My essential MacBook Air add-ons

macbook-air-gallery1-2014The MacBook Air is a great portable yet full-featured laptop.  It is thin, lightweight, and functional.macbook-air-gallery2-2014

However, it suffers on one very important feature:  Storage.

The flash storage is fast:  Because it is not a traditional hard drive, it has no moving parts.  But, the cost of the SSD limits the storage on the MacBook Air.  At least on the older versions.  I got the Mid-2013 128GB version.  Suffice it to say, it is now running at 98% capacity.

The immediate solution is to get two drives.

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SanDisk Ultra Fit flash drive

sandisk-ultra-fitThis goes on one of the USB ports on the MacBook Air.  For $30, it adds 128GB of extra storage.  The limitation is if the USB port is one of the “slower” USB 2.0 (and not the USB 3.0).  So this would be good for storing and accessing data that does not require fast data transfer (music, photos, Word documents, etc.)

There are also other small-ish USB drives out there, such as the Samsung Flash Drive Fit and the Lexar JumpDrive.  Both of which come in 128GB so plenty of extra storage.

 

Transcend JetDrivetranscend-drive

There are several flavors of this drive.  I initially got the 128GB version, but recently had to get the 256GB version.  Depending on your budget and your needs, I would recommend one or the other.

 

Of course, you can also upgrade the boot drive.  This is a bit trickier, since it will require you to do research on the type of drive you need (Mid-2013 and newer requires PCIe SSD, which are different from the earlier laptops that use SATA).

With a 128GB flash drive and a 256GB JetDrive, I added enough storage to store my files from DropBox and Google Drive, as well as Photos Library and iTunes.

 

 

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CRKT Tighe Rod – Review

CRKT Tighe Rod – a Brian Tighe design and Collaboration

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CRKT Tighe Rod. Available on Amazon.com (click picture)

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CRKT TIGHE ROD™
Designed by Brian Tighe in Ridgefield, Ontario
You can’t judge a great knife on looks alone. Just in 
case, this one goes way beyond looks.

Once again custom knife designer Brian Tighe puts the edge back in knife design. Whether you’re a casual knife user, or someone who seeks out the truly ôunique”, the Tighe Rod will not disappoint.

Thicker, stainless steel handle scales are attractively skeletonized to reduce weight without sacrificing strength. Titanium Nitride coated blue and then surface finished to create a visually striking color effect.

Innovative, Patented, Handle Integrated, Klecker Lock
Blue Two-Tone Titanium Nitride Buffed Handle
Satin Polished

MSRP $175.00crkt_tighe_rod_5265_closed

You can’t judge a great knife on looks alone. Just in case, this one goes way beyond looks. Once again custom knife designer Brian Tighe puts the edge back in knife design. Whether you’re a casual knife user, or someone who seeks out the truly ôunique”, the Tighe Rod will not disappoint.

Thicker, stainless steel handle scales are attractively skeletonized to reduce weight without sacrificing strength. Titanium Nitride coated blue and then surface finished to create a visually striking color effect.

Solid, blade lockup comes from the Klecker Lock that is uniquely formed within the steel scales creating an innovative, modern lockback design.

The Tighe Rod’s blade rotates buttery smooth with caged mini ball bearings in the pivot, and its shape is user-minded with a broad sweeping, deep belly, and hollow ground cutting edge.

You can open the blade with use of either its blade flipper, or ambidextrous thumb-studs.

For the user that enjoys a folding pocket knife that looks both unique, and offers great cutting tool pocket utility—the Tighe Rod delivers at first sight.

Brian Tighe (Ridgefield, Ontario)

There are edged tool artisans…and then there’s Brian Tighe. A Canadian Renaissance Man, he is practiced in the art of metallurgy, photography, and tool and die making. It’s what helped him make the leap from a creator of high-quality custom folding knives into the top 10 elite. We were honored to have his Buy Tighe™ blade as our limited edition CRKT® 20th anniversary knife and are releasing the new Tighe Tac™ 2’s for 2016.

SPECIFICATIONS
Blade Length 3.57″ (90.68 mm)
Blade Edge Plain
Blade Steel AUS 8, 58-59 HRC
Blade Finish Satin
Blade Thickness .12″ (3.05 mm)
Closed Length 4.64″ (117.86 mm)
Weight 4.8 oz
Handle 420J2 Stainless Steel
Style Folding Knife w/Klecker Lock
Overall Length 8.19″ (208.03 mm)

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Click picture to purchase on Amazon.com (click picture)

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