How much does a SSD Drive cost?

Expect to pay from under 100 dollars up to well over $1300 depending on the storage space you need.

If you can live with using smaller SSD - I don’t really recommend anything less than 64GB in 2016, then you can buy a 120GB SSD drive for under $50.00 so it really does not make a whole lot of sense to go much lower in storage for SSD drives unless you live entirely in the cloud - and if that’s the case you should probably consider buying a chromebook instead.

But the best value I think in 2016 when it comes to upprading or building your PC with a solid state drive is either 256GB or 500GB in size.

If you’re on a budget and don’t need a lot of space for your files then 256GB of storage is more than enough and in fact some computers still ship with 256GB ssd’s installed so this size is probably considered the sweet spot when it comes to storage space in 2016 for casual computing

The Best SSD Hard Drive Price/GB ratio.

If you’re a power user (whatever that means) then you will want to have more storage than a measly 256gb and 500GB SSD drives have dropped in price considerably and is now considered a very affordable upgrade and if you have a lot of stuff to store that you always need to have with you and can’t deal with cloud storage or external drives then the 500gb SSD is your best value for a ssd drive in 2016

I used to say that a ram upgrade was the best upgrade for your computer but now that SSD’s are priced so cheaply you I think that adding a SSD to replace your traditional spinning hard drive is the best upgrade you can do for your computer today as solid state drive is much faster than the older style drives. a

Big SSD Drives are still Big Money

SSD prices have come down in size, but when you start getting up in size for these they are still very pricey and can be priced well over $1000 for a 4TB size.

The Best SSD Drive Brands

There are more than one brand of solid state drive you can choose from, and here’s a few to consider:

  • Crucial
  • Kingston
  • Samsung
  • OCZ
  • PNY
  • Sandisk


You really can’t go wrong with a ssd drive upgrade especially at these prices, but the sizes and prices I recomnend are

  • 128GB - about $50.00
  • 256gb - about $100.00
  • 500GB - about $160.00

I would suggest going for the 500gb model unless you’re on a very strict budget. For about $60 you can double the size of the ssd from 256gb to 500GB in storage, and for a lot of us 500gb is more than enough storage for use in everday computing.

Is Evernote Premium Worth It?


Is it worth paying for a notes app?

I think it is.

I have tried every other notes app and I keep coming back to evernote.

The main benefit (for me) is that any post I write with Marxico automagically gets synced to evernote. This means that I can have all my writing in one spot and not have to worry about it finding that write

I coughed up the dough for the premimum plan

I have paid for evernote premium because due to the fact that a few months ago they changed their policy and would allow 2 devices to use the evernote app. For most of us, that means a mobile device and a computer. For my use that’s not enough. When the switch was made to this new policy they offered a half price offer on the premimum plan and I thought ‘what the heck’ - it’s only $35.00 a year for the first year. I’ll try it and see how I like it.

So far, so good.

I’m not an evernote power user. I just want to be able to quickly add a note, save my writing and add other sundry items I collect like dry cleaning stubs and business cards.

I don’t use most features. I don’t use reminders. I prefer to use todoist for that (another $28.00 a year) or even good old google.

I don’t add handwriting or record audio notes.

I have 2 notebooks: one for this site, and one for everything else. I don’t tag much (every word is a tag) and I don’t share notes or use any of the advanced features.

The gateway drug to getting organized

The main reason I use the premium plan is the fact that it was pretty cheap the first year and it’s a great way to get organized.

My purchase of evernote was definitely in impulse buy and had I researched a bit more it turns out you can use the web app for free:

Many people have asked whether Evernote Web, accessed from a desktop browser, counts as a “device” for Evernote Basic. It does not. You can access Evernote via the web browser from as many computers as you like, even on a Basic account.

perhaps this purchase wasn’t the best idea after all as I do most of my work on a Chromebook, and as there is no native app for evernote anway on either linux or ChromeOS this might have not been my most frugal buy.

I could have used a free notes app

Google Keep


Google Keep is a free app so why would I not use keep vs evernote? I find that google keep is good and offers the ability to add images and notes and with an extension for chrome allows you to add pages from Chrome to keep too but I find the interface not as well designed as I would like. In some views the font size is all over the map and to me it’s hard to use for every day notes. I have tried in the past and yet I find that there’s just too much friction to using this app.



