MacBook Pro upgrade

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I recently purchased a 2013 MacBook Pro from a good friend of mine for a decent price.

I’ve always wanted a Mac and this is a great place to start.

He had just got a new MacBook, the one with the hated USB-C port among other things, so he sold me his old MacBook Pro.

I’ve always wanted a Mac, and I could never afford one. I had a decent laptop coming out of high school but I could never afford a Mac like I wanted.

I can honestly say it has increased my productivity in a lot of areas, but the biggest draw back this somewhat old laptop? THE BATTERY

My friend had kept the laptop plugged in all the time, and it eventually killed the battery so when I received this laptop, that is the first thing I looked into changing on this laptop. I also wanted and needed to update the RAM on this laptop, considering the computer is older and only had 4GB of RAM on the original machine. This little bit of RAM was slowing me down on my workflow and productivity, and coupled with the drained, old battery, the machine was basically dead after the initial boot up and log in, so no long use sessions anytime soon.

So I got to google searching about possible upgrades that I needed for this laptop, and upgrades I could do to improve the performance of this machine. I settled on the two upgrades I had talked about earlier. More RAM and a new battery. So after countless hours of searching, pricing, and watching videos on how to change these parts I ordered them.

My RAM of choice was this set of 16GB of ram from Amazon and I also purchased a new battery from Anker and I WAS THRILLED to say the least.

Here’s the battery I bought, and here is the RAM I purchased

Here is the guide I followed from Ifixit.com, but I also attached my personal picture. These pictures aren’t in-depth but I just took them while I was in the process of the build.

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Let’s Talk: Podcasts

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As I sit here in my office, I am listening to a podcast.

What’s a podcast, one might ask?

Dictionary.com defines a podcast as: a digital audio or video file or recording, usually part of a themed series, that can be downloaded from a website to a media player or computer.

So if you didn’t know, that’s what a podcast is.img_2214

Podcasts cover all different kinds of genre’s from tech to food, relationships to music, and design to stories. I personally enjoy podcasts about tech, design, music, and politics. I honestly listen to podcasts more than music most days. I just get an enjoyment out of learning things in such an interesting way.

I began listening to podcasts over a year ago and it all started with “The Vergecast”, a podcast hosted by The Verge. This podcast is mainly about tech with some politics mixed in. The content of it echoes that of its website, and the hosts are very interesting and informative. This is with most podcasts.

5 of my favorite podcasts now a days are Pod Save America, a politics podcasts hosted by former Obama aids, Crtl-Walt-Delete and The Vergecast, two podcast in association with theverge.com, both hosted by Nilay Patel (Editor in Chief of The Verge) and others like Walt Mossberg (Founder of Recode Media and creator of the Code Conference), Accidental Tech Podcast, another tech podcast hosted by Web Designers and App Developers, and finally 99% Invisible, a Podcast about the design of everyday things and how we never notice them.

So I encourage you to check out podcasts and find something that interest you, because there are thousand of different kinds. and if there isn’t one that suits you, there is always the ability to make a podcast and publish it on iTunes. But that’s a whole other article.

Until the next time,

Allen Childers

 

I want to write. 

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You reading this, have you ever had the urge to write? Like write about anything and everything. Whether it’s journalism, stories, or anything else in a literacy format.

I know I do.

I’ve always wanted to be a journalist, but I’ve never been given the opportunity to write and that is mainly why I started this blog. Just to write, everyday, as much as I can, and see how it goes. And I want to write about everything. My life, school, tech, news, fashion, sports, literally anything.

I’ve tried applying at newspapers in my area and my school newspaper but they never seem to let me try the art so I can’t build a portfolio or establish experience. Another reason I started blogging.

I am a major in Computer Information Systems, a far cry from writing and journalism, but I really want to minor in communications or journalism. Just to be able to write like I want. I love my major and the classes I’m taking but I’ve always had an itch to write.

My dream job would be as a tech journalist, someone who writes about and reviews tech. Like that is the life. I listen to tech podcast like a religion and read tech reviews 24/7, and I believe that is what I would be the happiest doing. It is something I’ve really always wanted to do since I watched my first phone review on YouTube when I was like 13.

I want to write and I’m gonna keep going until I can.

Until we meet again,

Allen Childers

 

Attention: Apple Rant follows

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OK! OK! OK!

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This is gonna sound like some serious white priviledge / being super damn selfish. But it’s fine.

 

I want a pair of Apple Airpods and an Apple Watch so bad.airpods-main

AIrpods, if you don’t know, are the little wireless
earbuds that Apple produces and they work amazingly and flawlessly with other apple products. That’s due to this special chip and yadda, yadda, yadda. I explain it all in the tech side of this blog but anyway…

The Apple Watch series 1 is the one. The one piece of tech I wanted but I can’t have and it’s currently right in front of mapple-watch-1y face. Again I’ll go over why I want the Apple Watch from a techy perspective in the tech section of this blog.

I know, I know. I don’t realize what I have if I keep focusing on the big expensive things, but I’m already saving up. so that’s that.

 

 

@peakdesign

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I’ve been looking for a new backpack for a while now considering my Ogio Bandit 15 is ripping and tearing and just overall wearing down.

I think I found the one.

It’s from a Kickstarted company called Peak Design.bp-20-bl-1_29469092444_o

Peak Design is a company based in San Fransisco, California and they specialize in camera gear and bags but this bag is so versatile it can be used for a whole slew of different tasks. I guess that’s why it’s called the “Everyday Backpack.”

Check out the company: Peakdesign.com

And if anyone knows about this bag, Please let me know!