BaseQi SD Card Adapter Speed Test for MacBook Pro

The MacBook Pro : 

As the owner of a MacBook Pro (which is an amazing bit of kit) I fall victim to the same downfall as most owners – the small internal SSD.  My MBP holds a mere 128Gb of internal built in storage.

MacBook Pro Early 2015 Specs
MacBook Pro Early 2015 Specs

Now that 128Gb storage is almost instant access – being a quick SSD.  When paired up with 8Gb of RAM and the 2.7GHz i5 machine it really is a very capable bit of kit – in fact most of this blog, associated photos and media all stem from this very machine.

But let’s be honest 128Gb is not enough.

But let’s be even more honest.  It isn’t a huge deal either.  With portable options now readily available, you can easily get 4TB in your pocket, 400Gb SD Cards are becoming more affordable £ / $ per Gb and you can even get super fast tiny and portable SSD drives which are amazing for rending video and other demanding tasks.

SanDisk 200Gb Micro SD Card
SanDisk 200Gb Micro SD Card

Personally I have always opted for a connected portable hard drive.  My drive of choice at the moment being a USB 3.0 2TB Seagate drive.  It is quick (as you will soon see), it is small, and it is plug and play.  I have the majority of my apps on it, all my games and store images on it that I won’t be using immediately.  

I keep it pretty clutter free and it means my storage issues – aren’t issues.

As far as SD cards go I always (from habit more than anything else) use a USB 3.0 card reader.  (The one I use is from Anker).  It means I can just pop the card out of my camera / GoPro / drone… whatever and have the media transferred quickly and hassle free on my terms.  I don’t like plugging in a device and having it tell me what image importer to use, or what editor, so with the Card Reader I import and use as I please.

If I am editing photos / video on the go I import them onto the Mac’s SSD, do what I need to do, then upload them or store them on the portable drive.  It is no doubt easier and quicker to run on the SSD, and it means if I am mobile I don’t need to worry about the portable drive and where to set it.  But then you reach the limiting factor of the maximum available space.

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Casio G-Shock GBD-800 Unboxing

Following on from the analog G-Shock GBA-800 Casio have released a digital variant, the GBD-800, of their fitness tracking, step counting, bluetooth tough watch.

Press Release : 

The following press release is taken from GShock.com :

Casio G-Shock GBD-800 US Colour Way Options
Casio G-Shock GBD-800 US Colour Way Options

DOVER, NEW JERSEY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 – Today, Casio G-SHOCK unveils the latest additions to the Men’s Power Trainer Series with the release of the GBD800. Available in two color ways of black with red accents (GBD800-1) and black with neon green accents (GBD800-8), the models are compatible with the G-SHOCK Connected app and include new technical features such as a re-designed full digital display and phone finder function through Bluetooth Mobile Link.

The models come on the heels of the analog-digital GBA800, which was released earlier this year in partnership with U.S. Olympian and G-SHOCK brand ambassador Louie Vito. Geared towards athletes and active individuals, the GBD800 features a step tracker function that breaks down daily steps taken in five metabolic equivalent levels (MET) – all of which are displayed in a graph via the G-SHOCK Connected app.

The watch also boasts a work-out timer with up to five intervals and an updated digital display of three different rows to easily track fitness progress. Toggling between modes, the top display showcases a step graph and lap number, while the mid display showcases time and the bottom display showcases the total number of laps and steps.

Other key features include a built-in stopwatch with 200-record memory, an auto super illuminator LED light, target alarm and auto time update capabilities.
Each model also comes equipped with standard G-SHOCK technology such as:

    • 200M water resistance and shock resistance
    • 5 daily alarms
    • 1/100th stopwatch and countdown timer
    • Dual Time
    • Round timer

 

    • The GBD800-1 and GBD800-8 will retail at $99 and will be available for purchase beginning in October 2018 at G-SHOCK retailers including Macy’s, the G-SHOCK Soho Store, and

gshock.com

Europeans are even more lucky – the basics of the press release remains the same but we get much broader colour ways with some pretty awesome options in there over the US’ black and green and black and red.

Casio G-Shock GBD-800 European Colour Way Options
Casio G-Shock GBD-800 European Colour Way Options

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Mous Limitless 2.0 Leather iPhone X Case Unboxing & Review

With this case I expand my Mous.co collection.  This time with the Mous Limitless 2.0 Leather iPhone X Case.

