Archive for July, 2020

Anker PowerExpand Elite Thunderbolt 3 Dock Reviewed

Thursday, July 30th, 2020

Anker have entered the Thunderbolt 3 arena with guns blazing, taking me by surprise with their compact, aesthetically pleasing, consumer-focussed 12-in-1* dock. The Anker PowerExpand Elite brings some striking good looks and a compact form-factor to a market that’s full of uninspiringly utilitarian oblong slabs. * I count 12 ports, Anker, you can’t count the […]

StarTech USB-C to NVMe SSD Enclosure Reviewed

Thursday, July 30th, 2020

I’ve had StarTech’s USB Type-C to M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Enclosure (boy that’s a mouthful) in my possession for some months now. Specifically the older M2E1BMU31C and not the newer, rugged, IP67-rated M2E1BRU31C. It’s been languishing for so long both because it’s so useful in my day-to-day workflow and testing that I forget I should […]

YubiKey 5Ci Reviewed (iOS 13.5, Raspberry Pi, WSL)

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

The YubuKey has been on my radar for a while now, but it’s not until the iPhone-compatible 5Ci that I’ve thought “now’s the time” and made a concerted effort to reach out to them. Yubico were quick on the draw and shipped me a 5Ci to try out. My goal? Find out how many services […]

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

Two things happened when I first set eyes upon the MacBook Pro with Touchbar. The first was the penny dropping that Apple didn’t want me as a customer anymore. The second was the sudden realisation that a market containing a dizzying array of Windows-based laptops had just opened up to me. I immediately did the […]

Add LEDs To Everything

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

Over the last few days I had been putting together a lighting rig for my NobleChairs HERO, intending to make a tilt/spin controlled lighting effects unit that could be non-destructively fit to the botto of my chair. However I need parts and laser cut doodads and- well- lockdown isn’t helping with that. So… While my […]