May 25, 2016 | link

Best RAM and Hard Drive Upgrades for MacBook Pro 13" 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7

The MacBook Pro 13” 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 can accept up to 16gb of RAM and both spinning hard drives as well much faster SSD drives for increased performance.

RAM for MacBook Pro 13” 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7

This model of MacBook Pro can accept up to 16gb of RAM thanks to the 2 memory slots availabe. 16gb of RAM for this MacBook pro model is super cheap at about $50.00 for a 16gb kit. (check price)

If don’t want to upgrade the MacBook pro to 16gb, there’s always an 8gb option that will only cost you about thirty dollars (check price) but I suggest that if you’re going to to to the bother of upgrading the RAM on this MacBook Pro model that you do it right and just get all the ram installed that is allowed.

Spinning (traditional) hard drives for MacBook Pro 13” 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7

I don’t really recommend upgrading to a traditional hard drive on your MacBook Pro unless you really need to carry a lot of files with you at all times and need the storage space.

The benefits of traditional hard drives vs SSD drives is that the cost per gb is a lot lower when you compard prices of SSD vs HDD in the same capacity.

If you do prefer to buy a traditional hard drive for the MacBook Pro here’s a few suggestions:

Samsung Seagate 2TB Laptop HDD SATA III 2.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive

Seagate Laptop Thin 500 GB 7200RPM SATA 6 GB/s 32 MB Cache 2.5 Inch Hard Disk Drive

Samsung Momentus 4TB SATA III 5400 RPM 2.5-inch Hard Drive

SSD Drives for MacBook Pro 13” 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7

SSD drives a much better choice for upgrading the hard drive on any computer. The main advantage is speed as there are no moving parts to slow down the read and write process so apps open quikly and your entire computer will feel more responsive.

The disadvantage of SSDs vs hard drives is cost. SSD drives are more expensive per gigabyte than traditional drives but prices continue to drop so more and more can afford a SSD upgrade for Macbook pro.

A few suggstions for SSD Drives for MacBook Pro:

Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD

Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD

May 16, 2016 | link

Best Memory and SSD Drive Upgrades for MacBook Pro 13" 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5

The MacBook Pro 13” 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 is one of the last models to actually accept a memory upgrade as later models after 2013 only allowed you to configure memory upgrades at the time of purchase,

Memory Upgrade Options

This model of MacBook Pro has 2 memory slots and can be upgraded to either 8GB or 16GB:

8GB MacBook Pro Memory

16GB MacBook Pro Memory

At time of writing you can buy 16GB of RAM for this Apple MacBook Pro model for about $50.00

SSD Upgrade Options

SSD Drives have really dropped in price with 250GB SSD prices under $100.00

with a few larger sizes available as well:

500GB ssd drives for about $150.00

1TB ssd drives for about $325.00

2TB ssd drives for about $850.00

Traditional Hard Drive Upgrade Options

If the prices on the SSD drives are still too much money you can always upgrade with a traditional 2.5 inch spinning hard drive with 1TB hard drive prices costing about $50.00 and then go up from there.

##How to Install RAM or Hard Drives on the MacBook Pro 13” 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5

Your best bet is to follow the instructions on how to upgrade this model directly from Apple’s support page

RAM and an SSD upgrade can be had for $150.00 for a 240GB SSD and 16GB of RAM and these two upgrades can breathe new life into an older Mac.

May 8, 2016 | link

Archlinux Ultimate Install

Ach Linux seems to be the darling linux version at the moment, but it’s pretty tricky to install. But if you use this ulimate install script for Arch Linux, it makes things a lot easier.

GitHub - helmuthdu/aui: Archlinux Ultimate Install

May 6, 2016 | link

Upgrading my Early-2008, 24-inch iMac with an SSD - Analog Senses

I have used this guide to help a friend replace a drive and it works perfectly

Upgrading my Early-2008, 24-inch iMac with an SSD - Analog Senses

A couple of weekends ago I finally had time for a project I’d been wanting to do for months: upgrading my iMac’s internal hard drive to an SSD. This is an account of how the upgrade went, the difficulties I found, and whether I recommend anyone do the same

May 5, 2016 | link

WorkFlowy might be the best to-do manager yet

I think I may have found my favorite to to list app to date:

WorkFlowy - Organize your brain.

Organize Your Brain WorkFlowy is a notebook for lists. Use it to be more creative and productive.

I have tried some other popular to-do list programs like wunderlist, todoist and todo.txt, but I really like the outline format for getting stuff out of my head and into a workable to-do list. It works on every computer or device I have so I always have access to my to-do list regardless of mobile or desktop device.

