Thank you for your service, Coolermaster PC!

I just thought to write this to celebrate my parting from my longest material possession, my PC. It has been a good 10 years. It’s closing time, finally.

Modifications done on this rig

  • 2012 – Start of service. Bought a BIG chassis to support whatever fantastic thing I can think of. Machine learning, dual boot Ubuntu, personal home server, huge hard drive space, gaming all-nighters — all shall be supported!
  • 2015 – Major improvements. To support my graduate research, I bought an NVIDIA GTX 960 4GB GPU, a 256 GB SSD, and a power supply unit upgrade. The graphics card was NOT used for gaming… when in the middle of deep learning training runs. 🙂
  • 2016 – Bought a larger monitor to… better monitor my research results. Definitely need a larger screen to look at loss values.
  • 2017 – Bought a power supply unit upgrade again.
  • 2018 to 2022 – No hardware improvements at all. I was torn between buying a new one immediately, or just waiting until we move to the other side of the globe.
Note that this is a temporary setup. The computer table has been sold already. 🙂

Productive and non-productive achievements

  • First thesis attempt – to advance computer vision by tackling diabetic retinopathy. It didn’t work out well.
  • Second thesis attempt – to advance recommender system research on cold start problems. PRTNets became my ticket to a master’s degree!
  • A personal server on Ubuntu. I studied how to SSH and do Linux stuff remotely.
  • Some Photoshop memes.
  • Game of Thrones when it was still good.
  • When I first ran Fallout New Vegas and Skyrim on high graphics, I was absolutely floored.
  • 2000+ hours on DOTA 2 and many nights experiencing the highs and lows of the SEA server.
  • 1000+ combined hours on various RPG titles. (Divinity, Pillars of Eternity, Pathfinder, Mass Effect)
  • 500+ combined hours on the Total War Franchise.
  • Tons of family pictures up to the time of writing. Baby photos are so cute!

Cheers mate.

By krsnewwave

I'm a software engineer and a data science guy on recommender systems, natural language processing, and computer vision.

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