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If you’re starting a blog, one of the easiest ways to get started is with a self-hosted wordpress blog and you of course, will need  theme.  It’s easy to get distracted with choosing different themes so the best way to start is to just pick a theme – any theme – and then  start writing.

The Twenty Seventeen theme is a good theme to get started with.

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On Curation

It’s been some time since I have written here about any one topic with any regularity and I really want to change this as I have written before. I have tried a few things but either gave up after the novelty of the idea passed or just didn’t know what to write. Many times that last bit is the big reason for lack of updates here.

So, I think it’s time for a change. I have written before about starting over so I will try not to repeat myself again but simply put the day of monitoring prices for ram are gone either because the current computers from Apple won’t even take an upgrade (with few exceptions) and in many cases, the vendors I did track are now long gone and out of business.

This second part is due to the fact that ram prices are pretty cheap these days. I recently stumbled across an eBay auction for some random pulls of various 1GB modules were priced at a dollar each. I remember when 1GB for a PowerBook G4 would set you back $2000.00.

Computers today are nothing more than either cheap terminals to the cloud (think chromebooks) or they’re ultrabooks that have the ram soldered on. Except for some desktop computers or if you’re looking to upgrade a legacy computer there’s not much demand for ram upgrades.

I thought I might write about legacy computers and how they are still a viable computer to use in 2017, but for how much longer? Will there be any computer you can upgrade in 2020?

But I still like to shop for stuff, and find new and interesting sites related to the Mac, but also tech in general. If for no other reason to get the stuff out of my head but so I can remember what I wanted later.

I could use evernote or some note keeping app, but I want to share the stuff I find so I figure I might as well share and link to stuff here. I have not illusions of being the next big authority site and that’s okay. Ramseeker has long been a hobby site and now my hobby has transferred to tracking ram prices to curating stuff of interest, or to be more specific stuff that interests me

Ramseeker.com will not be a news site, a deals site or even a personal blog but it might morph into one or all of those things over the years. After my dalliance with jekyll as a blogging platform I am back to wordpress and this offers a few features but the one I like is that I can quickly write a link post and hit publish. If there’s one thing I wanted to do the remainder of the year it’s to hit the publish button more often.

So, curating.

I started this site by culling and curating ram prices and now I’m culling and curating the things and links that interest me. I have found a blog theme I like and a workflow I can live with. The theme even has a bit of the old ‘ramseeker blue’ in it – just like old times and most importantly it offers a link type post format so the title of the post on the front page links to the site I’m writing about.

I’m really looking forward to finding some new sites and blogs to write about and link to – especially the smaller hobby sites that are not as commercial and are just some person’s site where they write about stuff that interests them.

An excellent example of this would be System Folder where the author writes about his older mac collections. I stumbled across this at some point and I try to remember to visit from time to time as it’s a great resource for those of us that still love or remember the older Macs

I also want to write more here as I always find it amazing on what has the most page views and what people like to read or at least what I rank in google for. But most of all I just want to hit that publish button more from now on. I’ve never cared much for stats and the days of ramseeker being a big money maker are over but it’s still fun to find out what resonates wit others.

Perhaps I will build an audience or maybe I won’t but at least I will have tried and if nothing else I have a few more bookmarks saved for later.

All I have to do now is to hit that publish button.

On Using a 2016 MacBook Pro with External Monitors

Here’s something I learned today fromRic Ford at Macintouch

The same thing occurs with monitors connected via Mini DisplayPort (which is also the Thunderbolt connector) to a 2011, 2012 or 2015 MacBook Pro [in clamshell mode]. No power adapter, no external display image.

Source: 2016 MacBook Pro et al

Seems that if you want to use a battery powered MacBook Pro to connect an external display in clamshell mode you’re out of luck

Dell Inspiron 15-3521 15.6in. (500GB, Intel Core i3 3rd Gen., 1.9GHz, 6GB) Noteb

This computer sells for about $100.00 as configured, but then with a few upgrades you could do to get a bit more life out of it.

RAM: This Dell Inspiron ships with 6GB of RAM but you can max out the ram to 16GB. For this computer I wonder if adding ram that costs more than the computer is such a good idea. You could upgrade to 8GB but as it ships with 6GB you would be hard pressed to tell much of a difference

Hard Drive: This is different. This computer ships with a 500GB drive, but I suggest you toss a SSD in this computer. You could get away with a 128GB ssd which would cost $100 or less.

Battery: This computer could probably use a new battery and these are pretty cheap at about $20.00

Total Cost of Dell Inspiron 15-3521 with Upgrades would cost about $220.00

 

Shop Dell Inspiron 15-3521 on eBay or Amazon

 

 

Lenovo ThinkPad T430s i5 3320M @ 2.6GHz – 4Gb RAM – DVDCD-RW – No HDD

Lenovo ThinkPad T430s i5 3320M @ 2.6GHz – 4Gb RAM – DVD\CD-RW – No HDD

Source: Lenovo ThinkPad T430s i5 3320M @ 2.6GHz – 4Gb RAM – DVDCD-RW – No HDD

This Lenovo thinkpad tends to sell for about $100 as configured.

You will need to add more RAM and upgrade the hard drive to get it to top notch condition and performance. There’s some wear on the keyboard too so you might want to consider upgrading. A new battery might be a good idea too.

First, the hard drive. 250GB SSD drives are under $100.

Doubling the ram to 8GB would cost about $50.00. 

If you go with a replacement keyboard you would add another $35.00  

A new battery would cost about $50.00

Lastly, you will need a charger for about $10.00

Total it all up and a fast, thin and light thinkpad from 2012 would cost about $350.00 if you sum up all the upgrades you would need for this computer.

 

Apple Mac Mini 2.5GHz – 3.2GHz Intel Core i5 4GB RAM 500GB Mac OS X 10.12 Sierra 885909455621 

Apple Mac Mini 2.5GHz – 3.2GHz Intel Core i5 4GB RAM 500GB Mac OS X 10.12 Sierra

Source: Apple Mac Mini 2.5GHz – 3.2GHz Intel Core i5 4GB RAM 500GB Mac OS X 10.12 Sierra 885909455621 | eBay

This Mac Mini from 2011 sells for about $400.00.

There are two upgrades you can do to this particular model. The first is that you can upgrade the RAM to 16GB which is getting rare for Mac Minis as you can’t even upgrade the lastest model. This will cost about $100.00

Then there’s the hard drive. It comes with a 500gb spinning drive which is okay if you don’t mind the speed and need the storage, but if want a much faster experience for this 2011 Mac Mini then you should upgrade the SSD. You could replace the 500gb spinner with a 500GB SSD. This will cost about $150.00

Total it all up and your maxed-out 2011 Mac Mini would cost about $650.00  and the result would be a very fast Mac Mini