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3 Essential Guides to Select Storage Media MicroSD

3 Essential Guides to Select Storage Media MicroSD

While selecting a MicroSD card, the most important things to consider are the reliability, the price of the SD card, the processing speed, and the warranty on the card.

In a tablet or phone, apps always store data in small pieces shattered all across the card. Therefore, a microSD card needs to be very fast in processing speed, reading, and writing chunks bits of data (normally about 4kb) in different locations. However, large media files like videos may be stored in a single piece, this is solely dependent on the app developer. Less of importance is how fast the SD card can read and write large data files compared to the 4kb versatile speed on tablets and phones still they are important. Below are 3 things you should check while selecting a SD card.

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1. MicroSD Card’s Speed

Speed consideration matters so much especially for special projects. A photography project which needs RAW format savings of photographs in high-resolution requires a high speed MicroSD card for fast saving and access. If you need a direct video recording and want to save directly to the SD card, then choosing a high speed SD card is recommended. However, if you are using a consumer camera saving only few photographs, the speed may not really be considered.

MicroSD cards’ manufacturers use (speed class) to measure the speed of each SD card and these are in four variations ranging from “2-10” with intervals of 2. The speed class “2” SD cards are the slowest while the speed class “10” SD cards are the fastest. Talking about suitability, speed class 2 cards are suitable for video recording with normal definition while the speed class 10 cards are best for Full HD Video Recording. Speed class 4 and 6 are suitable for video recordings with high definition.

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The question of how to know the speed class or if it has special devices for checking the speed class is no longer a problem. All SD card speed is printed on the card. There are cheap SD Cards for sale on online stores and you can also see the speed rating on the online listing. Go for your choice. Also, note that there are some SD cards with no speed classification or with 0 SD card speed classification. This cards are probably those produced before the introduction of speed rating system and needs more attention when choosing one as some of them may be slower than even a 2 speed class SD card. In summary, not all SD cards have the same speed.

2. Check The Physical Size

Different devices have different SD card slots. Selecting a miniSD card or a standard SD card in place of a MicroSD card could be the worse choice ever.

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MicroSD cards appear the smallest sizes of all SD cards with measurement of 15x11x1 mm and weighs as low as 0.25 gms. Majorly, they are used on smartphones and cell phones with SD card support and/or in other devices like tablets. A MicroSD card will only fit into its matching slot. However, you can use an adapter which allows fitting MicroSD cards into larger SD card’s form to be used in an appropriate slot.

3. The MicroSD Card Capacity

Just like solid-state drives, USB Flash Drives, Hard Drives, and lots of file storage media, MicroSD cards have different storage sizes.

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Selecting the best microSD card when relating with size have often become a great challenge especially for non-professionals. Much focus has been on 64GB MicroSD cards recently because they cost around $20 and even the majority are cheaper and more available when compared to their counterparts (128GB, 32GB, and 16GB).

By knowing this, check if your device supports (extended capacity) cards before making a choice of which to buy. If the 64GB MicroSD card doesn’t have extended capacity support, it’s advisable to consider the 32GB. However, if you desire to store large files and your choice is 128GB MicroSD Card, it won’t be a wrong choice but expect it to come in higher price and still with functionality just similar like the others; just higher storage space is the difference.

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Tanvir Zafar

The founder of ISU Technologies, passionate in writing about entrepreneurship, work and technology.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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