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About Marke Clinger

I started my career at a start-up, Sun Microsystems, and have been at start-ups ever since. Small companies are always short on people giving me the opportunity to travel extensively for both business and pleasure. Two foreign assignments in the UK led to 9+ years living abroad and accelerated the travel my family, and I was able to do. Although I have worked in Asia (including a year working for a Singapore HQ’d company), the Middle East and Africa, most of my foreign experience is in Europe, the CIS, and Russia.

ATI Radeon HD 6870 Video Card | How to Install on Mac OS X

This procedure for installing a PC ATI Radeon HD 6870 Video Card into a Mac Pro works for Mac OS Yosemite, Mavericks, Lion, and El Capitan. Starting with Mac OS X Lion, you don’t have to load the driver, Mac OS X includes the necessary ATI Radeon HD 6870 drivers required for a Mac Pro. Unlike supported cards, the screen still starts out black while the OS is booting.

Install ATI Radeon HD 6870 Video Card into Mac Pro Details

The default video card, GeForce 8800 GT, in my Mac Pro 3,1 Early 2008 wasn’t performing well for games, so I decided to replace it. After extensive research, I decided on the ATI Radeon HD 6870 1 GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express Twin Frozr II. This card, built on the ATI Radeon HD 6870 platform, has far superior performance to the Apple default GeForce card. It is most likely the quietest card due to the large heat sinks and two fans (instead of 1 like most video cards), and has two DVI, two mini DisplayPort, and an HDMI port. Customer comments confirmed it was quiet and ran cool. […]

United’s iPhone App – How to Change Your Flight for Free

All airlines need to model their mobile app after United’s iPhone App and offer to change your flight for free1. When you need a United Airlines flight change, there is no better way than to use United’s Mobile App. It is one of the most useful travel tools I have…when I am flying on United that is. Recently I have used British AirwaysAmerican AirlinesSouthwest Airlines, US Airways, and Delta’s iPhone Apps. None of these Airline’s iPhone apps are as full-featured and easy to use as the United App. United Airlines Flight Change

The absolute best feature of the United iPhone App is the ability to change your flight for free!1 The day of your flight United’s App gives you the options for changing your flight right on the app.united-airlines-iphone-app-reservation-3 It isn’t easy to find this menu item; it is like United App developers are trying to hide it from you, but once you find it, you will see what flights are free to switch to and which cost money. Easily changing […]

2018-03-03T15:47:49-08:00Tags: , |

Tegelberg Luge Ride in Germany

A short distance from our hotel I talked about in the post “Private European Tour for 20 Dollars” is Rick Steves recommended Tegelberg Luge. In the shadow of Neuschwanstein Castle, the Tegelberg luge is one of those rides that you see in a non-US country that you find it hard to believe exists because of the potential danger to life and limb they pose. As you can see from the video below, if you don’t use the brakes, you can pick up a lot of speed. Although you won’t fly out of the tracks, you could ram into the person in front of you who doesn’t have the same “need for speed” as you do.

You slide up the bank more as you pick up speed going down the hill, which adds to the excitement of the ride. Since there is no one at the top telling you when you can go, I recommend waiting some time for the person in front of you to get through the ride otherwise you may catch up to them. The track down the hill is nearly a kilometer long, and each run is pretty fast. […]

Rick Steves’ Private European Tour for 20 Dollars

We like being directed to the sites and fun things to do off the beaten path when traveling. Rick Steve’s travel guides are excellent at pointing these sites and activities out. We used an earlier version of Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door 2013: The Travel Skills Handbook on our first trip to Europe in 1989 and have been a fan of books ever since. Over the years, this book changed more into a text about how to travel as opposed to a book on Rick’s favorite places and things to do.

View Walking directions to Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau, Germany in a larger map

When I found the book Rick Steves’ Germany and Austria 2007 I was pleasantly surprised to find out it had the tips and tricks I had grown to love about Rick Steves’ books. Although this book hasn’t been updated since the Rick Steves’ Germany and Austria 2008[…]


Adding an SSD to a MacBook Pro for a Remarkable Speed Increase

After months of my wife’s complaints about her 5-year-old  15″ MacBook Pro 3,1 hanging during normal operations, I upgraded the hard drive to an OWC 240GB Mercury Electra 2.5″ 3G SSD and saw an amazing performance increase. I highly recommend adding an SSD to a MacBook Pro or MacBook to regain performance, extending the life of your computer. Please comment if you add an SSD to a MacBook Pro and let us all know your experience.

OWC Mercury Electra 3G SSD for Macbook Pro OWC Mercury Electra 3G SSD for Macbook Pro

Prior to the upgrade, the spinning rainbow interrupted just about everything she tried to do, including web browsing and e-mail. My wife uses her computer primarily for web browsing, email, iPhoto, Photoshop, and her web site design company, Plain&Simple Web Design, These aren’t particularly CPU intensive applications and still the MacBook Pro […]

2018-09-14T20:56:19-08:00Tags: , |