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Keeping SSDs in TRIM: doing the math {}

Mar 27th 2011 9:06PM Excellent article.

ARSTechnica did a great article about SSD garbage collection for anyone who wants a more in-depth discussion:

The also had another excellent piece about the difficulties involved in securely erasing SSD drives, which contains even more information:

Why my next Mac won't be a notebook {}

Mar 17th 2011 11:18PM Every mac I've owned has failed within the three years of AppleCare. This includes a 12" PowerBook that required 3 replacement drives and a logic board swap, a 20" iMac that's screen turned yellow, needed 2 new drives and 2 gfx card swaps, a 15" MacBook Pro with a failed HD, defective SuperDrive, and my current 27" iMac with a defective SuperDrive, camera, and screen flickering when dimmed.

People look at me funny when I tell them to buy AppleCare, but every single one of them has thanked me for it later. Between the support and repair costs it's quite a steal, especially for people who use their computers as hard as I apparently do.

The right and wrong ways to run apps without dock icons {}

Mar 13th 2011 9:13PM I prefer the dock to an app launcher, but occasionally there are apps that don't need to go in the dock when they're running.

Not everyone wants an app launcher just as you don't want the dock. :D

The right and wrong ways to run apps without dock icons {}

Mar 13th 2011 9:10PM Alfred, Spirited Away, iTracks, and Caffeine, are all apps I've downloaded from the app store that don't require you to have a dock icon.

The right and wrong ways to run apps without dock icons {}

Mar 13th 2011 9:09PM For example, I use a 3rd party VNC app (Vine Server, it supports features the OSX system doesn't), but it's always in my dock, because I have it set to launch on startup. I don't need it to be in the dock because it's on all the time, so I opened the info file in text edit and changed it. *poof* no more VNC app in my dock.

Macworld 2011: Dolly Drive syncs Time Machine to the cloud, creates bootable backup {}

Jan 29th 2011 6:56AM My problem with all of these services is that most people have a VERY small amount of personal data on their computers. I personally keep all of my documents encrypted in Evernote, so the only things that would need backing up are my iPhoto and iTunes libraries. The iTunes library is simply impossible to do as it's nearly 4 TB (I have a lot of video) on a Drobo. It would take months to back all that up to the cloud, not to mention paying a yearly service fee. The iPhoto library though is worth backing up, but I think a service like DropBox might be better simply because I could set it up to sync across multiple machines.

I don't need/want all of my user data to get saved to the cloud. I don't feel the need to pay for backing up my apps since I can just download them again… Services like this just seem like a ripoff once you really start looking at cloud alternatives.

Macworld 2011: Dolly Drive syncs Time Machine to the cloud, creates bootable backup {}

Jan 29th 2011 6:52AM If you can mount the location as a drive you can use it as a backup drive with Time Machine. Just know that once an hour your internet will come to a complete halt as Time Machine takes over the connection to do a backup. You could turn down it's priority if your router has that capability though.
You might actually be better off using an application like Transmit to do automatically scheduled backups of your Time Machine drive to your cloud location.

Dear Aunt TUAW: How do I move my iPhoto library to a bigger drive? {}

Jan 5th 2011 5:55AM Fair enough, but storage is cheap, lost photos are not. Get a Drobo and an encripted cloud storage solution if you're taking that many photos.

Also, invest in a better piece of software than iPhoto. Aperture or Adobe Lightroom for example.

WoW Moviewatch: World of Warcraft: Farewell Northrend {WoW}

Nov 22nd 2010 9:49PM R.I.P. Northrend, Arthas, Fordring, Saurfang, and the thousands of others who gave their lives (some more than once) for the defeat of the Lich King. May the Light honor you in the hereafter.

Know Your Lore: Jaina Proudmoore, page 2 {WoW}

Nov 21st 2010 8:18PM The very first painting cracks me up. Why is she wearing a cloak with half of her breasts and arms showing?

As far as Jaina goes, she's always seemed like, well, a cry baby. She's supposed to be a leader, but she gets tons of people killed trying to save Arthas and she cries at the drop of a hat.