If you are a follower of this blog you will know that this is not my first mous.co case.  You will also know that I am a fan of their gear.  If you don’t you can read my review of the carbon fibre case and a few of the accessories here :

Mous Limitless iPhone X Case (Carbon Fibre) Unboxing & Review

Mous iPhone X Accessories Unboxing and Review

Disclosure : I purchased this Mous Limitless iPhone X Leather Case direct from Mous.co the review is my own as are my thoughts on the product.

Mous Limitless 2.0 Leather iPhone X Case

Rather than just regurgitate what I have already written about the Mous.co Carbon Fibre case please take a few moments and have a quick read of it.

The first comment I made in that review was about a missed shipping date and how this is only to be expected with cloud funding – glitches happen etc etc.  That point is no longer relevant.  We are now no longer in the cloud funding world, we are now buying off a well established business.  Shipping time was a couple of days and as you would now expect I had the case within the week.  

Things continue in this positive direction…

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Apple iPhone Xs / XR Wallpapers

iPhone XR Wallpaper Sample
iPhone XR Wallpaper Sample

With the arrival of iOS12 just mere hours away and the first deliveries of the iPhone Xs series less than a week away you could well be one of the lucky ones upgrading to the latest iDevice.

If, like me, you may not be planning to upgrade on this cycle – you may well like the idea of a facelift for your current phone and no better way to do that than the latest wallpaper.

Apple are renowned for their gorgeous wallpapers and this refresh is no different.  The wallpapers for the new iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max are beautiful.  There is some dispute as to what the wallpapers actually depict, some claim they represent planetary surfaces, others that they are bubbles – the patterns coming from an oil type effect on the surface of said bubbles.  The latter being the theory that I am going for.

But it doesn’t stop there.  Of course the latest flagship iPhone is causing a lot of buzz on the tech front but what seems to be causing even more at the moment is the newly announced iPhone XR – the more modestly priced, LCD screened, single camera’d, and multi coloured iPhone XR.  With it comes a whole range of wallpapers each designed around the base colour of an iPhone XR.  These follow the same bubble theme and come with a single or double bubble variant.

iPhone XR Range
iPhone XR Range

So without further ado read on to see all the wallpapers that will be coming with the new range of iPhones and download your favourite.  All the images are full resolution so will work beautifully on whatever phone you currently use – your facelift awaits…

Keep scrolling… right to the bottom… there’s a link to download all wallpapers in a handy zip file (31.2Mb)

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2018 Mrs Brown’s Boys East Coast Racing Festival Results : Sunday 9th September 2018

2018 Mrs Brown’s Boys East Coast Racing Festival Results :

Derek McGee at the 2018 Mrs Brown’s Boys East Coast Racing Festival
Derek McGee at the 2018 Mrs Brown’s Boys East Coast Racing Festival

Sunday 9th August 2018 – the final race day for the Irish National Road Racing Calendar and it took us to Killalane for the 2018 East Coast Racing Festival sponsored by – strangely enough – Mrs Brown’s Boys.  Fair play though Brown’s seemed to get right into the spirit of things coming up with a funky wee logo and and even more funky bus…

It also say the return to the roads of Derek McGee who just one month ago was knocked out of action at the Ulster Grand Prix at Dundrod…

If we remove that slight hiccup from the equation the result is Derek McGee taking 15 wins from 15 races – a phenomenal achievement and one well worthy of a round of applause – !applause!

It didn’t come easy though as throughout the final Derek Shiels was snapping at his heels on the Cookstown Burrows Engineering bike taking second place by a mere 0.185s!  The third place podium went to Michael Sweeney, Paul Jordan taking fourth.

2018 Mrs Brown’s Boys East Coast Racing Festival Results
2018 Mrs Brown’s Boys East Coast Racing Festival Results

Read on for the full results from every one of the day’s races…

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2018 Classic TT Results

2018 Classic TT Results
Sharing the Festival of Motorsport with the Manx Grand Prix means you share the good and the bad.  The good being the obvious – 2 glorious weeks of Motorcycle Racing, this year the bad was the weather.  Fog and rain plagued the early stages of the event with practices being severely limited.

The sessions did get run.  Extra road closures were put in place to maximise the competitors’ time on the circuit and as usual the organisers, Marshals, Medical Staff… all had to step up in difficult circumstances.  They all did and as you can see from the results and timings below we got some excellent racing.  

John McGuinness made his debut back in competitive racing (following his 2017 North West 200 crash) showing that without doubt he has still got it – taking the win in the Senior Classic on the Paton and also taking the fastest lap at an average speed of 110.676 mph.

