Transcend JetDrive Lite

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One thing I missed when I got my new MacBook was the Nifty MiniDrive I had installed in my 13” model.

The Nifty MiniDrive is a custom caddy for a MicroSD card. The design of the MiniDrive makes it suitable for a semi-permanent increase in available storage. I used mine with a 64‍GB SanDisk card.

MicroSD cards are slow, slower even than a mechanical hard drive. But I liked having an off-disk storage area for temporary files and downloads.

Unfortunately, Nifty don’t yet make a MiniDrive for the 15” Retina MacBook Pro. So I looked for an alternative…

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Setting Up a New Mac, the Painless Way

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Setting up a new computer is an awful lot easier in these enlightened days with “The Cloud”, App Stores and Package Managers. In this article I describe how I got a new Mac up and running inside of an hour.

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A New MacBook

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I decided to treat myself to a new MacBook. My existing 2010 model was beginning to feel its age, despite having the benefits of both maxed-out RAM and an upgrade from a mechanical disk to a modern digital SSD. Software builds were beginning to be noticeably time-consuming, photo processing sluggish and I needed a machine powerful enough to cope with Elite: Dangerous when it makes its way on to the Mac.

I’ve ended up with the latest 15″ Retina MacBook Pro with an amazing specification:

  • 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz;
  • 16‍GB of 1600MHz DDR‍3 RAM;
  • 512‍GB PCIe SSD;
  • Intel Iris Pro integrated GPU;
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M discrete GPU;
  • That gorgeous retina display!

What a machine it is. This thing flies, unfazed by anything I’ve yet thrown at it. I’ve found it to be a seriously impressive bit of kit.

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