I really like simplenote as it’s the only way to really write in markdown when it comes to a note taking app. All others are rich text.

The advantages of simplenote are many:

  1. It’s simple. there’s not much to it. You have a list of your notes on the left and you write your notes on the right.
  2. It’s available for almost every OS or device. If you have an electronic device, then chances are very good you can run the simplenote app.
  3. It’s free as in beer.

You can share notes, collaborate on notes and even edit revisions, but you can’t add an image easily.

In some ways simplenote is very similar to my favorite writing app on the Mac: Ulysses. Simplenote is of course, simpler and costs less but you could easily do all your writing with simplenote.

Microsoft OneNote


I really haven’t tried OneNote by microsoft execpt for a small amount of time, but the vote is still out on this one. I quickly opened the app and could not for the life of me figure out how to add jut plain text so I quit this note app quickly and moved on.

Perhaps I will look at in further in a new post and explore this app in more detail

It’s all about the Web Clipper

One of evernote’s best features is the web clipper. Evernote calls it the save button for the web and I have to agree.

This liitle browser extension allows you to save entire websites, just the article itself, a full page, a screenshot and more.

Once you clip the page you want, you can annotate, highlight, crop and more. I find this app very useful and worth the price of admission alone compared to the others listed above. Google keep comes close with their extension but the web clipper for evernote is better I feel.

Other Features

I will write another article to explore the other features later but I think evernote premium might just be worth it even if I don’t use all the features.

I have used the option to scan a business card and then add it to my contacts, I have added images and then emailed those images as needed

Of course evernote premium offers a few more features like google drive integration (something I like as I rely on google drive for all my offline storage), loads of storage and the ability to search text in images (this is huge)

Mobile apps get a passcode so that if I lose my mobile device my life in evernote isn’t lost for good.

One of my favorite features is the ability to email your evernote account. If I get emails like passwords or purchase receipts then all I have to do is forward the email to my evernote account’s email address so when the time comes I can find the info I am looking for.

Finding your stuff

If you can’t find your stuff a notes app is useless and I think this is where evernote premimum really shines. almost all content is searchable and because I am not the type to be over-organized when it comes to note organization.

I want an app that allows me to quickly enter stuff so I can find it later and evernote’s search function allows me to do that. I don’t bother much with notebooks or tags but because all text is searchable I’ve always been able to find what I am looking for.

Integration with other apps

This is another area where evernote shines. Almost every app that allows bookmarking of some kind will allow me to send to evernote. My favorites are drafts for iOS and feedly that allow me to find or create something and then save it to evernote.

My favorite app for evernote integration has to be Marxico. it cost $15.99 a year, (I just renewed today) but it is the best markdown editor for all devices I have tried, and the evernote integration works for me every time. I write, and when I save the entire note - text and images goes to evernote.

This allows me to later search quikly for articles I have written in the past, and if I need to I can modify my note quickly and then sync it again with evernote.

Evernote and Marxico are at the center of my current workflow and I could not work witout them.

Is evernote worth the price?

We all work hard for our money and our computing need are different but as time goes along using computers have provided us with so much data it’s hard to keep track of it all and this is where evernote comes in.

This app allows you to share, create and organize and find your stuff. I paid $35.00 for the first year thanks to the promo a few months back and at that price it’s a no-brainer.

But at $69.90 it is double the price and I work pretty hard for that money. It’s not much money, but I guess the question is - could you do with a cheaper option like the plus or even the free versions of evernote?

For light users it’s hard to beat free and when you add the other free options I have listed above it might be worth it save the money on evernote and use the free options.

But for yours truly who spends a a lot of time online and likes to find the stuff he has to remember or created I think the $70.00 annual fee is pretty reasonable to stay organized.

They say that time is money and for me the time I save knowing that with a few clicks I can find what I am looking for easily then yes, I feel it’s worth it to be organized when using my computer and mobile device.

Another plus is there are no limits to devices you can use with evernote premium. I can switch between linux, chromeOS, iOS and android and I can access evernote with all of them. Combined with Marxico I can start writing on one device and then finish on another without missing a beat.

