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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

Logitech K780 Keyboard

K780 and M720

Just received and installed my newest keyboard. A Logitech (of course) (most are pretty good). Model K780

This keyboard is wireless. That is the main attraction for me. Next it is able to connect to multiple devices (3 to be exact). The best part of that, the connection can be either Bluetooth or USB 2.4GHz dongle. The best part of THAT… is it can be any combination or all of either.

Most Logitech multiple connect keyboards can only connect to one USB dongle and the other connections must be Bluetooth. In my opinion, this is the only keyboard they built to my expectations.

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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?