As you proabably already know, OWC has quite the affinity for advancements in both science and space. On May 29th, Planetary Resources launched their Kickstarter project “ARKYD: A Space Telescope for Everyone”. A great project that involves a low Earth orbit telescope that will be made accessible by the public for educational and general space community purposes.
Who is Planetary Resources?
Planetary Resources is a private company that was founded by Eric Anderson and Peter H. Diamandis, M.D. to mine asteroids for precious metals and other resources. They plan to create a fleet of low cost robotic spacecraft to help accomplish this goal. In mining asteroids for their resources it will greatly expand upon the available resources we have available to us even as the resources of our planet are being depleted.
What is the ARKYD project?
This is the start of technology that was only in Sci-Fiction starting to become reality now. Space telescopes and technology to take pictures with them have of course existed for some time. However, the intended use of the telescopes that Planetary Resources plan to begin deploying will lead to scanning of asteroids for the resources and of course the mining of them.
The ARKYD itself is an advanced space-based telescope that they are making available to the backers for use. The ARKYD’s overall function depends on the series of the ARKYD unit. The ARKYD 100, which is what is being developed for this Kickstarter project, is designed as a low Earth orbit commercial telescope within the reach of the private citizen. “The ARKYD contains the critical structures, avionics, attitude determination and control, and instrumentation that enable low-cost asteroid exploration.” Article Continues…
Among the different configuration options available when using the OWC Data Doubler in your MacBook or MacBook Pro is setting both drives to function as a RAID 0 (striped) array. This combines both drives (the one in the Data Doubler equipped optical bay and the one in the original hard drive bay) into a single volume, which provides an increase in data access speed.
Since we’ve had several questions about this, we decided to put this configuration to the test by using different combinations of hard drives and SSDs to determine which offered the best balance of price, capacity and performance.
Our test machine was a 2011 13″ MacBook Pro (MacBookPro8,1) with a 2.3GHz Intel Core 5 processor and 4GB of RAM. Inside, we replaced the optical drive with an OWC Data Doubler to allow us to utilize a second drive.
Friday, October 30th, 2009 | Author: OWC Duane
Every now and then, you may find that your startup seems slower than normal or that some things are just not working the way they used to. When that happens, it is usually best to be proactive, rather than putting it off until the problem potentially gets worse. There are numerous things that can cause problems with your Mac, both hardware and software. When working with computers, it pays to not only have a physical toolkit, but also some good software tools to help with various situations. Having the right options at your disposal can help save time, which most people do not seem to have enough of.
One great little maintenance utility you can use is Onyx. Onyx takes several important maintenance tasks and puts them all in to one easy to use package. Even better, though, this software is free! Article Continues…
Upgrading your machine is a great way to bring out the best in it and allow it to do what you need it to accomplish. Over the years, there have been some common problems that keep popping up. Though most of you probably know them already, it sometimes slips by the wayside in eager anticipation of getting all those benefits the upgrades will bring.
To help avoid the most common problems, here is a compiled list of reminders that we like to call “The Golden Rules of Upgrading.” We’ve broken it into two parts: things to consider before buying your upgrades and things to consider after you have received the new goodies and are ready to put them to use.