Category Archives: Hardware

The Crucial Upgrade

I have been running with a 256GB Crucial C300 in my Lenovo W520 for  a while now and it has been great. I love the performance and I love to see applications “pop’ (vs poop) open. Someone, I forget who, tweeted the other day about a great deal on Amazon on a Crucial M4 for $399 so I hit Amazon, did the 2 day Amazon Prime ship and here I sit with a new drive just populated with Acronis True Image Home 2011.

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The Lenovo W520–It’s not a W510 + 10

I have a Lenovo W510 and after reading Keith Combs’ review of the W520 I itching to get my hands on one. My new W520 arrived a couple of weeks ago – the part which I was most excited about was the new internal disk controller which moved from a SATA II to a SATA III. A long while back, just as they hit the market, I purchased a Crucial C300 which when I initially installed in my T61 cranked out some huge performance gains. I then moved it to a W510 and again saw another level of performance out of this drive. As with the other machines installing the C300 installing into the W520 I was not disappointed.

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What am I looking at here?

If you poke around the various icon resources included in Windows 7 DLLs you will find some really old images that have been around since the early days Windows. Some of these icons represent devices such as phones and mobile music players which are looking pretty out dated by today’s standards. According to WikiPedia the Kinect was launched in North America in November of 2010 and publicly announced June 1st 2009. The Windows 7 Beta first appeared in December 2008 and officially in January 2009. Included in the installation of Windows 7 is a DLL named mmres.dll which has a number of icon resources embedded. While digging through the icons I found one that looked familiar and eerily like a Kinect device.

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SSD Disk Allocation Size Test

Once every couple of years or so Microsoft provides me with a new laptop. This time around it was a Lenovo W510 with a quad proc (8x if you count Hyper-Threading) with 16 GB of RAM. Although the machine came with a standard 7200 RPM drive I already had two SSD drives which I plopped into the machine within minutes. Because I was moving data around and wanted to optimize things if I could on disk I wanted to look at the allocation size I used to format the SSD drives to see if I could not eek out any additional performance. Using the secondary drive as my test I formatted the OCZ 120 GB drive using the minimum, default, and maximum allocation sizes available.

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