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Fat MAC

The Apple MiniMAC computer has become my go-to first choice for my daily computer needs. It is equal for the tasks to any of my other machines except OS specific apps. I haven’t abandoned the Linux or WIN10 OS systems.

There have been a few quirks and I did suffer from an invasive trojan virus. So, the macOS is not bullet proof.  Firewalls are up and the fort is again secure. Just have to practice safe Internet access.

The folks at Apple are not shy about overcharging buyers for memory needs. Both RAM and SSD are grossly overpriced buying from Apple. The SSD in the MACmini is soldered […] Continue reading » Fat MAC

Just “Ironsides” Now

Yipes! What a mess…

I am not going to get all computer nerd technical here. I want to say I just finished that upgrade to my oldest office computer I call “Ironsides”. It was named “Old Ironsides” before I did the upgrade.

Almost all new computers are using solid state drives (SSD). All our cell phones and hand-held tablets all use a form of solid-state drive. They have no moving parts and are very dependable. Price has come way down, and sizes (capacity) has increased. Multi-Terabyte drives are available today.

That’s as technical as I will get.

I bought a new 500 GB drive I installed as […] Continue reading » Just “Ironsides” Now

Dual Keyboards

Logitech Keyboards

Today is the day I gave the NUC computer keyboard the desirable lower pull-out tray location. It is the lowest and most comfortable keyboard location in my home office. The NUC uses a K800 Logitech wireless keyboard and MX Anywhere 25 mouse so the clutter of the wires on the pull out is gone.

Ironsides (the older, original office Windows computer) uses a wired K740 Logitech keyboard and is now located on the desk surface above the pull-out tray. Still easy access but a bit less comfortable user position. I can move it back and have some front edge desk access.

Ironsides is alive and […] Continue reading » Dual Keyboards

Seems Logi-cal

Dongle

I have a Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse on the NUC computer. I installed the tiny USB dongle on the backside of the NUC case. All seemed to be working well but occasionally I could see the mouse and even the keyboard would act a bit wonkey. I think wonkey is the official term.

The mouse pointer would hop, skip and jump. I was doing PhotoShop editing and it was driving me crazy. I thought perhaps the mouse and keyboard need a fresh charge.

I put them both on charge then started to do a bit of research. I discovered there is a known problem with […] Continue reading » Seems Logi-cal

NUC / GTI Performance Update

My tiny but high performance Intel NUC has been performing very well since the fan (blower) transplant. It is everything I need for the job I ask it to do.

There is no worse feeling when a new and expensive item suddenly goes sour. The fan is probably one of the least expensive components in the computer. It was an easy fix. Probably a low bid component selection by Intel.

It’s that sort of thinking that tarnishes an otherwise good product. The extreme performance space shuttle fails because of a lousy rubber O-ring.   No disaster here…

The NUC and Linux

The internet and search engines can bring instant information […] Continue reading » NUC / GTI Performance Update