When the time comes I will be renewing my evernote premimum subscription. I think it’s worth it.

@(ramseeker)[evernote, deal, price, simplenote, microsoft onenote, google keep]

On switching from Mac OS to Chrome OS


Because it just works.

I’ve been an Apple fanboy since 1991 and I saw that smiling Mac on boot on an Apple Macintosh SE at College.

Since then I have gone through my own collection of Macs over the years:

  • SE
  • PowerBook 165c
  • PowerBook Duo
  • IIsi
  • IIci
  • Motorola Starmax 3000 Clone
  • PowerMac G4 (Yikes)
  • iBook G3 clamshell
  • iBook G4
  • PowerBook G4
  • MacBook
  • MacBook Pro
  • Mac Mini
  • PowerMac Quadra 800

and probably a few more that I can’t remember.

Then there’s the monitors, Newtons and more SCSI and appletalk cables than I could ever count.

Let’s just say I liked Apple computers.

This isn’t to say they were perfect. I have probably lost years of my life to watching progress bars dance across the screen or trying to troubleshoot an system extension crash.

But over the years, the Macs (and knowing how to use them) have offered my the opportunities of both employment and self-employment that I would never have been able to have otherwise if Apple did not exist.

Heck for more than a few years tracking prices on Apple memory upgrades was my full time job. That job has come to pass due to technology marching on and as I wrote earlier that this site has come full circle but if it weren’t for Apple and their Macs I am sure my career path to date would be so much different.

The price of Apple products always produced some friction compared to PC’s regardless of year or model, but my argument over the years was that if you needed to buy a hammer, why not get the best hammer you can buy?

And for a very long time, Apple was my hammer of choice.

Then Google Came Along

And then the internet and web browsers and finally - Google came along.

And the products from Google kept on getting better and better. Gmail, and Calendar and probably the biggest change: Chrome.

By the time Steve Jobs died, I realized that an Apple product wasn’t really needed any more as Google did it better (most times) and cheaper too. I realized I spent more and more time in a browser and less and less time in real apps.

It’s been a few years since then and Google’s offerings have only gotten better and better.

Apple? meh.

I never thought I would say this, but time marches on and Apple and their current product line leaves me unimpressed, and that’s something I thought I would never, ever say.

But the Chrome OS is so good for my needs that I don’t need anything else to get work done.

I mostly write these days so I fire up caret and start to write in markdown.

I’ve tried lots of other Markdown apps, but I find that if I just fire up a text editor and start to write that’s distraction-free enough for me. And because it’s plain text I just save the file on my Google Drive and I can access it from any chrome OS device I tend to be working with at the time.

Photo editing on Chromebooks

In a past life I had a job as a photo editor at a daily newspaper where we needed the power of Photoshop versions but for my personal photos I don’t need to shoot in raw, and lately more and more of my photos are being shot with my phone and if I need to I can tweak them a bit in Google Photos and for sharing online with family and friends they’re good enough.

You can’t beat the price of a Chromebook

I have an 11 inch Chromebook that costs me $179.99. You can’t buy any Apple computer for that little. It’s not the prettiest device and looks like something that would come from fisher-price with it’s thick plastic. But you know what? Plastic bounces. Aluminum dents, and it seems to me that the MacBook Air’s are the worst when it comes to getting bumps and dents.

At under $200, if I spill a Coke on it, it’s really not that big of a deal. My little 11 incher has an IPS display and because Chrome OS is so light compared to other more advanced operating sytems you really don’t need much processing poower.

Battery life is amazing with at least six hours which is more than enough for my needs as I use these as coffee shop and couch warriors rather than all day notebooks anyway.

Google all the Way.

My files are in Google Drive. In fact, this entire site is backed up to Google Drive. My email is gmail (or inbox), my calendar is google, my phone is Google’s Android.

My Chomebook and current phone cost me less than $500 for both. I can’t buy an Apple notebook and an iPhone from Apple for that kind of money.

I still own a Mac

I have a 2008 iMac that I installed an SSD drive into and it runs El Capitan, so for those few times I have do need to use a Mac I can, but what I end up doing is deleting all the Apple software and installing the Google stuff anyway.

