Etcher

 

I have tried this app and if you need a quick and good looking way to burn an ISO file to either a SD Card, CD ROM or USB Drive this is my choice

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Link: Etcher

BunsenLabs Linux

BunsenLabs Linux is a distribution offering a light-weight and easily customizable Openbox desktop

Link: BunsenLabs Linux

I know linux isn’t for everybody but I’ve been trying this linux distribution lately and once you get your head around how the desktop environment works it’s a actually a very nice experience.

Tomtoc Laptop Sleeve with Accessory Pouch

This notebook sleeve from Tomtoc fits the MacBook Pro 13 inch, 12.9 inch iPad Pro and the Microsoft Surface Pro.

One thing that this sleeve has that others don’t is a little pouch for your chargers and dongles.

Price is under $20.00

Link: Amazon

Anker USB-C to Micro USB Adapter 

This two pack of USB-C to USB-A adapters are another way to convert and use legacy (read: anything not usb-c) devices such as thumb drives. The benefit of these over cables is that they are cheap enough that you can leave them on your thumb drives, etc so you don’t have to worry about finding that dongle you had.

Link: Amazon

PPC Luddite

This site is all about – as you can guess by the name – using PowerPC computers.

In the age of the MacBook Air being considered old tech it’s refreshing to see that some still have use for computers much older than that.

I have always wondered if I could use a PowerBook G4 from 2005 or later in 2017 and actually get any work done or would it be too slow for me now that I am used to using faster machines?

Regardless, check out the link if you’re looking to spring new life into your older PowerPC computer as there are lots of good resources here.

Link: PPC Luddite

 AmazonBasics USB Type-C to USB 3.1 Gen1 Female Adapter

AmazonBasics USB Type-C to USB 3.1 Gen1 Female Adapter – White: Computers & Accessories

Source: Amazon.com: AmazonBasics USB Type-C to USB 3.1 Gen1 Female Adapter – White: Computers & Accessories

USB-C is the future to be sure, but we are years away from it replacing legacy ports like USB 3 as we still have thumb drives, hard drives and other devices that still need to connect to newer devices like the Apple MacBook or MacBook Pro that only offer USB-C ports.

This cheap adapter solves the problem of using your peripherals with computers with USB-C ports

Where is all the fun tech hardware? – Angus Woodman

Angus Woodman on the lack of fun tech hardware these days.

You of course can always mod your stuff to be more fun. There’s a company that’ll paint tech hardware for you. You may also say, “well, you can add your personality with a case or covers or stickers.” And that’s fine for some, but to me it still feels like slapping an “I love boobies” bumper sticker on an S-Class.

Source: Where is all the fun tech hardware? – Angus Woodman

He’s right. It’s been some time since I saw any new tech that I had to have  just because it was fun. I too, miss the clamshell iBooks.

Minimalist WordPress Theme – Burger Factory

A clean, simple WordPress theme great for writers. It puts focus on the titles and excerpts, so your writing attracts attention and not the imagery.

Source: Minimalist WordPress Theme – Burger Factory – Angus Woodman

I’ve switched to using this theme for ramseeker.com as it’s a very nice and simple theme. There are a lot of simple themes out there when I was using  jekyll,  but not so much for wordpress, where they all seemed to be overkill for those of that want just a simple and lightweight theme.

The story of how this theme came to be is great too.

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.

5 Tips on Crossing the 1MM Pageview Mark – John Saddington

John Saddington on getting a million page views:

If I were to give any words of advice to those seeking to reach their first 1 million pageviews it would be the following:Do the Work – Just hit “Publish,” period. Forget your insecurities since everyone’s got them. You have nothing to lose.

This is something I need to do more of. I’m a victim of overthinking projects instead of over-doing.

Source: 5 Tips on Crossing the 1MM Pageview Mark – John Saddington