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Kevin Knasel SSD upgrade

The Intel-Micron 25-nanometer (nm) 8 gigabyte (8GB) NAND flash memory device measures 167mm2 and is the smallest, most advanced process technology in the semiconductor industry. Source: Intel Press Kit

New hardware! A couple exciting tidbits over at Weblogs.us: We have some cool new hardware upgrades Thanks to Kevin we will have some nice new SSDs on the way! Deciding on a SSD As for the SSDs, the top candidate so far is the Intel 520 Series Solid-State Drive in the 480GB capacity. Intel’s reliability and 5 year warranty are the real clinchers… there a number of other manufacturers that offer nice drives but very few that offer 5 year warranties and the types

IPCop ‘boot error’ occurs after successful installation

IPCop 2 successful install and boot

Summary of article: If you mount the IPCop (or smoothwall) ISO via IPMI and then install, you are likely to get a boot error once you reboot and the ISO is unmounted. A workaround is to install via an actual DVD drive* (USB, SATA or IDE should all work) *you can remove the drive after install. All the gory details: This weekend I was at the datacenter for work. Part of my task was to setup a new firewall using

Dell Inspiron 17R SE 7720 RAID setup?

My Inspiron 17R has no RAID option in the BIOS. I believe to access the Intel RAID settings it is necessary to have a mSATA drive installed (which I do not have installed at this time).  When a mSATA drive is installed it seems that the acceleration option (mSATA SSD caching) may be enabled in the BIOS, after which you can also do some RAID stuff. I ordered a nice mSATA drive to install in my 17R to see if

Upgrade ASUS N56VM/N56VZ SSD & RAM

Gently press down on the memory until the retention clips click/lock into place

If you have a nice ASUS N56VM or N56VZ series laptop you may be wondering how to upgrade it for maximum performance. So here is a photo tutorial on how to upgrade the RAM on these particular ASUS laptops. You can also see get a feel for how to remove the hard drive & upgrade to an SSD as well as seeing the location of the wifi card. NOTE: A number of people have asked what memory and SSD I

Acer Aspire One 722 Performance Upgrades

Pull downward on both of the rubber feet to slide open the access panel

If you have the lovely little AO722 netbook you may be looking for some simple and cheap upgrades. Here are my top upgrades for the AO722: Upgrade the RAM to 4GB for $20 or even 8GB for less than $40! Upgrade the HDD to a high performance SSD for less than $100 Add bluetooth by upgrading the wifi card to a combo wifi + bluetooth card for about $20 Add a Huawei 3G data card in the extra mini pci-e slot The AMD

Ordering new iPod touch 5th gen, ship date? [ship oct 9th, 2012] [arrival on 12th]


UPDATE 2: the 5th generation iPod touch shipped out on Oct 9th 2012 via FedEx and has an expected arrival date of Oct 15th Oct 12th! (FedEx is ahead of schedule!!!) UPDATE 1: Amazon now has the entire 5th gen iPod touch line available for pre-order. I am considering canceling my Apple pre-order and switch to Amazon because there would be no sales tax in my state. UPDATE 0: the ship times and arrivals mentioned in this article are based

Tip: shock protection unnecessary if you have a SSD!


The Lenovo X220 ThinkPad, as well as many Dell & HP laptops, ship with a form of anti-shock protection enabled by default. This is great if your laptop has a conventional hard drive that can be easily damaged by a fall or drop. The laptop is smart enough to pause disk activity and ‘park’ the head (or other similar techniques) to prevent disk damage. However, if your laptop is exclusively using a SSD (solid state drive) then that protection is

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