SanDisk SSD Extreme Pro: reliability, performance and lifespan

SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD

SSDs miss moving parts, are durable and fast. They are the holy grail of computer storage, except for their price, which still is considerable when compared to common hard disks. Nevertheless, there are good reasons to prefer an SSD above a hard disk despite the price premium, but not any SSD will do. Some are plain unreliable, while others claim high throughput speeds but never deliver. SanDisk is at the top of the industry in flash memory storage solutions. Atomos lists their Extreme Pro SSD in the “Highly Recommended” category for video recording. Six out of seven server and storage OEMs and all leading PC manufacturers use SanDisk technology in their products. Time we took an Extreme Pro SSD for a ride.

BBEdit 11: some things change, some don’t

BBEdit 11 Find Differences

As long as I can remember, I have been reviewing BBEdit. Now at its 11th iteration, the text and code editor seems to stand firm as one of the most flexible and useful text editors for the Mac. BBEdit 11 leaves much unchanged in order not to interfere with users’ habits. That what did change again makes BBEdit more efficient, but some features didn’t work as expected yet.

Path Finder 7 has file management power to spare

Path Finder 7

You would think Mac OS X “Yosemite” to be perfectly suitable for every Mac user, but Path Finder 7 is the living proof much of OS X can still be improved, despite Yosemite’s good looks and excellent user experience. Let’s just say Yosemite is focused on improving the interaction between you and any Mac device, while Path Finder 7 improves on the Mac user experience.

Carbon Copy Cloner 4: from peace to mind to enjoyable backups

Carbon Copy Cloner 4

Backing up your Mac isn’t something you do for pleasure. It’s a necessity and necessities are seldom fun. But when the day comes your hard disk or Mac gives up, you’ll be happy to have a backup you can start from. That is: if you can start up from your backed up volume in seconds. Chances are that, if you are using Carbon Copy Cloner, you can.

Crystal-clear & perfectly manageable: Audirvana Plus 2 music player

Audrivana Plus 2.0.1

A year or so ago I reviewed Audirvana Plus. I found it one of the best music players around. Amarra was just a tiny little bit better, in my opinion. Then came Amarra 3.0, which sounded the same as the previous version, but had more capabilities. Now, Audirvana Plus 2.0.1 has been released, and I am starting to see the light. Audirvana Plus 2 outperforms evrything else and if you’ll give me a couple of minutes, I’ll explain why.

Contour Design ShuttlePRO v2 with driver v3 on OS X

ShuttlePro v2 black edition

I know Contour Design for as long as I write about Mac products, which is well over two decades. I have always been fascinated by their ergonomic shuttle device, the ShuttlePRO. Over the years, Contour Design released a ShuttleXpress and the ShuttlePRO v2. With the introduction of the new driver (v3), I finally got the opportunity to review the ShuttlePRO v2. I was prepared for a device that I could use in NLEs and a few photo editors only, but I found that one of the reasons why the ShuttlePRO v2 (and ShuttleXpress too, for that matter) is such an interesting device is its impressive application support.

PopClip, a smart clipboard aide

PopClip clipboard enhancer

I’m not a huge fan of applications that seemingly make your life easier. In many cases, they only take up memory space and make your life more miserable as a result of your Mac choking on them. But there are exceptions. PopClip is one of those.

Pacifist, file extraction and system forensics tool

Pacifist

When I reviewed Pacifist for the first time, now some five or six years ago, it was pretty much a one-trick app. No more. Pacifist is a must-have for extracting files from installers and zip files, as well as for system forensics/troubleshooting. In that area, Pacifist is just as indispensable as DiskWarrior.