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Friday, August 12, 2011

Is Upgrading Your Old Computer With an SSD Worth It?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...ml#xtor=RSS-182

"It's a foregone conclusion that SSDs are must-haves in performance-oriented PCs, but our testing reveals that solid-state drives are reasonable upgrades in older mainstream machines, too. We build three old boxes to gauge the impact of an SSD on each."

There are only a few Web sites out there that I trust to tackle thorny questions with the scientific rigour that would make a molecular biologist proud, and Tom's Hardware is one of those sites. They post a fascinating question: is it worth it to put an SSD in an old computer? They reach all the way back to a typical system from 2005, equipped with a 300 GB Samsung hard drive that benchmarked at 54 Mbps, and move forward from there to several newer generations. Their conclusions? SSDs rock performance, even on an older system. The catch though is the price tag; if you need a lot of storage, it starts to make less sense to put an expensive SSD in an older system. One option is to use a smaller, less expensive SSD for the boot drive, then use a large hard drive for mass storage.

Personally, after years of multi-drive, multi-partition setups, I've enjoyed the simplified approach of a single partition, single drive setup on most of my PCs and have resisted going to an SSD until the price on 200+ GB drives comes down. I might re-evaluate that on my next build...we'll see.

Have you installed an SSD in an older computer? Was the performance increase noticeable?


Thursday, May 19, 2011

OWC MacBook Air 480GB Mercury Aura Pro Express SSD Upgrade

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Articles & Resources" @ 09:30 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5C9...A&feature=feedu

I haven't seen anyone crack open a Macbook Air before - not that I've gone looking for it mind you - but I'm still impressed by the fact that this product is almost all battery and they managed to fit the guts of the laptop in basically 1/4th of the total space. This video shows how surprisingly easy it is to swap out the SSD in the Macbook Air. I had to chuckle though when I saw the price of the 480 GB SDD: a mere $1579.99 USD. I wonder how many dozens of these they'll sell this year? Yikes. SSD prices aren't free-falling like I keep hoping they will...


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Are Developers Lazy, or is Windows 7 Broken?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 11:00 AM

The above screen shot is what I saw after upgrading Evernote on Windows 7 yesterday. The white icon used to be my Evernote icon, but after the upgrade the icon becomes broken. When clicked on, this error pops up:

I can click Yes in response to that error, or if I right-click on the icon and select to Unpin the icon, it will be removed. Then I click and drag the application shortcut on the desktop back onto my taskbar. The question is, why should I have to do that every time I do a software upgrade? I see this frequently with TweetDeck, iTunes, and basically every other app I can think of that updates frequently. It only takes about 10 seconds to fix every time it happens, but I find myself asking the question "Why should I have to fix this?".

Not being a developer, I have no idea why this happens: is there something broken in the Windows 7 software upgrade system that doesn't allow you to update the shortcut already in place to work with your software? Or, better yet, why is it breaking in the first place? I seriously doubt that the .exe file the shortcut links to is changing.

Does anyone know what's going on here?


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Time to Replace That Old Notebook?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Laptop Thoughts Talk" @ 08:30 PM

http://blog.laptopmag.com/when-shou...e-your-notebook

"You've been browsing through the pages of LAPTOP Magazine or visiting Laptopmag.com, and all the shiny new notebooks are calling your name. Or perhaps you've been walking through the aisles of your local Best Buy and the glossy plastic lids sing a siren song."

Have you been eyeing that new notebook computer that has been getting rave reviews here on LaptopThoughts? Check out this article for tips to help you determine when and if that old laptop that you purchased back in 1999 really needs to be replaced. The tips also provide some information on extending the life of that dinosaur that you've come to love and hate. Things as simple as removing unneeded software, adding RAM or a faster hard drive can be cheap alternatives, and can possibly help you extend the life of your current notebook well into the next generation of portable devices.


Friday, July 2, 2010

Intel Atom N455 Atom 475 Come to the HP Mini 110 and Mini 210

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HP Laptops & Netbooks" @ 11:19 AM

http://www.notebooks.com/2010/07/02...om-475-updates/

"HP slipped new Intel Atom processors into the very popular HP Mini 210 HD netbook (review) as well as the HP Mini 110 netbook. The Mini 210 and Mini 110 now ship with the 1.66GHz Intel Atom N455 processor standard and a 1.83GHz Intel Atom N475 CPU option available for $25 more."

As Notebooks.com points out, these new Atom chips pull 6.5 watts under load instead of 5.5 watts, so it's not entirely clear what advantages these new chips bring - the inclusion of DDR3 support seems pointless from a performance perspective on a small netbook. Although given that the primary power draw on a netbook or notebook continues to be the screen, that extra 1 watt of power won't amount to much. Still, it's a curious trend...


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