Was trying to research how to create a bootable backup on a USB-C external drive under macOS Monterey. I am using a backup tool called ChronoSync, so I started to research and found a tech note about bootable backups.

No longer can you just make a copy of your main hard drive and make it bootable. You need to first install macOS on an external hard drive, according to Macworld.

The above article recommends that I format the drive as an macOS Extended format. Is that correct? I thought that we were using APFS now, and my internal drive is formatted as an APFS Volume Group.

I couldn’t test this because when I clicked “Show All Disks…” in the installer to see external drives for installation, the installer told me that I could not install on the volume I had chosen because it was part of an AppleRAID.

AppleRAID volumes do no support installing a bootable drive.
AppleRAID volumes do no support installing a bootable drive.

Looks like I will buy a dedicated backup hard drive and update this. If you have any suggestions on external drives for bootable backups, then tweet me.

Recently was searching for a wireless charging pad that would support an Apple Watch, AirPods Pro and iPhone. There are some really well-designed stations, most that are quite pricey.


One of the more stylish manufacturers of charging gear is Satechi. However, I balked at ordering this due to the extra shipping costs from the US to Hong Kong.

Friends say Satechi works well, but feels cheap
Friends say Satechi works well, but feels cheap

View Trio Wireless Charger With Magnetic Pad


I found a version of this in the Wanchai computer center a while ago and this is the brand I use, but I didn’t see it the last time I walked around the computer center. Overall, it works well, though some days I wake up, and my watch has not been charged.

Using this for years it works well and just realized it supports charging 3 items.
Using this for years it works well and just realized it supports charging 3 items.

View Base Station


After trying to find a charging pad that I don’t have to ship from the US to Hong Kong, this Belkin one seems to be the best looking and supports new fast charging methods for newer phones and watches. This is also available in the Apple Store in Hong Kong.

This seems to be the charging station with all the latest tech charging the newest tech quickly.
This seems to be the charging station with all the latest tech charging the newest tech quickly.

View Belkin BOOST↑CHARGE™ PRO 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad with MagSafe

All these are quite high in price, if you see a more reasonable priced version, please tweet bdeverman. Simultaneously, I’m going to be monitoring the Hong Kong Carousell Chargers & Cables category.

Thanks to Nathan Hammond you can monitor COVID-19 Vaccine locations open up in Hong Kong. He released a monitoring tool as a GitHub gist. I set it up on my Mac. Had to use

brew install watch

To install the watch command line tool. I also customized the appointments.sh to point to the correct path of the cvc.js file. Then I got the list of vaccine centers in json and customized the appointments.sh to include the ids of my nearest vaccine centers.

Finally I also customized the cvc.js file to filter by a later date. For me it is 2021-04-01 because I was trying to find a jab sooner.

Thanks Nathan for releasing the script.

I started accumulating Substack newsletters in my email box, some going unread.

Just moved all my newsletter subscriptions to RSS Subscriptions in NetNewsWire.

It turns out that each Substack newsletter has a feed url:

If your Substack has a custom domain your feed URL would be:

FAQ on Substack
Original Twitter Thread

In researching the DeFi landscape for a project, I have found the following Podcasts that I have been listening too regularly now.

Modern Finance

Kevin Rose was the founder of Digg and has been investing and playing with Crypto. This one only has a couple of episodes under his belt, but Kevin has done a great job with his other podcasts however since it is not his full-time gig he sometimes goes on hiatus. Definitely has access to the right people and asks good questions.

Listen to Modern Finance

Fintech Insider

This podcast has already recorded over 500 episodes and talks to all the movers and shakers especially in the European FinTech space. 11:FS concentrate a lot on banking and payments but also get into crypto. I like this podcast because they regularly have the CEOs and founders of European Fintech on the cast.

Listen to Fintech Insider

The Defiant

This is a newsletter and podcast. I find The Defiant newsletter and podcast tackling topics before they become mainstream, so it seems like a good way to stay ahead of the curve.

Listen to The Defiant


This is a starter pack of podcasts and I will update this post if I come across others.

Send interesting podcasts my way by tweeting me.