Let’s you Buy and Sell Camera Gear

This is a new online marketplace for buying and selling camera gear (new or used). I’m planning to list a couple of lenses I no longer use up there soon, and hope it really takes off as it is always nice to buy used when possible.

Check it out at

Integration of hreflang in WordPress

I just integrated hreflang tags on a WordPress site for the first time ever. Since there is only minimal documentation online, I thought I’d provide the script to do so, here.

Just place the code in your header section of your WordPress template, which is usually header.php in your theme folder.

For reference, if you have any trouble, you’ll want to double check that your apostrophes and quotes are┬ástandard unicode, because when copy/pasted they can get adjusted to be another character that doesn’t work.

Here’s what I used for hreflang in WordPress:

I hope this helps! Good luck with your multilingual project!

High CPU issues with kernal_task on Mac

I was having tremendously high CPU issues with my Mac last week. So high, that I could barely watch a video without my kernal_task blooming to over 400 % CPU! It was difficult to get work done at times, due to the problem. It confounded me for a while, and I tried searching online for resolutions and they were all useless.

I finally set up an appointment at the Apple Store to get an analysis. I figured maybe my battery or my memory was going bad. Turns out, the scan of my hardware came back perfect (which made me happy).

They then offered to reinstall the OS for me, and I had them reinstall Yosemite (no data loss, even though I was backed up). Sure, I could’ve done this on my own, but I kind of thought they might be able to do it faster and find other problems.

Thankfully, the reinstall solved all of the issues! Now, my kernal_task hovers around 4-5%, even when I’m watching movies. My CPU usage is low, and instead of the computer fan blowing non-stop, it’s silent again!

Update: So the issue completely goes away if I only have 1 external monitor plugged into my Macbook Pro. If I use both external monitors, my computer is completely sluggish — moral of the story, I’ve been using 1 external monitor lately. I am planning to just get a new Macbook Pro fairly soon, so problem will be solved with more RAM.

Synology DS416j NAS

Consider this part-1 of my review of the Synology DS416j NAS for consumers.

First, some background: I’ve been storing my photo library on a 4 TB hard drive. My photo library has grown slowly over the years at a pace of approximately 1 TB per year.

My photo library has grown significantly faster recently due to my video files. I started taking a lot more video on weekends and on trips and as you well know, that takes up a lot of space! On a single trip to Maui we captured over 50 GB of video / photos.

Watch my unboxing video.

So, my archive quickly grow and once it was a 3.8 TB I knew I had to do something.

I had a second photo drive (also 4 TB that I used CarbonCopyCloner to backup to. It basically created a backup of my main photo drive. This gave me peace of mind that if my main drive failed, I’d have a local backup.

In addition, I use CrashPlan to back up online. If I’m being honest, it hasn’t finished backing up in over a year. It just goes so slowly.

So, I was at a cross point with the backups and I decided to jump in with both feet! Network storage scares me for these reasons:

I’m worried about accessing files over the network and worried about the speed.
Obviously worried about the backup, but with Synology I can easy since it can backup within the device to the extra drives. It also has apps so. I can install CrashPlan and hope it catches up.

I installed HGST Deskstar NAS hard drives (2 drives of 4 TB each). Once I hit the 4 TB size I’m going to grab two more.

Let’s talk about the speed issue. I’m often connecting over WiFi, and we all know that WiFi is generally limited to 100 MBps speed. Well, did you know that newer Mac laptops (mid 2013+) have 802.11ac support? This means Gigabit WiFi!

Needless to say, we will be upgrading all of our laptops shortly so we have Gigabit WiFi support.

I’ll also need to go grab a new WiFi Router that supports 802.11ac.

This will create a beautiful setup where accessing files over the network is quick! I can’t wait!

Here is my “unboxing” video which has been a sudden mediocre success on YouTube. I’ll probably post a follow up article about it once I am fully up and running with the new laptops. Installing the drives and using the software has been very easy.

As you can tell, so far I’m loving my NAS!