New Macs NEED a hub for cables 😕

One of the main things I dislike about Macs (since 2015) is the lack of ports.

For my new 2019 MacBook Pro I had to buy a Sanho HyperDrive hub. (CDN$ 109.00)

  • HDMI and 4K HDMI
  • 40Gb/s USB-C
  • USB-C
  • SD and microSD
  • 2 x USB 3.1

It’s tiny (80gm) and looks super durable.

If interested, there are several different versions of the HyperDrive hub.

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The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone, set in the years after the Vietnam War, is a coming-of-age story about a girl, Leni Allbright, who moves with her parents, Ernt and Cora, to a log cabin in the wilds of Alaska (really wild, as in no running water, deadly cold, lots of bears). It’s a quieter book, though it still offers a Kristin Hannah-style mix of tragedy and romance.  …

Kristin Hannah currently lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington with her husband and their son. …

It’s a lightweight book. Not literature. An easy read.

On the other hand, after initially considering giving up in the early going, for some reason I got hooked. Invested in what’s going to happen to the abusive PTSD broken father and his long-suffering family.

The young people in the story would be about the same age as me now.

Part of the attraction was reading about life in Alaska all those decades ago.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Very good.

Station Eleven is a 2014 novel by Emily St. John Mandel.

… The novel takes place in the Great Lakes region after a fictional swine flu pandemic, known as the “Georgia Flu”, has devastated the world, killing most of the population. It won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2015. …

Critics like the book for it’s unpretentious writing and unusual time-jumping plot line.

It works. Though most, like me, have many questions about this dystopia.

The only thing that ties characters together are two King Lear plays: one the day the plague arrives and another in the near future.

A film adaptation of the novel is in development.

related – NY Times review – O.K., Now It’s Time to Panic

my TRAVEL computer back-up system

This is the best, smallest and lightest hardware I’ve ever used.

I splurged a bit on the Samsung T5 Portable SSD 1TB USB 3.1 for CDN$ 239.99 all in.

Only 50gms. Almost exactly the same weight as my EarPods & case.

Currently the most popular solid state external hard drive.

I use it as a Time Machine backup for my Mac. AND for additional storage of videos I want to bring with me traveling.

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