Apple stuff does offer pretty good value over the years. This iMac was bought used for $100 and the fact that it runs a still current OS is pretty amazing. And with the SSD upgrade this 2008 iMac runs surprisingly well.

There was a time when adding ram was the best upgrade you could do for your Mac, but now your best bet is to add a solid state driv first and then consider a ram upgrade. (another thing I thought I would never say)


You would be surprised what you can do from Chrome OS. Heck, I can even upload this article to Github via the browser to create the post (or copy/paste) but all this happens in the browser.

There a lot of Apps on google’s web store and you would be surprised what you can do with Chrome OS.

Apple has become a luxury item, and I don’t need to spend so much to jut be able to write, surf the web and tweak the odd photo.

Chrome OS does all that and more.

Plain Text

Over the years of publishing here at ramseeker, I have used so many tools to publish this site. The early days saw it start with some html template like the now defunct pagemill to a custom design with a dynamic build and then to wordpress and now the latest incarnation is written in markdown and plain old text.

I think over the past year or so I have tried every blogging tool known on every OS to try and find the perfect solution and I keep coming back to plain text.

plain text image

Plain Text Benefits

Probably the biggest advantage of writing in plain text is that it just works. I don’t have to worry about whether other products will be around in future years if I need to open or edit my files at a later date. (pagemill, noted above has been long discontinued)

Had I written in text, I would still have access to my files and have an archive of all my work I had done over the years [^backups]

That’s why I am reluctant to trust any app that promises ease of use or uses their own format. One example would be using Google Docs.

Writing in Google Docs is a great tool and combined with the gabriel add on I can write in Google Docs, add images and then hit the publish and it will post directly to github pages in markdown.

This is great, but what if Google docs disappears? or more likely, github chnages something and the add-on does not work any more. Then I have the files in docs, but no way to easily export to markdown and I’m left looking for another solution to write with

Another tool I have been considering is Marxico, which allows you to easily sync your writing to evernote. But again, this system has it’s limitations with the biggest being you can’t edit the post in evernote later. What if evernote isn’t around? or Marxico? Again, I would be screwed.

But with plain text all this goes away. I write, copy and paste in a CMS or upload to my host of choice on my publishing host of choice and all my stuff gets processed. easily.

Plain Text Disadvantages

Of course, all is not sunshine and unicorns with this system. Because I write in markdown, this assumes the markdown format stands the test of time and I can edit or publish in this format for years to come. I could be screwd down the road. But at least I would still have the text of the article. I might have to do some tweaking to add links and change the formatting but at very least I would have the text itself.


I’m done trying to find the perfect blogging tool when I can use almost any device to write in plain text. Plain text removes the friction of formats and file extensions and worrying whether I will be able to open my files in the future.

It’s also easy as I can use almost app to write with that exports to plain text - from simple text editors to distraction free and feature filled markdown editors - almost any program that allows me to format to plain text will do for me.

Sometimes, the simplest way is the best way.

Hosted by Pubstorm

Just a quick note that I’m trying out a different host today that I have not used before: Pubstorm. I was serving from github pages and that was just fine, but Pubstorm allows me not to worry to much about all the confusing git stuff.

All I have to do is fire up a terminal, and enter ‘storm publish’. No more commits or pull and push errors I keep on seeming to have.

I’m not sure if I will stay here, but it’s free hosting same as github pages and it seems to be a bit faster too.

update - that didn’t last long. I couldn’t get the domains sorted out with DNS so after having about 12 hours downtime (it’s a good thing I have no idea on stats) I decided to back to using good old github pages and I use cloudflare for DNS and caching and a free ssl certificate too.

I spent an evening figuring out how to get 100/100 from Google pagespeed, and I want to write an update later about the steps I took to get there in a future post.

In the meantime, enjoy the speed!

Sep 21, 2016 - link

iOS 10 MacStories Review

iOS 10 -The MacStories Review – MacStories

grab a cup of your favorite beverage before you sit down to read this. It’s a very long and thorough review of Apple’s latest iOS release

Sometimes, change is unexpected. More often than not, change sneaks in until it feels grand and inevitable. Gradually, and then suddenly. iOS users have lived through numerous tides of such changes over the past three years.

