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    Installing an SSD into a Macbook Pro


    2011 - 11.09

    Upgrading your Mac’s hard drive with an SSD can significantly increase your Mac’s performance.   Installing an SSD is the same process as any other hard drive.   The hard drive I choice is the OCZ 240 GB Vertex 2 Series SSD.

    Once you install the hard drive and have installed OS X you then have to enable TRIM support for the drive.  TRIM support allows the drive to maintain optimal performance over the life of the drive.  Officially, Apple only supports TRIM with Apple branded SSD’s.  We will need to run a couple of Terminal commands to enable TRIM support for the OCZ drive.

    Backup the files

    sudo cp /System/Library/Extensions/IOAHCIFamily.kext/Contents/PlugIns/IOAHCIBlockStorage.kext/Contents/MacOS/IOAHCIBlockStorage
    /System/Library/Extensions/IOAHCIFamily.kext/Contents/PlugIns/IOAHCIBlockStorage.kext/Contents/MacOS/IOAHCIBlockStorage.original

    Enable TRIM support

    sudo perl -pi -e 's|(\x52\x6F\x74\x61\x74\x69\x6F\x6E\x61\x6C\x00{1,20})
    [^\x00]{9}(\x00{1,20}\x51)|$1\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00$2|sg'
    /System/Library/Extensions/IOAHCIFamily.kext/Contents/PlugIns/IOAHCIBlockStorage.kext/Contents/MacOS/IOAHCIBlockStorage

    Clear kernel cache

    sudo kextcache -system-prelinked-kernel
    sudo kextcache -system-caches

    Now restart your computer!

    Logo Designer – Rob Janoff (Apple Logo)


    2010 - 10.25

    The logo designer that I chose to highlight is Rob Janoff.  Rob Janoff is best known for designing the current Apple logo.  The first iteration was an apple with rainbow colors.  The rainbow was meant to humanize the company.  The bite out of the apple was done so that people didn’t mistaken it for a tomato.  It was also a nerdy play on words bite/byte.

    Designed by Rob Janoff

    The rainbow colors was changed to a monochrome icon because reportedly Steve Jobs wanted a more sophisticated look.

    Logo as of 1998

    Apple’s original logo was designed by Ronald Wayne and feature Newton and the apple tree.  Ronald Wayne was considered the third founder of Apple.  The original logo was soon replaced by Rob Janoff’s logo.

    The first Apple logo was designed in 1976 by Ronald Wayne