May 5, 2016 | writing

Out of Memory

I knew this day would come eventually.

I no longer compare memory upgrade prices for apple computers.

This is due to a few reasons:

RAM is cheap - real cheap and you can get all the ram you will ever really need for about fifty bucks so it’s not priced like it once was where you could spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars on memory upgrades.

It’s getting harder and harder to upgrade the ram on an Apple computer. If you want to upgrade a current Mac Mini, MacBook, MacBook Pro or iMac (some)? You can’t.

RAM on these machines are soldered in so be sure to buy the computer with enough ram because if you don’t you might be stuck with an obsolete computer faster than you would like.

There’s Amazon . Seriously. When I started ramseeker, buying stuff online was from small specialty shops that sold memory upgrades. Many of these stores are either no longer or have branched out to other products to sell - not only on their sites, but also on the Amazon marketplace.

Honestly, it’s just too easy to fire up your phone and you can buy almost anything and it’s at your door the next day in some cases - why bother signing up for shopping carts when a click of the button on your phone

Of course, mobile killed ramseeker and tracking ram prices too. My current phone has 3GB of RAM . This was just unthinkable not that long ago.

Operating systems have gotten better at memory management too, so you really don’t need all the ram to run programs like you used to.

All of the above means that demand for memory upgrades have dwindled and prices have dropped where it’s just not worth it any more to compare ram prices as over half the vendors are out of business (or pivoting to another).

So, What Now?

To be honest, I am not sure. I’m keeping the site up for a quick guide to ram upgrades for the legacy macs but considering with few exceptions that there hasn’t been a new Apple computer release that will take a RAM upgrade in some time, I will no longer be updating it.

I’ve started to link to some sites and items that interest me. I figure if I’m interested then perhaps somebody else will be too. Also, this takes very little time.

I may start writing more about storage and SSD’s as they are really the new ram upgrade, and in most computers these are still upgrade-able by the end user. There is also the PC side of RAM upgrades, and like I have done with the Macs , I might start working on a similar page for the PC too. This would be a much bigger project but it would be a good resource to have. Now that there’s software like cloudready by neverware that will turn any old PC into a chromebook-like device adding some RAM and a cheap SSD to an older PC is a worthy upgrade.

Lastly, I just want to start writing and let time dictate what the future ramseeker.com looks like. Heck, this might end up being a personal blog. Bloggers like John Saddington and Shawn Blanc have evolved their sites over time as they grow. There’s no rule that a site must stay the same.

I do want to thank every reader and sponsor of ramseeker.com over the years. Thanks to you a hobby site turned into a complete career for over a decade. I’ve now taken on a a part time job once again as the income from this site has eroded to next to nothing over time. (thank goodness for free web hosting ) but it’s been a very fun experience and I am glad to have been able to help you get a deal on memory upgrades over the years.

May 4, 2016 | link

i3 Tiling Window Manager

The learning curve is very high with this, but once you get the hang of it it’s hard to go to a more traditional desktop experience like Windows or Mac OS:

i3 - improved tiling wm

i3 is a tiling window manager, completely written from scratch. The target platforms are GNU/Linux and BSD operating systems, our code is Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) under the BSD license. i3 is primarily targeted at advanced users and developers.

May 4, 2016 | link

Compare Every Chromebook

I have become a big fan of Chromebooks over the past few years, and if you’re in the market to buy your first or new Chromebook this is a great resource:

Chromebook specs & performance comparison chart (2016)

When Chromebooks first appeared in the summer of 2011, it looked like Google had created a computing system without being entirely sure who it was aimed at. However since then, while not yet having quite taken over the world, Chromebooks have steadily increased in popularity, and matured from something which was experimental into a mainstream device.

May 3, 2016 | link

Antergos is Your Linux. Always Fresh. Never Frozen.

I have just installed this on an old thinkpad and it it works great. If you want a rolling release linux OS and don’t have the time to learn how to install Arch Linux, then this is a great alternative.

Antergos -Your Linux. Always Fresh. Never Frozen.

Antergos is developed with simplicity in mind. It provides a fully configured OS with sane defaults that you can use right away.

May 1, 2016 | link

Blogging and Writing with Classeur

Classeur is a web-based app that allows you to quickly write in markdown and then post to your blogs (wordpress, github and more..)

It’s got a very nice design and looks to be less intimidating for writers new to markdown or wanting something that looks a bit nicer when writing

Classeur – Re-enjoy writing, with Markdown

Start writing notes, docs, blogs quickly using Markdown.

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