quotes? Have to dig into this more.