Cleanup At The Butte Creek Canyon Ecological Reserve
We’re fortunate enough to have the tranquility of nature only a brief walk from our facility, but we quickly discovered that the natural beauty of the area had become tarnished by messy humans and frankly, was pretty gross. But we really can’t help but want to fix problems, so we took matters into our own hands.
Keeping Butte Creek Clean
Here, at Beetstech, we eat, breathe and sleep technology. However, we like to take a break and get out in nature every so often. Fortunately for us, the Butte Creek Canyon Ecological Reserve (BCCER) is located right in our backyard. And that’s no exaggeration; one side of the Beetstech headquarters stares out into the Reserve and we can walk to the entrance in a few minutes. So it’s no wonder that so many of our team has found their way inside to take a quiet lunch-time stroll, sight-see the wildlife, or even cool off in the creek during Chico’s hot summers.
Having spent many hours exploring the 93-acres that make up the Reserve, we discovered a problem that plagued the otherwise serene environment. There are no trash cans in the area and the reserve was littered with a variety of garbage you wouldn’t believe. We’ve found the standard bottles and cans, but also many larger, heavier items that had us wondering who would carry all this junk into the Reserve? A rusty motorcycle engine, an old golf club, a large leather office chair.
But Beetstech is made up of people that like to solve problems and we quickly realized that this problem actually had a very simple solution and that we were more than capable of taking matters into our own hands to fix it.Some of the Beetstech crew hauling away junk
After months of watching trash accumulate, we’d seen enough. That’s why we decided to “adopt” and rightfully restore this beautiful place back to its full potential.High spirits
Our first campaign to clean up BCCER left us in high spirits, but it doesn’t end there. At Beetstech, we have dedicated one day every month for our growing team to get some fresh air, enjoy the beautiful subtleties of nature and to fill our bags with trash!One of two pickup truck bed's worth of garbage we collected this day!
Plans for the Future
We are currently working on getting a dumpster placed near the Virgin Valley entrance, with the goal being to curb the rate of garbage build-up. We feel we have a moral obligation to do our part in keeping this reserve trash-free and we take pride in knowing others will appreciate our efforts as well.Some of the team proudly standing at the entrance to the Butte Creek Reserve
Remember: reduce, reuse, recycle and leave the natural world better than how you found it!
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With macOS 10.13, otherwise known as High Sierra, Apple introduced an ambitious EFI update. Several of the changes include: the introduction of the Apple File System, support for NVMe drives, and the usual batch of security updates. However, these EFI updates can cause some unwanted behavior when you test your Apple computer’s memory. At Beetstech, we use a long-time industry standard, MemTest86 to perform a comprehensive test of each computer’s RAM.
But never the type to blindly accept test results, strange testing outcomes led us to discover a bug in MemTest86 affecting computers running the new EFI firmware. In short, the newly updated EFI causes MemTest86 to incorrectly fail certain tests. But there is good news: while normal operation of MemTest86 is limited under these new EFI updates, we also discovered some simple workarounds for testing your Apple’s memory in MemTest86.
So let’s dive into how we discovered the MemTest bug, devised a reliable work-around, and get into some nitty gritty details of MemTest86 operation.
They go by “jumper pads”, “short-circuit pads”, “power pads”, and “power-on pads”. Whatever you call them, there are two bits of metal on your MacBook logic board that can force your laptop to boot up, even if the power button won’t do the trick.
Anywhere premium products are produced, there are unsavory folks trying to make a quick buck selling cheap knockoffs. It happens in every industry, from clothes to food to tech. But in recent years, counterfeit electronics have surpassed nearly all other categories of counterfeit goods by dollar value, and Apple, being the de facto high-end electronics manufacturer, makes for a prime target.
But you’d never be caught buying counterfeit electronics, because you can tell the difference, can’t you?
Remember the good ol’ days of carrying a spare battery, upgrading your own RAM, maybe even adding a second hard drive? If you’re an Apple user, those luxuries may be behind us, but upgrading your own solid state drive is still a privilege the Apple overlords allow us to have, for now that is.
Despite retaining the ability to upgrade your own SSD, ever since Apple introduced their proprietary “blade” SSDs in 2010, the task hasn’t been as simple as it once was. Apple talks up read and write speeds, but they rarely dive into the nitty gritty details of the technology behind the SSDs they use — drives specially designed only for Apple computers.
After countless questions, both from customers and our own staff, we decided to start our own investigation into the hardware involved. You have to be a bit of a private eye to uncover the secrets behind these drives, and the deeper we looked, the more surprises we found.
Owners of a Unibody MacBook Pro laptop are probably already aware that failure of the hard drive flex cable is a common issue. While it affects just about the entire Unibody lineup, the Mid 2012 MacBook Pro 13″ (Model A1278) is especially prone to this type of failure.
What is it that makes the Mid 2012 release special in this regard? A design flaw in the flex cable that seems to be compounded by the properties of the aluminum housing.
Our repair services department noticed this issue when they’d replace a bad cable, only to have the customer return a few months later with another bad cable. And possibly again with yet another bad cable. It didn’t matter if we used a used cable or a new cable in the replacement. Customers kept returning with the same persistent issue. We had to figure out what was causing the issue and find a solution.