Yet another reissue…

Another reissue of Beatle material has arrived, but this time it’s really, really worth it. Well at least thats what I keep telling myself.

The Beatles 1 was first released back in 2000 as a compilation album of all of the bands 27 number 1 hits achieved over their 8 years of album making. Now 15 years later, the set has been revisited and “updated”. On the surface the is update is basically a sonic one, as the tracks have all be remixed and remastered and wow, do they sound fucking awesome.

The greatness of the sound is primarily because the 2009 masters where not used, and each track was individually revisited by Giles Martin (George Martin’s son), and it is a huge improvement. It makes me wonder if The Beatles catalog will be “fixed” by Giles in the near future? But I doubt it, simply because not that much time has past since it was last “fixed” in 2009.

Another major update in this re-release is the exclusive limited edition of The Beatles 1,  labeled 1+ which contains not only the remastered CD, but 2 Blu Ray discs containing hi-resolution audio and remastered 1080p videos of all of the songs included on the album, along with a wide assortment of videos covering the bands 8 year recording career.

With its seriously upgraded audio and video, The Beatles 1+ is a must buy for any fan to add to their collection.

Hey Bulldog


I appear to have stumbled across an unseen picture of John Lennon quite by accident.  I was watching the newly remastered Beatles Promo Video of “Hey Bulldog” in glorious 1080p, and the above image flashed on the screen just for a second.

I immediately paused the video and screen captured the picture above. (Click to get the full resolution)  

The same old images of The Beatles continually make the rounds, so its always a treat to discover a new one.


TRIM support in OSX


Many Mac users where extremely disappointed last year, when it was discovered that OSX 10.10 or Yosemite had apparently abandoned TRIM support for all non-Apple SSD’s, thus severely limiting the upgradability of older Macs.

What this basically meant was that if you purchased an Apple Computer that came with an SSD, then TRIM was automatically enabled.  In fact, you’s be hard pressed these days to find a Mac that doesn’t come with an SSD as default, or at least offer one as an upgrade at time of purchase.

But if you had an older Mac that came with a mechanical or ‘spinning’ Hard Drive and wished to upgrade to an SSD, there was simply no way to enable TRIM. It was permanently disabled.

Before OSX 10.10 there was a utility called ‘Trim Enabler‘, which once installed would activate Mac TRIM support on all non-Apple SSD’s. This utility while being a little clunky, did the job and seemed to work well. But all this came to an end once Yosemite shipped in the fall of 2014.

So what’s the big deal about TRIM?

The Trim command is designed to enable the operating system to notify the SSD which pages no longer contain valid data due to erases either by the user or operating system itself. During a delete operation, the OS will mark the sectors as free for new data and send a Trim command to the SSD to mark them as not containing valid data. After that the SSD knows not to preserve the contents of the block when writing a page, resulting in less write amplification with fewer writes to the flash, higher write speed, and increased drive life.” – Wikipedia

Simply put, TRIM not only extends the life of your SSD but it also keeps it efficiently running at top performance.

Luckily all is not lost if you are running OSX 10.10.4 or above.  Apple has, without fanfare, secretly enabled TRIM support in Yosemite and going forward TRIM support will also be built in by default in the upcoming 10.11 or El Capitan.

So how do you enable TRIM support in 10.10.4 or above?  It’s very simple.

TRIM needs to be enabled from the OS X TERMINAL.

To get to the terminal on your Mac, you can launch Spotlight and just start typing TERMINAL and it will appear, click to launch.


Open your applications folder and navigate to the UTILITIES folder, TERMINAL will be located there.

Once TERMINAL is open, type or cut and paste the command below and hit enter.

sudo trimforce enable

You’ll be prompted to enter your password, do so and hit enter.

Thats it, TRIM is now enabled on your Mac!

Star Wars Passion


Star Wars speaks to the child in all of us, that little person we once were, the person who once wished he was Luke Skywalker and fantasized about adventure beyond the stars. The strange thing is, is that if you dig past the layers of knowledge and emotion that we have all built up over the years, that little person, your younger self is still there. Alive, well and still occasionally thinking about Star Wars.

