The Weekly Lineup: Post Christmas Edition

23536836_sFirst off, although a little late to the party, I wanted to wish everyone the best for the holiday season! I hope all of you enjoyed your Christmas and spending time with family and friends.  This is a wonderful time of year for us to reconnect with family, and spend time with those who are close to us. For me that opportunity will come in January.

I worked on Christmas and Boxing Day. So I was pleased to make the extra over-time in healthcare. As well as the stat income I’ll make on New Year’s day, I couldn’t really think of a better Christmas present! It is far more fun to make money this time of year.

A New Computer

Unfortunately, all of this money is going right back on the  credit card (instead of investing).  When my trusted laptop died this month, I was unfortunately spending money to get a new system – an unexpected Christmas surprise. At least it’s tax-deductible. 😉

While I was certainly considering just switching over to Mac, once I started adding up the costs it was just going to be too prohibitive. As well as buying the Mac itself, I’d also need to purchase Adobe CS (Creative Suite) and Office for Mac. With both a desktop and laptop, as well as software, that was going to run thousands!

In the end I decided to stay with PC as I could simply transfer the existing licenses for my Adobe and Microsoft programs.  Although there are some great systems out there, and boxing day sales were just around the corner, I decided to go with a custom system.

So that leaves the Ninja with a true Ninja machine: 1TB (Terabyte) hard drive, 3.5 GHZ processor, 8GB RAM, full Intel graphics, and a nice clean and crisp 21″ monitor. In fact the colours were so bright and crisp, I initially thought there was something wrong with it – LOL.  I have Windows 7 Pro, a computer without all the propriety bloat-ware, and the use of my existing software licenses. I also have a machine that boots in 30 seconds! How cool is that? 😉

The Outlier Model

twitter-left_02If working full-time healthcare shifts this month wasn’t enough to keep me busy, fellow Vancouver bloggers Brian and CF decided to retire from blogging. We began discussions in late November, and I’m pleased to announce I’ve taken over full-time management of The Outlier Model. I’m pleased to take the reins, and grateful to them for the opportunity. You can read more at A Fresh Start.

I already have a new design and template ready to go, and will be rolling that out after January 3rd!  The new Facebook header, Twitter background, and distinct yellow maple leaf (seen right),  will give you a good idea of the new branding. 😉

The Weekly Lineup

Here were some great reads around the web this holiday season:

It’s hard to believe that Christmas was here and gone, and another year is almost over. With that said, I’ve been working on the Ninja’s Year in Review for 2014. It’s going to be a big one. 😉

Thank you to everyone, bloggers and readers alike, who have made the Dividend Ninja a success in 2013.

Have a nice weekend everyone! 🙂

5 Responses to “The Weekly Lineup: Post Christmas Edition”

  1. Fast Weekly

    Dec 29. 2013

    Thanks for a great year of content DN. Here’s to a successful 2014 for all of us!

  2. Rosemary Wells

    Dec 29. 2013

    Nothing beats a new computer for a New Year and a new blog! You are all set. Enjoy your writings. Thanks! Happy New Year!

  3. Bet Crooks

    Dec 30. 2013

    My Tandy 2000 will boot in 1 second. Isn’t (anti)-progress great?
    May the stock market gods smile on all of us in 2014!

  4. Dividenden-Sammler

    Dec 31. 2013

    ” I also have a machine that boots in 30 seconds! How cool is that?”

    Oh my god!
    My old PC needs 3 minutes for booting! 🙁

    I think I have to buy an SSD – then the PC will boot faster!

    I wish you a happy new year 2014.
    And I´m glad to find your blog!

    Best regards!