CD+DVD+BlueRay optical drive from OWC

This looks like a great CD+DVD+BlueRay optical drive from OWC for a great price: $55 (down from $99). This unit will read BlueRay and Read/Write DVD and CD media.

OWC Value Line Slim Optical Drive

OWC Value Line Slim Optical Drive

There is another unit on sale at OWC that will burn BlueRay disks for $95 (down from $129). These are compatible with all macs, as opposed to the old SuperDrives from Apple that worked only with MacBook Airs or MacBook Pros respectively.

Apple’s new USB SuperDrive costs $79 and supports all recent machines out of the box (though it seems there may be work-arounds so it will work with other machines as well). The official documentation states that the Apple USB SuperDrive is compatible with the following machines:  MacBook Pro with Retina display, MacBook Air, iMac (late 2012), Mac mini (late 2009) and later.

iPhone 5s cases from Pong available Nov 12

The new Pong Case and Pong Rugged Case for iPhone 5s are due out November 12, 2013. Pong cases are excellent cases, and they protect the user from cell-phone radiation and improve performance of the phone’s radio. Here are some of the Pong Rugged Case’s features:

  • Strengthen Outbound Signal by up to 44%
  • Increase Range up to 20%
  • Reduce Dropped Calls
  • Withstands a 6’ Drop and passed US Military Drop Tests
  • Reduce your exposure to wireless energy (SAR) by up to 82% below FCC limit

You can find more information and pre-order the case here.

Pong makes cases for iPhone, iPad, Android phones and BlackBerry phones. Click here for their complete lineup.

I use Pong cases exclusively; they significantly reduce the “buzz” I feel when I carry my phone in my pocket. They are also attractive, protective, and increase the functionality of phone. But most of all, they help to protect us against the harmful radiation that is proven to be emitted by cell phone radios. We don’t hear much about the radiation and the danger that comes with it, primarily, I believe, because the wireless communication companies’ lobbying is so strong. But the studies have been done, the science is proven, and the radiation isn’t good! Take precautions now to reduced the harmful effects down the line, that’s been my motto.

Things for Mac: best-in-class Task Management Software on Sale now

Anyone living in the modern world and using a Mac needs to consider Things, a simple yet extremely powerful way to take control of your life, one task at a time. It is best-in-class Task Management Software, now it’s on deep sale. Click here for the link to get to the Mac AppStore Things page. Sale ends Jan 31, 2013.

For a limited time only, Things Mac is on sale for an incredibly great price.

As the new year gets into full swing, the Mac App Store is holding a “Get Stuff Done” sale. You can get Things Mac for a whopping 50% off the normal price.

This sale runs from January 24-31. If you’ve been holding out on getting Things for your Mac, this is a wonderful opportunity.

Things for Mac also updates seamlessly with Things for iPad and Things for iPhone via our free Things Cloud service.

– The Cultured Code Team


Hard Disk & Solid State Drive Recommendations

External Hard Disk Drives (HHDs) and Solid State Drives (SSDs):
Many clients ask me for recommendations for external hard disk drives
for backup and storage. Most hard drives can be formatted for use with
Macintosh computers, so almost any drive will work, provided it offers
appropriate port connectivity. That said, here are my top three HDD/SSD
choices from three different manufacturers. Choose the drive that best
fits your needs, thinking about: space, speed, durability, and port
connectivity. Note, all recommendations below are portable, bus-powered
drives. Unless you will be using them constantly, I suggest portable
drives, so you can get into a backup routine that involves taking one of
two external backup drives to an off-site location, and rotating them

  1. Other World Computing’s Mercury ElitePro Mini
    line of HDDs and SSDs is an excellent, sturdy line of HDDs/SSDs, and
    offers excellent storage capacity, speed (FireWire800, USB3.0), and
    portability in a clean, efficient and cost-effective package. HDDs in
    this line come in up to 2TBs, are bus-powered, and very reliable. OWC’s
    Solid State Drives are excellent.
  2. G-DRIVE Mobile
    HDDs are excellent drives with good connectivity:  USB 3.0 (and
    backwards compatible to USB 2.0) and FireWire 800 (also backwards
    compatible to FW400) interfaces, 1TB capacity, bus-powered, all for
    $180, a good value for an excellent drive. This is a great drive
    especially for those who have or plan to purchase new MacBook Pros or
    other machines that have USB 3.0 connectivity.
  3. LaCie Rugged USB3 Thunderbolt Series 1TB
    drive is an excellent portable HDD for $250. If you have a new Mac with
    a Thunderbolt port, you should consider this drive, as it is one of the
    first portable, affordable Thunderbolt-equipped drives on the market
    from a trusted, tried-and-true HDD manufacturer. It is bus-powered and
    has an exterior case that provides protection in case you drop the
    drive. The LaCie Rugged Tripple USB3.0
    drive (without Thunderbolt), is the old standard in portable drives,
    with USB3.0 and two FW800 ports, all bus-powered, for $200.

iPhone 5 rumor: 3G/4G, all networks, fast!

Rumor: “iPhone 5 Will Be Thinner With 3G/LTE Compatibility Across All Networks”: “…According to Huberty, the next-generation iPhone will be slimmer and sport a quad-core Qualcomm chip with 3G and LTE compatibility across all networks….” Read the article here., from

We hear from the rumor mill that the iPhone 5 will likely have an alluminum casing (like the MacBook Pro line), and be released in the third or fourth quarter of 2012. If you have an iPhone 4, it would be my recommendation to skip the 4S and wait for the 5 if you can, it’s going to be a great phone and hand-held computer!

LaCie External Hard Disk Drive sale

OWC $50 discount sale on now

Other World Computing is one of the best vendors for Apple-compatible computer products, has just extended it’s holiday shoping sale. Check-out with Amazon Checkout and receive discounts up to $50, depending on how much your total bill amounts to. Click here for inforation about the sale, which runs through 31 Dec 2011.

OWC sells hard disk drives, hardware upgrades (RAM, etc), computer/iPhone/iPad accessories, etc. Great service and fast shipping.

Special recommendation: OWC ElitePro Mini external hard drives (FW800, FW400, USB) up to 1.5 TB. (Personally, I use two 1.5 TB OWC ElitePro Minis for backup and storage.)