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Adventures in cooling the UniFi US-8-150W

After hearing about Apple discontinuing further development of the Airport Extreme, I decided to switch to Ubiquiti’s UniFi line of wireless gear about a year and a half ago.  The internet is full of great reviews, so I didn’t need … Continue reading

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Nest Temperature Sensor impressions

It’s not uncommon for a thermostat to be located somewhere that doesn’t correlate well with the area you really want to be temperature controlled.  In fact, it’s probably the rule rather than the exception.  Thermostat placement is often dictated by … Continue reading

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A plug and play USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet adapter for Mac’s

In a previous blog post, I noted the insane lack of simple Gigabit Ethernet adapters for Mac’s.  Even the ones that claim to be “plug and play” have some bad reviews when it comes to handling resume from sleep or … Continue reading

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EasyClosets review and experiences

This is a review of a custom closet design ordered from EasyClosets. Motivation Recently, I got it into my head to redo our main walk-in closet. This was not for purely practical reasons.  Between our storage cage downstairs and my complete … Continue reading

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iPad Pro 12.9 long term review

In my previous review of the iPad Pro, I touched on a lot of the awkwardness surrounding the pricing, new peripherals, and overall experience of Apple’s latest tablet.  Now that I’ve had the iPad Pro 12.9 for almost a year, … Continue reading

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Stupid Apple tricks: #5 – The USB Ethernet adapter

Want to get gigabit wired speed from your MacBook?  You can use a third party adapter with a funky third party driver (which, if you do any sort of research, are apparently all completely unreliable).  Or you can use Apple … Continue reading

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Stupid Apple tricks: #4 – The Mac Pro

Don’t get me wrong.  I love the idea of the Mac Pro.  But the execution of it in 2016 is just ridiculous. Pro implies a few things.  One, you’ll update it reasonably often, since professionals can easily justify the cost … Continue reading

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The HP Z27q is now recognized by OS X

I wrote a previous blog post about the HP z27q detailing the hacks I had to use to get it work with my Macbook Pro. Well, at some point with El Capitan 10.11.1 or 10.11.2, Apple added a profile for … Continue reading

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Stupid Apple tricks – #3 – iTunes sync

I’ve owned an iPhone as my primary mobile phone starting with the iPhone 3GS.  In all that time, I believe the only time that iTunes WiFi sync ever worked reliably was the first time it was introduced in 2010.  Since … Continue reading

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Stupid Apple tricks: #2 – The Thunderbolt monitor

Do the folks at Apple hate monitors?  Because everyone *I* know that doesn’t work on a laptop exclusively needs one.  And the current Thunderbolt monitor seems to be going for the highest priced piece of obsolete technology award. When it … Continue reading

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