Star Wars was a major part of my childhood, so much so that I’m reluctant to give it up, and despite the constant eye rolling of family and friends, I cling on to the memories and the excitement that was part of seeing episode IV for the first time at the tender age of 10. Well, to be honest when I saw the first star wars movie there was not an episode in sight, so I’m slightly dating myself here. The whole episode deal came a few years later. In fact, if I remember correctly the first video cassette releases of star wars where made from a print that did not contain the Episode IV “A New Hope” title, and it was quite blandly labeled just, Star Wars.

I only have vague memories of watching the original Star Wars in the Cinema, and I also remember the feeling of getting quite bored during certain parts of the film, but that didn’t stop me from loving the movie and raving about it to my friends later. I also remember being shocked and amazed that after begging my parents to take me to see Star Wars, they actually agreed to take me. I recall that my father was not impressed by the film, and didn’t really like it, and my mother didn’t make a comment one way or the other. I, on the other hand loved it, and my child self knew that without a doubt it was the greatest movie ever made!

At its time of release Star Wars appeared to be so new, and in some ways revolutionary in its story telling. This was because Star Wars harkened back to a simpler time, a time of heroes and villains, where good and evil where clearly defined and where simplistic story telling was the norm. To the movie going audience of 1977 the heroes and villains genre was a revelation in the science fiction world, as for the past 15 years they had been subjected to pure adult science fiction, fiction that was heavily based in concepts and ideas. This trend was mainly fueled by television shows like Star Trek and the Twilight Zone, and with movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey, All of which bare little resemblance to the childish romp that is Star Wars.

Besides the story being drenched in myth, Star Wars creator George Lucas did something that changed the way summer blockbusters were marketed, and that was in licensing. Lucas began to license the Star Wars title and its concepts to all manner of merchandise, from breakfast cereal to sweat pants. And as tacky as this endeavor may seem to purists, it created a new sub-venture in science fiction, the culture of the collector.

So vast was the amount of products available to purchase that was tagged with the Star Wars logo, that it was almost impossible to keep up. At the time, fans begged their parents for the latest toys and action figures and as these kids grew up, so did their collections of Star Wars toys.

I know many people today, in their 40’s, who collect all Star Wars memorabilia and have storage units packed with the stuff.  Well at least those who are married have storage units.  It is a passion firmly linked to the nostalgia of their youth, a way to try and recreate that amazing childhood feeling of seeing Star Wars for the first time, and to relish it for a lifetime.

So here we are in 2015, and in a few months the latest foray into the Star Wars universe will be unleashed onto the public with Star Wars: Episode IIV The Force Awakens.

And que the toys…


A massive amount of “new” Star Wars toys have flooded the market just in time for the holiday season, and while I have no desire to own any of these items, my 9 year old self is currently throwing a fit that I’m not walking out of my local Toys R Us with a cart full of Star Wars goodies.

I do enjoy looking at the toys, and whenever I’m in a store that has a toy section I usually make my way over and take a look.  But I never buy.

It seems this year, the only Star Wars item I will be purchasing is a ticket to the new movie in December, which I’m eagerly looking forward to.

Let’s Brew some Packages!


You may or may not know this, but if you are using a Mac (Apple Macintosh Computer) you are basically running a UNIX box with a proprietary GUI (Graphical User Interface) slapped on top of it.

Now, as beautiful and as highly functional as your Mac GUI is, under the hood there is a truly powerful workhorse OS (Operating System) which can give you access to hundreds of thousands of native UNIX applications!

“It’s a UNIX System! I know this…”

The only catch being, that in order to install and run all of this amazing UNIX software goodness, you will need to install a package manager to setup and store all of the UNIX components (packages), that are needed to run the applications.

There are a number package managers available for the Mac, but probably the best one out there is called ‘Homebrew’ and it can be installed from the OS X TERMINAL very simply.

To get to the terminal on your Mac, you can launch Spotlight and just start typing TERMINAL and it will appear, click to launch.


Open your applications folder and navigate to the UTILITIES folder, TERMINAL will be located there.

Once TERMINAL is open, you can install Homebrew by typing (or cut & paste) the command below into the terminal window and then hit enter.

ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL”

Once you have successfully installed Homebrew, your Mac is now ready to install and run some UNIX applications!

insert Cricket sound FX…