Dean Harrison continued with the form he had from earlier this year in the Isle of Man at the TT Races taking the Superbike win with a fastest lap of 126.041 mph.

Read on for the 2018 Classic TT Results :

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2018 Manx Grand Prix Results

2018 Manx Grand Prix Results

2018 Manx Grand Prix Results

After a trying week of inclement weather things started to improve for the 2018 Manx Grand Prix. 

The fog lifted, the rain stopped and the racers got to take on the Isle of Man Mountain Course in some style! 

Here are all the results from the 2018 Manx GP. Full Qualifying Session timings, fastest laps and other stats are available here : 

http://www.manxgrandprix.org/MGP-Results

Newcomers A – Result Sheet :Newcomers A - Result Sheet 

Newcomers B – Result Sheet :

Newcomers B - Result Sheet 

 

Mylchreests MGP Junior – Result Sheet :Mylchreests MGP Junior - Result Sheet Mylchreests MGP Junior - Result Sheet 

Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club MGP Lightweight – Result Sheet :

Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club MGP Lightweight - Result Sheet 

 Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club Ultra Lightweight – Result Sheet :

Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club Ultra Lightweight - Result Sheet 

MGP Senior – Result Sheet : 

MGP Senior - Result Sheet MGP Senior - Result Sheet 

Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club MGP Lightweight – Result Sheet : 

Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club MGP Lightweight - Result Sheet 

Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club Ultra Lightweight – Result Sheet :

Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club Ultra Lightweight - Result Sheet 

STATEMENT ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE MANX MOTOR CYCLE CLUB : Alan Jackson

RIP Alan Jackson.  Ride free.

Another terrible loss of a supremely well thought of and experienced racer.  

Alan Jackson
Alan Jackson

The Manx Motor Cycle Club regrets to confirm that Alan ‘Bud’ Jackson, 62, from Kendal, Cumbria died today following an accident during last night’s qualifying session for the Classic TT Races on the Isle of Man. The incident occurred at the Creg Ny Baa during last night’s Senior Classic TT session.

Alan was a very experienced competitor on the TT Mountain Course. He made his debut in the 1979 Manx Grand Prix and has four race wins to his name – the 1986 MGP Junior Race, the 1991 Classic Lightweight MGP, the 1995 Classic Lightweight MGP and the 1998 Classic Lightweight MGP as well as six other MGP podiums. He also competed in the TT Races and had a highest finish of fifth place in the 1990 Ultra Lightweight TT.

The Manx Motor Cycle Club wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Alan’s wife Elaine, son Paul, daughter Emma and his other family members and friends.

Press Release : http://www.manxgrandprix.org/News/2018/08/24/statement-regarding-alan-jackson

Casio G-Shock DW-5600 New Era X Limited Edition (2018) Unboxing

Casio G-Shock DW-5600 New Era X Limited Edition
Casio G-Shock DW-5600 New Era X Limited Edition

If you follow G-Shock and their limited editions you will be aware then that 2018 brings us another New Era Collaboration.

It’s not the first time G-Shock and New Era have teamed up and its not the first time that the watch’s storage container is a cap – which is just simply an awesome touch!

Past G-Shock / New Era Collaborations : 

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Playstation 4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition Pre-Order Problems : Do NOT Buy from the eBay Scalpers!

Say NO to the eBay Scalpers. It is the only way to beat them.
Say NO to the eBay Scalpers. It is the only way to beat them.

Playstation 4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition Pre-Order Problems: If you are a keen gamer there is a good chance you found yourself in the position hundreds of us found ourselves yesterday and today.  That is without a Sony Playstation 4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition Console.

  • What is a Sony Playstation 4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition?

Basically it is a special edition Playstation 4 Pro that celebrates the fact that Sony have now sold 500,000,000 Playstation consoles.  They have limited this edition to a mere 50,000 units globally making it actually pretty limited.  Limited of course means desirable to gamers, and unfortunately desirable to gamers means desirable to scalpers, or as I will refer to them from this point onwards – scumbags.

  • What’s so special about it?

To be honest thats a difficult question.  You can regularly and easily pick up a PS4 Pro for about £300 in a bundle.  This edition is £450, but comes with a camera, an upgraded 2TB hard drive and is housed in an awesome looking translucent blue case, each one individually numbered.  If you don’t understand the appeal then this probably isn’t the article for you and you’d be best just moving on to the next one.  If you do get it, or at least think you get it, have a look at this – I’m sure you will agree it is special!

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