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Upgrading a 2010 Mac Pro with a Geforce GTX 680 Mac Edition

I’ve just completed upgrading my 2010 Mac Pro with the EVGA Geforce GTX 680 Mac Edition. The old ATI card was starting to make a clicking noise which was becoming frustrating when recording voice work. I’ve had 3 prior mac pro card die on me so I wanted to get it sorted BEFORE I was left with an unusable machine this time. I’m now outside my AppleCare warranty, so this made it an even higher priority. I purchased the card from OWC. There are a couple of places in Australia selling the card, but it’s stupidly expensive. Over $1000 for...

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Carbonite vs Crashplan: a couple of paragraphs worth of thoughts

I am a bit of a backup freak. I have a time machine backup on a RAID 5. I have a backup on external hard drives which I leave off-site (at work). I have a mirror of important content between my Mac Pro and Macbook Pro and finally I have my data backed up in the cloud. I must note that I have a LOT to back up. The time machine backups are about 16TB. My primary work is videography, photography and teaching. I haven’t bothered backing up my video to a cloud service as it’s simply too big...

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All-in-One Event Calendar by Timely won’t refresh calendar feed from Google Calendar

I use All-in-One Event Calendar by Timely to display a calendar on my personal website. My work patters demand people are able to see when I’m free and more traditional methods of calendar sharing (like Outlook) aren’t suitable as I’m dealing with people on multiple platforms, devices, ages and demographics. Having it publicly available on the web has been the easiest solution in many ways. More after the break…. So far All-in-One Event Calendar is the most attractive yet still functional calendar I can find for WordPress. Many other calendar plugins are functional, but boy are they ugly. While...

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3TB drives showing up as 800GB and issues with cheap raid boxes (specifically the Vantec NexStar HX4R Quad 3.5 Inch)

Some time ago I purchased an external RAID enclosure to use as a Time Machine backup drive. The model was the Vantec NexStar HX4R Quad 3.5 Inch. I’d strongly advise AGAINST this model for reasons outlined below. Over the course of using this device I had no fewer than 6 drives fail on me. 3 WD green drives and 3 WD red drives. After six drive failures I was certain I couldn’t be THAT unlucky and sent the enclosure back. I wasted days trying to trouble shoot the issues and rebuilding RAID arrays (and repacking up my time machine...

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Z-Wave Server: Vera2 -> Vera3

When I initially set up my Z-Wave system I ordered the Vera2 server. The Vera3 was only weeks away, but with the way my work schedule is, I only get specific windows of time to work on personal projects so I went with the Vera 2. Recently the maker of the product, along with smarthome.com.au has had a rebate sale on the Vera3 if you upgrade from version 2. This made me a little nervous as it seems they are trying to get Vera2’s off the market. In the past when I’ve seen companies do this sort of thing...

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