Speed test of Samsung external SSDs: T1, T3 and T5

I just bought my 4th external USB3 SSD for my MacBookPro. I obviously don’t use all of them together, I just was just constructing my latest external Sockle storage bay. This time it’s a 1TB SSD and it’s a generation T5. So this was a good moment to compare it to my previous T1 and T3 SSD drives. I use the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test app to get realistic read and write data transfer rates. I will round them off to the nearest multiple of 10MB/s.


Idea: Branded tools as a service

A lot of hosting companies already offer one-click installs for WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, dotProject. These are mostly content (CMS) tools. They’re useful, but they cover only a part of what a corporate customer would want. I would love to see a hosting company that offers branded tools as a service:


How to add Cloudflare SSL to a WordPress website

Why SSL?


Geen ongewenste reclame

Je krijgt op een jaar nogal wat direct-in-de-papierbak reclame binnen. Ik ben in mijn gemeente (Grimbergen) op zoek gegaan naar de “Geen Reclame” sticker, maar zowel het postkantoor als het gemeentehuis konden me niet verder helpen. Ik heb dan maar online gezocht naar de juiste oplossing voor een reeks ongewenste reclame bronnen:


DIY: making my bamboo USB SSD disk expansion bay

UPDATE Nov 2019: my idea has been validated! I just discovered a sleek aluminium version, called the LineDock! Extra (USB/HDMI/DisplayPort) ports, extra battery power and up to 1TB of SSD disk space.


Idea: using a helpdesk app as an Applicant Tracking System (ATS)

Update Sept 2017: FreshDesk just release a new product FreshTeam that does exactly what I specified below.


Idea: short-term unified group messaging enterprise

I was driving for 6 hours the other day and my wife was asleep, so what does one do: work out the details for a new kind of hosted communication service in my head.


Idea: Extended MRTG format

Every tech geek has his/her preferred tools and one of mine is without doubt Tobi Oetiker’s MRTG (Multi Router Traffic Grapher), which I’ve used to make pretty trend lines of much more than routers or traffic.


Getting rid of "Google Play Services has stopped" on OnePlus


Reset your OnePlus One to factory settings

About half a year ago I switched from an iPhone to an Android smartphone: the OnePlus One. In the beginning it was splendid and super fast and everything. But recently it has become flaky. I suspect the apps ‘Swiftkey’ and ‘Atooma’ have something to do with it. Swiftkey seemed to drain the battery really fast (5hrs of battery life max – charging requyired 3 or more times a day), and when I started testing Atooma instead of Tasker (for automation), a lot of programs started crashing, including the essential ‘Messages’ and ‘Dialer’ applications. Even after uninstalling a bunch of other applications, I still couldn’t pick up phone calls half of the time. And I got the error message ‘Unfortunately, Google Play Services has stopped‘ once every 10 to 30 minutes. So I decided, I need to reinstall Android on my phone!