I have a 2011 Mac mini. It was initially a server model, but I’m not using it as a server anymore. These are the specs:
Processor 2 GHz Intel Core i7
Memory 8 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 3000 512 MB
Software OS X 10.8.3
2x500GB 7200RPM disks
I decided to replace the main disk with an SSD and now it literally flies!!! I feel like I updated to a new computer for just 200€! Be careful, don’t by the plain 840!even if it’s cheaper than the 840 Pro, it’s slower than the older model 830. I don’t know why but that’s what I found in many forums and benchmark sites. It’s worth spending a little bit more and get the 840 Pro Series. If’s faster than all the previous ones! I chose Samsung because a lot of people recommended it and because it seems to me that it was one of the most used as a disk replacement for Mac mini and MBP. There are other vendors. Do your research and pick up the one you like.
If you try to do this, remember that it’s not beginners stuff. You need confidence and some experience updating your computer hardware. Ask a friend or ask a professional. Don’t try to do this yourself if you don’t really know what you are doing, because the Mac mini is very fragile internally. It’s easy to brake something. Specially internal connectors are really tiny.
I followed the instructions of this video. This is one of the best step by step video tutorials I found so far. Anyway, even if you have some experience with this stuff, just be careful at the end, when you insert the motherboard back into place.
It’s easy to forget the existence of these metal brakes that can go outside the chassis and it’s really easy to bend them. And remember keep your screws separated because they are all different!
After you install your operating system, don’t forget to add TRIM control. It’s not yet supported for many third party vendors. So you have to do it manually. I downloaded Trim Enabler. After activating it and reboot, you should see in System Report the following configuration:
And that’s it!! I’m very happy with this disk, there is no way I will go back to install the OS on a traditional HDD.
In this video I show you the boot speed and loading of 10 applications.
DevoBots is a robot builder and a music synthesizer featuring unreleased Devo music & sounds from their archives. DEVO is an American New Wave band formed in 1972 and since then it has maintained a cult following throughout its existence. It’s not only for DEVO fans, it’s also a nice toy for adults and children, allowing you to create a huge number of robots accompanied with electronic loops recorded back in the 80′s with analog synthesizers. Continue reading →
This is a simple and nice app that can save you a lot of time retouching unwanted elements in your photos. It also lets you retouch and enhance your pictures, but the most interesting feature is the “erase” button that allows you to magically erase disturbing objects.
I took this photo in Tokyo, July 2009. It was inside some some sort of tube in Ariake area, near my office. No photoshop, I just increased contrast and saturation in Lightroom. I used a 18-70mm lens, zooming while exposing. After many attempts this one came out pretty well :)
Sometimes simple shapes create a big impact, just because they are simple, they express simple colors, they express a simple message. Maybe we have so much noise everyday around us and we can find some shelter in simplicity.
This is an Instagram photo. Sometimes we can also take pictures of stuff around food, like bottles, glasses and so forth ;-)
Who are the people reflected in the water? When I took this picture I was thinking about that, what if things where just reversed, the train going in the opposite direction, the majority of people left-handed, keys closing clockwise. I was in the opposite side of the river that goes with the railroad, in Ichigaya station (市ヶ谷駅). Continue reading →
I always wanted to have a photoshot in the beach. Even it’s not summer yet, the weather in Barcelona was sunny enough to do it without catching a cold. The model name is Maika, she’s a beautiful girl from Barcelona with really nice eyes. The good thing about doing this photoshots is about freedom of choice and freedom of ideas. I’m independent, so no pressure from a client asking for a specific product. This was just our free will taking pictures. I like when the model improvises by herself, because that makes her feel better and more relaxed, even if sometimes the wind can play some tricks. Maika is pretty young but she’s talented. I’m sure I’ll work with her in the near future again. She has lovely green eyes and she puts personality in the pictures which make them more vivid and with content.
Slightly open, it makes the whole difference. A slightly open mouth represents so many things. Is she about to speak, to tell something nice, something wrong? Or is she just about to say something but at the last minute she thought it twice? Or it’s just the prelude for a kiss or something else? It’s up to you, it’s up to me, it’s up to her, it’s imagination, pure fantasy. Whatever it could be, that slightly open mouth means so many things and changes the whole portrait completely. I like to look at it, in direct eye line and I can’t avoid moving down to see her mouth. Maybe that’s why a picture is worth a thousand words.
I would like to introduce Davide Pasca, another indie developer, a good friend of mine and a real kick ass developer.
1. Davide, give us an intro about you.
I’m a guy with a passion for programming, especially computer graphics, but not necessarily.
I started early as a programmer in Italy, working as a software developer on Mac, while cultivating my passion for graphics and video games on the Amiga first and on PC later on.
I eventually moved to the US in 1995 for my first real job in the game industry. Six years later I moved to Japan, in Tokyo, where I’ve been for about eleven years now.
2. What made you take the decision to be an indie developer?