March 21, 2014

Mac OS X Bug: ExFAT Hangs Spotlight and Time Machine

mdworker: (Warning) Import: Bad path:

I’ve had terrible issues with Mac OS X never completing Spotlight indexing and Time Machine backups. I was pulling out my hair until I decided to check the console log. That’s when I saw this: Thousands of mdworker errors, with a dozen appearing every second. What could it mean?

Sony QX100 Lens Camera: Ruined by a Flaky iOS App

You'll see this screen a lot, since the QX100 and iOS PlayMemories app do not get along well: "Search the shooting device from the network setting of the terminal and set it"

I was thrilled by the possibilities of adding a professional-quality camera sensor and lens to my iPhone, so I immediately pre-ordered Sony’s DSC-QX100 “lens camera”. It held so much promise, not just as a real innovation but also as a major productivity tool. That’s why I’m angry to write this, a scathing review of the horrid software that ruins the QX10 and QX100 experience. Do not buy this device.

Hands-On Review: Automatic, a Nanny For Your Car

Automatic is a "driving assistant" that monitors certain car functions and attempts to help you drive more efficiently

Automatic is a cool idea: Monitor your car and your driving using a Bluetooth dongle plugged into the diagnostic port found on every recent car. But the service itself is frustratingly limited, a dunce driving nanny rather than a useful tool.

What To Do When Your Iomega USB 3.0 SSD Fails

When the connector fails, your fancy Iomega SSD becomes an expensive paperweight

Back in 2011, Iomega sent me a fantastic surprise: A blistering fast 256 GB USB 3.0 SSD. My review was extremely positive, since it really was state of the art at the time. However, like most buyers, my experience has since turned sour as the USB connector failed. Here’s how to recover some usability from it.

Turn Your Smartphone Into A Serious Camera (For Real!)

Yes, it's really a complete camera inside that "lens"!

The new Sony “Lens-Style Camera” is a bold move, bringing high-end optics and sensors to smartphones everywhere. The new QX10 and QX100 strip away the camera body, consisting of just a lens, sensor, and rudimentary controls, and rely on an Android or iOS smartphone as a screen and sharing device.

Microsoft’s Big Chance to Change

Steve Ballmer oversaw a decade of "meh" at Microsoft. It's time for new leadership.

It takes a truly-remarkable leader to be willing to kill his old golden geese to make room for a new one; so far, only Apple and Amazon seem willing to forgo continuity in the name of profitable destruction. But new corporate leadership at Microsoft might un-stick the company and awaken the once-innovative Redmond powerhouse. The retirement of Steve Ballmer is welcome news.

Cable Matters USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter: Hands-On Review

Cable Matters clearly intended to target Mac users with this white Ethernet adapter and its Apple-esque packaging

Should you buy a Cable Matters USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet adapter for your Mac or PC? On the hardware and software side, it seems fine. Once the drivers are installed, it functions adequately. But I am deeply concerned that a vendor that would cut corners on the MAC address and OUI would cut corners other places, leaving me skeptical about the company and its products. Therefore, I cannot recommend this device.

Thinking About Storage In a New Way, From Cloud to Flash, with Dropbox and Fusion-io

We need smarter, more integrated storage.

I’ve been a storage revolutionary for quite a while, looking for new ways of data storage rather than technologies that perpetuate the same old approaches. That’s why I’m excited about the implications of two very different API access methods announced by Dropbox at DBX and by Fusion-io today at OSCON.

Apple Brings PCIe SSD To The Masses In The New MacBook Air

A PCIe SSD cuts out the SATA "middle man", offering 10 Gpbs from a dedicated PCI Express lane!

Apple’s brand-new MacBook Air might not look much from the outside, but a revolution lurks under the hood: This is the first mainstream computer to eschew SATA in favor of PCIe SSD! Long heralded in workstations and servers, PCIe SSD brings massive potential for storage performance.

Why Are PCIe SSDs So Fast?

PCIe SSDs run at full PCIe speed (5 Gbps or more) and are optimized internally for better performance

The world of storage can be confusing, with obscure terms hiding massive differences in technology and performance. Such is the case for the latest PCI express SSDs: They are much faster than traditional SAS or SATA SSDs, but many aren’t sure exactly why. In this article, I will try to explain the real difference.