OCZ Vertex Series SATA II 2.5″ SSD *EOL – OCZ

OCZ Vertex Series SATA II 2.5″ SSD *EOL – OCZ.

Just put one of these in my 2008 era Mac Pro…on a lark to see if I could squeeze some more performance out of what appeared to be a slowing machine, running MacOS 10.7. I’m purposely not spending the extra $$ on the more reliable SSDs as I’d like to see how these perform (or fail) first. Plus I have a Drobo Pro JIC.

First impression of SSD use. Wow.

I saw a massive boost in performance right away. Applications are much snappier, and bootup and restart times are much quicker, as expected. All around worth the $$. A new Mac Pro quote was going to sit around ~3400.00 so I’m going to see if this will delay that by a year or more. Since OS 10.7 allows apps to resume on login the speedier disk reduces the lag I see when waiting for the desktop to fully load.

So far very happy!

LKML: Timo Jyrinki: Simultaneous cat and external keyboard input causing kernel panic

LOL(cat)...what???

LKML: Timo Jyrinki: Simultaneous cat and external keyboard input causing kernel panic.

I encountered a kernel panic with the 3.1.0 kernel on a Dell Latitude
E6410 while inputting simultaneously from the integrated keyboard with
a cat and from the external keyboard myself. I was trying to type my
password with the external keyboard (pw dialog already visible), but I
noticed that the computer didn’t seem responsive to my typing. Then
suddenly the cat shifted his position and there was a kernel panic
involving input handling. I’m now using i8042.nokbd kernel parameter
as a workaround, something I’ve found useful also earlier.

I’ve never given thought to use an animal with multiple external peripherals when testing input load issues. Now I have one more reason to get another cat.