If you have an iMac with Thunderbolt or USB 3 but without an SSD you can boot from a full-speed external SSD without opening the case. It’s possible for that Mac to boot in under 30 seconds and to jump generations ahead for under $200. Continue reading “Speed Up Your Mac with an External SSD”
I had an interesting new checkout experience today using MasterCard’s competitor to V.me and PayPal, MasterPass. When I entered my email address as part of the checkout process the text “Hello Angela” greeted me back. Obviously not what I expected! Initially I suspected someone must have used my email address to create their wallet account. Continue reading MasterCard’s Version of “Security” Scares Me
It almost feels like a requirement for being a software engineer, a love affair with “the finest organic suspension ever … Continue reading Buying Coffee Online (in Canada)
It’s been my experience over the years of building computers that in many cases you can build better or cheaper computers from scratch than you would be able to get pre-assembled from major manufactures. For me, there was also great value in getting to have the experience of assembling a PC yourself and having a sense of the “I built that” pride. Despite holding this belief I never set out to actually prove it, until now.
On the right you’ll see the Alienware Aurora Gaming Desktop with the default settings as it retails in Canada for $1,499 for the low-end model all the way to $2,999 for the ALX high-end model (see the end for a detailed comparison of all specs). The goal will be to use NCIX to build a machine with the same specs (or as close as is possible) and compare the custom build based on price.
I’m using NCIX because of their liberal price-matching policy and because they offer a PC assembly option that will let you choose the components you want and have them build it, adding a 1 year warranty to the final machine in the process. This will let us compare the result directly with Dell/Alienware for the fully built machine.
I’m not sure how many people are aware of this – but Firefox is now celebrating it’s 8th birthday. Eight … Continue reading What Firefox’s 8th Birthday Means to Me