Samsung 840 EVO SSD


When on the road using a laptop for processing video or photographs, it’s important that the computer has some room for swapfiles or virtual memory. And in case you use GoPro Studio and forget to pre=create a destination folder, dumping a few video files to your boot drive won’t immediately stop your forward process in some coffee shop of grocery store Starbucks as I had happen.

I set up my machines with a minimum of 2 hard drives. Initially due to cost of SSd drives I would chose a boot drive/SSD large enough to handle the OS and applications I use (Win 7/64 and Adobe Master Suite plus Go Pro Studio). 120 gig drives were the sweet spot a few years ago but they only had around 25 gig free when loaded so no room for sloppy hd management. I use a normal hd for secondary or tertiary drives, client files/photos, etc.

Today 250 gig drives are affordable ($140 per 250 gig SSD). This gives me a much faster drive for the OS and enough room for a larger swapfile and any OS updates, etc… Samsungs EVO and Pro drives are very fast and their upgrade kits include a dongle so you can clone your boot drive quickly and without any issues at all. They include data migration software and Samsung Magician which aids in maximizing the performance of these drives.

I run a Dell Precision M6500 with an i7, Nvidia M2800, wide gamut screen and 2 drives. It’s 6 years old and I noted the boot drive was slowing and mostly due to reading/writing heavily to that 20+ gig of free space. The Windows Experience index had gone from 6.9 to 5.9 due tot he SSD alone. With the new Samsung 840 EVO installed the index is up to 7.7 for the new SSD, which is excellent.

I recommend the Samsung Drives and the upgrade kit without hesitation.

Cycling Kits

Goodman Graphic has designed a number of kits for cycling teams in the Santa Barbara area including the Platinum MTB Team. This design for Team Foundation Roots is a classic and pro look, using contrasting stitching as a design element and complimentary colors as highlights. As well, full color printing provided the opportunity to showcase the colorful sponsor logos. When each manufacturer uses a different method of production, it’s important to understand what can be done with each and selecting manufacturers at the design stage.


It’s been a year without WordPress, due to it’s slowness. I have just installed 3.21 and will see if there have been any improvements. Looks like a few enhancements were made but still will require a few plug ins and widgets. I may just use the stock them for awhile adding a number of header images. Too complex a re-design just means PIA updates of WP and plugins. The best plan IMO is to KISS.