Trying Kaspersky

Following issues I’d experienced the other evening on my MacBook Pro with Sophos blocking access to the internet for my web browsers, I’ve decided to trial Kaspersky Internet Security 2020. Immediately I am already noticing one thing, my MacBook Pro is faster, Sophos was clearly impacting upon the speed of my machine and in no small way, things are feeling zippy despite my being on a SSD.

Installation was relatively easy process, though as I am on Catalina additional permissions seem to be required. Unlike reviews online were suggesting, I wasn’t required to restart my machine once settings were applied and setup was completed, I was able to continue using my Mac. The cost is completely reasonable at roughly $42, though I think the renew price is higher which is strange.

Nice to have a faster machine without having to shell out thousands to Apple 😆

No mail, just junk

Is there anything worse than junk mail, whether we receive it digitally or it clogs up our mailbox at home, few care for it, if any. I’d hazard most would reserve a special place in hell for those who send/deliver it to us as it’s just unwanted.

In my own neighbourhood we receive a fairly large quantity of junk mail on a weekly basis, and in our case we never actually read it, it’s straight to the recycle bin as it’s just catalogues for shops, or real estate flyers, food flyers, or some other assortment of crud. What incenses me greatly about junk mail is coming home to find one of these sadists has pulled out prior (unwanted) deliveries, thrown these on the ground in order to make space for their own items.

Were it not raining today I’d be heading to our local Bunnings, a hardware megastore, for the necessary items to affix a ‘No Junk Mail’ sign to our mailbox. I only wish this was a global phenomenon, government-led of course, whereby junk mail were no longer permitted thereby saving so many trees each year. Instead, all these catalogues were deliverable digitally to those who *choose* to subscribe, are looking to the bargains etc each week.

Now, if I could also find a way to have bills declared ‘junk mail’ 🤔

Adapting overnight oats to suit

The other day a regular email newsletter arrived in my inbox from MyFitnessPal that included some interesting recipes, one in particular peaked my interest. I don’t know if it was just because it mentioned chocolate in the title, but chocolate banana overnight oats really appealed to me, though the photo the included certainly didn’t hurt any either.

The recipe from site Eating Bird Food was a relatively simple one having few ingredients:

  • 1 cup regular, non-quick oats
  • 1.25 cups almond milk
  • 1 banana – half mashed/half chopped
  • 4 tbsp chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tbsp black chia seeds

Combine half-cup milk and protein powder and set aside. Combine all other ingredients then add protein mixture and stir. Place into sealed container overnight in refrigerator.

Since first making the recipe I’ve adapted to suit as I wanted to tweak to my own tastes, especially as I’m not a fan of almond milk, substituting for low-fat lactose-free milk; yesterday I also replaced half the milk with plain chobani yoghurt which made for an extra creamy texture. I have also added melted peanut butter and blueberries. My next iteration I will swap the blueberries for peaches.

The eating bird food website has a number of interesting recipes worth your checking out.

Two weeks off

Well, today I turned 21 (again). Groundhog day is at play it would seem, got to love that. I awoke to an email from one of my favourite department stores, Myer, giving me a $10 gift voucher. Yay! I already had $40 in vouchers with them, so internet shopping was definitely order of the (birth)day given today was also the last day of Myer sales.

I found myself two pair of chinos that would look damned fine, with discount applied I was only out $32. I figured given today’s sales I might also spoil myself by heading in-store to check out what I might like for my birthday. As it would happen, there was 40% off Calvin Klein Jeans, plus an additional 10% off atop this, so I managed to get a great pair of jeans for $107. As I was heading out of store I saw an amazing orange shirt, that was the end of me, as I then headed around store and found two additional shirts, another $60 with all the discounts applied. Then down to mens fragrances, the Issey Miyake Wood & Wood somehow made it into my bag for $158. Well I always was good a rewarding myself for my birthday haha.

Tomorrow begins two weeks off work, I have been looking forward to this for months as I have been so exhausted. The past few weeks alone I have been waking earlier than normal (normal is 5am), some mornings at 3-3.30am, which absolutely throws me out for the rest of the day. I have sat at work like a zombie some days, even coffee unable to rescue me. It all came to a head yesterday, Saturday, when after seeing Maleficent 2 I came home, went to bed just after lunch and was up/down till 8pm before finally going to sleep.

I am hoping these next few weeks to both rest and set a trend for going to the gym. Despite my joining the gym some months ago I actually haven’t gone now for almost two months, mostly as result of getting sick each time I start going. Cross your fingers for me I do not again get sick as I attempt going once more, I will be so annoyed if my body crashes as result going on leave (hear that happens!).

The iPhone 11 Pro

I picked up my new iPhone 11 pro from Vodafone morning, though I needed to wait until I returned home to start playing with my new device as I was unable to connect to the wifi available at the shopping centre as they require you to provide details to gain access.

One home though, the setup of my new iPhone went smoothly, the old iPhone detecting the new and offering itself up for transfer with the dot cloud to which you hold the camera up and settings are magically transferred. Then began the process of migrating my most recent backup from iCloud, thank the stars I have a 50Mbit connection given I was transferring a large backup. That said, it didn’t take terribly long before the phone restarted and the process of all my apps began installing from the App Store commenced, this did take some time.

I must say the new iPhone is just gorgeous. I went with the new midnight green colour, I was initially hesitant when ordering the colour, however I am glad I did as it’s quite nice. I am also glad of my decision not to go the larger max size and stick with the same size I’d had with my iPhone X, it fits comfortably in hand. I had ordered a UAG case from a vendor over east, sadly they only shipped it yesterday, so I’ve purchased Apple’s clear case which is nice and shows the phone off to boot.

The new camera array is great, when combined with the overhauled camera app it is going to really make for an enjoyable upgrade as I love photography. I look forward to trying out its night mode at some point; check out this photographer’s photo taken in China, it shows how incredible this phone and night mode truly are.

Finally, fast charging is a big win. I don’t usually charge with a cable but rather via the wireless qi pad, but I will keep the cable handy for when I need to head out quickly in future, can get you to 50% in 30 minutes apparently.

A great upgrade that certainly takes advantage of the latest iOS features.

Recovered and achieving

Between a brief setback with my lungs recently, and then days later coming down with a bad case of gastro that saw me off work last week, I hadn’t exercised in around ten days.

I was going rather stir crazy looking at these four walls you might say, and if had to watch ads from Real Insurance or Choosi one more time I’d have my sister lock me up in the psych ward.

Finally, this weekend I was starting to feel better. Saturday I wasn’t quite there, the stomach still rather angry, but well enough to venture out (and order the new iPhone 11 Pro). Today though, my stomach had settled down far more and I felt safe to finally head out. I threw on the Under Armour gear, Beats headphones and started playing the Markus Schulz Global Dj Broadcast podcast.

I like to do an 8km route, taking under 90 minutes to complete, resulting in just over 10,000 steps by the time I open my front door.

My sneakers have been showing their age, having been bought years ago. I returned this afternoon to Athlete’s Foot to seek a new pair, though damned if I could remember the brand, and their computer was having issues and couldn’t look me up either. As I’ve lost more than a few kilos since I’d last visited it was probably worth getting on their assessment tool anyway.

Ironically, the sneakers I ended up choosing were by the same brand as those I was looking to replace, Saucony. The others I tried were nice but just nowhere as comfortable as these, nor as stylish.

Inspired by my new purchase I again headed out tonight for a second walk, not something I do terribly often. I am stoked I did, I’ve ended the day with around 23,000 steps and achieved 400% move award for the first time on my Apple Watch as well as an exercise record. Chuffed!

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