By onthedownlow, Guest Blogger
Well, I have been playing around with both of these betas for a while now and here are some brief, initial thoughts (please feel free to post your thoughts and/or feedback as well):
iOS 7 (on iPhone 4)
- Beautiful – everything is even sharper somehow on the retina display. The non-Apple app icons even punch and are crisper.
- The interface is so nice to work with – very refreshing. I wasn’t for sure I would be sold on the visuals, but now I don’t think I would want to go back.
- My iPhone 4 was jail-broken, so nice to see some JB-app (and normal, 3rd Party app) features are now built-in to the OS.
- Since this is the iPhone 4, there is no ‘depth’ to the background pictures when moving the phone around. Article Continues…
By Aaron Sumner, Guest Blogger
I just replaced my MacBook Pro’s original 350 GB hard drive with a 240 GB solid state drive from Other World Computing, installed with the Data Doubler bracket.
While I was at it I figured I’d go ahead and install a fresh copy of Mountain Lion on the new drive (upgrading from Lion on the old drive). I’m almost two days into the upgrade and wanted to share my experiences so far.
First off, some rationale: Why upgrade my drive instead of my computer, and why go with a Data Doubler instead of just swapping the drives? First off, while I admittedly covet the 13-inch Retina Display, I was hoping to get at least another year out of my old Core 2 Duo-based model. I’ve had the RAM maxed out since the day I bought it, so the next feasible update was a faster and/or larger hard drive. I’d initially thought about swapping the stock drive with a solid state drive and putting the stock into an external enclosure, but realized that would mean having to tote an external drive around whenever I wanted access to my photos or music. Not ideal. I also thought about just dropping as large of a hard drive as I could buy into the laptop, but figured that wouldn’t get me anywhere in terms of speed. Article Continues…
by Paul T. Klenk, Guest Blogger
My history with OWC’s founder, Larry O’Connor, spans two and one-half decades. My first encounter was through AOL and I was sporting the latest Apple product: an Apple llGS. This was an evolution in the Apple line where “GS” represented graphics and sound. It was truly transitional between the Apple ll and the first Mac.
Larry and I were both busy on AOL. I was one of the first online instructors, while Larry was absorbed buying and selling Apple hardware. He bought a device from me that allowed the llGS to maintain a perpetual RAM disk through an external power supply. Our dealings were always friendly, honest, and fair.
This is precisely the same philosophy Larry adhered to as he developed OWC, and he has never forgotten his fledgling roots and the diligent work necessary to start and maintain a business. Consequently, OWC has grown and developed into a thriving, successful business. Furthermore, OWC is always on the cutting edge of technology, showing a strong desire to create new products that change with the blazing changes in technology. Article Continues…
Today’s Guest Blogger is Paull Young from charity: water, a non-profit organization that works to bring safe and clean drinking water to developing nations. While we at OWC support charity: water’s goals, the statements made are those of the author, and not necessarily those of Other World Computing.
Today is World Water Day and, as part of that, we recognize the nearly one billion people on our planet living without access to life’s most basic need: clean, safe drinking water.
Lack of access to safe water and basic sanitation kills more people each year than all forms of violence, including war. Women and children in developing nations walk hours every day, carrying dirty water home to their families.
We can change this.
Today, on World Water Day, the non-profit organization charity: water has launched a campaign to end the water crisis through the power of birthdays.
Why birthdays? Because charity: water was started in 2006 with a birthday party. Since then, they’ve moved thousands of people to “give up” their birthdays and ask for donations of their age in dollars instead of gifts. (28-year-olds ask for $28, 12-year-olds, for $12.) charity: water uses 100% of this money to directly fund water projects, proving every completed project with photos and GPS coordinates in Google Maps.
Your next birthday can save lives. Visit www.charitywater.org/birthdays today to learn about the charity: water birthday story, and to pledge to give up your next birthday for clean water.
Just $20 can give one person access to clean drinking water. $5000 can fund an entire water solution for a village in need. If you can raise $5,000 or more, charity: water will attach a plaque with your name on it to the water project.
In honor of World Water Day, visit charity: water today and learn how the power of birthdays can change the world.
Birthdays can change the world // a story from charity: water fundraisers
from charity: water on Vimeo.
by Gerd N., OWC Customer
There are very compelling reasons to upgrade your current MacBook Pro. While my MacBook Pro is still a 2011 model with 8GB of RAM, I always felt that it could be a bit faster. Even with the 7200RPM Toshiba drive fitted, IO operations felt sluggish (even more so after installing the OWC) and I wanted to see if a SSD would make a big difference.
The 30-day return promise from OWC made the choice of the Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSD 480 GB drive an easy choice. When it comes to SSD options, not many companies provide reasonable pricing like OWC, let alone a 5 year warranty on their products – pricing is steep at USD 1,000.00 but the results are overwhelming and worth it.
My MacBook Pro supports 6Gb/s SATA out of the box, and although the System Profiler does not show TRIM support, this is not an issue, as the OWC SSDs have TRIM support built-in.
Installation of the drive is as simple as Article Continues…