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I actually got an iPad 3rd gen last year but didn’t really have time to write anything about it.  It is only 9 months old but it feels older than that because Apple has already released a 4th gen in October last year.  Nonetheless, it is still an excellent piece of hardware because of the ultra nice screen.  I use it everyday and of course it deserves to be dressed up a little by these accessories.

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Just want to close the loop on the benchmark tests of the Mediasonic USB 3.0 RAID Enclosure I purchased earlier this year.  The Mediasonic USB 3.0 RAID Enclosure has been working solidly with my Mac Mini using a FireWire 800 connection.  Once I got the 13″ Retina MacBook Pro, I connected the drive enclosure to the USB 3.0 port.  The reconnection was flawless, there is nothing to reconfigure and all the data remains unchanged.  The benchmark shows a pretty nice improvement in speed over the FireWire 800 connection. In essence, when connecting it via the USB 3.0 connection, it has a similar speed to connecting it via a eSATA connection (See the RAID 10 configuration test result of this post).  So how does this compare to the SSD drive inside the MBP, and a straight up USB 3.0 external drive?

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As you all know, the battery life of iPhones is not great.  There have been times I felt a bit stranded when my iPhone 4 (2+ years old now) was nearly out of battery in late afternoon and I had to be out and about, not near any power outlets to recharge my iPhone.  That is when I thought I needed this extra piece of gadget to help me get through the day while I need to be mobile.

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Remember I mentioned I tried and returned 2 Retina MacBook Pro 15″? Here is one of them.  I didn’t keep the hardware, I only have the photos of deboxing it in my photo library to share.  I still think it is a pretty damn good piece of hardware considering it cost the same as my current Retina MacBook Pro 13″.  However, moving from a MacBook Air, the 15″ MacBook Pro is too big of a difference in size and weight for me to be happy with it.  So here I can only share photos of the machine I didn’t keep with you.

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The Sony NEX-5N is probably my favorite photography gear for casual photography.  The reason is simply because of the nice image quality and the compact size of the camera system.    I have slowly accumulated a few lenses for this camera.  I found I take this camera out with me more often than taking the Canon T1i.  When I use the Sony NEX-5N, I sometimes find not having a view finder a bit of an inconvenience.  There is something about using a view finder to frame a photo that is different from using the LCD screen on the back of a camera.  I don’t think the Sony NEX-5N will ever replace a DSLR for me, but maybe getting the NEX-6 or NEX-7 might give me the extra view finder option when I need it.

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I have been waiting for this piece of hardware for a while.  As a matter of fact, once the Retina MacBook Pro 15″ was released, I sold my 2011 MacBook Air because it had only 4GB of RAM and I was on the road to upgrade to the pro-line of Apple notebook computer. The 15″ version of the MacBook Pro is a lovely and very capable machine.  I still think I would have kept the 15″ version if it wasn’t for some display panel issues I had with the 2 machines I tried.  In addition, switching from a MacBook Air, the 15″ rMBP was way too heavy for me.  So I returned them and have been patiently waiting for Apple to release the 13″ version of the new rMBP.  The time has come on Oct 23 when Apple finally announced the 13″ version of the Retina MacBook Pro and also made it available for online ordering on the same day.

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While having the Mediasonic USB 3.0 RAID enclosure connected to my Mac Mini via FireWire 800, I did a very quick benchmark using XBench to get some results.  Sequential Read and Write tests got acceptable results. Random Read and Write tests were affected by block size.  I am sure if I can connect it using USB 3.0 or eSATA, I would be able to get slightly better results.  From a practical sense, I was able to play 1080p MKV movies from this drive without any lag.

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