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Month: June 2012

Macbook pro with retina display- It is not worth it

Macbook pro with retina display- It is not worth it

I just spent the last few hours playing with what I hoped to be an impressive, macbook pro retina display.

I am not an apple fan boy, but I admit that their hardware has been impressive and I was excited about the retina display. When i got me grubby hands on it, i was expecting to be WOWed by the display, but doing normal everyday tasks, I really couldn’t notice it.  I fired up a standard macbook pro and compared them side by side.  only if I was inches away from the screen could I really see any difference.

Looking at the size,  The difference in thickness is not much of a change either.  A couple of times I pickup the wrong machine thinking it was the other one.  I had to look at the side to see if it had a rom drive to tell which one I had just picked up.

For $2200 i cannot see paying for something your not going to notice,  The only reason to get the new pro is if you want the SSD,  then it makes since as the base MB pro with ssd option is more expensive than the Retina one (Come on Apple, $2300 for the base with the same ssd?)

I am not sure who this new MB is for, except the people that just have to have the latest and greatest from Apple (and that is alot of people).  If you are a pro(something) working for long hours and needing a high res display,  you are going to be attaching a large external monitor or 2 and won’t even be using the built in display or even care about how much it weighs.

I am sure they will sell alot of them…I hope this helps you

Building a Ruby on Rails Development Machine on Windows 7

Building a Ruby on Rails Development Machine on Windows 7

So now that I have a new laptop (see post here, here, and here)  I am going to change my RoR Dev enviroment from Linux to windows.  or atleast I am going to try.

First stop: and pretty much that is all you need.  I like a few more things.

Cygwin- Hint instill using admin rights,

Sublime text 2

Add new SSH Keys to github and bitbucket.

I think I am ready to go…..  Ohhh yeah Coffee!

Samsung Series 9 15 inch ultrabook – Review – Ongoing

Samsung Series 9 15 inch ultrabook – Review – Ongoing

More posts about this laptop here, here and here.

Updated 6/18:

As of 6/11/2012 8pm PST : I have only owned this Sleek Ultrabook for a few hours.  This post will be updated as I go and uses this machine.


  • FAST. I have a Desktop with an SSD, this still blows that out of the water
  • Sexy,  It looks really cool
  • Thin and Light.
  • Doesn’t get hot
  • Quiet (no fan or HDD sound)
  • Loud speakers (but tinny sound)
  • Super fast start up
  • USB Power even when off (you must turn this on)
  • Small and light power supply
  • USB 3. data transfer to 5400 rpm Sata HD  was 200 Mb/sec


  • Speakers sound “tinny” but they are loud.
  • Power brick gets hot
  • Body and keyboard shows smudges
  • Left clicking the trackpad is a little wonky
  • Not a problem for me but the keyboard keys have a very short throw.
  • HDMI to VGA adaptor is not included and is expensive $50.
  • SD data transfer speeds:  From SD car to internal SSD was max about 19 MB per sec
  • SD transfer to external USB3 hard drive about 9 MB per sec.
Samsung Series 9 15 inch ultrabook – Bloatware removal

Samsung Series 9 15 inch ultrabook – Bloatware removal

More posts about this laptop here, here and here.

The downside of an Ultrabook is the small hard drive.  One of the downside of the Windows ecosystem is the OAMs can install a bunch of useless software, also known as “Bloatware”.  Samsung didn’t fill this machine up with that much bloat, but with this small of a drive, every kilobyte counts.

So the system shows that out of the 128 GB SSD that only about 89.1 GB is usable.  Of that paltry 89.1, only ~58 GB of free space. That is 31 GB for windows, apps and the bloat.

Now after system updates and Chrome install, I am down to 51.9 GB

Update: I have had to do atleast 4 Windows updates now and I am down to 50.1 GB after those updates

Update2: I am now on my 6th (I think) windows update down to 49GB

Bloat Removal

  1. Absolute Reminder
  2. Bing toolbar
    My gosh this thing is fast
  3. Amazon Kindle
  4. All 15 of the wild tangent games(took forever 5 mins)
  5. Norton online back up
  6. All Norton products for that matter.
  7. e-pop
  8. multimedia pop
  9. Samsung software launcher
  10. Windows live messenger
  11. Windows live Mail
  12. Windows live writer
  13. windows live mesh
  14. Skype, but I will add it back on my own later
With all the updates and removal all the things above i am left with 52GB free.  Now I have to add an Antivirus and update MS office, tho I might remove office as I am hardcore Google Drive/apps/docs user now.

I have left the Samsung programs installed for now, as well as I have not investigated re-partitioning the drive.  There is a 21GB recovey partition installed.  After I get some time with the machine I will look at doing a clean wipe and install of the OS,  or maybe just wait till windows 8


My new workhorse : Samsung Series 9 NP900X4C 15 inch ultrabook – intro

My new workhorse : Samsung Series 9 NP900X4C 15 inch ultrabook – intro

More posts about this laptop here, here and here.

I have been drooling over a new laptop for almost 2 years now.  Ever since my screen broke on my Acer 5610z.  I have alsways had a work laptop to hold me over, so I was waiting till I found something I really liked.  I knew i wanted something thin, light and powerful.  I bought  a 13″ Mac Book Air about 6 months ago and promtly returned it 3 days later.  It was sexy machine, but not up be a real work horse.  I almost bought the HP folio 13 about 5 times, but I waited.

When I saw this Samsung Series 9 NP900X4B sitting in Best Buy today, It had everything I was looking for and I jumped on it.  WOW it is fast, thin and light  ohhh and it is a sexy piece of hardware.

Update:  I have had to do 4 system updates now.

More reviews to come as I get more time with it.  First step removing the bloatware.