Hello, SSD.

I finally bought an SSD for my Mac mini. CamelCamelCamel notified me that my chosen SSD, the WD Blue 1TB 2.5”, had reached my price point so I went for it. It had a bonus 20% off, making the total price before sales tax about $170. Previous list price had been $260 and seems to be settling in at $230 at the moment.

I cloned it using Super Duper last night and it was ready this morning. Here’s the thing. This is fast. Logging in on my Mac mini with my internal hard drive was awful. Took forever. Booting from this SSD (still via a USB cable), login is blazingly fast. I expect this to get even faster once I take it off of USB and install it internally, connected via SATA III.

10 June 2018 Update: It’s been running fine over USB (holding Alt/Opt during boot to get a volume choice menu). So today I put it on the SATA bus, replacing the 1TB internal drive.

Hello, Tello.

I’ve tried a couple times now to switch my iPhone phone/data/text service from AT&T to Tello. I managed to get my daughter on their service with her iPhone 5 and later her iPhone 6. No problems there. My iPhone 6s didn’t want to go, despite AT&T claiming it was unlocked. Maybe the phone started life on Sprint and they hadn’t unlocked it. That’s possible.

Tonight, I switched my new-to-me jet black iPhone 7 256GB from AT&T, where I’ve used it a couple days, to Tello. No problems. Fast internet. So far (half an hour in), so good. I’m getting 200 voice minutes, unlimited texting (which I won’t use much of since I text few people without iPhones) and 1GB of data per month. $5/mo more to double that to 2GB/month. We’ll see how 1GB goes.

Goodbye, Onewheel.

I bought my Onewheel+ during their Pioneers promo in late 2016. I loved it. At around 70 miles cumulative, I really started to have a good time on it. At 80-something miles, I took a spill, breaking my arm. I hung onto the board until about a week ago when I put it up for sale on my wife’s Facebook account. I sold it tonight a nice fella who wanted it as a second for the OneWheel+ XR which expects delivery of in April of this year (2018). I’ll miss it a lot, but my plan is to switch down to electric skateboards and hope that that gives me something like the enjoyment I extracted from my Onewheel, but with a little less skill required to keep both feet on the board.

27 May 2018: I still miss my Onewheel. From the moment I started using its replacement, a Metroboard 36” Mid-size Gravity-decked electric skateboard, I’ve maintained the impression that my Onewheel was actually safer overall for me. Oh, man.