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Big MAC Update

MACmini under the monitor.

This new MAC mini is the first macOS I have experienced on a decent speed, 3.6GHz quad core processor. I mentioned elsewhere my first (now 14-year-old) mini was designed by Apple to be a low-end low performer so it wouldn’t compete on an equal basis with the rest of the Apple product line. It has the original Apple “PowerPC” G4 1.42 GHz processor, 167 Mhz bus.

Performance is as fast as most low-end laptop computers of the time, so it was a good but certainly not a speedy machine. At the time, I though it was just fine for my needs.

The […] Continue reading » Big MAC Update

Taking Control – MAC mini

I have been around the block a few times. I know my way fairly well. There are options along the way that can be controlled. Many things exist on the journey of which I have no control. Sometimes I try change, then discover some things are best if left alone. If it is serious, then the tactic may be to avoid, rather than attempt change. A detour is a good strategy.

Wisdom is knowing what can be changed and what needs to be avoided. Wisdom is also knowing that just because you can affect change, doesn’t mean you have to. Change can have a good effect, a bad […] Continue reading » Taking Control – MAC mini

Just Kidding – Accepting Reality

Just Kidding – Accepting Reality

CRAY Super Computer

I have been kidding myself and any readers here. Not much but a little. SBC (Single Board Computers) are not going to replace a fully loaded desktop or laptop computer anytime soon. If I have left that impression it was only because of my excitement on how well recent edition SBCs perform.

What is missing from the SBC is lots of high speed RAM and its necessary sidekick, high speed NVM (non volatile memory)

I built up an Intel NUC computer a year ago with a core I7 7th generation processor, 512GB Solid State boot drive, Two GB […] Continue reading » Just Kidding – Accepting Reality

A Pie Eater?

When operating, a heat sink (not show) must be applied to the processor.

A friend of mine, Mike S. in Michigan, USA has sent me a new SBC (Single Board Computer) with which to play. It is a super-set clone of the Rapberry Pi (RPi) design. The board layout, size and basic design are equal. But it has much more of everything else.

The SBC is called the Asus Tinker Board S. I will refer to it as the ATB-S. Sometimes just leave off the Asus A (TB-S).

The technical specifications are impressive.

The processor High speed operates at 1.8GHz rather than […] Continue reading » A Pie Eater?

Raspberry Pi Printer

Raspberry Pi Printer

I was telling myself I had a pretty good mini PC (computer) in the form of a Raspberry Pi (RPi). It was capable of doing everything I thought a small computer should do. But then, it hit me. Not the computer but a realization.

There was no way for me to send any of my documents from the RPi to a printer. There is no printer set-up in a stock Raspberry Pi. Nothing in the configuration and nothing in the user menu. Well That’s Fine (WTF).

So, I do some web searching to see what others (other folk) are doing. Not too well it seems. Some Noob […] Continue reading » Raspberry Pi Printer