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SanDisk 256GB Extreme Pro USB 3.1 – Quick benchmark and comparison to older extreme USB 3.0 drive

I just received the newly released SanDisk 256GB Extreme Pro USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive and thought I’d quickly run it through its paces to compare with my trusty old SanDisk 32GB Extreme USB 3.0. I did a couple of quick benchmarks to compare the speed of the old and new stick to see what sort of differences exist apart from the size of the drive. One set of benchmarks was conducted on a late 2015 27” full specced iMac and the other on a late 2016 13 MacBook Pro with touch bar (using an Apple USB A...

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First Impressions of the UE Boom 2 Wireless Speaker

A couple of days ago I had the sudden urge to get a speaker for the kitchen. I needed something compact that would stream wirelessly. I was happy to spend a little money, but didn’t want to spend a fortune. After a few hours on review websites, the UE Boom 2 seemed to be regarded as the best compact speaker system for its size. Coincidentally, a few sites had the speaker on sale during the boxing day sales down from $250AU to closer to $160AU. I decided to pick one up. The package arrived very promptly (less than 24...

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El Capitan Fails upgrade on RAID 0

Much like Yosemite last year, it looks like Apple’s latest OS doesn’t like doing an upgrade (in place) install on a system drive that is in software raid (in my case a 2010 Mac Pro with 2x SSD drives). Just a word of warning for anyone who’s about to attempt it. I’ll try creating a netboot image on my OSX server and see if that method will be more successful. The other option may be (as it was last year) to create a USB install. Last year I used DiskMakerX, but it would seem the just released version at...

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Handy little tool to rename PDF files based on content (A-PDF Rename)

After searching for a while for a simple way to automate the process of renaming scanned PDF files, I came across A-PDF Rename. I have to regularly scan a large number of equipment borrowing forms and have had to go through one by one and rename them based on the borrower. This tool allows you to select a part of the PDF you’re interested (in my case, the name of the borrower) and map it to be the new file name. In testing it’s been pretty good so far. If the document is poorly scanned it sometimes misses some data,...

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OS X Yosemite fails to upgrade install on Mac Pro with RAID system drive

With the recent launch of Yosemite 10.10, this weekend I sat down to do the upgrade cycle on my macs. Most worked without issue, however my 2010 Mac Pro didn’t work so smoothly. After running the installer, the system just sat there and wouldn’t boot. This system has 2 SSD drives configured as a RAID 0. The installer didn’t seem to like upgrading over the top of this. Holding down option during boot presented 2 SSD OS X volumes and 2 other volumes. After systematically trying each, eventually I got back to the Mavericks desktop. It appeared no harm...

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