Sep 19, 2016 - link

Vintage and obsolete products - Apple Support

I’m using an Obsolete Mac to write this. (2008 iMac) Still, this an interesting document to see what’s considered old news by Apple.

Owners of iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac products may obtain service and parts from Apple or Apple service providers for 5 years after the product is no longer manufactured—or longer where required by law. Apple has discontinued support for certain technologically obsolete and vintage products.

Vintage and obsolete products - Apple Support

Full Circle

Sometimes, life is funny and you find yourself back from where you started. Such is the case with ramseeker.

When I started ramseeker the site was hosted on my old domain - - as this was really just a personal blog or hobby site to write about whatever I wanted and in the early days I was known as ‘ramseeker on’ - quite the mouthful.

So…..back in the days of $35.00 domain name registration, I coughed up the dough to buy as my domain name as more and more were coming for the ram prices and less and less were coming for my content.

Over time I started to list and track memory prices from over 30 vendors and back in the late 90’s and early 00’s buying ram for the Mac was a good deal as it allowed you to upgrade the computer to it’s fastest and most useful capacity for not much money compared to how much you spent for the Mac you bought that was usually (and still is) priced well over $1000.

Over time, more and more people came for the ram prices and less and less for my writing and with more readers, came more and more advertisers, allowing me to quit my job and concentrate on full time.

I Blame the MacBook Air and iOS

Then Apple computers started to be released with no-replaceable ram upgrades. First, the MacBook Air, and now in 2016, save for a few desktop models you can’t upgrade the ram in any new Mac you can buy today.

This is good news and bad. Good, because Apple has optimized Mac OS so well that for most users you don’t really need to upgrade the ram anyway because most Macs ship with enough ram for the everyday user. For most of us, you don’t even have to think of adding more ram.

Bad, because well….you can’t upgrade the ram on your new Mac and because you don’t need to shop for memory prices for ram you can’t use due to the fact your new Mac is locked in as snug as a bug in a rug.

This, as you can imagine has resulted in a drop in site traffic and earnings over the years. So much so, that I had to go and get a job again after a few years of relying on this site for my one and only source of income.

I’m actually okay with a job again for the most part, and I have come to terms that tracking ram prices is no longer a service that’s really needed.

Just like video killed the radio star, the iPhone and iPad killed the Mac, and as you’re well aware all iOS devices cannot take a ram upgrade.

If you do want to buy ram today for some older Mac or PC, there are so many vendors and the prices are all the same. At time of writing, 8GB memory upgrade kits are about $30.00 and 16GB kits are about twice that. (makes sense, no?)

RAM is cheap, and most vendors are within a dollar or two depending on whether you buy generic or brand memory. It’s not like it once was when ram prices were hundreds of dollars and taking the time to research ram prices was worth the effort as it allowed you to save money.

So Now What?

I’m going to write about what interests me.

I’ve been link blogging a bit lately, as it’s quick enough to do and it’s a great way to be able to retrieve the sites or apps or articles I want to remember as all I have to do is search the archives to find the link or article again.

ramseeker needs to be fun again for me, and tracking memory prices for older macs where the demand is less and less over time isn’t really the best idea to continue with.

In the past, ramseeker was all about apple memory and I still have a small guide to help you get the right memory for your Mac but I won’t be trying to compete with Apple news sites as there a lot better sites than mine for that.

I hope to write more ‘think pieces’ as some of the blogs I follow currently- they have a voice - and although they don’t post daily they do have something to say and over time I think I might have an opinion or story or two to share as well

Lately, I have been very interested in writing and all the tools that can be used to get words online so I might like to investigate that further and start writing and reviewing apps that allow me to get my thoughts online. I am currently writing this article in markdown with marxico as it syncs with evernote and just overall works for me quite well. But there are many other tools out there and I want to explore and share my findings here.

I’m also going to start linking to other sites I like. I think that in 2016, this is a very old-fashioned thing to do thanks to social media but I guess I’m old-school and just want to share an article or entire site and this will be the place where this gets done.

I guess if I had to summarize, it would be that I no longer am making ram prices my priority (that said, I do have a handy list to help you find the right ram for you mac) and I’m changing the direction of the site.

I’m not sure what direction that will be yet - but that’s half the fun. :)

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